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Dr Trevor Cheney gives his weekly report from the Bellingen Shire Covid-19 Clinic
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January 18, 2021

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

Dear Bellingen Shire 19 January 2021   After last week’s rambling journey with philosophical overtones…
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Dr Trevor Cheney gives his weekly report from the Bellingen Shire Covid-19 Clinic
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January 12, 2021

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

Dear Bellinger Shire 12/1/21 (By the way – no cases in the Region) Oh it…
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Dr Trevor Cheney gives his weekly report from the Bellingen Shire Covid-19 Clinic
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January 5, 2021

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

Dear Bellingen Shire 5 January 2021   We live in interesting times.   (As the fabled…
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January 4, 2021

Home Matters: Housing Crisis in our region.

After local flooding caused the postponement of the film’s launch in December last year, the…
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Nathan Cardow of Cardow and Partners Property gives us his monthly report for the Bellingen Shire.
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December 28, 2020

The Monthly Bellingen Shire Property Report by Nathan Cardow

Welcome to our monthly real estate report for December 2020   Well there you go,…
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tourism bellingen shire go slow
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December 28, 2020

Go Slow Tourism in the Bellingen Shire

  Welcome to Gumbaynggirr Country. For your holiday viewing pleasure, please enjoy this new tourism…
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Dr Trevor Cheney gives his weekly report from the Bellingen Shire Covid-19 Clinic
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December 21, 2020

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

Dear Bellingen Shire 22 December 2020-12-20   Happy frogs! And Happy Hanukkah, and Christmas, and…
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Dr Trevor Cheney gives his weekly report from the Bellingen Shire Covid-19 Clinic
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December 14, 2020

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

Dear Bellingen Shire 15 December 2020   May Christmas bring you fun times, Thoughtful reflection,…
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Bellingen Community Markets celebrates 40 magnificent years of community, culture, and diversity on Saturday 19 December 2020. Now one of the oldest, largest, and most diverse markets on the east coast, Bello Markets now boasts well over 200 stalls each month, which is a truly remarkable achievement.
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December 14, 2020

Bellingen Community Markets Celebrates 40 Years

Bellingen Community Markets celebrates 40 magnificent years of community, culture, and diversity on Saturday 19…
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Anna Fisher, of Fisher Design + Architecture has been appointed by Council to undertake the Bellingen Shire Branding Project, in collaboration with a team of local creative industry professionals.
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December 14, 2020

The Bellingen Shire Branding Project- Defining Our Spirit of Place

The decision to implement a Bellingen Shire Branding Project was initially met with much derision…
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Dr Trevor Cheney gives his weekly report from the Bellingen Shire Covid-19 Clinic
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December 7, 2020

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

Dear Bellingen Shire 8th December 2020   Just a quick round up of reactions to…
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The very much anticipated documentary film 'Bellingen The Promised Land' will be officially launched this Friday 11th December at Bellingen Mem Hall.
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December 7, 2020

Always was and always will be: Bellingen the Promised Land

The very much anticipated documentary film 'Bellingen The Promised Land' will be officially launched this…
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Bellingen Shire Council Mayor discusses the decisions around the Commonwealth’s Disaster Recovery and Resilience funds
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November 30, 2020

Bellingen Shire Council Reaches the Pinnacle of Local Government Achievement

Bellingen Shire Council has received the greatest accolade a New South Wales Council can achieve…
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This week Bellingen's Dr Trevor Cheney was awarded with the Rural Doctors Association of NSW Bowman Cutter Award 2020 to acknowledge his exceptional services to RDANSW and his strong, ongoing advocacy for rural doctors and rural healthcare.
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November 23, 2020

Let’s Chat: Dr Trevor Cheney Awarded for Service to Rural Medicine

Bellingen's Dr Trevor Cheney has generously kept our community informed and let's be honest, entertained,…
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Dr Trevor Cheney gives his weekly report from the Bellingen Shire Covid-19 Clinic
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November 17, 2020

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

Dear Bellingen Shire 17 November 2020 Today brought to you by the letter R Refrain…
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Dr Trevor Cheney gives his weekly report from the Bellingen Shire Covid-19 Clinic
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November 10, 2020

Weekly Update from the Bellingen Covid-19 Clinic- Dr Trevor Cheney

Dear Bellingen Shire 10 November 2020   This week’s situation is fluid – in some…
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Dr Trevor Cheney gives his weekly report from the Bellingen Shire Covid-19 Clinic
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November 3, 2020

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

Dear Bellingen Shire 3 November 2020 This week is brought to you by the stalwarts…
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OzGREEN organised an excursion to hear Nick Radford of Ecoliving Design and Bellingen Permaculture, who conducts free tours of his farm in Repton demonstrating grey water diversion systems and other means for capturing and recycling water.
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November 2, 2020

Actions speak louder than words- Our Resilient Communities

What happens when a group of concerned locals come together to not only be heard…
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Dr Trevor Cheney gives his weekly report from the Bellingen Shire Covid-19 Clinic
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October 26, 2020

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

Dear Bellingen Shire 26 October 2020   Je suis Victorian! From our Covid Cave, it…
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Bellingen Riverwatch began in 2017 in response to a turtle mortality event which killed an estimated 90% of the Critically Endangered Bellinger River Snapping Turtle (BRST).
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October 26, 2020

Water Is Everything- Bellingen Riverwatch Needs Your Help

Every month, sometimes in the pouring rain, over 30 Bellingen Riverwatch volunteers, make their way…
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Dr Trevor Cheney gives his weekly report from the Bellingen Shire Covid-19 Clinic
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October 19, 2020

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

Dear Bellingen Shire 19 October 2020 Another week of no local (or Regional Cases) Covid19…
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Dr Trevor Cheney gives his weekly report from the Bellingen Shire Covid-19 Clinic
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October 13, 2020

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

Dear Bellingen Shire 13 October 2020 So, we have another little pop up in Sydney.…
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Dr Trevor Cheney gives his weekly report from the Bellingen Shire Covid-19 Clinic
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October 6, 2020

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

Dear Bellingen Shire 6 October 2020   Well, not much happened so I was able…
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Jack & Bec Avirida Dorrigo All Natural Skincare Business
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October 5, 2020

Dorrigo’s entrepreneurial spirit is in good hands, naturally

At just 25 years of age, with a passion for protecting the environment and climate…
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September 28, 2020

Bellingen Shire Council Announce Updated Grant Funding Available

Infrastructure Grants Program – https://www.responsiblegambling.nsw.gov.au/funding-opportunities/infrastructure-grants. Closes 12 October. Infrastructure Grants can be used toward the costs of construction,…
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Jeannie Veitch and Karyn Sherman are the facilitators for the Dorrigo Resilient Communities Program , a grassroots program designed to find solutions to the regions biggest concerns.
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September 21, 2020

When the Going Gets Tough- Dorrigo Resilient Communities

No one questions the fact that Dorrigo and surrounding regions have done it tough over…
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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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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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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.
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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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Playing at this year’s SWIFF (Screenwave International Film Festival) and released on DVD last week, Finnish film Dogs Don’t Wear Pants is a darkly comic exploration of loss, grief and rediscovery set in the BDSM scene (Bondage, Discipline, Sadism, Masochism).
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July 13, 2020

At the Movies: ‘Dogs Don’t Wear Pants’ reviewed by Rod O’Hara

Playing at this year’s SWIFF (Screenwave International Film Festival) and released on DVD last week,…
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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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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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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.
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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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