Gnomes wanted for community

GNOME WORLD: Kazcare will soon be home to a communty of gnomes. Manager Deborah Knoke and Peter Kazacos hold up the first few donations for their Gnome Farm that will be an ongoing fundraiser for Your Angel.THE Highlands has an array of tulips once a year, a big Robertson spud and a soon to be gnome community all year round.
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Kazcare Education Facility is calling for unwanted unloved gnomes of every variety for their future gnome farm attraction, which is an initiative to raise funds for the Kazcare resident charity, Your Angel, and to bring something a little different to the region.

The idea came up when Kazcare volunteer Kay Gibbins reminisced about gnomes she remembered from childhood and mentioned it to manager Deborah Knoke.

Owners Peter and Vicki Kazacos then got on board and the idea developed from there.

Mr Kazacos said the plan was to have that little bit more for families to enjoy when they come to Bowral Country Indulgence markets each month at Kazcare.

Apart from the regular stalls, children will be able to explore the 10-acre property, seek out the shyer gnomes in bushes and admire the others fishing by the small creek, playing cricket together, boating and more.

“Life is so serious, you’ve only got to look at the news or newspaper, especially with all the floods recently up in Queensland,” Mrs Knoke said.

“And there are not many gardens that haven’t seen a gnome or two. They’re fun little character figures, for the young and old.”

While gnomes have their own place in folklore history they now have their own little tale to tell about their journey to Kazcare.

Mrs Knoke said the first family to move into the facility woke up one day in a recycling centre after their owners had chucked them out.

But “daddy gnome” knew of a place that would help them, Wingecarribee Support Services. And the rest, they say, is history.

“We’ll have a gnome community,” Mrs Knoke said.

“We’ll them together in little scenes (boating, fishing, learning etc).”

As part of the future plan for the gnome farm, there will also be gnome painting for children, stalls and different scenes set up each month so it’s not a “seen it once, don’t need to see it again” scenario.

There is a collection point at Kazcare for unwanted unloved Gnomes to begin the community and Kazcare are calling for donations.

“It’s creating something the whole family can enjoy,” Mr Kazacos said.

For more information to donatie a gnome email to [email protected]南京夜网 or phone Kazcare on 4861 1150.

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Rotaract delivers the goods

HAND DELIVERED: Rotaract president Meghan Barrell and vice president Travis Holland delivering the back to school items to Rotaract Club of South Brisbane president Hayley Gardner.A HOST of Queensland children will be sent off to school with new supplies this week after the Southern Highlands Rotaract Club delivered about 2000 individual items recently.
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Club president Meghan Barrell and vice president Travis Holland were behind the wheel for two days of driving before they arrived in Brisbane on January 30.

The pair had been working with the South Brisbane Rotary Club and met up with one member to hand over the supplies which included 600 exercise books.

“We were really happy to do it,” Mr Holland said.

While Miss Barrell and Mr Holland delivered a car full of items, other Rotaract members had to post more supplies that wouldn’t fit in thee delivery.

While they were up there, the pair visited Miss Barrell’s relatives in Ipswich to find their house is one of many that is now unlivable.

“Going into the flood affected areas really gave us a different perspective on the disaster, Miss Barrell said.

Rotaract extended their gratitude to all who donated back to school supplies and made the trip possible.

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Sidbo’s fishing column

Col Beveridge with some nice snapper he caught on soft plastics at Eden.OUTSIDE fishing at Tathra, Merimbula and Eden is patchy for flathead, but there is still plenty of snapper and mowies around the reefs.
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One of our local fishos Col Beveridge tried his luck on Monday around the reefs at Eden using soft plastics, with calm seas and slight breeze while his mates had to work.

Col had one of those days, with a great catch of snapper and mowies (see


He said he left them still biting – well done Col, now get back to work.

Fishing off Tathra Wharf the squid are still on the bite and around the headlands salmon have been caught.

