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March 30, 2020

Reducing the risk of COVID-19 within your own home- your questions answered.

As the COVID-19 emergency continues, many of us have more questions than answers about how…
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March 30, 2020

To mask or not to mask? That is the question. A ‘do-it-yourself’ face mask.

It is well understood that our healthcare professionals should be wearing face masks to reduce…
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Urunga Mylestom Chamber of Commerce has been working hard to provide added support for our members during the Covid-19 crisis.
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March 30, 2020

Urunga Mylestom Chamber of Commerce supporting local business- the COVID-19 response.

Timely words from Urunga Mylestom Chamber of Commerce President Steve Allan......... The economic disruption evolving…
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March 23, 2020

COVID-19 Neighbourhood Care Network Up and Running

Neighbours helping neighbours across the Bellingen Shire Looking after ourselves and each other while we…
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March 23, 2020

COVID-19 Testing Clinic for the Bellingen Shire

A collaborative effort by the private medical and health practitioners across the Bellingen Shire has…
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March 16, 2020

Change Agent Lily Isobella- tackling challenges big and small

Lily Isobella describes herself as an activist, change agent, public speaker and general loud mouth…
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March 9, 2020

Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival Announces Exciting Programme

Bob Brown, Julian Burnside, Kate Forsyth, John Marsden, Debra Adelaide, Paul Barry, Dave Graney, Louis…
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The Mantova Art Competition is the longest running art competition in Bellingen and runs in conjunction with the Bellingen Agricultural Show
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February 24, 2020

A reinvigorated Mantova retains a strong sense of history

A committed team of volunteers has set about reinvigorating Bellingen's Mantova Art Competition this year.…
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The Great Koala National Park Visitor Centre in Urunga are hosting a picnic breakfast for locals to show support for the establishment of a GKNP.
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February 3, 2020

The Great Koala National Park- Let’s Make It Happen

Recent bushfire events across the nation have further decimated already threatened koala colonies. Only yesterday…
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The Bellingen Youth Orchestra Sinfonia Group will be joined by pianist David Helfgott to host 'Fighting Fires with Music' on February 1st as a fundraiser.
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January 27, 2020

For the Love of Music. Annie Phelan- Bellingen Youth Orchestra

The Bellingen Youth Orchestra will be hosting 'Fighting Fires with Music' on February 1st as…
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Bellingen Riverwatch formed to monitor the health of the Bellinger and Kalang River systems and health of the Bellinger River Snapping Turtle.
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January 20, 2020

Protecting Our Rivers and the Endangered Bellinger River Snapping Turtle

The recent rain event in the Bellingen Shire has allowed a collective sigh of relief.…
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January 19, 2020

Australia Day- The Peoples’ Day Urunga. Recognising all peoples as one.

There is a palpable 'buzz' in Urunga at the moment.  The anticipation is building towards…
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Screenwave International Film Festival '20 (SWIFF) launches into high gear action this Thursday January 9th. We interview SWIFF team member Saige Browne.
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January 6, 2020

Saige Browne Riding the Wave to the Big Screen- SWIFF ’20.

The much-anticipated Screenwave International Film Festival '20 (SWIFF) clicks into high gear action this Thursday…
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The Bellingen Chamber of Commerce has one primary focus- to sustainably improve the business environment and economic climate of our community.
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December 16, 2019

The Quiet Achiever- Bellingen Chamber of Commerce President Libby Park

The Bellingen Chamber of Commerce stands squarely on the platform 'Strong Business- Strong Community'.  Its…
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The 10th Annual Bellingen Artisan Market is happening Saturday 14th December 2019 and with more than 50 artisan stalls is bigger and better than ever.
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December 9, 2019

Bellingen Artisan Market- A decade on and bigger than ever

Its on again! The 10th Annual Bellingen Artisan Market is happening Saturday 14th December. Local mid…
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October 28, 2019

Women in Politics- A Local Perspective: Jennie Fenton

The well-worn adage 'women need to work harder' remains an unfortunate truth in the workplace.…
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'Buoyancy' opens Saturday 28th September at the Urunga Art Space and promises to be another expertly curated show featuring a multitude of art medium.
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September 18, 2019

Performing Sand Artist John Thiering at the Urunga Art Space

Next weekend the Bellingen Shire community will be treated to another creative extravaganza at the…
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A peaceful protest camp has emerged on the Horseshoe Road Bellingen to block the proposed logging of the Kalang Headwaters.
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August 12, 2019

Kalang’s ‘Biodiversity Embassy’- speaking for the trees

A dedicated team of concerned Bellingen Shire citizens are now camped along Horseshoe Rd at its…
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July 22, 2019

BCAC supporting our creatives for more than 20 years.

