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...
How #buyfromthebush has become a lifeline for rural businesses
Community
In the midst of one of the worst droughts in history, Grace Brennan decided something needed to be done to save rural communities struggling to survive and make ends meet. And so the #buyfromthebush initiative was born. Buy from the Bush encourages Australians to buy local, and often artisanal products from drought-stricken communities to help country towns that are doing...
NSW Governor and ANU Vice-Chancellor drop in ahead of Twofold 40th
News
There is no mid-life crisis brewing at Twofold Aboriginal Corporation, instead, the organisation is approaching its 40th birthday celebrations with more energy, direction, and vigour than ever. In the last fortnight, Twofold has played host to the NSW Governor, Margaret Beazley and leaders from the Australian National University in Canberra, all in the run-up to this Saturday's community birthday celebration....
Regional innovation acceleration leads to realisation – Witness the pitch this Thursday!
Economy
Over the past 12 weeks, a bunch of people with new and creative business ideas have been working hard to shape their enterprises – changing things up and around, reaching out to the community for customer validation, and working alongside experts and mentors. These are the current participants in the Bega Valley Innovation Hub’s iAccelerate Program. This Thursday (November 28)...
Moruya shellfish hatchery a step closer
News
The construction of a state-of-the-art hatchery facility on the Moruya River to supply shellfish spat (babies) to the NSW oyster and mussel industry is a step closer after Eurobodalla Council signed a contract to design, build and operate the facility. The project aims to meet a major challenge for the shellfish industry of sourcing reliable, quality oyster spat. Eurobodalla Council...
Jobs at stake as Deane Transport goes into administration
News
Queanbeyan-based charter bus operator Deane Transport has gone into administration in a bid to restructure the debt-laden business. It has appointed national restructuring firm Vincents as administrators but will continue to trade while seeking a new partner. Company principal Brenton Deane said Deane's operations had grown rapidly in recent years and demands on capital were likely to become overwhelming. “We’d love...
High prices help farmers but butchers feel pinch as drought bites
Community
In 42 years as a butcher, Peter Lindbeck has never seen lamb prices so high due to the unrelenting drought, leaving no room for profit margins. As well as running Lindbeck’s Butchery in Queanbeyan, Mr Lindbeck assesses apprentice butchers throughout the Territory for the Canberra Institute of Technology, which allows him to see inside numerous other butcher shops. “The amount...
‘Big Ideas’ welcome to grow the Bega Valley jobs of the future
Business
Big ideas for tackling local unemployment and creating new job and education opportunities are being encouraged at two community workshops in Bega and Eden next week. Bega Valley Shire Council’s 'Jobs & Skills Bega Valley' project aims to get a better understanding of the local jobs market as it currently is and what needs to happen to expand employment opportunities?...
From Braidwood to Mogo, helping NSW farmers with Christmas cheer
News
Two old friends have joined a new national movement to spread a little Christmas cheer to rural women doing it tough around New South Wales. Helen Farley, of Braidwood and Theresa Matthews, of Mogo, are both collecting parcels for distribution by drought-relief organization Ladies of the Land, which delivers parcels of treats to women living and working on farms during...
Southern comfort for our northern brothers and sisters living with bushfire
News
The bushfire emergency across Northern New South Wales and Queensland is all too close for the communities of the Bega Valley. On one hellish afternoon in March 2018, 65 homes were destroyed in the Reedy Swamp, Vimy Ridge, and Tathra Bushfire. Like the current crisis, conditions at the time were described as "unprecedented". A handful of months later the communities...
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