MEDIA RELEASE 2021 - Council will go out to tender for the Bega Valley Regional Gallery redevelopment and expansion at its current site in the first half of August.
MEDIA RELEASE 2021 - Council is calling on the Australian and NSW governments to address the increasing housing crisis across much of regional NSW, particularly in the Bega Valley Shire.
MEDIA RELEASE 2021 - Council has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness to work together to support citizen science in shire, with the first joint project involving a visit to Towamba cemetery on 21 August.
MEDIA RELEASE 2021 - Community recovery and resilience has received another huge boost with yesterday’s announcement of over $38 million for projects and community building programs across the shire through Round 2 of the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund.
MEDIA RELEASE 2021 - The Bega Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund (BVCDRF) has been extended to further support the wellbeing and resilience of the community in the wake of compounding natural disasters since 2019.
MEDIA RELEASE 2021 - Bega Valley Shire residents will soon be using their phones to redeem free waste vouchers as the popular service goes paperless.
COUNCIL NEWS 2021 - Short-term rental accommodation in the Bega Valley Shire will not be capped following a Council resolution at its 30 June meeting.
MEDIA RELEASE 2021 - The NSW State Coroner is conducting a series of coronial inquests and inquiries relating to the 2019 20 NSW bushfire season.
MEDIA RELEASE 2021 - Council welcomes the recent announcement by the Australian Government of a new funding round to support bushfire recovery and resilience, and encourages community groups to take advantage of available application guidance and support to give themselves the best chances of success.
MEDIA RELEASE 2021 - The rebuild of the public amenities block on the Princes Highway in Cobargo has taken a major step forward, with the concept design plans complete and available for the community to view ahead of construction commencing later this year.
MEDIA RELEASE 2021 Diverting food from landfill and getting it to those who truly need it is the focus of a new Bega Valley Shire Council initiative.
MEDIA RELEASE 2021 - Council has started plans to renew the iconic Merimbula Boardwalk to ensure it continues to be a key recreational and nature tourism feature of Merimbula and the Sapphire Coast.
MEDIA RELEASE 2021 - The Norfolk Pine Motel in Merimbula will open its doors to all at 10am (until 4pm) on Saturday 31 July for the much-awaited MOTEL Art Fair, for a COVID-safe viewing and shopping experience like no other.
MEDIA RELEASE 2021 - Council is calling for expressions of interest from members of the community interested in participating in the Cuttagee Bridge advisory group.
MEDIA RELEASE 2021 - Consultation on the shire’s next community strategic plan has been extended to 13 August, giving the community more time to have their say about the future of our shire.
MEDIA RELEASE 2021 - Council is seeking community feedback on its draft Contaminated Land Policy.
MEDIA RELEASE 2021 - The COVID-19 situation in NSW has led to the postponement of all Local Government elections across the state.
MEDIA RELEASE 2021 - A Bega Valley Shire Council survey and competition has kicked off an awareness campaign to increase soft plastics recycling in the shire.
MEDIA RELEASE 2021 - Council is seeking feedback from the community to inform the feasibility study for a future shared path from Kalaru to Bega.
MEDIA RELEASE 2021 - Site establishment works have commenced for the construction of the new Murrabrine Bridge on Wandella Road at Cobargo, with major works set to begin in mid-August.
MEDIA RELEASE 2021 - Council is asking the community to review and give feedback on 10 options for improving the existing flood warning system as part of the Bega and Brogo Rivers Floodplain Risk Management Plan.
MEDIA RELEASE - The Bega Valley Shire will celebrate World Environment Day with a free presentation by Anna Lindstrand from Potoroo Palace and Cowsnest Wildlife Sanctuary at Bega Library on Saturday 5 June from 10.30am to 11.30am.
MEDIA RELEASE - Council will continue to plan for an upgrade to Cuttagee Bridge, while also investigating alternatives to the current proposal in response to community feedback.
MEDIA RELEASE - Bega Valley Shire Council is encouraging property owners to sign up to receive their rates, water and instalment notices by email, to help reduce our environmental impact and save on printing and postage costs.
MEDIA RELEASE - Council has taken out the award for Disaster Recovery/Emergency Response Management at this year’s NSW Local Government Excellence Awards held in Sydney last night.
MEDIA RELEASE - The recent severe rain events have resulted in a delay to the sealing of the remainder of the Towamba and Burragate roads, with emergency repairs the current focus.
MEDIA RELEASE - People interested in representing our community as a Councillor for the Bega Valley Shire are invited to attend an information session at the Bega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre on Saturday 3 July.