Until next week, keep those lines wet


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Candelo Arts Society Music and Variety Night – Candelo Bowling Club

Merimbula Rock ‘n’ Roll Club – Merimbula Imlay Bowling Club

Steve Clark and Sam Martin – Merimbula Imlay Bowling Club (Coffee Lounge)

John Stroud – Pambula Merimbula Golf Club

Rino and Jade – Tura Beach Country Club


Disco with DJGrey南京夜网 – Lakeview Hotel, Merimbula

The Perry Mason Trio – Merimbula RSL Club

Kit Watts – Royal Willows Hotel, Pambula

Live Entertainment – Tathra Hotel Motel

No Respect – Wolumla Hotel, Wolumla


Vince Melouney – Bermagui Beach Hotel (4.00pm)


Old Time Dance – Brogo Hall

Old Time Dance – Uniting Church, Merimbula


Square Dance – Uniting Church, Merimbula

Please contact venues for times of performances. The Gig Guide is compiled by Janvier Musson at Magpie Entertainment Agency. If your upcoming gig is not listed, no-one has told us about it. If you would like your upcoming gig listed without charge, contact Jan by ‘phone on 6494 3355 or by E. at [email protected]南京夜网

The Gig Guide can also be viewed on-line at this great site:


Magpie Entertainment Agency is a licensed booking agency.

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Daughter’s wish wins diamonds for mum

A FORMER Wandella woman who would not allow grief, bureaucracy or a lack of legislation stand in the way of fulfilling her daughter’s dying wishes won the inaugural Canberra Women of Spirit Award last month.
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Marjorie Taylor, 65, of Palmerston in the ACT, was announced the winner and presented with a $4,500 diamond necklace.

The award, supported by the telephone counselling charity Lifeline, honours a woman who has overcome adversity with strength and then made a difference to the community.

Mrs Taylor’s daughter, Annette, was Canberra’s first organ donor.

Annette died at 11 of a brain haemorrhage. She had asked that her organs be given away.

No legislation existed in Canberra at the time to allow the donation.

“I was carrying my own grief and fulfilling her wishes,” Mr Taylor said.

“I was also caring for my husband, who was (paraplegic) and I had to remember I had a young 14-year-old son who was deeply touched by it.

“It wasn’t easy. It was by no means easy.

“Sometimes in grief you do things on adrenalin.

“Annette was a gorgeous child, very intelligent.

“I hope people know now how lucky they are to have legislation in place, we have made an enormous step forward.”

Mrs Taylor dealt with a doctor who knew her because of her husband’s illness.

“He knew I was a person who would kick down doors until I got what I wanted.”

Her daughter’s organs were donated and legislation passed later.

Annette’s kidneys were given to a then 16-year-old and a 54-year-old man.

The younger man now lives in Queensland with his wife and children.

He is a police sergeant.

“I only have one diamond, the one my husband gave to me, so these diamonds will be the crowning jewels of my life,” Mrs Taylor said.

She was raised in Wandella and still has relatives living there, including her brother, Vin Motbey.

She is also a sister of Daphne Tett of Cobargo and Pauline Ubrihien of Bega.

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Lions roar past Jemmy Moss

RESISTANCE: Richard Stone plays his shot in an attempt to salvage Jemmy Moss’ innings.MITTAGONG have continued their good form in second grade, maintaining their spot at the top of the ladder with an easy outright win over Jemmy Moss on the weekend.
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Electing to bat, Jemmy Moss collapsed and only managed to post a disappointing total of 44, with Chris Packer returning for Mittagong to take six wickets.

In reply, Matt French scored a solid 45, backed up by 37 from Simon Reinhard.

Matt Conquest was the only bowler to do damage with the ball, taking four wickets for Jemmy Moss.

The Lions declared at 6-127.

Trailing the match by 83 runs, Jemmy Moss did little better in their second innings, managing only 50.

Jemmy Moss’ century scorer in the previous game, Richard Stone, was the only batsman to make double figures for his side in their second dig, finishing on an unbeaten 33.

Stephen Allport (3-2) and Hayden Wallace (3-18) took charge with the ball for the Lions, with Matt French and Joel Moran also picking up a wicket each.

Still absent for the Lions was skipper Justin Kelly, who hoped to return this Saturday for the match against Moss Vale.

Kelly said it was a good win for his side coming to the end of the season, and said they would be full strength for the semi-finals.

