More than $13,000 has been donated to the Bega Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund by the organisers of the Dental Fireaid NSW conference.
More than 80 NSW clubs, businesses and organisations have come together to raise funds for the Eden community after making it through a difficult year of bushfires, floods and COVID-19 restrictions.
Bega Valley Shire Council has completed the upgrade to the Wolumla Recreation Ground, funded under the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund.
The Bega Valley Shire is set to benefit from the rollout of the NSW Government’s Dine & Discover NSW program which will see the expansion of outdoor dining extended to small bars and pubs across the Shire.
A new landfill cell at the Central Waste Facility near Bega will be operational by Christmas, prompting Bega Valley Shire Council to ask for renewed thinking on the way we deal with waste.
Summer is here and our libraries across the Shire are running a full program of great holiday activities, including the Kids Summer Reading Club, creative tech activities and bushfire recovery writing workshops.
ids from some of our local schools have been hard at work giving bushfire impacted gardens a chance to grow new shoots.
Work on the Lake Street Shared Path in Merimbula is nearing completion, however challenges with sourcing materials, brought on by COVID-19, mean the path won't open until March 2021.
The familiar red and yellow uniforms of the Australian Lifeguard Service will once again be a fixture on our beaches across the Shire this summer.
Bega Valley Shire Mayor, Russell Fitzpatrick, is leading a call to encourage property owners with vacant properties to consider placing them on the rental market to support local people who are struggling to find suitable accommodation.
The Bega Valley Recovery Support Service (BVRSS) will continue to support those impacted by the Black Summer Fires until at least December 2021, after the Australian and NSW Governments extended funding for services across the state.
Council has awarded the contract for the Imlay Street and Albert Terrace Upgrade in Eden, with work scheduled to begin at the end of the summer school holidays.
Changes to the Central Waste Facility, bushfire recovery progress, weeds, road and bridge repairs, affordable housing and expressions of gratitude for Council’s Town Teams were key topics discussed at Councillors in the Community sessions held recently.
Bega Valley Shire Council is set to launch a new, consolidated 'super' procurement panel to cover all categories of civil and trade works and services, making it easier for suppliers to bid for Council work.
Bega Valley Shire Council has endorsed concept plans for the refurbishment and upgrade of the Bega War Memorial swimming pool, paving the way for further project development and applications for external funding for the project.
Bega Valley Shire Mayor, Russell Fitzpatrick has thanked Qantas Airways for bringing increased passenger services to Merimbula airport.
Bega Valley Shire Council is gearing up for a busy and safe summer, with resources and infrastructure on standby, and some helpful messages about seasonal safety and preparedness.
Over Christmas and New Year, most Council's offices and services will be affected by closures or a change in opening hours as summarised below.
Flags are flying at half-mast in Littleton Gardens in Bega today to acknowledge the first anniversary of the start of the Black Summer bushfires in our Shire.
Bega Valley Shire Council will hold a Zoom information session on the Wonboyn Lake Entrance Management Strategy on Thursday 5 November from 6pm to 7.30pm, to explain the development of a sustainable policy for the lake and the local oyster industry.
Council is calling for community input and comment as part of the finalisation of the draft Merimbula Lake and Back Lake Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan.
Community groups delivering support services for bushfire impacted people in the Bega Valley Shire will soon be able to apply for funding under Bega Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund.
Bega Valley Shire beaches returned a great overall result in the 2019-2020 summer Beachwatch State of the Beaches report released last week, with 100% of our beaches graded ‘good’ or ‘very good’.
The toilet block in Merimbula’s Palmer Lane has received a vibrant makeover and upgrade thanks to a collaboration between Council, the Chamber of Commerce, The Disability Trust and two talented local artists.
Bega Valley Shire Mayor Russell Fitzpatrick will officially open the Eden Fitness Trail outdoor gym on Saturday 7 November.
Eden’s Davidson Place is set for a major upgrade thanks to funding through the federal government’s Drought Communities Program.
Bega Valley Regional Gallery is proud to host multi award-winning glass sculptor, Clare Belfrage who's national and international career spans almost three decades.
Applications are open for Bega Valley Shire Council’s National Youth Week grants and Seniors Festival grants.
Bega Valley Shire Council is seeking community input to a pilot program aimed at reducing the incidence and severity of heat-related illnesses in three vulnerable Shire villages – Bemboka, Quaama and Wyndham.
The future parking options of Bega's CBD will substantially increase when work begins early next year on a carpark facility on the former Plumb Motors site in Auckland Street.
A free disposal service for problem household waste is hitting the road in the Bega Valley.
The much-anticipated upgrade to the Towamba and Burragate roads has taken a major step forward with Symal Infrastructure being awarded the construction contract for this significant project.
Bega Valley Shire Council has extended the exhibition period for the Draft Wonboyn Lake Entrance Management Policy to 31 January 2021.
Tathra residents are being asked to take some simple steps in preparation for sewer jetting taking place in the area this week and next week.
Shire residents affected by the summer bushfires can apply to the Community Recovery Contribution Program for a small financial contribution, up to $2,500, to go towards community-led recovery activities.
