Environment

Chook Chat with Cheryl Nelson – Protecting your flock from heat
Community
Summer can be a tough time for your chookies. The little critters can’t sweat, all they can do is pant to stay cool. Although feathers can insulate from the heat, here are a few things you can do to help: Chooks won’t drink warm water, so keep their water in the shade. On hot days drop a frozen water bottle...
Fillip for lakes and anglers as fish stocking program pays off
News
The ACT's native fish stocking program is starting to net results with anglers pulling some big ones out of our lakes, and populations establishing themselves to play their role in the aquatic ecology of the Territory. On Friday (4 January) the release began of thousands of Murray Cod and Golden Perch fingerlings, which have been found to be the species...
Oyster Reef Restoration Project aims to repair post-European damage
Environment
2019 brings a focus on restoring natural oyster reefs along the New South Wales coastline, with the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) launching the Oyster Reef Restoration Project. As a starting point, Eurobodalla and Bega Valley oyster farmers are invited to have input via an online survey. NSW Acting Senior Fisheries Manager, Charlotte Jenkins, says the restoration project is a key...
Sharks again close Eurobodalla beaches
News
Moruya’s North and South Head beaches have been closed again after sharks returned to the area today, potentially putting swimmers at risk. Stan Wall from Lifeguarding Services Australia says a couple of large sharks were sighted around Moruya’s North Head at about 12.30pm by the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) aerial surveillance team and by lifeguards on jet-skis. “They were...
“Rolling the town’s money around to where it needs to be” – Merimbula Fish Auction
Community
Chris Young, secretary of the Merimbula Big Game and Lakes Angling Club, has been up since 4:30 am and fishing all day. It’s now 2:30 pm on Sunday the January 6 and Young is still going strong, getting ready for his club’s annual charity fish auction, which this year benefits Merimbula Marine Rescue. “It’s illegal for recreational anglers to sell...
Drive-in for some Jellat sweet corn this January
Community
The only drive-through sweet corn stall in Australia is setting a cracking pace as visitors and locals rush in for their annual hit. For the last 25 to 30 years, fields of tall sweet corn have been grown on the floodplains of the Bega River between Bega and Tathra at Jellat Jellat (pronounced: Jilla Jilla) by the Daly and Russell families. Jellat...
2018 Year in Review – Environment
Environment
About Regional readers have a deep connection with their surroundings, if the most-read environment articles of 2018 are anything to go by. Stories about the importance and value of the land and the sea are perennially popular, and this year was no exception. Tales of whales, brumbies, birds and cane toads also made appearances in this year's coverage. Here, we...
Merimbula’s role in tragic 1998 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
News
As the Sydney to Hobart fleet prepares to race towards Constitution Dock, one race in particular out of the events 73-year history is being remembered. This year marks 20 years since the race of 1998 which claimed six lives, five yachts, saw 55 sailors rescued and the largest peacetime search and rescue mission ever mounted in Australia. And Merimbula Airport...
Christmas rubbish reduction tips from Bega Waste manager Joley Vidau
Environment
The new FOGO program in the Bega Valley has saved the community $33,000 in the month of November compared to figures from November 2017, says waste manager coordinator Joley Vidau, but there is still much work to be done as our landfill cells are filling at “a rate no one could have expected.” As you go about your Christmas...
Old whaling techniques used to save whales from entanglement
Environment
The whale migration of 2018 has been a delight, but more and more a specialist team from the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is being called upon to untangle our mammal cousins from ropes, buoys, and fishing gear. With increasing familiarity, whales are leaping, splashing, blowing, and singing their way up and down the New South Wales coastline headed...
Chook Chat with Cheryl Nelson – Treats for your chooks this Christmas
Environment
Share the delights of Christmas with a few well-chosen gifts for your trusty chooks. Chooks love toys, they're highly inquisitive and they love attention so here are few ideas to brighten their festive season - as well as yours! A cabbage ball - Pierce the base of a cabbage with a big hook. Hang the cabbage at chook head height...
Bushwalkers reunited with family after a week in Morton National Park
News
A couple of bushwalkers stranded during an adventure in the Morton National Park, west of Nowra have been reunited with family a week after their ordeal started. Fifty-nine-year-old Canberra lawyer, Bill McCarthy, a Senior Counsel with BAL Lawyers, and Francisca Boterhoven De Haan, 60 years, from Wollongong, went bushwalking in the rugged Ettrema Gorge last Saturday (December 8). Concerns for...
A celebration of the Australian Alps by Monaro photographer Craig Lewis
Arts & Culture
An intrepid Monaro based photographer and publisher has captured the Winter of 2018 in the Snowy Mountains in a book that is ready to cool the Summer of the same year. 'Alpine Australia – A Celebration of the Australian Alps' not only portrays the stunning high country of New South Wales but that of Victoria as well. Kybeyan based Craig Lewis...
Rescuers head to lawyer and companion stranded in Morton National Park
News
A rescue team is on its way by foot to reach Canberra lawyer Bill McCarthy and his female companion who have spent the last six nights in the Morton National Park near Nowra. A NSW Police spokesperson said the that it was decided this morning to walk into the park instead of extracting them from the air due to the...
Frogs Hollow Flight School –  “I will fight this into my old age.”
News
Bega thespian David Stocker almost stole the show yesterday as the Southern Regional Planning Panel (SRPP) met to determine the future of the proposed Frogs Hollow Flight School between Bega and Merimbula. I say 'almost' because the panel's refusal of the Development Application (DA) was what the community had really come to see yesterday (December 13). Mr Stocker was one...
Bournda abalone bust nets over 800 molluscs and four men
News
A fisheries surveillance operation south of Tathra has seen four men in possession of 867 abalone apprehended. NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Director of Fisheries Compliance, Patrick Tully, says the four offenders were found with the abalone in their vehicle in November, following extensive surveillance along a remote stretch of coastline in the Bournda National Park. “DPI Fisheries Officers and Bega...
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