BSC announce new Grant information

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Bellingen Shire Council wish to advise the community of a few grants now open that may be of interest. This time of year historically has a number of grants open…

Dr Trevor Cheney gives his weekly report from the Bellingen Shire Covid-19 Clinic

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

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Dear Bellingen Shire 21 September 2020   Sitting on a warm veranda in Gleniffer, it is the time of the firefly. It is also the time of the brooding bumbling…

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

Wanderlust? Some secret gems right on your doorstep.

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James Cracknell from Windsong Travel in Bellingen offers some travelling inspiration for those of us with itchy feet…….   The question on everyone’s lips is “when will the world be back…

Going for a Covid test? Want to know what to expect?

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Are you or your children going for a Covid test? Well local GPs Olivia and Derek Bell, who work at the Bellingen Covid Clinic, have put this video together demonstrating Olivia…

Tony Prior has worked in fire management roles in the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) for 26 years and sees climate change as our biggest risk.

Fires Near Me- Our New Reality.

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By this time last year we were glued to our ‘Fires Near Me’ App, while anxiously clearing around our homes and setting up make-shift sprinkler systems.  Twelve months later we…

Fi Morgan- From Behind the Garden

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Our weekly ‘From the Garden’ newsletter segment by Fi Morgan has gained a cult following.  Her no-nonsense, local gardening advice has certainly struck a chord.  It came about at a…

Dr Trevor Cheney gives his weekly report from the Bellingen Shire Covid-19 Clinic

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

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Dear Bellingen Shire 14 September 2020   Doin’ well. NSW doin’ well. Qld Ok but on alert , Victoria at least looking better. The horrible infection rates in the rest…

This week Rod O'Hara of Bellingen Video Connection reviews Blood Vessel, what he describes as a great little Aussie Vampire movie.

At the Movies: ‘Blood Vessel’ reviewed by Rod O’Hara Bellingen Video Connection

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In a nutshell, Blood Vessel is a great little Aussie Vampire Flick. The second film directed by Justin Dix (Crawlspace is his first), Blood Vessel actually debuted at MonsterFest in…

rfs get ready weekend in the bellingen shire this weekend.

Get Ready Weekend – Rural Fire Brigade Information Days

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Have a Get Ready Weekend with family, friends and neighbours   Bellingen Shire Council is encouraging families, friends and neighbours to use the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) Get Ready…

Bellingen Growers Market steps up to provide garden plants after cancellation of the Bellingen Spring Plant Fair.

Bellingen Growers Market Steps Up with Hot News for Gardeners

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The cancellation of the 30th Birthday Party of Bellingen Autumn and Spring Plant Fair caused disappointment as the beauty of Spring made us all think about replanting our Gardens.   Bellingen…

Art Matters. Adrienne Hmelnitsky- The Power of Small Things

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Our most recent experiences of grief, despair, isolation and change have been explored in the Small Sculptures Prize at Urunga Art Space.  The theme this year was ‘Genre – the…

Dr Trevor Cheney gives his weekly report from the Bellingen Shire Covid-19 Clinic

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

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Dear Bellingen Shire 31 August 2020 The end of Winter. Time of sun. Beloved of bush fires.   Some quick-fire learning issues : 127 days with no Covid 19 cases…

In this week's segment From the Garden with Fi Morgan, Fi explains why bees are so important to our gardens.

From the Garden with Fi Morgan: Why Bee Bothered

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When I first arrived in Bellingen I had the strange experience of watching my zucchinis flower and wither, flower and wither and if they began to set fruit, it would…

Warren Wieck is a local character, full of local knowledge and a love of life.  He's driven the local school bus for nearly 40 years amongst many other careers and man, can he tell a story.

On his soapbox: Local Legend Warren Weick

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If you’ve lived in Bellingen for any time at all you’ll know him.  Possibly not by sight, but you would have heard him.  “Gooday mate.” “Good on ya.” “How are…

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

Bellingen Shire Council’s Bushfire Recovery and Resilience Programme

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It has been such a difficult year with drought, bushfires, floods and COVID. Bellingen Shire has shown itself as a very resilient community, able to cope with stressors and to…

Bellingen Shire Council Mayor discusses the decisions around the Commonwealth’s Disaster Recovery and Resilience funds

Current Grant Funding Available

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Bellingen Shire Council has released information about several grants currently available. Infrastructure Grants – due to open 21 September and close on 12 October –https://www.responsiblegambling.nsw.gov.au/funding-opportunities/infrastructure-grants. You can make one application…

This week At The Movies Rod O'Hara from Bellingen Video Connection reviews A Beautiful day in the Neighbourhood

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

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‘A Beautiful Day In The Neighbourhood’ is an interesting film from an Australian perspective, mainly because one of the film’s central characters, Fred Rogers, has no cultural relevance in this…

Dr Trevor Cheney gives his weekly report from the Bellingen Shire Covid-19 Clinic

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

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Dear Bellingen Shire,   Today is brought to you by the letters P and E.   First, Perfunctorily: no Covid19 cases in our shire – and still none found in…

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

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What are you most concerned about?  Wow.  What a question!  This could send most of us into a tailspin. Many of us are just trying to survive day-to-day, avoiding the…

Through a different lens- World Renowned Photographer Tim Page

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After a career spanning sixty years, world renowned photographer Tim Page has settled quietly into the Bellingen Shire, where he and his wife Marianne live what Tim describes as “a…

At The Movies: ‘Ford vs Ferrari’ reviewed by Rod O’Hara Bellingen Video Connection

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Ford v Ferrari is the story of how Ford Motors in the USA developed a race car and team to defeat Ferrari in the 1966 Le Mans 24hr race, and…

Nathan Cardow of Cardow and Partners Property gives us his monthly report for the Bellingen Shire.

Market Report by Nathan Cardow

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Welcome to our monthly Bellingen Shire Real Estate report for August 2020. For the past month since our last report its been a bit more of the same, which in…

Local Leaders Gather to Fuel Regional Recovery

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A cohort of 26 local resilience leaders have gathered in our Shire to take advantage of the opportunity to develop collaborative relationships and strategies to guide our Shire’s and the…

Dr Trevor Cheney gives his weekly report from the Bellingen Shire Covid-19 Clinic

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

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Dear Bellingen Shire 17th August 2020   Previet!  The Russians are coming! More on bears with needles later.   Firstly of course: 113 days with no cases in the entire…

In this week's edition of from the Garden with Fi Morgan, Fi discusses growing potatoes and a whole lot of other root vegetables, even better suited to the Bellingen Shire.

From the Garden with Fi Morgan: Chillies and Capsicums

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The jasmine on my verandah has just started flowering which means that as far as the plants are concerned, spring is here. One of the joys of the warmer months…

This week Rod O'Hara from Bellingen Video Connection reviews VHYes, (rhymes with VHS) is a mostly nostalgic love letter to 80s late-night TV, a collage of skits filmed on VHS and edited together in seemingly random way.

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

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VHYes (rhymes with VHS) is a mostly nostalgic love letter to 80s late-night TV, a collage of skits filmed on VHS and edited together in a seemingly random way that’s…

Mark Graham has recently established Bellingen Nature Tours so that he can share his knowledge and passion with those wanting a truly immersive experience in some of the purest and most ancient of places in the Bellingen Shire.

Bellingen Nature Tours: Nourish the soul and the senses

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As we make our way to the highest point, through dense ancient tea tree thickets covered with lichens, the breeze from the south intensifies, only adding to our sense of…

Kellie Small coordinates the LifeHouse Pantries from Woolgoolga to Bellingen and even Moree, providing goods for those members of the community struggling to make ends meet

The Joys of a Well Stocked Pantry

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What happens in our region when a few compassionate souls with energy become aware of a growing need in the community?  They act.  And that is why we love Bello…

In this week's edition of from the Garden with Fi Morgan, Fi discusses growing potatoes and a whole lot of other root vegetables, even better suited to the Bellingen Shire.

From the Garden with Fi Morgan: Don’t Stop At Potatoes

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The best times to plant potatoes in this area is after the first full moon (and before the new moon) in January and August. Well peoples, we just had a…

This week's At The Movies, Rod O'Hara from Bellingen Video connection reviews Finke- There and back, a two day, 230km each-way off road race along the dry Finke River bed from Alice Springs to the small community of Aputula.

At the Movies: ‘Finke’- There and Back’, reviewed by Rod O’Hara Bellingen Video Connection

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The Tatts Finke Desert Race is a two day, 230km each-way off road race along the dry Finke River bed from Alice Springs to the small community of Aputula. From…

Dorrigo’s Erika Munan knows it takes a village plus some…

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There has been much discussion about the impacts of the past 12 months on the Bellingen Shire Community.  But how are our kids faring? Is there enough consideration being given…

The I Love Writing Competition 2020 Open category was won by Leonie Harrison for Ready or Not.

I Love Writing Competition: ‘READY OR NOT’ by Leonie Harrison

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‘Ready?’ she said. Of course I wasn’t ready. Not then. Not now. But it was Angie. Turn your head; make you weak at the knees Angie. How she ended up…

The I Love Writing Competition 2020 Secondary School Category was won by Maxyn Dorz for The Crow

I Love Writing Competition: ‘THE CROW’ by Maxyn Dorz

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If the sheep had still been around to graze the pastures, the toppling water tower would have startled them enough to lose their wool there and then. Instead, the rusty…

I Love Writing Competition: ‘WHAT THEY NEED’ by Laura McNeil

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All he wanted was people to like him. But as he crunched his meaty hand into the cliff, he knew that the impression he was giving the innocent people of…

This week At The movies, Rod O'Hara from Bellingen Video Connection review the low budget horror film Killer Sofa

At the Movies. ‘Killer Sofa’ reviewed by Rod O’Hara Bellingen Video Connection

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Killer Sofa is the latest in a long, and fantastic, line of New Zealand horror comedy films – think Black Sheep, Fresh Meat, Brain Dead and Bad Taste among others….

Regional Development Australia Mid North Coast (RDAMNC) and Northern Rivers (RDANR), launched their North Coast Workforce Strategy and Action Plan simultaneously in Bellingen and Lismore this morning.

North Coast Workforce Strategy and Action Plan

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For the recovery of the North Coast region’s economy to begin and for businesses to be able to start employing workers, strategic planning and collaboration at all levels must occur…

Darcey Browning, also known as the Mayor of Darkwood, is lamenting the demise of our local paper the Bellingen Courier Sun. He contributed weekly to the letters to the editor with his opinions from a farmers perspective.

On The Soap Box: The Mayor of Darkwood looking for balance.

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The so called ‘new normal’ means that we are learning to do without.  Many of life’s pleasures have been removed.  Unfortunately for the Bellingen Shire community this also includes the…

Not-for -profit environmental organisation OzGREEN is partnering with Resilience NSW to bring  their Fostering Community Resilience Program to the Bellingen Shire.   It is is based on OzGREEN's Living Communities program, which draws on proven community education processes.

Building Resilient Communities From The Ground Up

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‘Resilience’ is the concept of 2020, and rightly so.  Defined as the ability to recover from, or adjust easily to misfortune or change, our collective resilience will determine how we…

In this week's From the Garden, Fi Morgan discusses how the simple ant can assist us to keep our plants healthy.

From the Garden with Fi Morgan: The Ants Are Farmers

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When you are out wandering through your garden keep an eye out for lines of ants marching up and down a plant. This is a classic sign of an aphid…

This week Rod O'Hara of Bellingen Video Connection reviews the film 'Greed'

At The Movies: ‘Greed’ reviewed by Rod O’Hara Bellingen Video Connection

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The latest film by Michael Winterbottom and his frequent collaborator Steve Coogan (24 Hour Party People, The Trip trilogy), Greed is biting satire about the fast fashion industry, and the…

Binks Barbara Dowling is ninety seven years old but still involved in her Dorrigo community.

Barbara (Binks) Dowling- A life more interesting

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Spending time in the company of Dorrigo resident Barbara Dowling (or ‘Binks’ as she is so affectionately known), one realises that the key to a long, interesting life is to be…

In this week's From the garden with Fi Morgan Fi goes into even more detail about producing healthy citrus.

From the Garden with Fi Morgan: A few more things about citrus

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Yes citrus again.  Last week Fi discussed our most common citrus pests and what to do about them.  If you missed it CLICK HERE Citrus is the one thing we…

This week Rod O'Hara of Bellingen video connection reviews Vivarium, more a bleak, dystopian metaphor for the dreariness of growing up, buying a home and raising children than a standard thriller!  But a thriller it is.

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

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Vivarium is more of a bleak, dystopian metaphor for the dreariness of growing up, buying a home and raising children than a standard thriller.  But a thriller it is! Gemma…

Alchemy of Bellingen sets the benchmark for local business

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Amidst the current sense of chaos and uncertainty, there is a shining light. Setting the standard for quality service, peer support and working together for the common good of their…

From the garden with Fi Morgan talks about growing citrus in the bellingen Shire and the common pests and diseases.

From the Garden with Fi Morgan: A few things about citrus trees

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It’s the time of the year when citrus trees are laden and you can barely give the fruit away. As there are entire books devoted to caring for citrus and…

Maggie Porter and Rosie Wickert are two of the organisers of Arts Week 2021, 10th-17th January, being hailed as a cultural collaboration across the Shire.  After a year in the cultural doldrums due to forced cancellations, the Shire is hungry for what promises to be a week of immersion in the arts.