Inspiring young women from the Bega Valley Shire are being asked to challenge barriers in time for the International Women’s Day scholarships opening to applicants later this month.
Bega Valley Shire Council is taking the next step in its Bega and Brogo Rivers Floodplain Risk Management process, asking the community for input on the design of a proposed flood warning system.
The Royal Australian Navy has returned to Eden following assistance rendered during the 2019 bushfire crisis, to announce a ceremonial homeport relationship between NUSHIP Supply (II) and the Port of Eden.
The tourism industry and how growth can be supported and streamlined was the focus of a workshop in Nowra this week. Bega Valley Shire Council was represented by the Mayor Cr Russell Fitzpatrick and General Manager Leanne Barnes, where they were joined by colleagues from the Eurobodalla, Shoalhaven and Kiama Councils and heard from the NSW Tourism Minister, the Hon Stuart Ayres, Minister for Local Government, The Hon Shelley Hancock, and representatives from Destination NSW.
Look out for some very curious creatures in Bega Valley Shire libraries throughout October as children’s Book Week 2020 celebrations feature a Curious Creature Competition, in-person Storytimes and a chance for children to be a shadow judge and name their Book of the Year.
Cobargo has achieved finalist status in two categories of the NSW/ACT Regional Achievement and Community Awards, which encourage, acknowledge and reward the valuable contributions of individuals, communities and businesses in regional NSW and the ACT.
Following three successful rounds of Cuppa and Chat sessions held throughout the Shire, Council is moving to round four, with new offerings of assistance to bushfire impacted people.
A $153,883 grant is providing a major boost to Bega Valley Shire Council’s efforts to divert 1,000 tonnes of commercial and industrial food and garden organic waste away from landfill each year.
Booking a physical residential inspection is now easier and more efficient, with a new online booking form on Bega Valley Shire Council’s website.
Bega Valley Shire Council has completed two new walking tracks at North Tura Beach, both of which are now open to the public.
A major renewal of Council’s sewage pumpstations is underway as part of a commitment to maintain assets and keep sewage where it is supposed to be.
Family businesses are the backbone of Australia. In rural and regional areas, such as the Bega Valley, there are many family businesses providing us with important support and services.
A recent spike in development applications to Bega Valley Shire Council has resulted in longer-than-usual processing times and a reassurance that bushfire affected people remain a priority.
People from local towns and villages are hearing about Council’s proposed Waste Facility Consolidation and Modernisation Project at a range of information sessions running throughout October.
A shire-wide rollout of residential and commercial water meter replacements will start next week.
Volunteers with not-for-profit organisation, Connecting Communities Australia, have finished a two-week stint working on multiple projects across Towamba, Kiah and Wonboyn.
Bega Valley Shire Council is conducting three COVIDSafe community consultation sessions next week for the residents of Wandella and surrounds to share their thoughts and ideas on the rebuild of their hall, which was destroyed in the summer bushfires.
Following on from the successful Pathway Home workshops and drop-in sessions last month, Bega Valley Shire Council is holding a similar event, with a twist.
Two writing workshops for people wanting to share their summer bushfire experiences are coming to Candelo and Cobargo in November.
Bega Valley Shire Council resolved to install the ‘Landed’ sculpture in Bemboka's Memorial Park following consultation and feedback from the community.
For the third year running, Bega Valley Shire Council’s Councillors in the Community sessions will be held across the Shire throughout November as part of an ongoing commitment to meeting people near or where they live.
Demolition of the former Merimbula Visitor Information Centre building on Beach Street will commence on Monday 2 November.
Throughout November and December, the annual School Swimming and Water Safety programs will be conducted at swimming pools across the Bega Valley Shire.
Round 5 of the Community Catch-up sessions will kick-off at Bemboka on 8 November with Council supporting community-led events across five locations.
Nominations are open for the Bega Valley Shire’s 2021 Citizen, Young Citizen (under 25s) and Senior Citizen (over 65s) of the Year, Sportsperson of the Year and the Australia Day awards and close on 16 November 2020.
The Tantawangalo community now have full access to Slaters Lane after Council reopened Slaters Bridge earlier this week.
Green-thumbed kids from schools across the Bega Valley Shire are getting involved in a community project to regenerate bushfire impacted gardens.
Residents looking to clear trees from their property now have an easier way of navigating NSW biodiversity legislation.
In these times, we need to find effective ways to work well together - to support each other and collaborate on projects and initiatives that strengthen and heal our communities.
The Shire’s arts community has received a boost with Bega Valley Shire Council agreeing to continue its joint funding of the region’s main arts and culture advocacy group.
Our outdoor swimming pool season is fast approaching, as Council staff and contractors prepare for re-opening, albeit in a COVIDSafe and slightly different way.
Bega Valley Shire Council is expanding its bushfire recovery resources with the introduction of a Pathway Home workshop and drop-in session later in September.
Bega Valley residents with information about the trade of invasive plants and water weeds can now report it in confidence to Crime Stoppers.
