Explore how the koala and the waratah were first depicted over 200 years ago, and how they have evolved over time to quickly become national icons in a new travelling display opening at the Tura Marrang Library from 1 - 15 December.
Bega Valley Shire Council is undertaking a Marine Hydrographic Survey in the waters of Merimbula Bay as part of the planning for the Merimbula Sewage Treatment Plant upgrade.
Bega Valley Shire Council remains resolute in its commitment to improve drinking water quality and systems across the Shire.
New pool covers have been installed at Eden Swimming Pool.
An inspired work, created to assist children to get to sleep, has been announced as the inaugural winner of the $500 Bega Valley Mural Prize.
The Australian Lifeguard Service (ALS) will once again be a fixture on the Shireâ€™s beaches this summer after securing the lifeguard services contract for a further three seasons.
Bega Valley Shire Councilâ€™s Expression of Interest to the 2017 round of the NSW Regional Cultural Fund has not progressed; however planning for a new purpose built regional art gallery for the Shire will continue in 2018.
Operating times for all Council services over the Christmas and New Year Period.
Council staff and consultants Rhelm have been very encouraged by the communityâ€™s enthusiastic response to the flood study for Eden, Twofold Bay and the Towamba River.
Bega Valley Shire Library is now offering free access to an innovative, award-winning Australian app called BorrowBox, with new users during December and January going into a prize draw.
The Doctor John McKee Memorial Fountain in Littleton Gardens is firing again just as school breaks up and local families and visitors move into holiday mode.
Bega Valley Shire Council is disappointed a community group has cleared areas of native vegetation (mostly dead timber - which is still considered native vegetation and has value in the local ecosystem) from the Tura Head Coastal Reserve without consent or endorsement.
Wallagoot Lane will be closed to all traffic at the Richies Lagoon bridge between 9am and 4pm from Tuesday, 9 January through to Friday, 2 February 2018 (excluding the weekends and public holidays).
Bega Valley Shire Council has today announced two exciting grant opportunities for Youth Week and Seniors Festival activities.
Libraries across the Shire have summer holidays sewn up with the return of the popular Summer Reading Club.
Investigations are continuing after a leachate spill was discovered by Council waste field staff at the Central Waste Facility on Monday.
Councillors today voted to undertake a comprehensive shire-wide survey regarding the addition of fluoride to the Tantawanglo-Kiah and Brogo-Bermagui water supplies.
Recent Sydney based media coverage around zoning matters in the Bega Valley Shire does a disservice to the community and those seeking clarity.
Nominations are now open for the 2018 Citizen, Young Citizen (under 25) and Senior Citizen (over 65) of the Year awards and Bega Valley Shire Council is calling on the community to recognise the efforts of friends, neighbours, colleagues and family.
With specialist consultants AECOM having commenced the concept design and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Merimbula Sewage Treatment Plant upgrade and Deep Water Ocean Outfall, Council is looking for people who live in the Merimbula/Pambula area to join a community working group.
A Merimbula based author is highlighting the toll introduced species have on the local environment, with a special event at Tura Marrang Library later this month adding weight to the message.
This week's welcome rainfall has resulted in small increases in water levels in some of the Shire's coastal lakes and rivers.
On the back of the welcome rain comes pasture growth, with weeds such as Serrated Tussock, St John's Wort and African Lovegrass popping their heads up.
Planning staff at Bega Valley Shire Council have made a preliminary assessment of Development Application 10-2017-445-1, which proposes a recreational flight school on land adjacent to the Princes Highway at Frogs Hollow.
Bega Valley Shire Council is celebrating after receiving an award for innovation at the IPWEA NSW Engineering Excellence Awards on Thursday night.
A cycle path connecting Tathra and Kalaru is set to become a reality by as early as mid 2019, with the planning phase of the project commencing recently.
Bega Valley Shire Councilâ€™s Childrenâ€™s Services hosted a number of special events to celebrate NSW Grandparents Day recently.
Industry accolades continue to roll in for the Bega Valley Regional Gallery (BVRG), with its strong exhibitions again being recognised.
Bega Valley Shire Council (BVSC) representatives attended a second compulsory conference at the Industrial Relations Commission in Sydney today, after the United Services Union (USU) sought to have the matter relisted.