Collaborative Creativity Provides the Energy for a Week of Art

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Maggie Porter and Rosie Wickert are two of the organisers of Arts Week 2021, being hailed as a cultural collaboration across the Shire.  After a year in the cultural doldrums…

 'Write Between the Eyes'  is a series of podcasts with five major author talents, all of whom were to be headliners at the Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival 2020.

Write Between The Eyes- Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival

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The Festival continues in a unique and engaging way.  ‘Write Between the Eyes’  is a series of podcasts with five major author talents, all of whom were to be headliners…

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).

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

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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…

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.

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

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An exciting new 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…

Changes to Signage for Regulated Parking Areas within Bellingen

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Bellingen Shire Council has recently undertaken the development of a Parking Management Strategy to improve the current parking situation within the town centres of Dorrigo, Urunga and Bellingen and provide…

This week From the Garden guru Fi Morgan introduces us to edible weeds- we can all grow them and they're free.

From the Garden with Fi Morgan: Edible Weeds

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If you want to make gardening as easy as possible for yourself you will need to adjust your eating habits. Eating what grows easily in your area instead of what…

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

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In 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…

In this week's Let's Cook, Nikki Grover shares her vegan take on the traditional Reuben Sandwich which she calls her Reuben meets Jack

Let’s Cook with Nikki Grover: Reuben meets Jack (Vegan Reuben Sandwich)

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Nikki Grover grew up on a sheep and cattle farm and has eaten meat at least once a day almost every day of her life.  Six months ago her family…

It takes a village – according to Thora Store’s Boaz Keeda

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The sense of community in regional and rural Australia is stronger, more connected and more welcoming than its capital city counterparts. There. We’ve said it. And what Boaz Keeda and…

Dr Trevor Cheney gives his weekly report from the Bellingen Shire Covid-19 Clinic

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

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So in a week that Australia launches into an “ on again” phase of the on again-off again pandemic (that will be the reality for the next couple of years),…

From the Garden with Fi Morgan explores growing snow peas in the Bellingen Shire.

From the Garden with Fi Morgan: Last Chance for Snowpeas

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While peas don’t tend to grow so well in the Bellinger valley area (they tend to do really well until about flowering time then suddenly wither to nothing), snowpeas are…

The Two Way Street Program pairs learner drivers with volunteer supervisors to help clock up the necessary 120 hours. It is a community initiative facilitated by the Bello Youth Hub, run completely by volunteers on the smell of an oily rag.

A Two Way Street To Success

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Like most initiatives conceived in the Bellingen Shire, ‘Two Way Street’ came about because a group of community minded ‘doers’ perceived a need. “Its the usual magical Bellingen story that exemplifies…

Secretary of the Artspace Urunga discusses The current members' exhibition at Artspace Urunga 'Cut to the Bone and Alone'- explores the many themes around funding cuts, their impact on the arts and artists and the added insult of forced isolation and exhibition cancellations.

The Power of Creativity: Helen Aiken Artspace Urunga

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What better medium to stimulate discussion around funding cuts to the arts than through art itself? The current members’ exhibition at Artspace Urunga ‘Cut to the Bone and Alone’- explores…

This week at the movies, Rod O'Hara from Bellingen Video Connection reviews Call of the Wild, the latest incarnation of the 1903 Jack London book

At the Movies: ‘Call Of The Wild’ reviewed by Rod O’Hara Bellingen Video Connection

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Based on the 1903 Jack London book, this latest incarnation of Call Of The Wild varies slightly from the original story but it is still a heart-warming adventure tale. It…

Dr Trevor Cheney gives his weekly report from the Bellingen Shire Covid-19 Clinic

Update from the Covid-19 Clinic: Dr Trevor Cheney

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Dear Bellingen Shire   First: updating on good and bad news; and then pondering of a dilemma.   Mid North coast still has no known cases of Covid 19!  …

For Bellingen local Annie Arnold of Cool Events Bellingen, music is the gel that holds us all together. She talks about lthe local music scene during lockdown and how she hopes it emerges from these dark days.

The Might of the Music- Bellingen’s Annie Arnold

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Music can raise us up, excite us, calm us or even frighten us. It is integral to life and for centuries it has been used as a language of cultures,…

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.

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

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When I first became aware of it, it was called the Coronavirus and it was in a foreign land. Then the media, or more accurately, the epidemiologists, named it COVID…

In From the Garden this week Fi Morgan discusses the benefits of growing Pigeon Peas to protect your newly planted fruit trees.

From the Garden with Fi Morgan. Pigeon Peas are the go!

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While your fruit trees are growing up, it is very helpful to also plant some short term protection for them. Young fruit trees appreciate protection from heavy rain, frost, wind…

This week at the movies, Rod O'Hara reviews Lizzie, a period-thriller interpretation of the famous true story of alleged murderer Lizzie Borden who was accused, and acquitted of murdering her father and stepmother brutally by axe in 1892 Massachusetts.

At the Movies. ‘Lizzie’ reviewed by Rod O’Hara Bellingen Video Connection

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‘Lizzie’, in this most recent guise, is a period-thriller interpretation of the famous true story of alleged murderer Lizzie Borden who was accused, and acquitted of murdering her father and…

At 76 years old Dorrigo artist Chris Hundt is possibly more productive than ever. “I will always create, whether I'm working on a two-dimensional surface or a third dimension - creating in my garden.  As long as I can use my hands I’m happy” she says.

Dorrigo Artist Chris Hundt Looking for the Light

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It has been said that an artist’s studio can reveal much about the artist.   I was lucky enough to capture a rare glimpse of this artist in her backyard…

Steve Allan Urunga Amcal Pharmacy, I Love Bello Shire, Bellingen, Urunga

The sun always shines on Urunga

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Urunga locals know they are onto a good thing.  Few regions could rival the sheer natural beauty and abundance of wildlife of this stretch of coastline, where two rivers meet…

Let’s Cook with Pete Bufo: Silverbeet, Mushroom and Feta Pide

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What we do best is community. Despite your interests, values or attitudes, you will find your tribe in the Bellingen Shire.  But there is one interest that generally unites us…

This week's segment From the Garden with Fi Morgan we discuss fruit trees for the Bellingen Shire. It's a great time for planting right now.

From the Garden with Fi Morgan- It’s Time for Fruit Trees

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The cooler months of the year are a great time to get fruit & nut trees/vines/bushes in the ground and give them a chance to get their root system for…

This week at the Movies, Rod O'Hara reviews the film 1917, a war epic.

At the Movies. ‘1917’ reviewed by Rod O’Hara of Bellingen Video Connection

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On the cover of the ‘1917’ DVD there is a quote: “One of the greatest war films of all time”. And despite not being a huge fan of war-films, I’d…

Bellingen Chamber of Commerce Partners with Rotary Club of Bellingen

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The Rotary Club of Bellingen undertakes a range of small but vital projects that benefit the community and is keen to work with the Bellingen Chamber of Commerce to support…

The Dorrigo Butcher- a true baptism of fire

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Ben and Meghan Garnock are celebrating, (pictured above with young Sam).  And there is much to celebrate. June 3rd marks their first anniversary as owners of The Dorrigo Butcher.  It…

Bellingen Musician Marguerite Montes exudes the rich complexities of her Andalusian heritage, a region famous for melding a multitude of values, artistic traditions and historical cultures.  It is this mix of influences that brings her musical compositions to life and pervades her recently released, independently produced album 'Far From Home'.

Musician Marguerite Montes Far From Home

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Musician Marguerite Montes exudes the rich complexities of her Andalusian heritage, a region famous for melding a multitude of values, artistic traditions and historical cultures.  It is this mix of influences…

Let’s Cook with Graziella Garrett: Italian Lemon Biscuits

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Bellingen’s Graziella Garrett is a great Italian cook, just like her mum.  She is now supplying her sister-in-law’s cafe in Dorrigo ‘The Cheeky Sparrow’ with sweet treats, much to the…

This week in Fi Morgan's gardening series we discuss 'Why Grow Spinach?'

From the Garden with Fi Morgan: Why Grow Spinach?

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Would you believe that English spinach doesn’t grow that well here? It’s not cold enough! Not to worry, there are plenty of plants that could be substituted for spinach that…

Bellingen Writers Festival, Online Event, I love Bello Shire

Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival returns – virtually

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After weeks of locked-down brainstorming, planning and literary juggling, the BRWF Creative Team is excited to announce new digital iterations of select events originally planned for the canceled 2020 festival….

Bellingen Shire Council, Community Resilience Scholarship, i love bello shire

Community Leadership & Resilience Scholarship Opportunity

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If you’re involved in a community organisation and live in the Bellingen Shire LGA (or Kempsey/Macleay or Port Macquarie LGAs) you’re eligible to apply for a $1200 scholarship to learn…

‘Sonic the Hedgehog’. Movie review by Rod O’Hara

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Sonic The Hedgehog, a live-action film based on the 1991 SEGA video game, tells the story of Sonic, an intergalactic space hedgehog who can run at supersonic speeds. In this…

Dr Trevor Cheney gives his weekly report from the Bellingen Shire Covid-19 Clinic

Update from the Covid-19 Clinic- Dr Trevor Cheney

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Dear Bellingen Shire Welcome to reduced restrictions. It would be reasonable to expect that the Shire’s towns will be quite busy this coming long weekend, as there is a pent…

This week Fi Morgan takes us through growing brassicas in our weekly segment 'From the Garden'

From the Garden with Fi Morgan: All Things Brassicas

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The cooler months are the better time to grow brassicas, although they do grow all year round, for a few reasons. Hang on, what are brassicas? Think cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower,…

Artist Robyn Louise is a relative newcomer to the Bellingen Shire, only arriving a few short months before social restriction policies were enforced.  This has resulted in a period of intense creative pursuit and greater experimentation with multiple media, inspired by isolation amidst her new natural surroundings.

Robyn Louise- a meeting of art and nature

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Artist Robyn Louise is a relative newcomer to our region, only arriving a few short months before social restriction policies were enforced.  This has resulted in a period of intense…

This week's Let's Cook segment we interview Lindy Saler, a passionate backyard gardener who has shared her recipe for Lemon Myrtle cookies. The secret ingredient is her home made lemon myrtle powder.

Let’s Cook with Lindy Saler: Lemon Myrtle Cookies

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This backyard gardener relishes potting about amongst her veggies and herbs (excuse the pun).  “It’s my happy place,” says Lindy. Her garden is rich and well-loved.  However, Lindy had many…

This week Rod O'Hara reviews the Lighthouse, The Lighthouse is possibly the perfect film to watch in this period of social isolation. Not really a horror film but certainly frightening, more a combination psychological thriller and nautical fable. At the very least it may help you feel better about not having been able to go anywhere for a while.

‘The Lighthouse’. Movie review by Rod O’Hara

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The Lighthouse is possibly the perfect film to watch in this period of social isolation. Not really a horror film but certainly frightening, more a combination psychological thriller and nautical…

News from the Bellingen Chamber of Commerce

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Welcome to the new directors who have joined our Board! We recently put out a call for new directors to fill casual vacancies on our board and I’m delighted to…

Bellingen Shire Council Mayor discusses the decisions around the Commonwealth’s Disaster Recovery and Resilience funds

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

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Thankfully, our Shire’s seaboard was spared from the most severe impacts of the recent bushfire season, with minimal loss of property recorded, however Dorrigo and its surrounding communities suffered greatly due…

Newton Howard is a survivor.  Few if any could lay claim to surviving two major pandemics occurring 100 years apart.Newton was two days old when his mother Beryl died in a Newcastle Hospital from the Spanish Flu in 1919.

Newton Howard- A True Survivor

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Newton Howard is a survivor.  Few if any could lay claim to surviving two major pandemics occurring 100 years apart.  But at 100 years and 10 months old, this Bellorana…

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.

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

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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.  But what does reconciliation…

Art Matters: Bellingen Artist Erik de Jong

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Local artist Erik de Jong has flourished creatively during lockdown. “All this extra time at home (and not wanting to watch too much news or TV) has made me still…

This week Rod O'Hara from Bellingen Video Connection reviews Jo Jo Rabbit. We can all agree, Nazis aren't funny.  However, writer/director Taika Waititi's satirical work has managed to pull off the unimaginable. 

Movie Review: Jojo Rabbit by Rod O’Hara

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We can all agree, Nazis aren’t funny.  However, writer/director Taika Waititi’s satirical work has managed to pull off the unimaginable. Taika (who’s Jewish and of Maori descent!) plays Hitler, or at…

Co-owner of Raleigh Wines and chef extraordinaire Nicole Hatch has shared her own take on Beef Wellington, which has proved very popular as a take-away meal during lockdown.

Nicole Hatch from Raleigh Wines shares her Beef Wellington Recipe

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We have all been missing sitting on the deck of Raleigh Wines, whiling away a sunny Sunday afternoon with great food and wines to match, just watching the world go…

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.

Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival 2020 Returns… Virtually

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After weeks of locked-down brainstorming, planning and literary juggling, the BRWF Creative Team is excited to announce new digital iterations of select events originally planned for the canceled 2020 festival….

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'.

An Important Resource from the Bellingen Shire Chambers of Commerce

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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…

Dr Trevor Cheney gives his weekly report from the Bellingen Shire Covid-19 Clinic

Update from the Covid-19 Clinic: Dr Trevor Cheney

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The last new Covid case in our Mid North Coast Local Health District was 27 April. That is great! And only 1 new case in NSW overnight. So here we…

Ruth Holmes- A Life Worth Living

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Ruth Holmes is a name that is synonymous with volunteering.  Ask anyone on the Dorrigo Plateau about community service and Ruth will be mentioned.  Her 80th birthday is fast approaching,…

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.

