Born on Anzac Day, Poppy delights keepers at Mogo Wildlife Park
News
On Saturday 25 April, 2020, a special little striped bundle of joy came into the world at Mogo Wildlife Park. She was christened Poppy by her keepers, after the poppies that signify WWI remembrance. In a post on the Wildlife Park's Facebook page, zookeeper Chad Staples said: "Such exciting news, we were greeted with the arrival of a perfect little...
Goulburn Mulwaree Council closes Pejar Dam due to toxic algae bloom
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Goulburn Mulwaree Council has closed Pejar Dam, 25km northwest of Goulburn, advising that the area is not safe for swimming, boating and fishing, and that contact with the water may pose a threat to livestock and pets. High levels of potentially toxic cyanobacteria prompted the council to issue a red alert warning to recreational users after standard monitoring tests for...
Donated hay may have contained a thorny problem for farmers
Environment
Generous deliveries of donated hay and other stock feed made during the drought and fires could carry a bitter legacy for South Coast farmers, who are being urged to check their land for possible outbreaks of noxious weeds. Stockfeed donated to coastal farmers may have come from far distant regions with established weed populations that have been unknown on the...
Canberra solar researchers energised by power record and the promise of lower bills
Environment
Researchers in Canberra have set a new record for the conversion of sunlight into energy in their quest to better harness the sun's energy, which they say could further reduce power bills. A researcher from the Australian National University's (ANU) College of Engineering and Computer Science, Professor Kylie Catchpole, said the team set a new efficiency record of 27.7 per cent for mechanically stacked...
Bushfire royal commission fails to address climate change, says 350 Eurobodalla
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A Mossy Point local who, last Wednesday, attended a royal commission community forum into the bushfires in Batemans Bay during the recent summer says the commission is reactive, not proactive, and does not take into consideration the wider context of a changing climate. "It is disappointing that the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements will not include the role of...
Batlow’s lone wildlife warrior
Community
When Wayne Dubois finishes work, he fuels and packs his tiny Subaru Brumby ute and sets off on a 50-kilometre round trip through charred forests to feed wildlife. Along the way, you’ll see him throwing apples out the window. “I figure if I chuck the apples into the forest as far as I can, they’ll feed animals I can’t reach,”...
Goulburn community solar farm receives $2.1 million grant
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A community solar battery farm in Goulburn has been given $2.1 million from the NSW Government to help locals access and invest in cheaper power from a renewable energy source. The community solar farm, run by the not-for-profit group Community Energy 4 Goulburn (CE4G), is hoping to co-own the project with Goulburn residents, with each share worth $400. The funding...
Clogged pipes a pain for Hilltops council
News
There’s been an unfortunate side effect to the shortage of toilet paper in the Hilltops region. As supermarket staff stave off busloads of city shoppers who ride into our towns hell bent on raiding shelves for the necessities that residents are already lining up at dawn to buy, it seems shire-wide sewerage systems are now buckling under the pressure. Hilltops...
Beaches will take a while to clear fire debris, but Mother Nature is cleaning up
Environment
The Eurobodalla region's beaches took a battering during the fires, followed by heavy rain but are now well on their way to being clear, according to local authorities. The region's waterways drain towards coastal outlets and the heavy fire damage to forests means that much of the rubbish ended up at river mouths, or being washed onto beaches after 271,000...
Dargues Gold Mine fined by the EPA on Monday, spills again on Tuesday
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On Tuesday March 10, just a day after the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) fined Big Island Mining Pty Ltd $15,000 for an alleged discharge of sediment laden water from their gold mine at Majors Creek, mine operator Diversified Minerals announced a further spill. A statement from the company says that “during a routine inspection", they “became aware of sediment-laden water...
Bega woman celebrates year of weekly climate strikes
Environment
"It's funny, but the thing that scared me the most when I started a year ago - talking to strangers - is now the thing I like the most," says Bega resident Vivian Harris, who has recently celebrated a full calendar year of weekly climate strikes at Bega Farmer's Market on Fridays. Her boldly painted sign, Happy To Talk About...
Aboriginal Land Council crews help repair coastal river systems
Community
After the devastation of the summer bushfires on the south coast, it’s not only the built environment that needs repair. Whole ecosystems have been stressed by the long hot burning which has stripped away the undergrowth and destabilised the landscape. What’s left on the ground is centimetres of fine grey ash. And then came the rains. With around 200 mm...
Local regenerative farmers will lead the way at Albury national conference
Environment
Regenerative agriculture specialists from across the South East are among a program of speakers and participants at a national conference on farming and ecological health. The ‘Farming Matters’ 2020 Conference and Field Days, to be held in Albury on March 24 and 25, will address the theme ‘For our Love of the Land’ and will be headlined by global holistic...
The ‘exotic weeds’ that saved a Braidwood truffle forest from destruction
Environment
Peter Marshall has never been afraid to stir the pot. He reckons that decades of experience as a silviculturist, some impeccable qualifications in forestry and a globally successful truffle-growing operation back him up pretty solidly. Peter has long argued that a focus on exclusively native planting is misguided: he goes as far as to call it a "nativist pogrom", and...
Eurobodalla lowers water restrictions, but Council says crisis is not over yet
Environment
Eurobodalla Shire Council's director of infrastructure Warren Sharpe says that easing weather conditions have enabled the Shire to drop water restrictions back to level three. Mr Sharpe said the easing from level four to level three restrictions was a result of increased water in the shire’s Deep Creek Dam supply. “Recent heavy rains have seen water flowing in our rivers,...
Opponents of Kosciusko brumby cull demand post-fire recount
Environment
NSW Minister for Environment Matt Kean hs announced that brumby numbers in Kosciusko National Park will be reduced substantially, with as many as 4,000 out of an estimated total of 20,000 horses due to be rehomed or culled. The move comes as a bushfire recovery measure, with a NSW Government spokesperson confirming that advice from the Community Advisory Panel and the...
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