If you really want to know something about a place, ask a local. We have done this for you with our many stories of locals across the Bellingen Shire including Bellingen, Dorrigo, Urunga, Mylestom. Everyone in our Valley has a story to tell. Some come from families who have lived here for many generations, and others have discovered this beautiful region and made it their home.

Below are our most recent stories which change weekly. For more Local Stories, click on the Our Stories tab in the menu at the top of this page. We hope you enjoy…

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…