Bega District Diary, October 14

Preschool car boot sale

Time for a spring clean, then book your site at the Bega Preschool Car Boot sale, on Saturday, October 29 at the Bega Showground. Site cost is $29 for a double car space, one for your car, one for your goods. For more information or to book a site, please call Bega Preschool on 6492 1639 or Melinda on 0402 200 895. Gates open for sellers at 7am but must close at 8.15am (for safety). Open to the general public from 8.30am. All welcome, see you there!

Literary lunch

Tim Elliott's book Farewell to the Father is an extraordinary memoir of growing up with a parent afflicted by mental illness. It is a complex elegy, powerfully told, loaded with love, rage and surprising humour. It is about the lengths children will go to protect themselves – and their families – from shame or harm, and how adapting to that adversity becomes an intractable part of who we are as adults.

Personal journey: A literary lunch with author Tim Elliott will be held in Bermagui on Sunday, October 16.

Personal journey: A literary lunch with author Tim Elliott will be held in Bermagui on Sunday, October 16.

A literary lunch with author Tim Elliott will be held at il Passaggio in Bermagui on Sunday, October 16, starting at 12pm. Tickets are $70 and includes an intimate conversation with Tim Elliott and Ian Campbell from About Regional, a signed copy of Tim's memoir Farewell to the Father and a superb lunch from the il Passaggio menu. Tickets are available online at or call 6492 3386.

Street stall success

The Bega Hospital Auxiliary held a street stall in the Church St kiosk last Friday. The auxiliary would like to thank the community who supported it so generously. It was a financial success and the South East Regional Hospital will benefit. Thanks also to those who supplied cakes, craft items, plants and so on, for without your generosity there would have been no stall.

The raffle donated by Kath Carter was won by Judy Alcock. The next meeting of the Bega Hospital Auxiliary will be held in the group therapy room on the lower level of the hospital on Friday, October 21, at 10am. New members are always welcome.

Japanese exhibition

 The rich culture and traditions of Japan will adorn the walls of Spiral Gallery later this month as Sakura: Japanese Cultural Exhibition opens to the public.

Featured creators and collectors include Reiko Healy, Sarah Murray, Sam Bailey, Sonja Jacob, Neil Campbell, Keith Coleman, Tim Moorhead, Karin Akitani and Andy Doyle. Included in the exhibition will be hand-made clothing and jewellery as well as small timber furniture pieces, ceramics antiques and collectables.

Japanese culture: Reiko Healy is returning to Spiral Gallery with the Sakura Japanese exhibition.

Japanese culture: Reiko Healy is returning to Spiral Gallery with the Sakura Japanese exhibition.

Sakura will be a cash and carry exhibition with items on display also for sale. It opens at Spiral Gallery, Church St, Bega, on Friday, October 21, at 5pm with Japanese food and traditional music and drumming performances. The exhibition will run for two weeks, until November 2. Call Spiral on 6492 5322 for more details.

Mental health support

The Lenno Footprint Foundation will be holding its annual meeting at Club Bega on October 17 at 6.30pm (downstairs). All interested members of the community are invited to attend. The meeting will plan our fund-raising activities over the next few months and discuss training selected interested members of the community 18 years and older in Safe Talk. This will establish the Gatekeeper support system to assist our community with people of all ages suffering anxiety and depression.

ATO Tax Help

ATO Tax Help Volunteers are available until October 31 at the Women’s Resource Centre. Tax Help is a free and confidential service to assist people to prepare tax returns using e-tax and lodge a tax return electronically. It supports people with claims for refunds and encourages clients to prepare the tax return themselves.

Tax Help is for women and men on low incomes who need help with their tax returns including seniors, people from non-English speaking backgrounds, those with a disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other people with special needs.  Note volunteers do not do business tax, only personal tax.

