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Ongoing project funds needed to support Yass Valley growth
Business
When she steps away from her position as Mayor of Yass Valley Council, Rowena Abbey hopes the new council - to be elected in December - will continue to work with state and federal MPs to attract infrastructure funding to the region. Mayor Abbey said recent projects, such as the Barton Highway duplication and Yass to Murrumbateman pipeline were just...
Initiative uniting quality food and wine on Far South Coast given $315k boost
Business
An initiative that aims to make the NSW Far South Coast as recognisable as the Barossa Valley when it comes to the production of quality produce has been given a massive financial boost by state and federal governments. Launched in 2020, the Gourmet Coast Trail is a collective marketing initiative – primarily a website that promotes quality food businesses and experiences...
Food saved from landfill will go to people in need thanks to Bega Valley initiative
Community
A new initiative by Bega Valley Shire Council will divert food destined for landfill and give it to people truly in need. Many businesses kicked off Nourish & Flourish's television, radio and social media campaign on Sunday, 18 July, including Wild Rye’s, Eden IGA, Pambula Fruit Market, Coles, Woolworths, Club Sapphire and Farm on the Green. They are among a...
Australia’s Oyster Coast embraces two award-winning South Coast farms
Business
Two award-winning oyster farms, from Wapengo Lake and Nelsons Lagoon, have joined Australia’s Oyster Coast (AOC) after a couple of years of challenges from bushfires, floods and COVID-19. AOC's executive chair Mike Lukin said the purchase of the farms from Mimosa Rock Oysters' John Blankenstein, and Kingfisher Oysters' Warwick Anderson and Lee Primmer, strengthened the supply of premium oysters from Wapengo...
We’re all in this together: how banking put $4 million back into the community
Community
The start of the new financial year also marked the 15th birthday of the Bungendore Community Bank which was celebrating its part in contributing a whopping $4 million towards projects in the Braidwood and Bungendore communities. It's a classic tale of banding together to get the job done because locals who choose to bank with these banks see the tangible...
Quest for knowledge sparks Adam Check’s career change
Community
In a class full of fresh-faced electrical apprentices, 41-year-old Adam Check stands out but his age is not a drawback - if anything, it’s an advantage. Mr Check, an apprentice electrician with Core Infrastructure Services, enrolled in Certificate III Electrotechnology at TAFE NSW after switching careers from earthmoving. He is one of the many people TAFE NSW is training in...
Australia’s first hands-free, high-tech farm bound for southern NSW
News
Farmers across the nation will watch with interest as Australia’s first fully automated commercial farm establishes itself in southern NSW. For many people, the notion of hands-free farming is as far from reality as being able to forecast long-range weather in advance, but this new high-tech facility at the edge of the NSW food bowl is garnering much interest. It aims...
Take a closer look to discover the hidden retail treasures of Yass
Best of Region
It’s little wonder that talented women such as Margot Shannon and Kate Lenehan, of Yass, created spaces that have moved well beyond their brief as shops. Their businesses - one a cornerstone of the town’s main street that recently moved into larger premises and the other something completely new - are brimming with well-travelled homewares and gifts that each tell...
South Coast farmers’ markets boom as customers flock to buy local, sustainable produce
Community
Farmers' markets are becoming an increasingly common place for NSW South Coast locals to buy their fresh produce, with both Moruya and Bega's weekly events reporting increases in trade. A recent economic impact study by SAGE Farmers Market in Moruya claims it received a 28 per cent jump in sales in five years, and delivered a combined economic benefit to...
Airport extension will allow larger planes to fly into Merimbula
News
Runway extension plans that will allow larger aircraft to land at Merimbula Airport have been given the green light by the Southern Regional Planning Panel. Bega Valley Shire Council Mayor Russell Fitzpatrick said the approval marked the start of a series of major civil works at the airport, aimed at increasing visitor numbers to the shire. “Securing the services of...
Regional jobs boom, but good luck finding a place to live
Business
Regional businesses are crying out for workers, with staff shortages and a lack of accommodation combining to create a perfect storm. Businesses in towns such as Braidwood, Batemans Bay and Jindabyne say they are unable to find staff, while people looking to head south to work in the snowfields for winter face living in their vans or camping on private land...
Rockmans, Noni B and Strandbags to close in Goulburn
News
Major retail stores Rockmans, Noni B and Strandbags will close their doors to customers at Goulburn Square towards the end of May 2021. The Mosaic Brands owned stores – Rockmans and Noni B – will close on 26 May, while Strandbags will close on 22 May, according to employees. Rockmans Goulburn store manager, who wished to remain anonymous, said a letter...
Cooma’s new Recovery Hub helping community get back on its feet
News
Snowy Monaro Regional Council and Business Australia have opened the Business and Recovery Hub in Cooma as a one-stop shop for members of the public and businesses to gain access to support following drought, bushfires, floods and the pandemic. The Hub is now open 8:30 am and 4:30 pm Monday to Friday at 57 Vale Street in Cooma, and offers...
$479,000 grant for Jock means better connectivity for southern NSW
Business
What started as an idea to improve communications and sharing of data on a farm near the southern NSW town of Coolac is now revolutionising communications black spot areas in remote and rural NSW and Queensland. In April 2020, Region Media brought you the story of Jock Graham and his pioneering path to improve the lot of farmers and residents...
Canberra company takes robot presence to the world
Business
Missing large sections of time at school due to illness, or detecting a fall in an aged care facility are just two examples of where robots are making a huge difference to people's lives thanks to the innovation of a Canberra company behind the technology. Some robots can even play chess, albeit via a user on the other side of...
Nelligen’s iconic Steampacket Hotel is back in business
Business
The scaffolding may still be up but the lights are back on at Nelligen's iconic Steampacket Hotel. It's taken three months of blood, sweat and tears for the Alvey family to finally get the pub back into shape after a turbulent 12 months that saw it buffeted by bushfires, storms and floods. Licensee Joel Alvey, with mum Heather, wife Melissa...
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