Environment

Transition your cat to live inside, to save both them and our wildlife
Community
Cat lovers across the Eurobodalla Shire are being encouraged to keep their cats indoors for the protection of native animals and for the safety of the felines. Eurobodalla Shire Council’s natural resources officer Courtney Fink-Downes said research shows the average outdoor cat killed 110 native birds and animals each year. Letting them roam free can be bad for the cats,...
Majestic snow gums push the limits in the high country
Environment
On Australia Day I went up early into the Brindabellas to do some bird watching and generally enjoy the bush. I drove from the lower wet forests along Lees Creek up to the wonderful Snow Gum woodlands along the ridge of the Brindabellas, looking out over the Goodradigbee River in New South Wales to the northern end of Kosciuszko National...
Fears Batemans Bay’s Surfside could ‘wash into sea’ without coastal management plan
Environment
There are community concerns that if a plan to protect the coast at Batemans Bay's Surfside and northern shore is not developed quickly, the area could suffer heavy damage from erosion. "If you have a combination of a king tide, an eastern low and very heavy rainfall in the Clyde catchment, much of the suburb could just be washed into...
TAFE NSW horticulture students propagate and donate native plants to Eurobodalla Shire
Community
Horticulture students at TAFE NSW Moruya are propagating hundreds of plants which will be distributed to bushfire affected local residents in the Eurobodalla Shire. The students donated a range of hardy, native plants that were propagated at Moruya TAFE to Eurobodalla Shire Council, which acts as a collection point for donated plants. The Black Summer bushfires affected about 80 per...
South Broulee Beach gets the all clear after sewage spill
News
Eurobodalla Shire Council has declared South Broulee Beach is safe for swimmers after sewage contaminated it earlier this week. On Monday, 1 February, council identified a sewerage blockage and detected contamination in the stormwater outflow, which discharges onto South Broulee Beach. Tree roots blocked an underground sewerage main on Grant Street, causing an overflow to the stormwater system. Eurobodalla Shire...
Bushfires a wake-up call for the future, say ANU scientists
Environment
A new study from a group of ANU scientists has painted a clear picture of future bushfire events, with a stark warning that more Black Summers are on the way because of climate change. The study, released earlier this month and led by Professor Nerilie Abram from the ANU Research School of Earth Sciences, shows that predictions made more than 10 years...
Businesses reminded not to drain the health of waterways with dirty runoff
Environment
Businesses in the Queanbeyan industrial area are urged to be more aware of harmful chemicals that have a toxic effect on the waterways of the nearby Molonglo and Queanbeyan Rivers. The campaign targets industrial businesses to adopt best practice stormwater management. It follows a major solvent spill by waste management company Cleanaway in the adjacent Molonglo River in May 2020....
Volunteers collect rubbish from mangroves along north bank of Moruya River
Environment
Landcare volunteers and the Eurobodalla Marine Debris Working Group have taken advantage of summer's low tides to clean up the north side of Moruya River in the mangroves along the bank. Eurobodalla Shire Council environmental education officer Bernadette Davis said extreme low tides provided an opportunity to get into usually hard to reach areas. “We had quite a few storm...
Explainer: Why shark activity has increased along NSW South Coast
Environment
It has felt like a busy summer for shark activity on the NSW South Coast, with 50 of them sighted in the waters between Moruya and Broulee in November, 2020, followed by more in December as a whale carcass floated close to the coast, and another 10 seen swimming below surfers at Broulee on Wednesday, 13 January. What's more, 2020...
Queanbeyan sewage treatment plant upgrade to address flow-on to Canberra
News
An environmental impact statement has been prepared to assess the impact of sewage discharge into Lake Burley Griffin as part of a major upgrade to Queanbeyan's ageing sewage treatment plant. The Queanbeyan sewage treatment plant, built in the mid-1930s on a section of land leased from the ACT Government, has between three to five years of effective service life remaining...
Brumby numbers down, but not enough for Barilaro
News
The release of the final report on a Spring 2020 survey of wild horses in Kosciuszko National Park has done little to subdue the squabble over how these contentious steeds should be managed. Conservation groups are viewing the news as a green light to additional culling of the wild horses, while pro-brumby supporters and local landholders say the horse population...
Goulburn’s decade of droughts and flooding rains
Environment
Goulburn's weather ended the past decade the way it began: with drought-breaking rain. The sodden years of 2010 and 2020 were sandwiched between fierce, record-breaking extremes. In 2020, 825mm was recorded at Goulburn TAFE's weather station, swamping the 684mm annual average. During August, 170mm fell, including 83.4mm in one day on 9 August. In 2010, 915.4mm fell, ending years of...
Reclaim Kosci wild horse petition deadline looms
Environment
Eleventh hour efforts are being made by Reclaim Kosci to secure the 20,000 signatures required for an e-petition that would trigger a second NSW Parliamentary debate on the issue of wild horses in Kosciuszko National Park. With 10,500 signatures already secured, the final push to get the remaining 9500 names nailed before the 11:59 pm deadline on Wednesday, 13 January,...
ACT steps up surveillance after wild horses found inside Namadgi National Park
Environment
The ACT Government has acknowledged that wild horses have crossed into Namadgi National Park from NSW where they are protected under a controversial heritage status. Fortunately, the government believes the animals, declared a pest in the ACT, have returned to the adjacent Kosciuszko National Park, but the incursion highlights the threat posed to Namadgi's ecosystems by the wild horses, which are...
Citizen science to help ensure South Coast saltmarshes survive
Environment
Anglers are being asked to be part of an important citizen science research project that will determine the effects of cattle grazing and other forms of farming on a strip of the NSW South Coast, at Burrill Lake. The saltmarsh habitat at Burrill Lake is in a degraded state, primarily due to cattle grazing, according to Angus Fanning, OzFish project...
See how seaweed won a million-dollar grant to reduce emissions
Environment
A livestock feed made from seaweed that reduces methane emissions in beef and dairy cattle by more than 80 per cent has been awarded the world’s largest monetary reward in the global food arena. The Food Planet Prize from the Curt Bergfors Foundation gave four awards of $1 million each to initiatives, organisations and individuals working to secure the world's...
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