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...
The love and lottery of shorebird recovery on the Far South Coast
Environment
Twenty-five years of volunteering with conservation group Friends of Durras to protect endangered shorebirds is “enough to drive you to drink!” says John Perkins with a hearty laugh. Working independently since 1994 and in cooperation with the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) since 1999, volunteer groups along the coast of NSW have battled the weather, predators and human behavior...
Southern Tablelands on high fire alert as drought bites
News
Drought and approaching summer temperatures have combined to put the Goulburn Mulwaree and Yass Local Government Areas in danger of a high fire probability in the 2018/19 bushfire season. “The soil moisture content is low and there is no expected relief to the drought, and those things in the future can potentially cause grief for landowners in our region,” NSW...
Cobar Mayor on her way for ‘Raindance Eurobodalla’ this Friday
News
The long-serving Mayor of Cobar in 'way out central west' New South Wales says her community is grateful for the thoughts and efforts of the Eurobodalla in these dry, distressing times. Lilliane Brady OAM is the longest serving female mayor in NSW. She has just been elected as Mayor for her nineteenth year, having served as a councillor for 35 years. "If my husband was...
How about a hotel among the gum trees at the National Arboretum?
Environment
A new hotel, cabins among the trees and 50 newly planted zig-zag gardens in the central valley of the National Arboretum are all coming closer as the site grows faster than a rogue willow tree. And that means that what began as a patchwork of forests is rapidly changing shape as it expands commercially. The hotel idea isn't a new...
Eurobodalla to go to Level 2 water restrictions on December 1
News
The start of summer will see water restrictions in the Eurobodalla go up a notch, with Council enforcing level 2 restrictions from Saturday, December 1. Eurobodalla Shire Council’s Infrastructure Services Director Warren Sharpe says the measures will help conserve the Eurobodalla’s water supply as the region moves into its highest water use period. “Council appreciates so many people in our community...
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