Business

Corowa distillery turns to production of hand sanitiser to address community demand during COVID-19
Community
The Druce family of Ardlethan, in southwest NSW, are masters of innovation, and their Junee Licorice and Chocolate Factory is a sweet and lasting reminder of that. During these times when the health of the nation is challenged due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and many of us are sitting in idle isolation, you’d be forgiven for turning to the immune...
Bega Valley soap maker helping combat COVID-19 with hand-washing essentials
Community
Have you run out of soap since COVID-19 affected supply and demand in supermarkets? Thanks to Bally Park Goats Milk Soap, made by Maike Quellenberg at her Tantanwanglo property , you can shop local, support small business and adhere to hand-washing recommendations to combat the virus. It's been a rough ride lately for Maike and other small business owners, who have...
Mogo and Moruya businesses forge on
Business
Even before fire consumed 10 out of 25 main street shops in the village of Mogo and numerous other businesses, the business community were developing the kind of camaraderie that would see them through the disaster - they just didn't know it. "We do have regular meetings but they aren't formal," chuckles chamber of commerce president Richard Adams "we usually...
Uber expands its service area across regional NSW
News
Ordering an Uber is part of daily life for many city dwellers and now the company, which links registered private drivers with nearby passengers via an app, has announced it will roll out across regional NSW just before the Easter long weekend in April. "Uber has decided to bring these plans forward to help fire and drought-affected regions get back...
Can South Coast tourism businesses reclaim a summer lost to fire?
Community
'Bushfire affected' has become an all-inclusive term since fires broke out along the South Coast in December. Haven't we all been affected? Some of us have lost houses, pets or stock, our summer holiday, our innocence or large chunks of annual income. The local economy has certainly been slammed, with the retail sector taking the biggest hit. When the Merimbula...
Seven crazy good coffee stops from Mogo to Narooma
Food & Wine
Jack and the Beanstore 2 Tomakin Rd, Mogo @jackandthebeanstore Poor old Mogo took a beating during the recent bushfires and a visit will certainly help lift local spirits. Just off the highway at 2 Tomakin Rd is a cute little retro Viscount caravan from 1963 serving good things like coffee created by friendly baristas from locally roasted beans. Mogo pies,...
ACT businesses take part in challenge to boost South Coast economy
Community
A group of ACT businesses is calling on other local business owners to join them in supporting the recovery of the South Coast economy by giving staff a day off to head to the coast. Devastated by the recent bushfires, coastal towns are enduring the after effects of a disastrous tourism season, with many business owners struggling to make ends...
Big-hearted operators and character accommodation drawing visitors back to the Far South Coast
Business
Tourists are being urged to visit our coastal towns, many of which were not impacted directly by recent bushfires. Over the following weeks, About Regional will bring you a rolling selection of the loveliest, most character-filled accommodation ideas for you to consider on the Sapphire and Eurobodalla Coasts. We know these big-hearted operators are ready to give you a fabulous,...
Another South Coast treasure gone: Tathra’s Bird Park announces closure
Community
Steve Sass is a little sad. As we wander around his bird park, On the Perch, he tells me of the agonising decision he and wife Linda recently made to close their park. "We've been grappling with this since the March 2018 Tathra fire. Even though it sailed right past us, we lost birds then, from smoke, from stress and then from...
Home-town loyalty drives Queanbeyan success
Business
Local businesses in Queanbeyan thrive on the sort of fierce loyalty that sustains the city’s exceptional sporting community. It’s contagious, as Paul Nicholl discovered in 2014 when he joined Bayldon Ag as a salesman. Three months later Paul became general manager. Three years later, in 2017, he stepped up again and bought the business from his boss, Roger Keft. On...
Hop to it! These Bemboka farmers need your help!
Community
If you love beer – good beer, that is – you've tasted Ryefield Hops. The Bemboka farm supplies its fresh, citrusy hops from the Bega Valley to Capital Brewing Co, Bent Spoke, 4Pines, Cuppitt Craft Brewers, Longstocking Brewery, the Batch Brewing Co and many others. Established in 2016 and run by sisters Karen Taylor and Jade McManus, along with Karen's husband...
How you can bring business back to Braidwood this Australia Day long weekend
Community
Braidwood business has borne the brunt of the summer bushfires. The town has always been just that little bit remote, but the closure of the Kings Highway was akin to cutting an artery for the rural economy. Prolonged drought had already put a dent in the local economy, along with a Telstra outage over the Braidwood Festival weekend. Then Braidwood...
Beekeepers face lean future in fire’s aftermath
Community
Bee pollinating and honey-making will remain grounded long after the drought and bushfire crises subside says apiarist Laurie Kershaw. Laurie scrambled to pull thousands of hives from the path of the Currowan blaze on the South Coast. The Kerhsaws are based between Gundaroo and Bungendore. Annually, they contract their bees for almond pollination in the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area near Darlington...
Snowy 2.0 work begins again after fire, despite major losses
News
Despite suffering "major losses" in their operational township of Cabramurra after the Dunns Road fire passed through it, the Snowy Hydro 2.0 team re-started work this week, saying that the project will be a key part of the region's recovery. A total of 36 houses were destroyed in the 4 January fire, along with several of the unit blocks, the...
Brothers breathe life into vintage tractors at Wombat
Community
Chris Holmes marvels at the ingenuity of old tractors. For 19 years in the village of Wombat near Harden, Chris has watched people just like him unload their trusty machines from semi-trailers for Australia Day. Many compete in tractor pulling. In the hands of a good driver the tractor, while pulling a sled, becomes life-like. “The power goes from one...
Home-town return added up for engineer turned accountant
Business
If the days of a straight career path, moving from school to uni to work, seem long gone, RSM's Thomas Skeffington's career path is best described as full circle. Growing up in a country town, Thomas went to university in the city and travelled the world but then returned to university and ended up back where he came from. And...
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