Environment

Aggressive European wasps winging their way to Braidwood and Bungendore
Environment
Highly aggressive European wasps are on the move, and they're bound for Braidwood and Bungendore. Traps have been installed at Braidwood Central School, Braidwood Community Garden, Bicentennial Park and Braidwood Recreation Grounds following reports of European wasp nests in the town. The traps will be monitored and serviced every three weeks through to the end of the European wasp season...
Gliding possums provide hope for recolonisation
Environment
Nearly two years after bushfires, heatwaves and drought, important populations of vulnerable gliding possums have been spotted in national parks and reserves in the Bigga and Tuena area. Between spring 2020 and autumn 2021, ecologists Peter and Judy Smith surveyed arboreal mammals - including gliding possums - in the Kanangra-Boyd to Lake Wyangala (K2W) corridor. The largest of the gliding...
Brazen fishers face fines after being caught in Swampy Plains and Thredbo rivers
Environment
Three fishers have been caught breaching fishing closures in the Swampy Plains River and Thredbo River in the Snowy Mountains region. Two fishers were allegedly fishing inside the Gaden Trout Hatchery closure on the Thredbo River, near Jindabyne. One of these fishers caught a rainbow trout as NSW Department of Primary Industries fisheries officers approached him. A NSW Department of...
Get creative to win your school a new bench made from plastic bags
Community
Think your school could use a new bench - specifically one that combats the prolific problem of plastic bags? A Bega Valley competition is encouraging entrants to keep soft plastics - like bags, wrappers and packets - away from landfill and organic waste by showing creative ways to recycle them, with the prize being a new bench made from plastic...
Eight million dollars for Snowy Valleys to continue clearing work
Environment
Snowy Valleys Council has welcomed the news they have secured more than $8 million in NSW Government bushfire recovery funding to continue bushfire clearing works. The funding forms part of a $33 million fund provided to assist NSW local councils with the continued clean-up as communities rebuild following the devastating 2019-20 summer bushfires. Snowy Valleys Council is to receive $7,484,023 for green...
Data suggests First Nations fishers face disproportionate rate of charges
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Many First Nations fishers who collect seafood to feed their families or as part of their cultural practice feel targeted by authorities. Statewide data suggests Indigenous people face a disproportionate rate of fishing-related charges and incarceration because of those offences relative to the size of their population. However, the NSW Government claims they represent a low percentage of fishing-related prosecutions...
As ‘echidna train’ season comes to an end, keep your eyes peeled for puggles
Environment
As echidna mating (and echidna train) season comes to an end, Wildcare Queanbeyan is experiencing an increase in calls for assistance for puggles - baby echidnas - who find themselves injured or in the wrong place. With five of these tiny animals already in care, Wildcare is appealing to the public to keep an eye out so that number doesn't...
University seeking survey participants to help study of equine pregnancy loss
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A Charles Sturt University Wagga Wagga researcher seeks participants for a survey to understand trends associated with mid-to-late-term equine pregnancy loss in Australian mares. Master of Philosophy research student at Charles Sturt University's School of Agricultural, Environmental and Veterinary Sciences, Claudia Macleay, is conducting the research due to the current lack of information on when and where equine pregnancy loss is occurring....
Beachgoers urged to be eagle-eyed as nesting season begins
Environment
Endangered pied oystercatchers have been spotted on nests on the NSW South Coast confirming the start of the shorebird breeding season. David McCreery, from the National Parks and Wildlife Service, said pied oystercatchers tend to kick off the breeding season and have already started to lay on beaches in the Shoalhaven, Eurobodalla and Bega Valley. “While we are excited to...
Call to help save gang gang cockatoos as population declines by 69 per cent
Environment
The sight of gang gang cockatoos is a joy for wildlife lovers and bushwalkers - hearing their creaking call overhead makes you look upwards to try and snag a glimpse of the flame-red feathers of the male birds. But sadly, sights like this are becoming much less common. It's estimated that in the last 21 years, the population of gang...
Rare snap has Yass photographer flying high
Environment
Rhonda Corcoran reckons she was just in the right place at the right time. Other photographers and bird lovers beg to differ. The Yass photographer, who has only "seriously" been shooting the abundant birdlife of Yass since the beginning of the year, last week caught a rare Peregrine Falcon with three babies in the nest. Although the powerful bird of prey...
Bega Valley’s bushfire recovery efforts gain national recognition with award
Community
The efforts of Bega Valley Shire Council (BVSC) to work with its community as it moved through the long journey of bushfire recovery has achieved national recognition. The 2019-2020 Black Summer bushfires decimated the region. There are still 143 clients of council's recovery support service living in temporary accommodation on their fire-impacted properties. But council's efforts to help residents has...
Almost two years on, have the Black Summer fires changed how we think?
Environment
Nearly two years have passed since the Black Summer fire-front swept through the region and, despite the passing of time, the memories are crystal clear for many. As trees and shrubs continue to regrow - the black wattle in particular at lightning speed - the thought of another large-scale fire season has people worried. Despite these concerns, many residents are...
Eurobodalla Botanic Garden reopens with new attraction
Community
It's been a bumpy few years for the Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden, but the gates have swung open again and staff are hoping visitors will flock back to the much-loved facility. With COVID-19 lockdowns lifting in regional NSW this week, garden manager Michael Anlezark has been able to welcome visitors back to the venue which has been ranked as one...
Wagga the groundbreaking face of agricultural innovation
Environment
If you want to look at the future of agriculture in Australia, the farmers of southern NSW don’t need spectacles, but they might need sunnies to see what’s sitting on the horizon at Wagga Wagga. With an approaching harvest likely to exceed the whopping 2016 season, the future is as bright as this year’s canola crop with a series of...
Mogo Wildlife Park’s animal hospital proves it’s up to the lion-sized task
Community
Operating on a lion, doing health checks on an orangutan, or monitoring a marmoset may not be standard veterinary practice, but at Mogo Wildlife Park's animal hospital it's all part of a day's work. The animal hospital has been running for more than a year now, and has proved a roaring success. The clinic was built after the 2019-2020 Black...
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