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Joanna Keers

Dr Trevor Cheney gives his weekly report from the Bellingen Shire Covid-19 Clinic
In Focus
July 6, 2020

Latest update from the Bellingen Covid-19 Clinic with Dr Trevor Cheney

Dear Bellingen Shire   Everyone is talking about the Covid 19 outbreak in Victoria. Well…
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This week At the Movies, Rod O'Hara reviews Invisible man, this quite chilling retelling of the HG Wells classic, Australian director Leigh Whannell incorporates domestic abuse and gaslighting into his film of unseen malevolence, resulting in a piece that could be a little too real for a lot of viewers.
At the MoviesOther News
July 6, 2020

At the Movies: ‘Invisible Man’ reviewed by Rod O’Hara Bellingen Video Connection

In this quite chilling retelling of the HG Wells classic, Australian director Leigh Whannell incorporates…
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From the Garden with Fi Morgan explores growing snow peas in the Bellingen Shire.
Other News
June 29, 2020

From the Garden with Fi Morgan: Last Chance for Snowpeas

While peas don't tend to grow so well in the Bellinger valley area (they tend…
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Bellingen artist Wendy Tanner muses on the impacts of Covid-19 and her artwork 'Living in a Bubble' inspired by the times and social restrictions.
Other News
June 22, 2020

Musings of an artist living in a bubble- by Wendy Tanner

When I first became aware of it, it was called the Coronavirus and it was…
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Dr Trevor Cheney gives his weekly report from the Bellingen Shire Covid-19 Clinic
In Focus
June 15, 2020

Weekly update from the Covid-19 Clinic: Dr Trevor Cheney

Dear Bellingen Shire   First the good news this week. After 10s of thousands of…
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Dr Trevor Cheney gives his weekly report from the Bellingen Shire Covid-19 Clinic
In Focus
June 8, 2020

Update from the Covid 19 Clinic- Dr Trevor Cheney

Dear Bellingen Shire   We have been given permission to get out and about. This…
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Bellingen Writers Festival, Online Event, I love Bello Shire
Other News
June 8, 2020

Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival returns – virtually

After weeks of locked-down brainstorming, planning and literary juggling, the BRWF Creative Team is excited…
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Bellingen Shire Council, Community Resilience Scholarship, i love bello shire
Other News
June 8, 2020

Community Leadership & Resilience Scholarship Opportunity

If you're involved in a community organisation and live in the Bellingen Shire LGA (or…
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Anna Janzio of Weave Bellingen has managed to escape the ravages of the Covid-19 pandemic as her business has flourished through staying true to her values and the support of her local customers.
In Focus
June 1, 2020

Anna Jandzio weaving her creativity, values and wisdom

When Anna Jandzio and husband Tim first drove into Bellingen township more than 13 years…
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OzGREENS's Anton and Anna Juodvalkis' message for World Environment Day June 5th is simple. Immerse yourself in nature every day and then you'll feel the need to protect it.
In Focus
June 1, 2020

OzGREEN’s Anton and Anna Juodvalkis embracing biodiversity.

"Immerse yourself in nature on a regular basis. Walk in it, sit in it, play…
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In Focus
June 1, 2020

I’m not a racist but …….. It’s No Holds Barred at Bellingen’s Poetry Slam

It's in your face, raw, honest, political and edgy.  Since its inception in the 1980's,…
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Bellingen Shire Council’s Customer Service Centre and three Branch Libraries will re-open under revised operating hours and conditions to reflect the easing of COVID-19 restrictions and the most recent Public Health Order.
In Focus
June 1, 2020

Council’s Customer Service Centre & Branch Libraries Re-Open

Bellingen Shire Council’s Customer Service Centre and three Branch Libraries will re-open under revised operating…
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Bellingen Shire Council Mayor discusses the decisions around the Commonwealth’s Disaster Recovery and Resilience funds
In FocusOther News
May 25, 2020

From the Mayor – Our Shire’s Disaster Funding Discussions & Decisions

Thankfully, our Shire’s seaboard was spared from the most severe impacts of the recent bushfire…
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In 2020 Reconciliation Australia marks twenty years of shaping Australia’s journey towards a more just, equitable and reconciled nation, with celebrations commencing tomorrow to mark National Reconciliation Week. We chat with Uncle Cecil Briggs about traditional indigenous traditions and how these might bring hope for a reconciled future.
In FocusOther News
May 25, 2020

National Reconciliation Week. Uncle Cecil- knowledge holder and visionary.

