Bega Valley koalas show signs of life after fire
News
Last week, in the small window after fire but before rain, a National Parks-approved search team ventured into the burnt Biamanga National Park to assess how recent fires have impacted the koala population. "The very welcome news is that fresh koala scats were found on top of burnt ground at the base of a young woollybutt at the last plot...
Eurobodalla fish hit hard by drought, fire and now rain
Environment
Even before the rains began washing ash and silt into waterways this weekend, native fish had been badly affected by drought and fire. The Eurobodalla Shire Council reports that mass fish deaths have recently been recorded at Tilba Lake, Whittakers Creek and the Deua River, with the combined effects of drought and bushfire to blame. Combined with low water levels...
How gardeners are bringing much-needed life to a colourless landscape
Community
"There's no colour," has been a common comment from residents after seeing their burnt properties. This week's rain should help introduce a bit of green back into the landscape but until then, Figtree Food Company at Mystery Bay is organising cuttings for fire-affected gardeners to replenish gardens on the South Coast.  "We are taking cuttings to restart gardens and give kids...
“The answers are there. We’ve just got to listen to them”: Climate rally calls for action as parliament begins for 2020
Environment
"Take more notice of Indigenous knowledge of how to run this country because it's been successful for tens of thousands of years," said Mongarlowe RFS firefighter Paul Huntingford during the Climate Emergency Rally, organised by the People's Climate Assembly on the lawns of Parliament House. The rally is part of five days of climate action coinciding with the first day...
Traditional cool burns could save our bushland, says Koori community
Environment
When I think about it, it makes so much sense. Indigenous Australians have walked on this land for thousands of years ... barefoot. The bush around the far south coast, where I live, is a challenge to walk through, even in heavy boots. How did the owners of this land traverse the thick leaf litter, sharp sticks, piles of fallen...
Returning home after fire? Beware the health risks, including asbestos
Health & Wellbeing
There's no standard response or 'correct' reaction when people slowly start returning to their burnt homes or properties. The feelings and emotions are as diverse as the people. Some haven't been able to return yet and dread seeing the damage in person. Some have had friends or neighbours take photos so they can choose when to view the wreckage and...
Now is not the time to be a Quiet Australian, says Broulee GP
Opinion
As we welcomed 2020, we were forced from our home in Broulee as a raging fire approached. When we returned a few days later, we were grateful to find it was still standing. That night, around the dinner table, my seven-year-old daughter said, “I just want it to be normal again". “Me too,” I replied, thinking, I'm not sure things...
Salvage logging could destroy habitat for vulnerable animals, expert warns
Environment
One of Australia's leading experts on landscape ecology and biodiversity has warned that salvage logging and bushfire clean-up may hinder the ability of animals and ecosystems to bounce back after the fire crisis. Professor David Lindenmayer said that bushland can still provide a habitat for animals that have survived the blaze, and trees that may be removed during salvage operations...
Hop to it! These Bemboka farmers need your help!
Community
If you love beer – good beer, that is – you've tasted Ryefield Hops. The Bemboka farm supplies its fresh, citrusy hops from the Bega Valley to Capital Brewing Co, Bent Spoke, 4Pines, Cuppitt Craft Brewers, Longstocking Brewery, the Batch Brewing Co and many others. Established in 2016 and run by sisters Karen Taylor and Jade McManus, along with Karen's husband...
Beekeepers face lean future in fire’s aftermath
Community
Bee pollinating and honey-making will remain grounded long after the drought and bushfire crises subside says apiarist Laurie Kershaw. Laurie scrambled to pull thousands of hives from the path of the Currowan blaze on the South Coast. The Kerhsaws are based between Gundaroo and Bungendore. Annually, they contract their bees for almond pollination in the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area near Darlington...
Experts warn of “critical” after-effects on insects and wildlife
Environment
Two acclaimed experts from the Australian National University have warned of the after-effects of bushfires on fire-damaged habitat and rare insect species that may become extinct. Member of the Australian Entomological Society’s Conservation Committee and Associate Professor at the ANU Michael Braby says the bushfires will have a huge impact on native insects, as well as the plants and animals that rely...
Bega Valley on the cusp of water restrictions
News
About Regional has received many inquiries as to why the Bega Valley has no current water restrictions, given the ongoing drought conditions, drying impact of bushfire and the assumed impact of using freshwater reserves for firefighting over the last few weeks. The low level of Brogo dam has been a particular concern to residents with Bega Valley Shire Council's website...
Canberra’s Abundant Water is changing lives in East Timor
Community
Canberra-based charity Abundant Water's East Timor project has well and truly exceeded all expectations by providing more than 6,000 East Timorese with access to clean safe water in the two months since the project activated. Abundant Water was created by Sunny Forsyth after he saw the need for accessible, safe water filters first-hand while working in Asia. Building on Abundant Water's...
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