500 cattle grazing the Monaro Highway “long paddock”
Environment
Dry times in South East NSW is pushing local farmers beyond their own farm gate and out on to the "long paddock" offered by the Monaro Highway. Motorists need to take care as 500 cattle munch and chew their way along the roadside, grazing on grass and nutrients their home paddocks have lost as the region moves towards drought. The...
Mulga Bill’s Bicycle points the way for Snowy Mountain’s Brumby management
Environment
When it comes to the poetry of Banjo Paterson I am more 'Mulga Bill's Bicycle' than 'Man From Snowy River'. Twas Mulga Bill, from Eaglehawk, that caught the cycling craze; He turned away the good old horse that served him many days; He dressed himself in cycling clothes, resplendent to be seen; He hurried off to town and bought a...
Young farmers critical to agriculture’s future
Community
For the last two years, the Goulburn Young Farmers Network has stormed the Australian Young Farmers Challenge, taking out first place in NSW and second place in the national competition which showcases high level on-farm skills. At home, the group is pushing equally hard to give a much needed voice to the region’s young farmers. It’s the voice of the...
Costa Georgiadis launches community garden in NSW Southern Tablelands – and treasures a spud that looks just like him
Community
Being called a potato head is not exactly something people generally take kindly to. But a decorated potato resembling Costa Georgiadis’ head delighted the ABC gardening celebrity at Crookwell’s eighth potato festival on Saturday. Costa was on hand to take part in cooking demonstrations at the annual event in the NSW Southern Tablelands, facilitate a kid’s workshop, open a community...
Wet, wild, cold weekend in South East NSW captured in photos
Community
What a weekend in South East NSW, the strangely warm days of April were blown away by a polar cold front we'd been warned about for since Wednesday. Rain, snow, big seas, and strong winds had their influence on what we did and didn't do. Some welcomed nature's surge and got out in it, energised by the power on display...
Pink alien makes home in Monaro Highway Teddy Tree
Community
A Monaro Ribbon Gum that first started attracting teddy bears in June 2017 has picked up a new tenant in the last week. With the naturally colourful tree developing its winter coat, a pink and green alien has been nailed into the trunk about 10 metres off the ground. The original koala bear sits comfortably in a hollow the National Parks...
Fingers crossed for welcome rain and snow in South East NSW
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There are high hopes that a weather system moving across Australia will deliver welcome rain and a dump of snow to South East NSW - the region's first significant break from at least five months of dry, warm days. A strong cold front from the Southern Ocean is moving across from Western Australia now, it's chill is likely to be...
Second Return and Earn machine for Goulburn as deposits hit 1.5 million
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Goulburn now has a second reverse vending machine giving locals a chance to recycle and pocket a few extra dollars. The Return and Earn Container Deposit Scheme has been operating out of the Goulburn Woolworths carpark for a number of months, but a second collection point has just been opened at the Goulburn Gateway Service Station on the corner of the...
Everything you need to know about the Narooma Oyster Festival
News
Oyster lovers, fine foodies and many families from Sydney, Canberra, and south-east NSW will head to the annual Narooma Oyster Festival this weekend. The Festival launches on Friday (4 May) afternoon at 4:30 pm with a free family concert featuring the Steve Edmonds Band, a freestyle motocross display, climaxing with fantastic fireworks at 8 pm. Saturday’s Festival starts at 10 am. The Narooma Oyster...
Canberra kangaroo cull to increase by 30%, May 7 to July 27
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Canberra's 2018 kangaroo 'cull' will number up to 3252, and is a thousand more than last year. The shooting will cost up to $500,000. At the launch of the cull on 2 May 2018, RiotACT spoke to ACT Government Ecologist, Doctor Melissa Snape, about the success of a recent trial on dart delivered contraceptives for kangaroos. The ACT Government has...
Chinese recycling pressure being managed in South East NSW
Community
Local government in South East NSW is stepping forward with a range of ideas to cope with what has been described as a global crisis. In January 2017, China started demanding an almost zero contamination rate in the raw recyclable materials it accepted for processing from countries around the world. According to the NSW Environment Protection Agency, until recently China...
Snowy Monaro Youth Awards highlight talent, passion, depth
Community
The inaugural Snowy Monaro Youth Awards have highlighted the vast contribution being made to the community and the future by teens in towns like Bombala, Jindabyne, and Cooma. Awards in eleven categories were contested by 49 nominations, with the awards ceremony at the Cooma Ex-services Club one of the highlights of Youth Week celebrations in the Shire. Snowy Monaro Youth Mayor, Zara...
Council proposing Tuross River dam to drought proof Eurobodalla
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Eurobodalla Shire Council has released plans for a second water supply storage in the shire. Concept designs for a new $100 million dam near Bodalla are now complete and available for the community to view and make comment on. The proposed facility is unlike a traditional dam in that it is off-stream, with water pumped to it from the Tuross...
46km of new trails to help explore Kosciuszko National Park
Environment
Australia's highest places have just received a $27 million boost with 46km of new walking and mountain bike trails to be developed through the picturesque Kosciuszko National Park. Deputy Premier and Member for Monaro, John Barilaro, says the investment will create one of Australia’s, if not the world’s, best multi-day walking tracks and will totally transform summer tourism in the...
Narooma to Nadgee Sea Slug Census highlights jewels of the sea
News
Largely unknown but very colourful creatures in the waters between Narooma and Nadgee have been turning heads this last week. A Sea Slug Census has captivated divers, snorkelers, rock poolers, walkers, and kayakers in the lagoons and estuaries that dot the Far South Coast. This “hunt” for the jewels of our coastline – nudibranchs, sea hares, and bubble shells, is...
March 18 in Tathra, supercharged by climate change?
Environment
A town that has championed grassroots action against climate change has perhaps fallen victim to it, according to a longtime greenhouse gas campaigner. Tathra resident and local orthopaedic surgeon, Dr Matthew Nott believes the bushfire that scorched his town on March 18 was supercharged by climate change. As the founder of Clean Energy for Eternity, Dr Nott and his group...
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