Understanding the brain: Behaviour expert to visit Merimbula
Health & Wellbeing
For many of us living in areas close to bushfires this season, we've been compulsively checking that we are safe, overstimulated by alerts on our phones and worn down by the stress of the unknown. What does this do to our brains? Kalaru local Jenny Devine has been the recipient of a Mumbulla Foundation Grant to organise a speaker to present a...
Blessed are the cheese makers, and the Tilba dairy queen will show you the whey
Food & Wine
Erica Dibden and her husband Nic run Tilba Real Dairy, deep in the green-hearted hills of Tilba, NSW. Erica, with her passion for nutrition and food provenance, has developed an intensive cheese-making workshop, which she runs in the kitchen of her farm's homestead, precisely where she taught herself these skills many years ago. As a wife and mother, Erica has...
Tumbarumba fires up for festival with Kate Ceberano
What's On
If you like music, wine, food and a shady spot by the creek, there’s never been a better time to head to the hills to support fire-affected communities than the weekend of February 21 and 22. Yes, the mountains are calling and Tumbarumba is your destination where, for two days of the year, music lulls up to 5000 visitors into...
44 teams to take part in Rugby 7s carnival for Braidwood bushfire relief
Community
Dismayed by the cancellation of the February's annual Braidwood Race Day, some rugby enthusiasts from the Braidwood Redbacks decided to organise a fundraising weekend of Rugby 7s to buoy the town's spirits and boost the local economy. To say the idea took off is an understatement. This Saturday 44 teams will descend on Braidwood for the Bushfire 7s. Over 600...
Bushfire recovery: Three day NRL footy fest to be held in Bega
Sport
The NRL has announced it will host a three-day festival of footy to help the Bega Valley and southern NSW get back on their feet. With the support of both Penrith Panthers and Parramatta Eels, the NRL will relocate the “Battle of the West” February 29 trial game from Penrith to Bega with both clubs deciding to demonstrate their support...
Join the live audience on Q&A in Bega next week
What's On
It's not uncommon for the ABC's popular current affairs panel show Q&A to go on the road but for the first live show of 2020 the production team knew they had to head for Bega. They'll be in town streaming a live discussion about the summer's catastrophic bushfires on February 3rd and according to newly appointed executive producer Erin Vincent, "there's been...
Comfort and catharsis: Art helps bushfire recovery for Bega Valley youths
Arts & Culture
For those impacted by this year's bushfire season, recovery could take a long time, but motivated local organisations and the arrival of funding mean programs to help are starting to roll out in fire-affected regions. On the South Coast, the Bega Valley Regional Gallery (BVRG), in partnership with Regional Arts NSW and Headspace Bega, are hoping to provide comfort and...
How you can bring business back to Braidwood this Australia Day long weekend
Community
Braidwood business has borne the brunt of the summer bushfires. The town has always been just that little bit remote, but the closure of the Kings Highway was akin to cutting an artery for the rural economy. Prolonged drought had already put a dent in the local economy, along with a Telstra outage over the Braidwood Festival weekend. Then Braidwood...
Friendship, rivalry and spectacular art: Matisse & Picasso opens at the NGA
Arts & Culture
There's always more to art than the painting on the wall. And if you bring together genius, towering ego and social tumult, the results will be both volatile and spectacular. The story of Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso, their friendship and their intense rivalry, is at the heart of the National Gallery of Australia's summer exhibition, open now. https://www.facebook.com/riotactnews/videos/801799360241573/ Matisse...
World’s biggest Chook Raffle to help South Coast fire disaster
Community
It may not be a formal record (if there even is such a thing), but it will probably go close: the Eastlakes Club group in Canberra are holding what may well be the world's biggest chook raffle this weekend. The main aim is not to attract the attention of the Guinness Book of Records, but instead to help the many...
For the second time, Rainbow Wave to break on the Sapphire Coast
What's On
Following its first-year success, the far south coast's Rainbow Wave Festival is coming to Merimbula on 22 February 2020 and this time around, the event is free, public and will feature a Mardi Gras inspired parade! "Bega High School and Eden High School are both having floats in the parade. It's really special to me because I went to Eden...
The loneliness of the long distance paddler: Mel’s solo George Bass Challenge
Sport
Now in its 44th year, the gruelling George Bass Surfboat Marathon kicks off from Batemans Bay on 29 December. In what is hailed as the 'Longest, Toughest Surfboat Race in the World', competitors (both solo and in teams) will paddle and row their way from the Bay to Eden, over seven days (and seven legs), along 190 km of arguably the...
Icehouse to headline 2020 Anthems Festival at new venue
What's On
Iconic Australian band Icehouse will headline the 2020 Anthems Music Festival, which returns to Canberra under new management and at a new venue. Anthems last played at the National Arboretum in November 2018, causing traffic chaos on the Tuggeranong Parkway, but the multi-artist show will be staged next year at Stage 88 in Commonwealth Park on 28 March from 1:30...
Top