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Take-home lessons from week’s extreme weather, fires

Tathra bush fires March 2018

AS THE MID-MARCH fire catastrophes, including Tathra near Bega, enveloped communities and residents, the Australian Science Media Centre gathered some expert comment on the extended fire season and the need for Australia to adapt to the changing climate. Some 70 homes and other buildings were razed in Tathra. Dr Grant Wardell-Johnson,

Larger, faster, hotter: the megafires are coming

Koorabri bushfire 2013

IN 2006 JERRY WILLIAMS, formerly of the US Forest Service, visited Australia to talk to workshops organised by Australian bushfire authorities, and he used the term ‘megafires’. These fires, he said, are essentially ‘unbounded’, but there’s surprisingly little agreement about what the term actually means. Is it a measure of a

(In case you didn’t know) National party drives NSW environment policy: water, biodiversity, national parks at risk

land clearing NSW

THE NSW NATURE Conservation Council, which has taken the state government to court over regressive new land-clearing permissions, has lauded a report exposing Coalition internal divisions and maneuvers over environmental policies. These policies have the National Party tail wagging the Liberal Party dog – variously on water extraction, logging, or land

New housing estates and Bungendore water supply

Bungendore NSW

PROPOSED GREENFIELDS developments in Bungendore have been on hold until more water is found to service them. The present water allocation from the alluvial aquifer is only adequate for the existing town. Any completion of permitted Bungendore urban infill would exhaust the presently available water supply. More water is needed for

Crony politics at QPRC

Sacrificing Wamboin/Bywong & rail trail for majority vote? COMMENT by Maria Taylor. AT THE 13 December council meeting a mutually agreeable voting alliance between Team Overall (with four votes) and two councillors who gained seats from Palerang became about as transparent as suspected backroom deals will allow. As Councillor Peter Marshall said after

Barilaro suggests new coal power station

BACK IN JUNE, The District Bulletin reported on the Berejiklian Government’s unholy appetite for selling off serviceably performing public assets for little apparent public gain. RELATED STORY: Selling NSW by the pound, while losing your $$. In an eye-watering act of the counterintuitive, Monaro local member, Deputy Premier and Leader of the Nationals

Legal challenge to NSW land-clearing codes

AT THE END of November the NSW Nature Conservation Council launched legal proceedings in the Land and Environment Court seeking to overturn controversial land-clearing codes made under the Local Land Services Act earlier this year. “We are taking the Berejiklian government to court to scrap its destructive land-clearing laws, to defend