Environment

Light to Light Walk to be transformed under approved plans
News
The plans to transform the Far South Coast's iconic Light to Light Walk into a 30km trek with accommodation for hikers are moving forward - one step at a time. The Plan of Management amendment for Ben Boyd National Park has been adopted which allows for upgrades to the walk's track and visitor facilities, and the Light to Light Strategy...
University app detects cattle-bloat cases in southern NSW
Science
Six cases of cattle bloat in southern NSW have been reported on Charles Sturt University’s new 'Bloat Alert' app in the past week. Professor Bruce Allworth, who is based at the university's School of Agricultural, Environmental and Veterinary Sciences in Wagga Wagga, said producers in southern NSW and northern Victoria should remain vigilant of the condition. “Notifications have started to occur...
‘It’s a ticking time bomb’ – calls for logging near towns to cease to reduce fire risk
Environment
The Nature Conservation Council (NCC) is calling on the NSW Government to scrap planned logging operations near towns and settlements on the NSW Far South Coast, parts of the Snowy Mountains and in the north of the state after new research found it significantly increased the risks of catastrophic fires. For towns like Mogo, Eden and Brooman - even Batlow - it's been equated to a ticking time bomb...
Gabrielle Chan tells Australians why they should ‘Give a F-k About Farming’
Environment
Gabrielle Chan is proof the big smoke isn’t home to all our inventors, big thinkers, dreamers and doers. The journalist who's worked for The Guardian Australia, The Australian, ABC and The Daily Telegraph grew up in Sydney and never thought in a million years she’d move to the country. Yet in 1996, Gabrielle upped sticks from the Canberra press gallery to marry...
Ocean outfall study results delivered, now it’s time for your say
Environment
The results of a 10-year study into the potential impacts of developing an ocean outfall pipe at Merimbula Bay are in. A comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement has been independently reviewed by the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and is ready for the next round of community feedback. Bega Valley Shire Council’s Water and Sewerage Services Manager Chris Best...
University heat and climate tests help Monaro farmers battle dieback
Environment
Coinciding with the release of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on climate change, Australian National University (ANU) has joined forces with Landcare volunteers in a series of temperature and drought trials testing the climate resilience of native eucalyptus species. Working with the Upper Snowy Landcare Network, researchers are focusing on species from the woodlands and forests of...
Tribunal appeal calls for release of NSW Government reports on wild horse management
Environment
An appeal was heard before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) on Monday, 16 August, to access key reports on the management of wild horses in Kosciuszko National Park. The appeal, lodged by the Invasive Species Council in support of the Reclaim Kosci campaign, seeks access to the final reports developed by the Kosciuszko National Park Wild Horse Community...
It’s magpie swooping season and this is what you need to know
Community
It doesn't matter where you live, be it the ACT, the South Coast, the South West Slopes or Southern Tablelands, chances are you'll be under attack. And before you think the current COVID-19 lockdown will save you, think bigger, because the sun is out and so are the magpies, sweet little burbling, curious creatures they are. Just have a look...
CSIRO warns of another plague of mice
Environment
With the weather steadily warming to spring, moderate to high numbers of mice in NSW have triggered warnings about the potential onset of another mouse plague come springtime. Researchers are saying the numbers they are already seeing this early in the state's north, west and central west are a serious concern with lots of food, cover and moisture creating a...
ACT abalone offenders among those in hot water
News
Three ACT men are among those who have found themselves in hot water for illegal abalone activity on the NSW South Coast. Narooma Local Court has now finalised a NSW Fisheries prosecution from Aragunnu – south of Bermagui – with heavy fines and a correction order put in place. The court proceedings followed the arrest of two South Coast men by...
New project sees ANU embrace Eurobodalla’s big ideas for microgrids
News
As was sadly proven by the tragic events of the Black Summer bushfires, the NSW South Coast, like many regional communities, is incredibly vulnerable to fires and power outages. A new project will see Australian National University (ANU) researchers and local sustainability advocates combine their expertise to develop 'islandable' microgrids which can maintain power supply in towns and townships, even...
Experts say 1080 baiting campaigns an Aussie ecological disaster
Environment
Kosciuszko National Park’s long and slow post-fire convalescence may be under way, but the NSW Government’s actions in stemming wild dog populations to save recovering native wildlife is a case of baiting the hand that feeds it. This is according to researchers who, for at least two decades, have studied dingo populations throughout Australia. Snowy Mountains wilderness photographer Ian Brown...
Rural Fire Service farewells horror year’s voice of calm, Marty Webster
Community
For many NSW South Coast residents, Marty Webster was the calm, compassionate voice on the airwaves, delivering crucial information to terrified people while the Black Summer bushfires raged all around. As the NSW Rural Fire Service's Far South Coast community safety officer, Marty became the voice and face of the NSW RFS in the region, providing timely advice and critical information...
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