Environment

Trainee Aboriginal rangers connect with the past to plan for the future
Community
A small fire is burning at the Marrambidya Wetlands alongside the Murrumbidgee River as a group of Aboriginal elders and Local Land Services staff gather to let the eucalyptus smoke waft over them. About 50 representatives from across the state are in Wagga for the Aboriginal Support Network meeting, and this year there are new members. "We come together three times a year...
Eurobodalla Council unanimously adopts ambitious climate plan towards net-zero by 2040 goal
News
Eurobodalla Shire Council has outlined its most ambitious plan yet to help tackle the global problem of climate change. Councillors recently unanimously adopted the Climate Action Plan 2022-32, which has 58 actions to mitigate climate change and help the shire adapt to its impacts. "It's a pretty big, ambitious 10-year plan," Mayor Mathew Hatcher said. "It's going to be all about reducing...
Take a walk on the wild side during Science Week on the Sapphire Coast
What's On
Get up close and personal with a tawny frogmouth, test your knowledge in a pub quiz and discover the colourful creatures living under Tathra Wharf during a fun-filled week of activities on the Sapphire Coast during August. From 13-20 August, the Sapphire Coast Science Festival includes a week of workshops, walks, talks and online forums to coincide with National Science...
Yabby trap ban reminder as efforts to conserve platypus stepped up
News
Content warning: This story contains images which may distress some readers. Anglers still using 'opera house' style yabby nets risk killing native wildlife as well as facing hefty fines. With spring approaching, and as we head back into the great outdoors, recreational anglers are being reminded that yabby traps are now banned in all NSW waters. The traps were banned...
Last call for community wild horse advisory panel applications
Environment
Community members with scientific expertise are encouraged to apply for positions on a new community panel advising on wild horse management at Kosciuszko National Park. With the 29 July deadline now days away, the panel will be the only entity with oversight over the state government's new Kosciuszko National Park Wild Horse Heritage Management Plan, which was finalised in November 2021....
Resilience funding boost to assist more Eurobodalla bushfire victims
Community
Eurobodalla residents who lost their homes in the Black Summer Bushfires can access another round of funding to help clean up their properties. The Eurobodalla Bushfire Recovery Service is reaching out to people who have not yet sought assistance or who missed the government-funded cleanup that was offered straight after the fires. Extended funding from Resilience NSW will allow the...
Forestry Corp proposes building wind farms in five plantations
News
Forestry Corporation of NSW (FCNSW) has proposed the installation of wind farms on several plantations around the state, which could result in significant annual energy generation. The idea has even been welcomed by the Greens, which recently criticised the Corporation after the series of fines and allegations of breaches it received this year. FCNSW announced it is formally calling for expressions...
Alarm bells sounded as increased regrowth fuels bushfire risk
News
Jo Dodds can clearly remember standing at the mouth of the Bega River as an inferno threatened to engulf her home. "My partner and I could see our house in the distance and see the fire coming closer and closer, burning across acres and acres of our land," she recalled. "Despite the smoke, we could see when our neighbour's homes...
Disease killing South Coast king parrots – how you can help save them
News
A fast-spreading disease is believed responsible for the death of dozens of king parrots on the NSW South Coast. Local WIRES wildlife volunteers have been called out to the Bega Park area, opposite the showground, to try and save the remaining sick birds showing signs of the fast-spreading disease known as Spironucleosis. Dead or dying parrots have also been found...
Forestry Corp handed $230,000 fine for bat-related breaches near Bodalla
News
The Forestry Corporation of NSW (FCNSW) has been slapped with a hefty fine for breaches relating to potential bat habitat in the Far South Coast. The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) said mapping errors in Dampier State Forest near Bodalla translated to a $230,000 fine for the Corporation after it was convicted in the Land and Environment Court for breaching its approval...
Activist ‘alarmed’ by police allegedly targeting climate protests after raid on bush camp
News
When police raided a camp of climate change protesters north of the Blue Mountains last month, among those arrested was a young woman from the Far South Coast who has blasted the authorities' alleged heavy-handed response and described the targeting of her group as "alarming". At the time, NSW Police said officers had been conducting planned investigations at Colo early...
Eden forest allegedly logged illegally while recovering from Black Summer fires
Environment
A Far South Coast forest was allegedly illegally logged two years ago while it was recovering from the devastating Black Summer bushfires. It's alleged over March and July 2020, contractors for the Forestry Corporation of NSW (FCNSW) cut down 53 trees in "unburned" and "partially burned" environmentally-significant areas of the Yambulla State Forest. The forest is on the NSW/Victorian border, south...
Endangered bandicoots rebound from Black Summer fires in NSW’s south
Environment
In an incredible tale of recovery, the numbers of some species of native animals have rebounded on the Far South Coast after their habitats were devastated by bushfires over two years ago. At the end of 2019 and the start of 2020, the Black Summer bushfires covered about 60 per cent of the Bega Valley Shire, which cost 467 homes, about...
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