Economy

Merimbula’s ocean outfall seen as best option for this time
News
Bega Valley Shire Councillors have approved the location of Merimbula's new ocean outfall with a real sense of not really having too much choice. All spoke of their desire to see more of the treated effluent reused in the environment and community rather than dumped at sea but also of being directed by the NSW Government to build an ocean...
Final stage of Merimbula Airport upgrade to begin this weekend
News
The final stages of the Merimbula Airport upgrade will happen this weekend with a live transition into the long-awaited new terminal building, sixty years after the first terminal building was opened. Bega Valley Shire Council says short-term changes will still be needed from Monday while work moves to the short stay carpark around the terminal. Bega Valley Shire Council’s Project Manager, Jenny...
‘Caledonian Sky’ back in Batemans Bay with European visitors
News
The Eurobodalla's reputation as a destination for cruise ships takes another leap forward today (October 31) with the Caledonian Sky dropping anchor off Batemans Bay. This will be the luxury liner's second visit, part of a regional strategy by the Port Authority of NSW and Eurobodalla Shire Council to increase visits by smaller cruise ships. Having departed from Cairns on October 9,...
Rotary and Renewables return for 2019 Narooma Energy Expo – Saturday
Environment
Narooma Rotary have news for anyone who thinks Rotary clubs are all sausage sizzles and kneesocks. "We're not a bunch of fuddy-duddy's," laughs Rotary vice-president Laurelle Pacey. The club is once again organising the Narooma Renewable Energy Expo, a day which centres on the antithesis of fuddy-duddy -  groundbreaking and fast-moving renewable energy technology, which will save you money on power...
Kathleen’s Bega Valley Tiny House Adventure – part 1
Community
It all began with a friend who was totally besotted with the trend of tiny home designs. The popular Youtube/TV series - Living Big in a Tiny Home, was feeding his addiction, soon I was watching and dreaming as well. The dye was cast and now I am on my own tiny house journey. Most of my peers are middle-aged...
Constance assures Old Old Bega Hospital that money is on the way
News
Those keen to get going on the restoration of the Old Old Bega Hospital are getting impatient and are keen to see the money announced during the NSW Election earlier this year deposited into their bank account. The building dates back to 1888 and was further developed in 1904 and 1908. Fire had a go at destroying the grand old...
Far South Coast communities well placed for future-proofing in a warming world
Environment
The Far South Coast can be resilient against the worst effects of climate change if residents and community groups act now to future-proof, Brogo architect and psychologist John James said. Speaking at a presentation hosted by Narooma Rotary, Mr James, a historian who has studied the science of our changing time for four decades, said community-led action was needed to...
“There is a lot that government could be doing that they are not” – Bega Valley dairy farmer Phil Ryan
News
Sitting in Phil Ryan's mostly empty hay shed at Toothdale, south-west of Bega, I get a sense of the real impact the drought is having and what's needed to set dairy farmers like Phil up for a sustainable future. "It can be tough, I've seen a psychologist a couple of times, there was a time where I shut down and...
Trapman Bermagui – the life of a commercial fisher and social media star
Business
Jason Moyce, who operates one of about five boats out of Bermagui, is a second-generation commercial fisherman in a world where not that many Australians can honestly write "fisherman" in the occupation box on any form. Jason's fishing career is a little different to his dad's in Botany Bay. Jason lives part of his career online, going by 'Trapman Bermagui' on...
Bushfire concerns still burn in final steps of Euro Rural Lands Strategy
News
Discrepancies in the Eurobodalla's Rural Lands Strategy - Local Environmental Plan (LEP) have been flagged just days after the much-discussed document was declared as signed, sealed and delivered. In a media statement, the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment says Eurobodalla Shire Council raised concerns about changes that were made to the LEP, without the involvement of Council, in response to...
‘The seas are rising and so are we!’ – Extinction Rebellion comes to Batemans Bay
News
The global movement Extinction Rebellion (XR) says the “unprecedented global emergency" connected to climate change drew 100 people to the Batemans Bay CBD on a busy spring Saturday (October 19) morning to raise awareness of the need for action. From midday, the group formed up on the shorefront near Innes Boat Shed and marched to the Riverside Plaza intersection, corner...
Cash up for grabs for 2020 Eurobodalla community events
Community
“We all know Eurobodalla is a vibrant, diverse and fun place to live and visit, and we want to support events that help celebrate our community,” says Leisa Tague, Eurobodalla Shire Council's Events Coordinator. If you have a great idea for a community event but need financial support to get it up and running, then Council’s Community Events Grants could help....
Retail Revamp coming to Merimbula and Eden this week
Business
A 'visual merchandising guru' is coming to Merimbula and Eden, as local retailers prepare for their peak trading season - due to start in a handful of weeks. Bega Valley Shire Council is partnering with the Merimbula Chamber of Commerce to bring the magic of Carol Bagaric to town for training sessions with the retail communities of Merimbula and Eden...
Six storeys of plush gets the green light in Batemans Bay
News
Ohana in the Hawaiian language means 'Family' and for the foreshore of Batemans Bay, it's about to mean a shiny six-storey building - and the biggest view blocker to date for local stalwart Robin Innes. "I'm not against development," Mrs Innes says, "I just don't like these developers coming to town doing whatever they like, why should they? Why isn't...
Hundreds gather to celebrate the mighty Snowy Scheme
News
Over 1000 people gathered to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the mighty Snowy Mountains Scheme with former workers encouraging the current workforce to press on and deliver Snowy 2.0. Stories were shared and friends reunited as seven decades of achievement was remembered on the lawns of Snowy Hydro’s Cooma offices yesterday - October 19. Cooma’s Charlie Salvestro who worked on...
Life on Newstart in the Bega Valley, locals say its time to ‘Raise the Rate’
News
When you are working full-time, $40 doesn't seem like much. You might spend it on pizza to take home for dinner after a busy day, a few rounds of beer in the pub or to go to a gig or a movie on the weekend. On Newstart, $40 is your whole daily allowance and must be stretched to cover everything...
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