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Wallaby Hill refusal court bound

WINGECARRIBEE Council seems headed to the Land and Environment Court with the owners of Wallaby Hill Farm.
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Last week, the majority of councillors ignored staff recommendations and voted to refuse husband and wife Derek Pascoe and Alex Townsend’s application to have their facilities approved as an equestrian centre.

The formal reasons for refusal centered on concerns for bushfire safety, environmental concerns, traffic management and impost to the roads from sizeable horse floats.

But the debate also focused on tensions of the past, with councillor Larry Whipper reiterating his view that Wallaby Hill Farm was a development completed “by stealth”.

The sorest point for him tracks back to a legal technicality that allowed Mr Pascoe and Mrs Townsend to escape making any contribution to the sealing of Wallaby Hill Road up to their driveway.

Mr Pascoe said he had lost hope of getting “anything but grief” from the council.

“It’s very simple, we are currently seeking legal advice and if the council really want to spend ratepayers money in the Land and Environ?ment Court rejecting a proposal that was recommended for approval by their own staff, had no objections from any neighbours, requires no infrastructure and will see less people on and off the property than what’s already approved, then that’s where we will see them,” he said.

“And obviously we will be expecting to recover our costs as well.

“I think it’s a frightening waste of ratepayers money for what appears to be a bit of a personal grudge.”

Councillor Whipper said he hoped the matter would not end up in court but maintained he would not back down from having safety concerns addressed and trying to prevent the community from “being saddled with more costs”.

Last year, Mr Pascoe and Mrs Townsend received Winge?carribee Council approval to hold four equestrian events on their property a year, on the condition they contribute to works needed to upgrade Wallaby Hill Road.

But, they sought legal advice believing it was an unfair condition given it was the council that in 2008 placed more than 100 millimeters of recycled road material on the road, which was later found to be contaminated with items like nails and bolts.

The road has since been sealed at a cost to ratepayers of more than $70,000.

Mr Pascoe and Ms Townsend later escaped making any contribution on a legal technicality.

Council will outline its reasons for refusing the latest application, which was considered permissable under the Wingecarribee Local Environmental Plan 2010, at today’s meeting.

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Carpathon a true classic

GOLDEN CATCH: Reece Gallagher, 11, with his 4.5 kg Golden Carp that he caught on Sunday.By Ben McClellan
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YOU could have been mistaken for thinking you were at Sydney’s fish markets, not Berrima yesterday, by the pungent smell of Carp that filled the village air.

The fourth Berrima Carpathon was another big success, with more than 2000 of the foreign marine pests caught – weighing nearly a ton in total – fished by more than 400 people along Wingecarribee River from Moss Vale to Joadja.

But Berrima was fish central with fishermen and women of all ages vying for a variety of prizes.

Last year’s winner, Mark?Walton retained his crown, though not with a Carp a big as last year.

Mr Walton bagged a 6.85kg Carp on Saturday after catching a 7.25kg one last year.

New Berrima’s Kelly Wilson was the best fisherwoman, with a 5.5kg catch, while Reece Gallagher, 11, took the honours on Sunday with a 4.5kg golden Carp.

Jackson Walton, 9, matched his father’s prowess with the rod to take out the most Carp caught award.

The family-oriented event attracted people from near and far, with 43 members of Albion Park’s fishing club making the trip inland along with visitors from western Sydney.

Carpathon co-organiser, Andrew Hearn, said he wasn’t sure how the word spread so far but the warm weather helped boost numbers.

“It’s the best time of year to fish,” he said.

“It was five times bigger than last year.”

“All the Berrima businesses have helped with 70 prize categories.”

Mr Hearn said Wingecarribee Council had chipped in with some advertising money, which will only see the Carpathon continue to grow.

There was a Carpathon Facebook page and the major prize was a family fishing package from Bowral’s Field and Stream worth $350.

Surveyor General Inn publican Ross Durney, who helped put on the event and housed carp headquarters at his pub, said the whole village had gotten behind it.

But, like most participants, he despised Carp.

“I don’t like them – they stink,” he said.

Bob Carter did all the weighing and Mr Durney said someone tried to sneak in a frozen Carp, caught before the event started on Friday, but Mr Carter smelt a Carp (rat) and disqualified them.

Mr Hearn said the Carpathon had strong corporate support.

