Environment

Rare snap has Yass photographer flying high
Environment
Rhonda Corcoran reckons she was just in the right place at the right time. Other photographers and bird lovers beg to differ. The Yass photographer, who has only "seriously" been shooting the abundant birdlife of Yass since the beginning of the year, last week caught a rare Peregrine Falcon with three babies in the nest. Although the powerful bird of prey...
Bega Valley’s bushfire recovery efforts gain national recognition with award
Community
The efforts of Bega Valley Shire Council (BVSC) to work with its community as it moved through the long journey of bushfire recovery has achieved national recognition. The 2019-2020 Black Summer bushfires decimated the region. There are still 143 clients of council's recovery support service living in temporary accommodation on their fire-impacted properties. But council's efforts to help residents has...
Almost two years on, have the Black Summer fires changed how we think?
Environment
Nearly two years have passed since the Black Summer fire-front swept through the region and, despite the passing of time, the memories are crystal clear for many. As trees and shrubs continue to regrow - the black wattle in particular at lightning speed - the thought of another large-scale fire season has people worried. Despite these concerns, many residents are...
Eurobodalla Botanic Garden reopens with new attraction
Community
It's been a bumpy few years for the Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden, but the gates have swung open again and staff are hoping visitors will flock back to the much-loved facility. With COVID-19 lockdowns lifting in regional NSW this week, garden manager Michael Anlezark has been able to welcome visitors back to the venue which has been ranked as one...
Wagga the groundbreaking face of agricultural innovation
Environment
If you want to look at the future of agriculture in Australia, the farmers of southern NSW don’t need spectacles, but they might need sunnies to see what’s sitting on the horizon at Wagga Wagga. With an approaching harvest likely to exceed the whopping 2016 season, the future is as bright as this year’s canola crop with a series of...
Mogo Wildlife Park’s animal hospital proves it’s up to the lion-sized task
Community
Operating on a lion, doing health checks on an orangutan, or monitoring a marmoset may not be standard veterinary practice, but at Mogo Wildlife Park's animal hospital it's all part of a day's work. The animal hospital has been running for more than a year now, and has proved a roaring success. The clinic was built after the 2019-2020 Black...
Discounted sustainable takeaway packaging offered to help reduce plastic use
Environment
The move towards a greener, healthier planet continues with Eurobodalla Shire Council offering discounted sustainable takeaway food packaging for businesses. According to the federal government, 3.5 million tonnes of plastics were used in Australia in the 2018-19 financial year and only 11.5 per cent of these were recycled or recovered. While the amount of plastic being recovered has steadily been increasing...
Citizen science to help save iconic snow gum from being eaten alive
Environment
If there was a poet who perfectly captured the character of the magnificent, tortured snow gum, it was David Watt Ian Campbell. This poet of the Monaro and man of the mountains was born to a farming family in 1915 at 'Ellerslie Station', near Adelong, in the Snowy Valleys region of NSW. David Campbell stepped through life in big strides. While...
Yass Valley Council adopts draft dumping policy, but could review it after election
News
Yass Valley Council has agreed to adopt a draft landfill policy for the region despite opposition from the community, but has asked the next council – following the election on 4 December, 2021 – to review the policy. Prior to its meeting in September when it adopted the policy, council had received 12 submissions opposing its landfill policy, including two...
The sowing of sugar pine seedlings a symbolic step
Environment
Testament to the sturdy, unerasable yet not immortal nature of the mountain communities west of the Snowy Mountains, the planting of a new crop of sugar pine seedlings in Bago State Forest has begun. It will take a century for the seedlings to sink as deep into the slopes as their predecessors, but what will be fathomless is their phoenix-like...
Scars are healing as volunteers breathe life back into Eurobodalla’s landscape
Environment
The Black Summer bushfires of 2019-2020 are far from a distant memory for the people of the NSW South Coast. The environment still wears its scars in the form of blackened trees and bare earth. It has been a big 12 months for Eurobodalla Shire Council as its environmental programs have delivered almost $1 million worth of works throughout the...
Bega Valley ‘superhuman’ Dane Waites encourages community to clean up the streets
Environment
An ongoing campaign to clean up Bega Valley's streets has been launched, with local identity and 'superhuman' Dane Waites at the forefront. Bega Valley Shire Council Mayor Russell Fitzpatrick said the 'Give Dane a Clean Run' campaign was devised by Bournda Environmental Education Centre and Bega Tathra Safe Ride, and is fronted by an inspiring local member of the community....
Invasive cactus a prickly problem for people, pets and the environment
Environment
While some species of prickly pear may seem like they would make an attractive pot plant, once in the natural environment the cactus can create impenetrable spikey walls and cost millions to control. A statewide campaign is urging people to be on the lookout for the sale or trade of the prohibited plant, which has bristles and spines that can cause...
Hopes backyard bird count will bring good news as bush recovers from Black Summer
Environment
Following the devastating loss of wildlife during the Black Summer Bushfires, it is hoped this year's Aussie Backyard Bird Count will reveal an increase in bird numbers in south eastern NSW. From 18 - 24 October, BirdLife Australia is asking all Aussies to spend 20 minutes in their backyard or favourite outdoor space, identifying and counting birds before submitting results using...
‘Exciting’ new Timber Optimisation Hub approved for Eden despite community concerns
News
A new Timber Optimisation Hub has been approved to be built near Eden and while it has been hailed as an "exciting" development for the region, its critics believe it contrasts with efforts to combat climate change The development application was approved by Bega Valley Shire Council on Tuesday (14 September) with only three councillors voting against the proposal. Councillor...
Superb new homes for rare and extremely fussy parrots
Environment
Superb parrots are among Australia's most exquisite and iconic birds, but they're also among the rarest. Fewer than 10,000 are thought to remain in the wild. Part of the issue is the parrot is extremely fussy about where it raises its young, which means it struggles to find a place to call home as suitable trees are removed. The good...
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