Bega Valley Shire Council remains resolute in its commitment to improving drinking water quality and systems across the Shire, with a significant cleaning of water mains planned for the Bega-Tathra supply in the lead up to Christmas.
Bega Valley Shire Council is about to remove items from the playground in Charles Izzard Reserve on Francis Hollis Drive, Tathra.
Bega Valley Shire Councilors have approved a new senior management structure for the organisation, which will see it better able to meet its current and future financial constraints.
A young man from Pambula says his time as a School Based Trainee within Council is helping him make plans and decisions for his future. Ryan Hayden is a year 11 student at Eden Marine High School and has spent the last year working at the Bega Valley Regional Learning Centre in Merimbula.
The Access All Areas Film Festival is an innovative film festival coming to Bega thanks to a partnership between Bega Valley Shire Library, The Disability Trust, and Tulgeen, to celebrate the International Day of People with a Disability.
Bega Valley Shire Council has appointed consultants, Rhelm, to undertake a flood study for Eden, Twofold Bay and Towamba River. The study seeks to define the current and future flood behaviour of the catchments and ocean storms impacting Twofold Bay.
A major solo exhibition of work by Justene Williams will open at the Bega Valley Regional Gallery (BVRG) this Friday, 1 December at 6.00pm.
Following a consultation session with some concerned members of the Bermagui community, Council will not be removing two Mahogany trees within Dickinson Park, as originally intended.
The process of developing new Coastal Management Programs for the Shire's estuaries continues, with Council working with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) to conduct a hydrographic survey of Eden's Lake Curalo.
Melbourne based artist Samantha Sommariva AKA Misklectic and her portrait of performance artist Mossy is the winner of Australia's only youth portrait prize, the $10,000 acquisitive 'The Shirl'.
A team of Bermagui youngsters have been working with Bega Valley Shire Library staff and local parents to produce a vibrant youth magazine showcasing their interests and youth culture.
The very successful Tura-based Intergenerational Playroom is branching out into Bega from November.
The local community is encouraged to provide feedback on the draft Bega and Brogo River Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan after Council yesterday resolved to place the document on public exhibition.
The proposed fees and charges for the Eden Preschool and Bandara Preschool program (covering January to June 2018) have been placed on public exhibition following a resolution of Council last week.
Council's roads resealing program will be the direct beneficiary of an internal organisational restructure underway at Bega Valley Shire Council.
Council is looking to make improvements to parking and traffic flow at Bar Beach in Merimbula ahead of the busy summer holiday period.
Bega Valley Shire Council has alerted local Police following the obstruction of signage at Pambula Beach.
A unique and extensive collection of over 400 photographs of First Nations people living at Wallaga Lake and Bermagui will be revealed to the wider community on Friday 3 November and members of the public are warmly invited.
The community is invited to offer feedback on the Draft Commercial Centres Strategy for Merimbula, Pambula, and Tura Beach. A review of the 2006 strategy was prompted by interest from large scale, bulky goods retailers keen to expand their business into these communities.
The trees vandalised in Littleton Gardens in May 2016 have found a new home.
Bega Valley Shire Library is offering residents the opportunity to choose new books to be added to library shelves at a special one-off event.
Council is working with all relevant agencies and a mandated 21-day fishing closure has been invoked by the Safe Food Authority for Merimbula Lake, after a sewer leak was detected in Merimbula yesterday.
Bega Valley Shire Council is calling for public assistance to identify the person responsible for removing a shared zone bollard at Bar Beach in Merimbula.
The work of the Bega Valley Regional Gallery's first artist in residence will take centre stage when Julian Meagher's Inlet Outlet exhibition opens on 23 February 2017.
Bega Valley Shire Council representatives attended a compulsory conference at the Industrial Relations Commission in Sydney yesterday.
Council has completed mandatory testing of the water in Merimbula Lake following the sewer leak on Monday.
Teams from Bega Valley Shire Council's works department have recently completed the upgrade of a number of sections of Towamba Road.
Council is concerned and frustrated at media reports insinuating the community is being exposed to "deadly bugs" in the Shire's drinking water.
Bega Valley Shire Council has been working with members of the Bermagui community around addressing safety concerns with a number of aging trees in the vicinity of the townâ€™s surf club and outdoor gym.
