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...
FREE materials for Jindabyne Lake Light Sculpture artists
Arts & Culture
Local artists are being invited to explore the potential offered by the waste and recyclables generated on the Snowy Monaro. Repurposed materials from the shire's waste facilities are being offered to artists for use in the 2019 Lake Light Sculpture exhibition this Easter in Jindabyne. Snowy Monaro Regional Council is donating a range of suitable materials to artists including: Scrap...
Blackberries: priority weed and local food in equal measures
Environment
Blackberries are ripening now and if you've been tempted by this unfortunate English transport (it is said to have arrived on our shores in the early 1830's), you're not alone. Birds, foxes and other animals eat the fruit and spread this notoriously difficult weed through their excrement, making it a common site along country roadways. But what about us humans?...
Five Eurobodalla flying-fox camps being monitored
News
Canberrans aren't the only species to have returned to the Eurobodalla this summer, Grey-headed Flying-foxes currently occupy five day-time camps across the shire. Camps at Catalina, the Water Gardens at Batemans Bay, Moruya Heads, Tuross Head and Narooma are all being monitored with the experience of almost three years fresh in the minds of residents and Eurobodalla Shire Council. Locally, the Moruya...
Gardens escape and threaten natives in wake of blooming season
Environment
Garden plants in the Bega Valley have been enjoying a bumper season with warm humid days and plenty of rain promoting rapid growth. Bega Valley Shire Council’s Biosecurity Invasive Species Coordinator, Jamie Dixon-Keay, points out there is a dark side to this blooming season. “Unwanted or over-enthusiastic garden plants are spreading beyond their boundaries, invading neighbouring land where they may...
Strong growth drives Goulburn Mulwaree’s future focus
News
Goulburn Mulwaree Council (GMC) has a full agenda in 2019, planning for the strong residential and rural real estate demand, and taking advantage of upward trends in commercial and industrial land sales. It’s also focusing on providing amenity and facilities for ratepayers, with several new initiatives in the works. Aside from reviewing and updating older strategies and policies recently, it’s...
Environmental controls for Snowy 2.0 – “unsatisfactory”, NPA says
News
The National Parks Association of NSW has rejected measures put in place by the NSW Planning Minister to limit and remediate the impacts of exploratory works associated with Snowy 2.0. The Berejiklian Government gave this first step in the bigger project the green light this week. NSW Planning Minister, Anthony Roberts says the approval will allow for the investigation of underground...
Wallagoot Lake fish kill not seen in at least 25 years
News
A large fish kill at Wallagoot Lake between Tathra and Merimbula has been blamed on poor water quality, with fears more marine life could die. Thousands of dead fish including beautiful good-sized snapper and Leatherjackets were first reported washed ashore on Monday (11 February) at various locations around the lake within the Bournda Nature Reserve. A spokesperson from the NSW Department of Primary...
Conservationists battling to stop logging near historic Corn Trail
Community
Local residents and environmental groups have called for a suspension of logging in an area abutting the Monga National Park, adjacent to the historic Corn Trail in the Buckenbowra Valley. The 12.5km Corn Trail winds from the top of the Clyde Mountain down to the head of the Bolero Valley. Popular with bushwalkers and horse-riders, the walking track was originally used...
Another step forward for Snowy 2.0 – exploratory works to start soon
News
The NSW Government has given approval for exploratory works to start on the Snowy 2.0 project. “Snowy 2.0 involves expansion of the existing Snowy Scheme, with the construction and operation of a new pumped hydropower station," Deputy Premier and Member for Monaro John Barilaro says. “It could increase the generation capacity of the existing Snowy Scheme by almost 50 per cent and...
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