Winter burn offs in South East NSW, local RFS says think twice, get advice
News
Winter in About Regional territory is beautiful - the low sun spreads its golden light over the snow-dusted gums of the mountains to the frosty river flats and the chilly sands of our turquoise sea. It's also a time of year where landholders are encouraged to clean up, burn off and get ready for the next fire season. Those bonfire...
New generation taking their place in Eurobodalla Landcare
Community
Broulee Public School students are among the latest to join in with Landcare activities throughout the Eurobodalla - adding lots of smiles to the mix of sunshine, soil, and seeds that normally makes Landcare tick. Landcare has been reshaping and restoring Australian environments and communities since the late 1980s. Rising from a groundswell of concerned citizens, including scientists, farmers and...
National Geographic recognises three South East photographers
Arts & Culture
It doesn't get much better than National Geographic when it comes to wildlife photography and this year three photographers from South East NSW are nominees in the Nature Photographer of the Year final. Famous for his fine art approach to Australian wildlife photography, Charles Davis whose work features in the BBC's new series 'The Magical Land of OZ ' makes most...
Australia’s largest community-owned solar farm set to rise in Majura Valley
News
The ACT will be home to Australia’s largest community-owned solar farm after the proponent reached its $2.8 million investment target, with construction due to start by September. Canberra’s SolarShare will build its flagship 1MW solar farm in the Majura Valley after receiving over $2.36 million from more than 400 Canberra-based community investors and securing an $800,000 loan from local renewable energy...
UNSW Canberra researchers use smartphones to track microplastics in Jervis Bay
Environment
UNSW Canberra researchers are using smartphones to help track microplastics in Jervis Bay in an important step toward understanding their sources and assessing their environmental risks. The research follows on from studies by the University of Tasmania in 2017 which found that Jervis Bay contained a higher level of microplastic pollution than Sydney Harbour – despite Jervis Bay being zoned...
Millions to be spent on big ticket Eurobodalla projects in coming year
News
Eurobodalla Shire Council has laid out a program of big ticket infrastructure works and community projects with the approval of its latest Delivery Program and Operational Plan Council expects to manage an income of more than $119 million in 2019-20. More than half will come from ratepayers, with the remainder from user fees and charges, grants, contributions and investments. Mayor Liz Innes...
Surprising plastic alternatives from Eden eco biz – glitter made from gum leaves!
Environment
Another cheap plastic peg splits in half while I'm hanging out the washing. I sigh and let the little blue pieces of plastic lie where they fall, soon to be covered in grass. Later, I'll replace the head of my electric toothbrush, floss my teeth and use a cotton bud, tossing another little collection of single or temporary use plastics...
Reducing the need for toilet paper, your next step in a zero waste life
Environment
Have you ever thought about how much toilet paper is used throughout the world each day and how many trees are going into making it? Yes, there is recycled paper, but sales are still not high enough to keep our native forests from being chipped. One tree produces about 200 rolls, 45 kg of toilet paper and about 83 million...
“You don’t know how much it means to me to know I’m not the only one who feels like this.” – Bega Valley dairy farmers gather
News
Far South Coast farmers have gathered for a feed and a laugh, but with the underlying aim of checking in and looking out for each other as drought continues to play its part in the lives of locals on the land. One-hundred-and-forty Bega Valley farmers gathered at the Bega Civic Centre at the invitation of the Far South Coast Dairy Development...
Baby Gorillas on the horizon as breeding program kicks off at Mogo Zoo
Environment
A month after his arrival from the UK, Western Lowland Gorilla - Kisane is settling in at Mogo Zoo with high hopes he and two female gorillas can add to shrinking numbers of their species. The idea of baby gorillas on the South Coast is something for everyone to get excited about and based on the first introduction, the chance...
Eurobodalla switching on to electric vehicles
News
A growing network of charge points is starting to make an electric car more of an option for residents or people travelling through the Eurobodalla. The NRMA has just launched a new electric vehicle (EV) fast charger near the Batemans Bay Visitors Information Centre, adding to plug in points at the Bower at Broulee, Micro Energy Systems Australia in Bodalla,...
Worlds oldest culture mixes with Bermagui’s youngest in the garden – you are invited this weekend
Arts & Culture
There is a real thirst for a deeper knowledge and connection with local Aboriginal culture, experience and people. Events like the Giiyong Festival of 2018 in Eden attracted around 6,000 people and highlighted a genuine interest from across the community that on one level is tied up in ambitions about reconciliation but also and more simply - having fun and...
NSW Labor leadeship ballot comes to the Bega Valley
News
Local Labor Party members have gathered to rekindle the fire on their ambitions in the wake of two crushing election defeats. Stoking the embers are the two people who wish to lead the party in New South Wales. Jodi McKay and Chris Minns are contesting the leadership of the NSW Labor Party, the winner will take the party to the...
Nerdy new neighbour at Boorowa brushes up on social skills
Best of Region
“G’day Stu. Reckon it’ll rain?’' You can almost hear the farmers drawl their universal greeting, no matter what time of the day, the season or indeed the location. But Stuart Brown’s reply will be unlike any other, as he meets his new and nearest neighbours in Boorowa, 100 kilometres north west of Canberra. The 290-hectare farm he is managing has...
Chook Chat with Cheryl Nelson – Protecting your girls from predators
Community
Chickens are such important critters in our lives, which makes dealing with predators a priority. It’s up to you to protect your chickens and it all starts with physical chicken coop security. But who are the predators? Snakes, goannas, quolls, hawks and eagles are common but no hunter is as efficient a killer as the fox. Foxes are stealthy, tricky,...
Japanese inspiration to Moruya fibre and textiles exhibition – this weekend only
Arts & Culture
A clever exhibition by the Eurobodalla Fibre & Textile Artists Group (EFTAG) is on at the Mechanics Institute in Moruya and Sunday is your last chance to see it! The show is called 'Mottainai: Re-Value', Mottainai being a Japanese term that recognises the intrinsic value of objects and encourages using them fully or all the way to the end of their...
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