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Joanna Keers

James Cracknell from Windsong Travel in Bellingen offers some travel information for those of us with itchy feet.
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September 21, 2020

Wanderlust? Some secret gems right on your doorstep.

James Cracknell from Windsong Travel in Bellingen offers some travelling inspiration for those of us with…
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Nathan Cardow of Cardow and Partners Property gives us his monthly report for the Bellingen Shire.
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September 21, 2020

How’s the Bellingen Shire Property Market? By Nathan Cardow

Welcome to our monthly real estate report for September 2020- Cardow and Partners Property. Historically…
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Bellingen Growers Market steps up to provide garden plants after cancellation of the Bellingen Spring Plant Fair.
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September 14, 2020

Bellingen Growers Market Steps Up with Hot News for Gardeners

The cancellation of the 30th Birthday Party of Bellingen Autumn and Spring Plant Fair caused…
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Dr Trevor Cheney gives his weekly report from the Bellingen Shire Covid-19 Clinic
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September 7, 2020

Weekly Report from the Bellingen Covid-19 Clinic: Dr Trevor Cheney

Dear Bellingen Shire 7th September 2020   Welcome to spring, lots of joyful birds, lots…
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The vision was to transform the centre from a ‘Memorial Hall’ to a ‘Cultural Arts HUB’ will soon become a reality, albeit with an increased budget to meet accessibility and parking needs of users.
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September 7, 2020

The Bellingen Memorial Hall Upgrade- the Facts.

Last year we collectively celebrated the news that our beloved Bellingen Memorial Hall was not…
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Clare (above on right) and fellow Resilience Officer Liz Hull (above on left) were recently appointed by Bellingen Shire Council to oversee the Bellingen Bushfire Recovery and Resilience Programme.  The two have worked to tailor the programme to the needs of the Bellingen Shire
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August 31, 2020

Bellingen Shire Council’s Bushfire Recovery and Resilience Programme

It has been such a difficult year with drought, bushfires, floods and COVID. Bellingen Shire…
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This week At The Movies Rod O'Hara from Bellingen Video Connection reviews A Beautiful day in the Neighbourhood
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August 31, 2020

At the Movies: A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood. Reviewed by Rod O’Hara Bellingen Video Connection

'A Beautiful Day In The Neighbourhood' is an interesting film from an Australian perspective, mainly…
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August 24, 2020

Call to action for community-driven change: OzGREEN Resilient Communities

What are you most concerned about?  Wow.  What a question!  This could send most of…
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Dr Trevor Cheney gives his weekly report from the Bellingen Shire Covid-19 Clinic
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August 10, 2020

Weekly report from the Bellingen Covid-19 Clinic: Dr Trevor Cheney

Dear Bellingen Shire 10/8/2020   Sorry to miss last week – I was working too…
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This week's From the garden series looks at Spring Planting, including a list of all plants ready to go now.
Food Trail
August 3, 2020

From the Garden with Fi Morgan: Spring Planting

Back when coronavirus first hit and people were panic-planting, people were doing mad things like…
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August 3, 2020

‘Waterwise Schools Program for the Bellingen Shire’ by Jane Grebert

Repton Public School is the first school off the rank in Bellingen Shire Council’s renewed…
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Dr Trevor Cheney gives his weekly report from the Bellingen Shire Covid-19 Clinic
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July 27, 2020

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

Dear Bellingen Shire, No new cases in the Mid North Coast Local Health District –…
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Nathan Cardow of Cardow and Partners Property gives us his monthly report for the Bellingen Shire.
In Focus
July 27, 2020

The Bellingen Shire Property Market -by Nathan Cardow

Welcome to our monthly real estate report for July 2020. As agents, it is one…
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Dr Trevor Cheney gives his weekly report from the Bellingen Shire Covid-19 Clinic
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July 21, 2020

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

Dear Bellingen Shire,   What a difference a week makes. Masks are now the sexiest…
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Community Development Worker and Bellingen local Celeste Abell, is the Suicide Prevention Project Coordinator for the Bellingen Neighbourhood Centre. She is currently trialling Lifespan across the Bellingen Shire.
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July 20, 2020

Suicide prevention through community awareness, capacity and resilience.

Looking out for each other is a way of life in the Shire.  Ask anyone…
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Dr Trevor Cheney gives his weekly report from the Bellingen Shire Covid-19 Clinic
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July 13, 2020

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

Dear Bellingen Shire,   As expected the beast has raised it’s hungry cold snivelling head…
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An exciting new Bellingen Shire -wide program 'Connect and Go Go Go' was launched yesterday.  The program is designed to help our senior citizens who are socially isolated, or at risk of social isolation, connect and engage with others.
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July 13, 2020

Connect and Go Go Go- Providing Social Connectedness for our Seniors.

An exciting new Shire -wide program 'Connect and Go Go Go' was launched yesterday.  The…
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July 13, 2020

Changes to Signage for Regulated Parking Areas within Bellingen

Bellingen Shire Council has recently undertaken the development of a Parking Management Strategy to improve…
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Dr Trevor Cheney gives his weekly report from the Bellingen Shire Covid-19 Clinic
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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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From the Garden with Fi Morgan explores growing snow peas in the Bellingen Shire.
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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'.
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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.
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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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