Environment

Butts binned in Littleton Gardens campaign – litter down 80%
Environment
A simple campaign to rid Bega’s Littleton Gardens of dirty cigarette butts is working, as spring takes hold and new growth claims its place. Volunteer Gardener’s Geoffrey Grigg and Marshall Campbell erected handmade “Bin Your Butt” signs throughout the garden three weeks ago. “We’ve seen an 80% reduction in the amount of cigarette butts littering the lawn and garden areas,” ...
Wapengo Lake koala returned to the treetops north of Tathra
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'Briny’ the young, male koala rescued by a Wapengo oyster farm last week was yesterday released back into the wild. Chris Allen, Threatened Species Officer at the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) said the koala had made a good recovery in care at Potoroo Palace and yesterday clambered up a tree on a property north of Tathra. “Briny, named...
“When there are only 50 left, every koala counts,” – Chris Allen, NSW OEH
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Small, fragile, and very precious communities of koalas scattered in the forests between Bermagui and Tathra are not only opening doors to their own survival but also the survival of their cousins around our continent. Bega's Chris Allen has been keeping watch over local populations since 1996, and since 2001 has coordinated a survey and research program through the NSW...
Eurobodalla and Bega Valley locals say “Stop Adani”
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South East locals have been part of national protest action against the Adani coal mine proposed for North Queensland. Protesters turned out in forty-five locations from Adelaide to Bondi to Bunbury over the weekend. Locally, Eurobodalla 350 estimates around 250 people attended their protest at Congo Beach on Saturday, holding placards to spell out #STOP ADANI. "We demand the federal government halt Adani’s...
Time shift: the wonder of Kosciuszko’s caves. By Kate Burke
Environment
In an already diverse landscape, Yarrangobilly Caves adds an x-factor to South East NSW that is rare and special. Despite being brought up Catholic, I haven’t had religion for a long while. Still, I remember fondly the time spent in old, cool churches – the smell of stone, the peace, the sense of endless time. The late folk singer Michael Kennedy...
A look at what’s to come – the Tathra to Bega Community Bike Ride
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A Community Bike Ride from Tathra to Bega later this month will showcase the vision and potential of the ambitious plan to build a permanent track between the two towns. Over $3 million in State Government funding earlier this year has turned the idea into a reality. “We’ve been talking about this for a long time so to secure this...
Small communities represented on new Snowy Monaro Regional Council
Arts & Culture
Small towns have made their presence felt after the first flush of counting in the Snowy Monaro Regional Council election. Just over 10,200 of yesterday's votes have been counted at this point, with 11 new councillor positions to be decided from a field of 27 candidates. Former Bombala Mayor and grazier Bob Stewart has polled the most votes with 1,447, followed...
Fire danger signs – Who changes them? What do they mean?
Environment
The truth behind the workings of the region's 'Fire Danger Rating Signs' isn't as colourful as I'd hoped. However, it is another indicator of the commitment and dedication of the Rural Fire Service in South East NSW and a reminder of the devastating potential that exists in the environment we live in. Where ever I travel these signs of green,...
Postcard 4 from Timor Leste – Natarbora. By Tim Holt
Arts & Culture
Wednesday dawns, I’ve woken early to the deep throated chanting from the nearby mosque that melds into early morning prayer and song from the Catholic Sisters at Fatuhada. Ahead lies the 150 kilometres to Natarbora, it doesn’t sound far, but from Dave’s experience, it will be a long and painful trip. This morning though we are feeling somewhat reassured that...
Making an informed choice for Snowy Monaro Regional Council this Saturday
Arts & Culture
A new era in Local Government is set to bloom with elections for Snowy Monaro Regional Council this Saturday (September 9) ending 16 months of administration by former Cooma Mayor, Dean Lynch. Pre-Poll voting is already underway at Jindabyne, Berridale, Cooma, and Bombala with 27 candidates contesting 11 positions in the merged council chamber. Familiar names on your ballot paper include Bob...
Spring is supposedly just around the corner, actually it’s here! By Kathleen McCann
Environment
Are you set to get into spring and all that it entails - making your garden ready for the next few months of warming conditions? In some gardens on the south coast, plants (as well as animals and birds!) have already begun their explosion of flowers, perfume, and accelerated growth. What to do? Well, hopefully you've survived the challenge of...
Eurobodalla, Bega Valley and Monaro firefighters at work in Canadian wildfires
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Fire fighters from South East NSW are about to step into the heat of the Canadian wildfire season, with British Columbia ravaged by more than 3,300 fires since early July. As the third wave of NSW fire fighters prepares to leave tomorrow (Wednesday) the situation on the ground in Kamloops, about four hours bus drive east of Vancouver is deteriorating....
Postcard 3 from Timor Leste – Balibo and Ego Lemos. By Tim Holt
Arts & Culture
I wake before 6am to the sounds of the Sisters and the congregation singing during early morning prayers. The beauty of their voices and harmonies is mesmerising, an absolute joy to experience... The day dawns overcast, hot & sticky. The temperature hovers around 34 degrees during the day dipping to just 24 overnight. So I have no complaint about the...
Calling candidates for Snowy Monaro Regional Council
Environment
The wheels of democracy are starting to spin again across the High Country with nominations now open for candidates at the September 9 Local Council Election. Eleven councilors will sit in the chamber of the merged Snowy Monaro Regional Council, which has been run for the past 15 months by former Cooma Mayor, Dean Lynch. In his role as Administrator,...
Research about Aboriginal society is not news to this Moruya audience
Arts & Culture
News this week that Aboriginal people reached Australia at least 65,000 years ago won't come as a surprise to those who saw Mallacoota based writer Bruce Pascoe speak in Moruya last April. Research out of new excavations of a rock shelter at the base of the Arnhem Land escarpment in the Northern Territory has pushed back estimates of human arrival on...
Head garbos point to new opportunities in the local ‘war on waste’
Environment
'Head garbos' across the region have welcomed the supermarket ban on light weight plastic bags but are looking to new opportunities and challenges in their ever present 'war on waste'. Woolworths and Coles were tripping over themselves in announcing the news last week, both committing to a phase out of single use bags over the next 12 months. Shoppers will...
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