Environment

New Wagga solar farm proposal unites concerned district farmers
Environment
Landowners east of Wagga Wagga are joining forces to safeguard valuable farmland and food security against the expansion of solar factories in the region. The Riverina Sustainable Food Alliance (RSFA) has been formed in response to the growing number of solar factories or “farms” being proposed for prime agricultural properties across the Wagga Wagga electorate. While alliance members acknowledge solar...
Nation-first trial of public bin for organic waste launches in Pambula
Community
Bega Valley Shire Council is trialling a new public bin system incorporating general waste and recycling alongside the popular FOGO (Food Organics and Garden Organics) collection service. It is reportedly the first trial of a public FOGO bin in Australia and has started at two eateries in the picturesque rural town of Pambula. "The trial is a response to community demand...
Wombat roadkill lowered by Wagga researcher’s virtual fences
Environment
Wombat roadkill can be a distressing sight, but a project to markedly reduce wombat deaths is underway in the Snowy Mountains region. The project involved a study exploring the use of “virtual fences” to conserve wombat populations and minimise road accidents, which took place along Old Bega Road near Glenbog State Forest, west of Bemboka. Charles Sturt University researcher Dr...
National award for Western Riverina feral pig eradication program
Environment
The Western Riverina Pest Project has been awarded a national Froggatt Award for delivering the largest feral pig control program in Australia. The annual awards, named in honour of the Australian entomologist who was a lone voice lobbying against the deliberate release of cane toads in the 1930s, recognises outstanding achievements in Australia’s fight against environmental weeds, diseases and pest animals....
Sprinkler systems to protect endangered Corroboree Frogs from fires in Kosciuszko National Park
Environment
Specially-built enclosures fitted with irrigation systems will help protect critically-endangered Southern Corroboree frogs from bushfires in the Kosciuszko National Park. The frog population in southern New South Wales was significantly impacted by the Black Summer bushfires and a breeding program is expected to boost numbers in the region. One hundred of the bright yellow and black frogs have been reintroduced into...
The story of Eric the Caterpillar continues to inspire students nationwide
Community
Eric the caterpillar who became a butterfly may have flown the coop, so to speak, but what’s still thriving is the influence his story has had on a generation of children. In the 12 or so days since Eric emerged from his chrysalis and fluttered off into the world, the Binalong home in which Eric was raised has become something...
Cooma’s ageing weir and fishway to be replaced to improve water for people, native animals alike
News
An ageing weir vulnerable to flooding will be replaced to ensure freshwater supply to Cooma for years to come, while a new fishway will also be built as part of the project to allow for the safe passing of native fish. Snowy Monaro Regional Council has drawn water from the weir, which is north of the town near the popular...
Question marks over latest algal bloom that has forced Lake Albert closure
News
Wagga Wagga City Council has closed Lake Albert after the return of blue-green algae and advised the public to avoid contact with the water. Wagga City Council manager environment and regulatory services Mark Gardiner said the council had observed the visual signs of algae scum, which poses a public health hazard. On Monday, 7 March, the council placed signs advising the...
Mikayla’s study involves spotlit night searches for ‘flying koalas’
Environment
The work of one Wagga student is helping to detect and protect a vulnerable population of Australia’s largest gliding mammal – Greater Gliders - in southern NSW. “Some people will refer to them as ‘flying koalas’ due to their large fluffy ears, eucalypt diet and gliding capabilities,” Charles Sturt University (CSU) student Mikayla Green said. Her research sometimes has her...
Work starts to improve Yass water – but it’s too early for locals to raise their glasses
News
For residents of the Yass Valley who have had to put up with foul-smelling, discoloured tap water for longer than most can remember, relief may soon be in sight. Long-awaited upgrade work on the Yass Water Treatment Plant has started and is the first of a three-stage process to better manage the quality of the town's drinking water. Under the...
How dead trees – and your experience – may help save future lives
Community
We know what fires do, we hope we know how to prevent them from coming too close to life and limb, but what about afterwards? When fire rages through an environment, it leaves little in its path. But according to researcher Rachael Nolan with the NSW Bushfire Risk Management Research Hub, what it does leave and how long before an...
Local landowners open their gates for flooded-out livestock
News
After days of flooding rain and with another sopping wet week predicted, many southeast residents are watching rising rivers with mounting concern for their homes, farms and livestock. But help is at hand, with several locals opening up their land as sanctuaries for those animals that may end up stuck in low-lying areas in the coming days. LouEllen Anderson runs...
Farmers reach regenerative agriculture success in the Upper Lachlan Shire
Environment
Around five years ago in the Southern Tablelands region near Crookwell, Dimity Taylor and her husband Hugh Klem joined a local group of like-minded, environmentally-conscious farmers working towards restoring their landscape health. In the years prior, Dimity and Hugh had taken over the management of the family property at Bannister, where they lived with their three children. At their farm, they...
Mining company remains tight-lipped about Donkey Hill project near Moruya
Environment
Moruya residents are calling for an "open discussion" about potential plans for a gold mine at Donkey Hill, however the mining company exploring the area is remaining tight-lipped. Region Media contacted Andrew Graham, the geological consultant to the private company that holds the exploration licence at Donkey Hill, who declined comment. Matt Perks, whose Wamban Road property overlooks the hill...
Two years on, $50 million bushfire grants announced for Eurobodalla and Bega
News
Almost $50 million will be injected into community projects in the Eurobodalla and Bega Valley Shires more than two years after the Black Summer Bushfires devastated the region. Community-led and council projects in the Eurobodalla will receive $12.7 million, while the Bega Valley will benefit from $35.5 million as part of the Federal Government’s Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grants Program....
Paul West and fishing guru ‘Starlo’ throw a line to an innovative Eden start-up
Environment
Australian fishing legend, sports fishing writer and television personality Steve ‘Starlo’ Starling said a business turning marine waste into compost was one of the most exciting developments for recreational fishing and recycling industries he had seen in 50 years. In a new film Ocean To Earth, Starlo takes anglers on a journey that starts in the pristine waters of the...
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