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Ambos on the job


Paramedics on our far south coast had a busy week attending different situations on our south coast.

A group of students from Lumen Christi Catholic College kayaking in the Pambula river inlet caught themselves in a rip causing the kayak to capsized.

It was rough sea conditions, with the rip forcing the students into the water.

Paramedics were on the scene and treated the students for hypothermia. 

Meanwhile, a woman was trapped in her vehicle for sometime in Bournda, she was treated at the scene for minor injuries before taken to hospital.

Over to Eden and a Deckhand from a tugboat had to be treated, after being struck by lightning. 

Ambulance Inspector of the far south coast Bob Whitney, says that due to the heavy rain and weather conditions, it's very lucky no one was seriously injured. 

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Bushfire disaster unearths young talented artists at Towamba Public School


Above: Firefly Forest by Arlie Richardson

The bushfire disaster has unearthed some talented emerging artists at Towamba Primary School, in the Bega Valley Shire. 

The region was one of the worst hit by the Border Fire and last week Bega Valley Shire's regional gallery launched an online exhibition of artworks from the students, called Fireflies. 

Some of the artwork is also being shown at the Wild Ryes bakery at Pambula, and there's a hope there can be a larger exhibition with all the artwork can be held later this year. 

Congratulations to all the students and the teachers, and mums and dads and carers who helped with this remarkable exhibition, and a special mention  to the students' mentor, artist Vickie McCredie. 


Above: Moriah Nelson's South East Forests 

Busy time for Far South Coast surf life savers


Surf Life Savers on the Far South Coast are reminding people to be careful around the water after being involved in several rescues over the long weekend.

 A rock fisher was lucky to survive after being washed into the sea at Pretty Point near Batemans Bay on Sunday morning.

The 34 year-old angler wasn't wearing a lifejacket at the time.

Batemans Bay Surf Club members Anthony Bellette and Ben Ralstone were called to help, although it took time to launch their inflatable rescue boat in the water due to large surf.

They were guided to the fisherman by the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter and managed to drag him into the boat, conscious and breathing before he was taken to McKenzies Beach for treatment and transport by NSW Ambulance.


That was followed by a call for the Narooma and Bermagui teams to Mystery Bay for a swimmer in distress.

Then on Monday morning the Pambula SLSC team was on deck for four people in the water off Haycock Point after their boat capsized.

The Pambula IRB crew was able to rescue three people and the Eden Water Police picked up the fourth in a great team effort with rescuers all working together.

Life savers have also thanked the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter for its backup.

Images: Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter


New squash courts a centre for many sports


The Bega Valley's squash players have a new state-of-the-art home, that has also been designed to cater for yogis, martial arts students, table tennis players and more.

Opened Saturday by Bega Valley Shire Mayor, Russell Fitzpatrick and local member, Kristy McBain, the Minister for Regional Development, Local Government and Territories, the specialist squash and multi-use courts are the latest addition to the Sapphire Aquatic Centre and Gym complex in Pambula.

Cr Fitzpatrick said the facility already had the seal of approval from local sports clubs.

“Members of our local squash and table tennis clubs have been really impressed with the quality of the new courts,” Cr Fitzpatrick said.

“From the outset, we wanted this facility to be flexible and be able to be used by a range of different sports and recreation groups.

“This meant not only accommodating the Merimbula Squash Club and the Far South Coast Table Tennis Club, but also ensuring it could be used for a broad range of sports and activities from yoga to martial arts and dance.

“Moveable central walls open the facility to a wide range of uses and we welcome enquiries from local sporting or community groups that may like to use this new space.

“The contractor of the court fit-out, ASB Squash has done a fantastic job under challenging circumstances, with specialist trade skills and key parts like the moveable walls held up in the Czech Republic during the COVID-19 lockdown.

“We’re thrilled with the results and of course extremely grateful for the Australian Government’s $850,000 contribution, provided under Round 4 of the Building Better Regions Fund.

“This, along with $70,000 of council funding has given the community a facility with many health and wellbeing benefits.”

Minister McBain said the facility was a great example of the community and different tiers of government working together.

“It is fantastic to see this facility come to fruition and be part of the official opening,” Minister McBain said.

“I was part of championing this project when I was mayor and had the fortune of working with a very engaged community, who will be rightly proud of their achievements. I know how important this facility is not just for our local sports clubs but for the broader community.

“People of all ages and abilities will be able to enjoy using the courts for a range of different activities.

