Tumut teen raises his voice for climate action
Community
While most school kids spend their spare time playing Fortnite or making TikToks, Tumut's Rory Phillips has been playing the guitar and writing songs. He's been at it since he was seven. Now he’s partnered with the Bushwackers Band and Red Dirt Road Productions to create a 3-minute music video. The 13-year-old was Snowy Valleys Council Young Citizen of the...
Bodalla Local Aboriginal Land Council now powered by the sun, thanks to local generosity
Environment
On Tuesday, 23 June, the Bodalla Local Aboriginal Land Council hosted a gathering to acknowledge the generosity of two local organisations, Micro Energy Systems Australia and Southcoast Health and Sustainability Alliance , which worked together to donate a new solar system to the land council. And despite it being mid-year, the system is already producing 17-20 kilowatt-hours per day. “It's anticipated the...
“Braindead, stupid”: South Coast logging waste remains months after horror bushfire season
News
After burning for 74 days, the Currowan bushfire had killed three people, damaged or destroyed hundreds of homes and burnt half a million hectares. More than four months after the fire was officially declared extinguished, the "bushfire bomb" of logging waste in the Benandarah State Forest remains put, a decision which has been described as "braindead" and "tone deaf" by...
New growth at top tourist attraction
News
A whole new legion of fans are expected to be drawn to the Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden, south of Batemans Bay, when it reopens to the public later this year. The Botanic Garden is already ranked as the region’s number one attraction by TripAdvisor, but manager Michael Anlezark expects it to attract a whole new market segment when it reopens after being...
Sugar Pine Walk warning as removal begins
Environment
The impending removal of Sugar Pine Walk in Bago State Forest, at the foothills of the Snowy Mountains, has not only rattled scores of photos out of archives, but generated interest from scores of people hoping to get one last peek at the iconic woodland walk. Their actions have prompted the Forestry Corporation of NSW to issue a warning reminding...
No-cost and low-cost energy solutions workshop next Tuesday
Environment
Eurobodalla Shire Council will hold an online workshop next Tuesday, 16 June at 11 am to share insights and tips on saving energy and staying warm this winter. Householders can join the online workshop, which will help with simple no-cost and low-cost ways to save energy, reduce power bills and lower emissions. Council’s sustainability coordinator Mark Shorter said the workshop...
Here comes the next great pestilence, but this time it’s our willow trees facing the chop
Environment
As one form of pestilence begins to recede, a local silviculturist is warning that another is on the horizon - but this time it's the region's willow trees that are at risk. Braidwood truffle grower Peter Marshall says that the Giant Willow Aphid has arrived here from China, and that century-old trees around the South East are already dying. But...
Researchers say death by climate change “substantially underreported”
Environment
Two researchers from the Australian National University (ANU) say that heat-related deaths have been “substantially underreported” and are calling for climate change to be added to death certificates. Dr Arnagretta Hunter and co-author Dr Simon Quilty of the ANU Medical School say the amount of deaths attributed to excessive natural heat is at least 50 times more than recorded on death certificates. Their research has been published in The Lancet Planetary Health,...
Feral horse legal action “delaying the inevitable”
Environment
The Bogong High Plains is at risk of becoming the "Bogong Horse Plains" if delays continue in Parks Victoria's implementation of their feral horse removal plan, according to Invasive Species Council CEO Andrew Cox. His judgement has been bolstered by expert advice from the Australian National University's Professor in Environmental Science, Jamie Pittock, who says the horses' impact on the alpine environment...
CatBibs help save wildlife in Eurobodalla
Environment
Modern problems require modern solutions, and while cats harassing wild animals and birds is nothing new, the CatBib is making waves along the Eurobodalla Shire. CatBibs - an apron made from neoprene - is helping save local wildlife in the shire by hindering a cat's efforts to hunt, interfering with their coordination. The bib acts as a barrier between the...
Iconic Sugar Pine Walk to be removed – another victim of the fires
Environment
Following the devastation of the 2019-20 bushfire season, work will soon begin to remove the iconic Sugar Pine Walk in Bago State Forest. Forestry Corporation of NSW Snowy Region Manager Dean Anderson has confirmed what many locals already knew, that the forest was so heavily damaged in the bushfires the Sugar Pine Walk trees could not be saved. “The site...
Committee chair quits over approval of Snowy 2.0
News
The chair of a key scientific committee has quit over the NSW Government’s planning approval of the controversial Snowy 2.0 project and called for an independent review of the threats, mitigation measures and long-term impacts of the scheme. NSW Fisheries Scientific Committee chair Associate Professor Mark Lintermans, from the University of Canberra, says in his resignation statement that the NSW Government...
Funding for mange treatment program for coastal wombats
Community
Federal funding through the Communities Environment Program has been provided to WIRES Mid South Coast Branch to implement a wombat mange treatment program across the Eurobodalla Shire. Federal MP and Member for Gilmore Fiona Phillips was in Moruya on Tuesday to meet WIRES volunteer Tony de la Fosse, WIRES specialist carer Nelda Paterson and little Neddie the wombat. “The South...
RFS: “We don’t want to discourage people from using fire as a management tool”
News
It's the season for burning off and many people living in bushfire-affected communities are weighing up the benefits of reducing fuel load with the risk of starting an uncontrollable fire. Bega Valley Shire Council has asked residents to comment on a new draft of their Burning Off in Open Areas Policy, which aims to streamline the process of seeking council...
Funding flows for South Coast waterways
Environment
The NSW Government will give the Eurobodalla Shire Council $1.1 million over three years to mitigate the impact of bushfires on coastal waterways. The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment's Coastal and Estuary Grant Program will fund sediment and erosion control measures to protect estuary health, weed control and strategic revegetation on public land, working with private landholders. A further...
Time is up for Braidwood’s historic poplar avenues
Community
The longstanding saga of Braidwood’s historic highway entry lined with golden and Lombardy poplar trees is progressing to the next stage. Last week, Transport for NSW emailed some residents with plans to replace the ageing poplars with new saplings. The poplars have been deemed a roadside hazard because they are too close to the highway, and there have been several...
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