Whether your book club meets in person or online, Bega Valley Shire Library's new Book Club Sets will make it effortless for you to source multiple copies of the same title and to borrow them all in one easy transaction.
Bring the kids! Bega Valley Shire Council is asking Eden’s smallest residents to help them build an inclusive playspace.
An exciting exhibition opens Friday 18 September at the Bega Valley Regional Gallery. Celebrating and examining an evolving conversation with contemporary Indonesian artists, Gangguan Tenggara - Edisi Indonesia brings works from Zico Albaiquni, Eko Nugroho and Leyla Stevens to regional Australia.
Bega Valley Shire Council is encouraging families, friends and neighbours to use the NSW Rural Fire Service Get Ready Weekend to prepare for bushfire season and start a broader conversation about being aware of and prepared for all hazards.
The future of the kiosk at Tathra Beach is looking increasingly inspiring, with work set to commence today (21 September) on rejuvenating the building.
A raft of information sessions are coming to our towns and villages to explain the details of Bega Valley Shire Council’s Waste Facility Consolidation and Modernisation Project.
Shire libraries are springing into the upcoming school holidays with nature-based craft activities, a writing workshop for children and shorebird videos from NSW National Parks and Wildlife.
Not-for-profit groups and small charities are encouraged to apply for a Mumbulla Foundation grant before the funding round closes this Friday 25 September.
The Bega Valley Business Support Group, of which Council is a member, is conducting a Roadshow to guide small business owners to the right business support at the right time.
Bega Valley Shire Council is offering a limited number of free introductory Mentoring Advisory Panel Institute scholarships to local small business owners, in recognition of Small Business Month (October).
A new skate park is on its way for Eden, and we're asking local residents to help us with its early concept design.
Bemboka's Waste Transfer Station will re-open on 26 September and return to its regular operating hours of Saturdays, from 10am to 2.30pm.
Bega Valley Shire Council's Pathway Home workshops and drop-in sessions in Cobargo and Eden last week helped some of the Shire's bushfire affected residents take the next step towards rebuilding lost homes.
An oral history project documenting the events of the summer bushfires on the community of Wonboyn is now available on the Bega Valley Shire Library Service website.
The importance of events in our tourism recovery has been recognised by Bega Valley Shire Council, with the launch of phase two of the Tourism Events Recovery Coordination Program.
Cr Sharon Tapscott has resigned from her position as Councillor for the Bega Valley Shire. The Merimbula-based Councillor and former Mayor formally wrapped up her eight-year term as Councillor on Monday 28 September 2020.
Did you know you can negotiate your energy rate with your power provider? It's just one of many money saving tips to be shared in two online energy information sessions returning in October.
With the severe effects of drought being compounded exponentially by last summer's bushfire disaster and then in more recent times by flooding, local rural landholders continue to be faced with immense challenges.
Council thanks the Rotary Clubs of Merimbula, Pambula and Bega for their generosity with funds and hard labour, on the completion of the Kiah pavilion project.
Bega Valley Shire Council is partnering with The Global Foundation to provide a unique, regional roundtable discussion on Monday, 10 August, blending local, national and global participation.
Bega Valley Shire Council and registered clubs throughout the district are encouraging local groups to apply for funding now via the ClubGRANTS program, which has reopened for applications for a short time.
Bega Valley Shire Council is seeing Local Government Week (3-9 August) as an opportunity to reflect on a busy and turbulent year, with Council staff and the Shire’' community facing down unprecedented challenges.
Council crews have responded swiftly to address a sewerage spill at the northern end of Spencer Park on Merimbula Lake today.
Bega Valley ratepayers have an extra month to pay their first quarterly rates instalment for the 2020-21 year. Bega Valley Shire Council’s first instalment is not due until 30 September 2020 however earlier payment is welcome. The second instalment will be due 30 November 2020.
Work has commenced this week on transforming the Pambula Beach Surf Club precinct through functionality, accessibility and infrastructure improvements.
Bega Valley Shire Council and NSW Health are introducing a Boil Water Notice as a precautionary measure for the Brogo-Bermagui water supply system from 11pm tonight (Thursday 6 August). After this time water will be supplied from the Brogo River to replenish reservoirs and will not meet the required standards.
It's that time of year again to embrace your inner scientist, with National Science Week starting later this week.
Details of a planned upgrade to the Wallaga Lake Walking Track will be available at a community Q&A information session next week.
National Science Week is Australia's annual celebration of science and technology and this year, Council is holding a series of workshops to demystify energy and solar energy.
Bega Valley's annual Household Chemical CleanOut weekend on 29 and 30 August is expanding to include an Eden drop-off site and trade painters.
The future development of Eden’s Barclay Street Sportsgrounds was a key topic of discussion during last week’s Council meeting, with Councillors endorsing the masterplan for the site.
People from France, Singapore, Luxemburg, Canada, Wales and beyond have seen first hand the ideas, passion and commitment of the Bega Valley as our community comes together to redesign a future following bushfire and COVID-19.
