July Triangle online now

The Triangle July 2020 issue is online and ready to read now, or you can pick up a paper  copy from tomorrow.

There are stories about Cobargo’s new Tool Library, a COVID update by Dr Gundi Muller, the good work OzHarvest is doing and much more. Pick up a copy at your post office, petrol station, library or 777, or read a colour version online here.

Also, online now there is a link to our new photo gallery and this month we are showcasing the work of Malcolm Halliday of Fairhaven. Next month we’re opening the Photo Gallery to work by local photographers with the theme of ‘Portraits’. See Photos for more information or read the article on page 13. We’d love to see and share your photos.

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June Triangle – out today!

Our June issue is out – online and back in print! We’re distributing today.

From bushfire recovery to waterway restoration to the Art of Isolation to the quiet sale of the Bermi water tower (mural thrown in), pick up a copy at your post office, fuel stop or 777, or read it online here in full colour.

And while you’re online, check out these blankets, made by local knitters and crocheters and donated to bushfire survivors to get them through the winter months. More, p27.

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Bushfire grants

The Grants Hub has compiled a list of grants available to anyone who has been affected. You may have lost your home, possessions, or your income.

There’s a list of tradies offering free services, and grants for Indigenous corporations and land management groups.

There’s details of counselling and legal services available.

There’s even a page you can list your business if you’ve had a downturn — they say that some have recouped their entire Christmas losses within 24 hours of being featured.

And that’s just the national listings — there’s a long list of NSW grants/offerings too.


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Farewell to a great man from Cobargo history

Daughter Deborah, wife Anne and Reuben Glass

It’s with great sorrow I inform you of the death of Dr Reuben Glass in Melbourne on Sunday 10 November.

Reuben, his wife Pauline and daughter Rachel arrived in Cobargo in 1958. It was Reuben’s first posting as a GP after his hospital training in Melbourne, and I was his first patient in Cobargo. I was three years old. He diagnosed my heart problem and sent me to Sydney for an operation. He probably saved my life. At the funeral a few doctors came up to me saying that Reuben would mention my case in class—they were students in his doctor training days.

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These are the poems by the Well Thumbed Poets read on Saturday 7 September at Well Thumbed Books, Cobargo, to music by violinist Elizabeth Andalis.

The event raised money for Far South Coast Animal Rescue and Wires.

The copyright to each poem below, other than the prologue and epilogue, belongs to its author. The prologue and epilogue are composed of a single line from each of the poems, arranged in different orders.



I jump, startled
my feet want a path
Grey, oh grey, and so elegant
comfortable in its own fur
But how the birds loved that tree
sending a message
I know a street artist.  She works alone
A backdrop of a thousand greens
She sheds her leafy tears of many colours
That was a gentler time
while in our sleep we learned the song the world sings
The silence will be pierced by a solitary call
waistcoats striped with lightning
Like lemmings, the human race races
I have been the stars
I tell you this to break your heart
before it is too late

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The Belun Malu Choirs Project

Belun malu means ‘friendship’, and that is the heart of this project—to foster the ongoing friendship between Australia and Timor Leste through the joy of singing and playing music together. It brings singers from the Bega Valley together with the communities of Natarbora, Maliana, Lacluta and Dili in Timor Leste.

Over nearly a decade, the Belun Malu Choirs Project has inspired young Timorese students to undertake further musical study at home and abroad, in turn bringing that music home to share in their own communities.

The project began when the Bega Valley Advocates for Timor Leste (BVATL) signed a friendship agreement with the sub-district of Barique-Natarbora in 2004.

In 2010, following a visit to Timor Leste, Bega Valley Advocate Dave Crowden initiated the Instruments for Timor program which saw over 150 musical instruments gifted to the youth of Natarbora.

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Remembering Christchurch

Kia Kaha

A solidarity event in response to the Christchurch mass shootings took place at Well Thumbed Books, Cobargo, on Saturday 13 April, three weeks after the shootings.

The texts in this document were read out at the event, in the order in which they appear. We’re offering them in this digital form so that people who attended the event can read the texts they heard, and people who didn’t attend can share this experience.

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‘Grow the Music’ Sunday 14 April

All are welcome at this year’s ‘Grow the Music’ Koori community concert, 3 pm Sunday 14 April at Wallaga Lake.


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Mistakes on October ‘Fridge Door’

Keen observers will have noticed that many of the listings in the ‘Regular Events’ section on the back page are incorrect – venues and times are correct but the days are wrong. We’re too late to correct the print version but the online copy of your October Triangle is now correct. We will try to contact the organisations concerned to alert them as soon as possible. In the meantime, our sincere apologies.

Check the correct version Fridge Door October 2018

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Bermagui Preschool’s Moodji Cultural Garden

The book Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe puts forward a compelling argument for the reconsideration of the hunter-gather label for pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians. The evidence insists that Aboriginal people right across the continent were using domesticated plants, sowing, harvesting, irrigating and storing. Living in permanent dwellings, with meeting places, connected by paths and the use of simple equipment such as fishing traps, storage structures, and water craft is well documented in this book and other sources of research.

The Bermagui Preschool Moodji Cultural Garden aims to provide an alternative understanding of our rich Australian history and correct the misconceptions and skewed views of our history as presented to us by colonial explorers. We hope that our children and families will learn that the Yuin people did build houses and dams, sow, irrigate and till the land, sew clothes and build fishing traps, bags and baskets. There existed a pan-continental government that generated peace and prosperity, with rich and vibrant languages, laws and trade systems, ceremonies and traditions.

It is envisaged the Bermagui Preschool Cultural Garden will include the following:
an agricultural space where children can grow crops traditionally farmed in this region including yams, oat grass, native grains, native rice and bush tucker. This space will include examples of irrigation systems and game farming. Opportunities to make and use traditional baskets and bags for gathering bush tucker, to use traditional tools to harvest crops and to bake traditional damper and simple bread and learn about game farming will be created.

Traditional aquaculture will be explored by creating irrigation systems and dam walls, as well as building fish traps and watercraft. Traditional housing, paths, meeting places, fire spaces, storage structures, shade shelters and totems will be installed, creating places where children can play and learn.

In consultation with Yuin elders, a focus on teaching Yuin language, law, trade systems, ceremonies and traditions will be encouraged in this cultural space.

Bermagui Preschool

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