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…

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…

Thora RFS, Bellingen RFS, Todd Travers, Bellingen Rural Fire Service

Backchat with Thora RFS Todd Travers

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The Roy Rose Fire Shed was named after its founder from Thora Valley’s well-known pioneering ‘Rose’ family. This fire shed has served the Thora community for 50-60 years, and has…

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…