Sonny Burgess of Year 6 at Cobargo Public School was the overall winner of last month’s Sapphire Coast Learning Community Bournda Bird Olympics. This award will reside at Cobargo Public School for the next year and his achievement will be engraved on the shield.
Supported by his mum and dad, Sonny aced the criteria—identifying bird species, feathers, beaks, identifying bird calls, scientific names and general knowledge from a field of around 30 students. More impressive were the bird calls Sonny could perform. His repertoire included the baby magpie, adult magpie, the little corella and the yellow tailed black cockatoo.
Click here to go to the Bega District News site and scroll to the end of the page to see and hear Sonny in action.
In this month’s issue (June 2018) we mentioned a talk by the author Robyn De Crespigny on Saturday 22 June. This event will not be running. That particular talk happened as part of the Refugee Week last year.
All other events are going ahead as written, such as the film at the Fun House in Bega on 22 June at 6.30pm.
Apologies for any inconvenience.
Take away the winter chills, put on your winter ‘thinking cap’ and celebrate Christmas in July with a Christmas Trivia Night of fun and prizes. You’re invited to the Cobargo Hotel on Saturday 22 July, starting at 6.15 pm for the Quiz.
Purchase a delicious traditional Christmas two-course meal on the Hotel menu from 5.30 pm.
Christmas Trivia will cost $5.00 per person. Pre-book your table by phoning Pam 6493 6419 or Beth 0428 696 623.
Money raised will go to the community via the Cobargo Tourist and Business Association and be put towards village signage and other projects.
Trials and tribulations: Sue Higginson spoke of her work with the Environmental Defenders Office at Il Passaggio in February.
NSW Environmental Defenders Office CEO Sue Higginson paints a picture of EDO lawyers, haggard and caffeinated, racing between their office on Clarence Street and the Land and Environment Court on Macquarie Street, chasing “mining companies with the deepest pockets you can imagine” and “lawyers who lodge Notices of Motions at 1 am”.
It’s comical until you realise the gravity of the work. The Environmental Defenders Office (EDO) concentrates its resources on the cases that other lawyers don’t take on. Important public interest cases. Cases where there’ll be a lasting or permanent impact on the environment, where governments haven’t followed the law. Blowing the whistle, holding governments to account.
(a poem by Danika Myers, aged 11, of Bermagui)
The terror and the hate
And the lives that have been lost
The screams and cries of war
I’d wish it all away.
I’d wish for love and prosperity
For hope and sunny days
I’d wish for peace and giving
And loving all the way.
I’d give my WHOLE heart
To the big wide world
And I’d give to those with none
I’d make sure that they had more.
Hate replaced by tolerance
In a not too distant day
If I could have but one small wish
I’d wish the war away.
The Triangle is hosting a competition for schoolchildren this year. It’s sponsored by local engineering company AKT and the theme is “the environment”. Every month we’ll publish contributions from primary school-age readers, then at the end of the year there’ll be three prizes, awarded as follows: K-2, Years 3/4, and Years 5/6. Each winner will get $150.
Photos, drawings … poetry or prose … fiction or non-fiction, the choice is yours, guys. So get out your pencils or your cameras, your pens or tablets, and go outside and have a look around for some inspiration. Email your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to PO Box 6009, Quaama, 2550.
We’ll be publishing some entries here on “Off the page” if there is no room for them in the paper.
Further to Frances Perkins’ article in the March 2017 issue about plans for renewing the Bermagui streetscape, here’s the Bermagui Master Plan.
And here are architect Philip Cox’s artist impressions of a future Lamont Street.
Lamont St colonnade proposed in Bermagui CBD Masterplan. Drawing by Philip Cox, March 2017
Close up of loggia under the Lamont St colonnade, CBD Masterplan. Drawing by Philip Cox, March 2017
Former World Bank advisor Dr Ian Noble spoke in Bermagui last month about the need to adapt to climate change at local, national and international levels
It was pretty clear to scientists in the 1990s that man-made carbon emissions were causing climate change—it had started with the Industrial Revolution. Two plans of action were mooted. Plan A: reduce emissions (mitigation). Plan B: adapt to the changes. But we weren’t going to need Plan B, were we? The fix was clear, and there was plenty of time …
SE ABC news report
Wed. 2pm, 15 Aug, 2016
Inspector R Sole from NSW Police, Bermagui, released a statement today solving the mystery surrounding the discovery of the body of local Ms Grayston. Ms Grayston’s remains were found at Bermagui Country Club early last March.
Late this morning Miss Muriel Leech was charged with the murder of 42 year old Ms Grayston. Miss Leech confessed that at about 6pm, on Tuesday 5 March she lured Ms Grayston to the 16th hole of the golf course at the Club.