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Denise Mynott (left) received a “Making a Difference Award” for her work for VIEW and The Smith Family.
Denise Mynott (left) received a “Making a Difference Award” for her work for VIEW and The Smith Family.

Mums RUOK?

Atlas of Life photo competition winner last year was Leo Berzin’s Bar-tailed Godwit juggling a crab.

Atlas of Life photo competition winner last year was Leo Berzin’s Bar-tailed Godwit juggling a crab.

The Far South Coast Maternity Advisory Group in conjunction with Bega Valley Maternal Services is hosting an event for RUOK? Day on Thursday, September 14, from 10am, at the Frank Maher Pavilion, Pambula Sportsground.

Dr Jacqui Brown will be speaking, as well as specialist midwives, about perinatal depression, emotional changes, behaviour and social changes and how to access support if necessary.

Deborah Metz's prints at the Spiral Gallery all reference aspects of the sea environment and life within it.

Deborah Metz's prints at the Spiral Gallery all reference aspects of the sea environment and life within it.

It will also be an opportunity for local mothers and carers to connect with others in a social and child friendly environment, so that, in the spirit of RUOK? Day, we can assist to start a conversation that may save a life.

A mobile coffee van will be attending, and a light morning tea will be available, courtesy of local sponsors. Contact 0401 249 566 for more information.

Arts group

An Encaustic Workshop and Show and Tell session will be the highlights of the next Merimbula Arts Group meeting. This is being held on Saturday, September 9, starting at 2pm at the Merimbula RSL.  Members and guests are welcome.

The annual Arts Exhibition and Sale of paintings and craft will be held at Twyford Hall, Merimbula from Saturday, September 22 until Sunday, October 1.  Opening hours are 10am to 4pm. All works are by local artists of the Bega Valley and presented at most reasonable prices.


At the Merimbula Day VIEW Club’s next lunch meeting on Friday, September 8, there will be a “Make it Bake it Sew it Grow it” table and members are asked to contribute item to be sold on that table. 

There will also be “Getting to Know You” talks by members.  11.30am for a 12 noon lunch is the time to be at Merimbula RSL Club and visitors are always welcome. Bookings and cancellations can be made by phoning Iris Ballard on 0448 840752.

The next “Brunch at the Airport” is at 11.30am on Thursday,  September 14.  Ring Helen Cook on 6495 3424 if you would like to attend this informal get-together.   

On Friday, October 20, the club will be presenting a Spring Fashion Show of clothing from Black Pepper, Noni B and Rockmans Be Me of Merimbula.  The cost will be $20 which includes a light lunch and the time for the show will be 11.30am for 12 noon at Merimbula RSL Club.  VIEW Clubs support the work of The Smith Family helping young Australians in need to achieve their potential through education. 

Red Cross needs you

Become a Red Cross volunteer and support your community.  At the time of a disaster, and long after, Red Cross is there supporting the community. 

Our volunteers may be called upon to meet people at an evacuation centre, assist in a recovery centre or visit people after an emergency providing them with information and linking them with services.  They can also talk to community members about how to be better prepared for disasters.

Come to our volunteer training on Saturday, September 9, from 9:30am until 4:30pm at the Bega Valley Learning Centre at 14 Cabarita Place, Merimbula. To register for the course please contact or call 02 9290 8912. 

Atlas of Life photo comp

Inviting everyone who has taken an interesting photo of something in nature. A frog or a fungi, a whale or a beetle or an orchid - we are looking for images of every kind of living thing.

Submit your entries on the  website - 14 categories to choose from including two new junior categories and the best of NatureMapr - images contributed to our Atlas of Life database. Closing date September 23.

This year’s competition is a partnership between the Atlas of Life, Merimbula EyeQ and the Lonely Arts Club Pambula. Thanks to our sponsors we have a first prize of two nights’ accommodation in a luxurious safari tent at Tanja Lagoon Camp,  a $150 voucher for a splendid meal at Wheeler’s Restaurant and there will also be a cash prize of $100 for the runner-up. All winning entries will be announced and exhibited at our partner EyeQ Optometrists Merimbula at a celebration evening on October 14.

This is the fifth year of our competition and the quality of entries to date has been amazing and fascinating to see and share. A panel of expert judges will decide on winners in each category and the overall winner.

Any questions please contact

From Little Things Parklands

On Saturday, September 16, from dawn to dark, Atlas of Life and From Little Things Parklands will be joining forces to co-ordinate a family focused BioBlitz of the Merimbula Creek area.

Teams will set off from base camp at the Merimbula Scout Hall, to survey the flora and wildlife of the area. There will be guided surveys ranging from flora walks to reptile hunts and many other specialist activities. Everyone is welcome to come and join in on this fun and educational day.

Keep an eye on the From Little Things Parklands Facebook page and the Atlas of Life Facebook and website for more information and updates.

Free legal advice

Shoalcoast Community Legal Centre provides free phone legal advice for Bega Valley and Cooma-Monaro residents as well as face-to-face clinics in the shires.

South East NSW Women’s Legal Service provides the assistance through the Shoalcoast Community Legal Centre; a community managed free legal service. The program is available to women in the Bega Valley and Cooma Monaro shires and offers advice in most non-commercial areas of law.

Additionally to outreach service there are legal Skype appointments available to encourage more women to access the service from your home or community service.

Skype appointments are available on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. Over the phone services are available every Tuesday and Thursday from 10am to 12 noon.

You can contact Gabrielle Powell at WRC on Tuesdays only on 6492 1367 to make a time for the Skype or face-to-face appointments or phone 1800 229 529 at other times.

Trivia Night

Merimbula Pambula Bulldogs are holding a trivia night at the Pambula-Merimbula Golf Club on Saturday, September 23, from 7pm. Tickets are $10 per person with teams of eight. Call Nic on 0402 869 123 or Kristy on 0423 388 983 to reserve a table.

All funds raised will be to support Nick Hehir (aka Hobbit) who is recuperating from back surgery after a football injury back in 2014.

Spiral Gallery

Spiral Gallery features a joint exhibition by two artists working in two different art forms: Julie Love - Mixed media sculpture and painting; and Deborah Metz - Works on paper. From Friday, September 15, to Wednesday, October 11, at Spiral Gallery 47 Church Street, Bega. Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat 10am-1pm. Artists talk on Sat, Sept 16, at 11am.

Julie was at one time a resident in Bega and is pleased to be returning to Bega for the exhibition. She will be exhibiting a body of work titled ‘pod’, consisting of riveted recycled metal sculptures and pigment paintings. Deborah made many visits to Tathra from the mid ’80’s staying with a close family friend on a regular basis.

She has since the 1970’s, been a printmaker. The majority of her work in the Spiral show will be editioned multi coloured lithographs drawn directly on to her polished limestones which, she hand printed on a direct Lithographic Press, printing on hand made European archival papers. The large prints all reference aspects of the sea environment and life within it.

Author talk

Come to an author talk with a difference, hear from the man who wrote the book on AC/DC’s only remaining original member at 6pm, Friday, September 15, at Longstocking Brewery, Oaklands, Pambula ( A rare opportunity to listen to one of Australia’s most prolific music industry biographers and the $37 ticket includes a complimentary drink, nibbles and Jeff’s Apter’s latest book “High Voltage” RRP $34.99.

Jeff is also appearing at Club Sapphire, Merimbula, 1pm-3:30pm, Saturday, September 16, where the Writers of the Far South Coast presents Jeff Apter talking about "The Mysterious Craft of Ghostwriting".

WFSC Members/students/pensioners $25, Non-members $35.


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