Environment

The big dry – how to help your garden survive with plants up to the challenge
Environment
Everything is crispy, trees are turning up their toes and dust is now the common ground cover. How on earth can we keep a productive vegetable patch and prevent fruit trees from losing their crop in these extreme dry times? Part of the answer - grow plants that are up to the challenge. Heat tolerant plants for the vegetable garden:...
‘Very soon I will crack and destroy everything’ – a 14 year old’s call for action
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It's eleven years since Clean Energy for Eternity (CEFE) was first conceived. On New Years Day 2006, orthopedic surgeon Dr Matthew Nott was on duty with Tathra Surf Life Saving Club, enduring the hottest day his town had ever experienced - 42 degrees. There have been hotter days since, 44.6 degrees on January 18, 2013 is Tathra's current record. While keeping an eye...
Yellow buoys off Merimbula and Malua Bay listening for sharks
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The sapphire waters of the Far South Coast naturally draw your attention - forever changing, forever surprising. This summer, just below Batemans Bay at Maula Bay and further south at Merimbula, a tall yellow buoy beyond the last line of breakers will catch your eye as your bum finds that sweet spot in the sand. It's a Shark Listening Station or...
River Cottage Australia on hold – Paul West making new plans
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River Cottage Australia at Central Tilba has been mothballed as backers of the TV show press 'hold' on further filming. Host, Paul West says the future of the series is up in the air but he's hopeful the show might return to TV screens one day. "We don't have a commission for the 2017 viewing year," Paul says. "For the...
Summer hijacked by bindiis. Advice to slow their advance!
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  Bindiis are the curse of summer 2016/17 in South East New South Wales. Barefoot cricket is not an option and running under the sprinkler ends in tears. My dog Duke has even worked out a path around the bindiis when fetching a ball - smart fella! Spread easily by foot traffic and in the fur of animals, bindiis AKA Soliva sessilis are a...
About Regional – the podcast, episode five, December 14 2016
Arts & Culture
About Regional - the podcast, episode five, December 14 2016 About Regional – a new place for the people and stories of South East NSW. The last program for 2016: *The Funhouse crowdfunding campaign succeeds; Bega gets a youth and community centre in 2017! Read more HERE. *Dr Matthew Nott, the founder of Clean Energy for Eternity says households in the...
Money from the sun even after Solar Bonus Scheme ends
Environment
The days of money from the sun are coming to an end - at least in the way many of us have become accustomed to. The NSW Government's Solar Bonus Scheme ends on December 31. As dogs go running for cover from New Years Eve fireworks, much of the money households with solar panels have received over the last seven years will go...
Veges galore – What is the secret to an abundant garden?
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It's all about the base, 'bout the base, 'bout the base...the garden bed base that is. If you want to grow luscious healthy, strong and abundant vegetables, herbs and flowers, you are going to need good quality soil. As well as good soils, a vegetable bed needs aeration, sunshine, water and lots and lots of food - if you want...
Glowing oceans and starry skies: Bioluminescence at Mallacoota
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Warm summer nights, beach dreaming, magical skinny-dips in sparkling coastal lakes...and with every kick and splash, the dark water around us lights up like magic. Many of us describe it as "phosphorescence", but it is something more exciting than a mere glow - it is bioluminescence, evidence of tiny marine creatures and their remarkable way of shining a light on...
A summer of secure water for Nimmitabel – Lake Wallace Dam full and open
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The first warm, fragrant licks of spring struggled to get up and over Brown Mountain on the day I visited Nimmitabel. A cold, icy wind (not unfamiliar to Nimmitabel) laughed as I arrived with no jacket or jumper to inspect Lake Wallace Dam southeast of the township. I was meeting two well-seasoned 'gents' of this community, one of which offered me his jacket...
Rare Perisher possums finds strong advocate in Mark Feeney
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Mark Feeney has a job that any self-respecting snowsportsy scientist would die for. He is the Environment Officer at the Perisher Ski Resort in South East NSW. Mark helps connect the Resort with the National Parks and Wildlife, as well as overseeing kids’ environmental programs, and scouting for a wonderfully cute and highly endangered species. I met Mark at the Sundeck...
Accidental bonsai – Ben Boyd National Park in miniature
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Over the weekend, in the name of taking the slow road  (and the wide view, in the style of John Blay), I walked from Pambula Beach to Pambula along the bike track. This track runs alongside a strip of Ben Boyd National Park on the NSW Far South Coast, and the wildflowers are having a merry late-winter time of it....
Springtime fix for region’s roadkill blight
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The approaching warm weather will clear the carcasses of native animals that line the Monaro Highway between Cooma and Canberra, according to the boss of the region's volunteer animal rescue agency. Pete Graham is the president of Looking After Our Kosciusko Orphans - Snowy Mountains Wildlife Rescue, he says the region's long cold winter is like a big fridge that...
Don’t panic! Use bio-diversity in your climate change garden
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Some call it the quickening, some call it sprinter but I call it a bit bloody weird this weather hey! It’s getting warmer and wetter, which has the feel of the sub-tropics along many parts of the far south coast of NSW, so have you thought about growing food that may not traditionally belong in your climate zone? In Permaculture...
Science Week feature – crocodiles just got scarier
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Happy National Science Week! To celebrate, I thought I’d share with you an experience I had with one of Australia's most terrifying and magnificent creatures - the saltwater crocodile. There’s something about them that you might not know. Something that makes them even more mysterious, and admittedly; more bone-rattingly scary. But let’s start with a suspense-laden introduction. If you're like...
Taking the wide view: John Blay and the art of scientific discovery
Arts & Culture
“I think this is still a road,” Pete ponders as our 4WD tips forward almost perpendicular to the drainage ditch below. He was a child when the road was pushed through the Tantawangalo forest on the western side of the Bega Valley in NSW. He remembers it as a desecration. Yet here we are in our beast of a car, enjoying...
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