Bega Valley clean up continues as residents remain without running water
News
More than nine months after the Black Summer bushfires ravaged Bega Valley, in southeast NSW, repair works are still underway. A team of 50 volunteers is hoping to install new pipes to restore running water for up to 10 residents in the community of Kiah, who have been without it since the bushfires. The project, led by Connecting Communities Australia, is...
Convoy of Hope delivers 500 plants from TAFE NSW horticulture students
Community
Padstow NSW TAFE horticulture students have donated 500 plants to help regrow fire-affected South Coast communities after the Black Summer bushfires. The Sydney-based students propagated and maintained the native plants as part of their studies and donated them to not-for-profit Convoy of Hope's Regrow project. Sutherland Shire local, Colvin Cashman, is studying for his Certificate III in Horticulture and said...
Frogs the surprise survivors of Black Summer bushfires
Environment
When we returned to our bushfire-ravaged rural home at Malua Bay, on the NSW South Coast, on New Year's Day, the last thing we expected to find were tiny green survivors in the blackened ruins of our garden. The only patch of colour was an old rhubarb plant, and tucked right at the base of its shrivelled leaves were tiny...
Post-bushfire weed control underway at Moruya
Environment
South East Local Land Services and local land managers are targeting weed control in support of the post-bushfire recovery of local landscapes. Supported by the Australian Government’s Wildlife and Habitat Bushfire Recovery Program, Local Land Services has funding available to improve native vegetation in areas affected by bushfire. Work can include weed management, revegetation and fencing to exclude stock in burnt...
Work to begin on sewage treatment plant at Potato Point
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All properties in the community of Potato Point, on the NSW South Coast, will be connected to town sewer services to replace existing septic tanks and significantly reduce the risk of environmental harm by late next year. Eurobodalla Shire Council has awarded the contract to construct the first stage of the sewerage plant to Fewster Brothers Contracting. The first stage of...
Bredbo rescues a koala named John
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A koala found in a street tree at the front of Bicentennial Park in the centre of Bredbo has been rescued both from the dangers of the Monaro Highway and aggressive magpies. The koala is one of several found in Bredbo in recent years. James Fitzgerald from Two Thumbs Wildlife Trust was called by Bredbo Inn publican Matt Thomas after patrons...
Jindabyne woman collects 760kg of rubbish along roads since April
Community
A Jindabyne woman has collected more than 760kg of rubbish along 6km of road from her house to town since she began going for regular walks and runs during the COVID-19 lockdown. And that doesn't include the steel, cans and bottles she has recycled. Petra Richter says she's not out to blame anyone, but if we all went walking and...
Bega students for climate action come back stronger than ever post-COVID-19
Community
They've been striking against climate change for more than three years, are pretty good at making protest signs and they do it in all weather – they are Bega's Youth Action and Regeneration (YAR) group. "We've put up about 300 flyers on cars and around town," says Amalia-Grace Thompson on Thursday, 24 September, the day before the group joins School Strike 4...
Warning over cowpea aphids for farmers grazing lucerne
Environment
A warning has been issued to farmers in the Monaro region to check their animals and lucerne plants following numerous reports of severe photosensitisation in ewes and lambs last week. Cowpea aphids that contain a photodynamic fluorescent pigment are responsible for the photosensitisation, which can cause toxic effects in stock exposed to the plants they are feeding on. While commonly...
Could kelp farming create jobs on the South Coast?
Environment
There's a long history of harvesting kelp manually on the NSW South Coast - a tradition started by Betty Long in 1970. As owner of the business Sea Health, Betty earned the title of "The Kelp Lady". Betty sold the business to Jo Lane in 2015, and it now looks set to pioneer a sustainable kelp farming industry on the...
Illegal dumping costs Hilltops resident thousands
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A $7 tip fee could have saved one Hilltops resident thousands of dollars as the local council proved it is seriously cracking down on the dumping of illegal waste. Living up to the tenet of the ACT/NSW Cross Border Illegal Waste Dumping Action Project, which was launched in 2014, Hilltops Council moved quickly to shut down illegal activities taking place...
Trail cameras for Upper Snowy Landcare to help animals displaced by fires
Environment
Upper Snowy Landcare Network (USLN) coordinator Lauren Van Dyke said she is delighted to receive funding this week to purchase trail cameras to capture images of small animals, such as birds and mammals, using tree hollows in alive and dead trees. The project is supported by Landcare NSW with funding from the Landcare NSW Natural Disaster Seed Fund, and is one...
Burnt timber used to support Australia’s heritage fleet 
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Perhaps it was always destined for greatness, but the iconic Sugar Pine Walk forest plantation in Bago State Forest – near Batlow, Tumut and Tumbarumba – is now lying in wait for a future on the high seas. Just last week, a partnership between Forestry Corporation of NSW and Sydney Heritage Fleet saw a shipment of bushfire-salvaged timber delivered into...
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