The June long weekend means many different things to mountain folk with many looking forward to the oncoming snow season as it is the traditional opening for all things snow related. As the early opening of Perisher this years showed, modern snow making technology can overcome some of nature’s short comings, but we are always just one big dump away from full-on frivolity.

For many it represents an ending, or at least a pause, in their favourite recreational pursuits. For those of the fly fishing persuasion it is time to sit back and let the spawning season do its thing to replenish trout stocks in our rivers and lakes in time for a spring resumption.

For many it is an opportunity to stock up on much needed firewood supplies for the winter ahead or to head down the coast to reassure themselves that not all is cold and frozen.

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The Monaro region has no shortage of great artists across a range of practices but there is none quite like Pauline Coxon, a Biripi-Worimi Aboriginal contemporary artist from Berridale.

Pauline’s first artistic memories are from her early childhood up on the Barrington Tops where she would use ochre from rocks to adorn boulders, bark and herself. She went on to win an art award in primary school but after that art abandoned her for a while.

She pursued a career in the public service until it all got too much for her and she moved to Evans Head for some much needed healing. It was here at the age of twenty seven that art returned to her life.

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This is one of those “once upon a time” yarns about a pair of Austrian immigrants who made their way from their home land to the Monaro via Melbourne and into a fairy tale that is as dark as anything from the brothers Grimm and yet light and enduring.

About fifty years ago Wolfgang and Heidimarie Zaglayer found themselves in the Latrobe valley in Victoria which was beset with industrial action which was hindering their income potential. Because of this they took a punt and headed to the Snowy Mountain’s where wages were similar but food and accommodation was paid for. This, along with a greater number of hours available to work made this region a far more attractive proposition.

The couple had been much impressed by a fairy tale park called, prophetically enough “Anarchy”, in Geelong and thought that a similar tourist attraction would work on the Monaro. They searched high and low for a site and decided on the most difficult of all, Mt Gladstone, outside Cooma on the road to the Snowy Mountains. It took them two and a half years to get permission to build on Crown Land.

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The Chilled Out Long Weekend

Heidi and Wolfgang's Fairy Tale

 The Dot's Have Got It


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