Environment

Resident concerns about Tathra – Kalaru Bike Track plan
News
The communities excitement around the development of the Bega Tathra bike track is undeniable, the recent arrival of two drop-in bridges at the intersection of Sapphire Coast Drive and Tathra Road has only added to the excitement for many; a sense that this long talked about project is happening. However, as the project picks up momentum, the reality of the...
Drought and rural crime impacting on Goulburn – Mulwaree farmers
News
The drought is starting to bite in the Goulburn Mulwaree region and forecasts for the coming months offer little respite, with warmer temperatures and drier than average conditions predicted. And while other parts of NSW are certainly doing it tougher, the rising cost of fodder and its scarcity is triggering local farmers to de-stock. “We’ve had some rain here and...
The flames of March 18 fan a friendship between Tathra and Japan
Community
The white sparkling ski fields of Japan are a million miles from the burnt and blackened landscape that circles Tathra's western edge. The two different landscapes, however, have forged friendships that grow stronger in the wake of the Bega Valley's March 18 bushfire emergency. The Shirouma-so is a traditional Japanese ryokan (hotel) that has attracted a bunch of friends from...
Funds promised to study Molonglo Rail Trail linking Bungendore and beyond
News
NSW Labor has committed $50,000 to the Molonglo Rail Trail despite a lack of support from Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council. The NSW Opposition said it would fund a detailed Development Plan as a critical next step in progressing the Molonglo Rail Trail proposal. The proposed Trail passes through the Molonglo Valley showing off the region’s wonderful landscapes. The trail passes through...
Eurobodalla coastline management – have your say
Environment
In the midst of ongoing and long-running community discussion about the Rural Lands Strategy, Eurobodalla Shire Council has opened a new environment and planning discussion. A Coastal Management Program is being drafted looking at how the region's 140km of beaches, headlands, and shorelines, from South Durras Beach to Wallaga Lake will be managed for the next 10 years. Council is holding...
Straws, coffee cups, water bottles, shopping bags – at the front line of the Eurobodalla’s war on waste
Environment
Those who live in or love visiting the Eurobodalla are being asked to "skip the straw" ahead of the second series of the ABC's War on Waste. In series one, the wit and wisdom presented by Craig Reucassel managed to see single-use plastic bags banned from supermarkets. When the second series returns to our screens on July 24, Craig explores our...
The ‘almost full’ program for Bega’s Festival of Open Minds – Sept 1
What's On
Spring in South East NSW starts with a day of ideas and discussion; About Regional presents – The Festival of Open Minds on Saturday, September 1, 9:30 am to 5 pm at the Bega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre. This day-long event features personal stories and the experience of experts in their field, people from near and far who will inspire your thinking and 'open...
Bega Valley bushfire survivors welcome Keelty report but urge action
News
This week marks four months since that hellish afternoon that has left the people and landscape of Reedy Swamp, Vimy Ridge, and Tathra scarred. This week also brings significant progress for the new lives many are hoping to rebuild on the land scorched by those flames. The owners of the 65 homes destroyed are starting to receive written reports confirming their...
New ski lodge near Perisher offers views, vacancies and room for six
Environment
A new ski lodge has opened near Perisher Valley and is the only freestanding, self-contained lodge available to the public within Smiggin Holes. Owned and operated by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, the extensively renovated Numbananga Lodge sleeps up to six guests and still has vacancies for the 2018 ski season. Dating back to the 1960s, the ski-in...
First step in new management plan for Batemans Marine Park
News
A new management plan for the Batemans Marine Park is being drafted with the NSW Government promising, "the local community and environment will benefit from a new approach to marine management." Member for Bega Andrew Constance has welcomed the official start of the project with the park's Advisory Committee meeting this week as the first step in the process. “A...
Keelty Report adds some meaning to Tathra’s bushfire experience
News
The man asked to review some of the circumstances surrounding the Bega Valley's March 18 bushfires has reaffirmed the communities' confidence in the men and women that went running into those flames at Reedy Swamp, Vimy Ridge and Tathra on that hellish afternoon. But Mick Keelty has also pointed to a number of operational and cultural areas in need of...
Life with an electric car in South East NSW set to get easier
News
Electric cars are still somewhat of a curiosity, they feel like something from the future that stirs excitement but at the same time hurts to think about. Plans are advancing, however, to make EV's - Electric Vehicles - less of a curiosity and more a part of our day to day. The brave and future focussed in our community are...
Get your brain and heart ready for the Festival of Open Minds
What's On
As winter turns to spring South East NSW will gather for a conversation about change. About Regional presents - The Festival of Open Minds on Saturday, September 1 at the Bega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre. This day-long event will inspire your toolkit for change, with ideas and stories that promise to be out of the box. Whether we like it or...
A sad farewell for whale mother and calf at Long Beach
Environment
Long Beach locals have been spellbound over the last fortnight by a 16-metre long mum and her 6-metre baby. It wasn't a family from Canberra but rather two Southern Right Whales, who appeared to be comfortable and at home in the sapphire waters north of Batemans Bay right up until last weekend. Resident Sue Middlebrook is encouraging anyone with a view of...
Community solar farm at Goulburn to be the largest in Australia
Environment
With around 20% of Australia’s electricity supplied by renewables, Goulburn’s community-owned solar farm is a step closer to reality with development approval earlier this year, land and technology identified and a financial analysis which began on Friday. The concept is being driven by Community Energy 4 Goulburn (CE4G) – a local not for profit group dedicated to sustainable economic, social...
Swap rubbish for pre-loved clothes at Batemans Bay Seaside Scavenge
What's On
The Eurobodalla's 'war on waste' just took a twist; Batemans Bay will host it's first Seaside Scavenge on Saturday, July 7. This day of trash, tunes, and treasure started in Coogee in March 2015 and has been taken up by communities around Australia, it first hit South East NSW last year at Lake Jindabyne. Seaside Scavenge is a waterway clean-up and...
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