Goulburn community solar farm receives $2.1 million grant
News
A community solar battery farm in Goulburn has been given $2.1 million from the NSW Government to help locals access and invest in cheaper power from a renewable energy source. The community solar farm, run by the not-for-profit group Community Energy 4 Goulburn (CE4G), is hoping to co-own the project with Goulburn residents, with each share worth $400. The funding...
Clogged pipes a pain for Hilltops council
News
There’s been an unfortunate side effect to the shortage of toilet paper in the Hilltops region. As supermarket staff stave off busloads of city shoppers who ride into our towns hell bent on raiding shelves for the necessities that residents are already lining up at dawn to buy, it seems shire-wide sewerage systems are now buckling under the pressure. Hilltops...
Beaches will take a while to clear fire debris, but Mother Nature is cleaning up
Environment
The Eurobodalla region's beaches took a battering during the fires, followed by heavy rain but are now well on their way to being clear, according to local authorities. The region's waterways drain towards coastal outlets and the heavy fire damage to forests means that much of the rubbish ended up at river mouths, or being washed onto beaches after 271,000...
Dargues Gold Mine fined by the EPA on Monday, spills again on Tuesday
News
On Tuesday March 10, just a day after the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) fined Big Island Mining Pty Ltd $15,000 for an alleged discharge of sediment laden water from their gold mine at Majors Creek, mine operator Diversified Minerals announced a further spill. A statement from the company says that “during a routine inspection", they “became aware of sediment-laden water...
Bega woman celebrates year of weekly climate strikes
Environment
"It's funny, but the thing that scared me the most when I started a year ago - talking to strangers - is now the thing I like the most," says Bega resident Vivian Harris, who has recently celebrated a full calendar year of weekly climate strikes at Bega Farmer's Market on Fridays. Her boldly painted sign, Happy To Talk About...
Aboriginal Land Council crews help repair coastal river systems
Community
After the devastation of the summer bushfires on the south coast, it’s not only the built environment that needs repair. Whole ecosystems have been stressed by the long hot burning which has stripped away the undergrowth and destabilised the landscape. What’s left on the ground is centimetres of fine grey ash. And then came the rains. With around 200 mm...
Local regenerative farmers will lead the way at Albury national conference
Environment
Regenerative agriculture specialists from across the South East are among a program of speakers and participants at a national conference on farming and ecological health. The ‘Farming Matters’ 2020 Conference and Field Days, to be held in Albury on March 24 and 25, will address the theme ‘For our Love of the Land’ and will be headlined by global holistic...
The ‘exotic weeds’ that saved a Braidwood truffle forest from destruction
Environment
Peter Marshall has never been afraid to stir the pot. He reckons that decades of experience as a silviculturist, some impeccable qualifications in forestry and a globally successful truffle-growing operation back him up pretty solidly. Peter has long argued that a focus on exclusively native planting is misguided: he goes as far as to call it a "nativist pogrom", and...
Eurobodalla lowers water restrictions, but Council says crisis is not over yet
Environment
Eurobodalla Shire Council's director of infrastructure Warren Sharpe says that easing weather conditions have enabled the Shire to drop water restrictions back to level three. Mr Sharpe said the easing from level four to level three restrictions was a result of increased water in the shire’s Deep Creek Dam supply. “Recent heavy rains have seen water flowing in our rivers,...
Opponents of Kosciusko brumby cull demand post-fire recount
Environment
NSW Minister for Environment Matt Kean hs announced that brumby numbers in Kosciusko National Park will be reduced substantially, with as many as 4,000 out of an estimated total of 20,000 horses due to be rehomed or culled. The move comes as a bushfire recovery measure, with a NSW Government spokesperson confirming that advice from the Community Advisory Panel and the...
Assembling evidence from a disastrous summer: can we link climate change to bushfires?
Environment
Ask Dr Jason Sharples about the lessons learned and the conversations had about bushfires this summer, and his response is direct, to say the least. "It's exasperating," he says. "You can almost forecast the narrative. There will be the arguments about controlled burning, then the arson allegations get rolled out. There's something about fires that makes everyone an expert." Dr...
After rivers run dry, Braidwood water restrictions to be lifted
News
Braidwood's water restrictions will be fully lifted next week following recent rain that has returned the town's water supply to full capacity. Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council (QPRC) have announced that formal restrictions in Braidwood will be fully lifted from next Friday, 6 March, after water restrictions had been slightly relaxed from level four to level three. Braidwood had been under level four water...
How lyrebirds survive the flames to sing another day
Environment
Recently I had a chat on local radio about some of the impacts of the current summer on wildlife in and around Canberra. I wasn’t at all surprised when someone called just after the interview to ask about the effects of drought and fire on lyrebirds in the ranges. People really care about lyrebirds, and with good reason. There are...
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