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...
Clear your calendar, the Tathra races are kind of a pig deal
Community
For the last six years, the Tathra Lions Club has brought home the bacon with its annual pig races fundraiser, to be held this year on Sunday, 29 December at the Tathra Country Club. "It's an absolute hoot, just a fantastic family day out," says Lions Club spokesperson Rex Kermode. Tathra's entry into racing folklore began with a farmer from...
Future land use up for discussion in Bega Valley
News
Two important draft land use strategies are currently on public exhibition; summer reading for residents of Bega Valley Shire Council. Council says, the draft Residential and Commercial Land Strategies works towards the community’s vision outlined in the Bega Valley Shire Community Strategic Plan 2040 and the South East and Tablelands Regional Plan 2036, and once adopted will inform the Bega Valley...
Let’s have ourselves a very conscious Christmas in the Eurobodalla
Community
This year on the Far South Coast, it’s no ordinary Christmas. During Australia’s worst drought, communities have come together to defend against fierce pre-summer bushfires. Town trade has been dulled by closed highways. There’s smoke in the air, ash on the beaches and conversation about the human impact on our little patch of paradise. Around here, you’ll still find Christmas...
Bombala local Zoe Joseph spreads her ‘S.H.E Change’ message
Health & Wellbeing
"My passion is supporting rural people," says Zoe Joseph, who grew up in Bombala and has returned to her hometown to live,  albeit with frequent travel to reach other rural communities through her business S.H.E Change. Zoe will be presenting in Bega on Monday (December 16), with an evening for women to stop, take stock and self-assess to find out...
All bins out this Friday for South Durras, Maloneys, Long Beach
News
Residents of the Eurobodalla’s northern villages affected by the Currowan Fire can put all three bins out for their regular kerbside collection tomorrow - Friday, December 13. To help with the post-fire clean up, Council’s contractor SUEZ will collect red, yellow and green lid bins at South Durras, Long Beach and Maloneys Beach. A spokesperson for Eurobodalla Shire Council says...
Fast Fun for all with Hyundai N at Wakefield Raceway
What's On
Hyundai is holding its first N Day at the Wakefield Park racetrack, and you're invited. When you think about high-performance sports cars, Hyundai isn't the first marque that comes to mind, but that's all changing with the launch of their N performance brand. Most carmakers have a specialist operation that turns their normal cars into sportscars. Think BMW's M, Ford's...
The Tomakin garage sale that has raised $2 million for the Kids Cancer Centre
News
A $2 million celebration was held at The Rally for Recovery last Saturday. The milestone marked the amount of money raised for the Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation and Kids Cancer Centre (KCC) - all from a modest shed in Tomakin. The Rally for Recovery has been raising funds for KCC since 2001. The Rally, as it is affectionately known, sells...
All feathers, sequins and high heels: Prada’s Priscillas sashay to the Bega Valley
Arts & Culture
Coming to Bega for the first time, the fabulously flamboyant Prada’s Priscillas revue pays a spectacular tribute to Carlotta, the legendary 'Les Girls' revue, and the outback tour that became "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert". Get ready and get your tickets for an evening of sequins, eyelashes, legs and outrageousness, as Prada and Co sashay the Bega Civic Centre stage...
Brogo local sets sail for the Southern Ocean and the history books
News
Editors note: Jackie Parry is originally from the UK. Disillusioned with life she ran away to Australia and met and married Noel. They decided to buy a boat and set sail. It was Noel's idea to go sailing and somehow he just knew Jackie would fit right in.  Mariah II took Jackie and Noel around the world. Pyewacket II, their...
Batemans Bay’s Clare Lovelace – building a tribe to walk with towards the future
Community
For Soul Tribe Studio owner Clare Lovelace, the success of a modern small business is about more than its bottom line. In a world that’s awakening to the drawbacks of consumerism and individualism, Clare sees her Batemans Bay yoga studios as a conduit for connection and a force for good. “Our measures of success have become about having a lot...
Light Up Cobargo – this Friday
Community
Cobargo's annual celebration of Christmas and community has a fresh vibrant feel. For many years 'Light Up Cobargo' has signalled a start to the festive season for residents and visitors, this year promises to be bigger than ever. The main street of Cobargo, north of Bega, will again come alive this Friday (December 6) with people browsing market stalls, dipping...
First Nations dancing as one, Yuin Nation gathers community
Community
Sunday (December 1) marked Australia's largest and most powerful healing corroboree in living history. Nation Dance called First Nations people together to dance at 1:00 pm, wherever they were across this wide continent. "Over 60 organised events took place across Australia, New Zealand, Nigeria and North America. Any Indigenous Australians in prisons across the nation were also permitted to dance...
Bega Valley celebration of the generations empowers young and old
Community
"We're going on a bear hunt, we're going to catch a big one," Hayley Reynolds and her gaggle of tiny tots sing. Gloria, who is just a handful of years away from her 100th and a resident of Hugh Cunningham Gardens at Tura Beach watches on. Gloria doesn't realise yet but the bear Hayley and her dozen or so preschoolers are...
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