Council's Grant Management Officer April Merrick, an expert in writing grant applications, will run an online grant writing workshop on Tuesday 25 August to share what she knows about successfully applying for funding.
For young people choosing to live and work in this beautiful part of the world, life can be challenging at the best of times.
Bega Valley Shire Council’s support for the community through the bushfire recovery and ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues, with Councillors recently endorsing fee relief for our sporting clubs and organisations.
It’s the tale of a little dragon who lost his spark, and the first book of many that will help Deaf and hard of hearing kids to find joy in storytime.
Bega Valley Shire Council and NSW Health advise the precautionary boil water notice for the Brogo-Bermagui water supply system is now lifted.
A proposal for a major overhaul of Bega Valley waste services will create new employment opportunities, stimulate the local economy, extend the life of landfill and meet national waste diversion targets.
In order to secure appropriate funding for a new skatepark in Merimbula, Council is seeking feedback from the community on a preferred location from three potential sites.
The Bega Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund has made its first round of payments to local people affected by the summer bushfires.
At the 26 August 2020 ordinary meeting of Council there was unanimous support for the re-opening of Bemboka Waste transfer station, with the facility to be serviced at pre-closure levels, one day a week.
If you’re keen to get exploring again after a wild and stormy start to August, you may find some unwelcome additions to the beaches you know and love.
Council is seeking feedback from the Bemboka community, by 13 September, to choose the site of an award-winning sculpture donated to the village.
There’s much to like about this shire of ours: the people, the stunning landscape, the coastal wilderness and historic townships dotted here and there. But what about the ICOLLs?
Bega Valley Shire Council and South East Local Land Services (LLS) have worked in partnership to complete portions of seal upgrades to a number of roads within the Wapengo Lake and Yowaka River catchments, achieving water quality, social and infrastructure outcomes for the community.
Bega Valley Shire Council has adopted three new land use planning documents that identify trends impacting our Shire and new opportunities for developers, industry and small business.
Bega Valley Shire Council acknowledges that during a 'normal' year, we would be celebrating the start of NAIDOC Week on Sunday 5 July.
Conscious of the upcoming school holiday break and the need to present fun activities for the kids, some of our more popular attractions have some great offers, either on site or online, depending on their COVID-19 restriction requirements.
A new multipurpose sports hall adjacent to the Sapphire Aquatic Centre at Pambula will commence construction this month.
Bega Valley Shire Mayor Cr Sharon Tapscott has urged visiting Victorians and returning residents to travel home safely and with caution, following the announcement this morning that the Victorian-NSW border will close from 11.59pm on Tuesday 7 July.
We find ourselves at the six month mark in our long, emotional and complex bushfire recovery journey. Milestones like this are reason to reflect on where we have come from and where we are headed.
Community Lead for Bega Valley's FREE virtual Business Support Drop-In Centre, Steve Millott helped owner of The Country K9 Parlour, Sharleen Salter do something she would never have been able to do on her own - secure a bushfire recovery grant.
Construction work will begin on the track from the Dolphin Cove car park to the beach access stairway and the track from Bournda Circuit pumping station to The Point beach stairway on Wednesday 15 July.
Council’s roadside vegetation clean-up program is making real progress across the shire, with many kilometres of burnt vegetation being cleared from the sides of council-managed and Crown roads as part of the overall, ongoing bushfire recovery clean-up.
Following Council’s submission to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) product purchasing program earlier this year, 14-year old Jamie Parker-Barnes from Bega recently provided DFAT with 100 hand-turned wooden spatulas.
Councillors today resolved to ask the NSW Government to fund a review of Council’s financial position through the NSW Auditor General and Office of Local Government, with advocacy for this from Member for Bega, Andrew Constance.
Work will commence shortly on the construction of the Lake Street Shared Path in Merimbula, which will include temporary closure of the southbound lane of Lake Street for the duration of the work.
During the COVID-19 isolation period, nine children across three countries (Australia, USA and Singapore) embarked on a unique and creative journey that culminated in a virtual musical called Search for the Sparkle.
A pilot scheme completed early this month in Cobargo has resulted in 56 successful applications for bushfire relief funding through the Bega Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund (BVCDRF)
Council is aware of the concerns of our community regarding the opening of certain estuaries, due to flooding after this week's heavy rainfalls.
Bega Valley Shire Council Mayor, Cr Sharon Tapscott, has congratulated the new Member for Eden Monaro, Kristy McBain, after the Australian Electoral Commission officially declared the result of the recent by-election.
Many of those at the centre of our region's bushfire recovery effort have responded to the opportunity to make their individual needs known.
Construction works have begun on a fourth landfill cell at the Central Waste Facility, with the delivery program brought forward by 12 months because of the need to dispose of some fire affected material in the existing Cell 3 landfill.
Cameron Richards has beaten out an outstanding collection of 38 finalists to win the 2020 Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award.
The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has granted Council permission to discharge excess treated effluent from the Merimbula Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) from the outfall on to the beach as a result of an unusually large amount of rainwater entering the sewer system.
