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…

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…