Barnes Store and Café a cut above the ordinary
Food & Wine
For a hairdresser, Stephen Byrne makes a delicious meat pie. His beef and mushroom, Thai curry chicken and Texas pulled-pork pies are bigger than your standard meat pie. Maybe because there's so much riding on them, and on the other hand-made goodies Stephen and his wife Wendy make every day. Preparing and selling food underpins the couple’s tree-change venture, Barnes...
Aspen Medical commences construction on primary healthcare centres
Business
Canberra-based healthcare company Aspen Medical is adding to its growing global primary healthcare clinic network with construction commencing on the first of six world-class primary healthcare centres to be built across the United Arab Emirates. Aspen Medical is a global provider of innovative healthcare solutions across a diverse range of clients in the defence, mining, oil and gas, government and humanitarian...
Personal care gifts a small token of big thanks for Currowan heroes and evacuees
Community
Moruya business owner Amanda Averay-Jones had never before seen a face cloth or tube of toothpaste elicit tears of gratitude. But when Rural Fire Service (RFS) volunteers were handed personal care kits – complete with personal thank you notes – after hours or days battling the Currowan Bushfire, many fought back tears. Community members and businesses across the Far South...
Veolia Mulwaree Trust’s 2019 Round 2 grants and donations announced
Community
The Veolia Mulwaree Trust has announced the recipients of the 2019 Round 2 Grants and Donations Programmes. Nineteen community groups from across the region with a wide range of projects by providing $306,693 in grant funding in its second funding round of 2019, as well as a further 34 local organisations who have shared in $33,661 through the Veolia Mulwaree...
Bega Valley projects shine on smokey day in the sun
News
Local frustration around climate action took the first flush of headlines around the Acting Prime Minister’s visit to the Bega Valley yesterday, masking some worthy local projects that had 'their moment in the sun' all be it flanked by bush fire smoke from afar. Michael McCormack started his day at the Bega Saleyards were he opened new facilities aimed at improving...
Sapphire Coast launches new platform for tourist growth
Economy
Tourism operators on the Sapphire Coast have gathered for the launch of the industry's plan for growth. Over 1 million visitors were drawn to the Bega Valley in the year ending June 2018, spending $499 million. The industry generates 3,500 local jobs and has a multiplier effect in the wider regional economy of 1.9, so for every $1 a tourist...
New future for Spenco land as Mumbulla moves on Kindergarten dream
News
Old industrial land in central Bega is being reborn with a dynamic childhood led  by education at the heart of its new future. Mumbulla School for Rudolf Steiner Education begun earthworks on the former Spenco site this week. The school announced in term 1 this year that it had purchased a 2.3-acre section of the site on Bega Street from Spotlight...
Future land use up for discussion in Bega Valley
News
Two important draft land use strategies are currently on public exhibition; summer reading for residents of Bega Valley Shire Council. Council says, the draft Residential and Commercial Land Strategies works towards the community’s vision outlined in the Bega Valley Shire Community Strategic Plan 2040 and the South East and Tablelands Regional Plan 2036, and once adopted will inform the Bega Valley...
Use super funds to upgrade grid for renewables: Flanery
News
Southern NSW hydro and solar power operator Tony Flanery says the Australian Government should use superannuation funds to pay for upgrading the national grid for renewable energy. Australia’s aging transmission system is, according to many in the energy industry, holding back cheaper renewable sources. The Australian Energy Market Operator says the quick rise of renewables will need billions of dollars...
Katungul takes over old Bega nursing home with new vision for Aboriginal health
News
Aboriginal health and well-being services in the region are about to be supercharged with an aged care facility in Bega being re-purposed into an Aboriginal health clinic. The vacant Casuarina facility on Bega Street, Bega, operated by Sapphire Coast Community Aged Care has been sold to Katungul, the region's Aboriginal community-controlled health organisation. “We’re so excited to officially share with the...
Thodey Review calls for return to core pay and conditions in united public service
News
More outside recruitment and partnerships, a return to common pay and conditions, and an accelerated take-up of digital technology are part of the prescription for an Australian Public Service that may not be broken but is in need of serious repair, according to the Thodey Review released on Friday (13 December). It has made 40 recommendations, most of which Prime...
Let’s have ourselves a very conscious Christmas in the Eurobodalla
Community
This year on the Far South Coast, it’s no ordinary Christmas. During Australia’s worst drought, communities have come together to defend against fierce pre-summer bushfires. Town trade has been dulled by closed highways. There’s smoke in the air, ash on the beaches and conversation about the human impact on our little patch of paradise. Around here, you’ll still find Christmas...
23 new graduates build on UoW legacy in Bega
Community
To many locals, it still feels like a new enterprise, but The University of Wollongong’s (UoW) Bega campus was opened in 2000 and more than 500 local people have graduated from degrees offered by UoW in that time. This week, over 150 people gathered at the Bega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre to celebrate the latest batch of graduates, 23 determined individuals...
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...
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