The community will have an opportunity to hear about and ask questions on three key local projects, at an information session to be held at the Eden Fishermen’s Club on Thursday 6 August from 3:30pm to 5:00pm.
Bega Valley Mayor, Sharon Tapscott has thanked the community of Lae City in Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea for its generous $61,000 donation to the region and the Rotary Club of Merimbula for transferring $50,000 of the donation to the Bega Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund.
This winter, arts and culture continue to shine on the Sapphire Coast despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bega Valley Shire Council is committed to pursuing best practice when it comes to consideration of Aboriginal Cultural Heritage in our Development Control Plan (DCP) and we are seeking the community's support and assistance to ensure this can occur.
MEDIA RELEASE 2020 - Bega Valley Shire Council has seized on the opportunity presented by the Eden Monaro by-election to energise our advocacy on a number of key local projects and issues.
Since its launch in March, there have been over 525 users accessing the Funding Finder site, with up to 65 users a day at its peak.
Council wants to know what young people living in in the Bega Valley, aged 12 to 25, need to support their ambitions, hopes and dreams, so it can help create the resources, services and facilities to meet those needs.
Balancing the financial pressures being felt across our community at this time have driven changes to a number of key Council plans.
Like many businesses in the Bega Valley, North of Eden gin has had to navigate the mountainous highs and cavernous lows of the 2020 Bega Valley bushfires and COVID-19.
Bega Valley Shire Council’s FOGO Ambassador and Gardening Australia TV host Costa Georgiadis is tuning in live to the region today to celebrate the release of new compost to the community. FOGO compost will be available from Monday (June 15) at the Merimbula, Wallagoot, Eden and Bermagui tips.
Bega Valley Shire Council's ability and capacity to more effectively assist bushfire impacted property owners through the recovery and rebuilding process has received a huge boost through the recent appointment of Garry Cooper as an Environmental Health and Building Surveyor.
Following recent meetings with the Cobargo community, the Bega Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund (BVCDRF) committee is moving forward with a responsive pilot scheme to test the processes around the Fund.
Bega Valley Shire Council has partnered with South East Local Land Services (LLS) and landholders in a successful rabbit control project that focused on some key locations across the Shire.
Bega Valley Shire Library is seeking expressions of interest from Shire residents for a trial service called Library Link, which will deliver library materials to people in their homes or via village-based pick-up points.
The Bega Valley Shire Library Service at Bermagui, Bega, Tura Beach and Eden will reopen from Monday (June 15) as the health advice around COVID-19 moves forward. Bega Valley swimmers are also celebrating with Sapphire Aquatic Centre (SAC) at Pambula able to reopen from 15 June as well.
The upgrade works at the Merimbula Airport have been given another exciting boost, with the Federal Government announcing a $4.5 million funding injection over the weekend.
From more than 250 entries into the Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award, 38 exceptional artists have been short-listed for final judging in July by National Portrait Gallery Director, Karen Quinlan.
Planned pavement maintenance works are scheduled to commence Friday 19 June on select streets within Bega, North Bega, Tarraganda, Coopers Gully, Buckajo and the Brogo area.
Bega Valley Shire Council is working closely with our project management and design consultants, GHD Pty Ltd, and Transport for NSW to refine and finalise the detailed design for the highly anticipated upgrade of the Towamba and Burragate Roads.
Bega Valley Shire Council is transitioning to a new electronic recruitment system - SCOUT:Recruit - that will streamline the application process, making it more efficient and effective.
Despite COVID-19 distancing restrictions, the Tulgeen Group recently produced 150 conference bags in record time for the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade, to be used at an international conference.
The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia has donated $325,000 to the Bega Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund, to be used "for the relief of human suffering".
With the Victorian school holidays coinciding with a spike in COVID-19 cases in and around Melbourne, many in the Bega Valley have expressed concern about the health risks holiday makers present locally.
Bega Valley Shire Council's advocacy on behalf of our community continues in the aftermath of the Black Summer Bushfires, with General Manager, Leanne Barnes, appearing before the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements (commonly referred to as the Bushfire Royal Commission) yesterday.
Suggestions that General Manager Leanne Barnes has lost the confidence of Council are grossly inaccurate.
Bega Valley Shire Council has joined with its recovery service partners to host a series of informal, COVIDSafe drop-in sessions starting in July, in bushfire impacted communities.
A new tourism recovery initiative commenced today - the Tourism Events Recovery Coordination Program.
Bega Valley Mayor Kristy McBain has today announced her intention to nominate as the Labor Candidate in the up-coming by-election for the federal seat of Eden-Monaro.
The Modification Application for the construction of a new emergency landfill cell and resource recovery sorting pad at the Central Waste Facility, has been approved, clearing the way for construction to start and for bushfire clean-up to begin in earnest.
The Bega Valley Local Emergency Management Committee has today removed restrictions on accessing Bar Beach at Merimbula.
Bega Valley Shire Council is to receive more than $1 million from the NSW government, to ease the impact of the summer bushfires on coastal waterways.
Bega Valley Shire Council is pleased that our NSW State Government partners (through Services NSW) have completed payment of the third and fourth quarter rates for all properties destroyed in the summer's bushfire crisis.
