Trapman Bermagui – the life of a commercial fisher and social media star
Business
Jason Moyce, who operates one of about five boats out of Bermagui, is a second-generation commercial fisherman in a world where not that many Australians can honestly write "fisherman" in the occupation box on any form. Jason's fishing career is a little different to his dad's in Botany Bay. Jason lives part of his career online, going by 'Trapman Bermagui' on...
Bushfire concerns still burn in final steps of Euro Rural Lands Strategy
News
Discrepancies in the Eurobodalla's Rural Lands Strategy - Local Environmental Plan (LEP) have been flagged just days after the much-discussed document was declared as signed, sealed and delivered. In a media statement, the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment says Eurobodalla Shire Council raised concerns about changes that were made to the LEP, without the involvement of Council, in response to...
‘The seas are rising and so are we!’ – Extinction Rebellion comes to Batemans Bay
News
The global movement Extinction Rebellion (XR) says the “unprecedented global emergency" connected to climate change drew 100 people to the Batemans Bay CBD on a busy spring Saturday (October 19) morning to raise awareness of the need for action. From midday, the group formed up on the shorefront near Innes Boat Shed and marched to the Riverside Plaza intersection, corner...
‘A bit of chitchat between the boys’ earns photographer national award
News
An incredible image of two male brumbies battling for dominance in the Snowy Mountains took Cooma photographer Michelle Brown by surprise in more ways than one. Not only did the moment of the two brumbies rearing up on their hind legs get her heart racing, but it did so again when the image won the People's Choice Award at this year's Australian...
Six storeys of plush gets the green light in Batemans Bay
News
Ohana in the Hawaiian language means 'Family' and for the foreshore of Batemans Bay, it's about to mean a shiny six-storey building - and the biggest view blocker to date for local stalwart Robin Innes. "I'm not against development," Mrs Innes says, "I just don't like these developers coming to town doing whatever they like, why should they? Why isn't...
Canberra scientists develop drought-proof wheat crops
Environment
Researchers from Canberra have developed a new method to identify drought-resilient wheat quickly, cheaply and accurately. The scientists say their research could help breeders develop more drought-resilient crops that can produce more food and more profit with less water. “Our work may be instrumental for farmers to maximise food production in the face of increasingly severe drought,” said Dr Arun Yadav from...
Chook Chat with Cheryl Nelson – Raising backyard chicks
Community
Spring has sprung and our chooks are turning broody. If you are raising chicks then a broody hen is nature’s best incubator. To get started, I select 6 to 12 fertile eggs depending on the size of the broody hen. Eggs can be stored up to 7 days after lay, before you start incubating them, but need to be at...
Extinction Rebellion calls on Batemans Bay to face the truth of the climate emergency
News
Extinction Rebellion (XR) has a stark message for Batemans Bay residents and businesses: life on Earth is in crisis and we need to act accordingly. XR Eurobodalla will stage its first local climate protest tomorrow (Saturday, October 19), carrying a ‘blue line’ down North Street to demonstrate the impact the predicted sea level rise will have on local businesses. Local...
Bush in survival mode as dry times forecast to continue
News
Trees are turning brown in the green forested landscape of the Bega Valley and Eurobodalla as dry times push the environment to its limits. Big patches of what appears to be dead and dying bush are a talking point and visible from the Princess Highway north and south of Bega and west of Moruya. "It's the drought, it happened back...
Outback where dust storms, not rain, inhabit the skies
Environment
“If you know Bourke, you know Australia,” according to iconic bush poet and writer Henry Lawson. A recent trip through the central west of NSW to this outback town was evidence of that, as the seriousness of the drought in Bourke is reflected in towns right across Australia. It’s old and familiar territory. I was born in the outback, less...
Rural Lands Strategy sign off, “a fantastic result for our entire region”
News
Eurobodalla Shire Council says it's pleased with amendments to the long talked about and much debated Rural Lands Strategy which has just been signed off on by the NSW Planning Department. "And we are thankful for the time and constructive input that has been provided by many people in our community in the development of the Rural Lands Strategy and...
Funding for new Eurobodalla dam as water restrictions start
News
With a summer of water restrictions starting this week in the Eurobodalla comes welcome funding from the NSW Government for a big new water storage in the shire. Member for Bega Andrew Constance has announced $26.3 million for the design and construction of the Eurobodalla Southern Water Storage, west of Bodalla on the banks of the Tuross River. "The Eurobodalla...
Tilba’s dairy maids: hardy, passionate, and with lovely long eyelashes
Business
ABC Cheese Factory was the original name of the famous co-op here in Tilba on NSW's South Coast. The name still sits proudly over the doorway of the heritage building at the bottom of the quaint main street. There were around 100 local dairy farmers in the area at one point, but when the Erica and Nick Dibden bought the...
Bega Council leads the way in reducing landfill with compostable nappy trial
Environment
Bega Valley locals and Bega Valley Shire council are stepping up to find a solution for one of Australia’s trickiest waste issues, the use of plastic nappies and incontinence products, of which an estimated 800 million are put into landfill each year. Fifty families have been issued a complimentary supply of Tasmanian-based compostable nappy manufacturer Eenee's products and for part...
Warming takes the heat out of fairy-wrens
News
The superb fairy-wren is one of Australia’s most recognisable bird species, yet warmer temperatures are having a big impact on their breeding habits according to researchers at the Australian National University (ANU). The research, led by Dr Lei Lv, who is visiting ANU from Sun Yat-sen University in China, looked at the breeding season of superb fairy-wrens living in the Australian National...
New signs to direct a dogs day at the beach in Eurobodalla
News
Eurobodalla Shire Council says its rangers are out and about, supporting pet owners to do the right thing when it comes to where and when their dogs are allowed to explore the region's stunning coastline and reserves. Deb Lenson, who manages the Council’s ranger team, says encouraging dog owners to familiarise themselves with the Eurobodalla’s new beach signage and companion...
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