Southern Phone waives January usage fees for customers in fires affected areas
News
In a disaster, it's difficult to remember the life-admin that needs to happen - renewing licences and car registration, enrolling kids in school and, perhaps especially, paying bills. Many people's incomes have been abruptly cut off during the fires and for some, it's unknown when their means of income will return. In a show of support for its local customers...
Oyster bounty from South Coast waters unlikely to be affected by ash
Food & Wine
A layer of black ash from bushfires has settled on the far south coast, coating cars, gardens, streets, homes. It has been floating ominously on the surface of our oceans and settling slowly onto the seafloor. But it's not as bad as it looks. News from the NSW Food Authority's Shellfish Program, and feedback from many growers on our South...
Tathra businesses meet to discuss economic repercussions of tourist ban
Business
Despite smoke still hanging heavy over the Bega Valley and Eurobodalla, along with warnings the fires may return, the Tathra Chamber of Commerce is trying to bring normality back to the region. Chamber President Carmen Risby called the meeting at Kianninny Bush Cabins after advice from fire authorities on 2 January that all tourists leave coastal areas south of Nowra,...
2019 Year in Review – Business
Business
During 2019, About Regional continued to extend its business coverage by showcasing dynamic and innovative businesses and initiatives across the region. South East NSW certainly is home to a talented bunch of entrepreneurs! Here's a look back at some of the year's success stories. 10. From paddock to Parliament - Braidwood black garlic business blooms by Alex Rea Black is...
New owner of Moruya Icecream Parlour keeps a cool head through fires
Community
Summer is usually peak business time for the South Coast of NSW, but the bushfire emergency has turned the region into a virtual war zone. One man has stepped into the fray and was quick to turn his hand to help out Moruya residents and emergency personnel. Shawn Gehrig moved from North Queensland arriving in Moruya on 20th December, having...
Barnes Store and Café a cut above the ordinary
Food & Wine
For a hairdresser, Stephen Byrne makes a delicious meat pie. His beef and mushroom, Thai curry chicken and Texas pulled-pork pies are bigger than your standard meat pie. Maybe because there's so much riding on them, and on the other hand-made goodies Stephen and his wife Wendy make every day. Preparing and selling food underpins the couple’s tree-change venture, Barnes...
Aspen Medical commences construction on primary healthcare centres
Business
Canberra-based healthcare company Aspen Medical is adding to its growing global primary healthcare clinic network with construction commencing on the first of six world-class primary healthcare centres to be built across the United Arab Emirates. Aspen Medical is a global provider of innovative healthcare solutions across a diverse range of clients in the defence, mining, oil and gas, government and humanitarian...
Personal care gifts a small token of big thanks for Currowan heroes and evacuees
Community
Moruya business owner Amanda Averay-Jones had never before seen a face cloth or tube of toothpaste elicit tears of gratitude. But when Rural Fire Service (RFS) volunteers were handed personal care kits – complete with personal thank you notes – after hours or days battling the Currowan Bushfire, many fought back tears. Community members and businesses across the Far South...
Veolia Mulwaree Trust’s 2019 Round 2 grants and donations announced
Community
The Veolia Mulwaree Trust has announced the recipients of the 2019 Round 2 Grants and Donations Programmes. Nineteen community groups from across the region with a wide range of projects by providing $306,693 in grant funding in its second funding round of 2019, as well as a further 34 local organisations who have shared in $33,661 through the Veolia Mulwaree...
Bega Valley projects shine on smokey day in the sun
News
Local frustration around climate action took the first flush of headlines around the Acting Prime Minister’s visit to the Bega Valley yesterday, masking some worthy local projects that had 'their moment in the sun' all be it flanked by bush fire smoke from afar. Michael McCormack started his day at the Bega Saleyards were he opened new facilities aimed at improving...
Sapphire Coast launches new platform for tourist growth
Economy
Tourism operators on the Sapphire Coast have gathered for the launch of the industry's plan for growth. Over 1 million visitors were drawn to the Bega Valley in the year ending June 2018, spending $499 million. The industry generates 3,500 local jobs and has a multiplier effect in the wider regional economy of 1.9, so for every $1 a tourist...
New future for Spenco land as Mumbulla moves on Kindergarten dream
News
Old industrial land in central Bega is being reborn with a dynamic childhood led  by education at the heart of its new future. Mumbulla School for Rudolf Steiner Education begun earthworks on the former Spenco site this week. The school announced in term 1 this year that it had purchased a 2.3-acre section of the site on Bega Street from Spotlight...
Future land use up for discussion in Bega Valley
News
Two important draft land use strategies are currently on public exhibition; summer reading for residents of Bega Valley Shire Council. Council says, the draft Residential and Commercial Land Strategies works towards the community’s vision outlined in the Bega Valley Shire Community Strategic Plan 2040 and the South East and Tablelands Regional Plan 2036, and once adopted will inform the Bega Valley...
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