Economy

Bega Valley Innovation Hub ready for first round of start-ups
Economy
The Bega Valley Innovation Hub will open its doors on March 14 with the first cohort of local entrepreneurs, start-ups, creatives, and existing business selected and ready to grow a sustainable business in the region. Interest in the iAccelerate business acceleration program offered by the Hub has exceeded expectations with over 21 applications received, with the first cohort chosen on the basis...
Abalone warning after busy summer for the black market
News
The taste of abalone is a rare delicacy but one that is chased and prized by those who enjoy the shellfish, its a passion supported by a black market and illegal poachers. The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is warning locals and holidaymakers in the Bega Valley, Eurobodalla, and Shoalhaven to make sure the abalone they purchase is legal and safe...
NSW Election – a snap shot of the week that was in the seat of Bega
News
News and announcements from the NSW Election trail in the seat of Bega are overwhelming. A contest of ideas and for votes is in full swing. Here's a nuts and bolts snapshot of what happened this week in the run-up to March 23.  Andrew Constance, Member for Bega, Liberal: New police station for Bega "Bega’s crime fighters will soon have a...
New DPI book to help you get the best out of dairy goats
Economy
Goat exhibitors at agricultural shows around Southern NSW aren't always there in big numbers, but their passion for their animals and the products they produce is comparable with the bigger classes like beef and sheep. The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has just released a guide to support those in the industry or wanting to break in. Lead author of...
Concern for future of Batemans Bay Community Centre
News
Eurobodalla Shire Council has rejected claims it is planning to demolish the Batemans Bay Community Centre but says plans to sell or lease the space are still being considered. "I don't know where this talk of demolition came from, it has no factual basis," says Lindsay Usher, Council’s Director of Planning and Sustainability. Talk about the centre's future has prompted a...
Mike Kelly flags a new future for local forestry – jobs and environment
News
In the wake of potential job losses at Eden's Blue Ridge Hardwoods and ongoing concern with native forestry, the Member for Eden-Monaro is suggesting a shake-up of the timber industry. "Our native forests could very well potentially hold more value as carbon sinks and in ecotourism, perhaps alongside some selective sustainable logging activity," Mike Kelly says. Speaking with Region Media,...
New Eurobodalla foodie business emerges for Autumn Equinox
Food & Wine
As the heydays of summer draw to a close, people far and wide are invited to Tilba, to celebrate the changing seasons and the arrival of a new foodie business in the Eurobodalla. The Figtree Food Company has arrived from Mudgee and invites you to their celebration of the Autumn Equinox, which marks the move from the summer cycle into...
Pumped hydro now part of Australia’s future, green light for Snowy 2.0
News
Momentum around Snowy 2.0 keeps gathering speed with the Morrison Government today approving the revitalised pumped hydro scheme as part of its renewable energy plans for Australia’s future energy mix. "The Government is pleased to announce shareholder approval has been given for Snowy Hydro Limited to proceed with Snowy 2.0," Prime Minister, Scott Morrison says. The next step in the historic project was...
Dollars flow up to the mountains ahead of March 23 NSW Election
News
The gateway to the NSW Snowy Mountains is booming, and Jindabyne, in the Deputy Premier’s seat of Monaro is seeing enormous amounts of promised investment. On Saturday the Deputy Premier and Member for Monaro John Barilaro, committed almost $70 million worth of infrastructure projects for Jindabyne if re-elected on March 23. Mr Barilaro said the Liberal and National Government “will...
Bega’s Two Sheds Workshop expanding into Canberra
Community
Following the success of her Two Sheds woodworking workshop for women and children in Bega, Jo Saccomani is expanding her business to Wanniassa in Canberra with hopes of also expanding the visibility of female tradespeople. 'Women make up less than two per cent of tradespeople in Australia," Jo says."And so what we're doing is teaching women woodwork to change the...
Bemboka farming family ‘hops’ to it for harvest season
Food & Wine
The era of family farms seems long gone and yet, sitting around a table under a canopy on a farm just outside Bemboka are sisters Jade McManus, Samantha McManus and Karen Taylor, together with Karen's husband Morgan, the McManus and Taylor matriarchs, a scattering of friends and me.  We are all busy pulling hops from vines, eating popcorn, drinking beer. ...
Major works start on new Batemans Bay Bridge
News
“Today we celebrated two major milestones for the Batemans Bay Bridge project, the opening of a new facility to help inspire and empower the future skills base for the South Coast, and the start of major work on the bridge,” says NSW Roads, Maritime and Freight Minister, Melinda Pavey. Major work on the new Batemans Bay Bridge is underway with the...
Eden timber jobs in limbo as change takes hold
Community
You'd be a cold fish not to have an emotional response to the powerful protest that lines the fence of Blue Ridge Hardwoods as you enter Eden. The detail behind it is more complex. Blue Ridge, the largest employer in Eden, has not been able to renew its exclusive wood supply agreement with the NSW Forestry Corporation, placing the future employment...
Eurobodalla solar group applauds focus on renewables in NSW Election
Environment
A community organisation with the goal of achieving a low carbon Eurobodalla has welcomed renewable energy commitments from both major parties in the run-up to the March 23 NSW Election. The South Coast Health and Sustainability Alliance (SHASA) has run solar bulk buys which have helped households with sufficient funds to cover the upfront costs to install rooftop solar. The Alliance...
NBN network coming to parts of Bega Valley this week
News
After ten years of public uncertainty and confusion, the National Broadband Network will extend its roll out around the Bega Valley this week, with homes at Berrambool, Merimbula, Mirador and Tura Beach able to access the network as of today (February 22). Pambula, Pambula Beach, and South Pambula will follow next month. On top of those advances, you may...
Tathra starts push for 100% renewable energy in Bega Valley
News
The Bega Valley has taken its first step towards being powered by 100% renewable energy by 2030. Last night's public meeting in Tathra unanimously endorsed the idea, the only dissenting voice was that of Brogo's Peter Haggar who with a smile suggested 2025 should be the target. An academic from the Australian National University said that is very possible. Answering...
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