Southern comfort for our northern brothers and sisters living with bushfire
News
The bushfire emergency across Northern New South Wales and Queensland is all too close for the communities of the Bega Valley. On one hellish afternoon in March 2018, 65 homes were destroyed in the Reedy Swamp, Vimy Ridge, and Tathra Bushfire. Like the current crisis, conditions at the time were described as "unprecedented". A handful of months later the communities...
Canberra’s oldest surviving businesses still going strong
Business
The call went out and the people replied. The Canberra Business Chamber has found the oldest businesses in Canberra, some 90 years old, making it one of the oldest businesses in the country. “We put a call out to Canberrans to help us identify the longest-lasting, oldest firms in town,” Chamber CEO Dr Michael Schaper said. “We were inundated with...
National Recycling Week in Snowy Monaro – myth busting and habit help
Environment
Snowy Monaro Regional Council is supporting Planet Ark’s National Recycling Week with a series of pop-up information displays throughout the region. National Recycling Week runs from Monday, November 11 to Sunday, November 17. The focus of this year’s event is to tackle the most common recycling myths. Council’s Resource and Waste Education Officers will help you learn more about common...
Heavy lifting starts for Canberra’s biltong boys
Food & Wine
For a brief moment, the four mates in their 20s thought they had bitten off more than they could chew. But the quartet behind local food phenomenon Barbell biltong stepped up for one another and pushed on, aided by older brothers and business advisers. Brothers Luke and Rory Rathbone, and their friends Tom Hutchison and Matt Laing met in a...
Relying on REX for regional lifestyle, city career
Business
Rising out of the dust of the 2001 collapse of beloved Australian airline Ansett, Rex has a key role in the growth of our local shires, allowing more people to live regionally and still commute regularly to business centres like Sydney and Melbourne. Adelqui Rizzotto, whose family know him as Junior, is an easy-going surfer and Brazilian native who married...
Oyster, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways: naked, full cup and busting fat
Food & Wine
Does everyone remember their first oyster or is it just me? One slurp and my senses opened with a loud heavenly refrain. Since then I have become a great advocate for excessive consumption of these absolutely natural, naked, undressed, freshly shucked molluscs at every given opportunity. The track I am on is not for the faint-hearted. Lost somewhere among the...
Switchfoot Boardstore continues Pambula’s epic surf culture history
Business
"Surfing is a young sport in Australia," Bournda-based board shaper Jed Done says thoughtfully. "The first foam boards were being made in the early 60s. Before that, it was all timber." Jed has been catching up on surfboard technology since he first began building boards when he was 15 and is now one of a handful of hand-shapers in the...
Arc Organics puts the taste back in real food
Food & Wine
Ask Claire Stewart about the taste of organic food and you don't get an answer per se, you get a response akin to the feeling of eating the tastiest piece of fruit that you've ever eaten. That's why she started a business that delivers predominantly certified organic produce, as well as a small selection of biodynamic, locally grown and certified products....
Animal Liberation group launches in Batemans Bay
News
Following recent concern around Australia about the treatment of horses at the end of their career, a number of Batemans Bay residents have joined together to form an affiliate group of Animal Liberation NSW - Animal Liberation Batemans Bay. The new group aims to be pro-active in the community in various ways such as holding street stalls, talking to the...
Pitch for Canberra to host Asia Pacific’s very first accessible tourism conference and Expo
Business
With the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability commencing public hearings this week, the general public will be forced to confront how we have often failed to create a safe, inclusive and supportive community for people with disabilities. It is vitally important to shine a light on where the system is failing people with disabilities and...
Bega Valley jobs of the future being investigated
Economy
Meaningful employment and learning opportunities for all ages is the focus of a new partnership between Bega Valley Shire Council and well-known employment agency Campbell Page. Council’s Economic Development Officer, Alison Vandenbergh, says, ‘Jobs & Skills Bega Valley’  aims to provide insights into the local labour market - the challenges and opportunities. “Western Research Institute has been engaged to undertake the research...
Summer price rise for Bega Cheese suppliers but future not secure
News
Along with the water in our dams and rivers, Australia's milk pool is dwindling, leaving processors like Bega Cheese in the position of having to pay more in an increasingly competitive market. "The price for milk fluctuates throughout the year," explains fifth-generation Bega dairy farmer Rob Russell "so we usually get paid more over winter when it's considered harder to...
“They will honour my legacy and do it proud” – Sally Padey, Mogo Zoo
News
Mogo Zoo without Sally Padey?! At the end of this month that will be a reality. It's something Sally herself is coming to terms with. "The sound of the lions roaring, it just resonates right into your soul - I am going to miss that so much," Sally told ABC South East NSW. Aside from being Sally's home for the...
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