Di Knobloch- leading by example.

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Di Knobloch has been volunteering for local Little Athletics for more than 10 years. “Basically I do it for the kids, to see the kids enjoying and participating,” says Di….

This week's edition of From the Garden with Fi Morgan, we discuss feeding your soil

From the Garden with Fi Morgan. Feed the Soil Part 2.

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Last week Fi revealed the true secret of happy plants- FEED THE SOIL!!  If you missed it CLICK HERE This week is part 2 and it’s all about composting, including…

As far as Bellingen's Bernie Divola is concerned, lockdown has only meant more time for creating.  Her work is peppering social media and certainly brings a smile to the face.  This week we feature Bernie's 'lockdown' period.

Art Matters: Bernie Divola brings us another Covid production.

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As far as Bernie Divola is concerned, lockdown has only meant more time for creating.  Her work is peppering social media and certainly brings a smile to the face.  This…

A COVID-19 Retail Recovery Protocol has been developed by a group of peak bodies including the National Retail Association, the Australian Retailers Association and the Pharmacy Guild of Australia.  This protocol sets out ten key actions that businesses should take to enable them to open safely.

Re-opening safely. A message from the three Chambers of Commerce

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As we start to re-open retail and hospitality businesses again, it will be critical to ensure that we can do this as safely as possible.  Mylestom-Urunga, Bellingen and Dorrigo Chambers…

Movie Review: The Peanut Butter Falcon

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After proving very popular at this year’s SWIFF but only getting a limited cinematic release, ‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’ is now available on DVD, and it’s well worth a watch….

Dr Trevor Cheney gives his weekly report from the Bellingen Shire Covid-19 Clinic

News from the Covid-19 Clinic- Dr Trevor Cheney

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Dear Bellingen Shire, So we now move from lock down to creep out. This will be a controversial move. Although in the Bellingen Shire we have been so fortunate in…

This week's edition of From the Garden with Fi Morgan, we discuss feeding your soil

From the Garden with Fi Morgan: Feed the Soil

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In last week’s instalment Fi enlightened us on What Grows Well in Pots.  But this week we learn the true secret to healthy plants= feeding the soil, not your plants….

Celebrating our nurses and midwives- the unsung heroes

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We have never been more aware of the importance of our nurses and midwifes.  Despite working under the threat of personal risk, they continue to be the cornerstone of our…

At the Movies with Rod O’Hara- ‘Farming’

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These strange times mean that many of us are binge watching, catching up with golden oldies or actually getting to see the new releases from the past 12 months.  Want…

Let’s Cook with Gloria Malone. Pear, almond and chocolate cake.

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This cake sounded so yummy I decided to do a road-test for Mother’s Day.  Some of my own sneaky additions only increased the intensity of this yummy treat.  Rich, delicious,…

Urunga takes Centre Stage on the Pacific Highway

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If you’ve driven the stretch of the Pacific Highway south from Waterfall Way lately, you’ve no doubt seen the amazing images of Urunga that now grace the road for both north…

Dr Trevor Cheney gives his weekly report from the Bellingen Shire Covid-19 Clinic

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

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We are still doing so well. Still no new cases in the Shire in 3 weeks, and in fact none in the whole Mid North Coast Local Health District for…

Commercial tenancies – negotiations between tenants and landlords

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Bellingen Chamber of Commerce President Libby Park recently partook in a webinar on commercial tenancies, hosted by the Business NSW legal firm, Australian Business Lawyers.  Here she is sharing what…

The full impact of the drought, bushfire, Covid-19 sequence of events has been felt most acutely up on the Dorrigo Plateau and yet, the optimism and resilience of this community is inspiring.This week we interview Jo Baff, Dorrigo's Food Angel of the cafe by the same name. Jo lived through months of fire at the door last year and is now battling the downturn resulting from the Corona Virus.

Courage Under Fire- Dorrigo’s Food Angel Jo Baff

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The full impact of the drought, bushfire, Covid-19 sequence of events has been felt most acutely up on the Dorrigo Plateau and yet, the optimism and resilience of this community…

From the Garden. What grows easily in pots by Fi Morgan.

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For those of you who’ve been digesting Fi’s gardening advice, so full of passion, humour and plain speak, it might come at no surprise that Fi’s skills extend beyond the…

Social restrictions has meant reviving our vege beds, cleaning out those pantries and experimenting in the kitchen.  The term domestic goddess (sorry guys) is being bandied about. So each week we hope to share a seasonal recipe- tried and tested favourites and new successes. This week we share Kyle's Chilli jam.

Kyles Woodbury’s Chill Jam

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Let’s face it- we are all cooking.  Social restrictions have meant reviving our vege beds, cleaning out those pantries and experimenting in the kitchen.  The term domestic goddess (sorry guys)…

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I Love Writing. ‘The Rose’ by Patricia Amundsen

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I was in meditation with a group of five. My mind had taken me into a beautiful circular garden about the size of a large roundabout filled with pale pink Roses….

Dr Trevor Cheney gives his weekly report from the Bellingen Shire Covid-19 Clinic

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

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We have achieved another week of no new cases – not only in Bellingen Shire but the whole Coffs network! There are no people in ICU in any of the…

2BBB community radio across the Bellingen Shire is keeping us informed and entertained during the Covid-19 pandemic

2bbb Community Radio- music to my ears

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Our Community Radio Station 2bbb is another local business that has been forced to change its practices in response to Covid-19.  The doors at the Wheatley Street Studio closed in…

Our youth in the time of Covid-19. A message to Year 12.

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It is now official that NSW HSC exams will go ahead as usual, despite the interruptions caused by Covid-19.  However, the situation appears to be anything but normal.  So how…

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

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

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Relationships by Lisa Brown, Psychologist………………………   Perhaps the gift of COVID-19 lies in waking us up to the preciousness and fragility of life. It only takes a heartbeat to lose…

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

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Businesses across the Shire have been doing it tough for months.  The combined effects of the drought, bushfires, floods and now the Covid-19 Pandemic have resulted in a devastating economic…

The Neighbourhood Care Network and the Business Support Network, both subgroups of the Bellingen Shire Pandemic Response Group, have collaborated with local volunteers to make things that bit easier for these vulnerable portions of our community.  The Bellingen Shire Drivers Fleet is now operating a courier service across the Shire

An update from our Connection Centre- Kerry Pearse NCN

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At this moment there are no diagnosed cases of Covid-19 in the Bellingen Shire.  This fact alone should be reason to celebrate.  But for those individuals who have been forced…

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I Love Writing- ‘Silver Threads’ by Cynthia Miller

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The two singers walked into the room, taking in the familiar atmosphere. Their allocated space was pokey, but, as always, manageable. The room was average in size, grey in colour…

Bellingen Shire Connection Call Centre- open and ready for your call

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We are never lost if we can find each other… During this unprecedented time in our history, we need connection with our community more than ever. And thankfully connection is…

Bellingen Growers Market Going Weekly

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The Bellingen Growers Market has worked in service to the Bellingen region for more than twenty years, connecting the community to local growers and fresh organic produce. The committee has…

News from the Covid-19 Clinic – Dr Trevor Cheney

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Dear Bellingen Shire We held our collective breaths over Easter, and nothing Covid happened – for us. Given that we are a community with a lot of people with world…

This week our resident gardener Fi Morgan gives tips on building your veggie garden.

From Our Garden with Fi Morgan. ‘Building a Garden’

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Over the past two weeks Fi has shared her gardening tips for ‘Planting for Winter in the Bellingen Shire’ and ‘Where to Place Your Veggie Garden’. This week we get…

Anzac day 2020 Dawn services have been cancelled due to Covid-19, but the RSL is encouraging everyone to 'Light up the dawn' by standing at the end of the driveway with a torch to commemorate the fallen soldiers.

Light Up The Dawn- Mr Anzac Day Bob Denner

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Anzac Day Commemorations 2020 have become another victim of Covid-19. In fact, this will be the first time Anzac Day services have been cancelled since 1919, which was due to the…

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.

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

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How is social distancing affecting our youth?  Should our kids be returning to school? Is it Ok for my child to be in his or her room, attached to a…

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

Words of Wisdom from Lisa Brown- Dealing with Difficult Emotions

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As human beings we often resist change, and change triggered by COVID-19 presents many external and internal challenges for us all. Our external challenges can include work, finances, housing, relationships,…

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I Love Writing- ‘The Waste’ by Craig Jarman

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Time does nothing to appease the knowledge of an absolute right unrealised. In those naked moments, at three in the morning; walking idly with an empty head, this grating fact…

Anzac Day Commemorations 2020 – by Susan Lumsdaine

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Dr Susan Lumsdaine is a veteran and Honorary Secretary of the Bellinger River RSL sub-Branch……   The 25th April 1915 is the date that Australian and New Zealand soldiers landed on…

From the Garden- Fi Morgan. Where to place your veggie garden.

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Last week we discussed winter vegetables.  If you missed it CLICK HERE. This week we take a look at ‘where to place your veggie garden’ for best results.  You may…

Food Photography Tips- Good enough to eat

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Make your menu mouthwateringly irresistible! Maybe you’re a restauranteur and want to promote a few new items on your menu or new takeaway & delivery service, or perhaps you’ve just…

Neighbours caring for neighbours- A community response

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The Bellingen Shire prides itself on a strong community- a community that comes together in times of need.  Indeed, the swift community response in the Shire to the current Pandemic…

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We Miss You Mum- by Greg Wall

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This rather grainy photo shows my late mother Anne Wall with my daughter Erin, gazing lovingly across the Kalang in the reverse direction to Karen’s photo which inspired this short…

Dr Trevor Cheney gives his weekly report from the Bellingen Shire Covid-19 Clinic

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

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Bellingen’s Dr Trevor Cheney reports about the current Covid-19 situation……….   So far, so good. Town is quiet. The air is expectant. Mostly people are obeying the shut down rules….

Gumbaynggirr For All- bringing the community together through language

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The local ancient Gumbaynggirr language is as rich in history as time itself.  But it is also powerful. Local Gumbaynggirr elder Micklo Jarrett understands this power- power to connect the…

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

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The heightened noise and confusion in the air is real – wouldn’t you agree? We are all slowly adjusting to the social and financial impacts of COVID-19 – navigating our…

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I Love Writing- ‘Syncope’ by Claude Simone

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It was a hot humid night. I sat on the deck breathing slowly and deeply, staring at the mountains on the horizon, my eyes twinkling at the stars. Then I…

To mask or not to mask? Your follow up questions.

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Last week we presented a case for home-made cloth face masks to wear during this Pandemic crisis. (CLICK HERE to see last week’s story). This story fuelled a great deal…

Should we wear disposable gloves when we are outside our homes?

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Local Bellingen GP Susan Lumsdaine has noticed the increased use of disposable hand gloves in the general community since the pandemic crisis began.  Is this a good idea? Will disposable…

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

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As the COVID-19 emergency continues, many of us have more questions than answers about how to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe.  How can we prevent contamination within our…

Dr Trevor Cheney gives his weekly report from the Bellingen Shire Covid-19 Clinic

Latest update- Covid-19 is now officially in the Shire

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Local GP Dr Trevor Cheney, on behalf of the Bellingen Shire Health Care Pandemic Response Group, brings us up to date about the current, local Covid-19 situation.   Dear fellow…

Words of Wisdom from Jason John – Ecofaith

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The series of devastating events over the past few months has resulted in our community experiencing a grab bag of emotions in rapid succession, even simultaneously. The cost is that…

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

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It is well understood that our healthcare professionals should be wearing face masks to reduce the risk of COVID-19 contamination.  However, should the general public be doing the same?  In…

Bake your own Sourdough bread at home

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One of the only positive side-effects of our current situation is our intensified interest in home-grown and home-made. And what could be more satisfying than baking- either with the kids…

Council’s Pandemic Response Plan is Activated

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Our Shire’s Pandemic Response Plan has been activated, and Council’s internal Pandemic Response Working Group are proactively managing the organisation’s response to the current and potential impacts the Coronavirus may…

Bellingen Chamber of Commerce Supporting our Community

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Are you feeling confused? In these times of crisis, things are evolving at a rapid rate and we are bombarded with news reports and government announcements. It’s hard to sort…

This week we start 'Our Season of Food' Campaign celebrating the abundance of produce across the Bellingen Shire. This week we meet Meredith Taylor and her Dorrigo Peppers

Our Season of Food- The Dorrigo Pepper

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This week we meet Meredith Taylor from Dorrigo Mountain Pepper.   The Dorrigo Pepper (Tasmannia Stiptiata) is harvested sustainably from the wild population of trees growing on Meredith’s 56-acre farm on…

The recent bushfires across our region has meant destruction of tree hollows. There are a large number of Australian birds and mammals that need to use tree hollows for shelter or to breed. We will show you how to create a nesting box for our native birds and mammals.

Calling on the community to make our most vulnerable critters safe.

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Julia Etel and her sons Leo, 9 years old (on right) and Dean, 7 years old, have spent the past few weeks building nesting boxes for native birds and mammals….

Change Agent Lily Isobella- tackling challenges big and small

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Lily Isobella describes herself as an activist, change agent, public speaker and general loud mouth about all things sex, love and self-esteem.  (Picture credit Julie Clyde Creative).  Her work in…

We meet John Molloy, who is the Catering Chairman of the Lions Club of Bellingen, which has donated more than $50,000 to local causes in the past 16 months.

