New book explores our thinking about waste
Environment
Queanbeyan’s Gerry Gillespie wants you to change your thinking about waste. “The only place waste exists in any natural system is between human ears," he says. "Waste is a concept; it is not a fact. Through misuse of language, it has colonised the human mind with a base deception.” On Wednesday, 28 October, Gerry will hold a virtual launch of...
Worms are your new best friends
Community
Eurobodalla Shire Council is encouraging residents to adopt worms as 'pets' to turn kitchen scraps into natural garden fertiliser. Council's waste minimisation officer Adam Patyus said worms are quiet, don't smell and are ideal pets for people with limited space. And the good news, he said, is that council is getting right behind anyone wanting to learn how to provide...
Farmers and landholders urged to use free weed control
Environment
Rural landowners are being urged to take advantage of free weed control from Eurobodalla Shire Council to eradicate weeds such as blackberry, Crofton weed, bitou bush, African boxthorn, African lovegrass and lantana. The weed control initiative is funded by the Federal Government under the Communities Combating Pest and Weed Impacts During Drought Program. Eurobodalla Shire Council invasive species officer Mitchell...
It’s Schoolies Week for insects and it’s likely to last for months
Environment
The annual Aussie salute is in full swing around the region, with flies and mosquitoes heralding the return of the warmer months with their distinctive buzz. Despite their important ecological role, there aren't too many of us who welcome the return of these pesky little blighters – and this year they seem to be more prolific than ever. However, Dr David...
Andrew Constance says climate change responsible for extreme bushfires
News
NSW Minister for Transport and Roads, and Member for Bega, Andrew Constance has acknowledged the role of climate change during the Black Summer bushfires, which has been welcomed by environmental groups across the Bega Valley and Eurobodalla shires. Mr Constance made the remarks in an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald on 13 October. After living through the past summer's...
Bega Valley clean up continues as residents remain without running water
News
More than nine months after the Black Summer bushfires ravaged Bega Valley, in southeast NSW, repair works are still underway. A team of 50 volunteers is hoping to install new pipes to restore running water for up to 10 residents in the community of Kiah, who have been without it since the bushfires. The project, led by Connecting Communities Australia, is...
Convoy of Hope delivers 500 plants from TAFE NSW horticulture students
Community
Padstow NSW TAFE horticulture students have donated 500 plants to help regrow fire-affected South Coast communities after the Black Summer bushfires. The Sydney-based students propagated and maintained the native plants as part of their studies and donated them to not-for-profit Convoy of Hope's Regrow project. Sutherland Shire local, Colvin Cashman, is studying for his Certificate III in Horticulture and said...
Frogs the surprise survivors of Black Summer bushfires
Environment
When we returned to our bushfire-ravaged rural home at Malua Bay, on the NSW South Coast, on New Year's Day, the last thing we expected to find were tiny green survivors in the blackened ruins of our garden. The only patch of colour was an old rhubarb plant, and tucked right at the base of its shrivelled leaves were tiny...
Post-bushfire weed control underway at Moruya
Environment
South East Local Land Services and local land managers are targeting weed control in support of the post-bushfire recovery of local landscapes. Supported by the Australian Government’s Wildlife and Habitat Bushfire Recovery Program, Local Land Services has funding available to improve native vegetation in areas affected by bushfire. Work can include weed management, revegetation and fencing to exclude stock in burnt...
Work to begin on sewage treatment plant at Potato Point
News
All properties in the community of Potato Point, on the NSW South Coast, will be connected to town sewer services to replace existing septic tanks and significantly reduce the risk of environmental harm by late next year. Eurobodalla Shire Council has awarded the contract to construct the first stage of the sewerage plant to Fewster Brothers Contracting. The first stage of...
Bredbo rescues a koala named John
News
A koala found in a street tree at the front of Bicentennial Park in the centre of Bredbo has been rescued both from the dangers of the Monaro Highway and aggressive magpies. The koala is one of several found in Bredbo in recent years. James Fitzgerald from Two Thumbs Wildlife Trust was called by Bredbo Inn publican Matt Thomas after patrons...
Jindabyne woman collects 760kg of rubbish along roads since April
Community
A Jindabyne woman has collected more than 760kg of rubbish along 6km of road from her house to town since she began going for regular walks and runs during the COVID-19 lockdown. And that doesn't include the steel, cans and bottles she has recycled. Petra Richter says she's not out to blame anyone, but if we all went walking and...
Bega students for climate action come back stronger than ever post-COVID-19
Community
They've been striking against climate change for more than three years, are pretty good at making protest signs and they do it in all weather – they are Bega's Youth Action and Regeneration (YAR) group. "We've put up about 300 flyers on cars and around town," says Amalia-Grace Thompson on Thursday, 24 September, the day before the group joins School Strike 4...
Warning over cowpea aphids for farmers grazing lucerne
Environment
A warning has been issued to farmers in the Monaro region to check their animals and lucerne plants following numerous reports of severe photosensitisation in ewes and lambs last week. Cowpea aphids that contain a photodynamic fluorescent pigment are responsible for the photosensitisation, which can cause toxic effects in stock exposed to the plants they are feeding on. While commonly...
Could kelp farming create jobs on the South Coast?
Environment
There's a long history of harvesting kelp manually on the NSW South Coast - a tradition started by Betty Long in 1970. As owner of the business Sea Health, Betty earned the title of "The Kelp Lady". Betty sold the business to Jo Lane in 2015, and it now looks set to pioneer a sustainable kelp farming industry on the...
Illegal dumping costs Hilltops resident thousands
News
A $7 tip fee could have saved one Hilltops resident thousands of dollars as the local council proved it is seriously cracking down on the dumping of illegal waste. Living up to the tenet of the ACT/NSW Cross Border Illegal Waste Dumping Action Project, which was launched in 2014, Hilltops Council moved quickly to shut down illegal activities taking place...
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