Environment

520 kg waste diverted from landfill: Bega volunteers have sustainability in the bag
Community
On the NSW South Coast, it looks like they have the notion of perfect recycling in the bag - literally. Using an idea developed in Queensland, Bega woman Dorte Planert and her small band of helpers are making Boomerang Bags. Boomerang Bags are made by volunteers from fabrics otherwise destined for landfill. Today the grassroots environmental movement operates in more...
Zookeeper Chad’s orphaned lioness united with brother at Mogo Wildlife Park
Community
With some gentle sniffing and a ferocious roar Phoenix and Maji - feline siblings born a year apart - were united in the same enclosure for the first time at Mogo Wildlife Park. Described as the "darlings of the region" the lions have captured the hearts of the South Coast and seeing them together at last has been a long...
Be alert but not alarmed: wombats on the move down south
Environment
In her role caring for wombats and other animals as part of Wildlife Rescue South Coast, Danie Ondinea has recently noticed a curious trend. People are increasingly calling rescue groups like hers down the coast, particularly Bermagui, reporting wombats around their homes and places they've never spotted before. Danie believes recent torrential rain may have caused their burrows to flood and...
Starving flying-foxes lured to toxic Cocos palm fruit as rain destroys native blossom
Community
Starving grey-headed flying foxes are dying in droves after eating the toxic fruit of Cocos palms. Far South Coast residents can do their bit to reduce the number of animals being poisoned by removing the fruit from palm trees in their gardens as soon as the flowers appear. Wildlife Rescue South Coast flying fox coordinator Janine Davies says recent heavy...
Fight to improve Eurobodalla’s communication infrastructure ramps up ahead of federal election
News
A South Coast business group said governments cannot allow telecommunications loss like that caused by the Black Summer fires to occur again amid a push to improve Eurobodalla infrastructure resilience ahead of the federal election. Last year, Eurobodalla Shire Council called on the NSW Government to take action to protect infrastructure on Mount Wandera near Moruya, which transmits to police...
Australia Rock lookout in Narooma closed due to rockslide
Community
The viewing platform at Narooma's popular tourist attraction Australia Rock has been closed due to a rockslide. A section under the platform collapsed after the recent wet weather drenched the coast and on Tuesday (12 April) Eurobodalla Shire Council fenced off the site. A council spokesperson said an urgent geo-tech review of the site was being arranged. "This review will...
Mystery of Nelsons Beach shipwreck and its puzzling cargo re-emerges from sands of time
Community
A nearly 200-year-old shipwreck shrouded in mystery recently re-emerged from its sandy grave on a Far South Coast beach. One of many wrecks littering that wild and remote coastline, it is surrounded by questions. The wreck on Nelsons Beach, just north of Tathra, was first reported bottom-up and loaded with cedar logs in 1859 by the captain of the SS...
Southern Blowering opens, state forest fire bans lifted in Riverina ahead of Easter
Environment
It took 28 months to turn the corner but from today cars can return to the southern end of Blowering Dam, just in time for Easter. From Thursday (14 April) visitors and residents can also access between Batlow and Talbingo, Forestry NSW stewardship and fire manager Charlie Taylor said. Millions of dollars have been spent repatriating the popular recreational reserve...
Bega gardener helps cultivate new seed savers group in Snowy Monaro
Community
Whether you've got green thumbs or a love of gardening and tasty vegetables, there's many reasons to get involved in seed saving - and a new community initiative will help people in the Snowy Monaro do just that. The Snowy Monaro Seed Savers aims to bring together local gardeners to build seed libraries across its region. "Much like the popular...
Environment in the spotlight as council seeks ideas for Eurobodalla biodiversity strategy
Environment
In an effort to preserve the shire's biodiversity, Eurobodalla residents are being asked which parts of the natural landscape are most important to them. As the human population grows, Eurobodalla Shire Council is seeking input into how the region's natural environment can be preserved and enhanced for the future. Are there opportunities for habitat restoration within urban areas? Should there be...
Big seas put Eurobodalla’s coastal hazard planning to the test
News
The battering the Eurobodalla's coastline took in recent big seas shows the shire’s coastal planning program is on the right track, according to Eurobodalla Shire Council. A swell of up to 7 m lashed the coast last weekend, overtopping car parks and roads and pounding beachside dunes. "Thankfully there was no major damage to council-managed infrastructure," a council spokesperson said,...
Councils should take charge on climate change says Wagga climate groups
Environment
It's often an issue reserved for the upper levels of government, but climate-focused groups in Wagga Wagga believe their local council should be doing more to support the community reaching net-zero emissions. Climate Rescue of Wagga Wagga Inc (CROW), Climate Action Wagga (CAW) and Wagga Wagga Fridays for Future called for Wagga Wagga City Council to "ambitiously support community net-zero emissions"...
Communities ‘bear brunt’ of climate disasters, councillors across Australia call for federal action
Community
Communities like the Eurobodalla have been hard-hit by natural disasters and local government leaders across the nation are now demanding that the federal government should take action. Thirty-one mayors and councillors across Australia, including from some of the country's most flood-damaged regions, have joined up to call on the federal government to do more to protect communities from tragic and costly extreme...
Two-week forest festival will celebrate all things green at Eurobodalla’s botanic gardens
Community
Did you know that spending time around trees is good for your mental health? For instance, a 2018 study from Japan found even short walks through the forest reduced feelings of depression and anxiety in people and improved positive moods. Well, nature-lovers in need of zen vibes will have the chance to put this claim to the test at a two-week...
Forestry Corporation fined $45,000 for felling habitat trees in Mogo State Forest
News
Forestry Corporation has been fined $45,000 for felling habitat trees in Mogo State Forest, but the corporation says since the Black Summer bushfires it has adopted environmental safeguards that go above what is required by law. A NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) spokesperson said the alleged offences in Mogo occurred in 2020 and its investigation continued through last year. Hollow...
Eateries, schools and community to help reduce food waste in the Eurobodalla
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Hospitality businesses typically throw out about 30 per cent of their purchased food. Now eateries, schools and community groups on the South Coast, now have an opportunity to do their bit to reduce the amount of food waste going into landfill. Free on-site composting, worm farms, bokashi fermentation or bucket collection food waste recycling schemes are on offer for businesses,...
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