Environment

Locals claim Snowy Mountains construction causing terrible destruction
Environment
WARNING: Some images in this story may be confronting to readers. Having clocked hundreds of kilometres trekking the Snowy Mountains, Michelle Brown is bewildered brumby critics can justify their arguments as Snowy 2.0 decimates the very land they’re trying to save. “I’m seeing pristine tracts of land turned inside out as the construction continues” she said. "Yet we have the...
No to bromadiolone isn’t a yes for mouse plague complacency
Environment
The rejection of a proposal to use bromadiolone to control NSW’s mouse plague by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinarian Medicines Authority (APVMA) has been met with relief by farmers and conservation groups. But the calm should not be replaced with complacency, says a leading ecologist. Charles Sturt University's Dr Maggie Watson said she and her peers are relieved at the APVMA decision not...
Largest ever pine crop heads for fire-razed hills
Environment
This week workers at Tumut's Blowering Nursery will farewell some of their wards as they are loaded on trucks bound for their next life as maturing trees in fire-impacted regions of NSW. The first of more than 9.1 million pine seedlings have started their journey to state forests from the Forestry Corporation of NSW’s nursery. It is the largest crop...
‘I saw nothing but pride’: Ngunnawal Elder leads return of cultural burning to Yass Valley
Community
Ngunnawal Elder and grandmother Lillian Bell is proving age is no barrier by becoming one of the NSW Rural Fire Service's newest recruits. She recently completed the organisation's Bush Firefighter training with nine other Aboriginal people, including Ngunnawal Elders Ken and Pam Bell, from the Yass Valley. Together, they will assist their community with returning cultural burning to Ngunnawal country. "I felt...
Experts say governments must act on health risks from bushfire smoke
Health & Wellbeing
Experts claim governments must do more to tackle climate change and fight increasing health risks from bushfire smoke. The Global Climate and Health Alliance has released an international report, titled 'The Limits of Liveability', which states governments must prepare public health systems to tackle the effects of air pollution from bushfire smoke. The report found bushfire smoke has a range of...
Donation of trees to bushfire-impacted Quaama park is a symbol of hope
Community
Trees donated to Quaama will help rebuild the bushfire-impacted town park into a beautiful space for many years to come. The 12 established trees, donated by Victoria-based nursery Speciality Trees, will revitalise the bushfire-damaged Quaama Memorial Park. "I think it's really important people know there are people outside their area that care - it's not just governments that want to...
Murrumbidgee’s failing river headwaters should not be forgotten
Environment
There’s a trickle of a stream meandering through Long Plain up in Kosciuszko National Park with a sign saying 'Murrumbidgee River'. Murrumbidgee is the Wiradjuri word for 'big water'. As you drive across the river – and you can – it’s nigh on impossible to reconcile that infant flow with its downstream maturation as Australia’s second longest river that eventually meets...
South Coast birds still dying but disease spread slows
Environment
Although the mortality rate is decreasing, rainbow lorikeets are still dying in large numbers along the NSW South Coast months after a spate of deaths was first recorded. WIRES is reporting the iconic birds are still being seriously afflicted by a bacterial infection in areas ranging from the South Coast to the Northern Rivers. University of Sydney Wildlife and Conservation Professor...
Traditional First Nations names may be added to Far South Coast mountains and island
News
Place names that have been used for thousands of years may finally be officially recognised by the NSW Government if a National Parks and Wildlife Service proposal is given the go ahead. Familiar NSW Far South Coast landmarks, such as Mount Dromedary, may soon appear on maps and signage with dual names, officially recognising the names given by First Nations people....
Wharf to Wharf Walk connects historic sites and nature on Far South Coast
Community
A new coastal walk aims to connect two NSW Far South Coast towns and their communities to its history and environment. The Wharf to Wharf Walk officially opens on 26 June and spans 27km between the historic Merimbula and Tathra wharfs. Once just a series of unconnected tracks that snaked north and south between these two great wharfs, and popular...
Public donations kindle new facility for threatened platypus
Environment
In the wake of heightened concerns about the threatened status of the iconic platypus comes the news the species is to have a second dedicated rescue and rehabilitation facility in NSW. Thanks to plans by the Taronga Conservation Society Australia and RSPCA NSW, a new purpose-built facility will serve as a refuge for platypus requiring urgent care and respite at...
Poisonous debate rages as mice hunker down for winter
Environment
Out in the land of crops west and north of Canberra, the cold isn’t doing much to abate the plague of mice across grain-germinating paddocks. Farm folklore dictates that the first frosts would decimate populations, but recent rain, snow and bitter winds are proving as ineffective as Queensland was against NSW in game one of the 2021 State of Origin...
Regional businesses follow ACT’s lead in preparing for single-use plastics ban
News
Eurobodalla Shire is following the ACT's lead by helping local businesses find alternatives to single-use plastics. The nationwide ban on some single-use plastics is set to take effect in 2025 although the Federal Government will begin to phase out some types of plastic and polystyrene sooner in order to meet the target. Items such as plastic bags; any products termed...
Australia’s first hands-free, high-tech farm bound for southern NSW
News
Farmers across the nation will watch with interest as Australia’s first fully automated commercial farm establishes itself in southern NSW. For many people, the notion of hands-free farming is as far from reality as being able to forecast long-range weather in advance, but this new high-tech facility at the edge of the NSW food bowl is garnering much interest. It aims...
Alpine plants face ‘bleak future’ in adapting to warmer climate
Environment
Native alpine plants in Kosciuszko National Park are not keeping pace with rapid changes in the environment, according to a study by a PhD research scholar at the Australian National University. The study, funded by a grant from the Australian Research Council's Discovery Projects, honed in on herbarium (preserved) specimens from 21 native alpine plant species, making more than 1500 measurements of...
South Coast residents rolling up their sleeves and creating hope for a brighter future
Opinion
I’ll be honest, I’ve worked in climate advocacy and conservation for three decades and it can be soul-destroying. Whether hampered by the hotly debated issues of land management and development, or stalled by the chasm between conflicting political ideologies, it sometimes seems that calls for a cleaner, greener NSW South Coast fall on deaf ears. But two major events held...
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