Monaro Rail Trail – What might it look like? Meetings July 23-27
Community
There's progress on the idea of creating a recreational cycling and walking trail on the disused railway lines that crisscross the Monaro between Queanbeyan and Bombala. Snowy Monaro Regional Council is investigating the feasibility of the project with a series of community consultation sessions to take place later this month. Those excited by the 208-km idea point to the many...
Award-winning Nick O’Leary in expansive mood with plans to double size of winery
Food & Wine
Nick O’Leary has produced some of the very best cool climate wines across the Canberra region, winning multiple awards along the way. What’s more rewarding to Nick, well beyond the trophies and accolades, is the support from restaurants, independent liquor stores and individual wine lovers. “We wouldn’t be here today without them,” says Nick. Situated in the picturesque Hall Valley,...
Belinda’s new Murrumbateman business reaches new heights at Yass Chamber awards
Business
When former Canberra business and marketing executive Belinda Head grew tired of the twice-daily bus journey from and to Murrumbateman on the Barton Highway, she created a healthy alternative for herself – and the village. Belinda is one of three winners from Murrumbateman of the annual Yass Valley Business Chamber awards. Her new business, Physical-Ease Recovery Clinic, was judged start-up...
Safety concerns “baseless, cowardly and malicious” says Rex Airlines
News
The region's airline has rejected safety concerns describing such claims as baseless, cowardly and malicious, and accused the industry's regulator of leaks to the media. Regional Express (Rex) connects Merimbula, Moruya and Cooma airports with Sydney and Melbourne on a daily basis. Nine News yesterday aired suggestions that these communities and 57 other destinations around Australia were at risk. According to Nine...
New enterprises shine in Bega Valley Innovation Hub Pitch Final
Business
The idea that the Bega Valley could be a hothouse for diverse, dynamic, and digital smart businesses has been a challenge for some to comprehend. When funding was first announced for the Bega Valley Innovation Hub the concept was largely unknown and untested in a rural setting like Bega. The fact that the Commonwealth Government, University of Wollongong (UoW) Bega...
Millions to be spent on big ticket Eurobodalla projects in coming year
News
Eurobodalla Shire Council has laid out a program of big ticket infrastructure works and community projects with the approval of its latest Delivery Program and Operational Plan Council expects to manage an income of more than $119 million in 2019-20. More than half will come from ratepayers, with the remainder from user fees and charges, grants, contributions and investments. Mayor Liz Innes...
Get ready for first Food Truck Friday in Merimbula – Woo Hoo!
Business
Fans of excellent street food and a warm community spirit should head to Spencer Park in Merimbula this Friday (June 28) for a Winter’s evening of conviviality. The first Food Truck Friday pop-up event for the Sapphire Coast is on, boasting a dozen or so of our best food vans, with fire pits and patio heaters, festoon lighting and live...
Surprising plastic alternatives from Eden eco biz – glitter made from gum leaves!
Environment
Another cheap plastic peg splits in half while I'm hanging out the washing. I sigh and let the little blue pieces of plastic lie where they fall, soon to be covered in grass. Later, I'll replace the head of my electric toothbrush, floss my teeth and use a cotton bud, tossing another little collection of single or temporary use plastics...
Boutique vineyard and home for sale in the heart of Bega Valley
Property
If you’ve ever dreamed of owning your own vineyard among rolling green hills then a property for sale for $699,000 in the heart of the Bega Valley could make all your wishes come true. Featured on River Cottage Australia, as well as local and Canberra region marketing campaigns, the 25-acre property at 46 Terlich Road, Verona, comes with a renovated...
Pitch final this Thursday for Bega Valley Innovation Hub
Economy
Days go by quickly especially if you are sitting on the sidelines of the Bega Valley Innovation Hub. Just three months ago the Hub launched with the backing of the University of Wollongong and it's iAccelerate business acceleration program. The idea was a mystery to many in this regional community, and there was certainly an element of blind faith, especially for...
Harden business group wants more ambitious growth model
Business
Growth projections for the Hilltops region are extremely negative and pessimistic, according to Harden Murrumburrah Regional Development Corporation. North-west of Canberra, Hilltops Council formed in 2016 when Boorowa, Harden and Young councils merged into one entity. While many Canberrans see Boorowa and Harden as affordable places for owning a home, Hilltops' latest economic and growth strategy predicts 0.4 per cent...
“You don’t know how much it means to me to know I’m not the only one who feels like this.” – Bega Valley dairy farmers gather
News
Far South Coast farmers have gathered for a feed and a laugh, but with the underlying aim of checking in and looking out for each other as drought continues to play its part in the lives of locals on the land. One-hundred-and-forty Bega Valley farmers gathered at the Bega Civic Centre at the invitation of the Far South Coast Dairy Development...
Country Press Association boss says paywalls won’t work for regional newspapers
News
The president of the Country Press Association, third generation newspaperman Ben Taylor, has conceded that many regional papers simply cannot sustain a paywall without the revenue or reader numbers to make the model worthwhile. Speaking at a Public Interest Journalism panel at the Australian Local Government Association's regional congress in Canberra this week, Ben Taylor said "the digital model for...
$200,000 Bega Cheese boost for Tulgeen’s supported housing dream
Business
Bega's Tulgeen Disability Services has bold ambitious plans to provide supported accommodation to people with disabilities, a vision that has just been backed by Bega Cheese with a $200,000 donation. This is the second time in as many years the dairy giant has boosted Tulgeen's coffers. Last year the company's annual corporate fundraiser contributed $100,000. Tulgeen's Chief Executive Officer Jen Russell...
Regional knowledge economy starts with skilled migration to the bush
News
A leading Australian economist has used the Australian Local Government Association's annual regional congress, held in Canberra, to fundamentally challenge popular beliefs about limiting immigration. Dr Peter Brain from National Economics, who prepared the annual State of the Regions report, says that parts of Australia are indeed full, but others are crying out for skilled migrants to build a knowledge-based economy...
NSW Labor leadeship ballot comes to the Bega Valley
News
Local Labor Party members have gathered to rekindle the fire on their ambitions in the wake of two crushing election defeats. Stoking the embers are the two people who wish to lead the party in New South Wales. Jodi McKay and Chris Minns are contesting the leadership of the NSW Labor Party, the winner will take the party to the...
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