Economy

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...
Summer price rise for Bega Cheese suppliers but future not secure
News
Along with the water in our dams and rivers, Australia's milk pool is dwindling, leaving processors like Bega Cheese in the position of having to pay more in an increasingly competitive market. "The price for milk fluctuates throughout the year," explains fifth-generation Bega dairy farmer Rob Russell "so we usually get paid more over winter when it's considered harder to...
Bega Valley draft climate resilience strategy open for comment now
News
The highly anticipated and widely debated Bega Valley Shire Council draft Climate Change Resilience Strategy 2050 is available now and is open for public comment until December 15. The draft document is not exhaustive but is not supposed to be at this stage, council’s Director of Community, Environment and Planning, Dr Alice Howe, says. "The strategy is currently a high-level...
Avoid travel apathy! Connect to a local private tour guide
Business
Another bus, another monument, another sightseeing destination crammed with gawkers looking to selfie their way to a social media frenzy... yawn. The good news is, you don’t have to succumb to another boring fact recited by an underwhelming wannabe actor masquerading as a tour guide. Instead, you can use a private guide to avoid travel apathy – here are 7...
Rain forecast for South East NSW, but wash the car just to make sure!
News
If you believe that the ritual of hanging out your washing or washing your car will bring rain, then you probably need to do those chores now! Just to make sure the forecast rain this weekend really does arrive. A large band of rain is sweeping through much of the southern half of Australia, with the Canberra and South East NSW...
Native Monaro grasses – part of a dry farming future
Environment
Native grasses are a key component in building a sustainable farming future according to one of the region's expert land managers. David Eddy, Senior Land Services Officer with South East Local Land Services has been mesmerised by big open spaces since his days bushwalking and camping as a boy with his nature-loving, country raised parents. "It seemed to me that native...
Merimbula’s ocean outfall seen as best option for this time
News
Bega Valley Shire Councillors have approved the location of Merimbula's new ocean outfall with a real sense of not really having too much choice. All spoke of their desire to see more of the treated effluent reused in the environment and community rather than dumped at sea but also of being directed by the NSW Government to build an ocean...
Final stage of Merimbula Airport upgrade to begin this weekend
News
The final stages of the Merimbula Airport upgrade will happen this weekend with a live transition into the long-awaited new terminal building, sixty years after the first terminal building was opened. Bega Valley Shire Council says short-term changes will still be needed from Monday while work moves to the short stay carpark around the terminal. Bega Valley Shire Council’s Project Manager, Jenny...
‘Caledonian Sky’ back in Batemans Bay with European visitors
News
The Eurobodalla's reputation as a destination for cruise ships takes another leap forward today (October 31) with the Caledonian Sky dropping anchor off Batemans Bay. This will be the luxury liner's second visit, part of a regional strategy by the Port Authority of NSW and Eurobodalla Shire Council to increase visits by smaller cruise ships. Having departed from Cairns on October 9,...
Rotary and Renewables return for 2019 Narooma Energy Expo – Saturday
Environment
Narooma Rotary have news for anyone who thinks Rotary clubs are all sausage sizzles and kneesocks. "We're not a bunch of fuddy-duddy's," laughs Rotary vice-president Laurelle Pacey. The club is once again organising the Narooma Renewable Energy Expo, a day which centres on the antithesis of fuddy-duddy -  groundbreaking and fast-moving renewable energy technology, which will save you money on power...
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