Economy

Australia’s Oyster Coast embraces two award-winning South Coast farms
Business
Two award-winning oyster farms, from Wapengo Lake and Nelsons Lagoon, have joined Australia’s Oyster Coast (AOC) after a couple of years of challenges from bushfires, floods and COVID-19. AOC's executive chair Mike Lukin said the purchase of the farms from Mimosa Rock Oysters' John Blankenstein, and Kingfisher Oysters' Warwick Anderson and Lee Primmer, strengthened the supply of premium oysters from Wapengo...
Visitor numbers double at Rocky Hill and Goulburn Waterworks during COVID-19
News
Regional tourism has experienced a welcome boost during COVID-19 border closures with two historic landmarks in Goulburn proving particularly popular and coming as quite a surprise to locals. The Rocky Hill War Memorial and Museum and the Goulburn Historic Waterworks are just two of the landmark locations in the region driving a significant increase in visitor numbers. READ ALSO: Lead contamination...
Coles workers react to news Goulburn distribution centre will close
News
At least 207 people will be without a job when Coles shuts its Goulburn distribution centre on 5 October this year. The date will mark three years since employees first heard of the closure. A distribution centre employee's wife, who wished to remain anonymous following a reminder from Coles not to talk to the media, said the wait had been stressful....
Two drought programs to help farmers and communities prepare
Environment
The Federal Government is working with Australia's states to deliver two programs aimed at supporting farmers and helping communities build resilience to future droughts. The $16 million Farm Business Resilience Program and $9.85 million Regional Drought Resilience Planning Program will be funded under the Australian Government’s $5 billion Future Drought Fund. Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud...
Eurobodalla Shire Council answers its critics over project funding
News
Eurobodalla Shire Council has disputed claims made in a submission by a community group to an Upper House inquiry into the use of NSW Government grants. Appearing before the NSW Public Accountability Committee's inquiry into the Integrity, efficacy and value for money of NSW Government grant programs, the A Better Eurobodalla (ABE) group questioned the value of government grants for the...
Feedback sought on Bega and Eurobodalla council budgets
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Both the Bega Valley and Eurobodalla Shire Councils are seeking community feedback on their draft Operational Plans and 2021‑2022. Residents and ratepayers are invited to have their say on the councils' plans for the next financial year to meet the needs of the community, within the available funding sources and staffing levels. Bega Valley Mayor Russell Fitzpatrick said Bega's Operational...
Airport extension will allow larger planes to fly into Merimbula
News
Runway extension plans that will allow larger aircraft to land at Merimbula Airport have been given the green light by the Southern Regional Planning Panel. Bega Valley Shire Council Mayor Russell Fitzpatrick said the approval marked the start of a series of major civil works at the airport, aimed at increasing visitor numbers to the shire. “Securing the services of...
Time to have your say on the Moruya bypass route
News
Eurobodalla motorists, frustrated by traffic congestion and delays through the Moruya township, are being invited to have their say on the proposed route for a bypass. Member for Bega Andrew Constance said the chosen corridor would be used to develop design options for Moruya bypass in the next phase of the project. “Bypass connections to the Princes Highway will be...
Angus Taylor labels campaign to oust him as ‘defamatory mudslinging’
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The Member for Hume and Federal Minister for Energy Angus Taylor has downplayed a campaign in his electorate that aims to oust him from his seat. Region Media recently published a story about the Vote Angus Out campaign that's gaining support in the Hume electorate and invited the Liberal MP to respond. However, on Wednesday, 12 May, Mr Taylor only wanted...
Cooma’s new Recovery Hub helping community get back on its feet
News
Snowy Monaro Regional Council and Business Australia have opened the Business and Recovery Hub in Cooma as a one-stop shop for members of the public and businesses to gain access to support following drought, bushfires, floods and the pandemic. The Hub is now open 8:30 am and 4:30 pm Monday to Friday at 57 Vale Street in Cooma, and offers...
Forestry Corp makes room at Blowering in time for Easter campers
News
There will be a collective cheer echoing throughout the Snowy Valleys this week as salvage operations in the state forests bordering Blowering Dam's western foreshore area temporarily cease over the Easter long weekend. This means a limited area at the popular camping and fishing spot will be open to the public from noon Thursday 1 April 2021 until noon Tuesday...
Bega Council traineeships offer young people the chance of a career in their own community
Business
It's the question many young people are often asked - what are you going to be when you grow up? Not everyone knows the answer, even after completing Year 12, but Bega Valley Shire Council might be able to provide some with answers as they prepare to offer Council Traineeships giving school leavers a chance to live in their own...
Half-price flights a winning ticket for Merimbula, but Moruya misses out
News
The Federal Government’s announcement of half-price flights to Merimbula this autumn and early winter has renewed optimism on the NSW Far South Coast, but will do less to boost tourism further north. People will be able to travel to the seaside town, known for its oysters and white beaches, and 17 other destinations in Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and the...
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