Eurobodalla mayor ‘disappointed’ after Rural Lands Strategy development knocked back
News
Eurobodalla Mayor Liz Innes is disappointed a small number of local property owners who hoped to build on their properties won't be able to develop their land after NSW Government changes to the Rural Lands Strategy Local Environment Plan amendment (LEP). “The document Council had endorsed is not the document the Minister signed off,” Cr Innes wrote in a press...
Solar systems for free – trial for low income households on the South Coast
News
For many, with all the best intentions in the world, getting solar on your rooftop is just too much of a stretch. The need to move to renewables has been brought sharply into focus with record temperatures across the country and bushfires burning out of control. However now, the South Coast has been included in a trail of up to...
Bega Valley Repair Cafe gives the broken and busted a second chance
News
Forget the tip - the Bega Valley now has a place where much loved but broken and busted appliances get a second chance. Bega Valley Repair Cafe is a not-for-profit community initiative with the purpose of repairing items rather than seeing them go into landfill. "It also provides a social connection for people as they learn how to repair everyday...
Climate change is making preppers out of all of us
Opinion
While living in my husband's homeland in Montana, USA, I became aware of the concept of 'preppers,' people who think that the world will end imminently and are getting prepared by moving to a remote area, learning survival skills like hunting and stockpiling goods they think will be useful at the end of the world. Yesterday, after seeing emergency preparedness checklists...
From Braidwood to Mogo, helping NSW farmers with Christmas cheer
News
Two old friends have joined a new national movement to spread a little Christmas cheer to rural women doing it tough around New South Wales. Helen Farley, of Braidwood and Theresa Matthews, of Mogo, are both collecting parcels for distribution by drought-relief organization Ladies of the Land, which delivers parcels of treats to women living and working on farms during...
Young Canberra Citizen of the Year makes every week National Recycling Week
Environment
James Jayatilaka has recently been named Young Canberra Citizen of the Year 2019 in the environment and sustainability section for his innovative contribution to recycling - but as it's now National Recycling Week, he's not slowing down to celebrate. Thirteen-year-old James is explaining how he developed the enterprise that won him the award and helped make him an ambassador for the...
Southern comfort for our northern brothers and sisters living with bushfire
News
The bushfire emergency across Northern New South Wales and Queensland is all too close for the communities of the Bega Valley. On one hellish afternoon in March 2018, 65 homes were destroyed in the Reedy Swamp, Vimy Ridge, and Tathra Bushfire. Like the current crisis, conditions at the time were described as "unprecedented". A handful of months later the communities...
Snowy Monaro firefighters head to the danger zone
News
Snowy Monaro volunteer firefighters have headed north to help exhausted local firefighters ahead of today’s catastrophic fire conditions. Monaro District Inspector Langdon Gould says a Monaro Strike Team, with 16 personnel, flew to Coffs Harbour yesterday (November 11) morning to assist with the Clarence Valley fires near Grafton. “They were to leave this Thursday, but due to the forecast catastrophic...
The way we farm needs to change as part of long-term drought strategy
Opinion
Last week was dominated by emergencies – on climate, water, the drought and bushfires. The message across the board was that a business as usual approach is not tenable. Yet that is what we got as the Morrison Government rolled out yet another drought package, a billion dollars' worth, so farmers could borrow even more money and struggling shires could...
National Recycling Week in Snowy Monaro – myth busting and habit help
Environment
Snowy Monaro Regional Council is supporting Planet Ark’s National Recycling Week with a series of pop-up information displays throughout the region. National Recycling Week runs from Monday, November 11 to Sunday, November 17. The focus of this year’s event is to tackle the most common recycling myths. Council’s Resource and Waste Education Officers will help you learn more about common...
Oyster, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways: naked, full cup and busting fat
Food & Wine
Does everyone remember their first oyster or is it just me? One slurp and my senses opened with a loud heavenly refrain. Since then I have become a great advocate for excessive consumption of these absolutely natural, naked, undressed, freshly shucked molluscs at every given opportunity. The track I am on is not for the faint-hearted. Lost somewhere among the...
White’s Seahorse listed as ‘endangered’
Environment
A rare seahorse found in NSW coastal waters has been given additional protection with the state's Fisheries Scientific Committee (FSC) deciding to list the species as endangered. Following a review of the nomination and a public consultation period, the FSC, an independent committee of seven scientists, determined White’s Seahorse is at high risk of extinction in the near future. Named...
Merimbula Aquarium’s accidental breeding program the result of happy critters
Community
Merimbula Aquarium curator Harrison Vermont has an eye for an unhappy fish. "You get to know them and you can spot it when they're not happy," he says. "It's hard to explain but everyone who spends time here can tell." Merimbula is the only temperate aquarium in Australia after Manly Aquarium in Sydney closed its doors in 2017, and the...
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