Free legal advice

On Thursday, October 20, a solicitor from Shoalcoast Community Legal Centre will be visiting Bega to provide free legal advice to women with booked appointments. The legal advice clinic will be held at the Women's Resource Centre in Peden St from 9am until 3.30pm. Shoalcoast is situated in Nowra but is funded to provide free legal services to women living in the south-east NSW communities of Bega Valley, Bombala, Cooma, Queanbeyan and Palerang shires. 

Shoalcoast solicitors are experienced in resolving many types of legal problems. To make an appointment call 1800 229 529 or 4422 9529. Shoalcoast also provides weekly telephone legal advice sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10am and 12noon and community legal education for workers and community members.

Celebrating carers

A Carers Connections Morning Tea is to be held at WorkAbility Bega in the Junee Waites Room on Tuesday, October 18, from 10.30am. Recognise and celebrate the outstanding contribution carers make in our community. RSVP to Kerryn Constable on 6492 3222 or

Quilters open day

Quaama/Cobargo Quilters will be holding their annual Open Day and Exhibition on Saturday, October 15, in the Cobargo School of Arts Hall, Bermagui Road, Cobargo, from 9am to 4pm.  There will be an exhibition and sale of quilts, sales tables by Freddies Fabrics, The Stitch Connection, Billija Designs, and Reiko Healy, as well as raffles, lucky door prizes, and a sausage sizzle and tea/coffee provided by The Men's Shed, Bermagui.  Entry by gold coin donation.  Proceeds towards the Cobargo CWA for the cottage's roof restoration.

Bemboka Garden Club

The main topic of conversation at the October meeting was the forthcoming 32nd flower show commonly known as “The biggest flower show on the far south coast”.  Rose judge Steve Maher of the NSW Rose Society will be back.  Last year’s rose entries numbered 190!

 Stewards and helpers were appointed together with the necessary prizes to be apportioned on the day.  There will be two raffles this year, a lovely hand-made patchwork quilt and the usual wheelbarrow chock-a-block with implements and aids for good gardening.  Show schedules were distributed and everyone is eagerly looking forward to the big day.

Margaret Clune as usual will display her culinary skills in the kitchen on Show Day and it was also decided there will be a selection of flowers for sale after the show to anyone desiring to take home some of the lovely blooms.

Competitions on the day of the Show include roses, produce and pot plants, cut flowers and floral art.  Childen are not forgotten and cash prizes for 2 arrangements in the under 8 years section  (’Fantasy garden” and “basket of flowers”) and there will be a section for 8-13 years of age also.

Dinosaur Designs show

Join Bega Valley Regional Gallery director Iain Dawson, Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy to celebrate the launch of The Art of Dinosaur Designs on Friday, October 14, from 6pm. The exhibition continues to December 3.

The Art of Dinosaur Designs is an exciting new exhibition from artists Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy, featuring a series of large-scale sculptural forms that celebrate the pair’s 30-year creative partnership. Debuting at BVRG, the show is a colourful fusion of art, design and fashion, referencing Olsen and Ormandy’s iconic design label Dinosaur Designs and exploring in a gallery context the artful aesthetic prevalent throughout their work.

Iain Dawson said exhibitions like The Art of Dinosaur Designs put regional galleries on a level playing field with metropolitan institutions. "Cultural tourism is growing in Australia and the Bega Valley Regional Gallery sees itself as a small, but perfectly formed, player in that space.”  Entry is free, all welcome.

Documentary screening

Sunday, October 16th will be the next monthly community documentary screening in the Old Cobargo Butter Factory at 3.30pm

Moving and maddening in almost equal measure, Brian Knappenberger’s “The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz” is a devastating meditation on what can happen when a prescient thinker challenges corporate interests and the power of the state.

Coffee and tea provided - Bring your own mug. To cover the costs a $5 donation is much appreciated. Please come in big numbers to keep more documentary screenings possible!

Country rock band Brewn is playing Bega's Commercial Hotel on Friday night from 9pm. Free entry.

Country rock band Brewn is playing Bega's Commercial Hotel on Friday night from 9pm. Free entry.

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