Economy

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...
Rural lifestyle, big impact: Tony Dean makes art for your hip pocket
Arts & Culture
You might have to squint to see it but on the top right-hand side of the Armistice Day centenary two dollar coin,  is a tiny initial: TD. Bega-based designer Tony Dean (AKA TD) has had the pleasure of putting his initials on two circulating two dollar coins in a series of five coloured Remembrance Day coins. His first design, inspired...
Canberra Show slashes ticket prices as part of bid to revive event
Arts & Culture
Organisers of the Royal Canberra Show have slashed ticket prices for next year as part of an opening gambit to arrest declining attendances and revive the struggling event. Tickets will be 30 per cent cheaper than this year, with a further 20 per cent discount if purchased online, as well as $5 a day for school students. The Royal National...
Phone scammers targeting Southern NSW
News
South Coast police have issued a warning about phone scammers attempting to coax local people out of their money ahead of Christmas. Multiple reports have been received with people describing phone calls from someone claiming to represent either the NSW Police Force, the Australian Taxation Office, Telstra, or a financial institution. Police say the caller talks of an outstanding bill...
Why Government should not be competing with small oyster businesses – Leanne Atkinson
Opinion
Small businesses should be owned and operated by families and private individuals – not by the government. This is why the decision of Premier Berejiklian to take a $3.3 million ownership stake in Australia’s Oyster Coast (AOC) in my mind is contentious and controversial. Small businesses are the lifeblood of the economy, particularly in regional areas like ours. They create...
Canberra key to Monaro rail trail’s potential tourism bonanza for region
News
The development of a recreational trail along the disused rail line between Queanbeyan and Bombala would add $4 million a year to the regional economy, according to a pre-feasibility study. The study, prepared by TRC Tourism for Monaro Rail Trail Inc, examined the case for establishing a trail for cyclists, walkers and runners along the 213km corridor, concluding that the potential tourism...
Volunteer fundraisers: Unsung heroes when it comes to Goulburn hospital
Community
The BDCU Goulburn Hospital Fundraising Inc. might be small in number but its efforts have been gigantic, providing patients with access to around $400,000 worth of equipment that the NSW Government health budget hasn’t necessarily covered. In April of this year, the committee’s hard work was recognised, receiving an award from NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian for ‘Outstanding Fundraising Efforts’. It’s...
‘Wild Wombat’ attracts over 200 riders to the forests of Mogo
Sport
The inaugural Jetblack Wild Wombat mountain bike event in Mogo at the weekend attracted over 200 riders from all over NSW and the ACT. The team relay classifications were popular with groups of up to six taking to the 10 km loop track around Deep Creek Dam south of Batemans Bay on Saturday (December 1), Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens acting...
Monaro has massive potential for renewable hydro energy
Environment
One of Australia's leading renewable energy experts says the Monaro region's pumped hydro potential could help to establish base-load power for a wholly renewable energy system within the next decade. Professor Andrew Blakers, director of the ANU's Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems, believes that in addition to Snowy Hydro 2, there are "plenty of other opportunities" for pumped hydro in the...
Nurses lead digital innovation in ageing and end-of-life care
Health & Wellbeing
Two nurses with a passion for aged care have thrown in their jobs to become digital entrepreneurs dedicated to empowering people as they age or face the end of their life. "We are two nurses out of our comfort zone," laughs Rebecca Glover, co-founder of ExSitu. Rebecca and her business partner April Creed have over 45 years combined experience in...
The right balance between humans and flying foxes – Mayor Liz Innes
News
With the chatter of a small flying fox camp at Catalina being monitored, Eurobodalla Shire Councillors have endorsed a new management plan that looks to strike a balance between the needs of residents and this vulnerable native species. According to Council, there are currently around 1,600 Grey-headed Flying Foxes just south of the Batemans Bay CBD. Residents are being asked...
Mates tackle Snowy Mountains trail run to help retired greyhounds
Community
Ethan Sharp and Tom Metcalfe were rendered speechless when they first heard of the plight of greyhounds, left homeless and abandoned once their final race was run. A year has passed since the ACT Government legislated a ban on greyhound racing. For the greyhounds who no longer have a career path in front of them, this meant that there would...
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