The best cheese toasties in the Bega Valley, memories are made of this!
Food & Wine
What makes the perfect toasted cheese sandwich? It's a big question with many possible responses. It has much to do with the bread used, but then is there's the butter applied to the outside pre and post-toasting. How dark and how flat. How much cheese and is it melted through? Then there is the smoky crunch of cheese that has...
Batemans Bay barge in place for three years as bridge project grows
News
A barge half the size of a football field steamed into the Clyde River as the first light of Friday (July 12) burst over Batemans Bay. The arrival marks another milestone in the Batemans Bay Bridge replacement project. “The barge, named AMS 1803, will be in the Clyde River for the duration of the project and will house a crane...
Merimbula cafe embraces the messy unpredictability of parenthood
Business
It's telling that after spending an hour or so in Merimbula's parent-and-child friendly cafe and activity space, The Daisy Lounge, I walk out without paying for my coffee and croissant. Owners Deanna and Brendan Reynolds are so at ease in the space and its open, relaxed atmosphere that I feel I'm in a friend's home. A mop and dustpan and...
Dairy industry gathers to meet the challenges of the future
Business
The future of dairy is being discussed in perhaps Australia's most famous dairy town. Around 150 farmers and industry experts are taking part in the Dairy Research Foundation's 2019 Symposium in Bega. An industry forum launched the conference yesterday (July 10) at the Bega Civic Centre in an atmosphere driven by the future and new leadership. In his opening remarks, NSW...
Batemans Bay Aboriginal women celebrates her first job – on the bridge
Community
At the tender age of 44, Vanessa Parsons has landed her first job and it's with an international civil construction company no less - John Holland. Vanessa is part of the new team building the $274 million Batemans Bay Bridge over the Clyde River. "It changed my life," Vanessa says. She starts her day by 'tapping on' at the works...
Donations lead to a brighter ‘Horizon’ at Bega Women’s Resource Centre
Community
Editor's note: A trolley full of food, personal care items, bedding and blankets was a very welcome sight for Women’s Resource Centre Coordinator Jane Hughes when she entered the Bega branch of the Horizon Credit Union. Jane wrote to About Regional to express her gratitude. The items had been collected by Horizon staff and donated by Horizon customers in a...
Perisher chef returns to where he fell in order to stand again
Community
"In Taiwan, we say stand up from where you are falling," says Shen Lo. It's taken three years, but Shen, 28, has recently returned to where he fell during a serious snowboarding accident in 2016 to reclaim the life which was interrupted. The 2019 ski season brings Shen back to Perisher and a job as a chef at The Sundeck Hotel....
Ball rolling on more before and after school care in NSW. Have your say!
News
One of the big-ticket election promises headed into the New South Wales Election came from Liberal Premier Gladys Berejiklian - "before and after school care will be made available to all parents with children at public primary schools by 2021 under a NSW Liberals & Nationals Government." With election day behind them, the reelected Coalition Government is moving ahead on...
Baby Karn, another chapter in Mogo’s 20 year giraffe breeding story
Community
A baby giraffe is comfortably settling in at Mogo Zoo, a testament to the success of the Zoo's breeding program and commitment to preserving a species that is fast facing the threat of extinction. Baby boy Karn was born late last month to Sharni. Karn is his mum's seventh baby and the latest arrival in Mogo's 20-year history with breeding...
Rex still flying with the blessing of airline safety regulator
News
The regulator tasked with keeping Australia's skies safe has backed Regional Express Airlines (Rex) saying, "it has no current issues with the safety of Rex aircraft." The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) launched an audit of the airline, which flies in and out of Moruya, Merimbula and Cooma airports on a daily basis, after media reports earlier this month claiming a...
Snowy 2 hydro bounty to flow out to Hilltops region
News
Billions of dollar’s worth of investment in the wider Canberra region will also bring growth to the Hilltops region north-west of the national capital. The Snowy 2 pumped hydro renewable energy project will create work for large and small contractors and indirect benefits to the main towns of Boorowa, Harden and Young, according to Dr Edwina Marks, general manager of...
Science supporting dairy farmers, Bega symposium speaks to the future
Business
When Bega Valley dairy farmer Ashleigh Rood answers her phone, it's fitting that she says quickly "can I ring you back? I've got heifers on the road." I'm talking to Ash ahead of the biggest dairy event in New South Wales, the annual Dairy Research Foundation’s Symposium, which will be held this year in Bega for the first time. Ash...
Tathra stalwarts decide its time to sell. Is this your big break?
Property
Two stalwarts of the Sapphire Coast tourism industry are contimplating more holiday time for themselves as they look to sell their business and open a new chapter in their lives. It's hard to imagine Tathra Beach House Apartments without Rob and Lesley White. The pair met while working in Thredbo during their mid-twenties, but started thinking about a life in...
Eurobodalla tourist numbers up as more cruise ships appear on horizon
Business
The latest tourism data shows visitation to the Eurobodalla is at an all-time high, and with three cruise ships booked for stopovers, local leaders are optimistic about the future. Eurobodalla Mayor Liz Innes says the number of visitors to Eurobodalla in 2018 reached 1.55 million, compared with 1.26 million in 2017. “It’s estimated visitors injected $464 million into our economy...
A festival of the ‘Best of Days’ this weekend celebrates local food
Food & Wine
Australians love to celebrate Christmas in July, particularly in the cooler regions where the frost snaps at the heels of the rose hips and brings on the sweet flavour of citrus and root vegetables. Christmas in July has become such a popular event that it is almost now a tradition in its own right. And that’s not surprising - winter is the best...
No online system is 100% safe, says former cybersecurity chief
Community
Former head of the Australian Cyber Security Centre at the Australian Signals Directorate Alastair MacGibbon believes that no online system is 100 per cent secure, even government sites. Rather, while they are generally secure, they all come with an ‘asterisk’ because of the high levels of cybercrime. Mr MacGibbon, who resigned his government post just before the Federal election in...
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