Government looking to regulate short-term holiday rentals, code of conduct on the way
News
Far from the low-key implication of its name, which stands for "air mattress B and B," the well-known San Francisco company Airbnb, founded in 2008, has redefined how we travel and holiday and has inspired the launch of similar travel websites. But the short term rental accommodation market in Australia has been largely unregulated since the arrival of booking websites,...
Tilba’s dairy maids: hardy, passionate, and with lovely long eyelashes
Business
ABC Cheese Factory was the original name of the famous co-op here in Tilba on NSW's South Coast. The name still sits proudly over the doorway of the heritage building at the bottom of the quaint main street. There were around 100 local dairy farmers in the area at one point, but when the Erica and Nick Dibden bought the...
Eurobodalla Community Engagement Framework out for comment
News
Think Eurobodalla Shire Council can engage better with the community on planning matters? Council's draft Community Engagement Framework and Participation Plan is now on public exhibition. Council began research on developing a community engagement framework in April 2015, with the aim of identifying how Council’s current practices could be improved. Council’s Audit Committee recommended Council seek independent advice and undertake an analysis to determine...
Bega Council leads the way in reducing landfill with compostable nappy trial
Environment
Bega Valley locals and Bega Valley Shire council are stepping up to find a solution for one of Australia’s trickiest waste issues, the use of plastic nappies and incontinence products, of which an estimated 800 million are put into landfill each year. Fifty families have been issued a complimentary supply of Tasmanian-based compostable nappy manufacturer Eenee's products and for part...
Bega Valley parking inspector goes full time
News
The Bega Valley now has a fulltime, dedicated parking inspector, following a trial that issued $76,000 in fines. Councillors have unanimously endorsed the new position pointing to positive feedback from local businesses. "Shop keepers speak glowingly about turn over being up," Cr Russell Fitzpatrick said at this weeks Council meeting. "One shop keeper I spoke to said he'd had a...
“Life is about language,” which is why ‘climate emergency’ fits
Opinion
Having earlier accepted the term 'climate emergency' in the wording around the Shire's soon to be exhibited Climate Resilience Strategy, a rescission motion from Cr Robyn Bain brought the matter back to the chamber for discussion at Bega Valley Shire Council today. "Life is about language," Cr Bain told the overflowing room of onlookers. In Cr Bain's view the term 'climate...
PODCAST – Festival of Open Minds, Aly Khalifa
Podcast
Currently living in Wollongong, Aly Khalifa is an innovator of global stature focused on social impact and sustainability. Aly is driven by harvesting plastic waste from our oceans and turning it into useful products as part of a circular economy. His training as both a designer and mechanical engineer, coupled with deep international manufacturing experience, has enabled him and his...
“We are rightly under the microscope” – new manager, Bupa Eden
News
There is a new manager in charge of the Bupa aged care facility in Eden, one who isn't dodging the home's history while looking to restore confidence and lift care standards. Annette Guilfoyle hit the ground in May, the months before had been filled with concern for residents in the 85 bed home, with Bupa Eden, sanctioned by the Federal...
Shadow Minister for South Coast tours Bega and Moruya
News
The Bega Valley and Eurobodalla now has a shadow minister in Jodi Mckay's new look NSW Labor ministry. Ryan Park has always been the Shadow Minister for the Illawarra but, "I asked for the South Coast to be added because I felt people down here didn't get the advocacy they needed," Mr Park says. Based in Wollongong as the Member...
Kids-cooking-classes spring from River Cottage Australia at Eastwood’s Bermagui
Food & Wine
Kelly Eastwood is a busy woman. Most of the time she's to be found in her Bermagui kitchen - Eastwood's, not only cooking breakfast and lunch for customers, but prepping catering jobs, turning out her famous doughnuts, and now teaching our youngsters the joy of cooking. Kelly's been running hands-on cooking classes for kids for around a year, and the...
New ideas for climate action up for discussion in Eurobodalla
News
The 600 people who filled the lawn in front of the Eurobodalla Shire Council during the Global Climate Strike on September 20 wanted action on climate change at all levels of government. “They are determined, passionate and clear about what needs to be done to avert a climate catastrophe," says Allan Rees from Eurobodalla 350.org “It was bigger than any...
$6,000 fine to developer prompts warning from Eurobodalla Council
News
Following a $6,000 on the spot fine for a Eurobodalla developer, Council is urging residents to err on the side of caution when it comes to development consent. The recent fine was associated with unauthorised earthworks, with Councl concerned by a spate of illegal development involving tiny houses, demountables, cabins, and shipping containers in the past year. “Residents should remember that...
PHOTO GALLERY – A true life experience, whale watching on the Sapphire Coast
Environment
The ocean plays an integral part in why many of us choose to live on the Far South Coast of New South Wales. This is a coastline of mostly wild and pristine places, with thousands of hectares of National Park, hundreds of beaches and dozens of estuaries, rivers and creeks. And an incredible array of ocean wildlife that is easy...
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