Home-town loyalty drives Queanbeyan success
Business
Local businesses in Queanbeyan thrive on the sort of fierce loyalty that sustains the city’s exceptional sporting community. It’s contagious, as Paul Nicholl discovered in 2014 when he joined Bayldon Ag as a salesman. Three months later Paul became general manager. Three years later, in 2017, he stepped up again and bought the business from his boss, Roger Keft. On...
Hop to it! These Bemboka farmers need your help!
Community
If you love beer – good beer, that is – you've tasted Ryefield Hops. The Bemboka farm supplies its fresh, citrusy hops from the Bega Valley to Capital Brewing Co, Bent Spoke, 4Pines, Cuppitt Craft Brewers, Longstocking Brewery, the Batch Brewing Co and many others. Established in 2016 and run by sisters Karen Taylor and Jade McManus, along with Karen's husband...
How you can bring business back to Braidwood this Australia Day long weekend
Community
Braidwood business has borne the brunt of the summer bushfires. The town has always been just that little bit remote, but the closure of the Kings Highway was akin to cutting an artery for the rural economy. Prolonged drought had already put a dent in the local economy, along with a Telstra outage over the Braidwood Festival weekend. Then Braidwood...
Beekeepers face lean future in fire’s aftermath
Community
Bee pollinating and honey-making will remain grounded long after the drought and bushfire crises subside says apiarist Laurie Kershaw. Laurie scrambled to pull thousands of hives from the path of the Currowan blaze on the South Coast. The Kerhsaws are based between Gundaroo and Bungendore. Annually, they contract their bees for almond pollination in the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area near Darlington...
Snowy 2.0 work begins again after fire, despite major losses
News
Despite suffering "major losses" in their operational township of Cabramurra after the Dunns Road fire passed through it, the Snowy Hydro 2.0 team re-started work this week, saying that the project will be a key part of the region's recovery. A total of 36 houses were destroyed in the 4 January fire, along with several of the unit blocks, the...
Brothers breathe life into vintage tractors at Wombat
Community
Chris Holmes marvels at the ingenuity of old tractors. For 19 years in the village of Wombat near Harden, Chris has watched people just like him unload their trusty machines from semi-trailers for Australia Day. Many compete in tractor pulling. In the hands of a good driver the tractor, while pulling a sled, becomes life-like. “The power goes from one...
Home-town return added up for engineer turned accountant
Business
If the days of a straight career path, moving from school to uni to work, seem long gone, RSM's Thomas Skeffington's career path is best described as full circle. Growing up in a country town, Thomas went to university in the city and travelled the world but then returned to university and ended up back where he came from. And...
Broulee store a hub for local creativity
Arts & Culture
As an artist and producer of organic skincare and beeswax products, Greta Sharman appreciates the value of a space dedicated solely to the wares of local artisans. Her Broulee store, Bliss & Trove, has been established in that spirit. Mogo’s Greta – known for the well-loved Bliss honey products, produced by her beekeeper husband Tom – recently opened a Broulee...
South Coast artist Naomi Crowther keeps painting despite the fires
Arts & Culture
South Coast artist Naomi Crowther continues to paint despite the difficult conditions on the coast currently. She hasn’t really got a choice: her art is her job, and her painting sales support herself and her two boys. Many Canberrans have seen Naomi’s work at the Old Bus Depot markets in Kingston over the last 20 years at her fortnightly pop...
The lost art of barbering remembered at Merimbula’s Arcuthi
Health & Wellbeing
The beard's back, and with it, the requirement that men take their investment in grooming up a few notches. No longer just for bushrangers and those who don't have easy access to a blade, 'statement' facial hair has recently been on the rise, especially among younger men. "The art of barbering has been trending for about five years," says Merimbula...
New hub aims for $1b boost to region’s produce exports in five years
News
A new service to help small and medium-sized food producers in the region become exporters has been launched in Canberra. Not-for-profit Agribusiness Regional Development Association (ARDA) says the Capital Region Export Hub (CREH) aims to boost the export value of businesses in the Capital Region and Southern NSW by $1 billion by 2025. It says the end-to-end service will help small and...
Southern Phone waives January usage fees for customers in fires affected areas
News
In a disaster, it's difficult to remember the life-admin that needs to happen - renewing licences and car registration, enrolling kids in school and, perhaps especially, paying bills. Many people's incomes have been abruptly cut off during the fires and for some, it's unknown when their means of income will return. In a show of support for its local customers...
Oyster bounty from South Coast waters unlikely to be affected by ash
Food & Wine
A layer of black ash from bushfires has settled on the far south coast, coating cars, gardens, streets, homes. It has been floating ominously on the surface of our oceans and settling slowly onto the seafloor. But it's not as bad as it looks. News from the NSW Food Authority's Shellfish Program, and feedback from many growers on our South...
Tathra businesses meet to discuss economic repercussions of tourist ban
Business
Despite smoke still hanging heavy over the Bega Valley and Eurobodalla, along with warnings the fires may return, the Tathra Chamber of Commerce is trying to bring normality back to the region. Chamber President Carmen Risby called the meeting at Kianninny Bush Cabins after advice from fire authorities on 2 January that all tourists leave coastal areas south of Nowra,...
2019 Year in Review – Business
Business
During 2019, About Regional continued to extend its business coverage by showcasing dynamic and innovative businesses and initiatives across the region. South East NSW certainly is home to a talented bunch of entrepreneurs! Here's a look back at some of the year's success stories. 10. From paddock to Parliament - Braidwood black garlic business blooms by Alex Rea Black is...
New owner of Moruya Icecream Parlour keeps a cool head through fires
Community
Summer is usually peak business time for the South Coast of NSW, but the bushfire emergency has turned the region into a virtual war zone. One man has stepped into the fray and was quick to turn his hand to help out Moruya residents and emergency personnel. Shawn Gehrig moved from North Queensland arriving in Moruya on 20th December, having...
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