MEDIA RELEASE - Council invites the communities of Kiah and surrounding districts to a Green Shoots day of tree planting, kayaking and environmental education sessions along the Towamba River in Kiah on Saturday 19 June.
MEDIA RELEASE - Development Applications (DAs) and post consent certificates will need to be lodged online through the NSW Government’s Planning Portal from 1 July 2021.
MEDIA RELEASE - Eden residents are being asked to take some simple steps in preparation for sewer jetting starting in the area next week.
MEDIA RELEASE - Council's General Manager, Leanne Barnes has been recognised for outstanding public service to local government with a Public Service Medal in the Queen's Birthday 2021 Honours List.
MEDIA RELEASE: A new water fill station is up and running in South Pambula, ready to provide water in drier times.
MEDIA RELEASE - Council will host a special community event on 25 June to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the first signing of the Memorandum of Understanding as the formal partnership between local Aboriginal people and Council.
COVID-19 prompted Tanya Davey to start her own business, establishing Sapphire Accounting Solutions in Merimbula in July last year.
MEDIA RELEASE - Council is supporting the launch of the latest books in a series produced by Bermagui Public School students and staff using the local Dhurga language of the south coast region.
MEDIA RELEASE - Council invites the communities of Quaama and surrounding districts to a Green Shoots day of tree planting and environmental education sessions along Dry River in Quaama on Saturday 26 June.
MEDIA RELEASE 2021 - Now is a good time to do that household or garden clean-up, with Bega Valley Shire Council's current run of free waste vouchers expiring after 31 July.
MEDIA RELEASE - After a successful exhibition, CONCRETE : Art Design Architecture, the Bega Valley Regional Gallery has temporarily closed its doors to audit the Gallery's artworks collection, and focus on the launch of the MOTEL ART FAIR in July and ART MONTH Sapphire Coast during the month of August.
MEDIA RELEASE - Council is calling on residents to lay the foundations of a 30-year plan for delivering essential water and sewerage services.
MEDIA RELEASE 2021 - Council is excited to launch TOWARDS 2042, a consultation project that will help shape the future of the Bega Valley Shire.
MEDIA RELEASE - A project to restore and revitalise key infrastructure following the Black Summer bushfires has been completed at the Cobargo Cemetery.
MEDIA RELEASE 2021 - A ceremonial Welcome to Country by Aunty Colleen Dixon and Smoking Ceremony by Nathan Lygon today acknowledged the official opening of the Wharf to Wharf Walk, connecting two of Australia’s most historic wharves - Tathra and Merimbula.
MEDIA RELEASE 2021 - Council is urging the community to adhere to the NSW Government’s recent advice to help stop the spread of COVID-19, including the introduction of masks in all indoor non-residential settings and limits to the number of visitors at home.
MEDIA RELEASE 2021 - Council’s Biosecurity Invasive Species officers will be inspecting rural and semi-rural properties in Buckajo for declared priority weeds from July to December this year.
MEDIA RELEASE 2021 - The transformation of Eden’s Barclay Street Sporting Complex has taken another huge step forward, with construction commencing on the new pavilion building, which will include change rooms, a kiosk, public toilets, storage facilities and all abilities access.
MEDIA RELEASE 2021 - Bega Valley Shire Council is encouraging anyone with the mildest of symptoms to follow the NSW Health advice and get tested to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
MEDIA RELEASE 2021 - Bega Valley Regional Gallery is excited to launch the ART MONTH Sapphire Coast program, with more than 60 spectacular and engaging events taking place across the month of August.
MEDIA RELEASE 2021 - Councillors adopted the Bega Valley Shire Council Operational Plan and Budget for the 2021 2022 financial year at today’s Council meeting. The Operational Plan outlines what Council will do over the next 12 months to meet the needs of the community within the available funding sources and staffing levels.
Volunteers are the backbone of our shire and Bega Valley Shire Council would like to recognise and celebrate their valuable contribution during this year’s National Volunteer Week (17 to 23 May) by showcasing as many Volunteers In Action photos as we can muster.
Council welcomes the announcement of local funding awarded through round two of the Bushfire Community Recovery and Resilience Fund, citing the important boost it represents for key community-led recovery projects.
Tiega Williams-Orr is a life coach and the founder of By Tiega, based in Bermagui.
Bega Valley’s libraries are participating in the National Simultaneous Storytime event on Wednesday 19 May, where guest speakers will read the story, Give Me Some Space by Philip Bunting, at the same time across Australia, and this year from space.