Council's commitment to improving our roads network remains strong, with a number of key projects the subject of recent State Government grant applications.
Council staff and contractors are finalising preparations across the Shire ahead of the fast approaching outdoor pool season.
Bega Valley Shire Council is developing a flying-fox camp management plan for the Glebe Lagoon grey-headed flying-fox camp in Bega.
Bega Valley Shire Library is offering a varied and full program of activities for the September school holidays aimed at all ages, from pre-schoolers to teenagers.
The South Coast History Society will launch the fourth issue of the popular local history magazine 'Recollections' with a morning tea and talks at Eden library on Friday, 29 September at 10.30am.
Changes to State funding arrangements are impacting the way that preschools across New South Wales, including the Bega Valley Shire, will operate.
Council resolved to defer the decision so that further consideration can be given to the issues raised in the deputations.
Australia's only Youth Portrait Prize, the $10,000 acquisitive THE SHIRL has released their finalists for 2017.
Bega library's annual HSC Lockdown event has proved so beneficial to local year 12 students, that Eden and Bermagui libraries will also offer HSC Lockdowns this year, prior to HSC exams.
Bemboka Swimming Pool will open for the summer season on Thursday 12 October.
The intersection of Wallaga Lake Road and Cobargo-Bermagui Road near Bermagui will be upgraded this financial year following a successful Bega Valley Shire Council grant application.
Bega Valley Shire Council Mayor, Kristy McBain, was joined by project engineer, David Buckley, in undertaking the official duties and seeing traffic use the new Market/Monaro Street intersection for the first time this morning.
Bega Valley Shire Council is working to deepen the already dynamic local arts and cultural community with the development of a new Regional Gallery.
With motorists adapting to a new flow of traffic through the Merimbula CBD, Council is keen to offer some advice and direction.
An amnesty on overdue Bega Valley Shire Library items will run for the entire month of August prior to new overdue rules coming into effect from Friday 1 September 2017.
If you've ever wondered about putting together your family history, or if you're interested in finding out more about where you live then the Lifelines: Celebrating Family and Local History Expo will give you a chance to learn more.
In response to Monday nightâ€™'s ABC Four Corners report on problems within the waste industry, Council is reminding residents of the immense benefit that waste recovery and recycling represents.
Bega Valley Shire Council is aware of the discussion taking place relating to formalised no parking arrangements along Pambula Beach Road at Pambula.
Council staff are putting the finishing touches on the playing surface and surrounds at the Bega Recreation Ground ahead of the Group 16 Rugby League grand finals this Sunday.
Bega Valley Shire Council is putting better flood management in place around local communities with the assistance of a $122,000 grant from the NSW Government.
The partnership between Bega Valley Shire Council and the Mumbulla Foundation will extend until at least June 2021 after the parties put pen to paper on a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) last week.
A steady stream of heritage seekers took the opportunity to learn more about their family history last Saturday, as Club Sapphire played host to the 'Lifelines' Family and Local History Expo.
The Bega Valley's 'War on Waste' has been turned up a notch with Councillors voting in favour of introducing a new household Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) collection service.
NSW Maritime Services have praised Bega Valley Shire Council's Rangers after a dumping event on private land was met with a "swift and professional response" in Bermagui recently.
Assistance to conserve and promote the Shire's heritage places is presently available through the Local Heritage Assistance Fund.
Community halls in the Bega Valley will share in $70,000 worth of funding, with a number of key projects to be tackled.
Bega Valley Shire Council has agreed to sell land on Taronga Crescent in Bega to the Tulgeen Group.
Bega Valley Shire Council will assume management of the Bega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre (BVCCC) tomorrow (Wednesday, 23 August 2017). The Civic Centre has been previously managed by Venue Management Services since it opened in January 2016.
The Bega Valley is about to recognise the contribution of one local father to World War 2.
Bega Valley Shire Council is taking steps to ensure the safety of people in Bermagui by removing three trees and undertaking necessary maintenance pruning on a number of other well-established trees.
An independent review of the Shire's Development Assessment Service has found that Council is providing service levels well above the average of its peer councils.
An exciting new art prize specifically for artists living and working in the Bega Valley is set to launch.
