The ‘Adani’ Finch lives on in the Bega Valley
Environment
A small, rust-coloured bird with a distinctive black throat has come to represent the battle between environmental groups, the concerned public, and a coal mine, proposed by the Indian owned Adani Group, in the Galilee Basin in Central Queensland. "The Black-Throated Finch is famous for all the wrong reasons," says Steve Sass, who runs On The Perch Bird Park in...
Narooma Huntfest cancelled amid community tensions
Economy
The 2019 Narooma Huntfest, which has been held on the June weekend for the last seven years, has been canceled permanently. The cancellation of the festival comes amid community debate about what to do about feral animals and, in a separate but related issue, gun control. Dan Field, president of the South Coast Hunting Club, which created Huntfest, says that...
Could this be Batemans Bay’s answer to Moruya’s SAGE Market?
Business
Nelligen has been a humble start for self-taught farmer Jess O'Shea whose dream is to replicate Moruya's SAGE Market in Batemans Bay. Jess started growing veggies at her mum’s old farm in Termeil and needed somewhere to sell them, but couldn't make it down to Moruya every week so she decided to start her own market. "SAGE have a really...
Tathra’s hardest day captured by its youngest residents
News
Tathra's hardest day has been captured by its youngest residents in big, bold words, ideas and colours. Students of Tathra Public School have launched a book that pulls together the day bushfire swept into their community and the days that have followed. "We were looking at ways to have our children reflect on what happened in March without putting them...
Drone trials put fire in the sky during hazard reduction burn window
News
With dry weather persisting in the South East, Forestry Corporation of NSW, National Parks NSW and the Rural Fire Service have been conducting hazard reduction burns across the region as the winter window arrives. Forestry Corporation alone is responsible for preventing and managing fires in two million hectares of state forests across New South Wales. Now a new tool has...
What we know about declining platypus populations – it’s not much
News
Although platypus, our beloved and elusive monotreme, are listed as near-threatened, Victorian Platypus Conservancy biologist Geoff Williams says that if you've been near a creek or river lately, chances are you've been standing next to a platypus and didn't know it. "There are platypus in all the rivers around you - the Bega river, the Bombala river," Geoff says, "it's...
And you thought the snow season was for skiing! Taking photos is much more fun!
Arts & Culture
After what felt like the hottest and longest summer on the Eurobodalla coast we've finally arrived at what I think is the most photogenic season of the year - winter! You don't need expensive gear either to get the money shot - just a good eye for composition as in the rule of thirds (which as a photojournalist I break...
“Council has tunnel vision” on Merimbula ocean outfall option
News
A group of locals concerned about the proposed ocean outfall in Merimbula Bay is calling for the project to be stopped so that alternatives can be reconsidered in a 2019 context. "Please contact councilors, if they get enough flack from the public they are going to have to stop and listen," says Marianne Kambouridis from the Merimbula/Pambula Wastewater Alternatives group. In 2009...
Illegal fish and lobster sellers sprung at Batemans Bay
News
A Canberra man suspected of illegally selling fish has been nabbed at Batemans Bay. Fisheries officers apprehended the 48-year-old from Bruce, ACT, following a surveillance operation by the NSW Department of Primary Industries’ (NSW DPI) Statewide Operations and Investigations Group. Director of Fisheries Compliance, Patrick Tully says the man was observed allegedly exchanging fish for a quantity of cash at...
Sunshine, surf and single-tracks – Tathra is set and ready for MTB Enduro this long weekend
Sport
This June long weekend, hundreds of mountain bike riders, their families and fans will converge on the seaside village of Tathra to take part in the town's annual Tathra Beach & Bike MTB Enduro. Tathra's cross-country, mountain bike event has gained a cult following due to its fantastic, easily accessible, and well-maintained trails, the surrounding natural beauty and great community spirit...
An early start to another good snow season
News
"The prospects of follow up snow falls in the coming weeks are very good," according to a senior weather forecaster at the Bureau of Meteorology. Sean Carson comes to any conversation about the approaching snow season with his own passion and love for the region and what it offers. "As much as we love the beach, we love the winter as...
CBD plan to transform Queanbeyan’s heart, feedback open now
News
Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council (QPRC) is seeking the community’s views on the refreshed 2019 Queanbeyan CBD Spatial Master Plan, which is out for comment until July 8. The Plan, produced by design firm Hames Sharley, considers the challenges that the Queanbeyan CBD currently faces and proposes solutions over a 10-year period of transformation, with a “vision for a contemporary city...
Merimbula holidaymaker sprung with 106 yellowfin bream
News
A Victorian man has been busted by NSW DPI Fisheries Officers at Merimbula with 106 yellowfin bream. The holidaymaker was one of 10 people apprehended across NSW following a series of covert and overt operations by from the elite Statewide Operation and Investigations Unit (SOIG). Fisheries officers were watching the Victorian man and then searched his holiday cabin. Inside they found...
Management Plan for African Lovegrass on Snowy Monaro
Environment
Snowy Monaro Regional Council is holding a series of African Lovegrass Management Plan workshops across the region. Workshops have already been held in Jindabyne, Cooma, Berridale, Bombala, and Nimmitabel, however, you still have time to attend one in Adaminaby, Smiths Rd, Bredbo, and Michelago. African lovegrass (Eragrostis curvula) has become a priority weed and a coordinated plan is needed to manage the...
Strategy forming around Mogo Adventure Trail
Sport
Eurobodalla Shire Council is looking to build on Mogo's growing appeal to adrenaline junkies and nature lovers. Council has started work on the Mogo Adventure Trail Hub Strategy, with specialist consultants TRC Tourism developing the strategy in collaboration with key stakeholders. Funded by the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund, the strategy will look at how existing bike, horse, and...
Marine science role model steps forward to inspire Bega students
Community
Local teens have quizzed one of the world's leading marine scientists in a conversation 'across the ditch' that ranged from women in science to the role Sapphire Coast seaweed is playing in tracking climate change. Year 10 students from Bega High School gathered at the Bega Civic Centre for a collaboration between the Bournda Environmental Education Centre,  Sapphire Coast Regional Science...
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