John Molloy cooking up a storm for the Lions Club of Bellingen

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March 7th and 8th marked Lions Awareness Days, but it was business as usual for the Lions Club of Bellingen, who spent the whole of Saturday catering for the hungry…

Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival Announces Exciting Programme

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Bob Brown, Julian Burnside, Kate Forsyth, John Marsden, Debra Adelaide, Paul Barry, Dave Graney, Louis Nowra, Carrie Tiffany, Don Walker, Heather Rose, Mardie McConnachie….and many many more – over 70…

The annual Sgt. Matthew Locke MG Charity Football Match kicks off on Saturday March 7th.

Charity Match that Continues to Kick the Big Goals

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The footy season is yet to kick off, but our local Magpies, Bellingen’s much-lauded Rugby League team, have already dusted off their kit and are back out on the paddock…

The Mantova Art Competition is the longest running art competition in Bellingen and runs in conjunction with the Bellingen Agricultural Show

A reinvigorated Mantova retains a strong sense of history

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A committed team of volunteers has set about reinvigorating Bellingen’s Mantova Art Competition this year.  However, there still remains a very strong sense of pride in the history of this…

Paco Lara and his Andalusian Guitar is coming to Bellingen Memorial hall Sunday February 23rd 2020.

Paco Lara Brings the Sounds of the Andalusian Guitar to Bellingen

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When I Love Bello Shire offered two tickets to ‘Paco Lara in Concert’ next Sunday  at the Bellingen Memorial Hall, we were not expecting such an overwhelming response.  Literally hundreds…

The Show Must Go On- Gillian Anderson

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Our industrious Bellingen Show volunteers have just returned from a true journey of mercy.  Ten of our local volunteers travelled to Tenterfield this past weekend to provide much needed assistance…

Urunga CWA celebrating 90 years of support and advocacy

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The Urunga CWA will celebrate their 90th birthday Friday 14th February at the Ocean View Hotel Urunga.  “This is a celebration of our history, our steadfast support for women in…

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.

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

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Recent bushfire events across the nation have further decimated already threatened koala colonies. Only yesterday the NSW Government reported that “24% of koala habitat in eastern NSW had been scorched,…

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I Love Writing Short Stories

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Do you have a short story idea? Why not get it down on paper (or on a word.doc!) and we may be able to share it with the local Bellingen…

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.

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

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The Bellingen Youth Orchestra will be hosting ‘Fighting Fires with Music’ on February 1st as a fundraiser for the people who have been so severely affected by the bushfires.  The…

Bellingen Riverwatch formed to monitor the health of the Bellinger and Kalang River systems and health of the Bellinger River Snapping Turtle.

Protecting Our Rivers and the Endangered Bellinger River Snapping Turtle

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The recent rain event in the Bellingen Shire has allowed a collective sigh of relief.  River levels have finally risen.  But what of the health of our river systems?  Will…

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

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There is a palpable ‘buzz’ in Urunga at the moment.  The anticipation is building towards January 26th. The entire community has come together in preparation for Urunga’s Australia Day event,…

Pia Etteldorf and husband Ray have owned and managed the Old Butter Factory Café in Bellingen since 2009, which is now a bustling hub of the town.

Backchat: Pia Etteldorf- Old Butter Factory Café Bellingen

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Pia Etteldorf and husband Ray have owned and managed the Old Butter Factory Café in Bellingen since 2009. “We took over the Café from Robert & Guus Brunnekref on the…

Screenwave International Film Festival '20 (SWIFF) launches into high gear action this Thursday January 9th. We interview SWIFF team member Saige Browne.

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

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The much-anticipated Screenwave International Film Festival ’20 (SWIFF) clicks into high gear action this Thursday January 9th.  Now in its fifth year, SWIFF is the fastest-growing film festival in Regional…

Tony Prior has worked in fire management roles in the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) for 26 years and sees climate change as our biggest risk.

NPWS Tony Prior talks fire management in changing times.

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The collective anxiety that has been palpable over the past few months across the Bellingen Shire due to fire, appears to have abated somewhat since the much needed rain over…

The Bellingen Chamber of Commerce has one primary focus- to sustainably improve the business environment and economic climate of our community.

The Quiet Achiever- Bellingen Chamber of Commerce President Libby Park

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The Bellingen Chamber of Commerce stands squarely on the platform ‘Strong Business- Strong Community’.  Its main focus is to sustainably improve the business environment and economic climate of our community and…

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.

Bellingen Artisan Market- A decade on and bigger than ever

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Its on again! The 10th Annual Bellingen Artisan Market is happening Saturday 14th December. Local mid north coast artisans are beavering away in their studios to make beautiful bespoke pieces for you. So…

Guus Brunnekreef values family, culture, community and tradition above all else, reflected in her portraiture work and her volunteer work with Miindala.

Guus Brunnekreef: Art Reflecting Life

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Guus Brunnekreef values family, culture, community and tradition above all else and these values are woven through every aspect of her life.  Her most recent emergence as an award-winning artist…

Graham Martindale is captain of the Fernmount Branch of the RFS and has given some sage advice for Bellingen Shire residents during this bush fire season.

Prepare- Act- Survive. RFS Captain Graham Martindale

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Graham Martindale has been the elected Captain of the Fernmount Branch of the Rural Fire Service (RFS) since 2003 and has been volunteering with the branch since 1991.  Just like…

Bellingen Playback Theatre has been a constant in our community for 30 years. To celebrate they are performing at the Bellingen Memorial Hall 23rd November.

Bellingen Playback Theatre reflecting our stories for 30 years.

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Bellingen Playback Theatre has been a constant in our community for 30 years, notching up 229 performances. To celebrate this feat Bellingen Playback Theatre are holding a celebratory event on…

Desmae Harrison is 76 and is aware that her lifetime experiences and being a woman is important in her role as Councillor at Bellingen Shire Council.

Women in Politics- A Local Perspective: Desmae Harrison

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Desmae Harrison reluctantly wears the title of ‘elder’.  But she is keenly aware that her lifetime of experiences coupled with being a woman brings an important and different dimension to…

George Bradford has only been the supervisor of the Dorrigo National Park Rainforest Centre for a little over a year but has certainly made his mark. Rod from I Love Bello Shire interviews him about the future of the National Park and much more.

Backchat: George Bradford- Dorrigo National Park Rainforest Centre

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George Bradford has only been the Supervisor of the Dorrigo National Park Rainforest Centre for just over a year but has certainly made his mark on this iconic landmark.  The…

Anna Joy of Bellingen Shire Council has been instrumental in organising the Community BBQ for Mental Health Awareness Month that will be happening at Dangar Falls in Dorrigo on Thursday 24th October 2019.

Our Community in Safe Hands- Anna Joy of Bellingen Shire Council

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For most of us who call the Bellingen Shire ‘home’, we are very aware of just how lucky we are.  The stunning and varied natural environment coupled with the richness…

The pulse of the town is quickening as Dorrigo prepares for the 18th Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival over the weekend of the 25th-27th October.

Let the music play: The Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival

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The pulse of the town is quickening as Dorrigo prepares for the 18th Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival over the weekend of the 25th-27th October. Each year local, national and…

Components Cafe Dorrigo owners Harry & Josh, Bellingen Cafe, where to eat Bellingen, things to do bellingen, Dorrigo national park,

All the Components of a great Dorrigo Cafe

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Harry Buchanan (top left), one half of the Components Café team, grew up in Dorrigo with his 2 brothers, and at school’s end he decided  the next phase of his…

Caitlin’s Spirit of the Rainforest

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The first time I meet Caitlin Hockey my feet are cooling in the crystal clear waters at Valla and the smell of freshly baked lemon myrtle damper wafts through the…

Rod chats with Justin Brow of Bikey Fixey, who sets up at People of Coffee in Bellingen on the first Saturday of each month to fix bikes for free.

Backchat: Justin Brow of Bikey Fixey

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So what is Bikey Fixey?  “In short, we fix bikes,” says Justin Brow.  “For free.” Most of us will have a once-loved bike sitting in the back shed collecting cobwebs…

'Buoyancy' opens Saturday 28th September at the Urunga Art Space and promises to be another expertly curated show featuring a multitude of art medium.

Performing Sand Artist John Thiering at the Urunga Art Space

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Next weekend the Bellingen Shire community will be treated to another creative extravaganza at the Urunga Art Space.  Despite the relative infancy of this artistic hub, exhibitions at the the…

Stan Cork Machinery Dorrigo is the archetypal farmers' business- run by local farmers for local farmers.  It represents loyalty, dependability and stability.

Stan Cork Machinery stands bold and dependable

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Stan Cork Machinery sits proudly on the eastern approach to Dorrigo township and has done so since 1983.  It is the archetypal ‘farmers’ business- run by local farmers for local…

Michelle McFadyen- pushing boundaries for a life less ordinary

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“When I do something I can’t half do it”, says Michelle McFadyen.  Despite the name McFadyen being so representative of the ‘old Bellingen’, this McFadyen could only be described as…

The Urunga Lions Club is the new kid on the block, only being formally chartered five years ago, but has managed to make a huge mark on the local community.

Urunga Lions Club- Hear Them Roar

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The intoxicating smell of sausages and onions frying on a Saturday morning in Urunga means that the Urunga Lions Club  are hard at it.  Again!!  “Only torrential rain or wind…

Thora Community Hall Committee, I Love Bello Shire, Community Hall, Bellingen,

The Fresh Face of Thora Community Hall

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Imagine a most picturesque rural community hall filled with members from the local district who dress up and come together for a Ball, social dance or party. Set against a spectacular…

The Dorrigo Dramatic Club has been keeping the stage alive since 1955 through the enthusiasm and hard work of its voluntary members.

Dorrigo Dramatic Club keeping the stage alive since 1955.

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It is a chilly Dorrigo morning as past and present  Dorrigo Dramatic Club members gather in the  foyer of the Don Dorrigo Theatre.  The group huddle around a bar heater….

A peaceful protest camp has emerged on the Horseshoe Road Bellingen to block the proposed logging of the Kalang Headwaters.

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

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A dedicated team of concerned Bellingen Shire citizens are now camped along Horseshoe Rd at its intersection with Middle Camp Rd, just over 20km from the Waterfall Way turn off.  “Significant…

Jenny Hutchins is the creative inspiration at the heart of 'Smallhavens', making fairy houses, doors, tiny bikes and of course, fairies.

Smallhavens- sharing the magic of fairies

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If you live in Bellingen you may have spotted a fairy door or two around town. Jenny Hutchins is the creative inspiration at the heart of ‘Smallhavens’ and is very…

Seventeen Artist Blacksmiths from around Australia have created original works for the 'Discovery FE26' exhibition at the Nexus Gallery in Bellingen.

Forged from Steel: Artist Blacksmiths conveying the meeting of cultures

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It is 200 years since John Oxley’s expedition to cross into the Hastings- a time of true cultural significance for NSW.  His party were the first Europeans to discover the…

BCAC supporting our creatives for more than 20 years.

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The Nexus Gallery, nestled within Bellingen’s Old Butter Factory precinct, has been a ‘must-visit’ attraction for locals and visitors to our region for 14 years now.  Every month the team…

Rocky Hollingsworth has been cooking up a storm at Bellingen Valley Lodge for 6 months and loves the opportunity to cook solo in his own space.

Backchat with Rocky Hollingsworth of Bellingen Valley Lodge

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Rocky Hollingsworth has been cooking up a storm for many years in the Bellingen Shire.  This ‘true local’ is just about to celebrate 6 months as principal chef at the…

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

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Across the entire Bellingen Shire it seems everyone has an opinion about the Forestry Department’s impending logging of the Kalang Headwaters.  Rumours are flying around and common misnomers are boldly…

The Aboriginal Lands Council, Urunga Neighbourhood Centre and Bellingen Shire Council are organising NAIDOC week celebrations on 11th July at the Urunga.

Urunga Set to Rock During NAIDOC Week

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Urunga is set to come alive with indigenous culture for this year’s NAIDOC week celebrations.  To quote Lachlan Skinner (Coffs Harbour Local Aboriginal Lands Council Community Relations and Engagement Officer)………..

I Love Bello Shire interviews Scott Myers of Bellingen Pharmacy about work as a pharmacist in Bellingen,life outside work and his local doppelganger.

Backchat with Scott Myers – Bellingen Pharmacy

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Much-loved local Pharmacist Scott Myers found Bellingen via Victoria and Port Douglas.  “I think I’m onto a winner here,” says Scott.  When he isn’t compounding chemicals, you’ll find this chilled…

Surprise Duets & Brian Nankervis – Bello Winter Music Festival Bellingen

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Surprise Duets and Brian Nankervis at Bello Winter Music! If you want to see musicians in a new light then Bello Winter Music is the place to be … Bread…

Bellingen Memorial Hall restoration has begun. We chat to locals about their memories of the Hall and their wish to see it as our local creative hub again.

You must remember this: Bellingen Memorial Hall

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For anyone who has lived in Bellingen, the Bellingen Memorial Hall conjures up memories of community, nights out, thrilling performances, concerts and children running about while the music plays.  “Our…

This week marks the first anniversary of Za'atar Bellingen. Rod interviews owner and chef Nissim Boshari about his falafel, heritage and so much more.

