Oyster, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways: naked, full cup and busting fat
Food & Wine
Does everyone remember their first oyster or is it just me? One slurp and my senses opened with a loud heavenly refrain. Since then I have become a great advocate for excessive consumption of these absolutely natural, naked, undressed, freshly shucked molluscs at every given opportunity. The track I am on is not for the faint-hearted. Lost somewhere among the...
Switchfoot Boardstore continues Pambula’s epic surf culture history
Business
"Surfing is a young sport in Australia," Bournda-based board shaper Jed Done says thoughtfully. "The first foam boards were being made in the early 60s. Before that, it was all timber." Jed has been catching up on surfboard technology since he first began building boards when he was 15 and is now one of a handful of hand-shapers in the...
Arc Organics puts the taste back in real food
Food & Wine
Ask Claire Stewart about the taste of organic food and you don't get an answer per se, you get a response akin to the feeling of eating the tastiest piece of fruit that you've ever eaten. That's why she started a business that delivers predominantly certified organic produce, as well as a small selection of biodynamic, locally grown and certified products....
Animal Liberation group launches in Batemans Bay
News
Following recent concern around Australia about the treatment of horses at the end of their career, a number of Batemans Bay residents have joined together to form an affiliate group of Animal Liberation NSW - Animal Liberation Batemans Bay. The new group aims to be pro-active in the community in various ways such as holding street stalls, talking to the...
Pitch for Canberra to host Asia Pacific’s very first accessible tourism conference and Expo
Business
With the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability commencing public hearings this week, the general public will be forced to confront how we have often failed to create a safe, inclusive and supportive community for people with disabilities. It is vitally important to shine a light on where the system is failing people with disabilities and...
Bega Valley jobs of the future being investigated
Economy
Meaningful employment and learning opportunities for all ages is the focus of a new partnership between Bega Valley Shire Council and well-known employment agency Campbell Page. Council’s Economic Development Officer, Alison Vandenbergh, says, ‘Jobs & Skills Bega Valley’  aims to provide insights into the local labour market - the challenges and opportunities. “Western Research Institute has been engaged to undertake the research...
Summer price rise for Bega Cheese suppliers but future not secure
News
Along with the water in our dams and rivers, Australia's milk pool is dwindling, leaving processors like Bega Cheese in the position of having to pay more in an increasingly competitive market. "The price for milk fluctuates throughout the year," explains fifth-generation Bega dairy farmer Rob Russell "so we usually get paid more over winter when it's considered harder to...
“They will honour my legacy and do it proud” – Sally Padey, Mogo Zoo
News
Mogo Zoo without Sally Padey?! At the end of this month that will be a reality. It's something Sally herself is coming to terms with. "The sound of the lions roaring, it just resonates right into your soul - I am going to miss that so much," Sally told ABC South East NSW. Aside from being Sally's home for the...
Bega Valley draft climate resilience strategy open for comment now
News
The highly anticipated and widely debated Bega Valley Shire Council draft Climate Change Resilience Strategy 2050 is available now and is open for public comment until December 15. The draft document is not exhaustive but is not supposed to be at this stage, council’s Director of Community, Environment and Planning, Dr Alice Howe, says. "The strategy is currently a high-level...
Avoid travel apathy! Connect to a local private tour guide
Business
Another bus, another monument, another sightseeing destination crammed with gawkers looking to selfie their way to a social media frenzy... yawn. The good news is, you don’t have to succumb to another boring fact recited by an underwhelming wannabe actor masquerading as a tour guide. Instead, you can use a private guide to avoid travel apathy – here are 7...
Rain forecast for South East NSW, but wash the car just to make sure!
News
If you believe that the ritual of hanging out your washing or washing your car will bring rain, then you probably need to do those chores now! Just to make sure the forecast rain this weekend really does arrive. A large band of rain is sweeping through much of the southern half of Australia, with the Canberra and South East NSW...
Buyfromthebush campaign bringing business to drought-affected towns
Community
It was just two weeks ago, on 16 October, that Grace Brennan started the Buyfromthebush campaign, hoping to encourage people to support small rural businesses struggling in the severe drought by buying their Christmas presents from the bush. The idea was simple: provide an easy way for city people to support their country kin who are doing it tough. Now two...
Native Monaro grasses – part of a dry farming future
Environment
Native grasses are a key component in building a sustainable farming future according to one of the region's expert land managers. David Eddy, Senior Land Services Officer with South East Local Land Services has been mesmerised by big open spaces since his days bushwalking and camping as a boy with his nature-loving, country raised parents. "It seemed to me that native...
Final stage of Merimbula Airport upgrade to begin this weekend
News
The final stages of the Merimbula Airport upgrade will happen this weekend with a live transition into the long-awaited new terminal building, sixty years after the first terminal building was opened. Bega Valley Shire Council says short-term changes will still be needed from Monday while work moves to the short stay carpark around the terminal. Bega Valley Shire Council’s Project Manager, Jenny...
‘Caledonian Sky’ back in Batemans Bay with European visitors
News
The Eurobodalla's reputation as a destination for cruise ships takes another leap forward today (October 31) with the Caledonian Sky dropping anchor off Batemans Bay. This will be the luxury liner's second visit, part of a regional strategy by the Port Authority of NSW and Eurobodalla Shire Council to increase visits by smaller cruise ships. Having departed from Cairns on October 9,...
“She was so intelligent,” Merimbula lawyer on meeting Sarah Jessica Parker
Arts & Culture
Tagged on Facebook by her friend, Merimbula lawyer Carmen Thompson last week found herself at the Sydney Convention Centre having breakfast with Hollywood actress Sarah Jessica Parker, thanks to an online competition run by Business Chicks. "It was all bang bang bang," Carmen laughs over coffee at a Merimbula cafe. "I got the email on Thursday night and the breakfast was Monday...
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