In 2020 Reconciliation Australia marks twenty years of shaping Australia’s journey towards a more just, equitable and…
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After weeks of locked-down brainstorming, planning and literary juggling, the Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival BRWF Creative Team is excited to announce new digital iterations of select events originally planned for the canceled 2020 festival.
In FocusOther News
May 25, 2020

Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival 2020 Returns… Virtually

After weeks of locked-down brainstorming, planning and literary juggling, the BRWF Creative Team is excited…
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Each Wednesday morning the Mylestom-Urunga, Dorrigo and Bellingen Chambers of Commerce lead a Zoom discussion with business owners across the Shire.  It's a chance to voice concerns and share what is happening.  But as we emerge from the brutal effects of 'lockdown', it is also an opportunity to discuss strategies to 'Restart the Bellingen Shire'.
In FocusOther News
May 25, 2020

An Important Resource from the Bellingen Shire Chambers of Commerce

Each Wednesday morning the Mylestom-Urunga, Dorrigo and Bellingen Chambers of Commerce lead a Zoom discussion…
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Di Knobloch has been volunteering for local Little Athletics for more than 10 years. This week we celebrate National Volunteers week and interview Di about her involvement.
Other News
May 18, 2020

Di Knobloch- leading by example.

Di Knobloch has been volunteering for local Little Athletics for more than 10 years. "Basically…
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Food Trail
May 18, 2020

Let’s Cook- Linda Hillman’s Orange Cake

Most of us have enjoyed Linda Hillman's legendary scones in the Luncheon Pavilion at the…
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The Bellingen Shire creative community have found ways to stay connected during Covid-19. we chat with Lunci of Big Fig Arts
The Arts
May 11, 2020

The With Drawing Project-connecting through creativity.

You could say that it has never been more important for our community to stay…
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Know that there is now always someone to have a chat- anytime, anywhere.  'Have a Chat' is another timely initiative of the Pandemic Response Neighbourhood Care Network (NCN)- connecting people with people.
In Focus
May 11, 2020

It’s time to ‘Have a Chat’. Connecting People with People

Know that there is now always someone to have a chat- anytime, anywhere.  'Have a…
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In FocusOther News
May 4, 2020

Commercial tenancies – negotiations between tenants and landlords

Bellingen Chamber of Commerce President Libby Park recently partook in a webinar on commercial tenancies,…
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In Focus
May 4, 2020

We need to talk. The unspoken health impacts of Covid-19 on our youth.

Social restrictions, increased screen-time and reduced opportunities for sport and hobbies could be taking its…
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Our resident gardener presents Planting out seedlings from the garden series
Food Trail
April 27, 2020

From the Garden- Planting Out Your Seedlings

So hopefully you've chosen the best location in your garden for veggie beds and have…
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Our words of Wisdom from Lisa Brown Psychologist. This week Lisa discusses relationships, love and compassion in the time of Covid-19
In FocusOther News
April 27, 2020

Words of Wisdom- Relationships, Love, Compassion and Covid-19.

Relationships by Lisa Brown, Psychologist...........................   Perhaps the gift of COVID-19 lies in waking us…
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In FocusOther News
April 27, 2020

Bellingen Shire businesses now eligible for $10,000 Bushfire Grants Scheme

Businesses across the Shire have been doing it tough for months.  The combined effects of…
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We talk to Dean Besley, Coordinator of the Bello Youth Hub about the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on our youth and local services available for helping them.
In FocusOther News
April 20, 2020

Our youth in the time of Covid-19- Dean Besley Bellingen Youth Hub

How is social distancing affecting our youth?  Should our kids be returning to school? Is…
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Our words of Wisdom from Lisa Brown Psychologist. This week Lisa discusses relationships, love and compassion in the time of Covid-19
In FocusOther News
April 20, 2020

Words of Wisdom from Lisa Brown- Dealing with Difficult Emotions

As human beings we often resist change, and change triggered by COVID-19 presents many external…
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The CWA of NSW is holding a virtual scone fundraiser
In Focus
April 20, 2020

CWA members put ‘virtual’ scones on the menu

This time each year, CWA of NSW members from across the state are preparing to…
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Bellingen Shire Council Mayor, Cr Dominic King, is again calling on the Federal and State Governments to come to the table with a range of economic stimulus and financial assistance measures so our Shire can respond and recover from the recent drought, bushfires, floods and the current pandemic crisis.
In Focus
April 20, 2020

Mayor Dominic King Seeks Federal & State Stimulus Support

Bellingen Shire Council Mayor, Cr Dominic King, is again calling on the Federal and State…
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Dr Trevor Cheney gives his weekly report from the Bellingen Shire Covid-19 Clinic
In Focus
April 13, 2020

A letter to the community- Dr Trevor Cheney

Dear Bellingen Shire, You have done very well. We still are not experiencing the epidemic…
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Other News
April 13, 2020

Food Photography Tips- Good enough to eat

Make your menu mouthwateringly irresistible! Maybe you’re a restauranteur and want to promote a few…
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Our words of Wisdom from Lisa Brown Psychologist. This week Lisa discusses relationships, love and compassion in the time of Covid-19
In Focus
April 13, 2020

Words of Wisdom – Psychologist Lisa Brown Part 2

As we wake up each day to the COVID-19 pandemic there are a range of…
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Dr Trevor Cheney gives his weekly report from the Bellingen Shire Covid-19 Clinic
In FocusOther News
April 6, 2020

Covid-19 Clinic Update- Dr Trevor Cheney’s weekly report

Bellingen's Dr Trevor Cheney reports about the current Covid-19 situation..........   So far, so good.…
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