Environment

Wind farm generates funding boost for Grabben Gullen community
Community
Grabben Gullen will be better placed to fight bushfires thanks to a $90,000 grant from the Biala Wind Farm - the first in a series of grants Biala will give to community groups during its working life in the region. The 31-turbine wind farm is located 5km outside Grabben Gullen and about 15km from Crookwell. The first $90,000 grant will...
Ten megalitre mineral water bottling plant proposed for Nerrigundah Mountain Road
News
A mineral water extraction and bottling plant proposed for Eurobodalla could see up to 10 megalitres of water - that's around 16 million 600 millilitre bottles - drawn from a bore annually. Eurobodalla Shire Council has received a Development Application to operate the plant at 51-53 Nerrigundah Mountain Road, Eurobodalla. A council spokesperson said the development was originally approved by council on...
Environmentalists angered by management of Rocky Hill
Environment
An environmentalist has lashed out at the long-term management of Rocky Hill, one of Goulburn's most valuable natural assets. In the latest setback following clearing to make way for houses, months of rain has washed out a scar on the hill, filled backyards and the Goulburn Wetlands below with mud and gravel, and likely killed fish and reptiles. One of...
Charles Massy’s dragons tale spreads the word about conservation
Arts & Culture
"Beneath the western mountains, on the open plains of the high Monaro where the skies are blue and big, there lived a little dragon lizard." The Last Dragon covers the adventures of Timpo, a Grassland Earless Dragon lizard who embarks on a journey to discover if he is the last of his kind in the valley. Written by a prominent agricultural...
Soft plastics saved from landfill and reused as five school benches
Community
Thousands of plastic bags have been saved from slowly deteriorating at tips and reused as benches for schools across Bega Valley. A recent competition run by Bega Valley Shire Council's waste services team asked for residents to show their novel ways of dealing with soft plastic waste. The five winners were asked to nominate a school to receive a REPLAS...
Nine years on from Cobbler Road bushfire, Yass remembers one of its darkest days
Community
This week marks nine years since the day when bushfire conditions in Yass broke all NSW records – a day the town will never forget The temperature hit 42 degrees, a gusty 80km/h wind blew and humidity was low. The triple-zero call firies were dreading came at 3:50 pm on 8 January, 2013. A fire, which had started on the outskirts...
Paula Boer lost her husband then bushfire destroyed her property, but its recovery is chronicled in a book of 1300 photos
Community
First Paula Boer lost her husband, then the bushfires came. Almost two years later she has released a new photographic book, which is also a science book, a reference book and a personal story, that features more than 1300 photos she took as her 500-acre property Docsden as it recovered from the 2020 bushfires. Bushfire Recovery at Badja: A Landowner's Observations...
Gunning Landcare leads way in fight against ferals
Community
It started in 2015 when one of the state's smallest Landcare groups came up with a plan to help rid the district of a menace that all landholders face - the wild fox. Today, the plan, Feral Fighters, is being used state-wide with great success in helping to protect the environment. The predecessor of the Gunning and District Landcare group,...
CSIRO and NSW Rural Fire Service fighting bushfires as a united front
News
Two agencies best equipped to tackle bushfires, the CSIRO and NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS), have joined forces to create what is being described as a potential lifesaver. Australia's national science agency and the RFS have developed the nation's most advanced model to date for predicting the speed and behaviour of eucalypt forest fires, designed to help save life and...
NSW Parliament pushes for action on cultural fishing for First Nations people
News
Following public outcry that First Nations peoples face a disproportionate rate of fishing-related charges, the NSW Parliament has passed a resolution supporting cultural fishing and calling for a review into prosecutions. In late November, the NSW Legislative Council passed a motion calling on the state government to review all fines and prosecutions launched against Indigenous Australian fishers to ensure genuine...
Two years after the Black Summer bushfires, time-lapse video captures remarkable regrowth of our forests
Environment
'How will things ever go back to normal?' That was the question everyone asked after the 2019-2020 Black Summer bushfires, with forests turning from green wonders to dark, ash-filled, post-apocalyptic wastelands. However, two years on we've seen some remarkable regrowth throughout the Eurobodalla Shire. Although some parts continue to struggle. For me, the bushfires were a life-changing moment. Up until...
Eleven million trees start their journey at Blowering Nursery
Environment
On the back of a record 2021 planting season, Forestry Corporation of NSW’s 2022 seedling crop is well and truly underway with 11 million radiata pine (Pinus radiata) sown in the organisation’s Blowering Nursery, near Tumut. Forestry Corporation of NSW plantation improvement manager Phil Green said during the past eight weeks, nursery staff have sown around 300,000 seeds a day...
Millions of dollars given to help Bega Valley and Eurobodalla with bushfire clean-up
Community
Millions of dollars will be shared between the Bega Valley and Eurobodalla to assist the regions with the clean-up after the 2019-2020 bushfires. The NSW Government is giving a combined $13.8 million to the two regions for landfill improvements. “All these projects will help improve community resilience for future disasters by supporting essential services in areas still recovering from the...
Heavy regional rainfall has Lake George as full as its been since 2017
Environment
A full Lake George is an exceptional sight. Following heavy rainfall throughout 2021, the lake, which is situated 40km northeast of Canberra, is beginning to look like a full body of water again after the 2017-2019 drought left it barren and lifeless. Numerous pictures are circulating online of people admiring Lake George in all its glory, but is it here...
Wagonga Inlet reef and foreshore targeted for restoration
News
Narooma is renowned for its pristine waters and scenic beauty, but some people fear its reef is in danger of being loved to death. Constant boat traffic and fishing are contributing to damage at Wagonga Inlet reef, and divers who have seen the damage firsthand say while the reef's condition is not yet critical, it is under pressure. Francois Van...
Australian Agricultural Centre to host farming and carbon field day at Crookwell
Environment
Since the discussion of carbon offsets first started, it has had many farmers questioning if carbon sequestering is the new cash crop? On Friday, 26 November, industry professionals will meet with producers at Crookwell Showground to present opportunities to those wanting to transition from the idea of carbon sequestration towards field practice. The Australian Agricultural Centre's farming and carbon field...
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