Environment

Eurobodalla’s flying fox numbers drop to lowest in almost a decade
Environment
The number of flying foxes at known Eurobodalla camps this year are the lowest recorded since official counts began in 2012. Around 3380 flying foxes were counted at the five camps – Batemans Bay water gardens, Catalina Golf Club, Moruya, Tuross Head and Narooma – at the peak of the 2020-2021 season, compared to 19,550 in 2019, and more than...
Call for South Coast ‘zombie developments’ to meet current planning guidelines
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A growing number of new housing estates, labelled 'zombie developments', on the NSW South Coast look set to be given the green light after being approved as far back as the 1980s. With the growing demand for vacant land driving many developers to resurrect old approvals in coastal villages such as Manyana, Broulee and Tuross Head, Independent NSW MP and...
Eurobodalla landowners urged to plant a ‘koala tree’
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As Australians celebrate National Tree Day today, a Eurobodalla researcher is urging landowners to consider planting a 'koala tree' to help the special native Australian animal. Dr Keith Joliffe is the organiser behind the Eurobodalla Koala Recovery Project and he has spent a decade researching koalas in the region. “Many people mistakenly believe koalas have been extinct for decades in...
Thah she spills! Southern dams now at capacity
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It hasn’t happened since 2016, but this week Blowering and Burrinjuck dams finally breached their spillways after reaching capacity, giving downstream residents a reason to hold their breath and farmers a reason to breathe a little easier. It’s taken a while for the two dams in the south to fill after years of protracted drought, but steady falls of rain...
Cootamundra soil recyclers fined by EPA for alleged asbestos breach
Environment
A Cootamundra soil recycling facility has been slapped with a $15,000 fine by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) for allegedly accepting and storing asbestos-contaminated waste at its contaminated soil treatment facility. Environmental Earth Sciences International (EESI) Contracting is permitted by its licence to receive hydrocarbon – petrol, diesel, waste oil – contaminated soils from NSW, ACT and Victoria. Its Cootamundra...
Rare encounter with a dingo in the Kosciuszko wilderness
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Alpine wilderness wanderers Ian and Michael Brown are seeking to have the stigma associated with dingoes tempered by their own experiences of sightings in Kosciuszko National Park, one just weeks ago. The pair trek into the mountains weekly to document, through images, their encounters with wild horses, but occasionally they’ll come across something entirely different. It was a flash of...
NSW Government ‘ignored’ post-fire panel advice on wild horses
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The future of wild horses in the Australian Alpine region looks bleak after two government panels advised on their future, throwing aerial culling into the mix. Reclaim Kosci, an offshoot of the conservationist group, the Invasive Species Council, claims the NSW Government ignored advice on feral horse removal in Kosciuszko National Park following the devastating bushfires of 2019-20. Reclaim Kosci says...
Food saved from landfill will go to people in need thanks to Bega Valley initiative
Community
A new initiative by Bega Valley Shire Council will divert food destined for landfill and give it to people truly in need. Many businesses kicked off Nourish & Flourish's television, radio and social media campaign on Sunday, 18 July, including Wild Rye’s, Eden IGA, Pambula Fruit Market, Coles, Woolworths, Club Sapphire and Farm on the Green. They are among a...
The miracle rare fish that survived the Black Summer bushfires
Environment
The 2019-2020 Black Summer bushfires caused untold devastation to people and wildlife, but a team of researchers say something of a miracle has risen from the ashes in the Snowy Valleys region of NSW. They have recently determined three rare Macquarie perch from the only remaining population in the NSW Murray catchment mysteriously defied the odds and survived the horrific water conditions...
Phones can be used to redeem Bega Valley Shire’s free waste vouchers
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If you live in the Bega Valley Shire you can use your phone to redeem council's free waste vouchers. Bega Valley Shire Council is moving to paperless waste vouchers as part of its focus on improving service at its waste transfer stations while minimising waste and saving on operational costs. “It’s a real inconvenience to lose a voucher or to...
Mogo locals worry about the impact of logging on mountain bike tourism
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Mogo locals have expressed concern about logging near local mountain bike trails which attract tourists to the fire-ravaged town. The NSW Government and Federal Government recently pledged $5 million to build additional trails where the Forestry Corporation of NSW is proposing to harvest timber. Avid mountain biker and Friends of the Forest campaigner Nick Hopkins, said forestry's proposal threatens the...
NSW low-income households could be eligible for a free solar system
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Pensioners and veterans on NSW South Coast are encouraged to consider opting in to a State Government scheme which could see them getting a solar system installed completely free of charge. The NSW Solar for Low Income Households program, which the Eurobodalla Shire Council says aims to help the community achieve both lower emissions and energy bills, has already led to...
Youth input ‘vital’ to Eurobodalla’s Climate Resilience Plan
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Carroll College student Maddi Handley says the voice of local youth is vital when addressing climate change. A member of Eurobodalla Shire Council’s Youth Committee, the year 11 student spearheaded a youth forum in June 2021, giving representatives of all Eurobodalla high schools a chance to have their say on council’s draft Climate Resilience Plan. The plan will show how...
Astronomical agriculture project plants the seed for budding young farmers
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UPDATE 19 July: This event has been postponed until October due to COVID-19. Dates TBC. What is astronomical agriculture and how does the lunar cycle influence what we grow on farms? These are just two of the big questions children in the Canberra region will explore at the future site of the Australian Agricultural Centre (AAC) during National Science Week 2021....
ANU researchers find mainland mouse, thought to be extinct, off WA coast
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As farmers, householders and retailers in southern NSW contend with an insidious plague of mice, researchers at the Australian National University (ANU) are celebrating the discovery of another type of mouse off the Australian mainland. An Australian mammal thought to have been entirely wiped out more than 150 years ago can now be crossed off our list of extinct animals,...
Locals claim Snowy Mountains construction causing terrible destruction
Environment
WARNING: Some images in this story may be confronting to readers. Having clocked hundreds of kilometres trekking the Snowy Mountains, Michelle Brown is bewildered brumby critics can justify their arguments as Snowy 2.0 decimates the very land they’re trying to save. “I’m seeing pristine tracts of land turned inside out as the construction continues” she said. "Yet we have the...
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