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Robyn Sykes, the bush poets’ champion
Arts & Culture
Greedy suits on weedy legs and women with wide bums surface in bush poetry that is riding a resurgent wave across rural Australia. The gut-wrenching dilemma of having to sell the family farm is there too, as verses of poetry swing from humour to all-too-familiar despair. At the centre of much of the revival is Robyn Sykes, a farmer from...
Moruya Airport upgrade moving ahead
News
The upgrade of the Moruya Airport runway has been completed ahead of schedule, with Council now preparing to move on to the next stage of the precincts development. Crews from Eurobodalla Shire Council have worked seven days a week and at least 13 hours a day to complete the works, utilising more than 100 staff and subcontractors. Council Project Engineer, Carlyle...
Modern Japanese calligraphy exhibition launched at National Arboretum in Canberra
Arts & Culture
A free exhibition of new works by one of the leading exponents of modern Japanese calligraphy, Tairiku Teshima, has been launched at the National Arboretum in Canberra. The framed and mounted 28 ink on paper works - reflecting nature, creation and beauty - are from the school of symbolic calligraphy called shõsho, a dynamic modern art that uses limited characters and...
Youth Frontiers seeking adult mentors in Bega Valley after Batemans Bay success
Community
A government-run program, Youth Frontiers, delivered by the Young Women's Christian Association , has found a home on the Far South Coast after widespread success across northern and southern NSW and as close as Batemans Bay. Program coordinator Jodie Stewart says that her initial foray into local high schools has been met with enthusiasm by the program's target audience -...
Skydiving Championships take to Moruya’s big blue skies
News
The 2019 Australian and New Zealand National Skydiving Championships were officially opened on Sunday evening at the newly upgraded Moruya Airport. Moruya’s Skydive Oz is hosting up to 150 the country’s best skydivers in the annual meet run by the Australian Parachute Federation. Joining in the opening was Eurobodalla Mayor Liz Innes, who took her first tandem jump with Paul...
Muscling up to Australian cartoons? Get Inked
Arts & Culture
One of the great media pleasures has to be a perfectly drawn cartoon, waspishly targeting the pomposity or ridiculousness of the day and plunging a hatpin through the political bubble of self-importance. And as it turns out, there's nothing new in any of this: the National Library has just opened Inked, an exhibition that traces more than two centuries of...
Batemans Bay photographer listed as ‘Loud and Luminous’
Arts & Culture
One hundred inspiring Australian female photographers have united for a powerful celebration to mark International Women’s Day today, including Batemans Bay's Elise Searson. The Loud and Luminous project celebrates and recognises the power of photography and the important contributions of contemporary female photographers, women from across Australia aged between 10 and 90 years. "I am so honoured and excited, it's...
‘Time running out’ to comment on Cooma Town Clock
News
A town clock for the centre of Cooma is a local talking point as Snowy Monaro Regional Council advances planning on the proposal. Cooma’s Litchfield family started the discussion with the donation of $100,000 for the installation of a clock in Cooma’s CBD. The gesture forms part of the 150th-anniversary celebrations of Hazeldean Pty Ltd, one of the region's pioneering pastoral...
Merimbula ‘poo pipe’ up for discussion as Council starts info tour
News
The idea of treated sewage flowing out on to Merimbula/Pambula beach has always raised eyebrows and a sense of embarrassment. The days of that rusty 'poo pipe' are coming to an end, but how thrilled will locals be to hear that an ocean outfall is the solution? Bega Valley Shire Council is about to test the plan with the community detailing necessary...
PODCAST: Bushfire 12 months on – Reedy Swamp, Vimy Ridge, Tathra
Podcast
As the one year anniversary of the Reedy Swamp, Vimy Ridge, and Tathra Bushfire approaches many in the community will be feeling the effects of the last 12 months. It's been a crazy busy time for many. Activity always implies progress and suggests a 'recovery' that should be well advanced, but that is not everyone's experience. Milestones, like March 18, will challenge those...
EAT Merimbula this weekend – loosen your belt buckle!
Food & Wine
This weekend, local chefs and producers return to EAT Merimbula, the fabulous food festival of Fishpen. Back for its seventh year this Sunday (March 10), what started in 2013 as twelve stalls selling out within two hours is now a significant food event with 25 to 30 stalls dishing out up to 8,000 serves of local delights. This foodie’s ‘Big...
Kameruka’s Pink Cockatoos celebrate first season of women’s cricket
Sport
It's the first official season of women's cricket for the Far South Coast and teams are competing from Eden, Tathra, Kameruka, and South Eurobodalla. Many of the players had only ever played cricket on beaches or at barbeques before the first  'Pink Stumps' charity game for the Jane McGrath Foundation four years ago. The community-oriented fundraising effort eventually grew into this...
Bega Valley Innovation Hub ready for first round of start-ups
Economy
The Bega Valley Innovation Hub will open its doors on March 14 with the first cohort of local entrepreneurs, start-ups, creatives, and existing business selected and ready to grow a sustainable business in the region. Interest in the iAccelerate business acceleration program offered by the Hub has exceeded expectations with over 21 applications received, with the first cohort chosen on the basis...
New Concertmaster to lead CSO for first time at Queanbeyan’s Music by the River
What's On
The banks of the Queanbeyan River will be filled with orchestral favourites and festivities once again this Saturday as the Canberra Symphony Orchestra hops the border to present its third Music by the River concert at Queen Elizabeth II Park. Presented by Icon Water in partnership with the Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council, the now award-winning concert will see the CSO perform a...
Preschoolers connect Pambula and Papua New Guinea
Community
Preschoolers in Pambula and Papua New Guinea are helping forge a bond between communities and learning something about each other along the way. For the third year, Pambula Preschool is supporting start-up kindergartens in settlements around Port Moresby. Through a sister-school connection facilitated by Mick Brosnan from the Social Justice Advocates of the Sapphire Coast and the We Care Foundation, Pambula...
New Eurobodalla foodie business emerges for Autumn Equinox
Food & Wine
As the heydays of summer draw to a close, people far and wide are invited to Tilba, to celebrate the changing seasons and the arrival of a new foodie business in the Eurobodalla. The Figtree Food Company has arrived from Mudgee and invites you to their celebration of the Autumn Equinox, which marks the move from the summer cycle into...
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