Merimbula’s role in tragic 1998 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
News
As the Sydney to Hobart fleet prepares to race towards Constitution Dock, one race in particular out of the events 73-year history is being remembered. This year marks 20 years since the race of 1998 which claimed six lives, five yachts, saw 55 sailors rescued and the largest peacetime search and rescue mission ever mounted in Australia. And Merimbula Airport...
The man who just won’t give up his dream of becoming a Paralympian
Sport
On 10 October 2009, Toby Lyndon was walking along train tracks in Wollongong on his way to meet a mate when he was hit by a train. The 21-year-old lost both legs, suffered a brain injury, a collapsed lung, and multiple other injuries which left him in a coma for three weeks. He spent the next year in hospital followed by intensive...
Not ‘if’ but ‘when’ for Canberra’s A-league team
Sport
It is hard to move on from heartbreak, but that is what Canberra's A-league bid team must do. Football Federation Australia announced on Thursday afternoon (13 December) the Western Melbourne Group will join the A-League next season and Macarthur-South West Sydney will follow for the 2020-21 season, shattering football fans across the Canberra region. The decision means National Soccer League...
This one hurts the most: Canberra misses out on securing an A-League licence again
Sport
Canberra has missed out on securing an A-league expansion licence again after Western Melbourne Group and Macarthur-South West Sydney were given the two coveted A-league spots. NSL powerhouse South Melbourne, start-up clubs Team 11, Canberra and Sydney’s Southern Expansion have missed out on selection, leaving three teams in Melbourne and three teams in Sydney but none in the nation’s capital....
Merimbula cyclist’s widow calls for tough stance on road rage
News
On the third of July this year, Louise Brand lost the man she had loved for nearly 40 years. Seventy-two-year-old David was killed while he rode his bicycle with friends in what looks to be a road rage incident on Mount Darrah Road at Lochiel between Eden and Pambula. David died after being airlifted to Canberra Hospital with serious head...
A coach with the ability to change lives: Why we need her in our community
Sport
When Tracey Menzies talks publicly about the time she was in the middle of Ian Thorpe’s quest to win gold in the 400 metres freestyle in Athens, you sense that she is just keeping it together emotionally. The pressure was immense with plenty of outside noise questioning whether Thorpe had made the right decision in leaving long-time coach Doug Frost...
No stone left unturned for Canberra’s A-league bid as D-day looms
Sport
The decision on which new A-League club will join the nation's premier competition is set to be announced on Wednesday (12 December) as the Football Federation Australia board meets to discuss the bids. Football fans across the country wait with bated breath to find out which bid to have a team in the competition is successful. With six bids still...
‘Wild Wombat’ attracts over 200 riders to the forests of Mogo
Sport
The inaugural Jetblack Wild Wombat mountain bike event in Mogo at the weekend attracted over 200 riders from all over NSW and the ACT. The team relay classifications were popular with groups of up to six taking to the 10 km loop track around Deep Creek Dam south of Batemans Bay on Saturday (December 1), Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens acting...
Mates tackle Snowy Mountains trail run to help retired greyhounds
Community
Ethan Sharp and Tom Metcalfe were rendered speechless when they first heard of the plight of greyhounds, left homeless and abandoned once their final race was run. A year has passed since the ACT Government legislated a ban on greyhound racing. For the greyhounds who no longer have a career path in front of them, this meant that there would...
Speedway: Canberra’s forgotten sport
Sport
At 10 pm on the night of 22 September this year, spirits were high among Canberra’s speedway fraternity after a successful meet under the lights at Fairbairn Park. It was, after all, the first nigh-time speedway racing at the venue in over two decades. The response was overwhelming with 2,000 people turning out, quite possibly the biggest crowd ever for...
“We want to see a Jindabyne that copes with future growth and thrives on it for decades to come.”
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“We want to hear about how we can create a fantastic place all year round for the Jindabyne community and the town’s many visitors," says Lee Shearer APM, who is leading the NSW Government's Go Jindabyne Masterplan. Ms Shearer and her team of planners and architects will be in Jindabyne on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (December 4 to 6) for a...
Should referees be paid more to officiate men’s matches?
Sport
Capital Football has come under fire from the ACT football community after announcing they will pay referees more money to officiate men's matches compared to women's matches next season. Capital Football released their referee match fees for the 2019 winter season on Monday (26 November). Central referees will be paid an extra $42 to officiate an NPL first-grade match compared...
James Slipper prepares to start a new chapter in his long and storied career
Sport
It has been a been a rocky 12 months for former Queensland Reds skipper James Slipper. Having made his debut for both club and country in 2010, Slipper took little time to establish himself as one of the best props in the world. Ferocious at scrum-time, with superb skills in the loose and capable at either loose or tight head,...
Cobargo starts push for basketball court with launch of BMX track
Sport
Cobargo, north of Bega, is a small village of 776 people and 210 families. It is famous for its dynamic folk festival, its community of creators and producers, its homebrew shop, and its butcher shop - and now its BMX track. Built in just three weeks using 1000 tonnes of fill from the massive Dignams Creek roadworks, the track was opened...
Get your motor running for the Cooma Hill Climb this weekend
Sport
This weekend's (November 24 & 25) Mount Gladstone Hill Climb in Cooma will feature the first local appearance of Daniel Burton in his supercharged Honda S2000. Daniel's car has raced at Eastern Creek and is expected to be very fast. It's set to be a sizeable challenge for the turbo-charged Type 3 AWD entries that typically race in Cooma, names like Subaru WRX,...
Canberra Raiders Jack Wighton out of chances
Sport
If ever an NRL player was on their last chance at a club it has to be Jack Wighton. Wighton appeared for sentencing in the Galambany Circle Sentencing Court on Wednesday (14 November) on two charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, three counts of common assault, and one charge of public urination. He was given a two-month suspended jail term,...
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