Environment

Strategy forming around Mogo Adventure Trail
Sport
Eurobodalla Shire Council is looking to build on Mogo's growing appeal to adrenaline junkies and nature lovers. Council has started work on the Mogo Adventure Trail Hub Strategy, with specialist consultants TRC Tourism developing the strategy in collaboration with key stakeholders. Funded by the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund, the strategy will look at how existing bike, horse, and...
Marine science role model steps forward to inspire Bega students
Community
Local teens have quizzed one of the world's leading marine scientists in a conversation 'across the ditch' that ranged from women in science to the role Sapphire Coast seaweed is playing in tracking climate change. Year 10 students from Bega High School gathered at the Bega Civic Centre for a collaboration between the Bournda Environmental Education Centre,  Sapphire Coast Regional Science...
Monaro dieback is a devastating metaphor for climate change
Arts & Culture
A devastating swathe of dead trees across two thousand square kilometres of the Monaro prompted Michelago artist Sammy Hawker's video installation at the Photo Access Gallery, Dieback. And to watch the video is a haunting and sobering experience: ghostly, brittle limbs rise, white and bleached out of the Monaro mist. Lingering shots unfold across a landscape starved of shelter and...
“There are so many ways to compost in your backyard” – Kathleen McCann
Community
Just about everything organic is compostable. From food scraps, waste paper products, old clothes (natural fibres of course) even dead animals and manure from all things (even us!). Composting is a fantastic way to return valuable resources back to your garden or paddock. Here are a few of my tried and trusted methods for reclaiming all that waste. Dig it...
Tour Merimbula Sewage Treatment Plant this Saturday
News
See where much of the Bega Valley's poo and wee ends up now and where it will end up in the future - Bega Valley Shire Council is opening the gates of the Merimbula Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) on Saturday (May 25). This is a rare opportunity to take an inside look at one of Council's ten sewage treatment plants...
Winter swimming, “It keeps me alive!” – 82 year old Dick Rogers
Health & Wellbeing
As the May sun rises, barely lighting the sands of Tathra, several swimmers slip into the sea while a solitary SUP boarder paddles through silvery waters. This morning there’s also a bright gibbous moon shining through the pines. It is 11 degrees, but that doesn’t stop these ocean-going-swimmers. This morning at Tathra there’s a lone swimmer at 6:30 am, then two...
More eyes on illegal fishing lead to more busts – Eden, Merimbula, Batemans Bay singled out
News
Reports of illegal fishing from the community are leading to more fines being issued and more offenders facing court, with Eden, Merimbula, and Batemans Bay singled out as 'hot spots'. There were 20 locations where NSW DPI fisheries officers found most offences occurring during the year-long ‘Operation Small Fry’. NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) Director of Fisheries Compliance,...
CatBibs take natives off moggy’s menu in the Eurobodalla
Environment
Cat owners in the Eurobodalla are being encouraged to use a 'CatBib' as part of the region's push to protect native wildlife. Council says CatBibs are scientifically proven to stop more than 80 percent of cats from catching birds and have been found to cut the hunting of small-animals by almost half. Local wildlife carer Sandy Collins says the CatBib...
Mike Kelly & Fiona Phillips – “being in opposition won’t stop our agenda.”
News
Six years of local campaigning has paid off for Fiona Phillips with one of Australia's most marginal seats turning red with a 2.5% swing to Labor at Saturday's rollercoaster federal election. "We had a sitting member that was retiring and candidates for the Coalition that had been brought in for the election, and I think people saw through that," Ms...
Climate change worry not going away any time soon
Community
The incoming president of Goulburn’s climate change action group is not interested in talking to climate change deniers; instead, expansion will come from connecting with like-minded people and organizations locally and regionally. “It’s about connecting the dots and combining with these like-minded people and groups so we aren’t insular and that people know we exist,” The Goulburn Group (TGG) President...
SMART drumline trial snags 16 sharks at Tathra, Merimbula, Pambula. Uni researchers to visit and gauage community views
News
The NSW Government says its SMART drumlines trial in the waters off Tathra, Merimbula, Pambula and other parts of the NSW coastline has proved to be a success but further analysis is needed before any decision on the future of the program is taken. Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall says the SMART (Shark-Management Alert-in-Real-Time) drumline trials have helped reduce the...
Winter wildlife warning and advice for Snowy Monaro drivers
News
Drivers are being urged to slow down to avoid collisions with wildlife as daylight hours shrink and winter approaches. LAOKO (Looking After Our Kosciuszko Orphans – Snowy Mountains Rescue) president Brendan Diacono, says winter is the busiest time for the wildlife rescue group. Mr Diacono says shorter days and increased winter visitors causes havoc on Snowy Monaro roads. "As soon...
The plight of at risk islanders raised at Gilmore candidates forum
News
The human face of the climate emergency many feel as election day approaches was a feature of the Gilmore Meet the Candidates Forum held in Batemans Bay this week. Organised by four local environment groups under the banner of Climate Action Gilmore, six of the seven Gilmore candidates were invited. Independent Grant Schultz was an apology due to a previous commitment, Liberal Warren Mundine...
Two birds, a small frog and two rare orchids listed as critically endangered in ACT
News
A small yellow-and-black-striped frog, two birds known for their beautiful colouring and two species of rare orchids only found in the ACT have been listed as ‘critically endangered’ on the ACT Threatened Native Species List. Northern Corroboree Frogs, Swift Parrots, Regent Honeyeaters, Canberra Spider Orchids and Brindabella Midge Orchids have all had their status upgraded on the ACT list to...
Marine Science Forum promises an ocean of images – May 25, Merimbula
Environment
Head to Merimbula on May 25 and immerse yourself in a sea of images, films, and information about our beautiful sapphire oceans, at the 10th Annual Marine Science Forum. Presented by Eden's Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre, this year the Forum showcases a 'school' of marine and ocean photographers, filmmakers as well as the technologies that help them capture their...
Eurobodalla flying-foxes head north for winter
News
Flying-fox numbers in the Eurobodalla and falling as the region turns towards the shorter days and colder temperatures of winter. Eurobodalla Shire Council’s regular monitoring of the five local Grey-headed Flying-fox camps shows declining numbers typical for this time of year. Council’s Manager of Environmental Services Deb Lenson says flying-foxes are migrating north in search of food and warmer conditions....
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