Tensions build as Eurobodalla flying fox numbers rise
News
Tension is building in the Eurobodalla on the back of increasing numbers of flying foxes. New camps are being reported across the Eurobodalla and Bega Valley. At Tuross Head, residents and Eurobodalla Shire Council have seen an increase in the extent and population size of a camp that can now be seen from Hector McWilliam Drive. Council’s Natural Resource Officer,...
Cooma’s smelly water improving after flash flooding contamination
News
The quality of Cooma's water supply is expected to improve within the next week. Despite recent concerns, Snowy Monaro Regional Council says the town's water supply continues to comply with Australian Drinking Water Guidelines. But given the taste and odour, drinking it has been hard to swallow. Council says the change in water quality was caused by localised storm activity and flash flooding just over 10 days...
Merimbula Scouts planning next big adventure on the back of generosity
News
The generosity of strangers has replaced any hurt or disillusionment a bunch of Bega Valley Scouts might have felt following the theft of their camping gear at Aragunnu recently. Three Venturers from First Merimbula Scouts and their two leaders lost everything they had with them - stolen in the blink of an eye while hiking between Bermagui and Tathra earlier this month....
Rocky Hall Preschool at the top of its industry – find out why
Community
A little preschool in the deep, some say remote part of the southern Bega Valley has been identified as one of the best in the industry. Rocky Hall Preschool has been rated as 'Exceeding the National Quality Standard'. The National Quality Standard (NQS) sets a national benchmark for the quality of children’s education and care services across Australia. “An overall rating...
Powered by Passion: Kelli Donovan, Pure Pod
Community
“If you can’t see it, you can’t be it” goes the mantra: we all need role models and inspiration, and sometimes the most powerful icons are right there in our own backyards. Powered by Passion is a new Region Media series by Nina Gbor that takes us inside the lives and motivations of some remarkable Canberra region women. The focus is on sustainable fashion...
Booth by booth backs Barilaro for another four years in Monaro
News
As the count continues in the NSW seat of Monaro, the incumbent John Barilaro is stretching his lead out to a 9% swing with just over 80% of the vote counted. From 56,951 enrolled voters, the two-party preferred result has Mr Barilaro of The Nationals on 60.28% and Labor’s Bryce Wilson - 39.72%. The local Member since 2011, and Deputy...
NSW Election – same same in Monaro, Goulburn and Bega
News
There's no change in Macquarie Street following this weekend's NSW Election as the Berejiklian Barilaro Government retains power. In Monaro, Goulburn, and Bega, incumbent Coalition members have all kept their seats although some are contending with swings against them. NSW Nationals Leader John Barilaro has increased his margin in Monaro despite expectations that the fight might be close. Labor candidate Bryce Wilson...
Merimbula’s Back Lake turns brown – again
News
This week's heavy rain has again polluted the waters of Back Lake (Back Lagoon) in Merimbula with runoff from the Mirador housing estate on the slopes above. A spokesperson for Bega Valley Shire Council's planning and environment team says, "Council inspected the Mirador and Back Lake area on Monday, following heavy rain over the weekend, and identified that sediment had...
Sapphire Snappers – for the love of people, place, and photos
Arts & Culture
Bega Valley photography group, The Sapphire Snappers, recently celebrated two years of casual monthly gatherings also known as 'Instameets,' where amateur photographers meet, take pictures and share their best work on Instagram. One of the group's founding members, Jason Guthrie says Snappers was inspired by the positive response he and others were getting after posting pictures on Instagram and decided they...
Another step forward in a clean energy future for the Bega Valley
News
Between 350-400 people in Bega last night unanimously voted for 100% renewable energy for the Bega Valley by 2030. The vote, initiated by local climate change action group Clean Energy for Eternity (CEFE), follows a similarly unanimous vote and public meeting in Tathra on February 19. CEFE Founder, Dr Matthew Nott said that the results of both meetings will be taken...
Voters to make the final call on Eurobodalla Rural Lands Strategy
News
Those concerned with the Eurobodalla Rural Lands Strategy have succeeded in delaying the process and making it an issue voters need to consider when they go to the ballot box for the NSW Election. "It's do or die on Saturday," says Kathryn Maxwell, Co-Convenor of the Nature Coast Alliance. "If you care about the Nature Coast and you want to see...
Meet my Diamond Python – every house should have one!
Environment
She came back. Last March she lived for a few weeks curled around the joists of my deck at home in the Bega Valley. I had no indoor mice or bush rats last winter, which I attribute to her efficient nocturnal hunting. I was sad when I hadn’t seen her around this year, then three days ago she turned up,...
Swift action saves ACT from new invasive weed outbreak
Environment
Swift action from the ACT Government’s new Biosecurity Emergency Response Team has saved the territory from a new invasive weed which can quickly take hold and resists burning, slashing and herbicides. An infestation of the high-risk invasive species Coolatai Grass was recently spotted by a Parks and Conservation ranger along the Cotter Road near Duffy and removed within hours of...
A dirty, beautiful approach to sustainability
Community
Self-sufficiency has a beautiful symmetry for Simone Dilkara, an organic compost manager east of Bungendore. She loves making piles of compost at the organic farm, Landtasia. Big truck-loads of garden waste, commercial kitchen food scraps and a variety of manure are turned into organic compost. Licensed to accept 5000 tonnes annually, the farm sells out and cannot meet demand from...
Kathleen McCann and her garden still ‘growing’ 12 months after bushfire
Community
Editors note: This Monday marks the one year anniversary of the Reedy Swamp, Vimy Ridge, and Tathra Bushfire. Sixty-five homes were lost on March 18, 2018. A number of community events are planned to mark the occasion. Sharing stories from that day has proven to be much needed and effective. The Stories of March 18 group recently hosted a writing...
Moruya school kids give leaders a lesson on climate action
News
“Stop climate change, stop climate change”, yelled a child protesting on his dad's shoulders as part of the national Climate Change Strike in Moruya. Students marched from Moruya High School to the Eurobodalla Shire Council chambers and were met with a round of applause by adults in the community. Council General Manager, Catherine Dale briefly addressed the protesters acknowledging their...
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