New DPI book to help you get the best out of dairy goats
Economy
Goat exhibitors at agricultural shows around Southern NSW aren't always there in big numbers, but their passion for their animals and the products they produce is comparable with the bigger classes like beef and sheep. The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has just released a guide to support those in the industry or wanting to break in. Lead author of...
Kosciuszko Pygmy-possums at risk as Bogong Moth numbers crash
Environment
A young endangered Mountain Pygmy-possum is very lucky to be alive, thanks to the sharp eye of a hiker in the Kosciuszko National Park and efforts of local wildlife group LAOKO. The tiny possum was found in a very poor state, covered with ants, near the Thredbo chair lift, during a bout of hot weather in January. Happily, a hiker...
Shark Drumline trial starts amid community concern and interest
News
News that a SMART drumline trial has been approved for Tathra and Pambula-Merimbula beaches has been met with scepticism, concern for the natural environment, and a degree of interest in local shark information. Lynn McColl writes, "Totally disagree with this decision. Baited and bloody hooks will attract sharks, who when caught will then have a bloody mouth where the hook penetrates." "Seriously...
Mike Kelly flags a new future for local forestry – jobs and environment
News
In the wake of potential job losses at Eden's Blue Ridge Hardwoods and ongoing concern with native forestry, the Member for Eden-Monaro is suggesting a shake-up of the timber industry. "Our native forests could very well potentially hold more value as carbon sinks and in ecotourism, perhaps alongside some selective sustainable logging activity," Mike Kelly says. Speaking with Region Media,...
Shark Drumline Trial starts off Tathra, Pambula, Merimbula tomorrow
News
A SMART drumline trial will be rolled out at Tathra and Pambula-Merimbula beaches from tomorrow, adding to similar shark management efforts along the NSW coastline. NSW Department of Primary Industries Deputy Director General Fisheries, Dr Geoff Allan says the program is a fantastic result for the community. “Our beautiful beaches along the Bega Valley coastline are popular with both locals...
New Eurobodalla foodie business emerges for Autumn Equinox
Food & Wine
As the heydays of summer draw to a close, people far and wide are invited to Tilba, to celebrate the changing seasons and the arrival of a new foodie business in the Eurobodalla. The Figtree Food Company has arrived from Mudgee and invites you to their celebration of the Autumn Equinox, which marks the move from the summer cycle into...
Pumped hydro now part of Australia’s future, green light for Snowy 2.0
News
Momentum around Snowy 2.0 keeps gathering speed with the Morrison Government today approving the revitalised pumped hydro scheme as part of its renewable energy plans for Australia’s future energy mix. "The Government is pleased to announce shareholder approval has been given for Snowy Hydro Limited to proceed with Snowy 2.0," Prime Minister, Scott Morrison says. The next step in the historic project was...
Major works start on new Batemans Bay Bridge
News
“Today we celebrated two major milestones for the Batemans Bay Bridge project, the opening of a new facility to help inspire and empower the future skills base for the South Coast, and the start of major work on the bridge,” says NSW Roads, Maritime and Freight Minister, Melinda Pavey. Major work on the new Batemans Bay Bridge is underway with the...
Chook Chat with Cheryl Nelson – Mites and what to do
Community
With all the rain this summer the chook pen is an ideal breeding ground for scaly leg mites and red mites. Mites are easy enough to manage but you need to be vigilant around this time of year. The scaly leg mite burrows under the scales of a chook’s leg and feeds on keratin. It exudes a greyish waste which...
Eden timber jobs in limbo as change takes hold
Community
You'd be a cold fish not to have an emotional response to the powerful protest that lines the fence of Blue Ridge Hardwoods as you enter Eden. The detail behind it is more complex. Blue Ridge, the largest employer in Eden, has not been able to renew its exclusive wood supply agreement with the NSW Forestry Corporation, placing the future employment...
Eurobodalla solar group applauds focus on renewables in NSW Election
Environment
A community organisation with the goal of achieving a low carbon Eurobodalla has welcomed renewable energy commitments from both major parties in the run-up to the March 23 NSW Election. The South Coast Health and Sustainability Alliance (SHASA) has run solar bulk buys which have helped households with sufficient funds to cover the upfront costs to install rooftop solar. The Alliance...
Tathra starts push for 100% renewable energy in Bega Valley
News
The Bega Valley has taken its first step towards being powered by 100% renewable energy by 2030. Last night's public meeting in Tathra unanimously endorsed the idea, the only dissenting voice was that of Brogo's Peter Haggar who with a smile suggested 2025 should be the target. An academic from the Australian National University said that is very possible. Answering...
Canberra’s European wasps causing a buzz in Japan
News
They might be causing less hassle this summer compared to previous years but the ACT's European wasps are still causing a buzz across the Pacific Ocean. A Japanese film crew has arrived in the nation's capital to shoot a film on European wasps in the ACT and across Australia, detailing the wasp's impact on the local community and treatments used...
Bega River needs you this Sunday
Environment
Whenever I walk (or sometimes run!) the track alongside the Bega River my mind acknowledges the determined band of workers who have reclaimed this environment. Over the last two decades, what was a place on the fridge in every respect has been reconnected with the heart of Bega. No longer a place to avoid or feel afraid in, the Bega...
Empty Eden graves discovered in Council cemeteries review
News
As well as general maintenance requirements and the age-old question of whether there needs to be public toilets at cemeteries, Bega Valley Shire Council's cemetery review involves checking that local burial plots are actually 'occupied.' Grave-checking, as well as attempting to solve the mysteries of unmarked graves, is part of council's ambitious plan to map each cemetery and digitalise the maps so that...
Parliament House protest labels native logging ‘economically absurd’
Environment
Hundreds of concerned citizens rallied at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday (February 13) to protest against the logging of forests around the country. The National Forest Uprising was part of a series of protests against the destruction of public native forests in South East NSW and the ACT, in a bid to influence the government to end native forest...
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