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Vol 16 September 15th 2017

28 December 7th,2020 2017 Vol 48 27th 2018 Vol 155 May 15th 111April July 12th 2019

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editorial Welcome to this week’s editorial, Most of us have been distracted over recent months by calamity. Our summer was very poor for the many businesses that need a summer trade to survive through the winter months, our region was already in its fourth quarter of recession which was the jusBficaBon for the State and Federal Government grants from their funds as a way to sBmulate the economy via the construcBon of the Batemans Bay Vol 16Regional SeptemberGrowth 15th 2017 28 December 7th, 2017 Vol 48 April 2018 and Nelligen bridges and the Mackay Park grants for a new pool and theatre. While some may say that the 111 July 27th 12th 2019 Bming of these grants prior to an elecBon were quesBonable the end resultant would see an injecBon into the region of $350m with some of that remaining in the area by way of accommodaBon and supermarket spends by employees. Summer arrived with posiBve expectaBons that our local businesses might be able to trade well enough to survive but that daydream soon turned to a nightmare of bushfires, an exodus of tourists, and then Covid. The region has been leE in shock. With already high unemployment, even higher under-employment and a high volume of casual seasonal workers our community is probably facing the highest unemployment rates it has experienced since the Depression. IniBally the financial impact of the fires was primarily felt by those who were fire affected but in Bme we came to realise that the fires had impacted, indirectly, so many more. And while the Recovery process availed funds to those directly affected we learnt of those who were falling through the net. All of a sudden we had our own poor of poor. DesBtute, barely able to make ends meet and now lining up for food and clothing. People, members of our community, who up unBl the fires were coping. Then came Covid to impact everyone collecBvely. Fortuantely there has been a net of sorts via Federal iniBaBves such as Job Keeper and Job Seeker and many of of our community now find themselves on these schemes … geJng by as best they can. If anything the schemes are just keeping our collecBve heads above water. If things remain as they are and don’t change. But what if they do change? What if you discovered that during the Covid hibernaBon your council was intent on increasing your rates by 2.6%, by increasing your water and sewer rates and increasing the fees and charges they have on tennis court hire, swimming pool admission, oval hire, Bp fees and all the things we pay for run by council. The councillors tell us it is OK. “it’s equal to the cost of a coffee each week” they say. While Bega Council and Shoalhaven Council have held long meeBngs to look at what cost savings they can apply and what fees they can waive for their residents such as excess water bills as a result of being bushfire aOack Eurobodalla councillors have not met for seven weeks and are offering no waiving of residenBal fees while pressing on for the rate increase even though they are projecBng a $6m surplus from their acBons. Many have also found that their land valuaBons have increased. On average around 10% but in some cases up to 68%. While you might smile and think “this is proof my property is worth more” the valuaBon is for Unimproved Value and is used to calculate how much you pay in Council rates and Land Tax. So while your increase might look reassuring it is going to be used to extract even more rates from you in the coming year. At the end of the day the Council will be puJng up rates by 2.6% based on your land value that just rose by 10%. If you pay rates you will have to pay these increases. You will have to direct your Job Keeper, Job Seeker or savings to paying them because there is NO opBon. Under Job Seeker and Job Keeper there will be many who can not afford to make ends meet. Mortgages will not be met, rents will not be paid and those with holiday houses will find that they now cost so much more per year to keep. There will be a disrupt in this sector and behind each story will be a family unable to afford the rents that have gone up due to rate increases. The silver lining however is that with so many houses affected by this there will be a downturn in the housing market as people sell and move. Rents will be forced down and with that will be the valuaBon of land that will force down Council’s capacity to gouge revenue from its ratepayers. If only they hadn’t been so greedy. UnBl next—Lei Beagle Editor…….. Lei Parker 0405100257 All Enquiries please email beagleweeklynews@gmail.com PO Box 3029 Tuross Head, NSW 2537 Copyright © South Coast Beagle Pty Ltd. All rights reserved. The Beagle Weekly is owned by SOUTH COAST BEAGLE PTY. LTD.

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COVID-19 cau(on con(nues as Council keeps playgrounds closed Eurobodalla Council is taking a cauBous approach to today’s easing of COVID-19 restricBons, choosing to Vol 16outdoor Septemberplaygrounds 15th 2017 and exercise equipment closed for now. Skate parks and public barbeques also leave 28 December 7th, 2017 Vol 48 April 27th 2018 111 July 12th 2019 remain off-limits. Picnic faciliBes will re-open from Friday 22 May. General Manager Dr Catherine Dale said the council will conBnue to monitor NSW Government advice. “Decisions will be taken systemaBcally and cauBously,” she said. “We’ve decided to err on the safe side of the Premier’s advice about playgrounds and skate parks, and ours will remain taped off for now. That’s because we don’t have the resources to clean outdoor equipment with a frequency we’d be comfortable with at this criBcal Bme. “It’s great to see restricBons starBng to wind back and that’s a result of people doing the right thing. We’ve now got to be careful we don’t get complacent.” Dr Dale said a plan was in place to re-open some of the shire’s larger playgrounds in coming weeks if the spread of the virus conBnued to slow. From Friday 15 May, the NSW Government will allow: · outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people · cafes and restaurants can seat 10 patrons at any one Bme and conBnue to provide takeaway services · up to 5 visitors may visit another household at any one Bme · weddings can have up to 10 guests plus the celebrant and couple · indoor funerals can have up to 20 mourners and outdoor funerals up to 30 · religious gatherings and places of worship can have up to 10 worshippers · outdoor playground and exercise equipment can be used with cauBon (Eurobodalla’s outdoor play and exercise equipment will remain closed for now) · outdoor pools will be open with restricBons (Batemans Bay and Moruya pools are closed for the season) Council's customer service locaBons are closed including the main office in Moruya. EssenBal services conBnue as normal, and you can sBll carry out business with Council online or over the phone. Call 4474 1000 and email council@esc.nsw.gov.au The libraries click and collect service started up again on Monday, and while the library buildings are closed for public browsing, online offerings including audiobooks are available 24/7. Council’s community transport service conBnues for local appointments and essenBal medical transport, and one-on-one services have begun again for Council’s community care clients. Social and group ouBngs are sBll on hold. Tennis courts are once again available for casual hire and for coaching, with condiBons. Eurobodalla Council’s Recovery Helpdesk is available during business hours Monday to Friday by phone on 4474 7434, anyBme by email at recovery@esc.nsw.gov.au and online at www.esc.nsw.gov.au/recovery Find the full list of Council closures at www.esc.nsw.gov.au/ coronavirus beagle weekly : Vol 155 May 15th 2020

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Water restric(ons for Eurobodalla end today, Friday 15 15th May. Vol 16 September 2017 Vol 28 December 7th, 2017 Vol 48 111April July 27th 12th 2018 2019

With the shire’s back-up water supply at Deep Creek Dam again over 90 percent, Eurobodalla returns from level 2 water restricBons to permanent water conservaBon measures. However, Council’s director of infrastructure Warren Sharpe said it was vital residents and visitors conBnued using water wisely.

Above: Eurobodalla’s back up water supply at Deep Creek Dam is again over 90 percent capacity but residents and business owners are urged to conBnue using water wisely with low river flow and below average rain predicBons for winter.

