Footy festival ahead of sold-out NRL trial at Bega
Sport
Rugby league fans on the South Coast have soaked up the opportunity to see some of the best players in the National Rugby League (NRL), with this Saturday’s ‘Battle of the West’ trial game between Penrith and Parramatta at the Bega Recreation Ground an official sell out. The lead-up to the game holds an exciting few days of action as the Panthers and...
SCULPTURE Bermagui brings spirit, colour and passion to the Far South Coast
What's On
One of the region's most beloved and spectacular arts events will defy a dreadful summer to light up the Far South Coast for ten days this March. SCULPTURE Bermagui displays multiple artworks against a backdrop of forests, waterways and stunning headlands in the heart of the Far South Coast. There are also opening night celebrations, indoor exhibitions, artist talks, musical events and...
ACT nudist club helps fire-affected Bermagui nudists have fun in the sun
Community
It hasn't been a great beach season on the Sapphire Coast, with heavy smoke, fires, and ash on the sand and in the water still detering many swimmers. But autumn is known to locals as having the best beach days, with clear blue-green water, warm ocean currents and plenty of sunny days. It's not too late to capture the last...
‘Fills my heart with joy’: March music showcase bings village together
Community
We’ve had fire and rain but farmers in some parts of southern NSW are still praying for the clouds to deliver more. Some of those live in the tiny hamlet of Greenethorpe, just north of Young, and they’re getting up off their knees and are planning to tap their toes instead. Greenethorpe’s Soldiers Memorial Hall has become known for events...
National Folk Festival to stage bushfire relief concert
Arts & Culture
This year's National Folk Festival will acknowledge the devastating impact of the summer's bushfires with a special concert and fundraising efforts across the Easter weekend. Speaking at Tuesday's launch of the 54th National Folk Festival at Gorman House in Canberra, festival managing director Helen Roben said it would be a heartfelt response to the summer's tragedies. "We have reached out...
Broncs and bulls in a blaze of glory at Tumbarumba
Community
Dust off those boots, chuck on a 10-gallon hat, the flanny, a bit of bling and scoot over to Tumbarumba for one heck of a bronc 'n bull riding time at the Blaze of Glory Rodeo on February 21. It’s a case of be there or be square because this one-of-a-kind event has been organised in conjunction with Tumbafest to...
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...
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