Level 4 water restrictions lifted in Brogo-Bermagui
News
Level four water restrictions were completely lifted in Brogo-Bermagui yesterday (25 February) after the emergency measure was implemented a fortnight ago. The restrictions were put in place when heavy rainfall contaminated the water supply after the Brogo River and Brogo Dam catchment had been heavily burnt from the fires. The water flowing into the dam contained high levels of sediment, ash, soot...
Bushfire and heatwave haven shows its worth at Moruya’s Red Door Hall
Community
In times of crisis it can be the basic requirements that are needed, and people in Moruya were able to seek shelter in the air-conditioned safety of Red Door Hall during the January bushfires due to ongoing electrical upgrades that have shifted the space off-grid. With predictions for longer hotter summers, the Southcoast Health and Sustainability Alliance (SHASA) began the...
Mum and joey koala found in the Murrah get expert help
Environment
A mother koala and her joey spotted in a stringybark tree on private property in the Murrah Forest on February 10 have stayed put, sparking concerns for their health. "This is contrary to everything we thought we knew about Far South Coast koalas. They usually change trees two to three times per night to feed," Chris Allen of the Koala...
Calls for logging debris to be cleared on the South Coast to lower fire risk
Environment
There's no question that the bushfire threat has eased up and down the South Coast due to recent rainfall and the fact that about 80 per cent of our forests are burnt and unlikely to reignite. But living through the worst bushfire season in Australia's known history, along with a growing understanding of the impact of climate change, has brought...
Burnt bush provides fresh perspective for Mogo mountain biking project
News
Eurobodalla Shire Council is forging ahead with plans to develop a network of mountain bike trails in the Mogo area, with the burnt bushland caused by recent fires providing an unexpected perk for the project. Adventure trail company Dirt Art has been appointed to create the Adventure Trail Hub, which will benefit from improved visibility of the lay of the land, council’s director of...
Little village with a plastic-free goal powers up local recycling shredder
Environment
Eco innovators in Pambula Village are joining forces and working on inspirational community projects that will boost the uptake of solar energy and could lead to the creation of a beach icon from recycled plastic. Scott Lipsham, a design and technology teacher at Luman Christi Catholic College, and his students have developed a plastic recycling machine, and they hope the...
‘It was a roar like nothing I had ever heard’: The farm that survived fire
Community
It’s the blessings that Beatrice and Tobias Koenig are counting as they reflect on the past fortnight at their small farm near Michelago. Out their window is a bare, charred view that will remind them for many years of that day in February 2020 when they faced off against a bushfire that came at them at the rate of 400...
‘Extreme circumstances require extreme solutions’: Council works to improve Bega Valley water quality
Community
After heavy rains earlier this week, there appears to be an abundance of water. But the combined effects of drought, fire and rain in the Bega Valley mean water quality in some areas is so poor, council is taking drastic steps to rectify it. "Extreme circumstances require extreme solutions and that is certainly the case with the work currently being done...
Bega Valley koalas show signs of life after fire
News
Last week, in the small window after fire but before rain, a National Parks-approved search team ventured into the burnt Biamanga National Park to assess how recent fires have impacted the koala population. "The very welcome news is that fresh koala scats were found on top of burnt ground at the base of a young woollybutt at the last plot...
Eurobodalla fish hit hard by drought, fire and now rain
Environment
Even before the rains began washing ash and silt into waterways this weekend, native fish had been badly affected by drought and fire. The Eurobodalla Shire Council reports that mass fish deaths have recently been recorded at Tilba Lake, Whittakers Creek and the Deua River, with the combined effects of drought and bushfire to blame. Combined with low water levels...
How gardeners are bringing much-needed life to a colourless landscape
Community
"There's no colour," has been a common comment from residents after seeing their burnt properties. This week's rain should help introduce a bit of green back into the landscape but until then, Figtree Food Company at Mystery Bay is organising cuttings for fire-affected gardeners to replenish gardens on the South Coast.  "We are taking cuttings to restart gardens and give kids...
“The answers are there. We’ve just got to listen to them”: Climate rally calls for action as parliament begins for 2020
Environment
"Take more notice of Indigenous knowledge of how to run this country because it's been successful for tens of thousands of years," said Mongarlowe RFS firefighter Paul Huntingford during the Climate Emergency Rally, organised by the People's Climate Assembly on the lawns of Parliament House. The rally is part of five days of climate action coinciding with the first day...
Traditional cool burns could save our bushland, says Koori community
Environment
When I think about it, it makes so much sense. Indigenous Australians have walked on this land for thousands of years ... barefoot. The bush around the far south coast, where I live, is a challenge to walk through, even in heavy boots. How did the owners of this land traverse the thick leaf litter, sharp sticks, piles of fallen...
Returning home after fire? Beware the health risks, including asbestos
Health & Wellbeing
There's no standard response or 'correct' reaction when people slowly start returning to their burnt homes or properties. The feelings and emotions are as diverse as the people. Some haven't been able to return yet and dread seeing the damage in person. Some have had friends or neighbours take photos so they can choose when to view the wreckage and...
Now is not the time to be a Quiet Australian, says Broulee GP
Opinion
As we welcomed 2020, we were forced from our home in Broulee as a raging fire approached. When we returned a few days later, we were grateful to find it was still standing. That night, around the dinner table, my seven-year-old daughter said, “I just want it to be normal again". “Me too,” I replied, thinking, I'm not sure things...
Salvage logging could destroy habitat for vulnerable animals, expert warns
Environment
One of Australia's leading experts on landscape ecology and biodiversity has warned that salvage logging and bushfire clean-up may hinder the ability of animals and ecosystems to bounce back after the fire crisis. Professor David Lindenmayer said that bushland can still provide a habitat for animals that have survived the blaze, and trees that may be removed during salvage operations...
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