“If last summer showed us anything, it was the value of our water,” Mr Sharpe said. “Despite February’s flooding rain, the region remains very dry with the Department of Primary Industry classifying Eurobodalla in drought, and Bega Valley in intense drought. Our rivers are running low, and winter rain is forecast to be below average.” Mr Sharpe said he was confident the community accepted water conservaBon as a part of daily life. “Dropping water restricBons frees home owners from specific Bme slots to water gardens, which will be welcome as the days conBnue to shorten,” Mr Sharpe said. “That’s not a free-for-all on water. If rain hasn’t washed ash off your house, your hose isn’t going to either. Wash solar panels, screens and windows with a bucket of suds. Keep the trigger-nozzle hose for the final rinse.” Council recommends households and businesses adopt the following outdoor-use water pracBces during permanent water conservaBon measures:  Use water between 4pm and 10am using hand-held hoses, fixed sprinklers, drip-irrigaBon or micro-spray systems  Only wash hard surfaces – paths, decks, driveways – with a trigger-nozzle hose when cleaning up aEer dangerous spills, prior to painBng, or removing growths of algae or moss  Wash private vehicles, boats and flush motors on grass areas using buckets and a final rinse with a triggernozzle hose  Cover private swimming pools/external spas when not in use  Washing vehicles and watercraE at boat ramps is always banned. For more informaBon on permanent water conservaBon measures, visit www.esc.nsw.gov.au/water. For more informaBon on how to save water in the home or at work, visit hOps://www.esc.nsw.gov.au/living-in/ natural-environment/get-help/saving-water.

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HSC (metable released for 2020 exams Image: HSC exams start on 20 October and students receive results on 18 December. The 2020 HSC wriOen exam Bmetable was released today for the 75,000 students siJng the exams this year. Vol 16 September 15th 2017 28 December 7th, 2017 Vol 48 111April July 27th 12th 2018 2019

NESA Chief ExecuBve Officer Paul MarBn said the Bmetable would provide the certainty that students, teachers and parents have been looking for around the HSC. “Students have known that the HSC would be going ahead and this Bmetable provides the certainty many have been seeking about when their exams will take place,” Mr MarBn said. “This Bmetable starts five days later giving students some extra Bme at school aEer the Autumn holiday period while keeping to the original Bmeframe for releasing results. I want to reassure parents and students that the exams will be conducted in line with the expert health advice at the Bme of the exams, which are sBll five months away.” NSW schools are supporBng the return of HSC students to the classroom from this week with HSC students receiving on average three to four days at school each week. “I trust that now students have a definiBve plan and Bming for the exams that they can focus on achieving their best as they return to school,” Mr MarBn said.  120 wriOen exams will start with English on 20 October and 51 oral language exams will start on 15 August. 

Students will receive their HSC results on 18 December.

 All 2020 HSC students can access their personalised exam Bmetables via their Students OnlineExternal link account from 10am today. For more informaBon: visit educaBonstandards.nsw.edu.au/covid-19-adviceExternal link Contact the NESA COVID-19 support team on 1300 138 323 or covid19support@nesa.nsw.edu.au.

Nelligen Wharf closes for faceli5 Nelligen Wharf will be closed for two weeks from 25th May to give the historic wharf a major faceliE. The upgrade has been scheduled for the off-season and while COVID-19 restricBons are in place; tourism operators will have a safer wharf once restricBons have eased. The wharf’s support structures will be strengthened and a new deck added to welcome the many land based and river boat visitors to Nelligen.

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Clr McGinlay slams seven week gap of no council mee(ngs The Bay Post reports, as a front page arBcle, that Clr Vol 16 September 15th 2017 28 December 7th,slammed 2017 Pat "has a seven-week gap VolMcGinlay 48 2018 111April July 27th 12th 2019 between Eurobodalla Shire meeBngs as "ridiculous" saying the shire was in "a criBcal period, with COVID-19 on top of bushfire recovery". "It's coming close to the end of the financial year where we talk about the budget, rate increases, fee charge increases and the Mackay Park project," he said. A&er being poorly treated and all but ignored at the last Council Zoom mee(ng as he a)empted to call an Urgent Mo(on to reinstate normal Council mee(ng dates Councilor McGinlay will look to gain the Rather than take on the technology that the rest of the support of his fellow councillors in ge,ng back to world has embraced Eurobodalla Councillors have work a&er a seven week Covid holiday. instead decided that the Covid period was a holiday from their roles. Even the Mayor took to auto-replying on her emails saying "I am taking some Bme away from the office unBl 15 May 2020. My emails will not be regularly monitored during this Bme." "We should be meeBng once a fortnight, rather than have this ridiculous seven-week gap."

The Eurobodalla Council has not sat since April 7th and is not set to sit unBl May 26th. Following a desperate tourism summer, bushfires that ravaged the South East destroying Council property, assets and infrastructure and then Covid adding immeasurable consequences to the financial hardships of the region the Eurobodalla Councillors have deemed it best that they don't meet and will have failed to do so for seven weeks before their next meeBng that is set to endorse a 2.6% increase in rates. Bega Council, by example has met all of its Council meeBng obligaBons since January 1st adding two extraordinary meeBngs on as well recognising the important role it plays in the recovery process. It is understood that Councillor McGinlay will seek to have Council return to their meeBng calendar.

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Phase 1 of Wildlife And Habitat Bushfire Recovery Program Funding Underway Vol 16 September 2017 South East Local15th Land Services is implemenBng phase one of the Australian Government’s Wildlife and 28 December 7th, 2017 Vol 48 111April July 27th 12th 2018 2019 Habitat Bushfire Recovery package in response to the southern fires.

Funding of $200,000 has been provided to enable Local Land Services and partners to undertake immediate on-ground work in bushfire affected areas to protect threatened species and habitat. “The funds provided by the Australian Government, and ongoing support from the NSW Government, enabled us to move quickly to help protect threatened species in some key areas” said South East Local Land Services General Manager Anthony Marshall. “Post fires we knew that if there was to be any rain, erosion and the flushing of sediment and debris into catchments, would be a huge risk. So too would the movement and increased grazing pressure of large pests like deer. We were able to get these projects up and running quickly as we have the established teams and networks with the capacity to do this kind of work”. The South East Local Land Services team worked with the Mogo and Batemans Bay Local Aboriginal Land Councils to install emergency erosions miBgaBon control measures, including coir logs and placement of exisBng burnt Bmber, to prevent sediment run off in priority fire affected areas in the Deua River and Clyde catchments. In the Mongarlowe/Palerang area the team, working with some enthusiasBc community members, has also carried out an erosion miBgaBon project to help reduce the impact of post fire run off to areas of known habitat for the Macquarie Perch. On the Far South Coast the Local Land Services biosecurity team has targeted deer in areas where they have been observed post fire. Deer compete with naBve animals for food and put considerable grazing pressure on natural and pastured areas. “The whole region is sBll coming to terms with the impact of the fires, this work is important to us and the communiBes we support. We have more projects in the pipeline and look forward to working with our community partners in the coming months. This project is supported through the Australian Governments Wildlife and Habitat Bushfire Recovery Program”. For more informaBon about biosecurity or natural resource management issues in your areas please contact your nearest Local Land Services office on 1300 795 299.

