Truffles – adding value to farm income and Canberra Region economy
Arts & Culture
There's black gold in them thar hills, and now we've got the figures to prove it. A decade on from the Canberra truffle industry's early days, Truffle Festival tourism is now worth around $8 million per annum to the region, according to research commissioned by local producers. There are more than 10,000 truffle tourists each year, and they'll spend up...
Surf Beach tip open for the weekend after Wednesday’s fire emergency
News
The Surf Beach Waste Management Facility near Batemans Bay has been reopened ahead of the weekend following Wednesday's fire. Eurobodalla Shire Council advises that the tip is now fully operational and that fire services have been stood down. Shire Waste Manager, Adam Patyus says he is grateful for the efforts of the Rural Fire Service, NSW Fire and Rescue and...
Viral video celebrates life and reflects on loss following Milton bushfire
News
A moving video told from the point of view of a premature baby boy fighting for his life is going viral as it honours the firefighters who fought to protect the family’s South Coast home and save their “new beginning”. The at times gut-wrenching video begins by tracing the story of the Paewhenua family as they tried to overcome the...
Fires from Surf Beach to Bemboka put smoke and tension in the air
News
Just as the Bemboka community was gathering for a progress report on a fire they have been living with for a week, residents up the road at Surf Beach watched anxiously as flames sprung from their local tip. The unfolding emergency surprised everyone at around 2:15 pm yesterday (August 22) when the fire alarm rung at Surf Beach tip near Batemans...
Boomerang Bags help in Goulburn’s war on waste
Arts & Culture
With Australians using around five billion plastic bags annually and less than 4 per cent recycled, Goulburn’s Boomerang Bags is doing its bit to save the environment - one bag at a time. The Goulburn group is part of a national grassroots, environmental movement that sews and distributes material bags as an alternative to plastic bags. So far, it’s handed...
Fire, snow, and good surf on the same day in South East NSW, weather explained with Sean Carson
News
The fire and ice South East NSW has experienced this last week is part of a bigger weather system that will play out over the months ahead. Within the space of a 10-minute drive, some Monaro and Bega Valley locals have been able to travel between a raging bushfire that has wiped out three homes and a thick carpet of...
“Weeks not days” – Community hears of plan to tackle Yankees Gap Fire
News
People living the midst of the Yankees Gap Fire gathered last night (August 20) to hear how the flames that have haunted Bemboka, Numbugga, and Brogo for the last 6 days are going to be tamed. "We are moving from a reactive stage to a major containment operation," says Pam O'Brien, Deputy Incident Controller, National Parks and Wildlife Service. "The objective is...
Yankees Gap Fire likely to grow, difficult to put in a box
News
The Yankees Gap Fire is likely to grow and continue burning to the north over the next week as firefighters prepare for what Sunday's weather will bring. After Wednesday's devilish conditions destroyed three homes and five outbuildings, the Bega Valley Rural Fire Service used Thursday and Friday to prepare for what was expected to be challenging conditions on Saturday. "Saturday was largely...
Festival of Open Minds extends to Friday night film screening
What's On
The Festival of Open Minds has been inspired by a regional community that values shared conversation, personal reflection, the wisdom of experience, and FUN! A dynamic program of speakers has been assembled for Saturday, September 1 at the Bega Civic Centre, a TEDx style event that will have people talking. Inspired by the building momentum around the event, Iain Dawson,...
Yankees Gap Fire claims at least three homes, prepare now, more at risk
News
Those living in the midst of the Yankees Gap Road Fire are catching their breath and preparing themselves and the communities around them for the days ahead. Following Wednesday's flash point, firefighters have spent the hours since conducting back burning operations to slow the spread of the 3000-hectare fire. Three homes and five outbuildings have been destroyed by the flames...
Two homes lost in Yankees Gap Fire more still in harms way – prepare now!
News
Those living in the midst of the Yankees Gap Road Fire are catching their breath and preparing themselves and the communities around them for the days ahead. Following Wednesday's flash point, firefighters have spent the hours since conducting back burning operations to slow the spread of the 3000-hectare fire. Two homes and four outbuildings have been destroyed by the flames...
Calm at Bemboka ahead of increasing wind
News
The sting in yesterday's weather died out overnight but the flames and smoke it created remain and will for some time. The Yankees Gap Road Fire at Bemboka, north-west of Bega is now twice the size of the fire that destroyed 65 homes at Tathra and surrounds five short months ago. The Rural Fire Service is following up this morning on...
Bemboka will be “a protracted fire, we will have to draw on a number of strategies to bring about containment.”
News
The darkness of night has hidden the thick column of smoke coming from the Yankees Gap Road Fire at Bemboka, but there will be no rest of those fighting the flames and those living around them. Water bombing helicopters moved in late in the day as winds dropped, at their peak, gusts reached 78km/hr, winds are expected to remain gusty...
Dignams Creek road upgrade on track despite York Civil trouble
News
The NSW Government has moved to secure the future of a major road project on the Far South Coast and the entitlements of contractors and workers. Member for Bega, Andrew Constance has announced Fulton Hogan will progress the Princes Highway upgrade at Dignams Creek between Cobargo and Narooma. York Civil, who had the job was placed into administration on August 6...
Deputy Mayor calls for a slow down in Eurobodalla ‘Rural Lands’ process
News
Eurobodalla Deputy Mayor, Anthony Mayne is calling for a halt to the ongoing and long-running debate around the shire's strategy to manage farming land. Cr Mayne believes the implications are broader than just 'rural lands' and wants more people to have input, he's suggesting the community lacks confidence in the process that created the Rural Lands Strategy and needs to...
“Our Earth has lost a great man.” – Vale Tony Coote AM
Environment
Tony Coote AM, passed peacefully away on Wednesday 8th August. Coote leaves an enormous legacy in his visionary commitment to the Australian landscape. At a time when our thoughts are honed to devastating drought across large sections of Australia, Tony Coote was an outstanding leader in his work towards regenerating Australian landscapes. Coote AM, BSc. MBA was the founder of The Mulloon Institute...
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