Ten years ago our beaches were a different sight to what you see now.
Bega Valley Shire Council will undertake dye dispersion tests in Merimbula Bay during the coming month, weather permitting.
Residents and visitors will be treated to series of activities to celebrate our local heritage, with a week-long celebration during the first week of September.
Council today has voted to support an expression of interest to the State Government's Regional Cultural Fund, by the Bega Valley Regional Gallery (BVRG).
Visitors to the Bega Valley Regional Gallery during July, August, and September will discover one of the most significant art collections in regional Australia.
Bega Valley Shire Council will continue with its planned works on the Pretty Point Bridge.
Bega Valley Shire Council is again offering people a chance to safely dispose of potentially hazardous household chemicals at no cost.
The South East and Tablelands Regional Plan will chart the course for future generations across the Canberra Region.
Fourteen projects designed to restore and protect the local environment have received financial backing from Bega Valley Shire Council
Bega Valley Shire Council has launched a new Waste and Recycling Facebook page.
Fresh from a recent public forum that saw over 400 people turn out in Bega, Mayor Kristy McBain has joined more than 30 other councils from across the country in Canberra for the launch of the Cities Power Partnership.
South Coast bestselling crime writer Melissa Pouliot will launch National Missing Persons Week for the Bega Valley next Monday, 31 July.
The Kisses Lagoon restoration project is complete, with Bega locals and visitors alike now able to take advantage of the greatly improved recreational opportunities on offer at the town's northern gateway.
Children of all ages are invited to enter the Bega Valley Shire Library Book Week competition which is now open for entries. The library is running the competition to celebrate Children's Book Week from 22-26 August.
THE SHIRL is a $10,000 acquisitive biannual portrait prize for artists between the ages 16 â€“ 25.
Bega Valley Shire Council is seeking comment from the community in regards to the 2017/2018 fees and charges for the use of community halls by schools, Tanja Hall and the Bermagui Community Centre.
Tura Marrang Library is offering a day of discovery for people to explore one of the most unique ecosystems in the Bega Valley and the chance to pick up a free native tree on Saturday 17 June, starting at 10.30am.
Dr Sue Rosen's book, 'Scorched Earth' is a chilling account of how the Australian government devised secret plans in response to the very real threat of Japanese invasion during World War 2.
A review of land currently rated as farmland in the Bega Valley Shire is underway to meet with state legislation requiring Councils to have up to date records on rateable properties.
Bega Valley Shire Council has offered airlines servicing Merimbula airport an unreserved apology for an oversight that resulted in an airline passenger landing fee increase being included in Council's annual Fees and Charges document.
An event to be held at Bega's Littleton Gardens in June will acknowledge the plight of people seeking asylum from conflict and disaster while celebrating the Shire's official position as a safe zone for refugees.
Stage 1 of work has started to connect Bega Cheese in the North Bega area to the Council reticulated sewer system.
Bega Valley Shire Council's footpath renewal program is targeting Bega's Canning Street next, with replacement of the current footpath planned in the new financial year.
Bega Valley Shire Council has been an active participant in this week's National General Assembly of Local Government in Canberra.
Bega Valley Shire Council is taking action on advice from the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and the community that the existing beach-face outfall at Merimbula Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) is not sustainable.
There are still lots or ways to inject colour and fun into your outdoor celebration without using helium filled balloons.
In the months ahead Bega Valley Shire Council will be auditing public lands for un-authorised usage including outdoor dining furniture, signs and advertisements.
An exciting collaboration between local resident, Hayley Reynolds and the Bega Valley Shire Library has created the regionâ€™s first Intergenerational Playroom based at Tura Marrang Library and Community Centre.
National Volunteers Week is upon us, an annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our region's volunteers.
Council's urban maintenance crews have been undertaking sign renewal across the shire on urban, rural and regional roads.
Bega Valley Shire Library and Legal Aid NSW are partnering to deliver two important presentations for Seniors during Law Week at Bega library on Friday 19 May.
Bega Valley Shire Library together with Four Winds and the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) will offer children an inspiring and creative Musical Storytime at Tura Marrang, Bermagui and Eden libraries in May.
