Funding for mange treatment program for coastal wombats
Community
Federal funding through the Communities Environment Program has been provided to WIRES Mid South Coast Branch to implement a wombat mange treatment program across the Eurobodalla Shire. Federal MP and Member for Gilmore Fiona Phillips was in Moruya on Tuesday to meet WIRES volunteer Tony de la Fosse, WIRES specialist carer Nelda Paterson and little Neddie the wombat. “The South...
RFS: “We don’t want to discourage people from using fire as a management tool”
News
It's the season for burning off and many people living in bushfire-affected communities are weighing up the benefits of reducing fuel load with the risk of starting an uncontrollable fire. Bega Valley Shire Council has asked residents to comment on a new draft of their Burning Off in Open Areas Policy, which aims to streamline the process of seeking council...
Funding flows for South Coast waterways
Environment
The NSW Government will give the Eurobodalla Shire Council $1.1 million over three years to mitigate the impact of bushfires on coastal waterways. The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment's Coastal and Estuary Grant Program will fund sediment and erosion control measures to protect estuary health, weed control and strategic revegetation on public land, working with private landholders. A further...
Time is up for Braidwood’s historic poplar avenues
Community
The longstanding saga of Braidwood’s historic highway entry lined with golden and Lombardy poplar trees is progressing to the next stage. Last week, Transport for NSW emailed some residents with plans to replace the ageing poplars with new saplings. The poplars have been deemed a roadside hazard because they are too close to the highway, and there have been several...
Cobargo bands together to rebuild sustainable, fire-resistant homes
Community
People who have lost homes to bushfire this year are now facing a ticking time bomb. Most insurance companies cover rent for a year of temporary housing, starting from the day of the fire, but five months of that year has already passed and many sites are only now being cleared of debris, leaving a shrinking window for rebuilding. A group...
Riders and shooters to face off in Victorian Alps as horse lovers mount rescue mission
News
UPDATED, 11 PM: An application for an injunction preventing the Victorian Government from shooting any brumbies in the Victorian Alpine Country has now been filed in the Supreme Court of Victoria. This injunction application will now be heard on Monday (May 18) at 10.30 am May 17, 8 pm: It's a showdown with all the markings of Banjo Patterson's colt from...
Farmers call for more climate action following half-a-billion bushfire boost
Environment
Climate-resilient projects must be the focus of bushfire recovery efforts if clean-up and restoration measures are to be "truly effective", the Farmers for Climate Action collective has said. The not-for-profit community group has welcomed the Federal Government's $448.5 million funding boost for local government areas (LGA) to create region-specific economic recovery programs, but warned that regional Australia must be better...
Free sewer checks for bushfire-affected properties
Environment
Eurobodalla Shire Council is offering free onsite sewerage management (OSSM) system checks for bushfire-affected residents with septic tanks, aerated wastewater treatment systems or composting systems. Council's environmental health technical officer, Jonathan Trotman, is visiting homes impacted by the past summer's bushfires, inspecting systems to determine whether they have been damaged by fire. The main priority is homes that remain in...
Online bushfire regeneration courses helping communities get back on their feet
Environment
While bushfire recovery efforts have seemingly been put on the backburner and disappeared from public view courtesy of the COVID-19 pandemic, fee-free online courses are helping affected communities take rehabilitation and regeneration efforts into their own hands. A Statement of Attainment in Bush Regeneration is being offered for free to bushfire-affected communities through TAFE Digital in a bid to assist...
Citizen scientists catch cane toad in Catalina creek
Environment
The Benjamin family of Catalina, in Batemans Bay, played a very valuable role as citizen scientists when they identified and trapped a cane toad in the creek behind their home in February. The Eurobodalla Shire Council's invasive species coordinator, Paul Martin, was called in. He brought a professional frog expert with him after the Benjamin family heard the cane toad...
WIRES heat-sensing drone detects animals returning to burnt bush
Environment
It was a heck of a summer for WIRES as the NSW volunteer wildlife rescue organisation, which has always operated on a shoestring budget, was called to respond to statewide bushfires on a scale no-one had seen before. It was also the summer when WIRES gained international recognition after former US president Barack Obama tweeted during the bushfires, asking the world...
Landcare announces grants for bushfire affected local groups
News
Fire affected communities will receive the majority of Landcare Australia's bushfire recovery grants in the current round of funding to help with rehabilitation of waterways, bushland and wildlife. Deua Rivercare's Deua River Post Fire Recovery project will receive $14,900 to establish sediment entering the river in southeast NSW. Using funds from Landcare Australia, environmental group Deua Rivercare will work with local...
How can animals help reduce bushfire risk?
Environment
While animals were severely impacted by the destruction of the past summer's bushfires, a new study led by the Australian National University (ANU) has found that fauna may be an untapped resource to help manage bushland fuel loads. The study has found that animals act as 'ecosystem engineers' to directly or indirectly modify the availability of resources to other organisms. Lead author...
“Why can’t we sue the government for not keeping us safe?” Bushfire survivors take NSW EPA to court
Environment
Bushfire Survivors for Climate Action, a national group which has its origins in the Bega Valley, has announced it is suing the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) for failure to act on climate change. "We approached the NSW EPA last year and said we had noticed they don't have a specific climate change policy," says Jo Dodds, president of Bushfire Survivors...
Dogs allowed on ‘timeshare’ beaches from 1 May
Community
Eurobodalla Shire Council has announced dogs will be allowed 24/7 access to designated 'timeshare' beaches from 1 May until 1 November. For the next six months, the off-season timesharing conditions will be in effect at designated dog exercise areas. Dogs will be allowed on timeshare beaches – on or off-leash – at all times under the care and control of...
Bega Valley Shire Council opens public consultation on burning off in open areas
Environment
Bega Valley Shire Council is calling for comments and suggestions on a draft policy that will attempt to streamline the approval process for burning dry vegetation, also known as pile burning. The draft of the Burning off in Open Areas Policy is open for public feedback until 31 May, 2020 on the Bega Valley Shire Council website. Due to COVID-19...
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