Did 67 rare bettongs die to prove foxes are killers?
News
Despite warnings foxes and feral cats would kill 30 rare eastern bettongs raised behind a protective fence if they were released into the wild, the ACT Government went ahead and released twice that number. ACT Parks and Conservation director Daniel Iglesias said on Tuesday (19 March) that 67 bettongs (Bettongia gaimardi) had been taken by foxes in the Lower Cotter Catchment,...
Merimbula’s Back Lake turns brown – again
News
This week's heavy rain has again polluted the waters of Back Lake (Back Lagoon) in Merimbula with runoff from the Mirador housing estate on the slopes above. A spokesperson for Bega Valley Shire Council's planning and environment team says, "Council inspected the Mirador and Back Lake area on Monday, following heavy rain over the weekend, and identified that sediment had...
Deep Waters rise at ‘The Bas’ in Moruya
Arts & Culture
Eurobodalla artist Shirley Goodhew is the next to adorn the walls of the new Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre in Moruya, and the first local to fill the space with her spark. Deep Waters, an eclectic and contemporary exhibition, spans more than 20 years’ of work and opens at the Bas tomorrow night (March 22). Eurobodalla Shire Council’s Creative Arts Coordinator...
What will sway your NSW election vote in Monaro?
News
For the people of the Goulburn, Monaro and Bega electorates the only sure thing coming out of this Saturday's NSW Election might be the sausage they buy as they head in to vote. Minority government of either stripe is a very plausible result, injecting a sense of unknown into the days ahead. Using Monaro as a guide, where NSW Nationals...
Last $$$ from Tathra Bushfire Fund, Council investigates ongoing options
News
Coinciding with the first anniversary of the Reedy Swamp, Vimy Ridge, and Tathra Bushfire comes the last allocation from the fund established to support those impacted by the flames of March 18, 2018. Over $1.5 million was donated to the Bega Valley Mayoral Appeal - made up of donations from around Australia as well as $160,000 raised at the Band...
ACT police to wear body cameras linked to their tasers and firearms
News
For the first time in the ACT, starting from this week police officers will wear body cameras that will be activated as soon as an officer pulls their firearm or taser gun. More than 480 kits will be rolled out across ACT Policing in the next six months, as a result of a $2.7 million injection of ACT Government funding...
Another step forward in a clean energy future for the Bega Valley
News
Between 350-400 people in Bega last night unanimously voted for 100% renewable energy for the Bega Valley by 2030. The vote, initiated by local climate change action group Clean Energy for Eternity (CEFE), follows a similarly unanimous vote and public meeting in Tathra on February 19. CEFE Founder, Dr Matthew Nott said that the results of both meetings will be taken...
Voters to make the final call on Eurobodalla Rural Lands Strategy
News
Those concerned with the Eurobodalla Rural Lands Strategy have succeeded in delaying the process and making it an issue voters need to consider when they go to the ballot box for the NSW Election. "It's do or die on Saturday," says Kathryn Maxwell, Co-Convenor of the Nature Coast Alliance. "If you care about the Nature Coast and you want to see...
NSW Election: Goulburn electorate voters want action on local issues
News
When voters go to the polls on Saturday in the Goulburn electorate they’ll have a strong field of local candidates to choose from, reflecting trends towards greater voter pressure for action on local issues. This trend is not likely to sideline the major parties but Australia’s preferential voting system is putting increasing pressure on them. A key decider locally this...
Gin distillery springs from old dairy country, ‘North of Eden’
Food & Wine
Alchemy is defined as the discovery of an ‘elixir of life’. One couple 'North of Eden' are close to finding this illusive decoction. Over the bridge in their own little Eden-like paradise a few kilometres out of Bega, lies the secret laboratory of a gin-distilling alchemist. Surrounded by shining copper accoutrements and appurtenances he devises and concocts his potions, following...
Swift action saves ACT from new invasive weed outbreak
Environment
Swift action from the ACT Government’s new Biosecurity Emergency Response Team has saved the territory from a new invasive weed which can quickly take hold and resists burning, slashing and herbicides. An infestation of the high-risk invasive species Coolatai Grass was recently spotted by a Parks and Conservation ranger along the Cotter Road near Duffy and removed within hours of...
Bega Valley ‘Factory of the Future’ launches a mix of seven start-ups
Economy
The Bega Valley’s “Factory of the Future” is at work with seven start-up businesses stepping forward to take part in a unique business accelerator program run by the University of Wollongong and the iAccelerate Innovation Network. Twenty-one applications were received to be part of the first cohort at the Bega Valley Innovation Hub. The seven selected were chosen because of...
“Moruya one of the country’s leading drop zones” – Skydive Oz boss
Sport
“Moruya also confirmed its status as one of the country’s leading drop zones, along with providing the kind of spectacular coastal backdrop all skydivers yearn to compete in. Even when the weather gods didn’t play friendly, the town itself kept the smile on our faces," says Skydive Oz CEO Paul Smith, at the conclusion of the Australian and New Zealand National...
Police union calls for national firearms registry to help reduce gun violence
News
After a spree of gun-related threats and drive-by shootings, the Australian Federal Police Association is calling for a nationwide firearms registry to help curb gun violence within the Canberra community. In the past six weeks, ACT Policing has reported four violent firearm attacks, with two people left in hospital with gunshot wounds. On 11 March, a woman was taken to hospital with...
Eden woman in critical condition, police ask for caution on wet roads
News
An Eden woman remains in a critical condition as investigations continue into a serious two-vehicle crash just north of the town on Saturday afternoon. At about 3.15 pm (March 16), emergency services rushed to the Princes Highway, near Haycock Road, 5 km north of Eden. It’s believed a Hyundai station-wagon travelling south and a Subaru station-wagon travelling north collided in...
Canberra Hospital carers accommodation valued and needed
News
A mum from Bemboka, west of Bega, caring for her son in Canberra Hospital has highlighted the importance of carers accommodation in the capital's public health precinct as ACT Health advances planning to redevelop the site. Cheryl Lloyd and her husband have been at their son's side since 3 November last year when he was flown to the Canberra Intensive...
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