Industry backs natural oyster reef restoration ambitions
News
The NSW oyster industry has committed itself to playing its part in restoring natural oyster reefs along the state's coastline. Oyster reefs once covered vast areas of the intertidal and upper subtidal regions in many NSW estuaries, however, it is estimated that 99% of oyster reefs in Australia are now extinct. Small natural oyster populations still exist in most bays...
When your backyard becomes a winter wonderland
News
There's nothing quite like waking up to the sound of kids giggling in excitement as they discover a winter wonderland in their own backyard. As arctic winds intensified through the night snow chasers poured into the country town of Oberon - almost 3 hours north of Canberra. This usually quiet industrial town of 4,500 people prepared days in advance for...
Old gold shines again in Braidwood – Dargues Reef Gold Mine
Economy
Braidwood and Majors Creek have become mining towns again. After years of prospecting, planning, consultation and preparatory works, the historic Dargues Reef Gold Mine at Majors Creek is back in action, with the first ore located on May 29. With hoards of hi viz workers out and about in Braidwood, blending with the tree changers, creatives and farmers, Braidwood is...
Chinese coast now protected for globe trotting NSW shorebirds
Environment
Local birdwatchers have welcomed news that parts of the Chinese coastline along the Yellow Sea have received World Heritage listing. "This is great news for the migratory shorebirds of the NSW Far South Coast," explains Leo Berzins form Far South Coast Birdwatchers. "The Yellow Sea is at the centre of the East Asian–Australasian Flyway, a migration ‘super highway’ that sustains...
Bega local one of 72 arrested during Brisbane climate protests this week
News
"Civil disobedience is where things change," says 19-year-old Hannah Doole from a Burly Heads beach, where she is recovering from a night in a Brisbane watchhouse on Tuesday. "If you look at history, nothing has happened until people have put themselves on the line. If it wasn't for civil disobedience, women probably still wouldn't be able to vote." Hannah, a...
Garbo pick ups threatened by snowy – windy weather
News
With heavy snowfalls and strong winds moving across the region, Snowy Monaro residents are being warned of a possible disruption to waste collection services. "Adverse weather events can impact on Snowy Monaro Regional Council’s ability to undertake scheduled kerbside collections," a council spokesperson says. "Residents that normally receive a kerbside collection on either a Friday or Monday are asked to consider the...
Bega Valley Science Week to unlock the secrets of Bega River and more
Science
The revitalised Bega River is again one of the town’s treasures. There is more repair work to be done in this precious environment but the animals, plants, birds, and bugs that rely on this ecosystem have responded to the work of many in recent times. National Science Week will prove it – with the help of local citizen scientists, that’s...
More Bombala sewer investigation works this week
Community
More attention for Bombala's sewer network this week with Snowy Monaro Regional Council engaging GHD Pty Ltd as the design consultant for the replacement of a major sewage pumping station in the town. This contract involves both an options study and detailed design of the sewerage network in Bombala, including the Timor Street pumping station and associated network upgrades. As part of the...
Snow and polar blast headed our way, winter hanging on
News
Don't put away your puffer jackets just yet! Early spring blossoms across South East NSW are about to be challenged by a polar blast that will shatter the idea that the region is moving towards spring, but will delight skiers. A deep cold front will focus its energy on Southern inland NSW on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, bringing the best...
“Logging state forests close to settlements like Mogo is totally a lost opportunity” – NSW Greens
Environment
Ongoing logging in the Mogo State Forest, south of Batemans Bay is being monitored by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), amid calls to value and use local forests in new ways. “There’s so much more to gain from keeping our forests than destroying them,” says NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge. “Logging state forests close to settlements like Mogo is totally...
Old family determined to serve customers after Jindabyne blaze
News
A fire that burnt through most of Saturday night has destroyed a longstanding Jindabyne business, Leesville Laundromat, which services many of the region's tourist providers. Despite the setback, the owners say it will be business as usual this week. In a post on social media, owner Kylee Old says "We have outsourced the laundering of your linen to another laundry...
$1 million home to save rare pink-tailed worm lizard
News
On the border of NSW and the ACT lives a vulnerable little lizard. This lizard is no ordinary lizard; it's one of Australia's rarest reptiles - the pink-tailed worm lizard (Aprasia parapulchella). And thanks to generous developers, environmentalists and the NSW Government, the lizard will now have a $1 million home to protect it. Classified as vulnerable by the Australian Government, the...
Platypus killings raises concerns about illegal yabby traps
Community
An ecologist is calling for the "irresponsible" selling of yabby traps on store shelves to stop after an illegal yabby trap killed four platypuses near Braidwood earlier this week. A passing fisherman found the dead platypuses in an "opera house" yabby trap, which are banned in freshwater in parts of NSW. Waterwatch regional facilitator Woo O’Reilly, who is in charge of the...
Green thumbs gather to get bushfire gardens growing – get involved
Community
With spring in the air comes another step forward in Tathra's evolving and ongoing growth beyond the bushfire of autumn 2018. As has been the case over the last 17 months a bunch of locals have seen a need and are stepping up to fill it with a Garden Recovery and Open Gardens weekend on August 24 and 25 in...
Community urged to “have your say” on draft Light to Light plans
News
One of the state's most isolated and untouched locations is at the centre of $8 million redevelopment plans; money and attention that makes those who love this pink, blue, and golden part of the New South Wales Far South Coast nervous. Public consultation is currently underway for the Draft Light to Light Walk Strategy with community info sessions in Pambula,...
Early start to Bega Valley – Eurobodalla fire season in the shadow of Yankees Gap. Snowy Monaro a possibility
News
The 2019/2020 bush fire season along the Far South Coast will start early, as the shadow of the vast and long-running Yankees Gap Bushfire still looms large. Thursday, August 1 will be the official start of the statutory Bush Fire Danger Period for the Eurobodalla and Bega Valley. The NSW Rural Fire Service is urging residents to prepare for the...
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