Bega Valley Regional Gallery's (BVRG) upcoming exhibition will present the work of Australian artist Eugenia Lim whose latest work, The Ambassador trilogy, drills down into racial politics, the social costs of manufacturing and the role of architecture in shaping society.
Today's extraordinary meeting of Bega Valley Shire Council has elected Cr Sharon Tapscott as Mayor with Cr Russell Fitzpatrick appointed Deputy Mayor.
Council is working to stabilise dunes and infrastructure at the northern end of Merimbula's Main Beach as large ocean swells continue to play havoc, heavily eroding the beach between Mitchies Jetty and Ford Park.
With the COVID-19 'curve' continuing to flatten and restrictions beginning to ease as a result, the youngest in our community will soon be able to explore four exciting new playground spaces.
As one of the regions hardest hit by our black summer of bushfire, Bega Valley Shire Council has welcomed news of the $650 million Regional Bushfire Recovery and Development Program from the Federal Government.
Many small businesses in the Bega Valley are using the COVID-19 crisis as an opportunity to create new products, find different ways of delivering services or adopt new technologies to keep themselves in business.
The Eden community and Bega Valley Shire Council have been delighted to see progress on the long-anticipated restoration of the Hotel Australasia.
Friday marks a milestone in our COVID-19 and bushfire recovery experience, with a number of the health restrictions we've been living with starting to ease.
Bega Valley Shire Council staff and Councillors have been left shocked and profoundly saddened by the news that the Mayor of Villers-Bretonneux, Mr Patrick Simon, has passed away.
A group of hard-working volunteers from the Rotary Club of Merimbula replaced the fence at the entrance to Wonboyn cemetery in time for Mother's Day this year.
Bega Valley Shire Council is particularly keen to hear from the Wyndham community surrounding a plan to construct a shared path network within the village.
National Volunteer Week kicks off on Monday 18 May; a chance to celebrate the enormous difference our Bega Valley volunteers make to our lives and our communities.
During our severe summer bushfires, registered clubs in the Bega Valley stepped up in support, acting as official and unofficial evacuation centres.
The Bega Valley’s first ever Youth Week 1 Minute Film Festival has unearthed the technical skills, humour and storytelling abilities of our young people
The Bega Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund is designed to assist and support the community in its recovery from natural disaster now and into the future.
Welcome to National Volunteer Week. The dedication of the Bermagui Rural Fire Service's crew of volunteers is one of many great examples of community strength our Valley's volunteers show time after time.
True to the theme of this year's National Volunteer Week, Judi Chenhall is certainly changing young lives through her volunteer commitment to the Eden Library Homework Club.
Increasingly it seems we are living as part of a throw-away society strongly influenced and driven by consumerism. This National Volunteers Week we celebrate a band of local volunteers who are bucking the trend; painstakingly fixing what would otherwise be discarded.
Just as we have responded to the challenges of drought, bushfire, flood and pandemic in recent years, Bega Valley Shire Council is confident the organisation's current and future financial challenges will be tackled.
In acknowledgment of National Volunteer Week, we're shining a light on another moving story that started in the aftermath of the Tathra and District fire event in 2018.
With the advent of the summer bushfires, then floods and finally COVID-19, Jenny and Arthur Robb have had to mobilise every ounce of strength and determination to work through the disaster that has been 2020.
In these days of bushfire recovery its easy to be overwhelmed by the level government and non-government funding and assistance for our community at this time. One natural reaction is to simply shutdown to the news and information flow.
During our severe summer bushfires, registered clubs in the Bega Valley stepped up in support, acting as official and unofficial evacuation centres.
Bega Valley Shire Mayor Sharon Tapscott has voiced her disappointment about the Target Country closures announced late last week, a move which directly impacts the Merimbula and Bega stores.
The Bega Valley is emerging from its COVID-19/Coronavirus cocoon conscious of the balance the NSW Government is looking to strike between the health and economic well-being of our community.
As the Bega Valley moves towards our sixth month of bushfire response and recovery an opportunity is being created to check-in on need and with each other.
The Sapphire Coast - Start Feeling It! campaign has been launched, to reinvigorate our vital tourism economy. It draws on the memories and feel of a great Australian road trip and unearths new destination stories.
Bega Valley Shire Council is again seeking feedback from the community on several key strategic planning documents.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and decisions made by the National Cabinet, the Bega Valley Shire Library made the sad decision to temporarily close the doors on its physical spaces around the Shire earlier this week.
All essential services and facilities that have remained open throughout the COVID-19 crisis will stay open on Tuesday, 14 April as some Bega Valley Shire Council staff observe a Local Government State Award approved Union Picnic Day.
The clean-up of bushfire impacted properties has started in northern villages of the Bega Valley. The roll out in western and southern parts of the shire will gather momentum after Easter.
For many in our community it is the pristine natural environment that provides a real sense of place in the Valley and it is our local volunteers and community groups that in so many cases drive projects focused on enhancing what we are so lucky to have.
