Bega Valley Shire CouncilBega Valley Shire Council

Building a future beyond bushfire

Link to Building a future beyound bushfire brochure.

The ‘Building a future beyond bushfire’ brochure is currently being distributed to all candidates standing for election on 4 July.

The brochure has been informed by Council’s ongoing interaction and consultation with the community, especially in the midst of bushfire recovery and COVID-19.

It is also informed by the engagement around longer term documents like the Community Strategic Plan and Delivery Program.

Overall themes of the by-election brochure are the need for:

  • A full review of the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements
  • A commitment to implementing key findings from the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements
  • Funding for critical infrastructure to support local community and economic recovery
  • Reinstatement of funding to local government through the Financial Assistance Grants

Major projects

The following key infrastructure projects are funding priorities in the Bega Valley Shire.

Airport, Water, Sewer and Energy

  • $4.5m - Merimbula Airport Runway upgrade
  • $4m - Merimbula Airport Commercial Precinct (to match state funding)
  • $22m - Merimbula Sewerage Treatment Plant and Ocean Outfall upgrade
  • $27m  - Water Treatment Facility upgrades in Eden & Merimbula
  • $28m - Brogo Dam height raising to improve water security and farm sustainability along with local employment opportunities
  • Gas pipeline to support manufacturing industry retention and growth

Roads and Transport

  • Princes Highway duplicated from Nowra to Victorian boarder and recognised as a Road of Strategic Importance
  • East-West connectivity via the Snowy Mountains Highway with an upgraded Brown Mountain link supporting B-Double access
  • $13m - Timber bridge replacement funding
  • Southern Lights project roll out across regional NSW
  • Shovel ready land transport infrastructure stabilisation and seal projects
    • Wanatta Lane $511k
    • Tantawangalo Mountain Road $1.8m
    • Nethercote Road $2.25m
    • Kameruka Lane $2.6m
    • Dr George Mountain Road $5m
    • Warrigal Range Road $2.32m
    • Yowrie Road $1.8m
    • Towridgee Lane $1.7m

Town Centres and Precincts

  • $14m  - Town centre revitalisation projects in Merimbula
  • Town centre revitalisation in other major centres in Bega Valley - Eden $3m, Bega $7m, Bermagui $8m (conceptual estimates based on relative scale of the areas to be improved)
  • Snug Cove Precinct Eden delivered as a vibrant maritime centre

Culture, Sport and Recreation

  • $6.4m - Bega Regional Gallery upgrade
  • $8m - Tathra Wharf rehabilitation works
  • $9.15m - Bega Pool renewal
  • $2.9m - Merimbula Boardwalk renewal

Education and Innovation

  • Regional education, innovation, community hub and library precinct at the former Bega Hospital Site
  • $3.5m - Eden library upgrade

Bushfire Recovery and Resilience

  • Support for regional RFS site in the Bega Valley
  • Full funding of Council gaps in replacement infrastructure works and make safe works
  • Improved telecommunication infrastructure to support emergency responses and recovery
  • Improved transport accessibility to support emergency responses and recovery
  • Full bushfire affected asset replacement funding
  • Funding for the upgrade of nominated evacuation centres and safer places to include alternative power sources, communications and accessibility at evacuation centres

COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience

  • Financial support to local government nationally to support all Councils to undertake community and economic recovery projects
  • Project funding to the Canberra Region Joint Organisation to develop and provide a new local government model aimed at refocussing service outputs and reducing duplicated costs
  • Funding to support regional airports to keep them operating with the loss of funding due to significantly reduced landing fees


  • $10m Materials Recovery Facility (MRF)
  • Naval Wharf precinct developed to support freight opportunities
  • Development of pre-identified industrial land project south of Bega


  • Bundian Way infrastructure delivery
  • Trails, track and accessibility projects throughout the Shire
  • $7.2m - Eden Trails Mountain Bike Project
  • Tourism product development programs supporting industry recovery

2020 Election Advocacy Priorities — Bega Valley Shire Council

Bega Valley Shire Council

  • Commit to implementing key findings from the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements
  • Undertake a full review of the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements
  • Fund critical infrastructure to support local community and economic recovery
  • Reinstate adequate funding to local government through increasing Financial Assistance Grants

Protect communities from the impacts of natural disasters and climate change

  • Assist local government to respond to impacts from increased frequency of bushfire, storms and floods
  • Ensure Census collection captures data on bushfire and other disaster impacts in regional communities
  • Establish a local government climate change partnership fund addressing mitigation and adaptation projects
  • Fund support of Councils for preparedness and response to emergencies – operation and staff training for EOC, evacuation centre facilities, telecommunications, power

Repair funding to Local Government

  • Restore the quantum of Financial Assistance Grants annually to at least 1% of Commonwealth Taxation revenue

Realise the productive potential of Australia’s freight routes

  • Fund a local government Productivity Investment Plan
  • Support freight routes in South East NSW particularly the “black hole” that exists in the far south coast by:
  • upgrading the Princes Highway and classifying the Princes Highway as a Road of Strategic Importance
  • upgrading of the Snowy Mountains Highway through Brown Mountain: stage one - funded scoping study to design and cost the project; stage two - delivery of the upgrade.

Keep regional communities digitally connected

  • Deliver full digital connectivity to the region
  • Deliver full connectivity to the region through black spot funding and smart technology funding for the Southern Lights project
  • Commit to ensuring there are no Black Spots in regional Australia, particularly those that are at significant risk of natural disasters such as the Black Summer Bushfires
  • Establish remote working hubs to leverage digital economy benefits for regions

Promote healthier communities

  • Invest in local government preventative health and activity programs

Foster Indigenous well-being and prosperity

  • Fund the Bundian Way project
  • Continue support for Indigenous jobs/traineeships
  • Support Indigenous business development

Promote equitable access to community services

  • Fund regional tertiary education

Strengthen regional economies

  • Support regional economies by relocating Federal Government Departments
  • Target funding programs at growth sectors of the Bega Valley Shire: Agribusiness, Forestry, Marine, Tourism, Education and Health and Aged Care
  • Support small businesses recover from drought, bushfire and the global pandemic
  • Fund support for drought - water storage, agricultural resilience initiatives, technology investment and policy  
  • Fund resource recovery initiatives - with a focus on business
  • Fund support of key actions from Climate Resilience Strategy and BVSC Clean Energy Plan
  • Support and fund employment programs building workforce skills and resilience

Support local government’s current work in addressing affordable housing and homelessness

  • Fund a youth refuge in the Bega Valley
  • Provide incentives for the development of affordable housing and flexible housing options
  • Further support for mental health services in regional areas as the full impact of the drought, fires, floods and pandemic is realised

Simplify grant funding processes so we can deliver more for the community

  • Support Councils to have ‘shovel ready’ projects by funding project preplanning activities in funding programs
  • Increase the project management/administration limit in funding programs to at least 20% to reflect actual cost for Councils to deliver projects  
  • Improve and streamline Federal Government grant guidelines, application processes and reporting requirements

For more information contact:

General Manager
Bega Valley Shire Council
Phone: 02 6499 2222


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