Environment

Campaigners stumped by alleged breach in Mogo State Forest
Environment
Campaigners from the Nature Conservation Council and Friends of Mogo Forest are calling on the Forestry Corporation of NSW to explain an alleged breach of its own regulations after a large tree was logged contravening the corporation's own rules. The recent logging operation in the Mogo State Forest has now come under fire by the campaigners who say the corporation...
Eurobodalla residents offer passion and expertise to develop urgent climate solutions
Community
In an effort to bring climate change solutions to the top of the list of priorities for the next Eurobodalla Shire Council, more than 100 shire residents representing 42 community groups brought their passion, skills and expertise to a Eurobodalla community forum designed to consider the climate issues facing the region. The participants from a wide range of fields – from farmers to artists,...
Thousands of spiders blanket rural NSW with their webs
News
Just when you thought life Down Under couldn't get any crazier with flies and mozzies, millipedes and mice invading our homes in plague proportions in 2021, now spiders are in the limelight. It's almost biblical. If you've noticed more of our eight-legged friends – or foes, depending on your arachnophobic fear level – and their webs around the house, you're not alone. Recent...
Bats make a flying visit to revamped Batemans Bay Water Garden
Environment
After an 11-month hiatus, grey-headed flying foxes briefly returned to Batemans Bay Water Garden this month. The flying fox camp at the garden had been occupied by the creatures each summer and autumn since they were first recorded there in 2012. However, in April 2020, the bats vacated the camp and did not return until late April this year. Eurobodalla...
How they’re restoring the timber forests, one tree at a time
Environment
If you’re lamenting the loss of forests to bushfires in recent years, spare a thought for Matt Stone from MKS Forestry Contracting, who has 7.5 million cypress pines to plant during the next three years. The fact the prime tree planting time east and west of the Snowy Mountains is winter, makes the task more onerous because he lacks a...
Why you should share your pad with a python
Environment
Snakes have been getting a bad rap since Adam was a boy, but one South Coast man reckons we should all be open to taking in a scaly lodger for the winter. Brendan Smith, aka the Eurobodalla Snake Catcher, says the region's diamond pythons have had it tough of late and it's time to show a little kindness to these...
Prepare your senses for a very special play space for all ages
Community
After its sensory garden was destroyed by bushfires last year, the Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden has secured a significant grant to rebuild. The new garden will delight all of the senses, including that of adventure said Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden manager Michael Anlezark. A total of $511 492 has been secured for the garden through the NSW Government's  Everyone Can...
Deep dive marks the start of Tathra Wharf project
News
A multi-million dollar project to restore, revitalise and fortify an historic wharf on the Far South Coast has taken a major step forward with divers conducting deep water structural inspections and assessments. Constructed in 1862, the iconic Tathra Wharf is one of the few remaining coastal deep water wharves of the coastal shipping era and findings from the dives will...
Bungonia and Tarago residents kick up a stink over waste-to-electricity incinerators
News
Residents opposing waste-to-energy facilities in the regional villages of Tarago and Bungonia, near Goulburn, say they shouldn't be dumped with Sydney's rubbish. The proposed $600 million facilities will be capable of burning 710,000 tonnes of waste sourced locally, and from Sydney and Canberra, each year. That's enough to fill more than 300 Olympic-size swimming pools. Jerrara Power intends to build...
Platypus death a stark reminder of the species’ fight for survival
Environment
The shocking drowning death of a male platypus in Lake Jindabyne last week has struck a sympathetic chord on social media, but a far greater groundswell of support and action at all levels is needed to save the species. At least that’s the message coming from researchers and conservationists after a tumultuous year where diminishing populations of the docile freshwater-dwelling...
From May Gibbs to grazing cattle, elegant kurrajongs are firm favourites
Environment
I liked kurrajongs before I ever came east and saw them. Like generations of Australian children, I grew up with May Gibbs’ Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, which featured, among so many bush curiosities, kurrajong seedpod boats. I was rapt when I first held one in my adult hand – quite likely on Mount Majura, though I can’t be sure – and...
Deadly bird disease taking its toll on the South Coast
Environment
Well-meaning animal lovers may inadvertently be causing an increase in bird mortality along the NSW South Coast. Rainbow lorikeets, well known for their lack of social distancing and cheeky natures, are most at risk with reports of more than 140 being found dead in the region stretching from Nowra down to Moruya during the past few months. Wildlife rescue group...
Plea to anglers after fishing line claims the life of platypus near Lake Jindabyne
News
A male platypus entangled in a fishing line has died near Lake Jindabyne in the NSW Snowy Mountains. Australian Alps National Parks found the egg-laying mammal on the Thredbo River outflow into Lake Jindabyne on Tuesday, 27 April, with the line still lodged in its mouth. The organisation that helps to manage the national parks in the Australian Alps said...
Warm weather brings out the mozzies, but chooks are ready on the disease frontline
Health & Wellbeing
It might not seem the time for it, but mosquitos aren’t paying much attention to the cold fronts passing through Southern NSW as they enjoy a mid-autumn hatching period. However, a clutch of Riverina chickens are providing frontline detection services for the scourge of mozzie-borne diseases. Inches of rain, warm days and puddles of stagnant water are providing a delightful...
Rowena’s monarch butterfly obsession takes flight
Environment
For Rowena Algar-Magee, monarch butterflies are intrinsically linked with her childhood. Growing up in New Zealand, a milkweed plant stood outside her home's front door and most days Rowena could spot a caterpillar, chrysalis or butterfly enjoying its shelter, sap, leaves or nectar. "It was all just part and parcel of our childhood," she recalls. But as an adult living...
Pambula flood planning in council’s sights
Environment
Recent heavy rain on the NSW Far South Coast has only served to highlight the need for better planning to reduce the impact of future floods, according to Bega Valley Shire Council. Council is currently seeking input from the local community on its draft flood study findings for the catchment areas of the Pambula River, Pambula Lake and Yowaka River,...
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