Economy

Gratitude for oven mitts and public health
Opinion
Any chance I might have had as a hand model melted away last Saturday night when I burnt my hand and arm and was rushed to hospital. It's was supposed to be easy dinner of beef filled ravioli - packs of the pasta were on special and we were hungry so it was an extra big pot that came to...
Intrepid explorers enjoy Eden’s fare, history and experiences from new Cruise Wharf
Economy
At 261 metres long, and 77,441 tonnes, the gleaming white Pacific Explorer is a mighty and impressive sight. Pulled alongside the new Eden Cruise Wharf she dwarfs the busy support boats and tugs around and under her. A $44 million project, fifteen years in the planning, the wharf extension commenced construction in 2017 and was completed in August this year....
Argument against rate rise sinks as Bega Valley plans for six pools future
News
The six swimming pools dotted around the inland villages of the Bega Valley are well-loved, but for that same community, the idea of paying extra to maintain and upgrade them has gone down like a Band-Aid floating in the shallow end. Despite the local reaction to an increase in rates, Bega Valley Shire Councillors have voted seven to two to...
Calls for historic Charleyong Bridge to be saved as tourism draw card
News
Nerriga Road users have welcomed the construction of a new $23 million bridge over the Mongarlowe River at Charleyong, but some locals would like to save the old ‘Allen Truss’ Bridge which has served the road since 1901. Nerriga Road (MR92), or the Old Wool Road, runs between Braidwood and Nowra. Construction of the road approaches began in July 2018 and...
Bega Valley Repair Cafe gives the broken and busted a second chance
News
Forget the tip - the Bega Valley now has a place where much loved but broken and busted appliances get a second chance. Bega Valley Repair Cafe is a not-for-profit community initiative with the purpose of repairing items rather than seeing them go into landfill. "It also provides a social connection for people as they learn how to repair everyday...
Climate change is making preppers out of all of us
Opinion
While living in my husband's homeland in Montana, USA, I became aware of the concept of 'preppers,' people who think that the world will end imminently and are getting prepared by moving to a remote area, learning survival skills like hunting and stockpiling goods they think will be useful at the end of the world. Yesterday, after seeing emergency preparedness checklists...
High prices help farmers but butchers feel pinch as drought bites
Community
In 42 years as a butcher, Peter Lindbeck has never seen lamb prices so high due to the unrelenting drought, leaving no room for profit margins. As well as running Lindbeck’s Butchery in Queanbeyan, Mr Lindbeck assesses apprentice butchers throughout the Territory for the Canberra Institute of Technology, which allows him to see inside numerous other butcher shops. “The amount...
‘Big Ideas’ welcome to grow the Bega Valley jobs of the future
Business
Big ideas for tackling local unemployment and creating new job and education opportunities are being encouraged at two community workshops in Bega and Eden next week. Bega Valley Shire Council’s 'Jobs & Skills Bega Valley' project aims to get a better understanding of the local jobs market as it currently is and what needs to happen to expand employment opportunities?...
From Braidwood to Mogo, helping NSW farmers with Christmas cheer
News
Two old friends have joined a new national movement to spread a little Christmas cheer to rural women doing it tough around New South Wales. Helen Farley, of Braidwood and Theresa Matthews, of Mogo, are both collecting parcels for distribution by drought-relief organization Ladies of the Land, which delivers parcels of treats to women living and working on farms during...
Southern comfort for our northern brothers and sisters living with bushfire
News
The bushfire emergency across Northern New South Wales and Queensland is all too close for the communities of the Bega Valley. On one hellish afternoon in March 2018, 65 homes were destroyed in the Reedy Swamp, Vimy Ridge, and Tathra Bushfire. Like the current crisis, conditions at the time were described as "unprecedented". A handful of months later the communities...
National Recycling Week in Snowy Monaro – myth busting and habit help
Environment
Snowy Monaro Regional Council is supporting Planet Ark’s National Recycling Week with a series of pop-up information displays throughout the region. National Recycling Week runs from Monday, November 11 to Sunday, November 17. The focus of this year’s event is to tackle the most common recycling myths. Council’s Resource and Waste Education Officers will help you learn more about common...
Relying on REX for regional lifestyle, city career
Business
Rising out of the dust of the 2001 collapse of beloved Australian airline Ansett, Rex has a key role in the growth of our local shires, allowing more people to live regionally and still commute regularly to business centres like Sydney and Melbourne. Adelqui Rizzotto, whose family know him as Junior, is an easy-going surfer and Brazilian native who married...
Animal Liberation group launches in Batemans Bay
News
Following recent concern around Australia about the treatment of horses at the end of their career, a number of Batemans Bay residents have joined together to form an affiliate group of Animal Liberation NSW - Animal Liberation Batemans Bay. The new group aims to be pro-active in the community in various ways such as holding street stalls, talking to the...
Ocean outfall decision questioned, council confident of end result
News
Last week's meeting of Bega Valley Shire Council unanimously approved the location of a 2.6 km ocean outfall in Merimbula Bay. There was a sense of councillors not really having too much choice as plans for the Merimbula Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) upgrade advance. A number of times during the discussion and in previous communication around the project, Council has...
Pitch for Canberra to host Asia Pacific’s very first accessible tourism conference and Expo
Business
With the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability commencing public hearings this week, the general public will be forced to confront how we have often failed to create a safe, inclusive and supportive community for people with disabilities. It is vitally important to shine a light on where the system is failing people with disabilities and...
Bega Valley jobs of the future being investigated
Economy
Meaningful employment and learning opportunities for all ages is the focus of a new partnership between Bega Valley Shire Council and well-known employment agency Campbell Page. Council’s Economic Development Officer, Alison Vandenbergh, says, ‘Jobs & Skills Bega Valley’  aims to provide insights into the local labour market - the challenges and opportunities. “Western Research Institute has been engaged to undertake the research...
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