Celebrity chefs Manu Feildel and Colin Fassnidge celebrate Club Malua’s rise from the ashes
Business
Almost three years after a small South Coast club was razed to the ground in the Black Summer bushfires, it has reopened to much community fanfare - including the surprise appearance of celebrity chefs Manu Feildel and Colin Fassnidge. After amalgamating with Club Malua, the Cabra Bowls Group spent $1.2 million refurbishing the much-loved Eurobodalla club and was just weeks...
Egg producers scrambling to find like-minded farmers in Bega and beyond
News
Bega Valley Eggs owners Tom and Jos McMillan are scrambling to keep up with the growing demand for farm fresh eggs, so they've put the call out for nearby landowners to consider starting their own egg farms. The Bemboka farm produces 2000 dozen free-range, pasture-raised eggs each week and supplies nearby supermarkets, health food shops and eateries. Jos says they...
Canberra public servant designs app to make sure no-one’s stranded by bushfire again
Business
An app designed to save lives during natural disasters is among seven innovative business ideas to receive thousands of dollars of grant funding from the Canberra Innovation Network (CBRIN). Like many others, Tristan Morris was holidaying with friends on the south coast in the summer of 2019-20 when he found himself surrounded by a raging bushfire. He decided to fill...
Solar, electric and simulators – transport operator looks outside the box for fuel and staff shortage relief
Business
When Goulburn transport operator Andy Divall’s bill for diesel fuel doubled to $10 million he began thinking of all the sunlight energy around him - and electric trucks. Mr Divall's transport, bulk haulage, cement, sand and gravel businesses burn through 100,000 litres of diesel a week. When the price soared by $1.13 a litre over 12 months, Mr Divall and...
Regional infrastructure boom brings opportunities and challenges
News
After being largely ignored for decades, regional New South Wales is in the middle of an infrastructure renaissance with billions of dollars pouring into projects across the state. But are we ready for the boom? Business NSW Murray-Riverina regional manager Anthony McFarlane has warned that a lack of coordination could further aggravate the housing and skills crunch. "It goes without...
How Ashculme Textiles wove its way from an empty paddock to a busy loom
Business
About seven years ago, Fiona Durman decided to invest in a small herd of Suri Alpacas for the family's Lake Albert property and take up the textile art form of weaving. Now a familiar sight at markets across the Riverina where she sells a spectacular array of hand-woven garments, Fiona said it all started with an empty paddock. "We wanted...
Jake rolls his mobile law service home to Batemans Bay
Business
Jake Cartwright has said goodbye to the big smoke, gone back to his hometown of Batemans Bay and launched his own boutique law firm. With years of city experience under his belt, Jake returned to the South Coast to be closer to family and friends and the regional lifestyle he grew up with just months before the devastating Black Summer...
Gunning mum and daughter team honoured in rural business awards
Business
Opting to stay, employ and produce locally - and remain true to their rural roots, has paid dividends for Jess Dyne and her mother Ellen Bennett: their business Bandicute was honoured last week, making the finals of the inaugural Australian Rural Business Awards. Bandicute, which the women run from their farm outside Gunning, about an hour's drive north of Canberra,...
New trail shows the Sapphire Coast is your oyster
Food & Wine
Gleaming chrome bowls of oysters on ice, abundant local oyster shell-infused gin and an impressive wall map wrapping around the space all featured at the launch of the Sapphire Coast Oyster Trail in Merimbula. Bega Valley Shire Mayor Russell Fitzpatrick officially launched the program to a room full of enthusiastic local oyster farmers, industry representatives, chefs and tourism operators at...
From Angels roadie to ‘Wabi-Sabi’ furniture manufacturer
Community
It was the early 70s and Ross Triffitt was at a loose end. After a brief stint selling furniture in Wagga and then Real Estate in Sydney, Ross was on a train home when his rock and roll moment arrived. "This guy came in sat down and we started talking and turned out it was John Brewster. They were...
Power of motherhood drives Bay personal trainer in new direction
Community
It's no secret that babies change everything, but personal trainer Kate Turtiainen didn't expect her firstborn to have such a dramatic impact on her business. Kate is no stranger to hard work. After she finished school, she couch-surfed in Sydney while she got her personal training qualifications before moving home and working four jobs to get a start. A couple...
Region Riverina’s Chris Roe and the long journey to journalism
Business
If there's one quality any journalist needs, it's recognising news when it happens. When recently appointed Region Riverina editor Chris Roe was a kid growing up in Bourke, a light plane clipped power lines, cartwheeled on the road and crashed into his school bus. He was en route to his School Certificate maths exam at the time. But with a...
The Wagga inventor conquering the world with a can-do attitude
Business
You don't look at something and say "that can't be done" - you say, "it can be done; it just hasn't been done yet". This attitude saw "Flip Screen" inventor Sam Turnbull take a literal back-of-the-napkin idea and transform it into a global business. "So many people are taught what you can and can't do," he says with a wink....
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