Business

I hadn’t ridden in over a decade – and then, along came a Spyder…
Business
We've asked the question before - are two wheels better than four? That may be true - but what about three wheels? As Region Media's resident motoring writer, and one of few staff members who have a valid motorcycling licence, I was recently invited to review the remarkable Can-Am Spyder. If the name doesn't ring a bell, you'll likely recognise...
Herds for Hire munch war on weeds from Merimbula to Lake Burley Griffin
Environment
Two Northern Hemisphere natives are doing battle in Southern NSW and the ACT and the good guys are winning. Goats are currently munching their way through tangles of blackberry bushes along Merimbula Creek at the back of Club Sapphire having beaten similar infestations around Lake Burley Griffin and the Australian National Botanic Gardens in Canberra. "With goats, the use of harmful...
Wacky Aunt Matilda to cut children’s screen time
Health & Wellbeing
Free of screens and the addiction of checking them repeatedly, Carly Saeedi found her children happier, calmer and busy exploring their own backyard over the last summer holidays. “When we didn’t have to worry about screens for homework or any other purpose, they disappeared, the kids forgot about them,” Carly says. “The kids had this wonderful summer outside, we took...
Bodalla adds to Electric Vehicle discussion, new charge point for Easter
Environment
A small Bodalla based business has sidestepped the ugliness of the Electric Vehicle (EVs) debate in the run-up to the May 18 Federal Election and installed a charging point ready for Easter holiday traffic on the Princes Highway. "It's wonderful that we are talking about EVs, and it's wonderful that this is being seen as 'the climate election' but I hate...
Tilba Easter Festival celebrates a rich and colourful community
Arts & Culture
Tilba is famous for many things, this tiny town of 400 people packs a punch. European settlers moved in during the 1850's, the unique character of that time still lives, Tilba is the only town in Australia to be fully heritage declared by the National Trust. The farming influence that flowed from those pioneers still inspires people like Nic and...
Eden brothers turning fish waste into compost – Ocean2earth!
Environment
Two brothers from Eden have created a new business that turns fish waste into compost and solved an ongoing problem facing the community at Bega Valley boat ramps. Bega Valley Mayor, Kristy McBain, has launched Ocean2earth, an Eden-based company founded by Kyran and Tim Crane. Yesterday's (April 15) launch at the Bermagui Harbour Boat Ramp marks the start of a...
Local op-shops overrun as Marie Kondo clean out trend continues
Community
The Australian Salvation Army reports that during their peak donation period this year, January-February, they experienced an 18 per cent increase on the previous year of donations - and store managers are putting it down to the Marie Kondo effect. A worldwide movement led by Japenese tidying expert Marie Kondo has meant thousands of people are going through their garages, cupboards...
Retirement after fifty years in pharmacy for Braidwood’s Julie Ballard
Health & Wellbeing
Braidwood Pharmacy has served the healthcare needs of the community since approximately 1886. In recent years, Julie Ballard and Bente Hart have been the familiar pharmacist faces inside the chemist, supported by their loyal team. From the first of May, the Braidwood community will enjoy the same great service, with a slightly new line-up of pharmacists. Julie Ballard is retiring,...
Bega Valley Shire Council flags change to community input at meetings
News
Bega Valley Shire Council is considering a number of changes to how council meetings run and how the community takes part in that process. Traditionally the agenda for a council meeting is published on the Thursday before a meeting. Roughly speaking, meetings happen every three weeks on a Wednesday starting at 2 pm. The first part of every meeting is...
Smart Farms Grant success for Sapphire Coast Wilderness Oysters
Business
Sapphire Coast Wilderness Oysters has been a big winner through the Smart Farms Small Grants program with $194,812 on its way to grow the business and strengthen ecosystems. Made up of oyster farmers from Wapengo, Merimbula, Pambula, and Wonboyn, Sapphire Coast Wilderness Oysters aims to ensure the protection of the environment and the sustainability of the oyster industry. The funding will...
Innovative design guru in Bega for one brilliant session this Monday night
Business
Anyone interested in innovation, sustainability, invention, and design, and how to get communities thriving with ideas should get themselves to the Bega Civic Centre on Monday (April 15) for a one-off opportunity. Innovative design guru Aly Khalifa will enlighten and excite Bega for an hour or so, as he discusses, encourages and inspires us towards, an ‘Inventive Culture’. Aly will...
More April holiday options in South East NSW…
Best of Region
In the second installment of our April tour of the region, Lisa Herbert uncovers some spectacular scenery and activities, for the whole family and for solitude seekers, not too far from home... Tanja Lagoon Camp Address: 142 Haighs Rd, Tanja Ph: 02 6494 0123 Website/bookings here Tanja Lagoon Camp is a luxurious bush haven deep in the Mimosa Rocks National...
It’s time to vote: here’s how Region Media will cover the election
News
We finally have a date for the Federal election: the About Regional community and the rest of the nation will be munching their democracy sausages on May 18. As About Regional and its parent company Region Media grow rapidly as a local news masthead, it's a good time to address how we'll deal with the forthcoming election campaign. Our focus will...
Forget chocolate eggs this Easter, Sapphire Coast foodies have so much more to offer…
Food & Wine
Oscar Wilde said the best way to deal with craving was to yield to it. Some of us crave chocolate and yield constantly, however, there are others amongst us (stronger than me!) who can restrain themselves. We are surrounded by chocolate at Easter time, mostly in the shape of an egg. The Easter egg phenomenon has a mixed history, at...
Contemporary Canadian folk to play Dalgety Hall this Saturday
Arts & Culture
The small halls that dot the dusty roads and green valleys of South East New South Wales add an element of built charm to the natural landscape that surrounds them, they also form the foundations of the rich cultural offerings of the region. There's a magic that stirs in these small, intimate, much loved and often fought for venues that...
Precious Bega Valley environment plundered by crooks
News
The region's natural environment is widely accepted as it's best asset, sadly it's a richness that attracts the opportunistic eye of criminals who look to plunder what most respect and appreciate. A recent surveillance operation by NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Fisheries Officers has uncovered what is suspected to be an organised abalone trafficking syndicate operating from the remote beaches...
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