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community Streamlined planning thanks to streetscape design ItVolcan take an outside eye to see the potenBal through the 16 September 15th 2017 28 December 7th, 2017 heartbreak. Vol 48 111April July 27th 12th 2018 2019 With much of Mogo devastated by bushfire on New Year’s Eve, two specialist firms have offered the town support with a rebuilding project that goes beyond re-establishing the village’s original charm. Planners Ethos Urban and traffic experts Complete Streets will provide Eurobodalla Council with pro bono assistance to support Mogo’s commercial property owners who lost buildings. Eurobodalla Council’s strategic land use coordinator Nathan Farnell said Council had met with the owners of the seven commercial buildings destroyed in the New Year’s Eve bushfire, and heard that onsite parking, bushfire protecBon measures and street-front setbacks were important concerns. “Ethos Urban and Complete Streets saw the difficulBes as their opportunity to contribute to our recovery and generously volunteered to help,” Mr Farnell said. “They will conduct a review of both the village and the regulaBons, looking at avenues to reduce the Bme and cost of rebuilding, and streamline Council’s development assessment process,” Mr Farnell said. “Then they’ll demonstrate how building constraints can be handled, providing property owners and Council with streetscape designs that maximise Mogo’s economic and social opportuniBes.” Principal planner Brendan Hoskins said Ethos Urban would draw on its integrated design and planning services – economic, social and urban – to help frame the village rebuild. “That means redeveloping the bushfire affected parts of Mogo to retain its unique charm but capitalise on opportuniBes that benefit this special village,” Mr Hoskins said. Mr Farnell described the project as exciBng, expecBng a “quick turnaround, just three months to deliver”. Shop owner and Mogo Business Chamber president Richard Adams described the project as “instrumental in rebuilding shops and providing the community with hope”.

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Prized headland not just a pre;y place Vol 16 September 15th 2017

28 December 7th, 2017 spot in PreOy Vol 48 Point is a2018 tranquil 111April July 27th 12th 2019 the middle of suburbia, and perhaps that’s why so many people hold it dear. Just south of Malua Bay, the 7.5 hectare headland has been prized by the surrounding community for decades.

Above: Eurobodalla Council’s invasive species coordinator Paul Mar(n with Sheila Box of McKenzies Beach Landcare group at Pre)y Point.

In the late 80s a group of willing workers from the surrounding neighbourhood banded together to transform PreOy Point from a barren dumping ground into an oasis for nature and people; offering walking tracks, bird and whale watching, and picnics with an ocean view. Sheila Box is a long-Bme local and current coordinator for the McKenzies Beach Landcare group and would oEen walk out on the headland “to dream”. “Our original vision was to create a haven for birds and animals, a place where the trees being planted would one day be full of life,” said Sheila. “We had the reserve closed to vehicles and got started tackling the blackberry, with helpers coming from as far as Canberra to lend a hand. There was also early help from our neighbours from Lilli Pilli/Malua Bay Landcare.” Unfortunately, the headland haven was hard hit by intense bushfire on New Year’s Eve, with almost all vegetaBon lost. Just a few eucalypts sBll stand, bright green leaves bursBng from blackened trunks – a last testament to the visionary community who planted them 30 years previously. Now seedlings are emerging through the ash. Sheila said the McKenzies Beach Landcare group would again pick up their tools and restore the natural haven of PreOy Point, with funds recently provided from Landcare Australia’s Bushfire Recovery Program. They will focus on replanBng vegetaBon that provides food and habitat for endangered species in the area, installing nest-boxes for shelter while the headland recovers, and assisBng specialists contracted to control the many opportunisBc weeds that have erupted from barren earth. Sheila knows the reserve will again be a preOy as a picture, and she sBll walks out to the point to dream. “Even though it’s burnt, there are sBll nooks and crannies where you can find beauty, and quiet, and enjoy the view.” For more informaBon on the PreOy Point restoraBon project contact Eurobodalla Council’s Landcare Coordinator Emma Paytus beagle weekly : Vol 155 May 15th 2020

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'OUT of the ASHES' rises like phoenix for local ar(sts The recent bushfires, and now Covid-19, have Vol 16 September 15th 2017 brought a major impact 28 December 7th, 2017 to the South East. From Vol 48 111April July 27th 12th 2018 2019

the ashes of the fires that destroyed so much of our region there has also come warmth, generosity and a collecBve community spirit that comes from so many sharing the same traumas and emoBons. Denise Straty was one of the many recovery personnel called into the region aEer the fires. She saw for herself the impact and she learnt of the lives of those affected. By way of a meeBng with Amanda, of Amanda's at Mogo, Denise learnt of the impact to the many South East arBsts and of their responses by way of art to the bushfires. WanBng to do what she could for those she met she returned to Sydney with an idea. To hold an ‘Out of the Ashes’ exhibiBon next month at The Wellington Gallery – a stunningly chic warehouse space in the inner-city Sydney suburb of Waterloo. Gallery owners Mark and Ray had generously offered the use of their exquisite venue and kindly waived any commission so that the full proceeds of each art sale would flow through to the parBcipaBng South Coast arBsts.

Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, they have had to put the dream of a physical exhibiBon on hold for the moment, but the good news is they’ve created the exhibiBon as a Facebook e-gallery where they invite visitors to read arBsts’ posts describing their individual tales of survival during the unprecedented deadly fire season and view their spectacular artworks.

The ar(sts profiled in this Beagle series is Amanda Williams Amanda Williams Pastel arBst. Amanda aOended the NaBonal Art School in East Sydney aOaining a Diploma of Fine Arts in 1990. She then returned to the South Coast, and with her mother Stephanie, bought an art supply store in Mogo in 1999, creaBng the much loved, Amanda’s of Mogo. She paints pastel landscapes from various painBng trips, and some more modern works with mixed media and collage. She captures the light, shadows, shape and form of the country and sea, and the beauty and feelings it evokes. She is the president of the South Coast Pastel Society inc. based in the Eurobodalla Shire.

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Eurobodalla Local Hero Nomina(ons Each year in the run up to NaBonal Volunteers Week Council call's for nominaBons for the annual Local Hero Award. NominaBons have now closed and the nominees are listed below. Vol 16 September 15th 2017

28 December 7th,recognises 2017 Vol 48 April 2018 111 July 27th 12th 2019 This annual award residents who make outstanding contribuBons to the Eurobodalla community; people who give up their own Bme for the benefit of others and for the community as a whole.

The Mayor has advised each of those nominated saying "Your nominaBon is a testament to your incredible work in our community. People recognise your work, the value of what you do and want to see you acknowledged for your extraordinary contribuBons to Eurobodalla. Your Breless commitment and dedicaBon to the community makes Eurobodalla an even beOer place to live. People like you are the reason our shire, our place, truly shines. "Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 we are unable to host a presentaBon ceremony to congratulate you in person. The winner of the Local Hero Award will be announced via media release, on Council’s Facebook page and on the Council website on 20th May 2020. The winner will also be contacted via phone."

2020 Nomina(ons Anthony Belle;e Anthony has gone above and beyond on many occasions as a Surf Lifesaving Member at Batemans Bay Surf Life Saving Club through regular weekend patrols, emergency call outs, new iniBaBves and training. Anthony was also the driving force in the organisaBon and operaBon of the unofficial evacuaBon centre at Batemans Bay Surf Club during the New Year’s Eve bushfires. Blaise Madden Blaise reBred to Tuross Head in 2010 and joined the Tuross Marine Rescue Unit. He was Unit Commander for six years and conBnues to be an acBve volunteer and trainer to this day. Prior to this, Blaise volunteered in New Guinea for three years in the 1970’s and achieved a life membership of Apex Australia. Bridie Young Bridie has been a volunteer for the Moruya Surf Life Saving Club Special Nippers program for six years and has since taken on a role to help coordinate the program. Having been a Rotary Youth Exchange student herself, Bridie now volunteers as a local liaison officer with the Moruya Rotary Club by checking on the welfare of exchange students and their host families. Darren McPartland Darren is involved with Broulee Surf Life Saving Club and supports local sports such as cricket, swimming and football. Darren is also the Principal of St Peter’s Anglican College and has gone above and beyond this role to support the community since the New Year’s Eve bushfires. He protected the school during the fires and has worked almost every day since to rebuild the College. Jim Scully Jim is the owner and manager of IGA Batehaven and lost his home during the New Year’s Eve bushfires. Despite his loss, Jim opened his store as soon as possible to provide an essenBal service to the community in a Bme of need. Jim has also been a long-Bme supporter of local sporBng clubs, schools and community events. John Tilbrook John is the voluntary Secretary of the Tuross Head Progress AssociaBon. He throws himself into his community duBes with enthusiasm and determinaBon. John, through his role as Secretary, has assisted with various projects in the Tuross Head area and is always looking for ways to improve the village for the community. ConBnues…………….. beagle weekly : Vol 155 May 15th 2020

