Environment

Council tackles dangerous trees on reserves while government steps up Kings Highway work
Environment
Since the Black Summer bushfires almost two years ago, Eurobodalla Council has prioritised the removal of fire-affected dead and dying trees from verges along the 490 kilometres of local roads it manages. Council’s director of infrastructure Warren Sharpe said community safety was the primary concern after fires ravaged 80 per cent of the shire, with work to remove dangerous trees...
Farmers call for tighter controls on climate action and accountability for the regions
Environment
It started in 2000 when, two years after the east coast's first wind farm Crookwell 1 was commissioned, fifth-generation sheep farmer Charlie Prell started planning for the transformation of Australia's arable land to renewables. At Gundowringa in the Southern Tablelands, in the heart of sheep farming country, Charlie is one of four farmers hosting the 28-turbine Crookwell 2 Wind Farm....
New forest firefighters see red at Tumbarumba training camp
Environment
Budding firefighters saw themselves in a whole new light when they took part in a recent pre-season training camp at Tumbarumba. Forestry Corporation of NSW's 40 new firefighting recruits and contractors from across the state were put through their paces in preparation for the bushfire season ahead. The camp covered topics such as fire behaviour, firefighting tactics and strategy, leadership...
Ecologists leap at the chance to boost stuttering frog numbers on NSW South Coast
Environment
Residents of the NSW South Coast will soon hear the soft, pulsating trill of the stuttering frog again after the species was almost wiped out due to the combination of a deadly amphibian fungus, ongoing drought and the Black Summer bushfires. A captive breeding program is set to commence at Symbio Wildlife Park, near Wollongong, with metamorphs to be released into...
Tuckerman joins the fight to stop the Tarago incinerator project, now attention shifts to Angus Taylor
Environment
Opposition to the proposed waste-to-energy facility at Tarago received a powerful showing of support late on Tuesday night (9 November), when Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman voiced opposition to her Government's proposal during a speech in Parliament. The $600 million Advanced Energy Recovery Centre will be operated by Veolia, which already operates the nearby Woodlawn Bioreactor. The two projects would be...
Aggressive European wasps winging their way to Braidwood and Bungendore
Environment
Highly aggressive European wasps are on the move, and they're bound for Braidwood and Bungendore. Traps have been installed at Braidwood Central School, Braidwood Community Garden, Bicentennial Park and Braidwood Recreation Grounds following reports of European wasp nests in the town. The traps will be monitored and serviced every three weeks through to the end of the European wasp season...
Gliding possums provide hope for recolonisation
Environment
Nearly two years after bushfires, heatwaves and drought, important populations of vulnerable gliding possums have been spotted in national parks and reserves in the Bigga and Tuena area. Between spring 2020 and autumn 2021, ecologists Peter and Judy Smith surveyed arboreal mammals - including gliding possums - in the Kanangra-Boyd to Lake Wyangala (K2W) corridor. The largest of the gliding...
Brazen fishers face fines after being caught in Swampy Plains and Thredbo rivers
Environment
Three fishers have been caught breaching fishing closures in the Swampy Plains River and Thredbo River in the Snowy Mountains region. Two fishers were allegedly fishing inside the Gaden Trout Hatchery closure on the Thredbo River, near Jindabyne. One of these fishers caught a rainbow trout as NSW Department of Primary Industries fisheries officers approached him. A NSW Department of...
Get creative to win your school a new bench made from plastic bags
Community
Think your school could use a new bench - specifically one that combats the prolific problem of plastic bags? A Bega Valley competition is encouraging entrants to keep soft plastics - like bags, wrappers and packets - away from landfill and organic waste by showing creative ways to recycle them, with the prize being a new bench made from plastic...
Eight million dollars for Snowy Valleys to continue clearing work
Environment
Snowy Valleys Council has welcomed the news they have secured more than $8 million in NSW Government bushfire recovery funding to continue bushfire clearing works. The funding forms part of a $33 million fund provided to assist NSW local councils with the continued clean-up as communities rebuild following the devastating 2019-20 summer bushfires. Snowy Valleys Council is to receive $7,484,023 for green...
Data suggests First Nations fishers face disproportionate rate of charges
News
Many First Nations fishers who collect seafood to feed their families or as part of their cultural practice feel targeted by authorities. Statewide data suggests Indigenous people face a disproportionate rate of fishing-related charges and incarceration because of those offences relative to the size of their population. However, the NSW Government claims they represent a low percentage of fishing-related prosecutions...
As ‘echidna train’ season comes to an end, keep your eyes peeled for puggles
Environment
As echidna mating (and echidna train) season comes to an end, Wildcare Queanbeyan is experiencing an increase in calls for assistance for puggles - baby echidnas - who find themselves injured or in the wrong place. With five of these tiny animals already in care, Wildcare is appealing to the public to keep an eye out so that number doesn't...
University seeking survey participants to help study of equine pregnancy loss
News
A Charles Sturt University Wagga Wagga researcher seeks participants for a survey to understand trends associated with mid-to-late-term equine pregnancy loss in Australian mares. Master of Philosophy research student at Charles Sturt University's School of Agricultural, Environmental and Veterinary Sciences, Claudia Macleay, is conducting the research due to the current lack of information on when and where equine pregnancy loss is occurring....
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