The region will be looking to the skies this weekend to extinguish the flames that still burn in our landscape and to top up our depleted water reserves.
There's lots happening across the whole Shire for Seniors Festival 2020. Here are the events proudly supported by the Bega Valley Shire Council's community grants program.
Bega Valley Shire Council this week resolved on a suite of measures to further support our community, especially those impacted during the ongoing bushfire disaster.
The next exhibition to be unveiled at the Bega Valley Regional Gallery (BVRG) on Friday 14 February showcases craft-based creations with a political intent.
This summer, Red Cross volunteers across NSW have been on the ground, helping at evacuation centres, offering people emotional support and participating in recovery efforts. Councillor Sharon Tapscott is one of those Red Cross volunteers. Her story is one that might be familiar.
As the saying goes - extreme circumstances require extreme solutions and that is most certainly the case with the work currently being done to secure the safe supply of water to the communities in the north of our Shire.
Senior members of our community have attended several events this week to celebrate the start of NSW Seniors Festival, funded by the Bega Valley Shire Council.
Bega Valley Shire Council encourages individuals, organisations and businesses wanting to donate quality goods and services to those directly affected by the bushfires to use GIVIT, a not-for-profit organisation that matches donations with those who need them most.
While Council continues to manage the aftermath of the bushfire disaster and look to the recovery and rebuilding that stands before us, our Recreation and Natural Assets team is continuing to progress the delivery of some long-awaited capital projects.
The lifting of the boil water notice occurs immediately. Water from the tap is now safe to drink and no longer needs to be boiled for any purpose.
For many in our communities, the immediate future is difficult to comprehend. For others, like Cathy Griff and Jo Dodds, recent bushfires are signaling that its time to seriously consider and plan for the future. They reflect on their bushfire experiences.
With the weekend approaching, Bega Valley Shire Council's Mayor, Cr Kristy McBain urges everyone directly and indirectly affected by the bushfires to take the time to visit Council’s website and read through the Bushfire Recovery Support information.
Bega Valley Shire Council has been installing essential sediment and erosion controls in bushfire affected estuaries and waterways over the past few weeks.
Bega Valley Shire Library is introducing an innovative literacy program matching up registered pet therapy dogs with children who may be experiencing reading difficulties.
Throughout the first few weeks of January, Merimbula and Bega townships experienced waves of people coming and going, and coming again, as bushfire alert levels fluctuated from Advice, to Watch and Act, to Emergency and back again - Councillors Russell Fitzpatrick and Liz Seckold both know how hard it is to pack up and leave your home in an emergency.
The support available to the local business community was the topic of two NSW Government small business bushfire assistance meetings held in Bega and Eden last week.
The Australian Defence Force has stepped up and stepped in to assist Council in its ongoing efforts to continue to supply reliable and high-quality water to the northern part of our Shire.
There was a great turnout yesterday for the first of a number of free digital marketing workshops for local businesses.
True to its name, the Bega Valley Innovation Hub (BVIH) has been responsive to changing conditions, putting regular programs on hold so they can focus on helping existing businesses survive, and even grow, during this crucial post-bushfire period.
You and your community have a lot to consider and tackle at the moment. Together we are working through those issues.
Bega Valley Shire Council has adopted the Rural Residential Strategy, which will now be provided to the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment for consideration.
The Bega Valley Shire Council has allocated $250,000 from the Bushfire Community Resilience and Economic Recovery Fund towards business recovery, tourism marketing and events, and will ask the state and federal governments to extend this funding an additional two years.
Panel-damaged vehicles, damaged components, burnt out clutches and clogged air filters. Council's Fleet Facilities team has seen it all this summer as it’s worked hard to help keep Rural Fire Service vehicles in fire-fighting service.
The Bega Valley Shire Council is holding a Love Our Lakes and Clean Up Australia Day event in Merimbula to celebrate the 30th anniversary of this important national initiative.
Level 4 water restrictions that have been in place for the Brogo-Bermagui water supply system have been completely lifted today.
On the back of the announcement from the National Rugby League (NRL) that this Saturday's 'Battle of the West' trial game between Penrith and Parramatta at the Bega Recreation Ground is an official sell out, we are certainly set for an exciting few days of action.
Information on the ongoing fire emergency in the Bega Valley and Eurobodalla Shire Areas.
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Download tips on dealing with gas bottles during and after the bushfire.
Council and Essential Energy have worked together to provide generator power to pumps at Ben Boyd Dam in Eden. This now means that water can be replenished to Eden at a slightly faster rate. As a result, this means that in the short term, the quality of water for drinking purposes to Eden cannot be guaranteed.
Bega Valley Shire Council advises that kerbside waste collections will continue across the Shire in areas that are safe and that are open to regular traffic.
Bega Valley Shire Council has started planning for recovery to support individuals, families and businesses as they safely move back into their communities, despite the ongoing nature of the current bushfire disaster.
The NSW State Government has advised that it will cover site clean-up costs for all destroyed/damaged properties - those insured and not insured. This means that insurance payments can be fully utilised for rebuilding.
The generosity of people is astounding during times of disaster and our communities have gone above and beyond to support their friends, families, neighbours, visitors, tourists and businesses as bushfires continue to burn across the Bega Valley landscape.
Due to the impacts of the bushfires in our local area, Bega Valley Shire Council's Children's Services have needed to revise start dates for this year, with the safety of all children, families and staff remaining our focus.
For those impacted by the recent bushfires, Bega Valley Shire Council is accepting fire affected waste, free of charge at some waste facilities.
The Bega Valley's Bushfire Recovery Centre is open and located in the Bega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre.
NSW Health has advised that the boil water notice for Eden and Boydtown water supply system can be lifted, based on chlorine and turbidity levels across the water supply system and Council’s management of the system.
Council is very happy to have received approval from the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) to convert the fire impacted Cobargo Transfer Station into an engineered landfill site.
Bega Valley Shire Council is allocating $60,000 to a 12-week marketing campaign to attract visitors to the area and strongly encourage a 'buy local' sentiment.
Australia Day 2020 will be the first celebratory event of the year for most of us in the Bega Valley as new year events turned into non-events in the midst of our bushfires.
NSW Health has advised that the boil water notice for Quaama, Cobargo, Bermagui, Beauty Point, Fairhaven, Wallaga Lake, Wallaga Lake Heights, Akolele and Wallaga Lake Koori Village can be lifted.
'Empty Eskys' ave been turning up on the Sapphire Coast of the Bega Valley, much to the delight of communities coming to terms with a new post bushfire normal.
Councillor Tony Allen is a man of the land, from a 4th generation family of dairy farmers on a property out Yowrie way. In the immediate hours and days after the Badja Forest Road fire that ripped through Yowrie, Wandella and then Cobargo, locals sought out each other and refuge at a place they were familiar with – the Cobargo Showground. Cr Allen found himself gravitating towards the showground too. Here's his story - one of a series on Bega Valley Shire councillors and their experiences of the bushfires that have featured across our landscape over the 2019/2020 summer.
In a further effort to support the members of our community who have been impacted by the ongoing bushfire disaster, Council will consider a report outlining all proposed financial relief and waivers for rates, fees and charges at next Wednesday's (5 February) Council meeting.
Bega Valley Regional Gallery, in partnership with Regional Arts NSW and Headspace Bega, will be holding art workshops for young people impacted by the bushfires later this week and into February.
Bega Valley Shire Council won't be proceeding with an application to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) for a Special Rate Variation (SRV) to fund the Shire's six public swimming pools from 2020-21.