Light Up Cobargo – this Friday
Community
Cobargo's annual celebration of Christmas and community has a fresh vibrant feel. For many years 'Light Up Cobargo' has signalled a start to the festive season for residents and visitors, this year promises to be bigger than ever. The main street of Cobargo, north of Bega, will again come alive this Friday (December 6) with people browsing market stalls, dipping...
Ideas for driving emissions down to assist with Eurobodalla climate adaptation
Environment
With fires raging up and down the East Coast, temperature records being broken and our rivers running dry, many in the community are asking for action and leadership from all levels of government. Members of the Eurobodalla community have just attended a council workshop held in response to moves for Eurobodalla Shire Council to declare a climate emergency. Council’s Manager...
Southern Tablelands initiative recognised for innovative agriculture
Economy
With the implications of climate change growing louder in community consciousness, one group has been concentrating on land, soil and food production in innovative ways. ‘Land to Market Australia’ (L2MA), based on the NSW Southern Tablelands, has been named Grand Champion of the 2019 NSW Landcare Awards for the Australian Government Innovation in Agriculture Award. The 2019 Landcare Awards, presented...
How #buyfromthebush has become a lifeline for rural businesses
Community
In the midst of one of the worst droughts in history, Grace Brennan decided something needed to be done to save rural communities struggling to survive and make ends meet. And so the #buyfromthebush initiative was born. Buy from the Bush encourages Australians to buy local, and often artisanal products from drought-stricken communities to help country towns that are doing...
NSW Governor and ANU Vice-Chancellor drop in ahead of Twofold 40th
News
There is no mid-life crisis brewing at Twofold Aboriginal Corporation, instead, the organisation is approaching its 40th birthday celebrations with more energy, direction, and vigour than ever. In the last fortnight, Twofold has played host to the NSW Governor, Margaret Beazley and leaders from the Australian National University in Canberra, all in the run-up to this Saturday's community birthday celebration....
Regional innovation acceleration leads to realisation – Witness the pitch this Thursday!
Economy
Over the past 12 weeks, a bunch of people with new and creative business ideas have been working hard to shape their enterprises – changing things up and around, reaching out to the community for customer validation, and working alongside experts and mentors. These are the current participants in the Bega Valley Innovation Hub’s iAccelerate Program. This Thursday (November 28)...
Moruya shellfish hatchery a step closer
News
The construction of a state-of-the-art hatchery facility on the Moruya River to supply shellfish spat (babies) to the NSW oyster and mussel industry is a step closer after Eurobodalla Council signed a contract to design, build and operate the facility. The project aims to meet a major challenge for the shellfish industry of sourcing reliable, quality oyster spat. Eurobodalla Council...
Jobs at stake as Deane Transport goes into administration
News
Queanbeyan-based charter bus operator Deane Transport has gone into administration in a bid to restructure the debt-laden business. It has appointed national restructuring firm Vincents as administrators but will continue to trade while seeking a new partner. Company principal Brenton Deane said Deane's operations had grown rapidly in recent years and demands on capital were likely to become overwhelming. “We’d love...
High prices help farmers but butchers feel pinch as drought bites
Community
In 42 years as a butcher, Peter Lindbeck has never seen lamb prices so high due to the unrelenting drought, leaving no room for profit margins. As well as running Lindbeck’s Butchery in Queanbeyan, Mr Lindbeck assesses apprentice butchers throughout the Territory for the Canberra Institute of Technology, which allows him to see inside numerous other butcher shops. “The amount...
‘Big Ideas’ welcome to grow the Bega Valley jobs of the future
Business
Big ideas for tackling local unemployment and creating new job and education opportunities are being encouraged at two community workshops in Bega and Eden next week. Bega Valley Shire Council’s 'Jobs & Skills Bega Valley' project aims to get a better understanding of the local jobs market as it currently is and what needs to happen to expand employment opportunities?...
From Braidwood to Mogo, helping NSW farmers with Christmas cheer
News
Two old friends have joined a new national movement to spread a little Christmas cheer to rural women doing it tough around New South Wales. Helen Farley, of Braidwood and Theresa Matthews, of Mogo, are both collecting parcels for distribution by drought-relief organization Ladies of the Land, which delivers parcels of treats to women living and working on farms during...
Southern comfort for our northern brothers and sisters living with bushfire
News
The bushfire emergency across Northern New South Wales and Queensland is all too close for the communities of the Bega Valley. On one hellish afternoon in March 2018, 65 homes were destroyed in the Reedy Swamp, Vimy Ridge, and Tathra Bushfire. Like the current crisis, conditions at the time were described as "unprecedented". A handful of months later the communities...
Canberra’s oldest surviving businesses still going strong
Business
The call went out and the people replied. The Canberra Business Chamber has found the oldest businesses in Canberra, some 90 years old, making it one of the oldest businesses in the country. “We put a call out to Canberrans to help us identify the longest-lasting, oldest firms in town,” Chamber CEO Dr Michael Schaper said. “We were inundated with...
National Recycling Week in Snowy Monaro – myth busting and habit help
Environment
Snowy Monaro Regional Council is supporting Planet Ark’s National Recycling Week with a series of pop-up information displays throughout the region. National Recycling Week runs from Monday, November 11 to Sunday, November 17. The focus of this year’s event is to tackle the most common recycling myths. Council’s Resource and Waste Education Officers will help you learn more about common...
Heavy lifting starts for Canberra’s biltong boys
Food & Wine
For a brief moment, the four mates in their 20s thought they had bitten off more than they could chew. But the quartet behind local food phenomenon Barbell biltong stepped up for one another and pushed on, aided by older brothers and business advisers. Brothers Luke and Rory Rathbone, and their friends Tom Hutchison and Matt Laing met in a...
Relying on REX for regional lifestyle, city career
Business
Rising out of the dust of the 2001 collapse of beloved Australian airline Ansett, Rex has a key role in the growth of our local shires, allowing more people to live regionally and still commute regularly to business centres like Sydney and Melbourne. Adelqui Rizzotto, whose family know him as Junior, is an easy-going surfer and Brazilian native who married...
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