COVID-19 might be testing everyone's patience and boundaries, but for Bega Valley Shire Council Road Coordinator, Cliff Shipton and his road teams, it's giving them the time to get their schedule back on track.
Young people in the Bega Valley can put their isolation into good use and win some great prizes for National Youth Week, with the launch of a 1-minute film competition and festival.
Council is to take advantage of the current absence of holidaymakers and the temporary closure of the nearby caravan park and cabins to conduct a rabbit shooting trial at Merimbula's Short Point reserve.
Bushfire-affected material has started arriving at Bega Valley Shire Council's Central Waste Facility (CWF) in an important step towards helping residents rebuild their lives after summer's devastation.
Council's Children's Services team has been busy across a number of fronts, contacting parents to explain what federal and state government child care announcements mean for them and continuing to deliver programs and resources at the centres.
Following concerns raised by the local community and officers from South Coast Police District, the car park at Bar Beach, Merimbula is now closed to the public.
The children of fire affected communities have endured a lot, so when the mobile Imaginasium loose parts playground visited Cobargo recently, local children went wild for it!
News of a beach wildlife rescue over the weekend at Lions Park Beach near Pambula River Mouth has served as a reminder of the importance of responsible pet ownership and control.
Bega Valley Mayor Kristy McBain is urging her community to share their stories and knowledge of this summer's bushfires with the Royal Commission set up to investigate the disaster.
There's positive recovery progress at the Wandella Hall site with the completion of temporary restoration works to the hall's external toilet facilities.
This week, Bega Valley Shire residents will receive their fourth Rates Instalment notice.
With the scourge of the severe drought being compounded exponentially by the summer's bushfire disaster and even more recently by flooding, our local rural landholders have and are being faced with immense challenges.
More pieces are falling into place as part of final state government development approvals for the new emergency landfill cell and resource recovery sorting pad at the Central Waste Facility at Wanatta Lane, North Wolumla.
The proposed Lake Street shared trail in Merimbula has taken a huge step forward with the announcement the State Government is committing a further $1.74 million to the project.
Mindful of the health advice connected to COVID-19, the Bega Valley Local Emergency Management Committee continues to review and manage popular locations in the Bega Valley.
Council's Development Hub staff have experienced a sharp increase in the number of enquiries over the past few weeks and are committed to providing prompt responses to both bushfire affected property owners and general development requests.
Work on the Tathra-Kalaru reinforced concrete bike track is now in progress at the base of Evans Hill, heading towards Tathra.
Anzac Day brings an opportunity for reflection. A moment to remember history and how it can inform our future.
Bega Valley Shire Council General Manager, Leanne Barnes says she's pleased to confirm both the upcoming Council meeting on 29 April and the Public Forum that precedes it will be livestreamed, after technical solutions were found to the challenges of meeting remotely.
Bega Valley Shire Council is pleased with the strong response to its Draft Local Strategic Planning Statement, and is encouraged by the thinking behind the feedback and considered suggestions across a range of land use actions.
Bega Valley Shire Council is grateful for the service Dr Mike Kelly has provided to the region during his term as the Member for Eden Monaro.
Bushfire clean-up contractor Laing O'Rourke has started clearance work in almost 20 localities across the Bega Valley, including Brogo, Bemboka, Cobargo, Coolagolite, Eden, Kiah, Mt Darragh, Wandella and Yowrie.
For some businesses, the COVID-19 pandemic has been the straw that broke the camel's back, but for Festival Director, it has been a time to evaluate and review; leading to some silver linings.
No matter how big or small your business, the weight of keeping it viable and profitable through drought, bushfires, floods and then COVID-19 hits hard financially, as well as emotionally and mentally.
The draft Burning off in Open Areas policy goes on public exhibition today until 31 May 2020 at www.begavalley.nsw.gov.au/HaveYourSay.
Bega Valley Shire Council today welcomed the announcement that a new BlazeAid camp will be set up at Towamba to support bushfire affected residents in the south of the shire, and the wheels are in motion to establish an additional camp at Bemboka in the near future.
The bushfire recovery needs of our region are broad and deep. Recognising the impact those flames have had on lives, the environment and the economy, Bega Valley Shire Council is keen to highlight the stories of those living with the aftermath. Stories have power and we hope these case studies will help deliver assistance and change.
The Bega Valley Shire Council has announced that timed parking restrictions have been reintroduced across the Shire.
Eden Sea Farms was established over two decades ago, farming the nutrient rich waters of Twofold Bay, a marine environment that fosters the fast growth of mussels of exceptional quality.
Bega Valley Shire Council is the 50th Council in Australia to sign-up to a new one-stop-shop for grant funding to help local business, community groups and Council access a pool of $37.8 billion in funding opportunities nationwide.
Retail Revamp visual merchandising expert, Carol Bagaric will be back in the Shire next week to help rejuvenate and revitalise Bega Valley retail businesses, with two free workshops on offer.
Welcome news this week; the bushfires that have tested and damaged our community this summer have been extinguished.
