Local Table #3 – the cost of good food isn’t about price. It’s about value!
Opinion
When it comes to eating according to our values, there are a number of assumptions we have to challenge around the reasons we give for defaulting to the supermarket option. We tell ourselves we’d like to eat locally grown, or eat from our own garden, or buy direct from a farmer, but almost immediately the excuses why we can’t start...
Citizen science to get more involved in the lives of local platypus
Environment
Citizen science is about to get more involved in the lives of one of the Snowy Monaro's most treasured inhabitants - platypuses. Events will be held from Cooma to Goulburn, Queanbeyan to Dalgety for community members interested in working with the Australian Platypus Conservancy (APC). Snowy River Alliance chair, Elena Guarracino says, “APC biologists will highlight the features that make...
Illegal hunters busted in Snowy Mountains, generally a positive report card
News
Compliance Officers from the Department of Primary Industries spent the Easter/Anzac break checking on hunters in the region and have returned with a positive report card. Patrols and inspections by the Game Licensing Unit (GLU) have revealed the majority of hunters are doing the right thing when it comes to obeying hunting regulations, following a series of operations across New...
Merimbula Ocean Outfall – is that really our best option?
Opinion
The proposed ocean outfall for Merimbula Bay has been on my mind, perhaps a little too much, but at the same time, I feel like this is a big deal. It wasn't on mind however when I walked into Bemboka Pie Shop to buy a caramel slice and a lamington for a 'meeting' I was headed into. I wasn't really...
European Wasps sting Braidwood girl 200 times, while new problem emerges in Bega Valley
News
The devastating consequences of the spread of European Wasps have been sharply brought into focus by a swarm attack on a 7-year-old Braidwood girl while playing at the local recreation ground. Young Evie Clark suffered around 200 stings leaving her barely conscious. Evie had been playing with two school friends in the creek area, beside the playing fields while Dad...
Rail options for Canberra – Monaro – Eden chugg forward
News
The long talked about Monaro Rail Trail is chugging forward with Snowy Monaro Regional Council progressing a feasibility study of the project. The proposed vision is to turn the disused rail line from Queanbeyan to Bombala into a 208 km bike path, adding up to a three to five-day journey. Those excited by the idea point to the many interesting rail features...
Herds for Hire munch war on weeds from Merimbula to Lake Burley Griffin
Environment
Two Northern Hemisphere natives are doing battle in Southern NSW and the ACT and the good guys are winning. Goats are currently munching their way through tangles of blackberry bushes along Merimbula Creek at the back of Club Sapphire having beaten similar infestations around Lake Burley Griffin and the Australian National Botanic Gardens in Canberra. "With goats, the use of harmful...
Powered by Passion: Margaret Blakers, Environmentalist
Community
“If you can’t see it, you can’t be it” goes the mantra: we all need role models and inspiration, and sometimes the most powerful icons are right there in our own backyards. Powered by Passion is a new Region Media series by Nina Gbor that takes us inside the lives and motivations of some remarkable Canberra region women. Margaret Blakers, in many ways, embodies...
Kosciuszko’s 75th marks another watershed moment in dealing with hooves
Opinion
This weekend marks the 75th birthday of Kosciuszko National Park. At a time we should be celebrating Kosciuszko National Park’s 75th anniversary, the area remains mired in a mucky debate about hard-hooved animals. The park was created in 1944 by visionary Labor Premier, Sir William McKell, who was compelled to act after witnessing what he described as 'one of Australia's greatest...
Bodalla adds to Electric Vehicle discussion, new charge point for Easter
Environment
A small Bodalla based business has sidestepped the ugliness of the Electric Vehicle (EVs) debate in the run-up to the May 18 Federal Election and installed a charging point ready for Easter holiday traffic on the Princes Highway. "It's wonderful that we are talking about EVs, and it's wonderful that this is being seen as 'the climate election' but I hate...
Upgraded facilities at South Durras boat ramp ready for Easter
Community
Easter brings more than chocolate eggs to Eurobodalla locals and holidaymakers with upgraded car-park facilities at the South Durras boat ramp. Eurobodalla Shire Council’s Infrastructure Works Manager Tony Swallow says there are now 19 parking spaces available, including nine catering for boat trailers. “To improve drainage and prevent possible erosion caused by informal parking, we’ve surfaced the car park, with kerb...
Eden brothers turning fish waste into compost – Ocean2earth!
Environment
Two brothers from Eden have created a new business that turns fish waste into compost and solved an ongoing problem facing the community at Bega Valley boat ramps. Bega Valley Mayor, Kristy McBain, has launched Ocean2earth, an Eden-based company founded by Kyran and Tim Crane. Yesterday's (April 15) launch at the Bermagui Harbour Boat Ramp marks the start of a...
Local op-shops overrun as Marie Kondo clean out trend continues
Community
The Australian Salvation Army reports that during their peak donation period this year, January-February, they experienced an 18 per cent increase on the previous year of donations - and store managers are putting it down to the Marie Kondo effect. A worldwide movement led by Japenese tidying expert Marie Kondo has meant thousands of people are going through their garages, cupboards...
Snowy wildlife carers ready for winter, what can you do to help?
News
The sound of chainsaws over the weekend and the steady rise of smoke from household chimneys is yet another reminder that winter is approaching. Some parts of the region have already had a taste of the snow season ahead, and it won't be long before the bulk of the one million people who visit the Snowy Mountains each year start...
Far South Coast mullet run sends a surge through nature
News
The mullet are running and two creatures at the top of the food chain are responding - sharks and humans. Sightseers at Bermagui this week were blown away by the spectacle of Aboriginal fisherman hauling a massive catch of mullet and salmon ashore at Horseshoe Bay. "In the early Autumn, they run north, they come out of all the...
Smart Farms Grant success for Sapphire Coast Wilderness Oysters
Business
Sapphire Coast Wilderness Oysters has been a big winner through the Smart Farms Small Grants program with $194,812 on its way to grow the business and strengthen ecosystems. Made up of oyster farmers from Wapengo, Merimbula, Pambula, and Wonboyn, Sapphire Coast Wilderness Oysters aims to ensure the protection of the environment and the sustainability of the oyster industry. The funding will...
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