A project to restore, revitalise and fortify the iconic Tathra Wharf has taken a major step forward with divers conducting deep water structural inspections and assessments onsite.
Council is seeking community feedback on its draft Operational Plan and Budget 2021 2022, which outlines what Council will do next financial year to meet the needs of the community, within the available funding sources and staffing levels.
Bega Valley Shire Councillors today agreed to appoint Mr Anthony McMahon as Acting CEO when the General Manager position becomes vacant in early July.
Bega Valley Shire Council’s Community Recovery Contribution Program has contributed almost $54,000 to support 23 significant and meaningful events and activities across the shire.
Council is working quickly to ensure safe access for the community and road users across our road network, following the recent flooding.
Airlines will soon be able to land larger aircraft at Merimbula airport thanks to runway extension plans given the green light by the Southern Regional Planning Panel last week.
Bega Valley Shire Library has two Save Power Kits for loan to library members, to help reduce power bills, make homes more energy efficient and reduce energy impact on the environment.
Bega Valley Shire Mayor, Russell Fitzpatrick today presented Further Education Scholarship Awards to students for 2020 and 2021, in recognition of the importance of developing local student’s skills and abilities.
Three local businesses have diverted more than 30 tonnes of food waste away from landfill after participating in a Bega Valley Shire Council program to dehydrate kitchen scraps and leftovers.
Jesse Tankard has taken over the reins from Dennis Parkes, founder and long-time owner of The Picture Show Man twin cinemas in Merimbula.
Community groups interested in partnering with Bega Valley Shire Council on sustainable living projects are encouraged to apply for funding under our Sustainability Grants programs, to protect our natural environment and support innovative resource recovery.
Farmers and users of chemicals in the agricultural and veterinary industries now have a place to safely dispose of empty drums in the shire’s north.
Today marks the start of National Reconciliation Week (27 May to 3 June). This year’s theme, More than a word. Reconciliation takes action, urges the reconciliation movement towards braver and more impactful action.
Council is supporting increased housing diversity and affordability through changes to planning rules which now permit secondary dwellings in more rural zones.
Temporary skip bins located at the Cobargo showground will be replaced next week with individual general waste and recycling bins at Narira Park.
Not all sewerage systems are the same; it’s a message Council’s Water and Sewerage Services team are taking to some Bega Valley Shire households in a bid to avoid a sticky situation.
MEDIA RELEASE - Moves are underway to determine the next chapter of FOGO, with the popular organics processing service outgrowing its home at the Merimbula waste transfer station.
A generous donation of 12 established trees will revitalise the bushfire impacted Quaama Memorial Park.
Bega Valley Shire Council today resolved to urgently advocate to the NSW Government that it assumes responsibility for the Bermagui-Tathra Road, given the government’s capacity and financial resources.
Council is seeking input from the local community on its draft flood study findings for the catchment areas of the Pambula River, Pambula Lake and Yowaka River and surrounding areas.
The all-inclusive playground in Bermagui's Apex Park is open in time for the Easter break and school holidays.
Council encourages feedback on proposed changes to its awards, grants and scholarships programs.
Bega Valley Shire Council welcomes the $1.9 million investment to seal Kameruka Lane announced by Member for Bega, Andrew Constance yesterday.
Level 4 water restrictions for the Brogo-Bermagui water supply system will be lifted at 5pm today.
A bushfire damaged section of Towamba Road has been restricted to single-lane traffic following discovery of unstable ground during repair works.
Celebrations for National Youth Week began early in the Bega Valley with the launch of a Youth Mural yesterday at the Wallaga Lake community hall.
A string of break-ins and thefts at Council-owned facilities could lead to heightened security measures, including the end of cash payments at the shire’s tips.
The NSW Seniors' Festival is celebrated between Tuesday 13 and Saturday 24 April, to recognise the role seniors play and the contribution they make to our community.
Bega Valley Shire Council is seeking expressions of interest for the operation and management of Bega Saleyards.
Merimbula McDonald's has committed to divert its food waste from landfill through Bega Valley Shire Council's FOGO (Food Organics and Garden Organics) for Business scheme.
Bega Valley Regional Gallery is seeking expressions of interest from local artists, creatives, performers and musicians for its August extravaganza, ART MONTH Sapphire Coast.
BRVG: PORT, Bega Valley Regional Gallery's latest pop-up exhibition space at the Eden Welcome Centre will feature its First Nations collection, Nhawandyi/Nanda Beeyaa: I see you, killer whale from 30 April to 17 September.