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community Jonathon Chivers Jonathon is a NSW Ambulance Paramedic who has been on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic. AEer losing his home during the New Year’s Eve bushfires, Jonathon he has been a voluntary worker for the Nerrigundah fire recovery effort and has privately delivered water cubes to affected people in the region. Vol 16 September 15th 2017 28 December 7th, 2017 Vol 48 111April July 27th 12th 2018 2019

Kathryn Maxwell Kathryn is the coordinator of the Sustainable Agriculture and Gardening Eurobodalla’s (SAGE) ‘Veggies For All’ program where she assists with training sessions and the installaBon of raised garden beds for welfare recipients. Kathryn is also the Chair of the South Coast Health and Sustainability Alliance where she focuses on acBons to miBgate climate change for Eurobodalla. Leanne Manning Leanne is an acBve member of the Eurobodalla RSPCA and demonstrates real commitment to the welfare of animals in Eurobodalla. During the December/January bushfires, Leanne managed the care of a significant number of animals, including dogs, cats and birds, at the Moruya EvacuaBon Centre from dawn unBl dusk. Lei Parker Lei is the owner, editor and director of the Beagle weekly news. During the bushfire emergency, Lei spent long hours sharing crucial informaBon with the community through the online newspaper and the Beagle facebook page and more recently regarding Covid-19. Lei also established the popular South Coast Travel Guide website. Lisa Cornthwaite Lisa is a local businesswoman who specialises in renewable energy and she has been instrumental in driving posiBve change in terms of sustainable energy generaBon in Eurobodalla. Lisa is also an acBve member of the Bodalla Rural Fire Service and played an important role in responding to the December/January bushfire emergency. Mathew Hatcher (right) Mathew was the founder of the South Coast DonaBons LogisBcs team who is supporBng the community during the bushfire recovery in Eurobodalla as well as the Tathra bushfires. Mathew volunteered on the Batemans Bay Business and Tourism Chamber, Sculpture on Clyde, CulBvate Space and oEen donates to various chariBes and iniBaBves. Rebecca Thorley Rebecca assisted in the set up of the Greater Mogo Fire Recovery Team (GMFR) following the bushfire emergency. Rebecca and volunteers assisted in delivering items such as generators, fuel and basic tools to the area following the bushfires. Rebecca and her team now assists with welfare checks for residents and maintains the GMFR website.

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Home learning and teaching during COVID 19 As part of its inquiry into the educaBon of students in remote and complex environments, the House EducaBon CommiOee wants to know more about the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on home learning and teaching. Vol 16 September 15th 2017 28 December 7th, 2017 Vol 48 111April July 27th 12th 2018 2019

The inquiry was iniBally launched in December, and has received submissions from a wide range of stakeholders and experts. The CommiOee has outlined areas of interest, but in recent months suspended its program of hearings because of the pandemic. ‘As Australian students and teachers move to the next phase, we are again inviBng views – we are sure that lessons being learned help improve our understanding of a student’s educaBon journey in remote and complex environments’, said Mr Andrew Laming MP, Chair of the CommiOee. ‘The CommiOee has been examining how educaBon meets the learning needs of students and how barriers in the educaBon journey are overcome. The response of Australian schools to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the need for rapid adaptaBon to home and online learning, has clearly accelerated the importance of flexible and well-supported responses,’ Mr Laming said. ‘We want to expand our range of evidence into specific lessons and consequences of rapid and flexible home and online learning and teaching. The CommiOee hopes to learn more about how these new flexible approaches might conBnue to be applied in remote and complex environment long aEer schools return to ‘normal’ face-to-face teaching,’ Mr Laming said. ‘We also hope that some of the excellent stakeholders we’ve heard from so far might give us the benefit of their recent, COVID-19 experience so that we can take this inquiry forward.’ Beyond hearing more about adaptaBons and soluBons to challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the CommiOee’s areas of interest include      

small remote schools; parBcularly in challenging areas like the tri-state area of central Australia; career counselling of remote students and means of connecBng them to further educaBon or local employment; challenges faced by regional schooling providers and iniBaBves in place; how families of vulnerable young children can access, enrol and remain in early learning, and the collaboraBon between early and primary educaBon; the performance and monitoring of those in home schooling to maintain naBonal minimum standards; and access and support to deliver the Australian Curriculum (including STEM) in a flexible way, to meet local learning needs and interests of remote students, including examples of innovaBve ways in which the curriculum is being delivered in remote schools.

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Caravanners and campers 7 (mes more likely to take an immediate holiday The caravan and camping sector can lead the road to recovery for regional tourism with an average spend of $584 trip according to Tourism Research Australia, and over 500,000 travellers indicaBng they’d take a Vol 16per September 15th 2017 28 December 7th, two 2017months. Vol 48 2018 camping trip27th within 111April July 12th 2019 This has the potenBal to kick-start the recovery for tourism and inject over $292 million dollars directly into the hands of regional tourism operators who rely on caravanners and campers travelling to experience a wide variety of aOracBons. The intenBon to go caravan and camping is significantly higher than general travel intenBon, with only 12% of the broader Australian populaBon planning to book a holiday in the next three months, indicaBng that caravan and camping travellers are seven Bmes more likely to take a holiday in the next three months than the rest of Australians. With restricBons beginning to ease in parts of the country, this is great news for the many regional communiBes who rely on this market to support local jobs. With over 711,000 registered RV’s and thousands of free-standing roofed accommodaBon opBons, it presents a massive opportunity for towns all around Australia. Most caravan and holiday parks have implemented COVID-19 safe guidelines already, catering for permanent residents, essenBal workers and stranded caravanners. This includes contact tracing, social distancing and increased hygiene regimes in common areas and ameniBes. Unlike other accommodaBon they also don’t have shared liEs and lobbies or shared air-condiBoning faciliBes. This economic opportunity is reflecBve of the pent-up demand of those that own caravan and camping product which has been siJng idle for months.

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David Pope adds Rosedale and Batlow to his South Coast is Calling series Canberra Times cartoonist David Pope has added two new images to his South Coast is Calling that supports bushfire affected communiBes. Rosedale and Batlow. The South Coast is Calling is a campaign by the newspaper group ACM featuring the artwork of Walkley Award-winning cartoonist David Pope. Readers of ACM publicaBons may have noBced a series full page images of each of the posters published over recent weeks. These stunning artworks are available as high quality prints from Redbubble, a free marketplace that helps thousands of arBsts reach new audiences and sell their work more easily. Drawing on the tradiBon and romance of vintage travel posters, David Pope's posters encourage people to discover or rediscover areas of the south coast affected by the summer bushfires. David's art has raised $45,000 already. All profits from the sale of prints and merchandise will be donated to south coast bushfire recovery through the FoundaBon for Rural and Regional Renewal Public Fund which was established in 2000 by the Australian Government and the Sidney Myer Fund, to meet the needs of rural and regional Australia. You can view and order David's stunning posters HERE h;ps://www.redbubble.com/people/coas(scalling/shop beagle weekly : Vol 155 May 15th 2020

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New Forum To Build Community Resilience A5er The Fires. A GROUNDBREAKING NEW PROGRAM aimed at building resilience and hope in rural and regional communiBes will bring world-leading fire and trauma recovery experts to Bega and Eurobodalla next week. Vol 16 September 15th 2017

28 December 7th, 2017 Vol 48 2018 Farmers for27th Climate AcBon, a group of farmers and rural leaders working to ensure farmers and regional 111April July 12th 2019 communiBes are a key part of the soluBon to climate change, are hosBng a virtual Community Resilience forum for the Bega and Eurobodalla community on 19 May at 8:45am.

