Two-up tweaked as region rallies to commemorate Anzac Day
News
The traditional games of two-up will not be allowed in some parts of the region this Anzac Day, as towns from Bega to Batemans Bay, Braidwood to Captains Flat, and Yass to Goulburn mark the occasion on 25 April with varying restrictions. NSW Health guidelines say that two-up has to be played outside and there must be two square metres between...
CWA prepares to push for cannabis change in Australia at Bega state conference
What's On
Including medicinal cannabis on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) will be one of the key debates at this year's Country Women's Association (CWA) State Conference to be held in Bega. The Cobargo branch will raise a motion at the conference asking for the CWA to campaign for the reform - just one of many issues to be debated during the...
At the going down of the sun, Moruya remembers those who have gone before
Community
After a heaping of community spirit, a dash of council support and a sprinkling of luck along the way, Moruya now has its own scaled-down Honour Stone just in time for Anzac Day commemorations. The local community has a deep connection to World War II, given that eight Air Force members and three Navy Merchant sailors lost their lives in or near...
Muso Jack Biilmann shares the love with his hometown and adopted city
What's On
With his album Full Circle set to launch tonight in Merimbula, followed by an almost nationwide tour, South Coast native Jack Biilmann is gearing up for some hectic months. But he's still found time to support other musicians who might not have had the chances along the way that they deserved. "There are a lot of kids out there who could...
Pandemic inspires the Sapphire Coast’s art of kindness
What's On
Acclaimed Bega-based artist Mirjam Aigner knew she wanted to do something in the wake of the devastating Black Summer bushfires, but it took another disaster - this time on a global scale - to work out what. It was during the COVID-19 lockdown when the NSW and Victorian border was shut that Ms Aigner came up with the idea of...
New events making a splash on Batemans Bay foreshore
Arts & Culture
Buskers performing on the foreshore, live canvas mural painting and blues musicians playing on a boat cruising by - there's definitely something different in the air at the Bay. Over the past few weekends, the Clyde River Waterfront has been transformed into an area abuzz with energy. This coming weekend will be no different with Foreshore Tunes from Simon Harker...
Nine things to do in the region this week (23-29 April)
What's On
With beautiful weather ahead for the weekend, there is no better time to head out and about to explore the region. If you're keen to hear live music, The Silverline is set to perform in Boorowa; Canberra Strings is putting on their rendition of Schubert's Death and the Maiden in Braidwood; and the Currents Festival will take place in Batemans...
Pambula flood planning in council’s sights
Environment
Recent heavy rain on the NSW Far South Coast has only served to highlight the need for better planning to reduce the impact of future floods, according to Bega Valley Shire Council. Council is currently seeking input from the local community on its draft flood study findings for the catchment areas of the Pambula River, Pambula Lake and Yowaka River,...
Disaster planning workshops on offer to community organisations
Community
Emerging from a year of adversity, one promising step for rural and regional communities in southern NSW is the region being chosen by researchers who are seeking to promote disaster preparedness. As drought morphed into the blazing inferno of the Black Summer bushfires, the rattling start to 2020 was topped by a worldwide pandemic had an unnerving, despairing effect on...
Tickets sell out to Dragon Dreaming Festival in 36 hours
Arts & Culture
Organisers of the Dragon Dreaming Festival are confident the event will go ahead as planned and residents of Wee Jasper village are thrilled. All 2500 tickets to the annual music, arts and lifestyle festival held on the edge of Burrinjuck Dam in Wee Jasper sold out within 36 hours. It's a limited allocation given the festival is approved to host...
Learn how to prepare your garden for an uncertain climate
Community
A two-hour workshop in Bermagui will discuss how gardens and farms would benefit by preparing for diverse seasons and events. Join Sustainable Agriculture & Gardening Eurobodalla (SAGE) co-founder Fraser Bayley and Moodji Farm manager Dan Bakker to explore strategies that promote resilient productive environments as Australia moves into an increasingly uncertain climate. Dan says growers will have to adapt to...
Nine things to do in the region this week (16-22 April)
What's On
No matter what you're into or where you're situated, it's set to be a big week in the Southern NSW region. There's the mini Bungendore Harvest Festival which will celebrate the region's local produce all weekend from 16-18 April. Not too far away, the Palerang Food & Wine Festival is running in Queanbeyan on 17 April. Car lovers will be satisfied...
Candelo Village Festival returns this April to celebrate Bega Valley spirit
What's On
The Candelo Village Festival returns on 17 April and will showcase the many talents of people from the Bega Valley, from stellar musicians to speakers inspiring positive change. However, the festival is not the only major event happening on the Far South Coast on 17 April. Just down the road, in Pambula, there is the Ephemeral Festival as well as Flourish...
Festival of Small Halls a lifeline for musos out bush
What's On
A small, regional music festival that's due to tour NSW this April and May is proving to be a lifeline for the organisers of Woodford Folk Festival. Woodfordia Inc has been surviving on COVID-19 arts recovery grants from the government to run small events such as the Festival of Small Halls since cancelling its main event and one of Australia's...
Che bello! Hundreds of Italian cars set to roll into Queanbeyan Park
Motoring
It could well be the largest annual display of Italian vehicles in the world - certainly in the Southern Hemisphere - and it's coming to Queanbeyan this weekend. Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Maseratis, Alfa Romeos, Fiats, Lancias, De Tomasos, Ducatis and other exotic cars, motorcycles and scooters from across south-east Australia will emerge from their garages and converge just over the ACT...
War hero, playwright and farmer – the amazing story of Gunning’s Millicent Armstrong
Arts & Culture
The story of Millicent Armstrong may not be widely known, but as one of Australia's great female heroes - it should be. From her early years she was destined to amazing things - one of the first women in Australia to attend university, she then travelled across the world to join the war effort as a nurse and finally returned...
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