A pilot program aimed at reducing the incidence and severity of heat-related illnesses in three vulnerable shire villages is wrapping up, with the next stage being to put three village halls, newly equipped as 'cooler refuges', to the test next summer.
James Bristow's small business journey with Valiant Coffee started with an idea involving a 1960’s surf-style wooden caravan and a rustic 1966 Valiant Safari, both of which were in Alice Springs at the time.
NSW Health has advised that fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 have been detected in the sewage system at Merimbula.
A new Bega Valley Shire Council campaign aimed at helping trunk main customers to improve their water supply has kicked off with some frank advice for rural residents.
A CCTV camera inspection program, targeting sections of Bega Valley Shire Council’s stormwater network will start in May.
A Citizenship ceremony was held today in the Bega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre, welcoming 30 new Australian Citizens.
The two sessions of this year's Sydney Writers' Festival will be livestreamed from the Regional Learning Centre in Merimbula on Saturday 1 May.
As water levels in creeks and rivers return to normal, Bega Valley Shire Council has revealed how staff worked around the clock to avoid issuing a boil water notice after the last flood event.
The popular on-demand film streaming service, hoopla digital, is available for free at Bega Valley Shire Library.
A drive to extend the focus of Australia’s annual clean-up day is taking place in the Bega Valley Shire.
The upgrade and sealing of the Towamba and Burragate roads is progressing well, with the first coating of stone and bitumen currently being laid.
ClubGRANTS is officially open, and Bega Valley Shire Council and registered clubs in the shire urge local groups to apply for funding for projects and services that contribute to the wellbeing of local communities.
Bega Valley Shire Council welcomes the almost $16.8 million investment in our bridges announced by Member for Bega, Andrew Constance yesterday.
Bega Valley Shire Council will celebrate the region's cultural diversity and inclusiveness with a free COVID Safe Harmony Week event in Littleton Gardens from 10am to 2pm on Saturday 20 March.
Plans to modernise Bega Valley Shire Council’s waste management practices are confirmed, with steps in place to reduce landfill dependency and its associated costs.
Bega Valley small business owners are encouraged to apply for a free, accredited training course to help their business thrive and grow.
Amanda Kate is a qualified and experienced interior architect and designer of 15 years.
The beautiful views and natural delights of the Tura Headland walking track will soon be open to more people following upcoming works to improve accessibility and enjoyment.
Bega Valley Shire Council encourages feedback on proposed amendments to the Bega Valley Local Environmental Plan 2013, to support economic development and employment opportunities throughout the shire.
Bega Valley Shire Council encourages feedback on the draft Use of Public Land (Local Approvals) Policy, which aims to provide a clear and simplified pathway for activities to enhance the shire's public spaces.
It’s the conundrum that faces many Year 12 graduates: okay, what now? From their first day at pre-school to sitting their final HSC exam, students have been in the business of learning, preparing themselves for that moment when an unknown path stretches before them.
Today marks the third anniversary of the Tathra and Reedy Swamp bushfires.
Stage 1 works of a two-stage project to provide safer, all-weather access to the South East Regional Hospital are complete with the sealing and widening of Boundary Road in Bega.
Bega Valley Shire Council encourages the communities of Quaama and Kiah to have their say on the development of the Green Shoots program in their region.
Bega Valley Shire Councillors are returning to regular face-to-face meetings as the valley approaches a year without any local COVID-19 cases.
Level 4 water restrictions have come into effect for customers using the Brogo-Bermagui water supply system.
Works on a major project to seal the Towamba and Burragate Roads are progressing well, with the mountainous section from Ben Boyd Road to Nullica coming next.
Appy Connections is the brainchild of Kristi Sproates, a developmental educator.
Work is complete on the Lake Street Shared Path in Merimbula and residents and visitors are invited to try out the new path and experience the breathtaking views from the new lookout.
Bega Valley Shire Mayor, Cr Russell Fitzpatrick has welcomed the Bega Valley Shire being eligible to apply for disaster relief funding following last week’s heavy rain and flooding.
Bega Valley Shire Council offices will close at 4.30pm on Thursday 1 April to observe public holiday closures over Easter.
Sunday 28 March marked the last day of the shire’s 2020-2021 outdoor swimming pool season.
Bega Valley Regional Gallery is excited to announce its next public exhibition, CONCRETE: Art Design Architecture; officially opening on Friday 9 April at 6pm.
Bega Valley seniors are in for a creative treat during Seniors’ Week (10-24 April) with Never Too Late to Make It!, a get active free expo at the Bega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre.
