Economy

Million dollar upgrade of Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden starts
Environment
A $3 million facelift for the much loved and respected Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden is underway in 2019. A new purpose-built home for the heritage-listed Wallace Herbarium is on track to be complete by February. The former herbarium space will be converted into a new retail area to provide visitor services and sell quality, locally-made art, wares and produce. A...
Stage two of Broulee Surf Club upgrade funded – $350,000
Community
Stage two of the Broulee Surf Club upgrade is a go thanks to a $350,000 grant from the NSW Government. Club Secretary, Wendy Law says its very exciting and is the culmination of six years of planning. "We'll be replacing our first-aid room which is twenty years old, extending the downstairs area by eight metres which will give us more...
Oyster Reef Restoration Project aims to repair post-European damage
Environment
2019 brings a focus on restoring natural oyster reefs along the New South Wales coastline, with the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) launching the Oyster Reef Restoration Project. As a starting point, Eurobodalla and Bega Valley oyster farmers are invited to have input via an online survey. NSW Acting Senior Fisheries Manager, Charlotte Jenkins, says the restoration project is a key...
Three concepts presented for Batemans Bay Aquatic & Arts Centre
News
“This is going to be an incredible facility for our community, and if you want to have a say on how you would like it to come together, now is the time,” says Mayor Liz Innes. The layout of the new Batemans Bay Regional Aquatic, Arts and Leisure Centre at Mackay Park is up for discussion, with three options presented...
“Rolling the town’s money around to where it needs to be” – Merimbula Fish Auction
Community
Chris Young, secretary of the Merimbula Big Game and Lakes Angling Club, has been up since 4:30 am and fishing all day. It’s now 2:30 pm on Sunday the January 6 and Young is still going strong, getting ready for his club’s annual charity fish auction, which this year benefits Merimbula Marine Rescue. “It’s illegal for recreational anglers to sell...
Teen lifesavers recognised on $30 million day for Batemans Bay road
News
The New South Wales Premier has again visited the Bega electorate announcing further spending ahead of the March State Election and recognising three teen lifesavers. Local roads came first with Premier Gladys Berejiklian committing dollars to the long talked about intersection that will connect the South Batemans Bay Link Road, also known as Glenella Road, with the Princes Highway. Speaking in...
Drive-in for some Jellat sweet corn this January
Community
The only drive-through sweet corn stall in Australia is setting a cracking pace as visitors and locals rush in for their annual hit. For the last 25 to 30 years, fields of tall sweet corn have been grown on the floodplains of the Bega River between Bega and Tathra at Jellat Jellat (pronounced: Jilla Jilla) by the Daly and Russell families. Jellat...
New Year’s resolutions for politicians: could anything fix this mess?
Opinion
New Year's resolutions link a calendar date with the alluring promise of leaving a disappointing past behind. But to describe the last year in Australian politics as disappointing would be an understatement, riddled as it was with sleaze, bombast and treachery on all sides. This year, a Federal election beckons. So I asked some of the region's brightest political brains...
Plenty ‘brewing’ at Goulburn in early 2019
News
Consumer choice is driving demand for craft beers and Sydney based Tribe Breweries is primed with its new $35m brewing and packaging facility in Goulburn almost operational to increase and consolidate its market share. When the state of the art facility begins brewing around early February 2019, it will make Tribe Australia’s fourth largest brewing group. Work began on the...
Bermagui start-up joins global tech giants in anti-encryption protest
News
A Bega Valley start-up has joined global technology giants in criticising the anti-encryption laws passed during the last sitting of Federal Parliament for 2018. Under the banner of the Reform Government Surveillance (RGS) coalition, companies like Apple, Microsoft, Google, Dropbox, Evernote and Twitter have slammed the new laws. In a statement earlier this month, the group said, "RGS has consistently...
Old whaling techniques used to save whales from entanglement
Environment
The whale migration of 2018 has been a delight, but more and more a specialist team from the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is being called upon to untangle our mammal cousins from ropes, buoys, and fishing gear. With increasing familiarity, whales are leaping, splashing, blowing, and singing their way up and down the New South Wales coastline headed...
Frogs Hollow Flight School –  “I will fight this into my old age.”
News
Bega thespian David Stocker almost stole the show yesterday as the Southern Regional Planning Panel (SRPP) met to determine the future of the proposed Frogs Hollow Flight School between Bega and Merimbula. I say 'almost' because the panel's refusal of the Development Application (DA) was what the community had really come to see yesterday (December 13). Mr Stocker was one...
Bournda abalone bust nets over 800 molluscs and four men
News
A fisheries surveillance operation south of Tathra has seen four men in possession of 867 abalone apprehended. NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Director of Fisheries Compliance, Patrick Tully, says the four offenders were found with the abalone in their vehicle in November, following extensive surveillance along a remote stretch of coastline in the Bournda National Park. “DPI Fisheries Officers and Bega...
Next step in Batemans Bay Bridge project revealed – community to comment
News
The detailed design for the Batemans Bay Bridge replacement has been released with a number of changes to the earlier design. The aim of the $274 million project is to improve freight access, reduce traffic delays in peak periods, and reduce economic and social impacts by removing the current lift span bridge. Member for Bega, Andrew Constance says, “The detailed...
“Historic investment in Bega TAFE” – Andrew Constance
News
“This is an absolute game changer for the people of the Bega Valley who are set to benefit from a TAFE presence rivalled by few others across the State,” says TAFE Minister, Adam Marshall. The comments came as a bulldozer moved soil around on what will become a new hub for learning in Bega. An extra $17 million dollars has...
Regional NSW to be a cruise ship destination with Natalie at the helm
Economy
Eden's success as a cruise ship destination is inspiring the whole New South Wales coastline and taking one local tourism leader along for the ride. Natalie Godward has just been appointed Cruise Development Manager for the Port Authority of NSW. "This is the best job in the world in the best community, it's pretty exciting to be on the cusp...
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