Environment

Wildlife wins for threatened species in state’s south
News
Approximately 200 Southern Tablelands koalas and 12 other local threatened species are set to benefit from the expansion of the Macanally State Conservation Area near Cooma. The NSW Government has purchased 1052 ha of land adjoining the area - one of three additions to state-wide national parks estate. Minister for Environment James Griffin said the areas were chosen as part...
Course helps Gina swap the corporate world for the veggie patch
Community
Gina Greentree was a marketing and legal professional for more than 20 years before she swapped the court for the veggie patch. Five years ago she and her husband purchased a farm in Charleys Forest, about 30 kilometres from Braidwood. While her previous career provided plenty of transferable skills, Ms Greentree wanted to learn more about how to effectively invest...
Clearer water trickles into Merimbula after council changes source to Tantawangalo Weir
Community
Merimbula residents should have noticed clearer water running through their taps thanks to council switching to supplies from Tantawangalo. Bega Valley Shire Council ditched water from Yellow Pinch Dam in favour of Tantawangalo Weir after months of heavy rain washed fine clay silt into the area's main water store. Water and sewerage services manager Chris Best said it resulted in...
520 kg waste diverted from landfill: Bega volunteers have sustainability in the bag
Community
On the NSW South Coast, it looks like they have the notion of perfect recycling in the bag - literally. Using an idea developed in Queensland, Bega woman Dorte Planert and her small band of helpers are making Boomerang Bags. Boomerang Bags are made by volunteers from fabrics otherwise destined for landfill. Today the grassroots environmental movement operates in more...
Zookeeper Chad’s orphaned lioness united with brother at Mogo Wildlife Park
Community
With some gentle sniffing and a ferocious roar Phoenix and Maji - feline siblings born a year apart - were united in the same enclosure for the first time at Mogo Wildlife Park. Described as the "darlings of the region" the lions have captured the hearts of the South Coast and seeing them together at last has been a long...
Be alert but not alarmed: wombats on the move down south
Environment
In her role caring for wombats and other animals as part of Wildlife Rescue South Coast, Danie Ondinea has recently noticed a curious trend. People are increasingly calling rescue groups like hers down the coast, particularly Bermagui, reporting wombats around their homes and places they've never spotted before. Danie believes recent torrential rain may have caused their burrows to flood and...
Starving flying-foxes lured to toxic Cocos palm fruit as rain destroys native blossom
Community
Starving grey-headed flying foxes are dying in droves after eating the toxic fruit of Cocos palms. Far South Coast residents can do their bit to reduce the number of animals being poisoned by removing the fruit from palm trees in their gardens as soon as the flowers appear. Wildlife Rescue South Coast flying fox coordinator Janine Davies says recent heavy...
Fight to improve Eurobodalla’s communication infrastructure ramps up ahead of federal election
News
A South Coast business group said governments cannot allow telecommunications loss like that caused by the Black Summer fires to occur again amid a push to improve Eurobodalla infrastructure resilience ahead of the federal election. Last year, Eurobodalla Shire Council called on the NSW Government to take action to protect infrastructure on Mount Wandera near Moruya, which transmits to police...
Australia Rock lookout in Narooma closed due to rockslide
Community
The viewing platform at Narooma's popular tourist attraction Australia Rock has been closed due to a rockslide. A section under the platform collapsed after the recent wet weather drenched the coast and on Tuesday (12 April) Eurobodalla Shire Council fenced off the site. A council spokesperson said an urgent geo-tech review of the site was being arranged. "This review will...
Mystery of Nelsons Beach shipwreck and its puzzling cargo re-emerges from sands of time
Community
A nearly 200-year-old shipwreck shrouded in mystery recently re-emerged from its sandy grave on a Far South Coast beach. One of many wrecks littering that wild and remote coastline, it is surrounded by questions. The wreck on Nelsons Beach, just north of Tathra, was first reported bottom-up and loaded with cedar logs in 1859 by the captain of the SS...
Southern Blowering opens, state forest fire bans lifted in Riverina ahead of Easter
Environment
It took 28 months to turn the corner but from today cars can return to the southern end of Blowering Dam, just in time for Easter. From Thursday (14 April) visitors and residents can also access between Batlow and Talbingo, Forestry NSW stewardship and fire manager Charlie Taylor said. Millions of dollars have been spent repatriating the popular recreational reserve...
Bega gardener helps cultivate new seed savers group in Snowy Monaro
Community
Whether you've got green thumbs or a love of gardening and tasty vegetables, there's many reasons to get involved in seed saving - and a new community initiative will help people in the Snowy Monaro do just that. The Snowy Monaro Seed Savers aims to bring together local gardeners to build seed libraries across its region. "Much like the popular...
Environment in the spotlight as council seeks ideas for Eurobodalla biodiversity strategy
Environment
In an effort to preserve the shire's biodiversity, Eurobodalla residents are being asked which parts of the natural landscape are most important to them. As the human population grows, Eurobodalla Shire Council is seeking input into how the region's natural environment can be preserved and enhanced for the future. Are there opportunities for habitat restoration within urban areas? Should there be...
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