Bega Valley Shire Council's three-year Catchment Stabilisation and Estuarine Protection project is progressing well, and Council is pleased to be on the threshold of the next stage of work.
Several communities across the Bega Valley have successfully secured funding under the Community Recovery Contribution Program and are now actively planning recovery events and projects in their community.
Recognising the importance of developing local student's skills and abilities, Bega Valley Shire Council is calling for nominations for this year's round of Further Education Scholarships for students.
Bega Valley Shire Council Mayor Russell Fitzpatrick has reached out to Western Australian communities currently battling bushfires, offering support and experience drawn from Council’s own learnings in disaster response and recovery.
Council has launched 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.
Work on Stage 2 of the Connectivity Improvements to the Port of Eden project - the Imlay Street and Albert Terrace upgrade - will begin on Monday 15 February 2021.
Council is seeking public feedback on proposed amendments to the Eden Town Centre section of Council's Development Control Plan 2013 that would ensure any new developments were sympathetic to the existing character of the area.
Andy Willis walks the talk when it comes to running his business, Working From Anywhere, which he started in 2015. Although he lives in Tathra, Andy runs his business from wherever he needs to be each day.
Council has partnered with Fortem Australia and COORDINARE to provide a free, community-led event to celebrate the Tathra community’s spirit, resilience and mateship.
Council’s General Manager, Leanne Barnes has formally advised Councillors of her intention not to seek a renewal of her contract when it expires later this year.
Misuse of a community waste service at the Cobargo showground has left local residents feeling frustrated.
Council has partnered with local software engineering company, 2pi Software, to launch a series of free makerspace sessions in the Bega Youth Space from Monday 22 February.
It was an all too common notice given to the shire’s northern residents: after heavy rain, boil your tap water.
A project aimed at re-establishing and enhancing the coastal dune systems is well underway across the Shire.
Bega Valley Shire Library is participating in a project to help identify local barriers to library visits and engagement with library activities, with a short survey launched today.
To mark the anniversary of the Black Summer bushfires, Bega Valley Shire pools will offer free entry on Saturday and Sunday, 6 and 7 March.
Bega Valley Shire Council's Draft 2021-2025 Disability Inclusion Action Plan is now on public exhibition and open for comment until 31 May 2021.
A much-needed boost for local jobs is on the horizon with plans for a purpose-built operations depot and water treatment plant progressing well in Bega.
Mal Barnes established Mal's Pizza Bite in Bega just over 14 years ago.
The NSW Government has today announced two visitors to our region have tested positive to COVID-19.
Bega Valley Shire Council wishes to clarify the current cross-border travel permissions for residents of border communities in Victoria and New South Wales following the recent closure of the Victoria/New South Wales border.
Bega Valley Shire Library's successful Where There's Smoke writing workshops - for those wanting to share their summer bushfire experiences - will be held in Bega, Bemboka and Eden in January and February this year.
Bega Valley Shire Library is celebrating International Women's Day this year with an evening of true and personal storytelling and live music.
Bega Valley Shire Council has extended the closing date for its annual International Women's Day scholarships to 25 January.
Bega Valley Shire Council is seeking community feedback on its draft Cemetery Strategy 2020–2030.
Eden small business owner, Karen Lott, owns Sprout Eden café. Socially conscious and community focussed, she sources locally grown produce as ingredients for Sprout’s fresh foods and cakes, and provides a point of sale for local food products, such as condiments, smoked foods, dairy products and breads.
Bega Valley Shire Council’s dedicated emergency and restorations works team oversaw repairs to damaged transport infrastructure and other public assets valued at more than $30 million in 2020.
Council invites Bega Valley residents to its COVIDSafe Australia Day celebrations, which will begin at 7am on Tuesday 26 January with a free breakfast in Bega’s Littleton Gardens.
Cr Kristy McBain has resigned from her position as Councillor for the Bega Valley Shire, but will continue to champion for the shire as federal Member for Eden-Monaro.
A new water treatment plant in the early stages of planning and development is set to deliver improved water quality to the southern end of the shire.
Council is hosting Summer Splash, with a number of fun activities for young people at our local swimming pools over the next two weeks, so they can relax and enjoy themselves.
Bega Valley Shire Mayor Russell Fitzpatrick is encouraging all eligible businesses in the Bega Valley Shire to register for Dine & Discover NSW, which will be piloted in the Shire from late February.
Anita Turner established Sapphire Graphics in 2018, after participating in the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme, a government initiative that assists people wanting to start their own business.