Bega Valley Innovation Hub moves to Merimbula, applications closing!
Business
A new home has been announced for the Bega Valley's factory of the future - the Bega Valley Innovation Hub. After launching earlier this year at the Bega Civic Centre, Merimbula will be home base for the second intake of this 12-week startup program. Manager of the Bega Valley Innovation Hub Mia Maze says the new venue has been carefully...
With only three previous owners since 1860, Bega’s ‘Brianderry’ offers beauty and history but also a future
Property
Are you looking for an idyllic rural property with income potential from 35 paddocks and no worries about water sourcing? 'Brianderry' a beautifully restored 1870's farmhouse, is set on 330 acres which includes 2.5 km of Bega River frontage and the associated generous water licence which would allow the ex dairy farm to be run as a working farm again....
Cheers – to natural wine tasting that will have us all under its influence
Food & Wine
Yes it's a cruel thing I'm doing here, telling you about a fabulous wine event that has sold out, however there are a couple of great stories around the upcoming Nattie by Nature the main one being the marvelous concept of 'natural' winemaking. But there is also the enthusiasm and chutzpah of three hospitality friends, plotting and scheming good-times on the Sapphire...
Giiyong among a host of winners at Southern NSW Tourism Awards
Business
Some of the best and brightest tourism operators in Southern New South Wales have been acknowledged at the Regional Tourism Awards in Ulladulla this week. "These awards aren't only about recognising winners they are about developing our industry, encouraging excellence and improving our businesses," says Jo Spencer from the NSW Business Chamber. Finalists across the 10 categories included: Bangalay Luxury...
Truffles take over from politics (for now) for Liberal Fiona Kotvojs
Economy
Her party won government but not the seat of Eden-Monaro, leaving Fiona Kotvojs considering her future. She isn't ruling out another tilt at parliament, but for the time being, the Liberal candidate is exploring new opportunities on the family farm and continuing her aid work in the Pacific. "Whilst truffle production is established in other parts of Australia, including on...
An Appetite for Excellence – Bermagui’s Young Restaurateur of the Year Finalist
Food & Wine
Hannah Abraham took the reins of her first restaurant, Il Passaggio, on April Fool's Day in 2017. At the age of twenty-seven, with the support of her family and outgoing owners Honor and Tim Northam, she felt ready to take up the challenge. And it would seem that her hard work has paid dividends, being nominated as one of the finalists for...
Powered by Passion: Sophia Hamblin Wang, COO Mineral Carbonation International
Community
“If you can’t see it, you can’t be it” goes the mantra: we all need role models and inspiration, and sometimes the most powerful icons are right there in our own backyards. Powered by Passion is a new Region Media series by Nina Gbor that takes us inside the lives and motivations of some remarkable Canberra region women. When you think of alchemists, you...
Tangle of issues combine to knock Merimbula’s mojo
Economy
It seems like Merimbula, one of the region's key tourist towns, is undergoing an identity crisis. A dozen empty shops are the most obvious symptom and have left people asking why the once-thriving seaside town is struggling. Bruce Marshall is a Jindabyne-based investor who owns the buildings on the corner of Main and Market Streets in Merimbula. His property extends...
Pink and blue – really? More colour in kids clothing please!
Opinion
"Muuuum, I need a shirt with more colours on it! It's for Crocodile, Crocodile and I don't get a turn because I'm always wearing the same colours - grey, blue, black..." my seven-year-old son gestures to a pile of clothes on his bedroom floor. I paw through them with him and he's right - how did we end up with...
Mogo’s role in building the new Batemans Bay Bridge
News
“Batemans Bay Bridge is using some of the widest precast segments of their kind in Australia," says Member for Bega, Andrew Constance, and they are being made locally. The vast concrete bridge segments that will form the backbone of the new Batemans Bay Bridge are being made at a purpose-built facility south of Mogo. “ 20.1m wide, compared to those...
Tantawangalo logging – “People don’t realise this is going on”
News
The Forestry Corporation of NSW says its current operation in the Tantawangalo State Forest, southwest of Bega is about promoting sawlog growth, as the value of woodchipping native forests is again brought into question. Peter Day is a concerned resident and one of those behind the Tantawangalo Forest protest page on Facebook. "They seem to be logging continually, I can see and...
Warming Winter breakfasts on clever coastal menus
Food & Wine
Many of us crave different foods throughout the seasons. In winter my heart sings at the thought of slow-cooked baked beans, or long-time stirred oats and porridge smothered with maple syrup or honey and loaded with healthy fruits, seeds, nuts and milk. Some of Bega Valley's cafes have been very clever and created heart-warming winter menus to keep us healthy...
It’s official, Tathra has the best little post office in Australia!
News
Tathra's small but mighty post office has won big at the 2019 Australia Post Retail Awards in Sydney over the weekend, taking first in the region out of 112 other stores, first in NSW and first in Australia, making it officially the best little post office in the country! Tathra's Licenced Post Office has been under the ownership of Deb and Ian...
Tears and cheers at the NAIDOC Awards Ball in Batemans Bay
News
After a week of celebrations, the Eurobodalla NAIDOC Awards Ball at The Coachouse Marina Resort in Batemans Bay saw generations come together to recognise each other's contribution and achievements. Guests were treated to a performance of "Hitchhiker" by comedian Dane Simpson who also hosted the event and kept everyone laughing. Eurobodalla Shire Councillor Pat McGinlay was one of the first to...
Millions flow for Tulgeen’s supported housing vision. Watch this space!
News
There is a twinkle about Jen Russell that goes beyond the almost $5 million her service has just won from the New South Wales Government. Jen is the Chief Executive Officer of the Bega Valley's Tulgeen Disability Services. For over 40 years Tulgeen has offered a vast range of supports to people living with disabilities. The afternoon I met Jen she...
Cooma’s Matt Pinner builds IT career with the support of the community
Community
“I worked hard to get to where I am and I’m proud of what I’ve achieved,” says Cooma man Matt Pinner. Matt is putting his skills and experience to work building a website for local aged care and disability service provider - Cooma Challenge. Determined not to let his mild autism stop him from following his passion of working with...
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