Economy

Industry backs natural oyster reef restoration ambitions
News
The NSW oyster industry has committed itself to playing its part in restoring natural oyster reefs along the state's coastline. Oyster reefs once covered vast areas of the intertidal and upper subtidal regions in many NSW estuaries, however, it is estimated that 99% of oyster reefs in Australia are now extinct. Small natural oyster populations still exist in most bays...
Green light for 38 Bega Valley projects
News
Some of the region's favourite and most loved organisations have been awarded cash grants from five licensed clubs in the Bega Valley, giving 38 local projects the green light to go ahead. Over $101,000 was handed out at the ClubGRANTS presentation adding to the $1.4 million distributed to local projects and organistaions over the last 16 years. Managed by Bega...
Old gold shines again in Braidwood – Dargues Reef Gold Mine
Economy
Braidwood and Majors Creek have become mining towns again. After years of prospecting, planning, consultation and preparatory works, the historic Dargues Reef Gold Mine at Majors Creek is back in action, with the first ore located on May 29. With hoards of hi viz workers out and about in Braidwood, blending with the tree changers, creatives and farmers, Braidwood is...
Cooma man arrested at Berridale for stealing Monaro wool
News
A Cooma man has been arrested and accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of wool. The 31-year-old was nabbed following a rural crime investigation into the alleged theft and on-sale of wool after a farmer at Bungarby reported a theft from his shearing shed in June. Shortly after 11 am yesterday (August 8), police arrested the 31-year-old at a property near...
Bega local one of 72 arrested during Brisbane climate protests this week
News
"Civil disobedience is where things change," says 19-year-old Hannah Doole from a Burly Heads beach, where she is recovering from a night in a Brisbane watchhouse on Tuesday. "If you look at history, nothing has happened until people have put themselves on the line. If it wasn't for civil disobedience, women probably still wouldn't be able to vote." Hannah, a...
Sister barge on its way to Batemans Bay to support new bridge project
News
Another piece in the jigsaw that is coming together to build the new Batemans Bay Bridge is on its way down the coast from Brisbane. The arrival of a second barge on the Clyde River to assist with the $274 million project is expected within the next two weeks. Known as a ‘sister’ to the barge currently anchored on the...
Festival of Open Minds Podcast – Hugh Mackay, Australia’s most respected and experienced social researcher
Podcast
Australia’s most respected and experienced social researcher, Hugh Mackay, believes something is wrong with our nation and in the lives of its citizens. At the inaugural Festival of Open Minds in September 2018, Hugh came to Bega to explain what and why, but more importantly how he thinks we can change for the better. "It's at the local level that...
Bega’s Soup Ute provides warmth and company each Thursday night
Community
I'm waiting for Chris Groninger at the bus stop opposite Centrelink in Bega on a chilly evening. Although dusk is falling, there is no sign of Chris or his Soup Ute until he suddenly pulls up alongside me and unceremoniously begins unloading a few boxes. "This is it, this is the Soup Ute," Chris says with a broad smile. "We...
“Logging state forests close to settlements like Mogo is totally a lost opportunity” – NSW Greens
Environment
Ongoing logging in the Mogo State Forest, south of Batemans Bay is being monitored by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), amid calls to value and use local forests in new ways. “There’s so much more to gain from keeping our forests than destroying them,” says NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge. “Logging state forests close to settlements like Mogo is totally...
Old family determined to serve customers after Jindabyne blaze
News
A fire that burnt through most of Saturday night has destroyed a longstanding Jindabyne business, Leesville Laundromat, which services many of the region's tourist providers. Despite the setback, the owners say it will be business as usual this week. In a post on social media, owner Kylee Old says "We have outsourced the laundering of your linen to another laundry...
Visionary Eden gathers to celebrate cruise milestone – new wharf open!
News
It feels odd to think and now say that concrete and steel can have warmth and heart - but the Eden community proved it so today at the opening of the port's $44 million cruise ship wharf. "From a youthful perspective, I believe this remarkable landmark in our town will make an innumerable number of strides towards boosting the economy,...
Tuross doctors can no longer “weather the storm” surgery to close
News
The Tuross community will be without a doctor from the end of this month, a move that will alarm other communities in Southern New South Wales. "The difficult and disappointing decision has been made to close this practice – the last consulting day will be Friday, 30 August 2019," a media statement from Queen Street Medical Centre Tuross says. GP Partner,...
Eurobodalla launches ‘All Kinds of Natural’ – watch new TV ad here
News
The Eurobodalla has a new catchphrase as it pushes further out into the competitive tourism market. 'All Kinds of Natural' replaces the 'Unspoilt Eurobodalla' campaign of recent years. The new messaging and advertising push was unveiled last night (July 31) before 100 local tourism operators at the Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre in Moruya. Eurobodalla Mayor Liz Innes says, the campaign...
Cooma Challenge opens Jindabyne office to expand disability services
Community
The Snowy Monaro's largest locally based disability and aged care provider, Cooma Challenge, has announced the opening of a Jindabyne office, located in the Snowy Mountains Neighbourhood Centre. "We saw a significant need for a local service in Jindaybyne," says recently appointed CEO Darren Carr, "and the community has been very welcoming." Currently, Coordinator Peter Wilson works from the Neighbourhood Centre...
Country Uni Centres will add value to NSW – Duncan Taylor
News
Duncan Taylor is confident the Country Universities Centre (CUC) he helped pioneer will prove its value to New South Wales beyond the standard matrix of worth. The CUC scheme was launched in Cooma in 2013, a Snowy Monaro initiative that has grown to include campuses at Broken Hill and Goulburn in the last 12 months, with plans for more of...
Bega distillery scoops two International Awards for 2019
Food & Wine
Just north of Eden lies the little town of Bega. Just north of Bega lies a little farm known as Stony Creek Farm, where a pair of very clever people have been distilling delicious crystal clear gin in their shed since October 2018: North of Eden Gin. Karen Touchie and Gavin Hughes called us late yesterday evening with a certain...
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