Environment

NSW farmer creates hay bale sign to protest against powerline project
News
A southern NSW farmer has rearranged the hay bales in his paddock to send a blunt message to the company behind a major powerline project between Wagga Wagga, Maragle and Bannaby. Biala farmer Eris Heffernan is among hundreds of landholders protesting a project that would see a 70-metre high, 500-kilovolt transmission line run through about 600 properties in the area....
New bid to save critically endangered Mongarlowe Mallee
Environment
A medium-sized shrub that grows only in isolated areas north of Braidwood is in danger of being lost forever without human intervention. With just six known remaining plants, the Mongarlowe Mallee (Eucalyptus recurva) is on the critically endangered list - but there is hope. South East Local Land Services is partnering with the Saving our Species (SoS) Program run by...
Upper House inquiry claims there’s no case to raise Wyangala Dam wall
Environment
A parliamentary inquiry has questioned the value of raising the wall of the Wyangala Dam by 10 metres, saying no business case has been provided by the Government to justify the project. The Upper House inquiry said the Government was yet to prove that raising the dam wall is a "cost-effective and sustainable solution" to addressing water security in the...
Stop it at the source: volunteers urged to log marine mess
Community
Everything from dog toys to a gas bottle and car tyre have washed up on NSW South Coast beaches in the wake of last week's wild weather. More than 45kg of marine debris was removed from Moruya’s Shelly Beach alone on the morning of Wednesday, 24 March, after heavy rains washed rubbish into local waterways. Members of the Eurobodalla Marine...
Majors Creek Goldmine sediment dams spill over
Environment
Dargues Gold Mine at Majors Creek has this week been forced to release sediment from the site as one sediment basin was spilling over and another was at capacity. The mine site has recorded more than 250mm of rain in the past 10 days and more than 190mm in the past seven days. Mine management alerted the community on Tuesday...
Bega Council traineeships offer young people the chance of a career in their own community
Business
It's the question many young people are often asked - what are you going to be when you grow up? Not everyone knows the answer, even after completing Year 12, but Bega Valley Shire Council might be able to provide some with answers as they prepare to offer Council Traineeships giving school leavers a chance to live in their own...
Canberra construction companies plan to make Yass Valley their dumping ground
Environment
A proposal to allow Canberra construction companies to dump 8000 cubic metres of excavated materials in rural Yass Valley - avoiding about $153,600 in ACT fees - has been labelled as the "tip of the iceberg" by residents. According to those who live near the proposed dumping site - an eroded gully at 66 Brooklands Road in Wallaroo - the...
Tiny turtles find any port in a storm will do after being blown off course
News
The intense storm cell lashing the East Coast is displacing animals as well as people with seven baby loggerhead turtles washing up on South Coast beaches so far. The hatchlings have been found in the Shoalhaven, Eurobodalla and Bega Valley shires after being washed down from their nesting areas in Queensland. Listed as a vulnerable species, loggerhead turtles usually disperse...
Forestry Corporation ignores EPA and resumes logging in heavily burnt forests
Environment
The Forestry Corporation of NSW is resuming its logging operations in state forests on the NSW South Coast that were heavily burnt during the Black Summer bushfires, against the advice of the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA). The EPA says it is “concerned” at the Forestry Corporation’s decision to ignore new conditions put in place to protect burnt forests – including...
‘Bizarre’ millipede plague wreaks havoc in NSW and ACT homes
Environment
Have you noticed any 100-legged intruders in your house lately? If so, you’re not alone. Hundreds of people have been sharing their close encounters with millipedes currently in plague proportions and invading homes across Canberra and the NSW South Coast, Southern Tablelands and Central West. One resident in Yass, near Canberra, says her family has been switching off their lights...
Feral animals under the chopper spotlight following fires
Environment
South East Local Land Services biosecurity teams will use aerial surveillance across south-east NSW in coming months to improve their understanding of feral animals numbers and movements following the southern fires. Pests including deer, feral pigs, wild dogs and foxes, are posing a significant challenge to the environment and communities as they move into new areas in search of food....
85 cubic metres of compost wasted after single act of contamination at Cooma Landfill
News
Thanks to the inappropriate use of a green bin, staff at Cooma Landfill were forced to dump 85 cubic metres of future compost into landfill last week. A canvas bag filled with dirty needles and other intravenous items was discovered in the Cooma Landfill compost farm, wasting dozens of hours of work, thousands of litres of water, hundreds of kilograms...
Share your shark tales and help research
Science
Getting up close and personal with a shark may be the stuff of nightmares for most of us, but university researchers are hoping NSW South Coast residents will share details of their encounters in a bid to better understand the full gamut of human-shark relations. While sharks are a magnet for public interest and media coverage, that's usually dominated by encounters...
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