Tom and Joscelin McMillan aren't misled by the green grass that's sprung up on the property they lease east of Bemboka, where they live with their young family and run their business, Bega Valley Eggs. They know that green grass alone won’t restore their business to where it was before the bushfires began.
After crunching trading figures comparing December 2019 to February 2020 with the year before, Greg and Kerry McKay of the Big4 Tathra Beach Holiday Park are quite sure they will not recover lost revenue caused by the summer bushfires.
When Maddy Barry talks about the Summer Bushfires, her focus is mostly on family, the RFS and her community in Bermagui – not how much money her business lost during what should have been the busiest two weeks of the year.
Bega Valley Mayor, Kristy McBain today welcomed changes to the joint Commonwealth-NSW Government package, Bushfire Affected Small Business Rebuild, for small businesses impacted by this summers’ bushfires.
The Bega Valley Shire Council has embarked on another innovative waste project in its quest to support the community in reducing the amount of food that goes to landfill.
Bega Valley Shire Council is moving into a new phase of bushfire recovery meetings with our community.
Australia is a vibrant and multicultural country - from the oldest continuous culture of our first Australians to the cultures of our newest arrivals from around the world.
Over 6000 customers will benefit from a $50 rebate (equivalent to approximately 16,500L) when they receive their quarterly water notices over the coming week.
Like most dogs, they are beloved family members, so when Indie the Huskie went missing from her Nowra home, her owners and three siblings were understandably upset when she didn't come home that first day.
This Wednesday marks two years since fire moved through the communities of Reedy Swamp, Vimy Ridge, and Tathra.
Stay up-to-date on the Coronavirus in the Bega Valley.
Communities north, west and south in the Bega Valley are waiting for the clean-up of bushfire affected properties to start. However, Council is concerned some people will miss out.
Bega Valley Shire Library is closely monitoring the impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) on its operations, programs and public spaces, and is encouraging everyone to become familiar with its online collections.
Pambula's Longstocking Brewery owner, Peter Caldwell is not one to look a gift horse in the mouth; and when he gets that gift, he's willing to share the 'how' with fellow small businesses across the Bega Valley.
Councillors adopted the 2018-19 audited financial statements at yesterday's meeting, with the documents to be now posted to Council's website and placed in the libraries across the Shire.
Bega Valley Shire Council is seeking feedback from the community on the Draft Bega Valley Shire Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS).
Council has moved to make changes to community services in line with state and federal government guidance about essential services; with Sapphire Aquatic Centre, including the gym, Bega Valley Regional Art Gallery and all indoor sporting facilities now closed, and the remaining five Shire swimming pools to be closed from Wednesday 25 March.
The Kiah community and Council have agreed that a temporary pavilion and barbecue area be erected near the tennis courts, while the Kiah Hall is being rebuilt.
Chris Horsburgh has joined Council as the Project Lead for the Recovery, Resilience and Rebuilding program in the wake of the devastating Bega Valley bushfires.
Bega Valley Shire Libraries are modifying services in response to COVID-19 and introducing a new 'click and collect' service which can be booked online or over the phone.
The rapidly developing COVID-19 crisis is beginning to impact on the bushfire recovery efforts, with two of our outstanding partner organisations being forced into significant operational changes.
An update from Mayor Kristy McBain on changes to Bega Valley Shire Council's services.
Communities throughout the Bega Valley have endured so much over the past few months. Each person's journey through recovery and rebuilding is unique. Sadly, the well known and loved Bikram Yoga Studio in Cobargo needs rebuilding after it was destroyed during the New Year's Eve bushfire.
They may now have returned to their own homes and councils, but the support given by local government family members who came together to back the Bega Valley community this summer will never be forgotten.
Join the global conservation movement and take part in Earth Hour by switching off your lights at home at 8.30pm for 60 minutes as a symbolic gesture of solidarity. And SWITCH ON your computer/laptop/mobile phone so you can enjoy #EarthHourLive from 8.30pm AEDT from the comfort of your own couch!
Day by day businesses in the Bega Valley are having to adjust to the changing health advice from State and Federal agencies around COVID-19/Coronavirus.
With toilet paper in short supply in some of our towns and villages, it appears that our community are turning to alternate products such as wet wipes, paper towel, or newspaper to get the job done.
The Bega Valley Shire Council's small business e-newsletter is new and available to anyone with a business or with an interest in business. Free to subscribers every fortnight, Business News contains the latest local, state and national business news and information. The next issue will be distributed on Thursday.
The NSW Local Government (Council) elections have joined the long list of events originally scheduled for this year to be moved in the wake of the escalating COVID-19 crisis.
The Bega Valley Shire Councillors and staff have been left saddened by news of the untimely passing of former General Manager David Jesson.
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.
Bega Valley Shire Council has resolved to increase the number of areas where dogs can be exercised in parks and beaches in Tathra, Pambula Beach and Merimbula.
Thank you to everyone who was able to attend Council's Community Meeting at the Towamba Hall on Tuesday 25 February. We were really pleased to answer questions from the floor across a range of recovery issues of concern to the community.
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.