Backchat – Nissim Boshari Za’atar Bellingen

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This week marks the first anniversary of Za’atar Bellingen.  For those of us who’ve indulged in Za’atar’s hummus and falafels, this milestone is one worth celebrating.  And if you haven’t…

For 25 years OzGREEN has been educating people around the world, enabling them to take action to improve their environment. Anton Juodvalkis is the new CEO.

OzGREEN. New leadership brings revitalised vigour.

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Bellingen’s Anton Juodvalkis stepped up as OzGREEN’s new CEO in January and  he is keenly aware of the huge shoes he is filling.   “I am continuously amazed by the…

Our inspiring Bellingen youth have created a grassroots initiative 'Youth for Refugees' to raise money for recently settled refugee families in our region.

Youth for Refugees- Bellingen youth taking the lead

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Our inspiring Bellingen youth have created a grassroots initiative ‘Youth for Refugees’ to raise money for recently settled refugee families in our region. “This is a completely independent and Bello…

Backchat: Jasmine Preston Fifth Generation Famer

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Inter-generational farmers don’t make much noise about what they’ve been doing or how they’ve gone about it. They just get on with it. And that seems to be the way…

We interview Linda Hillman the Queen of Cooking about the Bellingen Show.

QUEEN OF CUISINE The Bellingen Show 2019

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A day at the Bellingen Show can make you hungry, but not to worry, if you begin to feel those pangs there will be plenty of opportunities to refuel. And…

Wednesday 22nd May for 'Wear Orange Wednesday' (WOW) - a tribute day for volunteers of the SES. We interview the brave women of the Bellingen unit.

WOW for our Women in Orange

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Don’t forget to don your orange this Wednesday 22nd May for ‘Wear Orange Wednesday’ (WOW) – a tribute day for our volunteers of the SES.  The NSW State Emergency Service…

The BRWF 2019 Schools Program has been an integral component of the Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival since inception and aims to inspire a love of books

BRWF School’s Program promoting a love of books

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“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” — Frederick Douglass Those of us awaiting the Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival (BRWF) 2019 with baited breath know the truth…

Bello Winter Music Festival LeaF Sustainability Program

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Get your green on at Bello Winter Music At Bello Winter Music you can get down on the dance floor as well as get outdoors and learn about ways to…

The Bellingen Show 2019 is happening this weekend May 25th and 26th. This year there are new activities to excite the crowds.

What’s new at the Show- Bellingen Show Weekend

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Anticipation is building as preparations continue for this weekend’s Bellingen Show (Saturday & Sunday May 25th and 26th). The ‘Mongrel Dog Show’ has us all scratching our heads (excuse the…

The bellingen farmers & producers market every wednesday at the bellingen showground.

Food lovers rejoice! Authentic farmers market to launch in Bellingen

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A new weekly food market promises to tantalise the local taste buds. In a region seen as one of the country’s most fertile food producing areas, the newly created Bellingen…

The annual Bellingen Show happens on May 25th and 26th 2019, so we interviewed Rowena McGregor a long term Bellingen Show volunteer.

Bellingen Show- riding on the back of our volunteers.

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It’s Show Time- that is Bellingen Show time.  And this year the dates of the Bellingen Show coincide with National Volunteer Week (NVW). National Volunteer Week is the annual celebration…

Indigenous storyteller Uncle Mark Flanders will be sharing his Gumbaynggirr culture with crowds at the Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival 2019.

Gumbaynggirr custodian and storyteller: Uncle Mark Flanders

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Uncle Mark Flanders is a true storyteller.  He has the unique ability to bring his audience along on a journey, weaving tales rich in indigenous tradition and history.   “I’m…

Malcolm McFarlane at Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival 2019

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Story by Jo-Ann Kelly   Imagine being endorsed by two leading Australians – Dr Chris Sarra, (pictured on the left) Director General of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships and…

Local artist Fiona Minto is one of a group of artists exhibiting in 'Mixed Messages', opening Saturday May 4th, 5.30 pm at the Framing Gallery in Bellingen.

Mixed Messages in Art and Life- in discussion with Fiona Minto

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Local artist Fiona Minto is one of a group of artists exhibiting in ‘Mixed Messages’, opening Saturday May 4th, 5.30 pm at the Framing Gallery in Bellingen.  “Mixed Messages is…

Thursday 25th April will see large numbers of our community drawn to the Anzac Day services across the Bellingen Shire, to commemorate the ANZACS.

Anzac Day. Rich traditions with modern-day relevance.

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Thursday 25th April will see large numbers of our community drawn to the Anzac Day services across the Bellingen Shire.  Anzac Day is steeped in tradition and yet still captivates…

Bellingen Shire's biennial Open Up To Art weekend, occurring May 3-5, is bringing together a diverse collection of visual artists from multiple disciplines.

Open Up to Art will inspire, excite and challenge

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Bellingen Shire’s biennial Open Up To Art (OUTA) weekend, occurring on the first weekend in May, is bringing together a diverse collection of visual artists from multiple disciplines to excite,…

The Urunga Women's Football Team has gained the reputation as 'a force to be reckoned with', which has a lot to do with their coach Trevor Martin. I Love Bello Shire Interviewed Trevor at the beginning of their 2019 season.

Backchat: Urunga Women’s Football Coach Trevor Martin

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The Urunga Women’s Football Team has gained the reputation as ‘a force to be reckoned with’ and this is in no small way due to their dedicated but extremely humble…

Fiona patten will be replacing Clementine Ford at the Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival 2019.

Program Changes to Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival 2019

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Unfortunately feminist author/journalist Clementine Ford has had to cancel her previously announced appearances at the upcoming Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival 2019 on 7-9 June. “I offer my sincere apologies,…

Bellingen band Rear Wheel Drive are launching their first album on Saturday night at the Federal Hotel Bellingen and fans are brimming with excitement.

The wait is over- Rear Wheel Drive album launch

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Anticipation is building.  Local band Rear Wheel Drive is launching their much-awaited first album on Saturday night at the Federal Hotel Bellingen and fans are brimming with excitement.  For the…

Crime and mystery is a fictional genre that will be explored fully at this year's Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival.

‘Whodunit- Crime and Mystery’ Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival

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Writing a good crime novel, one that draws the reader in and maintains the suspense to the last page, must be difficult, soulful work. Crime and mystery novels often take…

I Love Bello Shire chats with Mark Oliver- chairperson of the Bellingen Memorial Hall about the pending transformation of the building

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

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Community excitement surrounding the pending upgrade and restoration of the Bellingen Memorial Hall is palpable.  Event organisers, artists, festival-goers and the community at large are now realising the significance that…

Garden enthusiasts from across the Bellingen Shire and beyond will be eagerly awaiting the first Bellingen Garden Club garden visit on Wednesday 27th March.

For the Love of Gardens- Bellingen Garden Club

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Garden enthusiasts from across the Bellingen Shire and beyond will be eagerly awaiting the first Bellingen Garden Club get-together for 2019.  “Our get-togethers happen on the 4th Wednesday of each…

COVID-19 Letter to teens and school students

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Open letter from Dr Trevor Cheney: To our teens and school attenders – to help understand why there is a fuss… So everyone’s talking about the Coronavirus. Some are getting…

The line-up for the The Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival 2019 is now launched. The Festival has again attracted literary and publishing greats.

Literary Launch: Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival 2019

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The much anticipated line-up for the Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival 2019 has just been released and what a line-up it is!  This star-studded list of literary and publishing greats…

NSW State Elections loom, so I Love Bello Shire sat down for a chat with Greens candidate for Oxley Arthur Bain to discuss his policies for the environment.

Backchat: Greens Candidate for Oxley Arthur Bain

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With the NSW State Elections looming, Rod sat down for a chat with Greens Candidate for Oxley Arthur Bain. (Photo courtesy of Macleay Argus). Arthur discusses why he believes he’s…

ALP Candidate for Oxley Sue Jenvey discusses her policies for the Bellingen Shire

Backchat: ALP Candidate for Oxley Susan Jenvey

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With the NSW State Elections looming, Rod sat down for a chat with ALP candidate for Oxley, Susan Jenvey. Susan talks of what she’s learned by being involved in local…

I Love Bello Shire chats with sitting member for the Oxley electorate Melinda Pavey to discuss the upcoming NSW state election.

Backchat: The Hon. Melinda Pavey MP

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With the NSW State Elections looming, Rod sat down for a chat with sitting member for the NSW seat of Oxley, Melinda Pavey. Melinda Pavey is Minister for Roads, Maritime…

International Women's Day will be celebrated by the Bellingen Playback Theatre Company in a performance at the Bellingen Memorial Hall Saturday March 9th. I Love Bello Shire interview Persia Wildwood group conductor on the eve of the performance.

Bellingen Playback Theatre Company Celebrates Women

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International Women’s Day is celebrated each year in Bellingen through the artistic lens of the Bellingen Playback Theatre Company.  In fact, this year marks the 27th anniversary of this annual…

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.

The Stables revitalisation creates a home for art and learning

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The old Bellingen Stables has had many functions over the years, since George Moore oversaw its creation 110 years ago with concrete bricks made on-site .  It originally functioned as…

Growing (in)visible – an upcoming exhibition embracing our elderly community

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When Bellingen residents Bruce Jacups and Nicole Hind connected to explore creative ways to celebrate the elderly community members of the Bellingen Shire, they knew that collaboration & flexibility was…

Bellingen Veterinary Hospital Nurse and WIRES animal carer volunteer Audra Petrie chats with I Love Bello Shire about all things animal.

Backchat: Bellingen Veterinary Nurse and WIRES stalwart Audra Petrie

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Bellingen’s loved and trusted veterinary nurse Audra Petrie has been moonlighting as a volunteer  native animal carer for WIRES (Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service) since 2002.  “In that time…

I Love Bello Shire interviews Anchors Wharf cafe owner Denise Ryan. Denise was a nominee for the Bellingen Shire Australia Day Awards due to her tireless work in fundraising for drought stricken farmers.

Backchat: Denise Ryan Anchors Wharf Cafe Urunga

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Denise Ryan and husband Steve moved their family of 5 children to Urunga 21 years ago after purchasing the Anchors Wharf Cafe.  “We had been owners/managers of the Tathra Hotel…

The Bellingen Shire Council has recently recognised three long serving volunteers at the Brierfield Hall.

100 Years of volunteering at Brierfield Hall

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A ‘thank you’ morning tea has recently taken place for 3 long-standing Brierfield Hall Management Committee members, Kath McPhail, Tom O’Connor and Beverley Gambling. The three have clocked up more…

Bellingen Shire Australia Day Community Awards will be presented at the Australia Day Ceremony in Dorrigo 6.30pm January 25th 2019.

Bellingen Shire’s 2019 Australia Day Nominees Unveiled

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The Australia Day Committee has released a detailed list of nominees for the 2019 Australia Day Community Awards. The committee will be hosting the awards ceremony at the Dorrigo Community…

Australia's Day- The People's Day is an initiative of Urunga residents Peter Lister and Rob Canning to unite all Australians on January 26th.

Australia’s Day- The People’s Day. Urunga leading the way.

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Urunga residents Rob Canning (left) and Peter Lister only became good mates a year ago through a shared vision for Australia Day. “We wanted to make the day inclusive” says…

no. 5 church street Bellingen owners Anthony natalie Harrison

No. 5 Church Street Bellingen- a Hub for all seasons

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No. 5 Church Street is the Screenwave International Film Festival (SWIFF) ‘Hub’ in Bellingen-a place where festival attendees can eat, drink, mingle and discuss the films they have been watching….

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.

Creative change-makers driving the Screenwave juggernaut

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“Screenwave is all about bringing new film experiences to regional NSW audiences,” says Dave Horsley, who along with wife Kate Howat, is responsible for ‘Screenwave’, the Coffs Harbour-based  film company…

Backchat with Santa

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It seems Santa has been making unscheduled covert stops around the Bellingen Shire before the big night, perhaps just to check who’s been naughty and who’s been nice… Rod “sniff-a-good-story”…

I Love Bello Shire interviews Vikki Molloy from the Federal Hotel Bellingen about life behind the bar.

Backchat: Vikki Molloy Federal Hotel Bellingen

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Vikki Molloy has been pulling beers at the Federal Hotel Bellingen for the past 14 years and has seen and heard it all!! “I need to be mother, sister, counsellor…

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A community project worth celebrating

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The Bellingen Memorial Hall (affectionately known as the Mem Hall), is set for an impressive $4.054m redevelopment – citing increased inclusion, access and broader usage of this facility as the…

Rod from I Love Bello Shire chats with Rebecca Beaton of Riverside Holiday Resort Urunga about her role as manager and what she loves about the Bellingen Shire

Backchat: Rebecca Beaton- Riverside Holiday Resort Urunga

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Rebecca Beaton has been managing the Riverside Holiday Resort Urunga for the past 5 years and knows she is on to a good thing.  “We have a fantastic team at…

Bellingen writer Elisa Hall is awarded Highly Commended in the Hope Prize- a short story competition conducted by the Brotherhood Of St Laurence. Her story Radiance has been published in the colecction of prize winners called Hope Shines.

Hope Shines Through with Radiance

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Bellingen-based artist Elisa Hall, a relative newcomer to the world of fiction writing, has been recognised for her debut short story ‘Radiance’ in this year’s Hope Prize short story competition….

Woodwork, Design and Technology students prepare for "Arbour", the upcoming exhibition of their final year works at Bellingen Gallery and Framing Studio Bellingen.

“Arbor” -celebrating woodwork, design and technology

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Table saws, lathes and routers are momentarily silenced as the anticipation builds for “Arbor”– the annual exhibition showcasing the final works of this year’s cohort of Woodwork, Design and Technology…

come and see robin hood at the dorrigo gazette theatre.

Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood- Review

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So Bluegrass and Pink Ribbon are over, but now it’s the green men and women of Sherwood Forest taking from the rich to give to the poor. Dorrigo Drama Club’s…

We interview Danny Whalen of Danny Whalen Real Estate formerly Century 21 Bellingen about life, work and that name change

Backchat: Danny Whalen Real Estate Bellingen

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Some of you may know Danny as the guy at the helm of Century 21 Bellingen, but as of 5pm on October 31st 2018 the business is trading as Danny…

Waterfall Way gallery in Dorrigo hosts an exhibition by Rudy Kistler

Waterfall Way Gallery hosts an exhibition by Rudy Kistler

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The Waterfall Way Gallery in Dorrigo is currently hosting an exhibition of oil paintings by Rudy Kistler. Originally from the USA, Rudy and his wife, fellow artist Konatsu Honda, have…

We interview Dina Luciano from the Dorrigo Theatre Club about the upcomining pantomime Robin Hood which will be staged at the Old gazette Theatre Dorrigo throughout November

Hark!! Is that Robin Hood riding into Dorrigo?

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Is that the distant sounds of hooves or the rumblings of a town preparing themselves for the arrival of a hero?  No wait- methinks the ruckus could be coming from…

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.

Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival hits the world stage

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The much-awaited Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival, an acoustic weekend of concerts, workshops, jamming, dancing and so much more, is fast approaching.  Festival organiser and undisputed mainstay Bridget Rees has barely…

Za'atar one year birthday with jow newton playing live with a free glass of wine with each meal.

Joe Newton plays Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival

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It seems only fitting that this Dorrigo born and raised musician will have the opportunity to share with us his soulful music at this year’s Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival,…

I Love Bello Shire chats with Mark Crane of Bellingen Veterinary Clinic about his life surrounded by animals

Backchat: Bellingen’s Vet Mark Crane

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Mark Crane has been curing the animals of Bellingen for 27 years now.  As Bellingen’s Vet he has  seen it all.  “A country Vet will face so many more challenges…

I Love Bello Shire chats with Bridget Rees about the upcoming Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival happening in Dorrigo on the weekend of the 26th, 27th and 28th of October 2018.

Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival: authentic, intimate and green.

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Dorrigo  is about to erupt with the sweet sounds of music, as the 17th Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival promises to bring the very best of the folk, bluegrass and…

We chat to Rosie Wickert current chair of the Bellingen Fine Music Festival organising committee about this year's festival line-up.

A peak behind the curtain- Bellingen Fine Music Festival

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Rosie Wickert, current chair and unofficial publicity officer of the Bellingen Fine Music Festival organising committee, has always had a love of ‘fine’ music. And Rosie is quick to point…

I Love Bello Shire chats with Kye Ruigrok about our local radio broadcaster 2 Triple B on the eve of the Open Day to celebrate 35 years on-air.

Backchat: Kye Ruigrok all abuzz about the B’s

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Our local radio broadcasting station 2 Triple B is celebrating 35 years on-air for the month of September, quite a feat for this volunteer-run stalwart of our community, that has…

IGA Bellingen has received many awards for excellence in service and long-term employee Jo Barr knows that it is the small local touches that count.

Backchat: Jo Barr talks IGA Bellingen

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Jo Barr, employee extraordinaire from our local IGA Bellingen, knows why Bellingen’s IGA is voted the best.  “Look at our beautiful Deli. Look at our smiling faces. Watch as our…

Bellingen Fine Music Festival is redefining the meaning of Fine Music this year with some unusual acts in store for festival goers.

Bellingen Fine Music Festival: Redefining ‘Fine’ Music

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As the 2018 Bellingen Fine Music Festival prepares to present it’s 9th event from September 27-30, this year’s headline artists include a couple of the acts that might be considered…

Carl Foster was a true Bellingen local and managed to touch the lives of everyone across the Bellingen Shire.

Carl Foster Tapes- Part 3

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This is our final in the Carl Foster series.  This man, who inspired so may of us, is sorely missed. ENJOY!!!

Youth Leading the World (YLTW) is an award winning program that was established by OzGREEN nine years ago with a seriously bold agenda.

Youth Leading the World- bold, far reaching and effective

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Youth Leading the World (YLTW) is an award winning program that was established by OzGREEN nine years ago with a seriously bold agenda.  “Our ultimate goal is to support a…

The Music-By-Youth Project is an innovative initiative of the Bellingen Fine Music Festival where HSC music students work with and have their musical compositions recorded by renowned musicians in Sydney. This year the Acacia Quartet are recording the compositions of three lucky Bellingen High School students.

Music-By-Youth Project- producing musicians of tomorrow.

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Bellingen High School HSC music students Melonie Taylor, Tarni St John and Oscar Schellhorn are currently in Sydney having their personal music compositions recorded by the acclaimed Acacia Quartet at…

I Love Bello Shire interviews Colin Boroadfoot of Boggy Creek Natives Nursery in Bellingen who has been creating native magic for 34 years. This interview is to highlight the Spring Plant Fair happening in Bellingen on Saturday 8th September at Market Park in Bellingen.

Backchat with Colin Broadfoot of Boggy Creek Natives

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Most Bellingen Shire residents would acknowledge that the success of their native gardens can be attributed in some way to the hard work and extraordinary knowledge Colin Broadfoot of Boggy…

Bellingen High School travelled to the red centre of Australia for their aboriginal studies excursion and so we've interviewed the intrepid travellers for I Love Bello Shire

A life changing journey for Bellingen High School students.

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Life changing events can be rare, but by their very definition can change the course of one’s life or at the very least, change one’s life outlook.  The recent Bellingen…

wedding stories in bellingen.

Wedding story – memories

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As part of the mentoring group, Stitched Up’s ten year anniversary event, the ‘Beautiful Brides of Bellingen’ fashion show had thirteen girls parading wedding dresses lent for display by women from…

Wedding story – wedding dress

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This story of one bride’s wedding dress has been shared by wedding celebrant Maree Connellan, Maree’s Marriages & Ceremonies. When does a birthday party become a wedding?  Well, for Graziella, turning…

Wedding story – wedding dance

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‘Wedding dance’ your way down the aisle – a wedding story shared by wedding celebrant Maree Connellan, Maree’s Marriages & Ceremonies. When does a birthday party become a wedding?  For Michelle,…

Wedding story – a true fairytale

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A Truly Fairy-tale Wedding – story of one Bellingen Shire local couple’s wedding day told by Marriage Celebrant Leonie Watson A young local man, whose name reflected the local character…

Wedding story through the photographer’s lens

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Scott Surplice is a photographer who shot the wedding day of Libbie and Nathan in Bellingen. Here is his story… When I arrived at the Bellingen property on the morning…

Carl Foster was a true Bellingen local and managed to touch the lives of everyone across the Bellingen Shire.

Carl Foster- In Loving Memory

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Carl Foster touched the life of everyone lucky enough to meet him.  And let’s face it- if you owned a car in Bellingen, you knew this iconic man.  Fortunately we…

The spirit of community still strong in the Bellingen Shire

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George and Judith Ellem have deep roots in the Bellingen Shire and spending time in the company of this gentle disarming couple provides for a fascinating history lesson. But along…

I Love Bello Shire interviews Steve Klipin about the opening of Bellingen's newest eatery The Corner Store, on the corner of Hyde and Church Streets bellingen

Backchat- Steve Klipin of The Corner Store

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The Corner Store in Bellingen opens Friday July 27.  Our newest eatery will be  offering “delicious food, fresh fruit and veges, underpinned by a focus on education, community and sustainability,”…

I Love Bello Shire interviews Neville Warwick about his 66 year involvement in the Mylestom Surf Life Saving Club and his work life for 47 years at Bellingen Shire Council

The Old Man and the Sea- local legend Neville Warwick

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Neville Warwick exudes a quiet satisfaction.  This iconic Mylestom man is content- life has afforded him “all I could have wanted,” says Neville. With his wife Thelma by his side…

Bello Winter Music sells out for the fourth year running

Bello Winter Music Saturday Tickets Sell Out For Fourth Year Running

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Bello Winter Music festival has yet again sold out of Saturday tickets with just over a week to go until Opening Night. Tickets are selling fast for the remaining three…

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.

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

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Last year’s Bello Winter Music was an enormous success.  However, the streams of people enjoying the festivities resulted in a huge amount of waste being generated, particularly plastic cups. This…

Former media personality debbie Spillane talks to Rod Keers from I Love Bello Shire about her move to the mid north coast of NSW, her plans for 2BBB community radio station in bellingen, the bellingen Readers and Writers Festival and so much more.

Backchat: Former ABC journalist Debbie Spillane finds a new home at 2BBB

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Debbie Spillane only migrated north from Sydney 2 years ago, but has certainly made her mark on the Bellingen Shire.  Retiring from a long and successful career in the media…

I Love Bello Shire had their story on Bello Winter Music published in the latest Coastbeat Magazine, a Gowings Brothers initiative

The Beat Lives on in Bello- Bello Winter Music

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Our story about the upcoming Bello Winter Music was published in the latest Coastbeat Magazine on 22nd June.  We wanted to share it with our local readers- enjoy.  Thanks to…

Bellingen Harvest Expo happens Saturday 23rd June 2018 at the Bellingen Showgrounds. The Bellingen Harvest Expo is organised by the Bellingen Produce markets which happen each fortnight. This event draws food producers from across the NSW mid north coast. The aim is to collect organic, biodynamic food producers together to showcase and sell their produce in Bellingen.

Bellingen Harvest Expo: a gastronomic feast

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Bellingen Harvest Expo is happening again next Saturday 23rd June at the Bellingen Showgrounds and is promising to be a “gastronomic feast for food lovers,” says Harvest Expo organiser Gloria…

I Love Bello Shire reveals that Bello Winter Music has something for everyone at this year's line up in Bellingen

Bello Winter Music has something for everyone!

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With just four weeks to go until the fourth annual Bello Winter Music, tickets are selling fast and once again, it’s shaping up to host a diverse crowd of all…

I Love Bello Shire interviews Greg Butler of Butlers Pantry Cafe, the new face on Bellingen's Church Street strip

Backchat: Greg Butler of Butlers Pantry

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Butlers Pantry is the new face on Bellingen’s Church Street cafe strip, offering a healthy take on some good old staples.  Where most cafes and restaurants offer a few gluten-free…

I Love Bello Shire interviews Alicia Tuckerman who released her debut novel in 2018 called If I Tell You. Alicia's novel was inspired by the lack of young adult fiction featuring lesbian protagonists. Alicia will be appearing at the Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival over the June long weekend.

Alicia Tuckerman at Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival

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Perth based Alicia Tuckerman only released her first novel ‘If I Tell You” this year, but is quickly becoming a driving force for young LGBT voices.  In the novel she…

Bello Winter Music have a star studded line up of stars for the gala Night Opening at Bellingen Memorial hall, including Deb Conway.

Bello Winter Music- Opening Night Gala

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Now is the time to secure your tickets for Bello Winter Music’s Opening Night Gala, the star studded event on Thursday 12 July that gets the festival party started and…

I Love Bello Shire interviews Mark Renshaw of Big Fig Arts and Philip Senior of Arts network bellingen about the Pulp visual arts project which will provide a visual touch to this year's Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival

A visual feast will add flavour to Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival

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It’s not just our minds that will be stimulated at this year’s Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival.  Local visual artists will be “dressing up the town for a new look,…

Seth Jordan is working to bring the Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival to Bellingen in 2018. Interviewed by I Love Bello Shire

Backchat: Seth Jordan of Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival

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It seems like long-time ‘Bellingenite’ Seth Jordan is a necessary ingredient in the production of  any Bellingen based festival, and this year’s Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival is no exception….

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.

Bello LeaF Program at Bello Winter Music

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The Bello LeaF Program of sustainability focused and environmental workshops, tours and forums will run alongside the Bello Winter Music again this year.  After three consecutive years of successful and innovative programs,…

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High-Powered History Panel at Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival

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“History never repeats, I tell myself before I go to sleep” … or so sang some new bloke from Fleetwood Mac.  This year’s Bellingen Readers and Writer Festival tackles the…

Marriage equality is discussed in this interview with Mel Feisty Fitzpatrick and Linda Piggott two Bellingen locals. Interviewed by I Love Bello Shire

Marriage Equality- A local story

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Local couple Mel (Feisty) Fitzpatrick and Linda Pigott recently tied the knot- an event finally made possible by the much awaited changes in the marriage equality legislation.  “Our big day…

Bernie Divola of Bellingen Bespoke Weddings chats to I Love Bello Shire about their philosophy, which is to provide affordable, sustainable, ethical and completely unique weddings in the beautiful township of Bellingen

Bellingen Bespoke Weddings- local, sustainable, affordable, unique

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Bernie Divola of Bellingen Bespoke Weddings has a simple philosophy, which is at the very heart of the business she shares with son Jay; “we are local, sustainable, affordable and…

Kombu Food Film Festival is being held this Saturday May 12th at Bellingen's Memorial Hall. The purpose of the festival is to cahllenge the audience to reflect on their food choices and open discussion for a more sustainable path going forward.

Food for thought: Kombu Food Film Festival this Saturday

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For the past decade and a half, Kombu Wholefoods has been offering Bellingen a feast of locally-grown produce, bulk grains and organic groceries. This Saturday, it also offers a feast…

Camp Creative – 6 weeks to go!

