Environment

Lake Light Sculpture attracts over 20,000 people to Jindabyne
Arts & Culture
Over the Easter weekend, Lake Jindabyne provided a stunning natural backdrop for sculpture with the 17th Lake Light Sculpture exhibition welcoming over 20,000 visitors. Like Bondi’s famous Sculpture by the Sea and the more recent Sculpture by the Sea Cottesloe (WA), people have voted with their feet, and trodden pathways and hills to view outdoor sculpture exhibitions locally. In South East...
Mobile phone upgrades – Bombala, Delegate, Tumut, Carwoola, and Tathra
News
New Federal funding promises to fill in a number of Mobile Black Spots in South East NSW. One hundred and six (106) priority locations across Australia have been singled out for improved mobile phone coverage through Optus, Telstra, and Vodafone. One hundred and two (102) new base stations will be built, including five local sites: Bombala – Will receive a...
Mental health support flows as Bega Valley bushfire recovery continues
Health & Wellbeing
Money is flowing to support good mental health in the wake of the March 18 bushfires that moved in on Tathra and surrounds. NSW Federal Liberal Senator, Jim Molan announced the $250,000 for extra counselling services at the Recovery Centre in Bega set up to manage the physical and emotional rebuilding that will take place in the months ahead. "This...
Teamwork saves Tathra Public School from the flames of March 18
News
"It was a matter of pick a house and save it," - the words of firefighter Brett Evans as he reflects on the effort of Sunday, March 18 as flames moved into the heart of Tathra. Brett works with the National Parks and Wildlife Service and has been a bushfire fighter for close to 30 years, "You feel apprehension, but probably...
Batemans Bay flying foxes on the agenda again – meetings start Friday
Environment
Eurobodalla residents are being asked to outline their concerns, experiences, and values when it comes to the shire's troublesome population of visiting flying foxes. A shire-wide flying fox management plan is being drafted that will set out how Council makes decisions about managing the impacts this threatened species has on residents. Eurobodalla Shire Council’s Director of Planning and Sustainability, Lindsay...
AgTech Days inspire new era of growth in the Bega Valley
News
Farming in the Bega Valley has always been a collective effort, the 1899 foundations of the region's iconic Bega Cheese company are a cooperative of local farmers, that spirit of working together is getting a tech makeover this week at the Bega AgTech Days. "It's hard to change or scale up as an individual, but if you collaborate and come...
NSW Premier drops 37 million dollars on the Far South Coast in one day
News
Premier Gladys Berejiklian has made a sweep of the Bega Valley and Eurobodalla making significant cash deposits along the way. It feels like a long time since a NSW Premier of any political persuasion ventured into the Bega Electorate for such a visit; yesterday's (March 26) won't be forgotten for a while. The day started with $10 million for Tathra...
Tathra Bushfire Evacuation Centre closes a new chapter of generosity
Community
A new generation of community support has stepped forward in the wake of the Tathra Bushfires. "The old girls of Bega" who have answered the call for help countless times during their history in the Bega Valley say they have never seen a response like the one witnessed at the Bega Showground Evacuation Centre over the last three and a...
Hope restored as Tathra starts to head home for a new beginning
News
One Tathra family who lost their "forever home" have moved to reassure and thank firefighters who battled Sunday's furnace. Media speculation today has suggested incompetence by the Rural Fire Service for declining offers of help from Fire & Rescue NSW in the early stages of the blaze. Flames from the Reedy Swamp Fire gathered momentum and travelled the 17km east...
Tathra residents wait in line to find out the fate of their home
News
As the sun was setting behind the hills to the west of Bega the people of Tathra lined up to find out the fate of their homes. Tonight's briefing from the Rural Fire Service followed a day to assessments within the devastated community of 1,700 people. "Access to the fire ground will not be available until Wednesday afternoon at the...
Built on a solid sense of community, Tathra faces adversity together.
News
Day two of the Tathra bushfire emergency has broken under smokey skies but thankfully without the hideous heat and north-westerly winds that put lives at risk yesterday and destroyed at least 70 homes in the idyllic seaside village of Tathra, east of Bega on the New South Wales Far South Coast. Given the haste and intensity of the emergency, it's...
Local projects in need of Snowy Hydro dollars – transport to culture and sport
News
The full sale of Snowy Hydro to the Federal Government is a $4.2 billion injection into the New South Wales economy, and the Mayor's of South East NSW are lining up to spend it. Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, and Deputy Premier and Member for Monaro, John Barilaro have "ring-fenced" those dollars for infrastructure projects in rural and regional NSW. "4.2 billion...
Bermagui’s natural sculptures showcase man made talent – Sculpture Bermagui on now!
Arts & Culture
Summer in Bermagui is busy, a time when locals surrender their beaches and cafes to welcome tourists, but what only locals know is that autumn is the best time in Bermagui. The water is warmer, the Gang Gang’s move into the Spotted Gums, a fire at night becomes an option again, the daytime sun is a little weaker but still...
Summer 2017/18 – a wrap of nature’s peak season in South East NSW
Environment
Summer is nature's peak season in South East NSW. Fauna and flora look to those warm rays from the sun to flourish and keep their species going. Survival of the fittest means something new in these days of rapid environmental change; creatures of feather, fur, and fin are responding differently to those influences, and it's often something that can be...
NSW schools boss Mark Scott meets southern principals in Batemans Bay
Arts & Culture
The principals of 50 public schools from across Southern New South Wales have gathered in Batemans Bay to meet with chiefs of the NSW Education Department. Schools from the Monaro, Far South Coast, Illawarra, Shoalhaven, Southern Tablelands, Southern Highlands and Queanbeyan were all represented, part of a road trip by Department Secretary, Mark Scott, Deputy Secretary School Operations and Performance,...
Regional Forest Agreements – something to think about this weekend.
Environment
The rules of polite conversation are clear; politics and religion are generally no-go areas, and in Southern New South Wales, foresty, logging, and woodchips are perhaps also on that list given the volatile nature of debate in the past. But the rules of polite conversation don't resolve or inform discussion. In recent weeks the State and Federal Governments have been...
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