Dangerous conditions on Clyde Mountain as Kings Highway remains closed
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Increased fire activity on the Clyde Mountain continues to make conditions dangerous, with police saying the Kings Highway will remain closed for the foreseeable future. The Currowan bushfire continues to burn north of the highway and is again at an emergency level as of 12:30 pm on Thursday (19 December). "There is still active fire in the areas around Benandarah,...
Acting PM flies into Merimbula climate protest
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Acting Prime Minister, Michael McCormack flew into a loud and passionate climate protest under skies thick with bush fire smoke at Merimbula today. There to open the new terminal building at Merimbula Airport, with Bega Valley Shire Mayor Kristy McBain and State MP Andrew Constance, the Nationals leader was mobbed, heckled and questioned by around 40 protesters. Shortly into his...
Future land use up for discussion in Bega Valley
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Two important draft land use strategies are currently on public exhibition; summer reading for residents of Bega Valley Shire Council. Council says, the draft Residential and Commercial Land Strategies works towards the community’s vision outlined in the Bega Valley Shire Community Strategic Plan 2040 and the South East and Tablelands Regional Plan 2036, and once adopted will inform the Bega Valley...
Use super funds to upgrade grid for renewables: Flanery
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Southern NSW hydro and solar power operator Tony Flanery says the Australian Government should use superannuation funds to pay for upgrading the national grid for renewable energy. Australia’s aging transmission system is, according to many in the energy industry, holding back cheaper renewable sources. The Australian Energy Market Operator says the quick rise of renewables will need billions of dollars...
Brace yourself for more extreme heat, smoke and stress this week
Health & Wellbeing
Australia is being hit by the double whammy of extreme heat and bushfire smoke prompting renewed health alerts for the days ahead. Added to this is the seasonal stress of Christmas and the prospect of holidays being disrupted due to bushfire. Even if you are not directly affected by fires, there may be stress from knowing people who are, as...
NSW says it will cut feral horse numbers after survey shows runaway growth
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NSW says it will reduce the number of feral horses in Kosciuszko National Park after a new survey revealed an explosion in numbers that is alarming environmentalists and the ACT Government, concerned at the threat to habitat and the water catchment. The 2019 Australian Alps feral horse aerial survey shows that feral horses have more than doubled in numbers over the past...
Batemans Marine Park changes labeled as reckless and unfounded
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Conservation groups are outraged at the relaxation of rules within the protected waters of the Batemans Marine Park. Member for Bega, Andrew Constance and NSW Agriculture Minister, Adam Marshall last week announced that five sites had been identified for increased access prior to the summer school holidays – Brou Lake (South), Clarks Bay (Freshwater Bay), Forsters Bay, Montague Island (East and...
Water woes for Braidwood and beyond as drought dries up Shoalhaven River
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Level three water restrictions are now in place for Braidwood as the ongoing drought sucks the upper Shoalhaven River dry. Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council says Braidwood's reservoir has dropped significantly, leaving the town with just several months of water supply. For the Braidwood district, fighting the North Black Range Bushfire for the last two weeks, many rural residents have been left...
Water worries prompt suspension of road grading around Braidwood and Bungendore
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With a hot dry summer forecast, bushfires ravaging the landscape and rivers across the south-east of NSW slowing to a trickle, or ceasing to flow altogether, Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council (QPRC) has announced it will suspend grading on some of QPRC's 750 km of unsealed roads. Bungendore and Braidwood have been placed on Level 1 and Level 2 water restrictions respectively,...
Eurobodalla – fertile for a flourishing food economy
Food & Wine
Realising Eurobodalla’s potential for a thriving local food economy depends on three things beyond desperately needed rain – cognisance, culinary creativity and cutting old habits. As bushfires force the intermittent closure of highways from Canberra and Sydney, regional communities are contemplating the drawbacks of a centralised food distribution system. Fraser Bayley and Kirsti Wilkinson of Old Mill Road BioFarm say...
Fire threat may close entire Namadgi National Park before Christmas
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The entire Namadgi National Park may be closed before Christmas if the current dry conditions continue. This was the opinion of ACT Conservator of Flora and Fauna Ian Walker who on Thursday (12 December) closed the Bimberi Wilderness area due to significant fire risk in remote regions of the Namadgi National Park. The closure will remain in place until the end of...
Batemans Marine Park rules relaxed to allow for more rec fishing
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New fishing areas are being opened up within the protected waters of the Batemans Marine Park ahead of the school holidays as part of a plan the NSW Government says will give recreational fishers more options to drop a line and snag a fish. Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall was in the Narooma yesterday to announce the five new fishing...
No Bega Valley water restrictions for now
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Despite the wide brown land it resides in, Bega Valley Shire Council has voted not to impose water restrictions, pointing to the relatively strong position the region finds itself in. The recommendation before Councillors McBain, Tapscott, Dodds, Griff, Allen, Fitzpatrick, Bain, Nadin and Seckold originally pointed to temporary level 1 water restrictions for Bemboka village, instead, a motion from Cobargo's Tony...
Forest groups call for halt to logging as drought and bushfire crisis builds
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Forest conservation groups around New South Wales are calling for a moratorium on logging operations until the impacts of drought and bushfires are assessed and addressed. Nine organisations have written to NSW Premier Gladys Berjejiklian including South East Region Conservation Alliance (SERCA). The letter asks for a halt to all logging in public native forests in order to mitigate habitat losses...
Level 3 water restrictions for Bombala, Delegate, Nimmitabel
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Dry times continue to bite in Southern New South Wales with Snowy Monaro Regional Council flagging level 3 water restrictions for residents in Bombala, Delegate and Nimmitabel from this Saturday and asking the rest of the region to be extra water-wise. "Due to the prolonged dry weather conditions, flows to the Coolumbooka River, Delegate River and Lake Wallace Dam have decreased,"...
Dealing with the fifth season: bushfires in Australia
Community
Yes, there is a fifth season in Australia. Hard to pin down, it can commence in August and can run into March. It's bushfire season, and it has its own set of particulars and character: dry conditions, loads of leaf litter and fuel, little rain, strong winds. Anytime from August onwards, during a dry spell, people start to get twitchy;...
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