The Hon Susan Ryan AO, former Age and Disability Discrimination Commissioner for the Australian Human Rights Commission will be visiting Bermagui Library on Thursday 8 June to discuss community housing options in a conversational-style event.
The priorities and ambitions of the Bega Valley Shire community have been actioned through a series of draft plans that are now on public exhibition.
Bega Valley Shire Council is taking action to future proof local transport infrastructure with the development of a comprehensive transport strategy.
Bega Valley Shire Council is seeking the communityâ€™s feedback on the management of some of the Shire's key estuaries.
People entering the Bega Valley Shire from the North, South and West will soon be greeted with three welcoming signs telling stories of local environment and heritage.
Members of the Tathra community have come together in a bid to restore the Thatchers Flat footbridge destroyed during last year's East Coast low.
Bega Valley Shire Council is engaging with the proponents of the Cattle Bay Marina development in good faith, but will be standing up for the needs of ratepayers at Mondayâ€™s (May 29) conciliation hearing with the NSW Land and Environment Court.
Bega Valley Shire Council is building opportunities by being an inclusive community, with the release of the Draft Disability Inclusion Action Plan.
An opportunity for local tradespeople and service providers to become registered as preferred and pre-approved contractors has come about thanks to the recent launch of Council's Trade Services Panel tender.
A second spate of tree vandalism in as many weeks has been reported in the Merimbula area, with the latest attack being the poisoning of eucalypts in Ford Park.
Bega Valley Shire Council advises residents that the Merimbula Library Portal based at the Bega Valley Regional Learning Centre will close on Friday 30 June 2017.
Do you have a great community project that needs funding? Registered clubs in the Bega Valley are encouraging local organisations to apply for funding via the ClubGRANTS Program.
This week's visit by his Governor General, Sir Peter Cosgrove and Lady Cosgrove will be long remembered throughout the Bega Valley and especially by the people of Eden.
Bega Valley Shire Council is pleased to announce the launch of the 2017/18 Community Environment Grants Program.
With the first of season's cold nights creeping in, Bega Valley Shire Council is asking owners of wood fires to burn fuel safely and considerately.
Time is running out to apply for money through the ClubGRANTS program, with just a handful of days left.
A fascinating local link to Australia's first princess has been revealed in a book written by an author from the Bega Valley.
There is still time to nominate a local volunteer for the amazing work they do in the community, with the deadline for the Bega Valley Medallion Award coming up on Monday 6 March.
Bega Valley Shire Council will soon commence the annual wild rabbit control program with the release of calicivirus RHDV K5, beginning Monday March 6 2017.
'Talk Soon. Talk Often' is a new book available at all Shire libraries that gives parents ideas on how to talk to their children about sex.
Back to Business Week has culminated in Merimbula with an inspiring presentation from Canberra based business coach Natasha Vanzetti.
Bega Valley Shire Council and Regional Express airlines (Rex) have welcomed today's news that the Merimbula to Sydney air route has been deregulated by the NSW Government.
Five young women have each been awarded $500 Council scholarships to encourage the achievement of their goals and to celebrate their valuable contribution to the local community.
The Bega Valley Shire Mayor, Kristy McBain has been recognised as a role model in Council and the community by winning a category in the 2017 Ministers' Awards for Women in Local Government.
NSW Health and Bega Valley Shire Council have extended the precautionary boil water notice over the coming weekend due to the forecast of further rain in the Brogo River catchment area.
Free computer and technology training at Tura Marrang Library and Community Centre and at Bega Library will help local residents become familiar with a wide range of technologies.
Bega Valley Regional Learning Centre (BVRLC) is excited to become the new base of the South Coast Careers College/Adult Ed.
The 'Science and Engineering Challenge' from the University of Newcastle is coming to the Bega Valley for the first time.
Plant guards and timber stakes have been stolen from the Cuttagee Point re-vegetation project being undertaken by Bermagui Dune Care with assistance from Bega Valley Shire Council.
A dynamic two days of discussion has wrapped up with Bega Valley Shire Council inviting further community comment on the organisation's vision and strategies for the next 20 years.
The Bega Valley's rich history with portraiture winds up a notch later this month when the Shire plays host to the biggest and most famous art prize in Australia.
Bega Valley Shire Council is calling for expressions of interest from people with an interest in history and the future direction of the Shire's cemeteries to join the newly formed Cemetery Advisory Committee.
