“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...
Volunteer Grants open now for groups in Southern NSW
Community
Community organisations across Southern NSW work hard at pulling precious dollars together in order to support projects and services in towns and villages from Batemans Bay to Wonbyn, to Delegate, Tumut and Bredbo. Sauage sizzles, trivia nights, and raffles tickets go a long way but the real honey for volunteers is securing a government grant. Senator Jim Molan is encouraging local...
Local heroes to shine during Bega Valley Science Week
What's On
The Bega Valley’s growing scientific community is stepping up and stepping out to celebrate National Science Week. The Sapphire Coast Regional Science Hub will oversee an extraordinary program of experiments, displays and mind tingling fun at the Bega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre. One of the national themes this year is ‘Game Changers and Change Makers’ referring to individuals, teams, technologies,...
Firefighters note in the Canadian woods boomerangs back to the Bega Valley
News
Three firefighters from South East NSW are on the ground in the United States, part of an international effort battling devastating wildfires in Northern California, Oregon and Washington State, which to date have killed six people and destroyed around 500 homes. Phil Walker from Numbugga Rural Fire Service (RFS), Tamsyn Harlen from Far South Coast RFS, and Phillip Eberle from...
Get hands on with local koala research, volunteer training this Saturday
Environment
You are invited to take part in the next phase of a program that is helping manage and protect a fragile population of Bega Valley koalas. A koala workshop will be held at The Crossing Land Education Centre in Bermagui this Saturday (August 11). The main purpose of the workshop is to discuss, plan, and provide training for the volunteer contribution...
Snowy Hydro releases EIS for proposed Snowy 2.0 exploratory works
News
An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for exploratory works for Snowy Hydro’s proposed Snowy 2.0: pumped hydro-electric storage and generation project has been released for a 28-day public exhibition period. The new hydro project within Kosciuszko National Park is seen as part of the solution to delivering reliable energy to the national electricity market as coal-fired generation winds down and the take-up...
Canberra NatureMapr idea grows to include Shoalhaven and Eurobodalla
Environment
The gentle wafts of spring will soon start to move through the ACT and Southern NSW and nature will stir from it's frozen slumber and once again dazzle our senses. The growth and spread of a Canberra inspired mobile phone App will help capture nature's work this coming season and build local scientific knowledge. Aaron Clausen is the passion and brains behind NatureMapr:...
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