NSW mining company begins search for gold near Yass and Murrumbateman
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The owner of Tallebung and Doradilla mines in NSW has applied for a six-year licence to search for gold across 141 square kilometres in and around Yass and Murrumbateman. The Australian and New Zealand-owned Sky Metals lodged the application under its subsidiary company, Aurum Metals, and expects an outcome from the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment within about two...
Bemboka waste transfer station to re-open after fires
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Bega Valley Shire councillors have unanimously agreed to reopen Bemboka's tip after it was impacted by the 2020 bushfires. Bemboka waste transfer station will be serviced at pre-closure levels, one day per week, councillors agreed at their ordinary meeting on 26 August. The council is yet to decide which day the tip will be open on. Since the fires, the...
Bega Valley Indigenous community pushes to open lakes by hand after heavy rainfall
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The opening of lakes and estuaries to the sea is often a local spectacle after heavy rain, with many people keen to see the flushing action revive waterways. According to Bega Valley resident and Yuin man Graeme Moore, this same activity has been undertaken by Indigenous people for thousands of years, likely using sticks and scooping tools - and he'd...
Bega Valley Shire Council to vote on major overhaul of waste management and transfer stations
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Next week, Bega Valley Shire Council will vote on a proposal to introduce new kerbside and bin bank collections to more than 1100 rural residents, reopen the fire-damaged Bemboka Waste Transfer Depot, and construct a new state-of-the-art resource recovery precinct at the Central Waste Facility. The proposal would be delivered in stages over five years and create new employment opportunities,...
Logging beach clean-ups with Tangaroa Blue
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Eurobodalla Shire Council is reminding residents to log their beach finds on Tangaroa Blue's national database as debris continues to wash up on local beaches. Council’s sustainability coordinator, Mark Shorter, said items from a shipping container spill in May are continuing to wash ashore. “The APL England lost 50 shipping containers into the sea while en route to Melbourne and...
Rare, native plant discovered post-bushfires
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Rare, native plants are sprouting to life at Malua Bay, on the NSW South Coast. The discovery has been made at one of 14 sites across the Eurobodalla Shire being monitored to record the recovery of vegetation and the appearance of weeds. Consultant botanist Jackie Miles said the returning vegetation was a mixture of post-disturbance colonisers, which disappear once normal...
Optimistic outlook for Southern Tablelands farmers
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Recent rainfall has brought relief to Southern Tablelands farmers after years of drought. Grazier Dave Ward said the rain was enough to break the drought on his property at Bungonia near Goulburn. Spring Ponds received a soaking of 133.4mm in the first week of August, following 42.4mm in July. “I think it will be an unbelievable spring," said Mr Ward....
Residents form a barricade to protect elm trees in Bungendore
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A group of angry residents from the Bungendore community have formed a barricade to prevent the removal of a stand of elm trees being cleared to make way for a multi-million dollar sports hub in the town. About 12 residents formed the barricade on Wednesday morning (12 August) before taking their protest to the Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council (QPRC) chambers at...
Goulburn Waste Management Centre upgrade gets the go-ahead
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An upgraded Goulburn Waste Management Centre should reduce the amount of waste going into landfill and bring down the cost for some users. The new Goulburn Waste Management Centre, also known as Re-Use Goulburn (RUG), will complete the site’s transformation from traditional landfill to a modern waste management centre, according to Goulburn Mulwaree Council Mayor Bob Kirk. “It is important...
Swimmers urged not to go in the water after heavy rains
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Eurobodalla Shire Council Environmental Health Coordinator Nathan Ladmore has urged residents not to go swimming or surfing, due to polluted water and debris from the bushfires which is washing into local waterways. The warning extends to beaches, lakes, and rivers, which have deteriorating water quality from runoff due to the heavy rain and bushfire debris. Mr Ladmore urged residents to...
Five environmental groups receive drought and bushfire grants
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If you're wondering where all the money donated to save wildlife as bushfires tore through many parts of drought-affected Australia last summer has been distributed, look no further. A handful of environmental groups across the ACT, South West Slopes and Monaro regions are currently celebrating a small windfall they hope will make a significant long-term difference to recovery in the...
Environmental weeds management crucial to Eurobodalla’s bushfire recovery
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Eurobodalla Shire Council has received more than $1.8 million to bolster environmental recovery efforts following the Black Summer bushfires. The funding comes from a number of grants from the federal and NSW governments, WIRES, Landcare Australia and the Biodiversity Conservation Trust. According to Eurobodalla Shire Council's natural resource supervisor, Heidi Thomson, the most pressing issues are invasive weed control, improving...
Hard rubbish collection to begin next week
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Eurobodalla Shire Council is set to begin its annual hard waste collection next week. Kerbside collections will begin at Tilba and North Narooma on Monday, 20 July, and finish at South Durras in late September. Eurobodalla Shire Council's waste services divisional manger, Amanda Jones, said the hard waste collection includes fridges, microwaves, rolls of carpet, garden tools and furniture. “Households...
Far South Coast Indigenous fire practitioners for hire on private land
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The South Coast NSW Aboriginal Elders association (SCAE) and Batemans Bay Local Aboriginal Land Council recently conducted the first traditional burn on private land since the past summer's bushfires. The burn took place in early July on the Meringo property owned by Mark and Julie Mills. SCAE's business manager Prue Bartlett says people are worried about fuel loads post-bushfires and...
Machines move in to clear majestic Sugar Pine Walk
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In one of the most mournful chapters of the enduring story that is the aftermath of the 2019-2020 bushfires for the Batlow and Tumbarumba region, the majestic trees that lined Sugar Pine Walk in Bago State Forest are now piles of logs. In recent weeks, Forestry Corporation of NSW has been working to dismember the forest – covering approximately 100 hectares...
It’s time for annual land and stock returns – check your mailbox and lodge online
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While farmers will receive their annual land and stock returns by mail this week, NSW Local Land Services is urging landholders to lodge their return online. Annual returns are a statutory requirement and the data they provide ensure farmers get the help they need when emergencies or disasters strike. “We’re urging landholders to complete their annual land and stock return...
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