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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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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.
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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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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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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 words of Wisdom from Lisa Brown Psychologist. This week Lisa discusses relationships, love and compassion in the time of Covid-19
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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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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.
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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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Our words of Wisdom from Lisa Brown Psychologist. This week Lisa discusses relationships, love and compassion in the time of Covid-19
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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
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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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April 6, 2020

Keeping you informed, connected and represented- Bellingen Chamber of Commerce

The heightened noise and confusion in the air is real – wouldn't you agree? We…
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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
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April 6, 2020

Words of Wisdom in this time of chaos- Lisa Brown Psychologist

Collectively we have experienced much stress over the past few months and this stress can…
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April 6, 2020

Bellingen Shire Connects- Pandemic Crisis

The Bellingen Shire has taken matters into its own hands with the establishment of their…
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April 6, 2020

FROM THE GARDEN with Fi Morgan. Planting for Winter in the Bellingen Shire

Each week our resident gardener Fi Morgan will share her wealth of garden knowledge.  So…
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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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Dr Trevor Cheney gives his weekly report from the Bellingen Shire Covid-19 Clinic
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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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