Mimosa Wines changes hands, but they’re keeping it in the family
Food & Wine
A lot has changed at Mimosa Wines since Gail and Glenn Butson bought 23o acres of coastal bushland midway along Tathra-Bermagui Road in the late 1970s. "It was a beef farm with a fibro shack on it back then," smiles Gail. Now Gail and Glenn are ready to sell up, but the sprawling property will stay in the family, with...
Female lawyers make history as new partners at Yass law firm
Business
Five years ago, if someone had told Georgina Love and Carmen Swaffield they would one day be partners at a rural law firm, they would have been taken by surprise. But at the ages of 28 and 37, respectively, they are the new – and first female – owners of Davis Faulkner Lawyers in Yass. Taking over a business as...
Bucking the trends: Monaro Windows, local since 1988
Business
Henry Posch started Monaro Windows in 1988 and established the business's reputation for quality, service and manufacturing their own quality assured products in their Queanbeyan factory. The business thrived, and in 2014 Henry's son, Dan Posch, bought the business off his father and he continues to run a manufacturing plant at Queanbeyan, where they make their own products and employ...
Aspen Medical to distribute new contact tracing technology to help business get back on track
Business
While the world waits for a COVID-19 vaccine, exciting developments in portable contact tracing and scanning technology are offering a long-term solution to getting business and events back up and running. The technology, including a range of cost-effective wearable devices, will give business a means of effective site control and contact tracing for a wide range of applications. Canberra's Aspen...
One-stop shop for job seekers opens in Moruya
Business
Young job seekers in the Eurobodalla have a new place to go for information and advice on finding local employment. The Job Shop, at 53 Queen Street, Moruya, is an award-winning initiative of Eurobodalla Council's Employment Revolution project, which recently received a further 12 months’ funding from the NSW Government. The free service helps job seekers find out about job...
New operator announced for Tathra Beach kiosk
Business
Work is beginning on the rejuvenation of the Tathra Beach kiosk after funding was received from the Australian Government's Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program and Bega Valley Shire Council assessment works were completed. Council's property and facilities coordinator Rickee Marshall said the project would add a great deal to the precinct, and announced the successful lessee after an expression of...
Could kelp farming create jobs on the South Coast?
Environment
There's a long history of harvesting kelp manually on the NSW South Coast - a tradition started by Betty Long in 1970. As owner of the business Sea Health, Betty earned the title of "The Kelp Lady". Betty sold the business to Jo Lane in 2015, and it now looks set to pioneer a sustainable kelp farming industry on the...
Clementine Restaurant in Yass offered for sale as owners focus on bakery
Food & Wine
Clementine Restaurant in Yass, an hour's drive from Canberra, is for sale with owners Brooke Sainsbery and Adam Bantock pursing their new venture, a bakery. If someone had told Brooke and Adam five years ago that one day they'd own a bakery, they would have laughed and said they were too busy opening a restaurant, but the COVID-19 pandemic gave...
Could lavender be Australia’s next $10 million rural industry?
Business
The demand for Australian lavender oil sits at 50 tons per year, but the nation's producers make well below that level. New research by La Trobe University and AgriFutures Australia will look at how to turn those numbers around and make the country a world leader in lavender oil exports. The research will identify the best growing conditions and farming...
The first cohort of graduates from Bega Valley Innovation Hub – where are they now?
Business
The first cohort that graduated from the Bega Valley Innovation Hub (BVIH) included some very determined, very business savvy and very bright people running diverse businesses. Jackie Parry was in that first graduating group that attended BVIH for three months, three days a week. She did so while running SisterShip Training, which conducts courses in sailing, navigation and weather, deck...
The business of formals: dancing outdoors and reduced mingling
Community
School formals are more than just an end-of-school dance for Year 12 students. They may be the first time some young adults get to really dress up and go for broke (literally) with their gowns and suits, hair and beauty, corsages and smart cars. There was a collective sigh of relief from businesses last week when the NSW Government declared...
Bega businesses band together for Sustainable Saturdays
Business
Roger Foote, manager at the Salvation Army Family Store Bega, wanted to do something to address the lingering effects of COVID-19 lockdown on local businesses and help promote the use of recycled, handmade and local items. After speaking to Bega business owners Gabrielle McGrath, from RedPeg Eco Studio, and Krystina Kasprzak, from Green Queen clothing, the trio came up with...
Wyndham’s Saarinen Organics wins big at AusMumpreneur Awards
Business
Kay Saarinen still doesn't know who nominated her organic skincare business, Saarinen Organics, for the 2020 AusMumpreneur Awards, which were held online on Tuesday, 9 September. The business placed first in the handmade excellence category, second in the sustainable business category, second in the product excellence category, and third in the regional business excellence category. "It never occurred to me that...
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