Kids lead the way at new Pambula swim school, everybody is loving it
Business
Ever baked a wonky biscuit or cupcake? You know the ones - they scream bad Hogwarts spell. Cookie cutters can come to the rescue - designed to create perfectly shaped treats that produce the same delectable experience for every eater. But life doesn't always yield to the perfection of a cookie cutter. Bega Valley swimming instructor, Katrina Scarpin wrestled with...
Empty shops & high unemployment, will Saturday change that for Batemans Bay?
Economy
Imagine taking the left turn off the bridge onto Orient Street in Batemans Bay for the first time, to one side there's one of the most spectacular views of the water in town while the other is lined with a haunting amount of vacant shops. I stopped counting after eight. Across the river, just north of the town's commercial heart,...
Advertising and marketing packages now available for About Regional
Business
Over the last three and a bit years About Regional has been building a strong, engaged audience across South East NSW. Each month sets a new record in terms of the number of people (real people) coming to the About Regional website - this month we are on track to hit 50,000 unique visitors for the month. I remember being...
Final stage of Tathra Hotel renovation awaiting council approval
News
Those of us who have been enjoying the newly renovated Tathra Hotel, complete with playground and on-site brewery, may have forgotten that for the pub's owners Cliff Wallis and Sayaka Mihara, the job is not finished yet. "We're waiting on approval for a 120 seat performance and event space which will be on the site of the old bottle shop...
Eden Monaro candidates tackle ‘franking credits’ question
News
If you don't know what 'franking credits' are or you need them explained then chances are you won't be impacted by any change to them - or will you? Talk of franking credits before and during the current election campaign has been a pinch point for both the Coalition and the Labor Party. Locally, back in February, Merimbula hosted one...
Rock on – Clyde River Oyster Shed spans four generations
Food & Wine
Winter is oyster time and growers in the South East are busy. If you missed the Narooma Oyster Festival, there's still plenty of the delicious salt-water bivalve molluscs on offer along the Far South Coast. The Festival, held last weekend, was not only a peak marketing event for the expanding industry, but also a good opportunity for growers from different estuaries...
Global sailor launches navigation courses in Merimbula
Business
Editors note: Jackie Parry is originally from the UK. Disillusioned with life she ran away to Australia and met and married Noel. They decided to buy a boat and set sail. It was Noel's idea to go sailing and somehow he just knew Jackie would fit right in.  Mariah II took Jackie and Noel around the world. Pyewacket II, their...
South Tribe brings creative co-working and people to Batemans Bay
Business
After moving from the Snowy Mountains to Batemans Bay, film-maker and photographer Isabel Darling of Torchlight Media was sick of working from home and wanted to find the creative community she suspected was there - hidden in plain sight. So in October 2016 she and Andrew Belk opened South Tribe, a co-working space anchored in a former warehouse. South Tribe...
Bega’s Café Evolve serving up sustainability as FOGO trial rolls out to local cafes
Business
Café Evolve in the main street of Bega, serves coffee and hearty meals, opening up at the cock’s crow most mornings for locals out, about and on the town. Serving Wild Rye’s locally roasted coffee, using Tilba Milk and an abundance of seasonal produce, the busy café spills over into Candelo Books next door and hums and bustles with town...
Labor puts $1b on table for high-speed rail link via Canberra
News
Labor has put high-speed rail back on the election agenda with a $1 billion pledge to begin securing the corridor for a link from Brisbane to Melbourne via Sydney and Canberra. Transport and infrastructure spokesperson Anthony Albanese says a Shorten Labor Government will create a High-Speed Rail Authority that will work with the governments of Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory to finalise track alignment...
Merimbula’s Theatre Twyford to hear its first applause late 2020
News
A new cultural icon will soon rise from the sapphire shores of Merimbula Lake, with work set to start soon on Theatre Twyford in the heart of the holiday hot spot. The new 200 seat raked theatre will envelop the existing Twyford Hall sitting alongside and above the historic meeting place, adjacent to the shops of Market Street. Bill Deveril,...
Small business red tape an issue for Eden Monaro candidates
Business
Like every part of our community, small business owners are trying to glean what they can from political candidates and make a call that suits their interests come May 18. A crowd of around 60 people put Friday night footy or a family movie aside to take part in round two of the About Regional Meet the Candidates series at...
TEDx Sydney back in Bega on May 24, get your tickets here and now
What's On
Over the last two years, TEDx Sydney has found a home in the hearts and minds of the Bega Valley. For a third consecutive year About Regional and the Bega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre are partnering to bring this day of ideas and conversation to Bega for a unique day of thinking and inspiration. TED is a nonprofit organisation devoted to spreading...
Yass businesses spark momentum atop a wave of new arrivals
Business
Four years ago Adam and Brooke Bantock, temporarily in Murrumbateman after five years in hospitality in Hong Kong and Shanghai, took such a shine to Yass they bought a big weatherboard home and opened a 50-seat bistro, Clementine, now a one-hat restaurant with a rising reputation. Four years ago, a juice van operator, Sophie Peer, and a coffee van operator,...
“We knew Bermagui was the place for Boneless to be born” – Tenzin & Emily
Food & Wine
You're lucky to catch Tenzin Butt and his partner Emily King, they haven't really stopped for a breath since they opened Boneless Vegetarian Café in Bermagui on March 20. Their eatery is a bright and colourful space where the old Corky's stood, high on the main street looking over the beautiful sapphire sea towards Guluga mountain. I couldn't believe my...
Funds finally flow for Yankees Gap fencing 9 months after bushfire
News
Dollars are finally flowing to landowners impacted by the long-running and vast Yankees Gap Bushfire of 2018, west of Bega. The fire that sprung from an unattended private burn on August 15 on Yankees Gap Road at Bemboka, went on to also threaten the communities of Numbugga, and Brogo over the 44 days that followed. Hideous conditions on August 15...
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