The free forum, which is open to the en(re community to a;end, will look at the impact of the catastrophic bushfires on the South Coast, and how the community can develop strength and resources to rebuild to face the challenges of climate change. Featured speakers include Emergency Leaders for Climate AcBon chair and former NSW RFS Commissioner Greg Mullins and disaster and trauma recovery expert, clinical psychologist Dr Rob Gordon. Greg Mullins, former Commissioner of Fire & Rescue NSW, fought the fires at Batemans Bay on New Years Eve as an RFS volunteer. He said that the local community has shown incredible strength during tragedy, but that planning for a future that involves worsening bushfires is necessary due to the effects of climate change. “There aren’t many communiBes in the world that have had to face what the South Coast went through over summer, and prior to that, in Tathra in 2018. We’ve never before seen bushfires on this scale - but they’re going to become a regular occurrence unless we take urgent acBon to reduce greenhouse emissions. That means everyone has to have a plan for survival. “During the summer’s fires, the phone towers went, electricity failed, and all access was cut off. There was no radio, no internet, no phones, so nobody could get emergency warnings. There was no refrigeraBon, no medicaBon available for people who needed it, and food stocks dwindled. “Everything can fall over so quickly, and a big part of building resilience is going back to basics and asking yourself whether you have the essenBals for survival, whether you can cope on your own if everything “normal” is suddenly gone. Resilience begins at home, in local communiBes, and at all levels of government,” said Mr Mullins. Wendy Cohen, CEO of Farmers for Climate AcBon, said that regional communiBes such as Bega and Eurobodalla have had a very difficult year, and that the forum aims to bring people together to develop strategies to face the challenges that lie ahead. “Rural and regional Australians have an extraordinary capacity for coming together and tackling challenges as one,” Cohen said. “It has been a tough few months of bushfires and social isolaBon, but we want to bring people together to idenBfy and pursue the soluBons that will make communiBes stronger, more resilient against climate and economic threats, and help alleviate the threat of climate change,” she said. Anyone who is interested in joining this free, online forum can register their details at www.farmersforclimateac(on.org.au/bega_2020_forum Note: While called a Bega Forum it is for all the South East community.

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Flex some muscle for Mental health: The PushUp Vol 16Challenge September 15th 2017 28 December 7th, 2017 Vol 48 111April July 27th 12th 2018 2019

The Push-Up Challenge is raising money to support headspace, Na(onal Youth Mental Health Organisa(on, which is an organisaBon working to strengthen the mental health and wellbeing of young Australians. The Push-Up Challenge started in 2018 and aims to raise awareness of mental health in Australia. This year, The Push-Up Challenge highlights the devastaBng number of Australian lives lost to suicide in 2018. 3,046 push-ups for 3,046 lives lost to suicide Take on The Push-Up Challenge to help make a real dierence to millions of young people living with mental health challenges. Mental health issues are not limited to young Australians. Around 75 per cent of mental illnesses occur for the ďŹ rst Bme before a person turns 25. By supporBng The Push-Up Challenge, you're supporBng an organisaBon that addresses the unique barriers young people face to accessing mental health support. It all began on the 11th of May but you can catch up. You'll be compleBng 3,046 push-ups in 21 days. The target amount per day varies and whilst you can catch up if you fall behind, you can't get ahead. Leading up to the event headspace released their Sweet Online Tracker which allows you to track your push-ups and see how others in your team are going too. The Tracker is super easy to use and no download is required. It is available through the website. Whilst fundraising is an opBonal part of this event, they do encourage it. Your contribuBon will help headspace to conBnue promoBng the importance of help-seeking, breaking down the sBgma of mental ill health and making sure every young Australian knows they are not alone. Register now and start raising funds to support headspace.

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New partnership to support community groups on the South Vol 16 September 15th 2017 Coast 28 December 7th, 2017 Vol 48 111April July 27th 12th 2018 2019 The FoundaBon for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) and The Snow FoundaBon have announced a $2.5 million, mulB-year partnership that will help boost the confidence, ability and skills of not-for profit organisaBons (NFPs) in Batemans Bay, Nowra and Ulladulla.

This partnership has been formed to support a placedbased program - InvesBng in Rural Community Futures (IRCF). This program was first launched in 2018, with FRRR and the Vincent Fairfax Family FoundaBon partnering with local organisaBons in Leeton, Junee and Nambucca Valley across a five-year period. Now, with the support of The Snow FoundaBon, FRRR can build on the momentum of this important program to support organisaBons across the South East region to keep going, and ulBmately, thrive.

Above: Terry Snow. The Snow Founda(on is the crea(on of brothers Terry Snow and George Snow who established the founda(on in 1991 to benefit the disadvantaged community in Canberra and beyond to enable individuals and organisa(ons to introduce posi(ve change. Terry and George had a pre)y straigh6orward view, see someone

The IRCF Shoalhaven program will see FRRR work with local NFPs over a five-year period to determine how they can best help themselves, so they can effecBvely focus on what they set out to do to help their community. To kick-start the program, each community will receive up to $175,000 in Start-Up Grants for NFPs in Batemans Bay, Nowra and Ulladulla. FRRR will work with local groups to determine how this funding can be best uBlised so it makes the greatest impact now, and into the medium to long-term. These Start-Up Grants are flexible and designed to support organisaBons in their capacity to deliver services. This support could include costs like invesBng in community leadership, skills and training, strengthening communicaBons and networks, human resources, mentoring or even wages for operaBonal planning. FRRR’s CEO, Natalie Egleton, says the team at The Snow FoundaBon share FRRR's belief that local leaders are best placed to know what is going to make the biggest difference in their community. “The drought, bushfires and now COVID-19 have highlighted the important role that not-for-profit groups play across the Shoalhaven region. They are embedded in the community, so they know what is needed. However, many groups are struggling to know how to sustain themselves so they can conBnue this important work. "Through the IRCF program, we will work with local leaders so they can more effecBvely focus on what they set out to do and help meet both the current and emerging needs of their communiBes. “The answers will come from within the community. FRRR's role will be to act as facilitators and supporters, to enhance the ability of local leaders to deliver the change they wish to see. The ulBmate aim of the IRCF program is to break the cycle of a reliance on short-term funding and invest in the long-term viability of core not-for profit groups.” beagle weekly : Vol 155 May 15th 2020

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Get The Flu Jab And Help Reduce The Spread This year’s flu jab15th vaccine Vol 16 September 2017 is now available and everyone is 28 December 7th, 2017 Vol 48 April 27th 2018 111 July 12th 2019 encouraged to get the vaccine jab and help reduce its its severity and spread. There are many opBons for people who want to get the flu vaccinea flu jab, including: • GPs • Pharmacies • Clinics across Southern NSW Local Health District Margaret BenneO, Chief ExecuBve Southern NSW Local Health District says while the flu vaccine won’t combat COVID-19, it will help reduce the severity and spread of flu. “We’re urging everyone who can be vaccinated to do so and help stop the spread of the infecBon in the community especially to others more vulnerable, like children and the elderly. “The flu can lower a person’s immunity and make them suscepBble to other illnesses which could make them more suscepBble to other illnesses such as COVID-19.” People aged 65 and over, pregnant women, Aboriginal people and those with high-risk medical condiBons can be vaccinated for free by GPs under the NaBonal ImmunisaBon Program. There’s also a free free NSW-funded vaccine is available to all children aged six months to five years. It’s recommend you call your GP, clinic or pharmacist to ensure the vaccine available. For updated clinic Bmes see below Read more informaBon at NSW Health

Join Fire and Rescue NSW Sta(on 217 Batemans Bay on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday next week for Open Day. Four 4 days of streaming talking about PrevenBon and Preparedness within our community StarBng Monday May 18th at 10am on the Fire and Rescue NSW StaBon 217 Batemans Bay Facebook page Be sure to Like and Follow Fire and Rescue NSW Sta(on 217 Batemans Bay to be noBfied of the video sessions when they stream LIVE.

