Grow to Give project to return gardens to bushfire affected farmers and residents
Community
Local residents in the Eurobodalla Shire are being asked to participate in a Grow to Give project to supply seedlings to residents who lost their gardens in the Black Summer bushfires. Eurobodalla Shire Council community development coordinator Zoe Morgan said the idea came after local bushfire recovery agencies identified the need for plants. “We’re told people are ready to re-establish...
Forest on the edge of extinction needs your help
Environment
It was once termed a tree graveyard and certainly the 27-minute drive between Cooma and Berridale carries a silence that could be mistaken for a requiem. In this place on the Monaro – at the eastern edges of the heavily forested Snowy Mountains – lie remnants of once-wooded bushland which by civilisation and habitation, by axe, by saw, by hand...
South Coast doctor leads emissions-reduction campaign to protect our health
Community
Medical professionals in the Eurobodalla have signed a petition seeking action to reduce emissions to protect public health as part of a national campaign kickstarted locally by general practitioner Dr Michelle Hamrosi, who works from Surf Beach Surgery, near Batemans Bay. "The majority of doctors from our practise have signed, along with many others who work at the hospital or practise...
Nesting boxes saving Eurobodalla’s wildlife after the bushfires
Environment
Nesting boxes are helping Eurobodalla’s wildlife recover from the bushfires after generous donations from community groups along Australia’s east coast, and as far away as the Macedon Ranges in Victoria. Eurobodalla Shire Council has been working with local landholders since February to install around 400 nesting boxes, some of which were occupied by wildlife within a week of installation. Council’s...
New book explores our thinking about waste
Environment
Queanbeyan’s Gerry Gillespie wants you to change your thinking about waste. “The only place waste exists in any natural system is between human ears," he says. "Waste is a concept; it is not a fact. Through misuse of language, it has colonised the human mind with a base deception.” On Wednesday, 28 October, Gerry will hold a virtual launch of...
Worms are your new best friends
Community
Eurobodalla Shire Council is encouraging residents to adopt worms as 'pets' to turn kitchen scraps into natural garden fertiliser. Council's waste minimisation officer Adam Patyus said worms are quiet, don't smell and are ideal pets for people with limited space. And the good news, he said, is that council is getting right behind anyone wanting to learn how to provide...
Farmers and landholders urged to use free weed control
Environment
Rural landowners are being urged to take advantage of free weed control from Eurobodalla Shire Council to eradicate weeds such as blackberry, Crofton weed, bitou bush, African boxthorn, African lovegrass and lantana. The weed control initiative is funded by the Federal Government under the Communities Combating Pest and Weed Impacts During Drought Program. Eurobodalla Shire Council invasive species officer Mitchell...
It’s Schoolies Week for insects and it’s likely to last for months
Environment
The annual Aussie salute is in full swing around the region, with flies and mosquitoes heralding the return of the warmer months with their distinctive buzz. Despite their important ecological role, there aren't too many of us who welcome the return of these pesky little blighters – and this year they seem to be more prolific than ever. However, Dr David...
Andrew Constance says climate change responsible for extreme bushfires
News
NSW Minister for Transport and Roads, and Member for Bega, Andrew Constance has acknowledged the role of climate change during the Black Summer bushfires, which has been welcomed by environmental groups across the Bega Valley and Eurobodalla shires. Mr Constance made the remarks in an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald on 13 October. After living through the past summer's...
Bega Valley clean up continues as residents remain without running water
News
More than nine months after the Black Summer bushfires ravaged Bega Valley, in southeast NSW, repair works are still underway. A team of 50 volunteers is hoping to install new pipes to restore running water for up to 10 residents in the community of Kiah, who have been without it since the bushfires. The project, led by Connecting Communities Australia, is...
Convoy of Hope delivers 500 plants from TAFE NSW horticulture students
Community
Padstow NSW TAFE horticulture students have donated 500 plants to help regrow fire-affected South Coast communities after the Black Summer bushfires. The Sydney-based students propagated and maintained the native plants as part of their studies and donated them to not-for-profit Convoy of Hope's Regrow project. Sutherland Shire local, Colvin Cashman, is studying for his Certificate III in Horticulture and said...
Frogs the surprise survivors of Black Summer bushfires
Environment
When we returned to our bushfire-ravaged rural home at Malua Bay, on the NSW South Coast, on New Year's Day, the last thing we expected to find were tiny green survivors in the blackened ruins of our garden. The only patch of colour was an old rhubarb plant, and tucked right at the base of its shrivelled leaves were tiny...
Post-bushfire weed control underway at Moruya
Environment
South East Local Land Services and local land managers are targeting weed control in support of the post-bushfire recovery of local landscapes. Supported by the Australian Government’s Wildlife and Habitat Bushfire Recovery Program, Local Land Services has funding available to improve native vegetation in areas affected by bushfire. Work can include weed management, revegetation and fencing to exclude stock in burnt...
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