“Thanks to Field and Stream, The Shed company in Mittagong, 2ST, the Highland News and Tooheys who gave out XXXX Gold hats and gave away a $500 fibreglass esky,” he said.

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Dramatic Oscar Wilde tales

WILDE Tales, described in the Sydney Morning Herald as “a collective celebration of the intangible and a theatrical delight”, is coming to Bega next week.
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This beautiful and unique production takes you into the extraordinary imagination of Oscar Wilde with a dynamic interpretation of his collection of short tales – wherein a cold-hearted princess steals your heart, tantalising mermaids tempt your soul away, and rowdy witches drag you into the frenzy of the dance.

The stories are for everybody and as Wilde himself suggested “for those who have kept the childlike faculties of wonder and joy”.

Prepare yourself for a magical and wonder filled theatre experience that combines Wilde’s renowned wit with gorgeous music, creative and colourful design and unique staging.

Wilde Tales is both humorous and moving and filled with Oscar Wilde’s insights into life and love.

Directed by Julian Louis and featuring Julia Davis, Benedict Hardie, Sean Lynch, Johnny Nasser and Gwyneth Price with sound design by Carl Polke and movement direction by Kirk Page.

Suitable for the ages 12 years upwards.

Due to the scale and cost of this production, it will be playing for two nights, July 26-27.

Matinees are available for school groups.

Tickets are cheaper if booked on the SEAR Ticketing Hotline – only $22 adults, and $17 concession.

At the door ticket sales will be $25 and $20.

Book now on 1300 667 136.

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Mayor’s column

THE $10 million announcement by Prime Minister John Howard for the Bega to Yellow Pinch pipeline is great news for our shire.
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We have been lucky in terms of rainfall and a strong management plan by council’s water and sewerage services team to provide adequate water supplies during a very dry time, and now the pipeline will go a long way to drought proofing the southern end of the shire.

The pipeline is not an overnight solution so the message remains that people should continue, at all times, to conserve water.

We have received significant rainfall which has been outstanding for our region and holds us in wonderful shape heading into spring.


OUR business community, despite some tough times, always has a positive outlook.

The Bega Chamber of Commerce and Industry Awards for Excellence really highlighted the effort many businesses put in to meet the needs and demands of customers.

It was a great chance to talk to Bega business operators during the night and there is a real sense of optimism regarding the future growth of our region.

Council congratulates the monthly award winners and thanks the Bega Chamber of Commerce and Industry for another well-run event.

In terms of helping business, council continues to implement its commercial centres strategy and we believe it will provide a catalyst for long term business growth for the whole shire.


OUR shire is this week hosting the Public Libraries NSW Country 2007 Conference.

There will be more than 250 delegates in our shire, enjoying the surrounds of Merimbula and the wonderful hospitality that is associated with our region.

The theme of the conference is ‘Public Libraries a Cultural Pearl’. This theme highlights the vitally important role libraries play in fostering community learning and a central social point for many in our communities.

Our library staff and event co-ordinator Tim Moorhead have put in a lot of work that should make the conference an outstanding success.


WITH significant rainfall across the Bega Valley we ask that residents be patient when it comes to fixing our roads.

The rain has created a number of challenges in terms of road conditions but our works teams have been working diligently to make the necessary repairs.

With more rain expected across the shire, we encourage motorists to drive to the conditions and take extra care.

The rain has also set back a number of projects including the bridge replacement at Meakers Gully, but we are taking every opportunity to progress these works when weather permits.


THE wonderful supporters of the Bega Hospital Auxiliary are looking for more volunteers.

This wonderful band of volunteers does some magnificent work in supporting the hospital through catering drives, street stalls and raffles.

President Dorothy Mullaney tells me that some of the volunteers are starting to get a little older and the auxiliary would welcome an injection of new blood.

The work of these committed people has helped in the purchase, this year alone, of bedside lockers, a blood machine, evacuation chairs, resuscitation trolley and much more vital equipment for the hospital.

They also assist by manning the kiosk and some members are ‘Pink Ladies’ – helpers who attend to patients whose families are not in the area.

This is a very special service as the Pink Ladies help with laundry, provide flowers, write letters and do messages for the patient.

People wanting to join or would like more information should phone Dorothy Mullaney on 6492 1022.

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