Bournda abalone bust nets over 800 molluscs and four men
News
A fisheries surveillance operation south of Tathra has seen four men in possession of 867 abalone apprehended. NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Director of Fisheries Compliance, Patrick Tully, says the four offenders were found with the abalone in their vehicle in November, following extensive surveillance along a remote stretch of coastline in the Bournda National Park. “DPI Fisheries Officers and Bega...
Feeling good about sustainable hemp clothing from Michelago!
Environment
It's a gentle summer afternoon and beneath the dappled light of tall trees, an old blue touring caravan is parked. It's the home of Spirit Natural clothing, the brainchild of a budding entrepreneur whose vision for a gentler, more sustainable world is underpinned by some hard-headed research into how to make it happen. Tom Osborne from Michelago may look like...
Next step in Batemans Bay Bridge project revealed – community to comment
News
The detailed design for the Batemans Bay Bridge replacement has been released with a number of changes to the earlier design. The aim of the $274 million project is to improve freight access, reduce traffic delays in peak periods, and reduce economic and social impacts by removing the current lift span bridge. Member for Bega, Andrew Constance says, “The detailed...
Tathra’s Matthew Nott takes to the sky above Canberra – climate action NOW!
News
When the word 'NOW' appeared in the sky above Canberra yesterday afternoon (4 December), locals were left unsure as to its meaning, leading to a trail of suggestions ranging from half-written 'Monica's to calls for an early election. That didn't bother the man behind the skywriting, Tathra's Dr Matthew Nott, the founder of Clean Energy for Eternity. In fact, he capitalised on...
South Coast and ACT citizen scientists win national award
Science
Citizen scientists from Southern NSW and Canberra have been singled out at a national level for their grassroots work in local forests, grasslands, and coastal estuaries. The Atlas of Life and NatureMapr Network have been announced the winners of the 2018 Banksia Foundation Community Sustainability Award. The Banksia Foundation is a well-established not-for-profit organisation dedicated to working with government, industry,...
Fire bombing aircraft stationed at Canberra Airport ready to help Sth NSW
News
The region's fire-fighting capacity has been significantly boosted with the establishment of a base at Canberra Airport for large aircraft on fire-bombing missions. The ACT Emergency Services Agency announced this week that the ACT's first Fire Bombing Air Base where Large Air Tankers for bushfire suppression will be stationed during the summer. Minister for Police and Emergency Services Mick Gentleman...
NSW shark management strategy heads south to Bega Valley beaches
News
The concept of being preyed upon by a shark in the deep, dark ocean while we are quite literally out of our depth is a primitive human fear. But how often are sharks actually in the same stretch of water as us humans? The NSW state government is taking steps to find out, trialling SMART drumline technology, along with drone...
‘Wild Wombat’ attracts over 200 riders to the forests of Mogo
Sport
The inaugural Jetblack Wild Wombat mountain bike event in Mogo at the weekend attracted over 200 riders from all over NSW and the ACT. The team relay classifications were popular with groups of up to six taking to the 10 km loop track around Deep Creek Dam south of Batemans Bay on Saturday (December 1), Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens acting...
Monaro has massive potential for renewable hydro energy
Environment
One of Australia's leading renewable energy experts says the Monaro region's pumped hydro potential could help to establish base-load power for a wholly renewable energy system within the next decade. Professor Andrew Blakers, director of the ANU's Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems, believes that in addition to Snowy Hydro 2, there are "plenty of other opportunities" for pumped hydro in the...
The right balance between humans and flying foxes – Mayor Liz Innes
News
With the chatter of a small flying fox camp at Catalina being monitored, Eurobodalla Shire Councillors have endorsed a new management plan that looks to strike a balance between the needs of residents and this vulnerable native species. According to Council, there are currently around 1,600 Grey-headed Flying Foxes just south of the Batemans Bay CBD. Residents are being asked...
“We want to see a Jindabyne that copes with future growth and thrives on it for decades to come.”
News
“We want to hear about how we can create a fantastic place all year round for the Jindabyne community and the town’s many visitors," says Lee Shearer APM, who is leading the NSW Government's Go Jindabyne Masterplan. Ms Shearer and her team of planners and architects will be in Jindabyne on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (December 4 to 6) for a...
It’s raining! Is the drought over?
Environment
It's cold and the rain is falling steadily. As a brutal drought grips much of eastern Australia, is this good news? Is the drought finally breaking? Unfortunately, no. Professor Janette Lindesay from the ANU's Fenner School of the Environment is one of Australia's most distinguished climatologists. She says that while steady soaking rain is welcome, the long-term outlook for most...
Bega Valley ‘Bands Together’ to help farmers in Central West NSW
News
A bunch of Bega Valley locals have headed west to bring good times, support, and hope to drought-affected communities around Parkes. The Band Together Farmers concert (November 17) comes from the same crew that rocked and re-energised Tathra with Band Together after the March 18 bushfires. Led by former police officer Darren Jones, the local crew also included Jess Ryan, Peter...
Nine millionth pine seed planted as Tumut nursery wraps up sowing season
Economy
Nothing says it's been a big year like planting your nine-millionth seed. The Blowering Nursery at Tumut done just that, their nine-millionth pine seed for the year has just been put in a pot as part the annual six-week sowing program. This is the start of a journey that will see that seed become a seedling that the nursery will dispatch...
Gundaroo sewerage skeptics want solid rationale
News
Despite overwhelming community opposition to the installation of a sewerage plant for Gundaroo, Yass Valley Council is still pushing ahead with plans. The growing village, 40kms north of Canberra, has hitherto relied on on-site eco sewerage and septic systems, which are maintained by the owners. Residents also rely on tank and bore water only. The issue brings up questions as...
Firebirds add colour to Tathra’s new pallet this weekend
Arts & Culture
A new circle of friends has been born out of 'that day in Tathra' and this weekend their time, talent, and support for each other will be on show. The Tathra Firebirds emerged out of the bushfires of March 18 and have gone on to be a force of creativity and acknowledgment, reflecting the diverse experiences of 'that day'. Co-convenor Amanda...
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