Hop to it! These Bemboka farmers need your help!
Community
If you love beer – good beer, that is – you've tasted Ryefield Hops. The Bemboka farm supplies its fresh, citrusy hops from the Bega Valley to Capital Brewing Co, Bent Spoke, 4Pines, Cuppitt Craft Brewers, Longstocking Brewery, the Batch Brewing Co and many others. Established in 2016 and run by sisters Karen Taylor and Jade McManus, along with Karen's husband...
Beekeepers face lean future in fire’s aftermath
Community
Bee pollinating and honey-making will remain grounded long after the drought and bushfire crises subside says apiarist Laurie Kershaw. Laurie scrambled to pull thousands of hives from the path of the Currowan blaze on the South Coast. The Kerhsaws are based between Gundaroo and Bungendore. Annually, they contract their bees for almond pollination in the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area near Darlington...
Experts warn of “critical” after-effects on insects and wildlife
Environment
Two acclaimed experts from the Australian National University have warned of the after-effects of bushfires on fire-damaged habitat and rare insect species that may become extinct. Member of the Australian Entomological Society’s Conservation Committee and Associate Professor at the ANU Michael Braby says the bushfires will have a huge impact on native insects, as well as the plants and animals that rely...
Bega Valley on the cusp of water restrictions
News
About Regional has received many inquiries as to why the Bega Valley has no current water restrictions, given the ongoing drought conditions, drying impact of bushfire and the assumed impact of using freshwater reserves for firefighting over the last few weeks. The low level of Brogo dam has been a particular concern to residents with Bega Valley Shire Council's website...
Canberra’s Abundant Water is changing lives in East Timor
Community
Canberra-based charity Abundant Water's East Timor project has well and truly exceeded all expectations by providing more than 6,000 East Timorese with access to clean safe water in the two months since the project activated. Abundant Water was created by Sunny Forsyth after he saw the need for accessible, safe water filters first-hand while working in Asia. Building on Abundant Water's...
Injured horses and destroyed huts – how Kosciuszko fared the fires
Environment
Cooma resident, photographer and administrator to The Snowy Brumby Heritage Group, Michelle Brown, this week ventured on foot into Kosciuszko National Park, which burnt on New Year's Eve. "It was a massive shock, just driving along the park boundary. My heart dropped to my feet when I saw the devastation to our beloved park," she shares. Many are wondering how...
Mike Kelly calls for “concrete outcomes,” not a Royal Commission, on fire disaster
News
"We have never before been under threat east to west, north to south. The whole region has been smashed," Federal Member for Eden-Monaro Mike Kelly says of the South East fire disaster. He's considering how we respond to future catastrophic events as a region and as a nation. "Obviously we need to be better prepared as a nation to come...
“I’ll never vote Liberal again.” How fire is changing politics and perceptions in the Bega Valley
Opinion
Science has warned us for decades how a changing climate will affect us, with weather tending to be hotter and drier and more extreme weather events. In the Bega Valley, residents have just experienced one such extreme event, with fires in the area consuming acres of bushland, homes, outbuildings and shops, and tragically killing two men from the Cobargo area....
Government must ignore the megaphones and listen to the science
Opinion
It's only to be expected but the calls for a greater slash and burn approach to the landscape have come thick and fast during the ongoing bushfire crisis, given prominence on the usual platforms that play down the links to climate change and global warming. One can understand the logic – reduce the fuel and you reduce the fire, but...
Fire-hit small communities say they need help managing and distributing donations
News
Bodalla Community Hall has been set up as a food hub, and volunteers are busy receiving and delivering food. But the logistics of managing donations in a major disaster are huge for small communities like Bodalla and Quaama and they are calling for help. Local businesswoman Lisa Cornthwaite says that the volunteers need assistance from authorities to manage the situation and to...
Adaminaby RFS backburning effort in Denison, Youak and Bolaro
News
The Adaminaby Rural Fire Brigade has been completing major strategic burns at Denison, Youak and Bolaro ahead of today's severe fire danger rating for the area. These areas will potentially be under threat by the out-of-control Adaminaby Complex, Doubtful Gap Trail and Good-Good fires today, all of which are currently at Advice level. "A number of fires are burning in remote terrain...
Back to evacuation center ahead of today’s forecast
Community
Mystery Bay is a small beachside community surrounded on three sides by bush, lush with mature spotted gums, with one small access road. Last week the community was threatened by the Badja Forest Fire and, after evacuating at short notice, resident Elizabeth Walton spent the week in the Narooma evacuation centre, along with 4,000 others, as ash rained down and...
Freshwater fish study a ‘wake-up call’ for threatened species
News
University of Canberra Associate Professor Mark Lintermans is rescuing the endangered southern pygmy perch, a fish species less than five centimetres in length. While the deaths of many thousands of larger fish in the Murray-Darling Basin made headlines earlier last year, Associate Professor Lintermans has been wading through creeks and rivers studying Australian freshwater fish that are threatened with extinction...
2019 Year in Review – Environment
Environment
Have you ever heard of a cat bib? Perhaps you've wondered how to get involved with local citizen science projects or even what to do when your dunny blows over? We covered all this and more on About Regional in 2019. Our stories under the environment heading in 2019 covered the entire region, from illegal attempts to open a coastal...
This smoky pall reflects the true scale of our bushfire losses
Opinion
In the wake of the 2003 Canberra bushfires, ACT Parks Services invited naturalist Ian Fraser into fire-damaged parts of Namadgi National Park and Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve before they were re-opened to the public. Reporting via radio and emails that were shared internationally, he recorded their devastating impact and later the recovery process. He reflects here on the overwhelming toll the...
Could the Queanbeyan to Bombala rail trail become Monaro’s latest world-class attraction?
News
Ever driven through the beautiful Monaro and wished you could slow down and enjoy the scenery? For years, the prospect of cycling or walking the 213 km of un-used railway line from Queanbeyan to Bombala has been entertained, but it was only recently that the Snowy Monaro Regional Council completed a feasibility study into the proposal, bringing it one step closer...
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