South East Local Land Services looking to fill two board positions
News
Would you like to make a real impact in times of need? Local Land Services is calling on the community to step forward and help make a difference by applying to join the South East board, with two appointed positions currently open. "It's all hands on deck in areas where fire is burning," shares Local Land Services State chair Richard Bull,...
Mumbulla Foundation signals a challenging future as 2019 grants announced
Community
A volunteer organisation, responsible for awarding $1.2 million in grants to community groups over the last 19 years has flagged concerns for its own future. "Over the last nineteen years, more than 290 organisation and groups across the Bega Valley have received support from the Mumbulla Foundation," says Michael Pryke, Chair, The Mumbulla Foundation. "But now the Mumbulla Foundation needs your help....
Have your say on proposed Merimbula Airport runway extension
News
The Merimbula Airport terminal upgrades are almost complete, with some finishing touches and car park work still in progress. Bega Valley Shire Council is keen to turn the communities thoughts to the next part of the airport upgrade - the proposed runway extension. The environmental impact statement is now available for public comment. Aviation experts Lambert and Rehbein, with a...
New drought hardy garden beds for veg at Moruya Community Garden
Community
The grounds of Moruya's Red Door Hall now have a community garden designed to cope with the dry times we live in. Sustainable Agriculture & Gardening Eurobodalla (SAGE), received an IMB Bank Community Foundation grant of $20,000 which included establishing a Moruya Community Garden. 'Veggies For All' Coordinator Kathryn Maxwell says “Without this funding this amazing SAGE project would not...
Mutton Bird numbers dive as Alaska – Australia migration gets harder
Environment
Those who grew up lucky enough to have the beach at their back door will be familiar with the annual migration of Mutton Birds. As a kid, I remember my local beach being blanketed in their grey feathered bodies; washed ashore dead with the tide. Fears of pollution in the water were soon put to one side once people realised...
Gardening in dry times – tips from Perma-Queen Kathleen McCann
Community
Everything is so dry. We are now living (and some of our most beautiful plants and animals only just living!) in very difficult conditions in South East NSW. What can we do to help keep our plants alive and our vegetable gardens healthy and hearty? Here are a few go-to techniques and idea that have helped me ride out dry...
“We can’t stop this fire” – Ken Hall, Rural Fire Service
News
There were mixed feelings at the Long Beach Rural Fire Brigade this morning (2 December) as residents of northern Eurobodalla villages were told to prepare for the approaching Currowan Fire. Rural Fire Service Deputy Incident Controller Ken Hall received a warm welcome from the crowd who were eager to hear the latest update. "We can't stop this fire. It is so...
Ideas for driving emissions down to assist with Eurobodalla climate adaptation
Environment
With fires raging up and down the East Coast, temperature records being broken and our rivers running dry, many in the community are asking for action and leadership from all levels of government. Members of the Eurobodalla community have just attended a council workshop held in response to moves for Eurobodalla Shire Council to declare a climate emergency. Council’s Manager...
Southern Tablelands initiative recognised for innovative agriculture
Economy
With the implications of climate change growing louder in community consciousness, one group has been concentrating on land, soil and food production in innovative ways. ‘Land to Market Australia’ (L2MA), based on the NSW Southern Tablelands, has been named Grand Champion of the 2019 NSW Landcare Awards for the Australian Government Innovation in Agriculture Award. The 2019 Landcare Awards, presented...
Chook Chat with Cheryl Nelson – The best medicine for Summer health
Community
Keeping our chickens healthy is really important. Our motto at Natural Chicken Health is that prevention is better than a cure. Chickens need vitamins, minerals, good nutrition, and like us, they need low stressors and sufficient rest. There are physical measures we can take to support the lives of our chooks and help prevent disease: The number of chooks to...
A momentous gathering of the Yuin Nation to heal country and spirit
News
Gulaga Mountain is the place of ancestral origin within the mythology of the Yuin People, she is the mother of Yuin Man, and many believe the mother of all man. This Sunday, December 1, Tilba Sportsground in the shadow of Gulaga, will be the setting for a historic gathering of the Yuin Nation, a bunaan, or corroboree, a coming together to...
Widespread smoke haze takes over Southern skies
News
Today's smokey skies are the worst the region has seen so far with Southern NSW and the ACT choked while firefighters on the ground and in the air work to control fires near Braidwood and Cooma. Southern NSW Local Health District (SNSWLHD) is urging people with respiratory conditions to take extra care, with concerns poor air quality may affect their...
Nelligen bushfire was a “scary wake up call” for market farmer Jess
News
Jess O'Shea was sitting in her caravan when a friend called to alert her of an out of control fire close by on Old Nelligen Road earlier this week. Thankfully the fire was contained by the following day leaving Jess's property unscathed but with a lingering question hanging over her head - "What's my evacuation plan?" After seeing so many...
Moruya and Bega students join School Strike 4 Climate on Friday
Environment
Far South Coast students will join in with the global movement 'School Strike 4 Climate' this Friday in Moruya and Bega. Students are calling for urgent political action on climate change in solidarity with bushfire victims. Local Moruya students have organised a sit-in at the Eurobodalla Council chambers. Strikers are asked to bring an eco-friendly picnic and loose change to...
Spate of South Coast arson continues with Eden arrest yesterday
Environment
With fires burning across the state and testing conditions continuing for firefighters, it's hard for most of us to wrap our minds around the act of arson – deliberately setting the dry bush alight. But yesterday, South Coast Police made another arson arrest, with a 33-year-old man from Victoria caught allegedly deliberately lighting fires on forestry land in the vicinity...
Bega Valley RFS volunteer alleged to have deliberately lit seven fires
News
With the skies of the Bega Valley choked by smoke this week comes news that one of those called on to put fires out has been charged with arson. A NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) Bega Valley volunteer has been charged following an investigation into a spate of deliberately lit fires in the region. Between Thursday, October 27, 2019 and...
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