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community It's your last weekend to catch Head On Photo Festival's 'Watch and Act' exhibition of bushfire photography: https://www.headon.com.au/exhibitions/watch-and-act But you can still see the Walkley Foundation's exhibition of

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behind the shots, over here: https://www.walkleys.com/bushfire-digital-photo-exhibition/

The Walkley Founda(on presents a digital photojournalism exhibi(on It was the Black Summer – a summer of devastaBon and heartbreak that ravaged the eastern seaboard from the mountains to the sea, from south east Queensland, through the Bmbered coastal communiBes and hinterlands of New South Wales and into north eastern Victoria. The flames turned their fiery breath on Tasmania and laid waste to more than half of South Australia’s iconic Kangaroo Island. In total more than 10 million hectares would be burnt out. Old hands had feared this was coming. Long months, in some places years, of drought had sucked the last vesBges of moisture from forest and farm, coastal hamlet and urban fringe. The landscape was one vast Bnderbox. In remote country, searing winds fanned strikes from dry lightning, giving birth to the megafires – infernos of previously unmatched intensity. The winds carried the stench of charred bush into the hearts of ciBes. Thousands sheltered where they could as fire ringed holiday desBnaBons and choking smoke turned day to night. Ordinary men and women, the firefighters of the Rural Fire Service, became the naBon’s heroes. But alongside them worked the professional photographers, documenBng the raw ferocity of the blazes, the bravery of those who baOled them and the hope and heartbreak of communiBes in the path of the flames. The work of these photojournalists took us into the heart of that epic baOle, and their unforgeOable images will forever inscribe on the naBon’s memory what that Bme was like. – Deborah Snow (@DeborahSnow), The Sydney Morning Herald (read “A summer of flame“)

“The summer Australia burned, 2019-2020” showcases the excepBonal work produced by Australian photojournalists during the 2019-2020 bushfire season. The exhibiBon, curated by industry photo editors to represent a diversity of photographers, documents the scale of the tragedy and its impact on affected communiBes, as much as it captures the communal spirit and resolve that came out of the worst fires in recent Australian history. – The Walkley FoundaBon

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Finger limes It is the Bme of the season for finger limes. They have them at Southlands. There seem to be plenty of ideas about what to with these things, like puJng them on oysters or using15th them in salad dressing but we decided we wanted to see what Vol 16 September 2017 28 December 7th, 2017 Vol 48 April 27th 2018 111 July 12th 2019 happened when you baked with them. Would they be a subsBtute for the other kind of lime? What could we make with them? The finger lime’s botanical name is Citrus Australasica and as you can guess from the name, they are an Australian naBve. They look like a finger, hence their common name, and they come in different colours though they are usually a browny-green colour. When you break them open, they are full of liOle pearlescent globules that have an effervescent tangy flavour when you chew them. You can dry the peel and use it as a flavouring though that sounds like a hassle. They’re preOy easy to grow but if you do grow them you will almost certainly get more than you can ever possibly use.

Red finger lime with juice vesicles par(ally extracted (Source: Wikipedia)

The limes usually available to buy are Persian limes. They’re hybrids and formed from crossing key limes and lemons. But we are not here for a lesson in botany and neither do we need to know a whole lot about finger limes to be cook with them. You cannot quite use them instead of the limes we normally buy but you can use them to augment them. The “finger lime caviar” - as some are wont to call the liOle pearls of flavour (more properly called “vesicles”) - turns into brownish specks as it is baked but it seems to release its flavour as it does so. So, here are a couple of easy recipes. Of course, you’ll need flour, but it seems everyone has been panic-buying that. Of course, I know that you haven’t been doing that and neither did we.

Finger lime cupcakes Ingredients DirecBons 1 cup flour Preheat the oven to 175°C, line muffin pans with preOy paper liners (or even ¾ cups self-rising flour ugly liners; it won’t affect the taste) and set them aside 115 gm buOer 1¼ cups sugar SiE the flours together in a medium bowl In a large mixing bowl, beat the buOer unBl smooth. Add the sugar and beat 2 eggs 1/8 cup finger lime caviar to blend. One at a Bme, add the eggs. and 1/8 cup fresh lime Add the lime caviar and lime juice, lime zest and food colouring. (Note that juice, mixed together when you add the limes and food colouring, the mixture may look 1 tbsp lime zest curdled.) ¼ tsp green food colouring Beat in the flour mixture in 3 addiBons, alternaBng with the buOermilk in 2 ¾ cup buOermilk addiBons. Icing Fire the baOer into the muffin pans – you will get 15 muffin-sized cakes out of the quanBBes here Bake the cupcakes for 20 minutes, unBl a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Let the cupcakes sit for 10 minutes then transfer them to a wire rack to conBnue cooling. To make the icing, sieve about a cup of icing sugar into a bowl and add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice a liOle at a Bme. Be cauBous here … too much liquid in you will be in a world of pain. Once the cakes are cool, smear the icing over them … and eat them. Note: You may ask: how green is green? Well, you just go for it. If you’re baking for kids, I guess the more garish they are the quicker they will be eaten. beagle weekly : Vol 155 May 15th 2020

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Finger Lime Biscuits

Ingredients Dry stuff

Yield 35 biscuits 20 gm each

Mix together and siE:

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Preheat convenBonal oven to 175°C and line 2 baking trays with baking paper Cream buOer and sugar in electric mixer unBl light and fluffy Gradually add in lime juice mixture Fold in flour about ½ cup at a Bme to form a pliable dough Mould dough evenly into 15 – 20 gm balls about the size of walnuts Dip/roll each ball in sugar/spice mix unBl well coated and an evenly shaped ball Place onto baking trays and flaOen with a glass (or similar) so that the biscuits are 3 – 4 cm apart as the dough spreads whilst baking Bake 15 – 20 mins, rotaBng trays every 7 minutes. Biscuits are cooked when bases are golden, and edges start to colour Leave them to cool and then get stuck in.

