Now the fire is burning a hole in Braidwood’s economy (but you can help)
Community
A cafe in Braidwood made just $50 last Saturday. The council's grader driver Billy Halligan has a pillow in his grader just so he can get some sleep. Business owners are not seeing their families. School children have had more days off than days at school in the last two weeks. The North Black Range Palerang fire has engulfed more...
Eurobodalla – fertile for a flourishing food economy
Food & Wine
Realising Eurobodalla’s potential for a thriving local food economy depends on three things beyond desperately needed rain – cognisance, culinary creativity and cutting old habits. As bushfires force the intermittent closure of highways from Canberra and Sydney, regional communities are contemplating the drawbacks of a centralised food distribution system. Fraser Bayley and Kirsti Wilkinson of Old Mill Road BioFarm say...
Kings Highway and Araluen Road reopened
News
The Kings Highway between Nelligen and Braidwood has reopened this afternoon after being closed for almost a week. Volunteers from the State Emergency Service and Rural Fire Service as well as NSW Forestry Corporation and Transport for NSW have been working day and night to clear trees and rocks damaged by the Currowan Fire burning north of Batemans Bay. Various...
Love for Batemans Bay needed now more than ever
Economy
With the Currowan Fire still looming in the landscape as a threat to all who love Batemans Bay and surrounds, a new campaign has been launched to strengthen and keep those connections in these challenging times. “With devastating bushfires threatening our beautiful region, it is even more important that our colourful new local pride campaign, Love the Bay, generates positive...
Batemans Marine Park rules relaxed to allow for more rec fishing
News
New fishing areas are being opened up within the protected waters of the Batemans Marine Park ahead of the school holidays as part of a plan the NSW Government says will give recreational fishers more options to drop a line and snag a fish. Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall was in the Narooma yesterday to announce the five new fishing...
Bombala local Zoe Joseph spreads her ‘S.H.E Change’ message
Health & Wellbeing
"My passion is supporting rural people," says Zoe Joseph, who grew up in Bombala and has returned to her hometown to live,  albeit with frequent travel to reach other rural communities through her business S.H.E Change. Zoe will be presenting in Bega on Monday (December 16), with an evening for women to stop, take stock and self-assess to find out...
No Bega Valley water restrictions for now
News
Despite the wide brown land it resides in, Bega Valley Shire Council has voted not to impose water restrictions, pointing to the relatively strong position the region finds itself in. The recommendation before Councillors McBain, Tapscott, Dodds, Griff, Allen, Fitzpatrick, Bain, Nadin and Seckold originally pointed to temporary level 1 water restrictions for Bemboka village, instead, a motion from Cobargo's Tony...
Forest groups call for halt to logging as drought and bushfire crisis builds
News
Forest conservation groups around New South Wales are calling for a moratorium on logging operations until the impacts of drought and bushfires are assessed and addressed. Nine organisations have written to NSW Premier Gladys Berjejiklian including South East Region Conservation Alliance (SERCA). The letter asks for a halt to all logging in public native forests in order to mitigate habitat losses...
Have your say on proposed Merimbula Airport runway extension
News
The Merimbula Airport terminal upgrades are almost complete, with some finishing touches and car park work still in progress. Bega Valley Shire Council is keen to turn the communities thoughts to the next part of the airport upgrade - the proposed runway extension. The environmental impact statement is now available for public comment. Aviation experts Lambert and Rehbein, with a...
Tiny house eatery Via Luna opens in Cobargo
Food & Wine
It may be small, but Cobargo's newest food outlet, a mobile kitchen and shopfront custom-built by Tiny Homes Tilba, has already had a big dose of community support. "People have really responded to it," says owner Lena Kuppens, who opened Via Luna for the first time last week with partner Harry Binnendijk. Lena and Harry are from the Netherlands originally...
Bega Valley Year 10 students pitch solutions to real-world problems
News
The problem: Marley, from Wolumla, is 15 and wants to go to Merimbula to meet friends and go shopping. She's finding it hard to get lifts, she can't quite drive on her own and the bus service is infrequent. What can the community do to help Marley out? This week, almost 200 Year 10 students from Bega High School, Eden Marine...
Sea weed farms, surf board manufacturing, tiny house ownership – Bega Valley Innovation Hub creates economy of the future
Economy
The next wave of entrepreneurs has emerged from the Bega Valley Innovation Hub. Six unique ideas that span a range of needs and ambitions. The one common bond is that all are keen to grow the region's economy and employment opportunities. Last week's Pitch Final was the culmination of the 12-week business accelerator program through the University of Wollongong's (UoW)...
Batemans Bay’s Clare Lovelace – building a tribe to walk with towards the future
Community
For Soul Tribe Studio owner Clare Lovelace, the success of a modern small business is about more than its bottom line. In a world that’s awakening to the drawbacks of consumerism and individualism, Clare sees her Batemans Bay yoga studios as a conduit for connection and a force for good. “Our measures of success have become about having a lot...
Light Up Cobargo – this Friday
Community
Cobargo's annual celebration of Christmas and community has a fresh vibrant feel. For many years 'Light Up Cobargo' has signalled a start to the festive season for residents and visitors, this year promises to be bigger than ever. The main street of Cobargo, north of Bega, will again come alive this Friday (December 6) with people browsing market stalls, dipping...
Ideas for driving emissions down to assist with Eurobodalla climate adaptation
Environment
With fires raging up and down the East Coast, temperature records being broken and our rivers running dry, many in the community are asking for action and leadership from all levels of government. Members of the Eurobodalla community have just attended a council workshop held in response to moves for Eurobodalla Shire Council to declare a climate emergency. Council’s Manager...
Southern Tablelands initiative recognised for innovative agriculture
Economy
With the implications of climate change growing louder in community consciousness, one group has been concentrating on land, soil and food production in innovative ways. ‘Land to Market Australia’ (L2MA), based on the NSW Southern Tablelands, has been named Grand Champion of the 2019 NSW Landcare Awards for the Australian Government Innovation in Agriculture Award. The 2019 Landcare Awards, presented...
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