Environment

Reclaim Kosci wild horse petition deadline looms
Environment
Eleventh hour efforts are being made by Reclaim Kosci to secure the 20,000 signatures required for an e-petition that would trigger a second NSW Parliamentary debate on the issue of wild horses in Kosciuszko National Park. With 10,500 signatures already secured, the final push to get the remaining 9500 names nailed before the 11:59 pm deadline on Wednesday, 13 January,...
ACT steps up surveillance after wild horses found inside Namadgi National Park
Environment
The ACT Government has acknowledged that wild horses have crossed into Namadgi National Park from NSW where they are protected under a controversial heritage status. Fortunately, the government believes the animals, declared a pest in the ACT, have returned to the adjacent Kosciuszko National Park, but the incursion highlights the threat posed to Namadgi's ecosystems by the wild horses, which are...
Citizen science to help ensure South Coast saltmarshes survive
Environment
Anglers are being asked to be part of an important citizen science research project that will determine the effects of cattle grazing and other forms of farming on a strip of the NSW South Coast, at Burrill Lake. The saltmarsh habitat at Burrill Lake is in a degraded state, primarily due to cattle grazing, according to Angus Fanning, OzFish project...
See how seaweed won a million-dollar grant to reduce emissions
Environment
A livestock feed made from seaweed that reduces methane emissions in beef and dairy cattle by more than 80 per cent has been awarded the world’s largest monetary reward in the global food arena. The Food Planet Prize from the Curt Bergfors Foundation gave four awards of $1 million each to initiatives, organisations and individuals working to secure the world's...
Rural land use consultation period extended as community raises concerns
Community
Snowy Monaro Regional Council has voted to extend the consultation period for its Draft Rural Land Use Strategy, with extensive discussion being held around the draft environmental management plan. Council resolved to form a steering committee and extend the consultation period while the strategic consultation process continues as planned. Snowy Monaro Regional Council Mayor Peter Beer thanked council staff for taking...
Students’ bogong biscuits are a sweet treat for endangered mountain pygmy possums
Environment
They'll probably never beat the chocolate chip as favourite biscuit ingredient, but bogong moth biscuits are a life-saving treat for the high country's endangered mountain pygmy possums. The biscuits have been produced with the help of school students from across the Snowy Mountains region, in partnership with the NSW Government’s Saving our Species (SoS) program and NSW National Parks and...
‘The Shovel’ awarded to Eurobodalla Shire Council parks and gardens apprentice
Community
Eurobodalla Shire Council horticultural apprentice Stacey Wade has been presented with Moruya TAFE's 'The Shovel' award for demonstrating both theoretical knowledge and practical knowledge in horticulture. Stacey is currently working as an apprentice with Eurobodalla Shire Council’s parks and gardens crew, and is completing her Certificate III in Horticulture at Moruya TAFE. "I'm honoured to receive 'The Shovel' award," said...
An injection of cash set to save endangered mice in our backyard
Environment
The Priam Psittaculture Centre near Bungendore has received funding of $180,000 to support breeding programs for the Smoky Mice and New Holland mice - Australia’s tiniest native animals. The two species are facing a multitude of threats – from last summer’s bushfires to cats and foxes, overgrazing and deforestation more generally. General manager Daniel Gowland says these mice, which are unique...
Peter Garrett speaks of urgent need to reduce horse numbers
Environment
Former Federal politician, Australian rock legend and passionate Kosciuszko National Park supporter Peter Garrett has called for urgent steps to cut feral horse numbers in the park, describing their current numbers as a 'plague'. Following an aerial and ground inspection of the northern end of the park, accompanied by Invasive Species Council CEO and Reclaim Kosci spokesperson Andrew Cox, Mr...
Conservationists push to get 20,000 petition signatures
Environment
Amid the festive season rush, there’s another race of sorts taking place in streets, shopping centres and malls throughout NSW. Its purpose lies way beyond the concrete and asphalt boundaries of our cities and towns – in the streams and rivers, water catchments, wetlands, bogs, bushland and habitats of the fragile high country of the Australian alpine region. Formed by...
How to help heat-stressed wildlife this summer
Environment
Hot weather that continues during a period of days in summertime can affect our wildlife, and you may see them suffering from dehydration and exhaustion, according to WIRES. Specific signs of heat stress to watch for include birds that are panting, indicating they are suffering heat stress. A bird will try to get out of the sun and into a...
Belgravia campgrounds on the South Coast are leading the way in sustainability
Environment
Remote campgrounds often pose challenges with power and connectivity, but the operators of Eurobodalla's primitive campgrounds saw these hurdles as an opportunity to meet the company's sustainability goals. Australian leisure management company Belgravia Leisure operate Eurobodalla Shire Council's three campgrounds along the NSW South Coast at Moruya North Head, Dalmeny and Mystery Bay. Belgravia Leisure operates health clubs, caravan and...
Moruya doctors buzzing with enthusiasm for electric vehicles
Environment
For Moruya Medical Centre doctors, husband and wife team Dr Anke Dutschke and Dr Jorg Ziergiebel, health and wellbeing is top-of-mind. So powering two vehicles with solar energy leaves them with a sunny feeling.  Anke’s Hyundai IONIQ electric vehicle (EV) and Jorg’s Hyundai IONIQ hybrid vehicle charge via solar panels installed both at the doctors’ home and their Moruya surgery.  “With...
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