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250 gm plain flour 1 tsp baking powder ¼ tsp salt ¼ tsp nutmeg ¼ tsp cinnamon Wet stuff Mix together: 185 gm room temperature bu)er 220 gm castor sugar Lime juice mix 1 tbsp finger lime zest (approx 8 small finger limes) 2 tbsp lime juice 2 tbsp Finger lime pearls Rolling stuff Mix together the following in small bowl to roll biscuit dough in: 60gm castor sugar ¼ tsp nutmeg ¼ tsp cinnamon


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Gadfly 113 by Robert Macklin Sadly, it seems, we’re going to allow this loathsome pandemic to bare our self-inflicted wounds without grabbing the opportunity to heal them. And this applies as much to our Vol 16 September 15th 2017 28 December 7th, 2017 Vol 48 27th 2018 economic societal defects at home as to our international deformities. 111April Julyand 12th 2019

In between splutters, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg parroted the Party line to Parliament as laid down by his Prime Minister – once the Covid-19 horror is more or less under control, it’s back to business as usual. The old Newstart returns, industrial relations gets a milder form of Work Choices; rip-off privatisation makes a comeback across the board; and lots of money will be spent supporting a two -horrible-airlines policy. Well, no surprises there. On the Labor side, there was another ‘vision statement’ from Anthony Albanese but virtually nothing concrete, merely an easy assertion that Job Keeper and Job Seeker will need to continue beyond the September guidelines. It reminded me of the evening sea mist that often passes through Tuross like a ghost and fades away to nothingness. In a sense it was understandable. A polite chap, Albo, and very aware that there’s a sensitivity abroad about becoming too political during the battle against the pandemic. But he could easily have framed an alternative manifesto as an invitation to Scott Morrison and his legions to join in remaking the battlefield once the unseen enemy had been defeated. He might have said that the time has come to tackle the rising inequality in a society that used to pride itself on the notion that equality of opportunity is the Australian way. And the sensible move might be to enlist the cohort of women like Sally McManus and Michele O’Neil who are running the trade union movement with good, well-thought-out ideas for improving productivity, participation and job security; and who cooperated so well during war. He might have congratulated Morrison for accepting and responding to the medical experts, thus revitalising the role of science and empirical evidence in dealing with complex issues. And it would be a small but logical next step to tackle the even more threatening issue of climate change. But it’s no good Albanese setting an ambitious target for emissions reduction without charting a path to achieve it, one that not only employs coalminers in better jobs but brings prosperity to the regions that depend on them. It didn’t need to be too detailed but it should be headed by a committee of experts (chaired by a Ross Garnaut figure) and include some of the more level-headed MPs from the major parties. The international issues are easily identified and soluble with a similar non-partisan approach. Somehow, we’ve allowed ourselves to become the meat in a sandwich torn between Trump’s schizophrenic United States and Emperor Xi Jinping’s China seeking redress for the vile humiliations of the European colonialists. Surely, the only sensible response is to leave the sandwich, let them rage at each other while we (and New Zealand) develop a much more congenial group of friends and neighbours in the Pacific and Southeast Asia with whom to trade, tour and develop agreements. We wouldn’t ignore the big guys in the neighbourhood, but by working together we could get a much better deal with each of them. Sure, we’d need a very active foreign service, and a well-balanced aid regime. But at least it’s preferable to being in a sweaty wrestling ring with a pair of half-trained heavyweights carrying clubs. And after all the horrors of bushfires, hailstorms and this hideous pandemic, at least we’d have an inspiring goal to aim for. robert@robertmacklin.com beagle weekly : Vol 155 May 15th 2020

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FAMILY HISTORY CORNER No. 5 Instalment Number 5 of Roy Lupton's FAMILY HISTORY CORNER No 5 11 April 2020 In this episode I will try to show you some of the benefits of being a paid up member of Ancestry.com. Vol 16 September 15th 2017 28 December 7th, 2017 Vol 48 111April July 27th 12th 2018 2019

There are two main benefits: 1. You are able to access millions of sources – both transcribed and original – stored by Ancestry. 2. You can easily aOach these sources to people in your family tree. Similar benefits are available from Findmypast and MyHeritage. I decided to take as an example a well-known person who lived in Moruya 100 years ago. Abraham Forster EmmoO was the son of the founder of the EmmoO Beehive Stores and he and his brother built the historic building that now houses the Moruya Museum. read the full arBcle HERE hOps://www.beagleweekly.com.au/post/family-history-corner-no-5

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Reading—Le;er to the editor The Beagle Editor, How sad it is that we are sBll discussing Mackay Park. While the generous grants we received form State and Federal coffers were a unique possibility to showcase the creaBve strands of our community, and upgrade and give all Vol 16access September 15th 2017 year to the pool for coaching and health purposes, we are sBll reeling 28 December 7th, 2017 Vol 48 111April July 27th 12th 2018 2019 from the Council-proposed (and State approved) outcome of a non-Olympic pool, an enormous gym in compeBBon to local businesses and a closed in theatre space with no room for expansion. This will be at the cost of our Community Centre, as many assets as possible sold (primarily green space, but also our Moruya Race Course), the loss of the old Bowlo site from Community Use and a proposed business plan (sBll secret) that appears to mean an ongoing loss for us and a predicted big blowout above the grant allocaBon of some 10 million. Perfex lobbied for years for an interacBve creaBve hub, with a vibe that encouraged people to get involved. That would have helped business too. Tying it to the AquaBc Centre has always been a bizarre concept; the closed in theatre complex does not allow for expansion or inclusion or interacBon of the wider community, and another gym is certainly unwarranted. Yes, the common sense soluBon is to defer and re-locate an Arts Centre to the Old Bowlo site; drop the gym (support the local businesses); keep the Community Centre (for Meals on Wheels and 'ordinary' community acBviBes) and design something within our means (remember the General Manager’s dictum?) rather than taking away community assets (seen and unseen) and risking huge losses. It will look grand no doubt and there will be a fanfare when it opens- if it does - but openings are not the long story - whether the community uses it is, and if it is affordable and creates flow-on benefit is the real test. Unfortunately the council seems to have goOen themselves on a 'train' they do not want to get off. I don’t doubt the pool faciliBes will be used – we have needed a therapeuBc pool for a long Bme and will use it more and more as our aged demographic peaks, and our young people thrive – but the Arts Centre is not an Arts Centre at all, just a theatre and a few tack-ons. I wish I was wrong about this limited use in the community, oEen talked about as an upcoming white elephant, but I doubt it. Please, community, fight for what we really want, including keeping the Community Centre and our natural environment that we spruik so much about in our tourism brochures. We are going to need all the incenBves we can to bring in business and yet maintain our community, familyfriendly environment which is so treasured that 40% of our houses, some 57 motels, several resorts and caravan parks, plus many B&Bs and numerous private leJngs are dedicated to people coming here for holiday pleasure. Yes, government bodies are there to provide worthwhile community faciliBes that may run at a loss but, aEer all our calamiBes – bushfire, floods, the covid virus and its restricBons – we do not need an expensive giE on top of these, especially one that will cost us forever. Susan Mackenzie, President, Perfex Inc. beagle weekly : Vol 155 May 15th 2020

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Think about it by John Longhurst “Time for school Ella, up...... now.... come on.... it’s all safe..... hurry up!” She thought about Vol 16 September 15thgeJng 2017 up. 28 December 7th, 2017 Vol 48 111April July 27th 12th 2018 2019

In fact everyone was thinking about it. GeJng up. GeJng back to normal. The pandemic was under control. The government had been preOy successful in tucking everyone under the doona for the last six weeks. It was nice and warm and winter was coming. But now no one was moving. The whole country was comfortable in bed. Everyone just thought about what needed to be done. They thought about having a shower, they thought about geJng dressed, they thought about packing lunches, they thought about bringing the garbage bins in, they thought about catching public transport, they thought about going to work. And then collecBvely everyone just rolled over. And thought about it a bit more. But no one was geJng up. The real economy was aghast. The Prime Minister, as leader of the real economy, interrupted morning radio broadcasts with a plea “Australia wake up. Get out of bed. Let’s get things moving. Let’s snap back.” Everyone wanted five more minutes. Everyone was so focused on those five more minutes, it happened. It just happened. There was no need to get out of bed. The ‘Thinking About It’ economy was born. In hindsight it was a logical development. From the real economy, to the technology inspired virtual economy to the thinking about it economy. Everyone just thought about what they should do. ProducBvity soared. People thought about beOer ways of doing things. People thought about what they would like to eat, where they would like to travel to. People thought about all sorts of things. Kids became astronauts with a bat of the eyelids. World problems were solved in a snore. The simplicity and power of the ‘thinking about it’ economy shocked the pre pandemic world. The ‘thinking about it economy’ soon dwarfed all other sectors of the stock exchange. Obesity levels plummeted as people thought about going to the gym. EducaBon levels soared as people thought about studying. Tourism boomed as people thought about going on holidays. Anything could be achieved if you thought about doing it in the new economy. “ELLA! I’m thinking about coming up there and geJng you out of bed!” Ella thought about that.

