Five environmental groups receive drought and bushfire grants
Environment
If you're wondering where all the money donated to save wildlife as bushfires tore through many parts of drought-affected Australia last summer has been distributed, look no further. A handful of environmental groups across the ACT, South West Slopes and Monaro regions are currently celebrating a small windfall they hope will make a significant long-term difference to recovery in the...
Environmental weeds management crucial to Eurobodalla’s bushfire recovery
Environment
Eurobodalla Shire Council has received more than $1.8 million to bolster environmental recovery efforts following the Black Summer bushfires. The funding comes from a number of grants from the federal and NSW governments, WIRES, Landcare Australia and the Biodiversity Conservation Trust. According to Eurobodalla Shire Council's natural resource supervisor, Heidi Thomson, the most pressing issues are invasive weed control, improving...
Hard rubbish collection to begin next week
News
Eurobodalla Shire Council is set to begin its annual hard waste collection next week. Kerbside collections will begin at Tilba and North Narooma on Monday, 20 July, and finish at South Durras in late September. Eurobodalla Shire Council's waste services divisional manger, Amanda Jones, said the hard waste collection includes fridges, microwaves, rolls of carpet, garden tools and furniture. “Households...
Far South Coast Indigenous fire practitioners for hire on private land
Environment
The South Coast NSW Aboriginal Elders association (SCAE) and Batemans Bay Local Aboriginal Land Council recently conducted the first traditional burn on private land since the past summer's bushfires. The burn took place in early July on the Meringo property owned by Mark and Julie Mills. SCAE's business manager Prue Bartlett says people are worried about fuel loads post-bushfires and...
Machines move in to clear majestic Sugar Pine Walk
News
In one of the most mournful chapters of the enduring story that is the aftermath of the 2019-2020 bushfires for the Batlow and Tumbarumba region, the majestic trees that lined Sugar Pine Walk in Bago State Forest are now piles of logs. In recent weeks, Forestry Corporation of NSW has been working to dismember the forest – covering approximately 100 hectares...
It’s time for annual land and stock returns – check your mailbox and lodge online
News
While farmers will receive their annual land and stock returns by mail this week, NSW Local Land Services is urging landholders to lodge their return online. Annual returns are a statutory requirement and the data they provide ensure farmers get the help they need when emergencies or disasters strike. “We’re urging landholders to complete their annual land and stock return...
Goulburn Waste Management Centre compost pad extension halfway complete
News
The Goulburn Waste Management Centre has reached the halfway point in the construction of its organic compost pad extension. Goulburn Mulwaree Council Mayor Bob Kirk said it was great to see significant progress at the site. "Council is on track to receive approximately 1800 tonnes of organic FOGO waste this year," he said. "This waste pad is key to us...
Tackling the problem of tangled tackle
Environment
The Tangaroa Blue foundation is undertaking a national campaign to reduce the amount of fishing line and tackle from our waterways. Fishing line can injure or kill marine life, and local and visiting fishers to the Eurobodalla Shire are urged to "look after your tackle" by properly disposing of fishing tackle and knowing which knots to use to prevent unexpected...
Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden reopens after black summer
News
Six months after being devastated by bushfire, the Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden, near Mogo on the NSW South Coast, will throw open its gates to the public on Saturday, 4 July. Ranked as the region’s number one tourist attraction by Tripadvisor, the gardens were hit hard by the New Year's Eve blaze in 2019. More than 95 per cent of...
Tilba Tilba and Narooma Land Care broadens scope to focus on climate resilience
Environment
Having focused predominantly on fireweed control for the past five years, the Tilba Tilba and South Narooma Land Care team is broadening its scope and wants you to be a part of it. The group's efforts to control the South African weed have included lots of removal by hand pulling, as well as using South African Dorper sheep, which, unlike...
Tumut teen raises his voice for climate action
Community
While most school kids spend their spare time playing Fortnite or making TikToks, Tumut's Rory Phillips has been playing the guitar and writing songs. He's been at it since he was seven. Now he’s partnered with the Bushwackers Band and Red Dirt Road Productions to create a 3-minute music video. The 13-year-old was Snowy Valleys Council Young Citizen of the...
Bodalla Local Aboriginal Land Council now powered by the sun, thanks to local generosity
Environment
On Tuesday, 23 June, the Bodalla Local Aboriginal Land Council hosted a gathering to acknowledge the generosity of two local organisations, Micro Energy Systems Australia and Southcoast Health and Sustainability Alliance , which worked together to donate a new solar system to the land council. And despite it being mid-year, the system is already producing 17-20 kilowatt-hours per day. “It's anticipated the...
“Braindead, stupid”: South Coast logging waste remains months after horror bushfire season
News
After burning for 74 days, the Currowan bushfire had killed three people, damaged or destroyed hundreds of homes and burnt half a million hectares. More than four months after the fire was officially declared extinguished, the "bushfire bomb" of logging waste in the Benandarah State Forest remains put, a decision which has been described as "braindead" and "tone deaf" by...
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