“Importantly, the Merimbula Squash Club will now be able to run competitions, attract new players and hopefully build its membership.”

The multi-use squash courts are open and taking bookings from local clubs and groups. To make a booking and look up the fees and charges, go to council’s website.

This project was made possible with an $850,000 contribution from Round Four of the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund.

Image: Bega Valley Shire Council

Public FOGO trial starts in Pambula

Wheelers bin bank

An innovative trial bringing Bega Valley Shire Council’s popular food and organics FOGO collection to public bins has kicked off at two Pambula cafés.

Council’s FOGO for Business Project Officer, Rechelle Fisher said the trial at Wheelers Seafood Restaurant and Café, and Wild Rye’s Bakery is hoped to eventually expand to other locations if successful.

“The trial is a response to community demand for better public recycling bins that allow food scraps and compostable packaging to be separated from landfill waste,” Ms Fisher said.

“Many of us are used to separating waste, recycling and FOGO organics at home, and demand shows us people want to have the same choices with their public bins.

“We chose two businesses for the trial that predominantly use compostable and recyclable packaging as they represent the direction many businesses are starting to take.

“Increased consumer demand for responsible packaging has led to more businesses seeking compostable alternatives, and with the NSW Government single use plastics ban coming in June, this number will continue to grow.

“This trial will illustrate what public use bins will look like as our society moves further away from single-use plastic packaging.

“We needed to make the new bins super easy to use, with clear signage showing people how to choose the right bin, and minimising the likelihood of plastics and other non-organics contaminating the FOGO bin.

“The end result is practical, educational, easy to use, and it helps businesses to communicate their commitment to keeping valuable recyclables and resources away from landfill.

“We will run the trial for three months and gauge its effectiveness through monitoring for potential contaminants, but also by checking how the community feels about using public FOGO and recycling bins.

“The public FOGO bin trial is the first of its kind to happen in Australia, so many people will be keen to see how it goes.

“Pambula Village is a great place for us to start the trial–it already runs its own popular Plastic Free Pambula campaign, and is home to another trial involving twice-weekly FOGO bin collections for some businesses.”

The public-facing FOGO and recycling bin trial is partly funded by the FOGO for Business grant received the Environmental Trust as part of the EPA’s Waste Less Recycle More initiative, funded from the waste levy.

Image: Bega Valley Shire Council

Record season at Pambula Nippers

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Nipperette of the Year Maggie Bourke, with Nipper president, Andrew Holt. 

Pambula Nippers celebrated a great season at the annual presentation of awards recently where under-8-year-old’s right through to under 14’s were rewarded for their efforts.

Held at Pambula Surf Life Saving Club, Nipper President Andrew Holt thanked the Nippers and their parents for a great season which saw the Nippers participate in three surf carnivals and attend Sunday Beach Safety activities culminating in the Brats V Adults fun day in April.

It was also a record season for Nippers with 160 little Nippers participating in the program. 

Maggie Bourke and Lochy O,Duibhir were named Nipperette and Nipper of the Year while Jayden Rafferty and Ruby Bichard took out the All Heart awards in the U14 age group.

Ryder Woods, Will Walsh, Brandon Ford, Ava Whitby, Maley Whitby and Mia Williams took the U8 Age Champion, All Heart and Most Improved categories while Lincoln Thompson, David Campbell-Jones, Charlie Dryden, Isabella Evans, Emma Fraser and Eliza Dunwoody took the same categories in the U9’s.

In the U10 age group, Jonte Thompson, Kobi Woods, Ryan Ogilvie, Liam Duggan, Bella Tsogas, Bianca Boag and Maddie Nolan took the awards while in the U11’s recipients were Kalani Rizzotto, William Clapton, Oliver Dinwoodee, Georgia Scarlett, Amelia Walsh and Jade Matterson.

Jack Caldwell, Lachy Harvey, Flynn Whitby, Abby Fraser, Lilly Dryden and Imogen Bichard headlined the under 12 age group while Zac Ogilvy, Kai Holt, Conner Matterson, Tristan Madden, Hayden Leayr, Niamy O’Duibhir, Annabelle Gray and Isabella Williams were rewarded in the U13 age group.

Frank Davey, life member and long-time Wambiri Surf Life Saving Camp co-ordinator, made special presentations to three nippers moving into the senior active lifesaving ranks. Kai Holt, Ruby Bichard and Zac Ogilvie were all successful candidates receiving their Surf Rescue Certificate during the camp and will become volunteer lifesavers on patrol next season.