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Reading—history Moruya Examiner May 15 1920 COURT HOUSE FENCE.- Mr. Brogan received a telegram from contractor Veitch, who is at present in Sydney, staBng that he had interviewed the Works Dept. and they would not sancBon the erecBon of a stone curbing Vol September 15th 2017 and16fence around the Court House as suggested by the local Progress AssociaBon, only the fencing is to be 28 December 7th, 2017 Vol 48 111April July 27th 12th 2018 2019 erected. SOLDIERS’ SETTLEMENTS.- Messrs. Stuart Belcher and Styles were in town during the week. These gentlemen are out surveying land set apart for soldiers’ seOlement, and last week were over “Dalmeny”. Bodalla for this purpose. QUICK SALE FAIR.- Something new and novel in the form of a Quick Sale Fair will be conducted by the Red Cross Society to raise funds for the endowment of a cot at Renwick Hospital. This fascinaBng funcBon, which will embrace hours of merriment, will take place in the Shire Hall on Tuesday, 1st June. HIGH COST OF BOOKS.- Book publishing in London has reached a crisis and it is quite possible that very soon the business will pracBcally cease. Mr. John Muray, the well-known publisher, states that he is daily rejecBng interesBng new works. The cost of producBon of even reprints has more than trebled and prices are sBll rising. The public will not buy for 15s a book formerly retailed at 5s. PRESENTATION.- A most enjoyable social evening took place in the Mechanics’ Hall on Wednesday evening, the occasion being a presentaBon to Miss B. Skehan on the eve of her marriage with Mr. Harold (“Wedge”) Ryan. The stage was tastefully arranged as a drawing room and doOed about the hall were small tables. Mr R. B. Heffernan presided..….an excellent program consBtuted the first part of the evening, all the arBsts acquiJng themselves creditably. … POUNDKEEPER.- - Mrs. Dal Irwin, of Gundary, has been appointed pound-keeper by the Shire Council. Now owners of wandering stock look out! AN OLD LAND MARK.- Mr. M. KeaBng, who was many years ago lessee of the Kildare Hotel in Queen- street, has now purchased the old building and ground. Mr. J.T. Brogan, with a staff of helpers, has commenced the demoliBon of the old land-mark. We understand that it is the new owner’s intenBon to build an up-to-date residence on the allotment. APPEAL COURT.- On Wednesday before Mr. J. L. Shropshire, P.M., the following appeals against the Eurobodalla Shire assessment were dealt with: Thos Gorman, porBon 104, Parish of Bateman, was reduced from £329 to £165; Wm. Thomas, porBons 166 and 167, Parish of Wandella from £75 to £25; H.W. Luck, porBons 15 and 21, Parish of Moruya, from £519 to £350; and Public Trustees, account of Gaustard Estate, from £144 to £125. ECCLESIASTICAL,- It is with profound regret that we have to announce that the Rev. Father Bossence has been appointed to Gunning Parish for three months. It is only a short Bme since Father Bossence’s arrival in our midst, but during that period he has endeared himself into the hearts of his parishioners and general public alike, both spiritually and socially. We do not hold with constant changed in any avocaBon, but when it means the severance of a beloved pastor and his flock it is parBcularly to be regreOed.

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Films set to debut at over 20 film fes(vals Vol 16 September 15th 2017 around the world, will 28 December 7th, 2017 Vol 48 111April July 27th 12th 2018 2019 stream on YouTube for free. Tribeca Film FesBval and YouTube join to lead 20 internaBonal film fesBvals, including SFF, to present a global ediBon. Sydney Film FesBval joins film fesBvals from around the world to launch We Are One: A Global Film FesBval, an unprecedented 10-day digital fesBval on YouTube beginning on May 29. Front row seats to the biggest film fesBvals of the year won’t be on the French Riviera or in a theatre in Salt Lake City, they’ll be in your living room. In response to the pandemic, 20 major film fesBvals from around the world are coming together for 10 days of curated films streamed on YouTube for free. The “We Are One: A Global Film FesBval,” will showcase feature films, shorts, documentaries, music, comedy, and panel discussions from May 29 to June 7. All viewers will be able to make donaBons to the World Health OrganizaBon’s Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund. “We are proud to join with our partner fesBvals to spotlight truly extraordinary films and talent, allowing audiences to experience both the nuances of storytelling from around the world and the arBsBc personaliBes of each fesBval,” Cannes Film FesBval execuBves said in a statement. hOps://youtu.be/QVuf5iTExis

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Your Up to Date fishing report from the team at Tackle World Moruya Vol 16 September 15th 2017 28 December 7th, 2017 Vol 48 27th 111April July 12th 2018 2019 Moruya River

On the go slow seems to be the conBnuing mood of the river this week. Water temps have conBnued to drop, making fishing the river a harder prospect. The lower market areas of the river are holding the best fish at the moment. Flathead are sBll being caught around the airport flats, with smaller soE plasBcs worked slowly producing the best results. Try a Gulp 3” curl tail paOern, ZMan and Squidgy 2.5” grubs for best effect. Fish the lures slower and try keeping the hops smaller. Tuross River Tuross is suffering the same temperature drop and is producing the same slower fishing acBon. There has been the odd report of jewfish sounded up the top secBons of the river, but they have been spooky with engine noise. This does make them hard to target. The lower secBon will conBnue to be the beOer producing areas. Try around the boat shed holes with baits and slowly worked blade styles lures as well as slowly worked soE plasBcs. Rock and Beach The salmon conBnue to provide the most amount of fun, with windsock holding good numbers of fish. Several reports of fish so thick you could have hand speared them in the shore break have surfaced. Unfortunately, these fish do cover a lot of ground, and are never in the same spot. Try the Moruya breakwall, windsock, Pedro Point, Congo and the beaches in between. Tailor to 60cm have also been reported mixed in with the schools. Luderick off the breakwall are starBng to hold in good numbers as well, expect to come across the odd drummer in amongst them to keep anglers on their toes. Offshore Good numbers of flathead and snapper conBnue to be caught last weekend and this week. Fresh caught squid has shown to be a favourite for the snapper, or a good quality frozen squid like the Lund’s squid. Try in 30-40m of water for best results. Wider offshore, the Yellowfin run has a lot of anglers buzzing. SBck baits, and slow trolled Squidgy Blue Water Livies have produced best results. Unfortunately, the blue water livies haven’t been made in over 10 years. There is a knockoff coming out of China that also works but lead Bmes to get anything from China are crazy long at the moment. We are sBll open to see you all 7 days a week. We are also happy to look aEer you over the phone if required. We can organise home delivery for those that want it. Just give us a call, and we will do what we can to accommodate you during all this craziness. Stay safe everyone and remember “every day’s a good day for fishing …“ Team Tackle World Moruya

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