The Nexus Gallery, nestled within Bellingen's Old Butter Factory precinct, has been a 'must-visit' attraction…
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July 8, 2019

Time for the FACTS- Logging of the Kalang Headwaters will affect the whole Shire

Across the entire Bellingen Shire it seems everyone has an opinion about the Forestry Department's…
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Bello Winter Music Youth Mentorship Program is happening again this year giving musicians under 19 the chance to be mentored by established artists.
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May 6, 2019

Bello Winter Music Youth Mentorship Program 2019

Applications are now open for the 2019 Bello Winter Music Youth Mentorship Program where aspiring musicians under…
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Fiona patten will be replacing Clementine Ford at the Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival 2019.
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April 8, 2019

Program Changes to Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival 2019

Unfortunately feminist author/journalist Clementine Ford has had to cancel her previously announced appearances at the…
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I Love Bello Shire chats with Mark Oliver- chairperson of the Bellingen Memorial Hall about the pending transformation of the building
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March 25, 2019

Grand plans for our old dame- The Bellingen Memorial Hall.

Community excitement surrounding the pending upgrade and restoration of the Bellingen Memorial Hall is palpable.…
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The Stables in Bellingen is opening on February 24th as an open art studio, but will also be available for workshops, performances, meetings, rehearsals and of course an exhibition space.
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February 18, 2019

The Stables revitalisation creates a home for art and learning

The old Bellingen Stables has had many functions over the years, since George Moore oversaw…
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I Love Bello Shire had the chance to chat with Dave Horsley, who along with wife Kate Howat is responsible for the creation of Screenwave Film Company on the Coffs Coast. The fourth Screenwave International Film Festival commences Thursday January 10th 2019. With 60 feature films and 20 short films showing on the Coffs Coast over the festival period, there will be something for everyone.
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January 7, 2019

Creative change-makers driving the Screenwave juggernaut

“Screenwave is all about bringing new film experiences to regional NSW audiences," says Dave Horsley,…
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The International day of People with Disability will be cekebrated in the Bellingen Shire with a Community Celebration on the Green at the Urunga Neighbourhood Centre. Chiara Richmond-Manno shares her personal story with disability.
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November 26, 2018

International Day of People with Disability enriched by Chiara’s personal story.

Bellingen's Chiara Richmond-Manno has a simple message for 'International Day of People with Disability'- "just…
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Woodwork, Design and Technology students prepare for "Arbour", the upcoming exhibition of their final year works at Bellingen Gallery and Framing Studio Bellingen.
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November 12, 2018

“Arbor” -celebrating woodwork, design and technology

Table saws, lathes and routers are momentarily silenced as the anticipation builds for "Arbor"- the…
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We interview Bridget Rees on the eve of The Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival about her recent invitation to the United States to participate in the Performing Arts Discovery: American Sounds. the role of this festival is to introduce American artists to international festival programmers.
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October 22, 2018

Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival hits the world stage

The much-awaited Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival, an acoustic weekend of concerts, workshops, jamming, dancing and…
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We chat to Rosie Wickert current chair of the Bellingen Fine Music Festival organising committee about this year's festival line-up.
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September 24, 2018

A peak behind the curtain- Bellingen Fine Music Festival

Rosie Wickert, current chair and unofficial publicity officer of the Bellingen Fine Music Festival organising…
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Blush Opera, a boutique fun-loving opera company will be performingSpiderman and the Runaway Plum Blossom at this years Bellingen Fine Music Festival.
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September 10, 2018

Blush Opera will thrill at Bellingen Fine Music Festival

Blush Opera, a boutique fun-loving opera company, was formed 5 years ago as an operatic…
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Waste Not Bellingen are targeting the Bello Winter Music 2018 to ensure that the level of food and plastic waste this year is reduced. I Love Bello Shire interviewed some of the Waste Notters about the strategies they will be using.
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July 8, 2018

Get Out Damn Waste- Waste Not Bellingen targets Bello Winter Music

Last year's Bello Winter Music was an enormous success.  However, the streams of people enjoying…
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Bello LeaF Program runs alongside the Bello Winter Music Festival In Bellingen each year. I Love Bello Shire has the full program for 2018 here.
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May 21, 2018

Bello LeaF Program at Bello Winter Music

The Bello LeaF Program of sustainability focused and environmental workshops, tours and forums will run alongside the…
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