Bega district diary

Todd Harnett from Woolworths draws the Bega Hospital Auxiliary Easter raffle with auxiliary members Betty Lovelock, Gillian Wildman and Betty Rose.

Todd Harnett from Woolworths draws the Bega Hospital Auxiliary Easter raffle with auxiliary members Betty Lovelock, Gillian Wildman and Betty Rose.

Hospital auxiliary

Bega Hospital Auxiliary has had an interesting few weeks. The Easter raffle was a pleasing success with Pam Inwood from Eden winning the first prixe and Cathy Vanunen from Bega the second prize. Thanks goes to the local community who supported the auxiliary by buying tickets or donating money.

Bega Hospital Auxiliary was very fortunate to receive $40,000 from the staff members of the Commonwelath Bank who donate money regularly to different charities. South East Regional Hospital is the recipient of this generous donation. The money will be spent in the oncology, maternity and children’s wards. The auxiliary thanked those who donated so generously.

The managers of the local Commonwealth Banks in Bega, Merimbula, Eden and Moruya were present when the cheque was presented. Thanks goes to Bega branch manager Rachel Holt who encouraged the auxiliary to apply for the grant.

The auxiliary’s next fundraiser is the fashio parade in conjunction with Millers, to be held at the Bega Country CLub on Wednesday, April 18. Please note the change of date. It’s hoped there will be a good roll-up of people.

Four auxilary members went to the United Hospital Regional Confernece held in Braidwood on April 10. It was a most interesting and informative day. Members heard that the South East auxiliaries – Bega, Pambula, Tathra, Moruya, Batemans Bay, Bombala, Delegate and Cooma – have raised $1.5million in the last 12 months. All of these funds will be used to buy equipment for our local hospitals.

The next meeting of the Bega Hospital Auxiliary will be held on Friday, April 20 in the group therapy room on the lower level of the South East Regional Hospital. All are welcome.

Bega Garden Club

The next Bega Garden Club meeting is on April 14 with Bev Koellner, Ike Game Road, Kalaru (off Tathra Road). The house is approximately 100m on the right. Bev lives on four acres of relaxing parkland gardens that are a delight to visit. Note: Clocks went back one hour on Sunday, April 1. The committee will meet at 1pm with the general meeting at 1.30pm.

Documentary screening

Sunday, April 15, will be the next monthly community documentary screening in the Old Cobargo Butter Factory at 3.30pm. The proceeds will go to the Women's Resource Centre, Bega.

Melinda and Aly will present the documentary Crazywise and lead a discussion on the subject after the screening. 

What can we learn from those who have turned their psychological crisis into a positive transformative experience?  During a quarter-century documenting indigenous cultures, human-rights photographer and filmmaker Phil Borges often saw these cultures identify “psychotic” symptoms as an indicator of shamanic potential.  He was intrigued by how differently psychosis is defined and treated in the West. 

Crazywise will be the last monthly community screening before the winter stop. The next series of community screenings starts in September with some very inspiring docos lined up! Coffee and tea provided - Bring your own mug. To cover the costs a $5 donation is appreciated. 

Ivy Hill Gallery

Magic of the Murrah continues at Ivy Hill Gallery until April 29. A blockbuster exhibition of paintings and sculpture by seven leading contemporary artists,  Senden Blackwood, Philip Cox, Jon and Tanya Crothers, Michael Johnson, his son Matthew, and Garry Shead.  All have spent time on the Cox family property, Thubbul, at the mouth of the Murrah River.  Inspiration for these works has come from this area.

You will find Ivy Hill Gallery at Wapengo, on the coast road between Bermagui and Tathra.  Gallery hours are Thursday to Sunday from 10 to 5.  Catalogues at

Wyndham Village Market

Don't be confused by the five Sundays of April. The Wyndham Rural Fire Brigade will have the catering covered as they prepare to return to the Wyndham Village Market on Sunday, April 22, with their outdoor barbecue and the ever popular Devonshire teas in the supper room gallery.

The Wyndham Village Market operates from 8.30am to 1pm in and surrounding the Wyndham Hall and offers an interesting array of high quality organically grown and locally produced goods.

You will find lovingly handmade knitwear, jewellery, art, craft, organic skincare, eucalyptus and lavender products. There's something for everyone including books, plants, fresh flowers, astrology readings, bric-a-brac, rustic bits and pieces, quality herbal supplements for your animals and of course Wyndham’s own great coffee to help get you started!

Excitement is building as a great turnout of local talent is anticipated to perform at the Jingera Rock Music event this month. Interest continues to grow as the word spreads about the new look entertainment area at the sportsground which provides a central place for community and visitors to gather and musicians to celebrate over the open mic from 1pm sharp to 5pm.

Stall bookings and inquiries may be made by calling Yvonne on 6494 2443.

RSPCA garage sale

There will be a garage sale to raise funds for the Sapphire Coast Branch RSPCA and the Animal Welfare League Far South Coast Branch on Saturday, April 14, at 4 Marine Parade, Merimbula from 8am-1pm. There will a a great variety of items for sale at very reasonable prices.  

The RSPCA said there are still cats looking for a new home after last week’s adoption day. There was good news however, as the day resulted in homes being found for four beautiful kittens and one adult cat.