Bega Valley Shire Council along with the Office for Environment and Heritage will be holding a drop-in session and public meeting to discuss the current flying fox issue at Candelo.
A new method of standardising the booking and land use system for the Shire's well-known monthly markets will result in a secure future for the long-running local events.
Bega Valley Shire Council is set to celebrate the 'awesomeness' of skateboarding and local young people during Youth Week this April.
Two significant local projects have been nominated in the NSW Local Government Excellence Awards.
A new micro-credit program for emerging Bega Valley businesses is looking to make its first investments.
Teenagers will be able to experiment with digital music and visual mediums during Youth Week with two exciting free workshops organised by Bega Valley Shire Library.
Local author, essayist and critic, Ian McFarlane will release his latest collection of essays, stories and poems, 'Murunna Point Revisited' at Bermagui Library on Saturday, 8 April at 10am.
The Australian Lifeguard Service (ALS) estimates 13 people were prevented from drowning on Sapphire Coast beaches during the summer of 2016/17.
Members of the community are being invited to join Council's Waste Strategic Working Group.
Right now, Australia's biggest and most loved portraiture exhibition is gracing the walls of the Bega Valley Regional Gallery and the viewing hours have been extended to help everyone see the artworks on display.
The 2016-2017 Outdoor Swimming Pool Season will draw to a close on Friday 31 March.
Bega Valley Shire Council will remove three trees and undertake maintenance pruning within Bega Park and the adjoining Bega Pool next week due to safety concerns.
Bega Valley Shire Council is moving ahead with opportunities that shine a light on the contribution volunteers make to their local communities.
Bega Valley Shire Council regrets the distress that has been caused by the removal of rope swings on the Yowaka River, south of Pambula.
Budding junior artists in the Bega Valley are getting a chance to mix it with the 'big kids' in the 2016 Archibald Prize.
Bega Valley Shire Council has just been advised that the New Buildings Road Bridge over the Towamba River is to be closed at short notice.
Bega Valley Shire Council will continue to progress positive plans for Merimbula Airport confident in the planning, research and wide support the vision has received to date.
Bega Valley Shire Council is calling for expressions of interest from people wanting to improve inclusiveness and accessibility in the local area.
Bega Valley Shire libraries will host morning teas and information sessions about library services for senior residents to celebrate Seniors Festival in March.
The Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) has made recommendations that progress a long talked about bulky goods - hardware style development at Tura Beach.
A change to the Bega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre management structure has been made to better meet with community expectations.
Bega Valley Shire Council is throwing its weight behind the region's young people and calling for nominations for this year's round of Tertiary Scholarships.
NSW Back to Business Week is underway with Bega Valley Shire Council coordinating a not-to-be-missed FREE business mentoring event this Thursday (March 2) night in Merimbula.
Valuable saltmarsh habitat in the Bermagui River area is being treated to restoration works thanks to Council securing a NSW Government grant from the South East Local Land Services Wetland Fund.
A gigantic new public artwork has popped up as a gateway to Eden, showcasing local talent and links between the region's indigenous people and the coastal environment.
The Dr Evershed Memorial Clock in Bega will be ticking away and telling the time again after repair works scheduled for Monday and Tuesday 23/24 January.
Techy teenagers will have an opportunity to further their gaming skills at a Game Development Workshop at Tura Marrang library on Friday 20 January, starting at 10am.
Tathra residents are being asked for their view on how to spend $50,000 currently allocated to repairing the Thatchers Flat footbridge.
Local estuary management has received a boost with Bega Valley Shire Council and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage funding a review of old estuary management plans and the creation of a new plan for the Bermagui River.
Bega Valley Shire Mayor, Kristy McBain has congratulated Bega Cheese for its acquisition of Vegemite.
The 2017 Umbrellas of Bermagui will be unfurled this Australia Day ahead of the Bermagui Seaside Fair in March.
A group of young authors from local primary schools are about to become published authors with their achievements being celebrated at a Tura Marrang Library book launch in February.
The lakes and lagoons that run along the Sapphire Coast are part of a dynamic environment that draws people to live in and visit the Bega Valley, but the natural workings of these water ways can present a challenge at times.