Bega Cheese to cut 74 jobs from its Bega Valley facility
Business
Dairy processor Bega Cheese has announced it will cut 74 jobs from its factories in the Bega Valley and move production to the Strathmerton factory in Victoria. Bega Valley Mayor Sharon Tapscott says she's devastated for the people set to lose their jobs at Bega Cheese as part of the processor's moves to rationalise production. "I'm just upset for the...
Artist Krystal Hurst’s love of natural materials
Arts & Culture
Tiny banded kelp shells, pipis and seaweed beads speak to 32-year-old Krystal Hurst, a proud Worimi woman and jewellery designer, painter and print-maker who now makes Ngunnawal country home. Krystal spent many peaceful hours walking beautiful sandy beaches collecting the materials for a one-off, handmade, statement necklace measuring 50cm wide by 30cm deep. Her efforts have paid off and Krystal...
“Magic” renovation underway at Eden’s Hotel Australasia
Business
As Neil Rankin, owner of Eden's Hotel Australasia, shows me around the old building – which is currently hidden behind scaffolding – he can't hide his excitement, stroking the faded, apricot-coloured 1920's facade. "Before it came down a month ago, no-one had touched it since it was covered up in the 1950s, but it's still in great condition," explains Neil. His...
Street front and commercial building redesign in Mogo gets underway
News
Mogo residents and business owners have had their first meeting with planning and design consultants from Ethos Urban as the first step in redesigning bushfire-ravaged commercial buildings and the Mogo streetscape. The stakeholder consultation meetings will take into consideration input and concerns from the Mogo community, including onsite parking, bushfire protection, street-front setbacks, and improved pedestrian flow. Urban planning and...
After bushfire and COVID-19 delays, Co-Work Merimbula is now open
Business
Although Zoe Joseph had planned to open her new business, Co-Work Merimbula, much earlier this year, she is diplomatic about the delays that have meant she hasn't been able to open the doors until now. "I'm fairly well practised at accepting what is out of my control," she laughs. "And on the upside, people have come out of COVID-19 restrictions...
Free customer service TAFE course for retail workers to help Bega recover
News
TAFE NSW Bega has launched a fee-free Certificate 1 in Retail Services course for the local community as the first in a suite of fee-free bushfire recovery courses. TAFE NSW head teacher of supply chain Rae Spackman said staff who are properly trained in the "personal touch" will be a critical part of Bega's bushfire and COVID-19 retail revival, and...
Small steps guide young men to make good choices
Business
Over time, seemingly small gestures accumulate into life-changing leadership from people putting others ahead of themselves and encouraging individuals to follow their example. Paul Nicholl experienced this during his apprenticeship as a greenkeeper in the NSW Central West town of Condobolin, where Malcolm Nash was head greenkeeper at the local bowling club. https://www.facebook.com/riotactnews/videos/976048622812408 The Condobolin Bowling Club nurtured young staff...
Enjoy mouth-watering cheese from Tilba Real Dairy as doors reopen
Food & Wine
Erica and Nic Dibden are on a mission to bring back Tilba’s dairy industry. They are reopening their Tilba Real Dairy farmgate shop to customers this week, from 10 am until to 3 pm. The store is a valuable outlet for locally produced foods, including condiments, jams and meats, which are showcased alongside award-winning dairy products. There has been some...
Georgia is a plumber of the future and a Rheem Apprentice Grant recipient
Business
Tarago resident Georgia Ugov is wasting no time getting on with her career. The 17-year-old is a first-year apprentice plumber with Queanbeyan-based Simmo's Plumbing who applied for the Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants to help pay for her tools and tuition fees. She is one of only 10 people to receive the grant, which is given to chosen apprentices who demonstrate commitment to...
Wilderness tour operators struggle back from the brink
Community
Tourism industry operators have been hard hit by bushfires, floods and COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, and owner-operators of Kiah Wilderness Tours, Jenny and Arthur Robb, are no exception. Kiah Wilderness Tours is an eco-kayaking attraction located 11km south of Eden. Jenny and Arthur are looking at new ways of rebuilding their business after suffering devastating losses during the past few months....
UPDATED: Target store closures and rebrand list announced in major retail shake-up
News
UPDATED May 23: Following yesterday's announcement of a major shake-up among Wesfarmers retail brands, Target has announced which stores will close and which will change to Kmart. In the South East,  the Cooma, Cootamundra, Merimbula, Nowra and Wagga stores will all close in early to mid-2021 among other regional stores across NSW. In the ACT, Weston Creek will close in early-mid 2021. There's no word on the...
Business chamber welcomes easing of restrictions to tourism in NSW
News
Businesses on the NSW South Coast will welcome back tourists from 1 June 2020 after the NSW Government lifted restrictions on travel. Member for Gilmore Fiona Phillips said both tourists and locals need to continue exercising caution to avoid a rise in local COVID-19 infections. “Our community is still so vulnerable after the bushfires and what we don’t want to see...
New online marketplace gets local products in front of bigger audience
Business
In early March, on the long drive back to the Bega Valley from her seasonal job running an ecolodge on Christmas Island, which closed due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, Jess Bray wondered how she could find opportunities in what appeared to be a bleak future. "One thing I love when I'm in the Bega Valley area is going to the...
Lift the lockdown too quickly and business owners will give up, says small business lobby
Business
The way out of the pandemic needs to be sensible and staggered or else small businesses will suffer twice, according to the country’s peak small business lobby, the Council of Small Business Australia (COSBOA). COSBOA CEO Peter Strong says the government needs to make sure any lifting of social distancing measures and business lockdown requirements is permanent, lest it breaks...
The Bega Valley Innovation Hub nurturing local business during challenging times
Business
The recent summer bushfires combined with COVID-19 have wreaked havoc on businesses across Australia. In the Bega Valley and Eurobodalla regions, entrepreneurs and new businesses are being offered help to meet current challenges through free innovative accelerator programs offered by the Bega Valley Innovation Hub (BVIH). Business accelerators, such as the iAccelerate program run by BVIH, offer access to mentorship,...
Calls for federal government to change visas to encourage regional investment
Business
Guy Hedley, the executive chairman of wealth management firm Atlas Advisors Australia, has called on the federal government to create two new subclasses of visas under the Business Innovation and Investment stream to encourage international investors to invest in regional Australian startups and provide a boost to local innovation and economies. The 188B Investment Visa currently exists to allow foreign investors to...
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