Economy

A tale of two towns: Batemans Bay visitor centre moves online, while Merimbula information centre needs more volunteers
News
While the Eurobodalla Shire Council's visitor centre in Batemans Bay has a "for sale" sign adorning its exterior, further down the coast at Merimbula, theirs is screaming out for volunteers to help deal with an anticipated influx of travellers this holiday season. February 21 was the final day the doors opened at the Batemans Bay information centre with the high-profile...
Changes for Goulburn CBD as vacancies decrease, but some businesses close doors
Business
It has been a challenging time for local businesses across Australia during the past two years, with the COVID-19 pandemic wreaking havoc on many. In Goulburn, while some shops have sadly been forced to close, the vacancy rate in the town's CBD has actually decreased. A Goulburn Mulwaree Council spokesperson said its recent CBD vacancy audit showed vacancies across the...
More than half of Federal Government’s regional grants went to city projects
News
Labor MPs claim rural and regional areas are missing out on Commonwealth grants that are instead going to city projects such as the North Sydney Pool. Member for Eden-Monaro Kristy McBain made the claim after a national audit revealed more than half of the Federal Government's 'region' grants since 2018 have gone to projects located in major cities. Analysis released...
New log machine symbolises turning point in Tumba mill’s recovery
Economy
The fact that few trees are dead straight has played into planning at Tumbarumba’s Hyne Timber Mill, leading the company to invest in new machinery to help combat the current timber shortage. A new quad roll log turner has just become part of the world class armoury at the mill, as part of a program of efficiency upgrades following the...
Rapid growth in parts of Wagga puts pressure on infrastructure
News
Funding the infrastructure to support the rapidly growing northern growth area in Wagga Wagga is the focus of proposed changes to three infrastructure contribution plans now open for community feedback. High rates of new growth in areas such as River Road and the existing population in Boorooma, Estella and Gobbagombalin will require new stormwater, sewerage, open space and transport infrastructure estimated...
Wallendbeen’s temporary bridge causing community concerns
News
Earlier this month it took a 750-tonne crane to successfully lift a 30-metre long, four-metre wide steel bridge over the rail corridor and into place on the Burley Griffin Way at Wallendbeen. The new but temporary bridge replaced a century-old cracked and aged two-lane brick overpass, which was closed in March due to major damage and, as a result, led...
Mountain of red tape a roadblock to north-bound harvest contractors
Community
This time each year, the Dawe family of Young dust down their headers, pack their eskys and kiss their families goodbye before they head out the front gate and turn north for the summer harvest. The journey of thousands of miles for these harvest contractors starts at Murringo, near Young, and weaves slowly up through the guts of NSW before...
‘Exciting’ new Timber Optimisation Hub approved for Eden despite community concerns
News
A new Timber Optimisation Hub has been approved to be built near Eden and while it has been hailed as an "exciting" development for the region, its critics believe it contrasts with efforts to combat climate change The development application was approved by Bega Valley Shire Council on Tuesday (14 September) with only three councillors voting against the proposal. Councillor...
Online shopping is helping Yass Valley community survive lockdown
Community
If you live in the Yass Valley and can't get into town, the best of town can now come to you.Yass Valley Council has just launched an online business and services directory which shows locals what's available and what it costs while being COVID-19 safe at the same time. The new Yass Valley Local Business Directory features a diverse range...
Light to Light Walk to be transformed under approved plans
News
The plans to transform the Far South Coast's iconic Light to Light Walk into a 30km trek with accommodation for hikers are moving forward - one step at a time. The Plan of Management amendment for Ben Boyd National Park has been adopted which allows for upgrades to the walk's track and visitor facilities, and the Light to Light Strategy...
Constance says Kings Highway closure plans ‘too harsh’
News
NSW Minister for Transport Andrew Constance has called for a rethink of a proposal to close the main road linking Canberra with the South Coast during work hours for four days a week for more than two months from the end of August 2021. The closure, to allow important road safety work on Kings Highway, has sparked uproar in the...
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...
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