Environment

Traditional First Nations names may be added to Far South Coast mountains and island
News
Place names that have been used for thousands of years may finally be officially recognised by the NSW Government if a National Parks and Wildlife Service proposal is given the go ahead. Familiar NSW Far South Coast landmarks, such as Mount Dromedary, may soon appear on maps and signage with dual names, officially recognising the names given by First Nations people....
Wharf to Wharf Walk connects historic sites and nature on Far South Coast
Community
A new coastal walk aims to connect two NSW Far South Coast towns and their communities to its history and environment. The Wharf to Wharf Walk officially opens on 26 June and spans 27km between the historic Merimbula and Tathra wharfs. Once just a series of unconnected tracks that snaked north and south between these two great wharfs, and popular...
Public donations kindle new facility for threatened platypus
Environment
In the wake of heightened concerns about the threatened status of the iconic platypus comes the news the species is to have a second dedicated rescue and rehabilitation facility in NSW. Thanks to plans by the Taronga Conservation Society Australia and RSPCA NSW, a new purpose-built facility will serve as a refuge for platypus requiring urgent care and respite at...
Poisonous debate rages as mice hunker down for winter
Environment
Out in the land of crops west and north of Canberra, the cold isn’t doing much to abate the plague of mice across grain-germinating paddocks. Farm folklore dictates that the first frosts would decimate populations, but recent rain, snow and bitter winds are proving as ineffective as Queensland was against NSW in game one of the 2021 State of Origin...
Regional businesses follow ACT’s lead in preparing for single-use plastics ban
News
Eurobodalla Shire is following the ACT's lead by helping local businesses find alternatives to single-use plastics. The nationwide ban on some single-use plastics is set to take effect in 2025 although the Federal Government will begin to phase out some types of plastic and polystyrene sooner in order to meet the target. Items such as plastic bags; any products termed...
Australia’s first hands-free, high-tech farm bound for southern NSW
News
Farmers across the nation will watch with interest as Australia’s first fully automated commercial farm establishes itself in southern NSW. For many people, the notion of hands-free farming is as far from reality as being able to forecast long-range weather in advance, but this new high-tech facility at the edge of the NSW food bowl is garnering much interest. It aims...
Alpine plants face ‘bleak future’ in adapting to warmer climate
Environment
Native alpine plants in Kosciuszko National Park are not keeping pace with rapid changes in the environment, according to a study by a PhD research scholar at the Australian National University. The study, funded by a grant from the Australian Research Council's Discovery Projects, honed in on herbarium (preserved) specimens from 21 native alpine plant species, making more than 1500 measurements of...
South Coast residents rolling up their sleeves and creating hope for a brighter future
Opinion
I’ll be honest, I’ve worked in climate advocacy and conservation for three decades and it can be soul-destroying. Whether hampered by the hotly debated issues of land management and development, or stalled by the chasm between conflicting political ideologies, it sometimes seems that calls for a cleaner, greener NSW South Coast fall on deaf ears. But two major events held...
Two drought programs to help farmers and communities prepare
Environment
The Federal Government is working with Australia's states to deliver two programs aimed at supporting farmers and helping communities build resilience to future droughts. The $16 million Farm Business Resilience Program and $9.85 million Regional Drought Resilience Planning Program will be funded under the Australian Government’s $5 billion Future Drought Fund. Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud...
Expert urges people to take care when handling wild mice
Health & Wellbeing
While people across multiple Australian states are worrying about how to trap mice during the current plague, a Charles Sturt University expert has warned we should be equally concerned about how we handle and dispose of them. Andrew Peters, an associate professor in wildlife health and pathology at the university’s School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences in Wagga Wagga, said contact with wild mice could be...
Sea of red as Eurobodalla maps bushfire prone land
News
More than 18,400 hectares of land have been added to the Eurobodalla's bushfire prone land map as part of the latest review. Every council in NSW is required by legislation to map bushfire prone land according to conditions set by the Rural Fire Service (RFS) in its Guide for Bush Fire Prone Land Mapping. The map, reviewed and certified by...
NSW Government’s $50 million mouse plague package potentially putting other animals at risk
Environment
The NSW Government’s announcement of $50 million to combat the state’s mouse plague is cause for concern because of the risk it poses to other animals, according a Charles Sturt University ecologist. As part of the announced package, the NSW Government is seeking "urgent approval" from the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority for farmers to use bromadiolone to control mice...
Community events continue to support bushfire healing in Bega
Community
A Family Fun Day held at Potoroo Palace is just one of 23 post-bushfire recovery and resilience activities events held throughout the Bega Valley Shire as part of council’s $54,000 Community Recovery Contribution Program. Hosted by the Bega Multicultural Centre, the family day provided guests with a sense of belonging and inclusion and gave the children a chance to make new friends....
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