UPDATED: Eden threat eases, wood chip mill hit by blaze, Batemans Bay power out
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UPDATE,  Sunday January 5, 6 pm : The RFS is reporting that the Border fire which had again threatened Eden earlier today has eased and is now classified as Watch and Act. Heavy smoke blanketed the town for the day and it's been confirmed that the Eden woodchip mill has been impacted but the extent of damage is not known at...
Freshwater fish study a ‘wake-up call’ for threatened species
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University of Canberra Associate Professor Mark Lintermans is rescuing the endangered southern pygmy perch, a fish species less than five centimetres in length. While the deaths of many thousands of larger fish in the Murray-Darling Basin made headlines earlier last year, Associate Professor Lintermans has been wading through creeks and rivers studying Australian freshwater fish that are threatened with extinction...
UPDATED: Eden evacuates, Cooma water tank ruptures, power under pressure State-wide
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UPDATE 11 pm, 4 January: As fires rage around the Monaro, darkening skies in Cooma by late afternoon, a 4.5 million litre water tank has ruptured in the town. Snowy Monaro Regional Council reported just after 10 pm that the Cooma North main tank had failed and emergency services were on the scene. There are reports that one person has been...
Word of the year gives ‘voice’ to Indigenous understanding
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While fish kills, climate emergencies and influencers have influenced people's conversation in 2019, the word voice has been given the nod by the nation’s premier word watchers as Australia's word of the year. Each year the Australian National Dictionary Centre, based at the Australian National University, picks a word or expression that has gained prominence in the national conversation during the last...
Bega Evacuation Centres ready with donations, assistance, information
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In preparation for tomorrow's extreme weather, people are flooding into the evacuation centres at the Bega Showground, the Recreation Grounds and Indoor Sports Stadium in Bega, Club Sapphire Merimbula and Berrambool Oval at Merimbula where there is power, food, water and mobile phone coverage.  Evacuation Centres are staffed by a range of support agencies on the ground to help evacuees...
URGENT UPDATE for people from Bermagui to Bemboka: leave now
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UPDATE 6.20 pm, Friday, 3 December: The following is an urgent message from the Bega Valley Emergency Operations Centre for people still in Bermagui and north of Mogareeka to Bemboka. We have grave concerns for the lives of people still in Bermagui and north of Mogareeka. Your life is at risk. You need to leave now. If you have friends and family...
Communities waiting, watching and preparing
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As communities in the NSW South-East wait and watch for what the next two days will bring, here is our update of the current information in the ACT and surrounds. A state of alert has been issued in the ACT. There are no fires burning in the ACT as at 1:00 pm, 3 January 2020. The state of alert recognises...
How can I help the fire victims? Vinnies and Anglicare need your assistance
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Many of us are desperate to give some assistance to the fire victims but aren't sure where to start or what would be most useful. Local charities Vinnies and Anglicare are advising that financial donations rather than donated material goods (blankets, clothing etc) are the best way to support those affected by the devastating NSW bushfires at this point. Local...
Canberra on high alert as South Coast bushfire crisis deepens
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A state of alert in the ACT has been issued by the ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) this afternoon (2 January). The ESA commissioner and emergency controller in the ACT, Georgeina Whelan, said the state of alert has been issued ahead of worsening fire conditions expected on Saturday. "We're asking people to be alert but not alarmed as the situation unfolds...
Pictures from the bushfires north of Moruya, worried locals, forgotten houses
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Under thick smoke, with flames visible to the left and right of George Bass Drive, we drove carefully to see if we could get through to Batemans Bay. In Broulee, at the Surf Club, we met a group of local heroes. Five-hundred people had been sheltering at the club and on the beach on New Year's Eve. Many were then...
Evacuations begin as south coast residents choose to stay or go
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"I don't know what to do, I feel like I might be making a mistake, but that's better than making the mistake of staying," says a Moruya Heads resident as she heads south to make her way to Canberra this morning (2 January). This comment sums up the thoughts of many who are today choosing whether to stay or go...
Mint celebrates spooks and spies with secret-message coin
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The Royal Australian Mint has commemorated the 70th anniversary of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) with a specially minted 50-cent coin that includes an encrypted message. The competition, Coincryption, saw more than 1000 entries from the Australian public and coin collectors. The winner, Andrew Olsson from Queensland, not only decrypted the message but then he had to be drawn out of...
UPDATED: South Coast visitors strongly urged to leave now as brief window opens
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UPDATE 10 AM THURSDAY, January 2:   Visitors to the South Coast should take advantage of a break in the weather to leave the South Coast today as a matter of urgency. The RFS has initiated a Tourist Leave Zone stretching from Batemans Bay to the Victorian border. Power is coming back on in many areas and petrol is also available...
NSW south coast in mourning after horrific end to the year
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As the Far South Coast begins to put together the pieces of a horrific end to 2019, the two men who died while trying to save their house west of Cobargo have been named. Father and son Robert Salway, 63, and Patrick Salway, 29, were prominent members of the Bega showjumping community. They died in the blaze as they stayed...
Power, communications could be out for days along fire-damaged coast
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Following a day described by some as "like looking into the gates of hell",  residents from South Nowra through to Moruya and possibly further are likely to be without power and communications for days. Late yesterday, police confirmed that at least 46,000 people or more were affected by the outage, which stretches almost 200 kilometres. The power outage also affects...
Morning firestorm leaves Cobargo a smoking ruin, two dead
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There is little left of Cobargo's main street after a bushfire roared down from the mountains and destroyed its historic wooden buildings, an unknown number of homes and left two people dead. Cobargo Hotel Motel publican David Allen managed to save his property with the help of local firefighters but many more were not so lucky. He fought back tears...
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