Christmas rubbish reduction tips from Bega Waste manager Joley Vidau
Environment
The new FOGO program in the Bega Valley has saved the community $33,000 in the month of November compared to figures from November 2017, says waste manager coordinator Joley Vidau, but there is still much work to be done as our landfill cells are filling at “a rate no one could have expected.” As you go about your Christmas...
Old whaling techniques used to save whales from entanglement
Environment
The whale migration of 2018 has been a delight, but more and more a specialist team from the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is being called upon to untangle our mammal cousins from ropes, buoys, and fishing gear. With increasing familiarity, whales are leaping, splashing, blowing, and singing their way up and down the New South Wales coastline headed...
Chook Chat with Cheryl Nelson – Treats for your chooks this Christmas
Environment
Share the delights of Christmas with a few well-chosen gifts for your trusty chooks. Chooks love toys, they're highly inquisitive and they love attention so here are few ideas to brighten their festive season - as well as yours! A cabbage ball - Pierce the base of a cabbage with a big hook. Hang the cabbage at chook head height...
Bushwalkers reunited with family after a week in Morton National Park
News
A couple of bushwalkers stranded during an adventure in the Morton National Park, west of Nowra have been reunited with family a week after their ordeal started. Fifty-nine-year-old Canberra lawyer, Bill McCarthy, a Senior Counsel with BAL Lawyers, and Francisca Boterhoven De Haan, 60 years, from Wollongong, went bushwalking in the rugged Ettrema Gorge last Saturday (December 8). Concerns for...
A celebration of the Australian Alps by Monaro photographer Craig Lewis
Arts & Culture
An intrepid Monaro based photographer and publisher has captured the Winter of 2018 in the Snowy Mountains in a book that is ready to cool the Summer of the same year. 'Alpine Australia – A Celebration of the Australian Alps' not only portrays the stunning high country of New South Wales but that of Victoria as well. Kybeyan based Craig Lewis...
Rescuers head to lawyer and companion stranded in Morton National Park
News
A rescue team is on its way by foot to reach Canberra lawyer Bill McCarthy and his female companion who have spent the last six nights in the Morton National Park near Nowra. A NSW Police spokesperson said the that it was decided this morning to walk into the park instead of extracting them from the air due to the...
Frogs Hollow Flight School –  “I will fight this into my old age.”
News
Bega thespian David Stocker almost stole the show yesterday as the Southern Regional Planning Panel (SRPP) met to determine the future of the proposed Frogs Hollow Flight School between Bega and Merimbula. I say 'almost' because the panel's refusal of the Development Application (DA) was what the community had really come to see yesterday (December 13). Mr Stocker was one...
Bournda abalone bust nets over 800 molluscs and four men
News
A fisheries surveillance operation south of Tathra has seen four men in possession of 867 abalone apprehended. NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Director of Fisheries Compliance, Patrick Tully, says the four offenders were found with the abalone in their vehicle in November, following extensive surveillance along a remote stretch of coastline in the Bournda National Park. “DPI Fisheries Officers and Bega...
Feeling good about sustainable hemp clothing from Michelago!
Environment
It's a gentle summer afternoon and beneath the dappled light of tall trees, an old blue touring caravan is parked. It's the home of Spirit Natural clothing, the brainchild of a budding entrepreneur whose vision for a gentler, more sustainable world is underpinned by some hard-headed research into how to make it happen. Tom Osborne from Michelago may look like...
Next step in Batemans Bay Bridge project revealed – community to comment
News
The detailed design for the Batemans Bay Bridge replacement has been released with a number of changes to the earlier design. The aim of the $274 million project is to improve freight access, reduce traffic delays in peak periods, and reduce economic and social impacts by removing the current lift span bridge. Member for Bega, Andrew Constance says, “The detailed...
Tathra’s Matthew Nott takes to the sky above Canberra – climate action NOW!
News
When the word 'NOW' appeared in the sky above Canberra yesterday afternoon (4 December), locals were left unsure as to its meaning, leading to a trail of suggestions ranging from half-written 'Monica's to calls for an early election. That didn't bother the man behind the skywriting, Tathra's Dr Matthew Nott, the founder of Clean Energy for Eternity. In fact, he capitalised on...
South Coast and ACT citizen scientists win national award
Science
Citizen scientists from Southern NSW and Canberra have been singled out at a national level for their grassroots work in local forests, grasslands, and coastal estuaries. The Atlas of Life and NatureMapr Network have been announced the winners of the 2018 Banksia Foundation Community Sustainability Award. The Banksia Foundation is a well-established not-for-profit organisation dedicated to working with government, industry,...
Fire bombing aircraft stationed at Canberra Airport ready to help Sth NSW
News
The region's fire-fighting capacity has been significantly boosted with the establishment of a base at Canberra Airport for large aircraft on fire-bombing missions. The ACT Emergency Services Agency announced this week that the ACT's first Fire Bombing Air Base where Large Air Tankers for bushfire suppression will be stationed during the summer. Minister for Police and Emergency Services Mick Gentleman...
NSW shark management strategy heads south to Bega Valley beaches
News
The concept of being preyed upon by a shark in the deep, dark ocean while we are quite literally out of our depth is a primitive human fear. But how often are sharks actually in the same stretch of water as us humans? The NSW state government is taking steps to find out, trialling SMART drumline technology, along with drone...
‘Wild Wombat’ attracts over 200 riders to the forests of Mogo
Sport
The inaugural Jetblack Wild Wombat mountain bike event in Mogo at the weekend attracted over 200 riders from all over NSW and the ACT. The team relay classifications were popular with groups of up to six taking to the 10 km loop track around Deep Creek Dam south of Batemans Bay on Saturday (December 1), Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens acting...
Monaro has massive potential for renewable hydro energy
Environment
One of Australia's leading renewable energy experts says the Monaro region's pumped hydro potential could help to establish base-load power for a wholly renewable energy system within the next decade. Professor Andrew Blakers, director of the ANU's Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems, believes that in addition to Snowy Hydro 2, there are "plenty of other opportunities" for pumped hydro in the...
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