Environment

‘Hands Across the Sands’ of South Broulee in last week of climate election
Environment
It was a determined crowd that converged on a wind-blown South Broulee Beach on Saturday morning to demand action on climate change. The event was organised by Tomakin resident Chantal Bradshaw, as part of a global event, ‘Hands Across the Sand.’ The global event is due on May 18, but due to the Australian election date was held a week...
Women In Science Forum connects Sapphire Coast and New Zealand
Environment
As you are reading this, a damp and salty sample of Durvillea Potatorum collected off the coast near Tathra, is making its way through New Zealand customs on its way to the lab of  Dr Ceridwen Fraser . Dr Fraser, an associate professor at the Department of Marine Science at the University of Otago, New Zealand, will analyze the...
Rock on – Clyde River Oyster Shed spans four generations
Food & Wine
Winter is oyster time and growers in the South East are busy. If you missed the Narooma Oyster Festival, there's still plenty of the delicious salt-water bivalve molluscs on offer along the Far South Coast. The Festival, held last weekend, was not only a peak marketing event for the expanding industry, but also a good opportunity for growers from different estuaries...
Chook Chat with Cheryl Nelson – the joys of deep litter in your hen house
Community
Deep litter in a chicken coop develops its own biome (bacterial culture), which acts to reduce insect pests, diseases like coccidiosis and unwanted moulds. The biome helps to decompose manure which reduces the amount of maintenance. Here are the steps to clean the coop and make a healthy, natural deep litter on the floor... Step One Make a sweet smelling,...
A tale of Tommy the spaniel and the earless dragons
News
On the dry grassland reserve in Jerrabomberra Valley, a brown and white springer spaniel trots up a hill, his curious nose planted firmly on the ground. His name is Tommy, and he is no regular canine. He has the very important job of using the 220 million olfactory receptors in his nose to pick up the scent of one of...
Bega’s Café Evolve serving up sustainability as FOGO trial rolls out to local cafes
Business
Café Evolve in the main street of Bega, serves coffee and hearty meals, opening up at the cock’s crow most mornings for locals out, about and on the town. Serving Wild Rye’s locally roasted coffee, using Tilba Milk and an abundance of seasonal produce, the busy café spills over into Candelo Books next door and hums and bustles with town...
Council invites questions about Merimbula Ocean Outfall project
News
Community discussion about the Merimbula Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) and Ocean Outfall Project rolls on during May with Bega Valley Shire Council continuing its information tour of the region. Water and Sewer Services staff will be in Merimbula and Pambula over the next three weekends, giving people a chance to ask questions and find out more about this contentious project. Water and...
Eden Monaro candidates support renaming Kosciuszko
News
In an election campaign dominated by talk of tax cuts and changes, the voice of the region's first people has cut through at the About Regional-Jindabyne Chamber of Commerce Meet the Candidates Forum. Speaking on behalf of the Ngarigo people of the Snowy Monaro, elder Michelle Francis asked the candidates standing for Eden Monaro if they would support the renaming or...
Who’s who in Gilmore, meet the candidates on your ballot paper
News
Gilmore is shaping up as one of the key seats to watch this Federal Election and is described as the most marginal seat in Australia. The sprawling electorate reaches from Kiama down through Nowra and coastal communities to Tuross Heads. The seat was created in 1984 and has only been won by Labor once when Peter Knott became the Member in 1993....
Jindabyne to host Snowy Monaro Waste Expo this Saturday
Community
Making conscientious choices to reduce household waste and protect the environment has some different implication in cooler climates - that's why Snowy Monaro Regional Council's annual Resource and Waste Expo will include workshops not just on how to plant a tree but how to keep it alive at 900 metres of altitude. The Expo, to be held at the Jindabyne...
Tathra-Kalaru-Bega, & Lake St Merimbula bike paths update – progress!
News
While progress may seem slow, both the Kalaru-Tathra and Lake Street Merimbula shared paths are moving ahead, says Daniel Djikic, Manager of Project Development Assets and Operations for Bega Valley Shire Council. Soon we'll all be whizzing along both paths on our bikes, but for now, we must be content with the satisfaction of seeing small sections of path take shape,...
TEDx Sydney back in Bega on May 24, get your tickets here and now
What's On
Over the last two years, TEDx Sydney has found a home in the hearts and minds of the Bega Valley. For a third consecutive year About Regional and the Bega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre are partnering to bring this day of ideas and conversation to Bega for a unique day of thinking and inspiration. TED is a nonprofit organisation devoted to spreading...
Narooma community land up for Council discussion
Community
The future of Narooma's community spaces is up for discussion at Eurobodalla Shire Council. The results will guide the development and management of a large swathe of Narooma’s public land, including Bill Smyth and NATA ovals, the Wagonga Inlet foreshore, Ken Rose Park, and the leisure and swimming centre. Eurobodalla Shire Mayor Liz Innes says the current conversation is a...
New Eurobodalla tree-clearing rules up for comment
Environment
Tree removal is always a hot topic and Eurobodalla Shire Council is after community feedback on changes to two relevant documents on the issue. At Tuesday's Council, it was agreed to put on public exhibition draft amendments to the Residential Zone Development Control Plan for 28 days from this Wednesday - May 8. Council’s Director of Planning Lindsay Usher says...
Brogo Dam still open for fishing despite annual zero catch rules for NSW
Environment
The annual zero bag limit for Australian Bass and Estuary Perch from all rivers and estuaries in NSW is now in play - so head to Brogo Dam instead! NSW Department of Primary Industries Senior Fisheries Manager Inland, Cameron Westaway, says the closure protects fish species during their spawning period. “During the winter months these popular native sports fish species...
Just glow with it: local photographers snap ‘ghost mushroom’ while they can
Community
If you've been for a walk in the forest lately, chances are you've walked straight past a colony of ghost mushrooms - a creamy white, orange or purple oyster-shaped fungi which often grow at the base of trees. But at night, you can't miss the rare bioluminescent fungus or 'Ghost Mushroom,' as it glows with white light, radiating from...
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