Economy

Good food saved from landfill and redirected to hungry bellies
News
Good food is about to get a second life through a new partnership between Sapphire Community Pantry and Bega Valley Shire Council. The NSW Environment Protection Authority has allocated $177,070 to Council’s Waste and Recycling team for a project that will redirect food from the Shire's landfill sites to The Pantry in Bega and on to the tables of local families....
Old Tom to get a new home with $$$ for Eden Killer Whale Museum
News
The iconic Eden Killer Whale Museum will soon boast two new gallery areas and storage space that will "be full in no time" according to chairman Jack Dickenson, with help from a $640,000 Federal Government grant. The two new galleries will be built as extensions to the current museum and one will likely house the museum's most famous resident (and perhaps the town's)...
Rebellion starts in Bermagui for fashion designer Simone Ellis
Arts & Culture
Bermagui's Simone Ellis seized an opportunity offered by an Instagram post, added crowdfunding and a whole heap of rope, packed a surfboard bag with her high-end fashion designs and headed to the runways of New York Fashion Week (NYFW) recently. As an independent fashion designer, Simone showcased eight of her extraordinary designs at the 'Flying Solo' show, one of the...
Work starts on Merimbula Airport terminal extension
News
Work starts this week on the Merimbula Airport Terminal upgrade, with Albury-based Joss Construction emerging as the successful pitch from the public tender process. Bega Valley Shire Council says an extension of the terminal is needed in order to allow a greater range of aircraft and airlines to provide services to the region, making it less dependent on the current provider - Rex Airlines....
Barr to push for direct flights to Canberra on visit to China
Business
Direct flights from China to the ACT will be on the agenda this week when Chief Minister Andrew Barr leads a Government delegation to Guangzhou and Canberra's sister city Beijing. Mr Barr said growing the ACT's largest international tourism market and more international flights were the key objectives for the delegation. He will meet with China Southern Airlines and representatives from...
Booth by booth backs Barilaro for another four years in Monaro
News
As the count continues in the NSW seat of Monaro, the incumbent John Barilaro is stretching his lead out to a 9% swing with just over 80% of the vote counted. From 56,951 enrolled voters, the two-party preferred result has Mr Barilaro of The Nationals on 60.28% and Labor’s Bryce Wilson - 39.72%. The local Member since 2011, and Deputy...
PODCAST – Reimagining the housing dream at Cobargo Folk Festival
Podcast
The 'Ideas from the Edge' forums at the Cobargo Folk Festival, "are an opportunity to refresh your activist spirit, meet with local troublemakers, activists, and thinkers, as they discuss their ideas and visions for a better world," according to the Yuin Folk Club. At the 2019 festival held earlier this month, the Ideas agenda took in climate change, education systems,...
40 metre flying fox coming to Cobargo!
Community
An injection of funding to upgrade small-town parks around the Bega Valley has been met with vigorous community involvement, especially by a group of parents in Cobargo, who have been working with Council on ways to up the 'wow' factor of their local park. Apex Park in Cobargo, Memorial Park in Wyndham, Bicentennial Park in Bemboka and Lions Park in...
NSW Election – same same in Monaro, Goulburn and Bega
News
There's no change in Macquarie Street following this weekend's NSW Election as the Berejiklian Barilaro Government retains power. In Monaro, Goulburn, and Bega, incumbent Coalition members have all kept their seats although some are contending with swings against them. NSW Nationals Leader John Barilaro has increased his margin in Monaro despite expectations that the fight might be close. Labor candidate Bryce Wilson...
Another step forward in a clean energy future for the Bega Valley
News
Between 350-400 people in Bega last night unanimously voted for 100% renewable energy for the Bega Valley by 2030. The vote, initiated by local climate change action group Clean Energy for Eternity (CEFE), follows a similarly unanimous vote and public meeting in Tathra on February 19. CEFE Founder, Dr Matthew Nott said that the results of both meetings will be taken...
Voters to make the final call on Eurobodalla Rural Lands Strategy
News
Those concerned with the Eurobodalla Rural Lands Strategy have succeeded in delaying the process and making it an issue voters need to consider when they go to the ballot box for the NSW Election. "It's do or die on Saturday," says Kathryn Maxwell, Co-Convenor of the Nature Coast Alliance. "If you care about the Nature Coast and you want to see...
Gin distillery springs from old dairy country, ‘North of Eden’
Food & Wine
Alchemy is defined as the discovery of an ‘elixir of life’. One couple 'North of Eden' are close to finding this illusive decoction. Over the bridge in their own little Eden-like paradise a few kilometres out of Bega, lies the secret laboratory of a gin-distilling alchemist. Surrounded by shining copper accoutrements and appurtenances he devises and concocts his potions, following...
Swift action saves ACT from new invasive weed outbreak
Environment
Swift action from the ACT Government’s new Biosecurity Emergency Response Team has saved the territory from a new invasive weed which can quickly take hold and resists burning, slashing and herbicides. An infestation of the high-risk invasive species Coolatai Grass was recently spotted by a Parks and Conservation ranger along the Cotter Road near Duffy and removed within hours of...
Bega Valley ‘Factory of the Future’ launches a mix of seven start-ups
Economy
The Bega Valley’s “Factory of the Future” is at work with seven start-up businesses stepping forward to take part in a unique business accelerator program run by the University of Wollongong and the iAccelerate Innovation Network. Twenty-one applications were received to be part of the first cohort at the Bega Valley Innovation Hub. The seven selected were chosen because of...
Moruya Airport upgrade moving ahead
News
The upgrade of the Moruya Airport runway has been completed ahead of schedule, with Council now preparing to move on to the next stage of the precincts development. Crews from Eurobodalla Shire Council have worked seven days a week and at least 13 hours a day to complete the works, utilising more than 100 staff and subcontractors. Council Project Engineer, Carlyle...
More flows planned for Snowy but drought taking its toll on how much
News
The new Snowy Advisory Committee (SAC) has delivered its first report to the NSW Government and is supporting high flow events during winter and spring this year, along with a bigger water release to help flush the river system in October. The Committee was formed last year to deliver independent, expert and community-based advice on environmental water flows into the Snowy River...
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