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Over 880 people have already booked into over 70 courses. What are the kids doing in the holidays? For only $242 they could have 5 days of fun at Camp…

Nosewise Bespoke Perfumery was established by Carmen Bertlin because she wanted to create something as luxurious and well layered as the designer fragrances out there, without having to jeopardise our health to have that. Ilove Bello Shire wrote her story.

Nosewise Bespoke Perfumery adds that special touch to the big day

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“Perfume is the most intense form of memory”, says perfumer Jean-Paul Guerlain, a sentiment also held by local perfumer Carmen Bertlin of Nosewise Bespoke Perfumery.   “And so very personal,”…

Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival 2018 is also celebrating the works of music journalists

Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival- Let the Music Play

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“LET THE MUSIC PLAY…. AND BE WRITTEN ABOUT!” – and so will be at the Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival 2018. It’s been said that “writing about music is like…

Ivan and Violet Preston have been long term volunteers at the Bellingen Show. Story written by I Love Bello Shire

Ivan and Violet Preston- true Bellingen Show stalwarts

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The very fact that Ivan Preston’s 2017 prize-winning pumpkin adorns the 2018 Bellingen Show Program is testament to the steadfast commitment that Ivan and Violet embody for our regional show….

Women lead this year’s Bellingen Anzac Day Parade

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The 2018 Bellingen Anzac Day Parade next Wednesday will be led by the six female members of the Bellinger River RSL Sub-Branch (from left- Susan Lumsdaine, Kaye Barr, Valda Watt,…

Open Home Online, Anne Stuart is the new Propert Manager at Open Home Online and chats to Rod at I Love Bello Shire

Backchat: Anne Stuart from Open Home Online

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This fun-loving, motorbike enthusiast, is now the Property Manager at Open Home Online for the Bellingen Shire.  With 12 years of Property Management experience, Anne Stuart knows her stuff.  Three…

Meredith taylor discovered Dorrigo Peppers on her farm west of Dorrigo. I Love Bello Shire

Dorrigo Peppers discovered on Dorrigo’s farm o’ plenty

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The recent discovery of Dorrigo Peppers on an already thriving farm just outside of Dorrigo, could be the ‘pot of gold’ every farmer dreams about.  Owners Meredith Taylor and Chris…

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Love is in the Air at Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival 2018

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This year’s Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival has an awe inspiring line-up of writers who represent a wide variety of writing genres.  One genre which will be explored at the…

Bees in the hive

‘As sweet as honey’- Bellingen Shire’s honey story

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Bellingen Shire’s honey story is a rich one and one we thought worth exploring for our ‘Season of Food’ promotion.  We are fortunate to have many registered honey beekeepers in…

100 Hives in 100 Schools

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There has been a buzz in the media over the past few years about bees. What’s it all about? Basically 1/3 of every mouthful we eat needs to be insect…

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Local Beef Cattle Production done the natural way

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Alan Peterson is a local cattle producer based in Brierfield who prefers to take the ‘natural’ approach when raising his cattle. Alan tells us he’s “relatively new to raising cattle…

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Backchat: Kathryn Wood- retiring Dorrigo Rainforest Centre Manager

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Kathryn Wood has only just hung up her work boots for the last time, after 22 years at the Dorrigo Rainforest Centre, the past 17 of these being the Dorrigo…

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Dorrigo’s Canopy Cafe creates magic with only the finest of local produce

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Dorrigo’s Canopy Cafe, situated at the stunning Dorrigo Rainforest Centre Skywalk, describe themselves as “very much old school”, serving traditional hearty meals such as corned meat with white sauce.  In winter…

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Herb Nerd Reece Carter on Naturopathy

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When Reece Carter, aka Herb-Nerd-Reece isn’t modelling in front of a camera in Sydney or New York, he’s pursuing his passion for Naturopathy and walking the walk on all things…

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Syntropic Farming- the answer to age old farming dilemmas.

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Farming in a manner that will increase production yield while simultaneously improving soil quality is a challenge, but one that can be met by ‘Syntropic Farming’, according to local horticulturalist…

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‘Season of Food’- what’s tasty in the Bello Shire

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Welcome to our ‘Season of Food’ launch- an exciting promotion of our local food industry, our growers, producers, retailers, creatives and educators.  I Love Bello Shire is passionate about food…

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Backchat with Urunga Football Club Vice-President, Roger McCabe

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Urunga resident and Vice-President of the Urunga Football Club Roger McCabe, is an advocate for “healthy living and community spirit” and certainly ‘walks the walk’.  His tireless involvement in a…

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Backchat with Jamie Park of the Bellingen Kitchen Shop

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This week’s Backchat proved a bit of a duel as Rod caught up with Jamie Park of the Bellingen Kitchen Shop to unveil the guy behind the mask. Why did…

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Lloyd Rees lithograph exhibition at Nexus Gallery Bellingen

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The exhibition at Nexus Gallery Bellingen, opening on 18 February 2018, shows twenty four lithographs rich in grandeur and drama by renowned Australian artist Lloyd Rees, all printed by Master…

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Singer, song-writer Claire Anne Taylor set to captivate the Bellingen Shire

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Singer, song-writer Claire Anne Taylor (photo credit Erin Lee), will be sharing her soulful folk songs with the Bellingen Shire this Saturday 3rd February as part of the ‘Festival of…

Wedding story – a 20 year wait

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After waiting 20 years to get married, Sean & Anthony decided to hold the wedding in their Bellingen backyard. This was made possible with our Celebrant Tony King, who put…

Queen’s Baton Relay passes through Bellingen

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The Queen’s Baton Relay is coming to Bellingen on Thursday 1 February 2018. This event, which is one of the most exciting events in the lead up to the Commonwealth…

Easter Eats Open Hours

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The following is a list of Easter Open Hours for cafes and restaurants across the Bellingen Shire.         ANCHORS WHARF CAFE Friday 8am – 2pm, Saturday 8am…

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Backchat with composer Scott Collins

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Multi-award winning, Bellingen-based composer Scott Collins is passionate about creating music and sound for vision. “I love the way sound can influence a story. How sound can deepen the emotional impact…

Wedding story – Another picturesque Bellingen wedding

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This wedding tale is being told in pictures. Beautiful pictures in fact. Scott Surplice Photography has showcased the natural beauty of the Bellingen Shire in this Bellingen wedding. Scott told…

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Alison Williams lights up SWIFF Light Box

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For a week during January, Coffs Harbour will be painted in projected light with the new SWIFF Light Box project beaming moving image artworks on to spaces around the Jetty…

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Blaise Borrer: Bellingen’s young trailblazer

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Recent Bellingen High School graduate Blaise Borrer describes himself as a “storyteller“, but it is his own story that is so captivating and will definitely prove worth following into the…

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SWIFF Preview Gala Night- Features That’s Not Me with Alice Foulcher

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Eve Jaremka of Louden Up Media caught up with Alice Foulcher, who is helping to kick off the Screenwave International Film Festival (SWIFF) program on Preview Gala Night on 15…

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Backchat: Kaz Selbie Bellingen Community Markets

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The Bellingen Community Markets are a thriving hub for the Bellingen Shire, bringing together locals and the wider Mid North Coast community, people of all ages and backgrounds, to indulge…

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Backchat: Amanda Fisher of Bellingen’s Belfry Guesthouse

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Amanda Fisher of Bellingen’s Belfry Guesthouse has only been a part of our Bellingen Shire community for the past 2 years, but this affable lover of all things Indian couldn’t…

Kath O’Sullivan: the creative chameleon at the heart of Tribe and Temple

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Kath O’Sullivan, designer and founder of local homewares brand Tribe & Temple, believes that our homes can reveal our true identity. She is interested in the beauty and diversity of…

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Dorrigo legend Dina Luciani in ‘Dina : A Passion for Italian Food’.

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This video is about Dina Luciani and her passion for simple Italian Food. She talks us through her introduction to food and even gives us a couple of simple and…

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Backchat Bellingen High School Principal Paul Holding

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Bellingen High School Principal and President of Bellingen Men’s Shed Paul Holding, could be described as the ‘no fuss’ quiet achiever, who manages to make a difference in the lives…

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Shelley O’Keefe and Philip Senior Open Up to Art (OUTA)

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Our small town of Bellingen will soon be adorned in art of all imaginable genres, as we welcome the inaugural Open Up to Art (OUTA), “a weekend designed to get everyone…

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Featured Photographer Calumn Hockey

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This month, our featured photographer Calumn Hockey – an avid adventurer, photographer and travel writer who has traversed the globe, discovering and photographing some amazing places, takes us on a…

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Cath Young – Successful Etsy Seller & Mentor

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If you’ve ever thought about becoming an Etsy Seller, offering your own handmade goods, vintage pieces, craft supplies or unique items online, Cath Young, local Bellingen Shire resident and Etsy…

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The Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival Story

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The Dorrigo folk who originally created the Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival and continue to work tirelessly to produce this festival annually, have shared their story.  This is a true…

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Cartoonist, Botanist and Author Ross Macleay

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When author Ross Macleay moved from Sydney to Bellingen at age 28, the first thing that struck him was the Shire’s vegetation. Which stands to reason, given his competence as…

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Backchat: St Mary’s Primary School Principal Claire Mellon

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The upcoming St Mary’s Primary School Spring Fair on October 20th seemed like a perfect excuse for Rod to dive in and discover all about Claire Mellon, Principal at St…

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Singer Songwriter Yhan Leal walks the line

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Singer songwriter Yhan Leal walks the line with light feet. The Colombian born, now Bellingen based musician, dedicates his waking hours to honing his artistic craft, doing so in his…

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Community Radio 2BBB according to Leo Bradney George

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According to Community Radio 2BBB FM’s Leo Bradney George, the secret to The Shire’s community radio success boils down to just one thing… Leo came to The Shire in 1982 with…

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Backchat with Urunga legend Jo Brotherton

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Quite simply, Jo Brotherton loves her town of Urunga and this love provides her with an endless amount of energy to inject into this thriving community. Most weekends you might…

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The many reinventions of former Tourism Australia CEO John Morse

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Some people inspire us by the act of simply ‘being’. You get the sense John Morse, AM and previously Tourism Australia CEO, is one of those. We asked him to…

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Bellingen’s Liz Scott- for the love of music

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“Learning, playing, singing, teaching and listening to music fills my days and I am happy,” says Bellingen’s Liz Scott, much loved local music teacher.  “This is what led me to…

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La Beauté Du Monde: pure organic luxury

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Bellingen beauty therapist Nadira Perera of La Beauté Du Monde Bellingen has managed to combine centuries old beauty traditions of her Sri Lankan heritage and her specialised  French training, with an…

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Bello Food Box delivering organic food that will make you smile

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The Bello Food Box team explain their business model in simple terms- “We source real food, grown by real farmers, for real people and deliver it to your door, –…

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Lisa Milner explores the life of political activist Freda Brown

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International Peace Day is a fitting date for the launch of Lisa Milner’s insightful biography of Freda Brown.  Freda was a political activist in many arenas including women’s rights, peace,…

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Kombu Wholefoods- feeding more than just their happy customers

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“We set out to establish a ‘one stop shop’ for sustainable living, providing good food to our community at the most affordable prices” says Kev Doye, co-owner (with wife Lowanna)…

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Where to Stay in Bellingen

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Where to stay in Bellingen   Accommodation in Bellingen doesn’t take the form of high-rise apartments, franchised motels or resorts, so if you like something a little different, take a…

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Where to Eat in Bellingen

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Driving through this town’s quaintly unconventional rural main street, your thoughts may turn to where to eat in Bellingen. The array of restaurants, cafes and entertainment on offer may not…

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Backchat with Architect Tricia Helyar

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Bellingen Shire architect Tricia Helyar is passionate about incorporating green principles into her design.  She acknowledges that the Shire has a diverse range of microclimates which makes this task more…

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The sustainable whey: Lyndall Dykes Of Coffs Harbour Cheesemaking Workshop and Deli

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The sustainable whey: How Lyndall Dykes of Coffs Harbour Cheesemaking Workshop and Deli shows home cooks they can save the planet, one wheel of cheese at a time. If living…

Things to do in Bellingen

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Driving through this town’s quaintly unconventional rural main street, the array of activities and entertainment on offer may not be immediately apparent, so we’ve rounded up the following list of…

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Backchat with Dean Petrie of Skin Wizardry Bellingen

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Local tattoo artist Dean Petrie of Skin Wizardry Bellingen believes we should all be inked at least once.  We interview this creative artist and find out he’s a lover, not…

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Being green is in the blood for Popla Bellingen head chefs Claire and Mitch

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For the Popla Bellingen team Claire van Vuuren and Mitch Grady, making green choices has been a “goes without saying” ethos for their entire careers in hospitality, rather than something they…

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Backchat with Bellingen Shire Mayor Dominic King

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Rod interviews Bellingen Shire Mayor Dominic King. They tackle the big questions about life, Dom’s first year in the top job and the time he floored David Campese. How long…

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Putting the Swiss back into The Bellingen Swiss Patisserie and Bakery

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Bellingen’s much loved Swiss Patisserie and Bakery has moved back to its Swiss roots with new owners (Urs) Rick and Daniela Rickenbach imbibing the breads, buns and pastries with a…

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Tim Scanlon of Bellingen Urban Landcare

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Since 1995 members of Bellingen Urban Landcare have been regenerating waterways in our beautiful town of Bellingen and Tim Scanlon has been part of this journey for most of the…

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Chantal Lennox building a ‘sensory friendly community’.

