Environment

South East NSW RFS responds to communities in need from Tumut to Tassie
Community
After a week of widespread electrical storms, local Rural Fire Service members have been divided - some travelling to nearby communities to help where larger fires have taken root and others staying put to keep an eye on local forests, still at risk despite plenty of recent moisture. "There's a lingering risk with electrical storms - sometimes you'll get a...
Eurobodalla Rural Lands ignite as NSW Election issue
News
The long-running discussion about the Eurobodalla Rural Lands Strategy has become a NSW Election issue, with Mayor Liz Innes issuing a blistering defence of Council's handling of the matter in the wake of comments from the Labor candidate for Bega. Leanne Atkinson this week announced that a Daley Labor Government will not endorse the Strategy in its current form. Dating back...
Constance announces $$$ to dredge Batemans Bay bar
News
Recent campaigning to address concerns with the entrance to the Clyde River at Batemans Bay has lead to action, with the NSW Government announcing $450,000 to dredge the bar in the coming months. Member for Bega, Andrew Constance says the funds will go a long way in assisting with the safe passage of vessels. “The concerns raised by local boaters were...
Local dairy training and jobs for those who want them
Community
“You can enrol now to start the course on February 15 and could potentially have a job in the local dairy industry by the end of the month," says Jennifer O’Donnell, TAFE NSW Animal Science and Agriculture Head Teacher. A Statement of Attainment in Relief Milking is being offered in semester one at TAFE NSW Bega, a collaboration with Bega Cheese...
Eurobodalla water restrictions lifted but dry times still ahead
News
Water restrictions in the Eurobodalla have been lifted. Mayor Liz Innes has thanked residents and visitors for their assistance over the last four months in securing the shire’s water supply. “The community has been fantastic since restrictions were introduced in October. Combined with average rainfall since November, water storage at Deep Creek Dam is back over 90 per cent,” she...
Shorten announces first Community Power Hub for Sapphire Coast
News
Tathra's history in both addressing and living with climate change has seen it placed at the front of the queue for one of Bill Shorten's $10 million Community Power Hubs. In the Bega Valley today for the announcement, the Opposition Leader named Tathra as the first Power Hub location as part of Labor’s $100 million Neighbourhood Renewables Program. "The program is aimed at...
NSW oyster industry at work in Vietnam
Economy
Oysters are a quintessential taste of summer on the Far South Coast, you might be slurping down a Sydney Rock right now! The skill and know-how NSW oyster farmers bring to growing that oyster is being translated into building an industry in Vietnam. Deputy Director General Fisheries, Dr Geoff Allan, says a team of scientists from the NSW Department of Primary...
Candelo chook lays rival to World Record Egg
News
The picture of a perfect, beautiful egg has created a social media storm this month becoming the most popular photo ever on Instagram. Those behind the picture of this golden nugget of protein set out to beat the previous record. Set in February last year, Kylie Jenner, star of 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians'  announced the birth of her daughter...
Climate crisis demands strong political action
Opinion
There is no denying it - its been hot. Canberra and the surrounding region joined many other Australian cities in sweltering through record-breaking temperatures. Throughout this month, we saw an unprecedented run of 40-degree-plus temperatures, and temperature ranges well above the norm. This put our health, our utilities, and other services under great stress. It also echoes what many scientists have...
‘Drain Buddies’ at work in Batemans Bay, protecting local waterways
Environment
'Drain Buddies' are at work in the Eurobodalla's famous waterways this summer launching another attack in the region's 'War on Waste'. Eurobodalla Shire Council installed the litter-catching baskets in stormwater drains around the Batemans Bay CBD prior to Christmas. Litter dropped on roadsides, pathways and in gutters commonly ends up in the stormwater system, which is discharged into local estuaries...
Climb Kozzie on Aussie Day
What's On
If you're in need of a nature getaway to beat the heat this long weekend, the mountains are calling. "The highest temperature ever recorded on the top of Mount Kosciusko is 28 C," laughs Susie Diver, Communications Manager for Thredbo Resort. "And the water in Thredbo River is always refreshingly cool." As part of an overarching push to encourage visitors to the...
Abseiling, drones and all-terrain vehicles used in ACT’s fight against invasive weeds
News
Abseilers, volunteers, drones and all-terrain vehicles are on the frontline of efforts to battle invasive weeds in the ACT with concerns that they are threatening biodiversity and increasing fire danger. In their sights are invasive weeds such as the serrated tussock, African lovegrass and St John’s wort while rare wildflowers being protected range from the swamp violet in Southern Namadgi...
South East NSW and ACT included on “factory farms and slaughterhouse” map
News
Farms across Southern New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory have been listed on the animal rights-inspired 'Aussie Farms Map', but those named are suggesting the listing is as good as defamation. With links to Animal Liberation Australia, the Aussie Farms Map is said to be "a comprehensive, interactive map of factory farms, slaughterhouses and other animal exploitation facilities across...
Berridale, Dalgety, Adaminaby asked to comment on future of Jindabyne
News
Jindabyne’s neighbours are invited have their say on the town's future later this week with another round of discussion tied to the Go Jindabyne Masterplan. A series of community meetings will be held in Berridale, Dalgety and Adaminaby on Thursday and Friday (January 24/25). The visit is a follow up to what has been described as a highly productive initial round...
Singed Sisters almost a sell out as lessons of bushfire are shared
Community
Bushfire is such an ever-present fear and risk across Southern NSW and the ACT. The experience of those who have been through such an experience is priceless to those who have not. Do you know what you would do or how you would react? And then comes the recovery and the rebuilding of lives and homes. Learning the lessons from...
The oldest songbird in the world on stage in Malua Bay and beyond
Environment
Residents living on the edge of forests around Malua Bay are lucky to hear lyrebirds singing their hearts out. A recent close encounter prompted me to find out more about my feathered neighbours. Armed with my smartphone, I have spent many hours creeping in the forest near home to track down this elusive singer. I found several lyrebird mounds surprisingly...
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