Economy

Council approves blueprint to rebuild Eurobodalla but rates and fees will rise
Economy
On Tuesday, 23 June, Eurobodalla Shire Council (ESC) approved revised plans and budgets for the next financial year, aimed at helping the community rebuild following the past summer's bushfire crisis and COVID-19. Council’s 2017-2021 Delivery Program and 2020-2021 Operational Plan focuses on reducing hardship for residents, leading bushfire recovery and stimulating the local economy during the next 12 months. However,...
Tourism paradox: the Sapphire Coast needs visitors but fears COVID-19
News
The South Coast desperately needs tourism dollars so our local economies and businesses can recover from a summer of setbacks and financial losses. But with a developing COVID-19 hotspot in Victoria and 30 new cases in the last 24 hours, there are questions about whether welcoming a horde of Victorian tourists for the winter school holidays is really a smart choice...
Winter’s busiest south coast weekend a success despite COVID-19 restrictions
News
It was a challenge South Coast business's rose to meet: greeting an onslaught of eager tourists over the June long weekend while adhering to strict COVID-19 social distancing protocols. According to the region's Crime Prevention Officer, Senior Constable David Bates from Batemans Bay, the business community has been largely successful in their efforts, despite record crowds over the weekend. "As...
Free customer service TAFE course for retail workers to help Bega recover
News
TAFE NSW Bega has launched a fee-free Certificate 1 in Retail Services course for the local community as the first in a suite of fee-free bushfire recovery courses. TAFE NSW head teacher of supply chain Rae Spackman said staff who are properly trained in the "personal touch" will be a critical part of Bega's bushfire and COVID-19 retail revival, and...
John Barilaro’s road from Eden leads to, well, Aspen
News
Fluff your beanies, wax your skis and maybe get familiar with the term aprés-ski because Aspen might just be on our doorstep in a few short years. OK, not Aspen itself, but the Australian version of the high-flying ski resort in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains (hopefully) replete with trees adorned with fairy lights, cobbled streets lined with cool boutique stores, and...
Business chamber welcomes easing of restrictions to tourism in NSW
News
Businesses on the NSW South Coast will welcome back tourists from 1 June 2020 after the NSW Government lifted restrictions on travel. Member for Gilmore Fiona Phillips said both tourists and locals need to continue exercising caution to avoid a rise in local COVID-19 infections. “Our community is still so vulnerable after the bushfires and what we don’t want to see...
New online marketplace gets local products in front of bigger audience
Business
In early March, on the long drive back to the Bega Valley from her seasonal job running an ecolodge on Christmas Island, which closed due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, Jess Bray wondered how she could find opportunities in what appeared to be a bleak future. "One thing I love when I'm in the Bega Valley area is going to the...
Local council jobs secured by NSW government; Goulburn Road safety upgrades start
News
A suite of safety upgrades along Goulburn Road, as part of the NSW Government's Safer Roads Program, is helping to kickstart a COVID-19-crippled local economy through regional infrastructure projects. The 800m stretch of improvements will widen road shoulders and mark new lines to make it safer for motorists to travel between Goulburn and Crookwell, a town 40km northwest of the...
The Bega Valley Innovation Hub nurturing local business during challenging times
Business
The recent summer bushfires combined with COVID-19 have wreaked havoc on businesses across Australia. In the Bega Valley and Eurobodalla regions, entrepreneurs and new businesses are being offered help to meet current challenges through free innovative accelerator programs offered by the Bega Valley Innovation Hub (BVIH). Business accelerators, such as the iAccelerate program run by BVIH, offer access to mentorship,...
Calls for federal government to change visas to encourage regional investment
Business
Guy Hedley, the executive chairman of wealth management firm Atlas Advisors Australia, has called on the federal government to create two new subclasses of visas under the Business Innovation and Investment stream to encourage international investors to invest in regional Australian startups and provide a boost to local innovation and economies. The 188B Investment Visa currently exists to allow foreign investors to...
It’s stay-cation time as the South Coast and regions ask you not to visit
Community
Easter is a popular time for family getaways and now the kids are (physically) out of school early, a trip to the beach may sound appealing, however, you are being asked not to come. The key message from the Prime Minister is to stop all non-essential travel, to halt the spread of COVID-19. In addition to that potential problem, regional areas...
Yellow-lined road to redemption for fire affected-shire
News
If there was a rainbow for Snowy Valleys shire it would be paved with bitumen, adorned with yellow lines and lead all the way to Canberra. At either end lie pots of gold – one offers speedy access to the Snowy Mountains and south. The other offers a vital link to the massive economic trade and tourism opportunities of Canberra....
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...
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