Economy

Tumba timber mill’s future hangs in balance
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The family-owned 138-year-old Hyne Timber company is continuing to call for government support to direct Australian saw logs destined for China to their mill in Tumbarumba. Chief Executive Officer Jon Kleinschmidt said employees and the community were increasingly concerned about the mill's future following last summer’s devastating bushfires, which decimated 40 per cent of Hyne’s local log supply. Following discussions...
‘It makes sense’: Farming family backs $110 million Yass Solar Farm
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A farming family in Yass has agreed to lease agricultural land to a state-significant solar farm estimated to cost $110 million and produce 80-megawatts of electricity. If approved, Yass Solar Farm will be located next to TransGrid's substation in Yass, on 150 hectares of mostly cleared land that runs along Perry Street in the town's southwest corner. READ ALSO: Man...
Small, medium and regional businesses prioritised in government’s procurement policy
Business
A new policy passed by the NSW Government will encourage government agencies to consider purchasing goods and services from small, medium and regional businesses for all direct procurements up to $250,000. The NSW Government's Small and Medium Enterprise and Regional Procurement Policy aims to boost regional economies in the wake of drought, bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic. READ ALSO: Yass...
Jen’s business vouches for others during COVID-19
Business
A former South West Slopes woman and her husband have come up with an innovative concept to help inject much-needed cash flow to businesses struggling through COVID-19. And it seems to be a hit, judging by the 1500 businesses which signed up within an hour of watching a Today show segment on the concept. Jen Hollingsworth (nee McCloy) was born and bred...
Freight and commuter connections key for new regional forum CEO
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Fresh from a stint helping the NSW South Coast's bushfire recovery efforts, the Canberra Region Joint Organisation’s (CRJO) new chief executive officer has improvements in freight, tourism and commuter connections top of the agenda in her new role. Kalina Koloff will join the organisation that represents 10 councils in southeast NSW – including Yass Valley Shire Council, Goulburn Mulwaree Council and...
South Coast tourism operators rolling with more punches due to COVID-19
Business
"We're getting very good at giving refunds!" quips Tegan Abbott, manager at Narooma's Big 4 Caravan Park, as she reflects on how many reservation changes she and her staff have processed in the last six months, first as a result of bushfires, then the COVID-19 lockdown and most recently following the closure of the Victorian border on 7 July. The...
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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...
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