Another coastal waterway in distress, hundreds of fish dead near Moruya
News
Another coastal waterway is falling victim to dry times with the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) - Fisheries investigating the death of hundreds of fish at Meringo Lagoon/Lake south of Moruya. The marine species washing up on the shoreline include Black Bream, Gudgeons, Mullet, Luderick and eels. "The suspected cause is related to the very low water levels at Lake...
More flows planned for Snowy but drought taking its toll on how much
News
The new Snowy Advisory Committee (SAC) has delivered its first report to the NSW Government and is supporting high flow events during winter and spring this year, along with a bigger water release to help flush the river system in October. The Committee was formed last year to deliver independent, expert and community-based advice on environmental water flows into the Snowy River...
Monaro candidates fired up by climate, and renewable energy issues
Opinion
The key issues for the Federal election are still up in the air, but if the Monaro candidates' debate last week was anything to go by, there are plenty of people who believe the NSW election on March 23 will be at least partly a referendum on climate action. Repower Monaro organised the forum, held in front of a near capacity...
“Feel free to ask questions and sit down and have a yarn.” – Colleen Dixon
Arts & Culture
"It's beautiful that people are stopping and asking me questions about the poles and showing an interest," says Djiringanj elder, Colleen Dixon. Colleen has been trying to get a fresh coat of paint on three Aboriginal totem poles in Bega's Littleton Gardens since Saturday morning. "I'd be finished by now if I wasn't doing so much talking," she laughs. Speaking to...
Bega Valley Mayor writes – Why we need an ocean outfall at Merimbula
Opinion
I’d like to let your readers know about what’s happening to recycled water from the Merimbula Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) and outline our plans for future treatment and disposal improvements, which will ensure we can continue to protect the natural environment, public health, and enable us to rehabilitate over three hectares of dune habitat. At the moment we discharge excess...
NSW Election: Will big spending promises bring Barilaro home in Monaro?
News
Election promises are flowing from all quarters as the NSW Coalition shores up their chances in what could be a potentially close call for the Berejiklian government and for deputy premier and Member for Monaro John Barilaro. So who is promising what to Monaro residents, and why? Monaro is very much in play with a margin of 2.5 per cent....
Local Table #2 – making time for good food
Food & Wine
Editors note: The Eurobodalla’s Kate Raymond is passionate about food and the impact it can have on people and the planet. Over the coming months, Kate will share her wisdom and experience with you in her ‘Local Table’ series – no guilt or baggage, just good words to get you thinking and maybe taking action. Check out Kate's second installment....
Battle for Bega – What happened this week on the NSW Election trail?
News
Election Day is looming and while the week saw the NSW Premier visit Moruya and Batemans Bay for two big announcements the volume of pledges, commitments, and promises from the two big parties seemed to slow. But with 16 days still to go no doubt there is more up their sleeve. The order in which candidate names will appear on...
Chook Chat with Cheryl Nelson – New chooks in the hen house!
Community
Chickens need a pecking order, a secret hierarchy within the flock where everyone knows their place. It defines who sleeps with whom, who gets food first, and who’s the boss of the others. In times gone by this set of rules helped to protect the flock, keep them strong, and made sure limited resources were spread around. When newcomers are...
Merimbula ‘poo pipe’ up for discussion as Council starts info tour
News
The idea of treated sewage flowing out on to Merimbula/Pambula beach has always raised eyebrows and a sense of embarrassment. The days of that rusty 'poo pipe' are coming to an end, but how thrilled will locals be to hear that an ocean outfall is the solution? Bega Valley Shire Council is about to test the plan with the community detailing necessary...
Deua River enviro warriors win further funding
Environment
Deua Rivercare has won a further three years of funding from the NSW Government’s Environmental Trust, locking away the good work already achieved and enabling them to push further into this special environment. Deua Rivercare Coordinator Anne Rault and Eurobodalla Shire Council’s Landcare Coordinator Emma Patyus gave a whirlwind tour last week to visiting NSW Environmental Trust representative, Stephen Hardy....
Jindabyne candidates forum drives Brumbies debate further
Environment
All six candidates contesting the seat of Monaro in the NSW Election gathered in Jindabyne on Friday night for a Q&A with the community hosted by the Jindabyne Chamber of Commerce. The night dealt with climate change, rural land management, infrastructure, local government mergers, and pressures within the local tourist industry but it was the management of Brumbies within Kosziusko National...
Merimbula Scouts robbed while camping at Aragunnu – everything gone
News
A dint in the charm and reputation of the Sapphire Coast, with thousands of dollars in camping gear stolen from local scouts at Aragunnu between Tathra and Bermagui on Sunday morning. Three Venturers from Merimbula Scouts and their two leaders lost everything they had with them, all stolen as they look one last look around this magical place. "I've hiked...
Canberra’s rare and elusive earless dragon caught on camera
News
There has been excitement in Canberra’s wildlife circles this week with one of the world’s rarest reptiles, the tiny grassland earless dragon, being photographed in the Canberra Nature Park shortly after hatching. The tiny lizards, which weigh around five grams, are rarer than pandas with only a few populations on the outskirts of Canberra left. They are also incredibly difficult...
Abalone warning after busy summer for the black market
News
The taste of abalone is a rare delicacy but one that is chased and prized by those who enjoy the shellfish, its a passion supported by a black market and illegal poachers. The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is warning locals and holidaymakers in the Bega Valley, Eurobodalla, and Shoalhaven to make sure the abalone they purchase is legal and safe...
NSW Election – a snap shot of the week that was in the seat of Bega
News
News and announcements from the NSW Election trail in the seat of Bega are overwhelming. A contest of ideas and for votes is in full swing. Here's a nuts and bolts snapshot of what happened this week in the run-up to March 23.  Andrew Constance, Member for Bega, Liberal: New police station for Bega "Bega’s crime fighters will soon have a...
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