Seven crazy good coffee stops from Mogo to Narooma
Food & Wine
Jack and the Beanstore 2 Tomakin Rd, Mogo @jackandthebeanstore Poor old Mogo took a beating during the recent bushfires and a visit will certainly help lift local spirits. Just off the highway at 2 Tomakin Rd is a cute little retro Viscount caravan from 1963 serving good things like coffee created by friendly baristas from locally roasted beans. Mogo pies,...
ACT businesses take part in challenge to boost South Coast economy
Community
A group of ACT businesses is calling on other local business owners to join them in supporting the recovery of the South Coast economy by giving staff a day off to head to the coast. Devastated by the recent bushfires, coastal towns are enduring the after effects of a disastrous tourism season, with many business owners struggling to make ends...
Big-hearted operators and character accommodation drawing visitors back to the Far South Coast
Business
Tourists are being urged to visit our coastal towns, many of which were not impacted directly by recent bushfires. Over the following weeks, About Regional will bring you a rolling selection of the loveliest, most character-filled accommodation ideas for you to consider on the Sapphire and Eurobodalla Coasts. We know these big-hearted operators are ready to give you a fabulous,...
Another South Coast treasure gone: Tathra’s Bird Park announces closure
Community
Steve Sass is a little sad. As we wander around his bird park, On the Perch, he tells me of the agonising decision he and wife Linda recently made to close their park. "We've been grappling with this since the March 2018 Tathra fire. Even though it sailed right past us, we lost birds then, from smoke, from stress and then from...
Home-town loyalty drives Queanbeyan success
Business
Local businesses in Queanbeyan thrive on the sort of fierce loyalty that sustains the city’s exceptional sporting community. It’s contagious, as Paul Nicholl discovered in 2014 when he joined Bayldon Ag as a salesman. Three months later Paul became general manager. Three years later, in 2017, he stepped up again and bought the business from his boss, Roger Keft. On...
Hop to it! These Bemboka farmers need your help!
Community
If you love beer – good beer, that is – you've tasted Ryefield Hops. The Bemboka farm supplies its fresh, citrusy hops from the Bega Valley to Capital Brewing Co, Bent Spoke, 4Pines, Cuppitt Craft Brewers, Longstocking Brewery, the Batch Brewing Co and many others. Established in 2016 and run by sisters Karen Taylor and Jade McManus, along with Karen's husband...
How you can bring business back to Braidwood this Australia Day long weekend
Community
Braidwood business has borne the brunt of the summer bushfires. The town has always been just that little bit remote, but the closure of the Kings Highway was akin to cutting an artery for the rural economy. Prolonged drought had already put a dent in the local economy, along with a Telstra outage over the Braidwood Festival weekend. Then Braidwood...
Beekeepers face lean future in fire’s aftermath
Community
Bee pollinating and honey-making will remain grounded long after the drought and bushfire crises subside says apiarist Laurie Kershaw. Laurie scrambled to pull thousands of hives from the path of the Currowan blaze on the South Coast. The Kerhsaws are based between Gundaroo and Bungendore. Annually, they contract their bees for almond pollination in the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area near Darlington...
Snowy 2.0 work begins again after fire, despite major losses
News
Despite suffering "major losses" in their operational township of Cabramurra after the Dunns Road fire passed through it, the Snowy Hydro 2.0 team re-started work this week, saying that the project will be a key part of the region's recovery. A total of 36 houses were destroyed in the 4 January fire, along with several of the unit blocks, the...
Brothers breathe life into vintage tractors at Wombat
Community
Chris Holmes marvels at the ingenuity of old tractors. For 19 years in the village of Wombat near Harden, Chris has watched people just like him unload their trusty machines from semi-trailers for Australia Day. Many compete in tractor pulling. In the hands of a good driver the tractor, while pulling a sled, becomes life-like. “The power goes from one...
Home-town return added up for engineer turned accountant
Business
If the days of a straight career path, moving from school to uni to work, seem long gone, RSM's Thomas Skeffington's career path is best described as full circle. Growing up in a country town, Thomas went to university in the city and travelled the world but then returned to university and ended up back where he came from. And...
Broulee store a hub for local creativity
Arts & Culture
As an artist and producer of organic skincare and beeswax products, Greta Sharman appreciates the value of a space dedicated solely to the wares of local artisans. Her Broulee store, Bliss & Trove, has been established in that spirit. Mogo’s Greta – known for the well-loved Bliss honey products, produced by her beekeeper husband Tom – recently opened a Broulee...
South Coast artist Naomi Crowther keeps painting despite the fires
Arts & Culture
South Coast artist Naomi Crowther continues to paint despite the difficult conditions on the coast currently. She hasn’t really got a choice: her art is her job, and her painting sales support herself and her two boys. Many Canberrans have seen Naomi’s work at the Old Bus Depot markets in Kingston over the last 20 years at her fortnightly pop...
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