Animal Liberation group launches in Batemans Bay
News
Following recent concern around Australia about the treatment of horses at the end of their career, a number of Batemans Bay residents have joined together to form an affiliate group of Animal Liberation NSW - Animal Liberation Batemans Bay. The new group aims to be pro-active in the community in various ways such as holding street stalls, talking to the...
Ocean outfall decision questioned, council confident of end result
News
Last week's meeting of Bega Valley Shire Council unanimously approved the location of a 2.6 km ocean outfall in Merimbula Bay. There was a sense of councillors not really having too much choice as plans for the Merimbula Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) upgrade advance. A number of times during the discussion and in previous communication around the project, Council has...
In the long dry, another pump taps into Murrumbidgee River
Community
One of the most ecologically damaged rivers in the Murray Darling Basin (MDB), the Murrumbidgee River, will be drawn on again to provide water security for Boorowa, north-west of Canberra. At a time when population growth and climate change are expected to put more pressure on rivers, a scoping study is investigating a new bulk water supply pipeline on the...
Summer price rise for Bega Cheese suppliers but future not secure
News
Along with the water in our dams and rivers, Australia's milk pool is dwindling, leaving processors like Bega Cheese in the position of having to pay more in an increasingly competitive market. "The price for milk fluctuates throughout the year," explains fifth-generation Bega dairy farmer Rob Russell "so we usually get paid more over winter when it's considered harder to...
Want to know more about local koalas? Tanja on Wednesday is the place to be
Environment
Wondering how the Far South Coast's fledging koala population is going? A workshop tomorrow, November 6 at Tanja is a good place to get answers and join the conservation effort. "There was a koala sighting on Doctor George Mountain Road about two months ago," says National Parks Threatened Species officer, Chris Allen, who has been studying koalas for about 25...
“They will honour my legacy and do it proud” – Sally Padey, Mogo Zoo
News
Mogo Zoo without Sally Padey?! At the end of this month that will be a reality. It's something Sally herself is coming to terms with. "The sound of the lions roaring, it just resonates right into your soul - I am going to miss that so much," Sally told ABC South East NSW. Aside from being Sally's home for the...
Bega Valley draft climate resilience strategy open for comment now
News
The highly anticipated and widely debated Bega Valley Shire Council draft Climate Change Resilience Strategy 2050 is available now and is open for public comment until December 15. The draft document is not exhaustive but is not supposed to be at this stage, council’s Director of Community, Environment and Planning, Dr Alice Howe, says. "The strategy is currently a high-level...
Another face of the drought, native animals starving and abandoned
News
The region's drought is evident on many local faces, but increasingly so on the faces of underweight abandoned Eastern Grey Kangaroo joeys being found across the Snowy Mountains, as the effects of these dry times deepen. Malnourished, abandoned joeys are being handed into the Snowy Mountains Wildlife Rescue group (LAOKO) in growing numbers over the past few months. Kelly McMahon,...
Avoid travel apathy! Connect to a local private tour guide
Business
Another bus, another monument, another sightseeing destination crammed with gawkers looking to selfie their way to a social media frenzy... yawn. The good news is, you don’t have to succumb to another boring fact recited by an underwhelming wannabe actor masquerading as a tour guide. Instead, you can use a private guide to avoid travel apathy – here are 7...
Rain forecast for South East NSW, but wash the car just to make sure!
News
If you believe that the ritual of hanging out your washing or washing your car will bring rain, then you probably need to do those chores now! Just to make sure the forecast rain this weekend really does arrive. A large band of rain is sweeping through much of the southern half of Australia, with the Canberra and South East NSW...
Native Monaro grasses – part of a dry farming future
Environment
Native grasses are a key component in building a sustainable farming future according to one of the region's expert land managers. David Eddy, Senior Land Services Officer with South East Local Land Services has been mesmerised by big open spaces since his days bushwalking and camping as a boy with his nature-loving, country raised parents. "It seemed to me that native...
Merimbula’s ocean outfall seen as best option for this time
News
Bega Valley Shire Councillors have approved the location of Merimbula's new ocean outfall with a real sense of not really having too much choice. All spoke of their desire to see more of the treated effluent reused in the environment and community rather than dumped at sea but also of being directed by the NSW Government to build an ocean...
Rotary and Renewables return for 2019 Narooma Energy Expo – Saturday
Environment
Narooma Rotary have news for anyone who thinks Rotary clubs are all sausage sizzles and kneesocks. "We're not a bunch of fuddy-duddy's," laughs Rotary vice-president Laurelle Pacey. The club is once again organising the Narooma Renewable Energy Expo, a day which centres on the antithesis of fuddy-duddy -  groundbreaking and fast-moving renewable energy technology, which will save you money on power...
Kathleen’s Bega Valley Tiny House Adventure – part 1
Community
It all began with a friend who was totally besotted with the trend of tiny home designs. The popular Youtube/TV series - Living Big in a Tiny Home, was feeding his addiction, soon I was watching and dreaming as well. The dye was cast and now I am on my own tiny house journey. Most of my peers are middle-aged...
Far South Coast communities well placed for future-proofing in a warming world
Environment
The Far South Coast can be resilient against the worst effects of climate change if residents and community groups act now to future-proof, Brogo architect and psychologist John James said. Speaking at a presentation hosted by Narooma Rotary, Mr James, a historian who has studied the science of our changing time for four decades, said community-led action was needed to...
“There is a lot that government could be doing that they are not” – Bega Valley dairy farmer Phil Ryan
News
Sitting in Phil Ryan's mostly empty hay shed at Toothdale, south-west of Bega, I get a sense of the real impact the drought is having and what's needed to set dairy farmers like Phil up for a sustainable future. "It can be tough, I've seen a psychologist a couple of times, there was a time where I shut down and...
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