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You may have spotted the the very colourful and cuddly knitted chooks that are popping up in classrooms and cafes around the Bellingen Shire, or even noticed the chirpy knitters…

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Let’s Cook: Kyle MacLennan of Breakfast on Church Bellingen.

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Bellingen chef Kyle MacLennan of Breakfast on Church Bellingen, has shared his own local version of an old Mediterranean favourite, Bacalao Balls. “I came to the world of cooking through…

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Backchat: Monique Shaw from L J Hooker Dorrigo

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We interview Monique Shaw from L J Hooker Dorrigo and discover a fun-loving, lethal weapon. How long have you been a real estate agent? Six months. It’s something I have…

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Screen queen Kate Howat presents Vive La France French Film Festival

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Fancy yourself a bit of a film buff? If you look at Kate Howat’s CV, it would be fair to say – literally – that you ain’t seen nothing yet….

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Dorrigo Concert Pianist Sheila Guymer

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Dorrigo local and international concert pianist Sheila Guymer has grand plans for the region’s classical music scene. She recently opened the doors of the Hickory Street Music School to help provide…

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Nexus Gallery Bellingen presents ‘The Shifting Viewpoint’

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Chris Campbell’s exhibition ‘The Shifting Viewpoint’ will be showing at the Nexus Gallery Bellingen until August 18th.  The exhibition is the culmination of several years of work for Chris. “The…

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Featured Photographer: Sooz Myhill of ‘Illuminating Photography’

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This month our site is adorned with the stunning photography of Sooz Myhill – ‘Illuminating Photography’.  “I guess all of my work is trying to reflect the things which I…

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Local Icon and Jazz Legend Roger Burke

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Local jazz legend Roger Burke has managed to suppress the ‘Burke Files’ for years.  No longer.  His passions, his follies and his stint on the New Inventors have now been…

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Featured Artist: Opal Pastro and ‘Bright Eyes’

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Opal Pastro’s current exhibition, ‘Bright Eyes’, a series of animal paintings that celebrate joy, quirkiness and beauty, is showing at the Federal Hotel Bellingen until September 1st.  This exhibition marks…

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ABC Coffs Coast’s Fiona Poole

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Fiona Poole is a household name in the Bellingen Shire, entertaining many of us each morning as presenter of the Breakfast Show for ABC Coffs Coast. Fi describes herself quite…

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Backchat: Suzanne Atkinson of Cardow & Partners Property Bellingen

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Rod chats with Suzanne Atkinson of Cardow & Partners Property Bellingen, who really knows how to keep a secret. How long have you been selling Real Estate? Thirteen years- I…

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Featured Photographer Stuart Scott

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Photographer Stuart Scott was first introduced to the Bellingen Shire when he was booked to do a  shoot for Affirmations Publishing House. His story is a familiar one- that ‘Ahh’…

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Bello Boy Jack Carty

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Bello Winter Music’s first patron Jack Carty, sees himself first and foremost as a songwriter and has done so since he was a 12 year old boy, riding his bike…

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Jo Pierce at Bello Winter Music

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Bellingen’s talented (but extremely humble) Jo Pierce, will be very busy at the Bello Winter Music, performing with Sultrio and conducting her local women’s choir Sohum.  Jo always enjoyed singing…

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Seth Jordan at the Bello Winter Music

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Seth Jordan will be drawing on years of music journalism and broadcasting experience when he takes to the Bello Winter Music stage to conduct ‘Conversations with Seth Jordan’.  He is…

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Mei Wei Lim and the Bellingen Youth Orchestra

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Mei Wei Lim will be accompanying the Bellingen Youth Orchestra (BYO) to present Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No.2, on Saturday 24th June. This piece is readily acknowledged as one of Rachmaninoff’s most…

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Backchat: Emillie Reynolds of Reynolds and Reynolds Legal Services

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We cross examine Emillie Reynolds of Reynolds and Reynolds Legal Services.  You be the judge. How long have you been practicing law? 15 years What brought you to The Bellingen…

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Dorrigo’s Richard Rees rekindles his love of art.

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Dorrigo’s Richard Rees had a personal art renaissance on his retirement in 2005.  Prior to this he describes himself as “an occasional artist, a dabbler, with no qualification or training.”…

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Bello Winter Music supports Bello LeaF

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This year will be the third Bello LeaF (Learning Festival), running alongside Bello Winter Music.  Bellingen Shire local Lisa Siegel is Bello LeaF’s coordinator and excited about the array of workshops,…

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Let’s Cook Salmon with Sandrena Brennan

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Renowned local cook Sandrena Brennan has very generously shared her Salmon recipe, or we should say recipes- ‘Salmon Three Ways’.  Many Bellingen Shire locals and visitors to our region have…

LJ Hooker Urunga, Greg Wall, Urunga, I Love Bello Shire, Bellingen

Backchat: Greg Wall LJ Hooker Urunga

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Greg Wall, real estate agent LJ Hooker Urunga, chats with Rod about work, family, community, life and sugar. What brought you to Urunga? My family has owned one of the…

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Ceramicists Parma Keft and Ann Strekfuss

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Local ceramicists Parma Keft (on left) and Ann Strekfuss have collaborated to produce ‘CLAY naturally’, a stunning exhibition opening Sunday 28th May at the Nexus Gallery in Bellingen.  The inspiration…

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Ted Greenwood- at the helm of the Bellingen Show

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Current Bellingen Show president Ted Greenwood sees the show as an event that “links the old and the new.”   The challenge is producing a show that “honours the older members…

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Positive Affirmations in Bellingen

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Suzi and Dan Maher’s Bellingen business ‘Affirmations Publishing House’, (or ‘Affirmations’ as it is affectionately known locally), embodies positivity. Entering the 1930’s art deco abode of Affirmations Publishing House on…

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Featured Photographer Bruce Jacups

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Our featured photographer Bruce Jacups started capturing images on his first Instamatic at the age of 11. The images adorning our site this month reflect his eclectic style and amazing ability…

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Bellingen Seed Savers: ensuring long term food security.

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Bellingen Seed Savers care deeply about the future of food security and so, focus their efforts around saving seed.  Saving seed is crucial to ensure that non GMO modified and…

Bellingen Girl Guides’ Anzac Tradition

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For the past 50 years the Bellingen Girl Guides have been making the Anzac Day wreaths.  For the last 15 of these years, the girls have been carefully mentored in…

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Helmy & Konstanze Abouleish and SEKEM Community Egypt

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Helmy and Konstanze Abouleish visited the Bellingen Shire this past week to provide information about the workings and successes of SEKEM Community Egypt.  They are an integral part of this…

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Best in Show: Wally and Yvonne Tyson

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It was 2011 when Wally Tyson was given the honor of opening the Bellingen Show. Wally took to the microphone and began his opening address.. “In 1861 two brothers came…

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Art Focus: Adrienne Hmelnitsky

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Adrienne Hmelnitsky is one of nine local artists currently exhibiting in ‘Choice Cuts’- the pop-up free range art exhibition in the old butcher shop in Urunga. This bronze sculpture, “Unity”, features in…

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Creative Mountain Arts Exhibition

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The Creative Mountain Arts Exhibition opens April 12th with a gala night showcasing the talents of local artists and artisans.  We chat with Sheila Guymer, president of the Arts Council…

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Backchat: openhomeonline director John Simon

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What makes openhomeonline different? I believe the culture and focus at openhomeonline makes us different. My first job in real estate was with a company which had 14 agents working…

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Featured Photographer Jay Black

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This month we feature Jay Black’s Photography.  Eclectic and quintessentially Bellingen. What brought you to the Bellingen Shire? We moved to Bellingen as a family in June 2011, my husband and…

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The Nexus Community Gallery Bellingen

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We explore the history of Bellingen’s iconic Nexus Community Gallery and chat with some of the long term volunteers that contribute to the gallery’s success. Pictured is Maggie Porter, just one…

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Backchat: Tony Cox of Carty & Cox Solicitors and Conveyancers

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We interview local Solicitor and musician Tony Cox of Carty & Cox Solicitors and Conveyancers, and discover that he marches to the beat of his own drum. What made you come…

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Jodi Wright and the Cloudy Cauldron Permaculture Farm

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For the past 6 years Jodi Wright and her partner Michael have been creating The Cloudy Cauldron Permaculture Farm, where food is produced ethically. “We are a mixing pot of ideas, resources,…

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‘Stitched Up’ Bellingen with Michelle Stockton

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We interview Michelle Stockton, founder of Stitched Up Bellingen, seen here with fellow mentor Sandy Brennan. ‘Stitched Up’ is a group of (mainly) girls and women (I will get to this later)…

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Backchat with Steve Allan of Urunga Amcal Pharmacy

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Steve Allan, our friendly Pharmacist at the Urunga Amcal Pharmacy and President of the Urunga Myelstom Chamber of Commerce.  We have gone hunting for some deeper insights into this popular…

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Let’s Cook: Lowanna Doye’s Green Smoothie

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Green Smoothie as a breakfast entree. Popular Bellingen local and co-owner of Kombu Wholefoods in Bellingen Lowanna Doye, shares her family’s recipe for a healthy start to the day.  Their green…

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Humans of Bello Shire: Tom Guranich

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Humans of Bello Shire interview with Tom Guranich, seen here with a photo of his younger self.  Tom is probably best known in the Bellingen Shire community as “the Tom who writes…

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Backchat with Liz Ostini of Skin Bliss

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Skin Bliss is a boutique Day Spa in Bellingen, “a place to come and forget the outside world for a while,” says owner Liz Ostini.  “The focus is on the therapeutic edge…

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Featured Photographer Clare Colins of Dorrigo

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Renowned Bellingen Shire photographer Clare Colins shares her beautiful photos of our region as our Featured Photographer for March. What brought you to the Bellingen Shire? I found bello by the…

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‘Along the Way’ with ceramic artist Tamasin Pepper

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Ceramic artist Tamasin Pepper was living in Surry Hills with two small children, a kiln squeezed between two terrace houses and a studio up a flight of stairs on the…

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Backchat with Emporium Bellingen’s Ann Rosewood

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The iconic Emporium Bellingen has been functioning in its current form, under the guiding hand of Ann Rosewood, for close to 30 years, within the equally iconic Hammond and Wheatley Building….

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Bellinger Landcare: Natasha English digs deep

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“Landcare actually started with community, landholders banding together to solve problems, which makes it quite unique.”  Natasha English is Project Manager at Bellinger Landcare and she wants the shire residents to…

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Art Symphony by Tanja Ackerman

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“I see music. When I hear music, bird song etc, I literally see moving colours, patterns and textures in my visual field. I have been seeing sound for as long…

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Let’s Cook with Rachel Grisewood

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Rachel shares her love of cooking and her vegetarian lasagna recipe. “I am reflecting on all the lovely food I have cooked over this festive season for family and friends….

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Backchat: Jack Meagher Has Hives

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Jack Meagher’s First Epistle to the Bellingonians. What brought you to our region? We came up to visit Ali Brown and Roger Bourke in mid-2008 and fell in love with…

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Camp Creative: Walking on Gumbaynggirr Homeland

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Camp Creative’s summer camp provides the opportunity for everyone, regardless of age, to find within themselves new creative expression.  The focus is on imagination, innovation and expression, as participants from…

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BACKCHAT – Bouldering Hub Bellingen

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So Bouldering Hub, welcome to Bellingen, I understand you’ve only been here a few months. Yep. It took a while to get here, but I fully landed on 11th November….

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Local Icon: Rob Anderson – Bellingen Pool

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Local Icon Rob Anderson, long time member of Bellingen Diggers Swimming Club (aka The Bellingen Bats). Thanks to Cath Macaulay for capturing the essence of this local icon. “Our club caters…

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Kennedy’s Bull by Rob Simpson

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This short story, originally titled The Great Kalang Muster when it was written in the early 1980’s, was inspired by very real events related to the clash of cultures occurring…

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Sculpture in the Park Urunga

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Sculpture in the Park Urunga returns Sunday January 15th. This year’s event has been co-ordinated by David Southgate, Arts Co-ordinator of Urunga Mylestom Chamber of Commerce (UMCC) – part of UMCC’s…

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Let’s Cook with Bellingen’s Pete Bufo

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Pete – a well loved member of the Bello Community and regular volunteer at Northbank Community Garden, shares his love of gardening, the community gardens and his passion for all…

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Kombu Wholefoods Bellingen: Their Story

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The Bellingen Shire is a rich, diversely cultured and cultivated region. The Bellingen township itself has an ethos of sustainable, local market produce offered to customers who expect quality, fresh and…

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Backchat – Bellingen Canoe Adventures’ Daniel

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Can you give me a brief background about your business? We arrived in Bellingen 18 years ago and launched Bellingen Canoe Adventures. It has been fun since the first day….

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Backchat – Bob Stockton of Camp Creative

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How long has Camp Creative been running? “I’ve been on the Camp Creative committee since 2000. I was in my second year as Principal of Bellingen High School when Gillian…

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Local Icon: Don Dorrigo Gazette and Michael English

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The Don Dorrigo Gazette: Australia’s last letterpress newspaper. Thanks to ABC Coffs Coast’s Liz Keen for capturing the essence of this local icon.

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Backchat with Gary Phillips – Soap Maker

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  Tell me about this business you call Soap Maker? Keri and I make and sell a natural soap that is an ethical alternative to the mass produced stuff created…

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