Bega District Diary, January 12

Tathra Tai Chi group

Community donation: Tathra Tai Chi instructor Judith Reid presents an $820 donation to CCASE representative Rob Owen. Seated are Carolynn Neenan, Debra Adams and Julie Sanders.

Community donation: Tathra Tai Chi instructor Judith Reid presents an $820 donation to CCASE representative Rob Owen. Seated are Carolynn Neenan, Debra Adams and Julie Sanders.

The Tathra Tai Chi group has had a wonderful year, keeping fit, mobile and social. 

It operates under the banner of the Southern Area Health falls prevention program, and as such, is a not-for-profit organisation.

Money collected covers the cost of hiring the Tathra Hall but the group was fortunate to have money leftover in 2017. 

Members decided to donate the $820 to Community Carers Accommodation South East.

CCASE representative and Tathra Lions member Rob Owen met the tai chi group at the Tathra Wharf, where members were having a Christmas morning tea, to happily receive the donation.

Mr Owen said the donation would go towards stage two of the accommodation. 

The group was very proud to have been able to assist such a wonderful community initiative.

Anyone interested in joining Tathra Tai Chi can call Judith on 6494 5884.

Sessions are Monday and Tuesdays 9-10am at the Tathra Hall, starting on January 22.

Bega CWA news

Bega CWA Life Members Isabel Bobin and Shirley Slater at the Christmas party.

Bega CWA Life Members Isabel Bobin and Shirley Slater at the Christmas party.

The CWA Bega Branch celebrated the end of 2017 with our members’ Christmas Party at the Commercial Hotel. 

Our Christmas raffle first prize of a $100 Coles gift voucher was won by Barbara Brown from Tathra and the $50 Coles gift voucher was won by Wendy Rogers from Bega.

Congratulations to Barbara and Wendy and many thanks to the local community for the support of the raffle. 

It looks like 2018 is going to be a busy year for improving our hall, starting with the floor being sanded next week and the roof painted in February/March.

Our first meeting for the year will be held on Tuesday, January 30, at 10.30am in the Church Street Hall. Members and visitors welcome.

St John’s Church raffle

Results of St John’s Anglican Church Cattle Committee raffle:

1st prize, orange E27, Jim Moffat. 2nd prize, orange CO8, Enid Maloney. 3rd prize, green B90, Peter O’Brien. 4th prize, red, Annita Mould. 5th prize, red CO05, Kate Crowley.

Learn to play bridge

Bridge is a great way to keep mentally fit and make new friends while enjoying playing cards.

It’s not expensive to play and you will learn using modern methods. The nice part is you will be looked after by friendly people.

Beginner classes start on Wednesday, January 24,  at the Bega Meals on Wheels Centre (cnr Bega and Auckland Streets).

Classes will run for 9-10 weeks on Wednesday evenings from 7pm–9pm.

If you are interested contact Chris Maxted at the Bega Valley Bridge Club on 6492 2507 or 0409 816 507, or email:

Spiral Gallery exhibition

Artwork by the late Jenny Doyle will be on display alongside that of her siblings.

Artwork by the late Jenny Doyle will be on display alongside that of her siblings.

An exhibition of silk weavings, paintings and drawings by brother and sister team, Liz and Andy Doyle, opens at Spiral Gallery on Friday, January 19, at 5pm. 

Doyle & Doyle, Coastal Works will run till February 14 and show artwork inspired by our rugged coastline and inland reaches.  Drinks and light food will be served at the opening, and the party will continue across the street, at the newly opened Choc Dee coffee bar, afterwards.

TAFE Enrolment Week

TAFE NSW Bega Campus will open doors to future students for TAFE NSW Enrolment Week, on January 15-20.

Members of the Bega community can enjoy campus tours designed to showcase state-of-the-art facilities and course offerings available.

The TAFE NSW Bega team will be on hand to offer career advice, with opportunities to meet the teachers and chat with inspiring graduates now working in their chosen field.

“TAFE NSW offers over 1200 courses in a range of critical areas in-demand from industry and provides students with the training they need to secure a job,” TAFE NSW Regional General Manager, Kerry Penton said.

“At TAFE NSW, students can study when, where and what they want and are supported by a talented community of career advisors, counsellors and teachers.”

The NSW Government provides significant subsidies for a range of courses at TAFE NSW, ensuring students can undertake the studies they need to upskill or find a new job, without having to graduate with a huge debt.

For those who can’t attend, signature events from around the state will be live-streamed to the TAFE NSW Facebook page throughout the week, with extended hours and extra activities for TAFE Tuesday at select campuses.

TAFE NSW Enrolment Week 2017 attracted more than 10,000 attendees to 1300 events, with a further 26,000 people watching online via Facebook Live events.

For more information on the activities taking place at your local TAFE NSW campus or the Facebook Live events, please visit

Scholarships for women

Bega Valley Shire Council is calling on young local women to apply for the 2018 International Women’s Day (IWD) Young Women’s Scholarship.

Council will award five women aged 18-25 living in the Bega Valley a $500 scholarship to help support them to pursue their aspirations.

The scholarships can be awarded for any individual or community initiative developed by young women with a dream or idea they want to pursue. Applications for the IWD scholarship close at midnight on January 26 and will be awarded as part of International Women’s Day celebrations in March. 

For more information visit or contact council’s community development officer, Emma Stewart, on 6499 2222.

Ivy Hill Gallery

Ivy Hill Gallery is pleased to announce details of its next exhibition.

From next Thursday, January 18, an extensive collection of sculptural pieces by Jen Mallinson will accompany landscape and abstract paintings by Olivia Bernardoff and Antonia Carson.

The exhibition will run through until February 18.

Enjoy drinks with the artists on Saturday, January 20, from 5pm.

Before then, take the opportunity for the last days of prints by Chris Denton and Kylie Ramsay and ceramics by Sonja Jacob.

Ivy Hill Gallery is at 1795 Tathra-Bermagui Rd, open Thursday to Sunday, 10am until 5pm.

Call 6494 0152 or visit for more details.

Art of networking

Expand your creative arts networks over lunch at upcoming workshops in Batemans Bay, Bega and Jindabyne.

Network with fellow artists, arts workers, teachers and volunteers from around the South East.

South East Arts staff will be there too, with information on grants, as well as arts development, events and projects in the region.

Everyone is welcome from all arts practices, including musicians, dancers, painters, teachers. Also creative businesses, volunteers, cultural institutions, schools, councils, clubs, groups and visiting artists from other regions.

Each event runs from midday to 2pm and includes lunch. Booking required.

Batemans Bay, Tuesday, February 6, at Cultivate Space, 10 Kiley Cres.

Bega, Wednesday, February 7, Bega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre.

Jindabyne, Thursday, February 8, at Lake Jindabyne Hotel Bistro.

BRAWL working bee

Welcome to first working bee for 2018. The plantings need help. Weeds are thriving under these amazing growing conditions and BRAWL needs you.

Meet at the main reserve at 9am, breaking for a shared morning tea at 10.30 and finishing for the day by 12. Please note the slightly earlier start time. The plan is to start at the main reserve and walk towards the most eastern site,  weeding around all plantings along the way. It could be useful if people bring along a scythe or other weeding tool to expedite efforts. 

January 15, 9 -12pm, meet at the Bega River Main Reserve (bottom of Auckland St) for a quick briefing and safety talk.

Wear sun safe clothing, hats, closed sturdy shoes, sunscreen. Bring gloves, water bottle, morning tea to share, thermos. There will be no toilets available for this working bee.

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