Economy

Planning for Wagga’s economic future is serious business
Business
Wagga’s projected business boom remains a hot topic over the barbecue and in the boardroom - but are we prepared for the upcoming wave of opportunities? This is one of the critical questions to be addressed at this Thursday’s Wagga Wagga Business Summit 2022, hosted by the Committee4Wagga. Rather than another well-intentioned talkfest, the interactive format will provide a chance...
Cranes and barges signal commencement of Eden wave attenuator construction
News
Ten years after the wave attenuator was proposed for the Port of Eden the arrival of huge barges and cranes has signalled stage one of its construction. Transport for NSW said Eden's port is occasionally exposed to wind and wave conditions that can affect safety at the port and increase the risk of damage to vessels. To make the area...
Price of abalone halves since 2019 as South Coast divers endure ‘perfect storm’ of events
News
Over the past two years the South Coast abalone industry has endured a "perfect storm" of setbacks that has bruised local divers, including a slash by half in the price of the prized seafood since late 2019. Abalone Association of NSW secretary and Far South Coast diver John Smythe said while there was still a lot of the industry's quota...
Revised Eden Port proposal to welcome world’s largest cruise ships
News
Proposed modifications to the Eden Cruise Wharf could see vessels up to 370 m long and carrying almost 7000 passengers permitted to berth in the port overnight, seven days a week. As the first cruise ships in two years make their way back to Australian shores, consultation will commence this week to transform the Port of Eden into a destination...
Council wants ‘visionary’ ideas for Batemans Bay Bowling Club site
News
Eurobodalla Shire Council is preparing to call for expressions of interest to develop the former Batemans Bay Bowling Club site which sits on a central location in the town, before councillors ultimately decide its future. "This is a key site and we want to see developers come up with something special. We want visionary stuff," Eurobodalla Mayor Mathew Hatcher said....
Push for night-time economy in the Eurobodalla vital but not easy, says business chambers
Business
Eurobodalla Shire Council has renewed its focus on revitalising the region's night-time economy, however business leaders are warning it won't be easy. Two of the region's business chambers say unavoidable factors have prevented growth in this space in recent history and addressing those issues will be vital. The council is supporting the early evening 6 pm to 9 pm timeslot,...
Greenethorpe farmers get nod for top crop plus props for running a good shop
Community
What a year for wheat 2021 was, especially for Greenethorpe wheat growers Rob and Mandy Taylor who have been confirmed as state champions in a prestigious annual wheat competition. Taking out the farming excellence award as well, Rob, a mixed farmer, is quite embarrassed by the attention. “It’s a little bit humbling – we certainly weren’t expecting it, it was...
$1.1 million forestry hub in South East NSW will support growth and innovation
News
A forestry hub has been launched on the Far South Coast which aims to support growth and innovation in forest industries in the region. The $1.1 million South East NSW Forestry Hub in Eden, funded by the Morrison Government, is the 11th such hub in the country, with Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries Jonno Duniam saying they were about...
Young EcoCrews step up to secure Eurobodalla’s food supply
Community
A new training program launched in Batemans Bay will help grow Eurobodalla’s local food supply and provide jobs for young people. The Eurobodalla EcoCrews program, funded by the NSW Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund, provides paid internships with accredited training to local people so they can learn how to run a successful commercial market garden. Training will include planning, preparation,...
Eden-Monaro rental crisis worsening, says MP
Property
Rents across the Southern Tablelands have risen by up to 20 per cent in some towns, according to the Member for Eden-Monaro, Kristy McBain, making it hard for people to make ends meet. She said housing affordability had become increasingly difficult in recent years, particularly for families, students, pensioners and young people who rent their homes. "While rent has skyrocketed across most...
Southern NSW farmers bogged down in bumper harvest
Economy
Farmers in the NSW South West Slopes are finding themselves knee deep in mud surrounded by a full armoury of chains and 500-plus horsepower heavy machinery as they heave their way through the first weeks of the 2021 harvest. The year of good rain that produced lavish crops overshot the rain gauge too late in a mild spring to allow...
Gourmet Coast Trail launches website to show diversity of delicious Far South Coast produce
Food & Wine
Is the NSW Far South Coast one of the best food and wine producing regions in Australia? Well, with the help of a new website you can find out for yourself. The Gourmet Coast Trail aims to help visitors find local flavours and people who are passionate about food that provide exceptional culinary experiences in the region. The marketing collaboration covers...
Yass Valley residents being pushed out by a lack of rental stock and rising entry-level purchase prices
Property
The draft Yass Valley Housing Issues paper has been released and its findings shine a disturbing light on several major housing challenges facing the region in the coming years. The report details a lack of housing diversity, a shortage of short-term accommodation and the rising cost of housing as central issues in the Yass Valley. Secure water supply for Yass and...
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