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Independent candidate wants to put ‘R’ back into QPRC


An independent candidate for QPRC council with public interest values that coincide with the natural world concerns and regional community issues reported on by the Bulletin. Here is shortened version of an introduction that first appeared in Braidwood’s Changing Times. ”Proposed $80 million price tag for new council chambers vastly excessive.” MAJORS CREEK

Make your vote count. Wide-open council race.

Local council elections 4 December and pre-polling starts 22 November. ALMOST ONE IN four people (22%) didn’t vote in the 2017 Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council elections, while 5.8% of those who did, cast an informal vote which means it didn’t count. Voting is compulsory, contrary to what some people think. Voting rules can

Your governments at work: habitat clearing; carbon credits

NSW logging native forests

Private land key to habitats, biodiversity, but laissez-faire government in no hurry THE NATURE CONSERVATION COUNCIL of NSW reports that a new government scheme to protect high-conservation-value areas outside national parks is welcome but leaves thousands of hectares of wildlife habit unprotected. [1]  The government is calling for nominations for ‘Areas of Outstanding Biodiversity Value’ (AOBVs), which qualify for conservation work funding from the Biodiversity Conservation Trust. However, AOBV nominations will only be considered with

Logging increases fire risk — rural and regional towns


LOGGED FORESTS, including near regional and rural settlements, are at increased risk of severe fire.  Research at the Australian National University (ANU) examined damaged vegetation from the 2019–2020 bushfires and concluded that young, uniform, regrowth forests were heavily impacted by fire. ABOVE: The Greater Glider (photo attributed to Hans and Judy Beste),

How long is our lockdown?


IF, LIKE ME, you live ‘from Canberra to the coast’ (or somewhere around the capital or along the coast), and you feel like the forgotten people in regard to COVID and lockdown information: How much longer? may come to mind.  It’s still pretty fuzzy how long our LGA(s) will be locked

LANDMARK DECISION: State responsibility to lower bushfire risk, consider climate impacts


THE DECISION BY the NSW Land and Environment Court in favour of Bushfire Survivors for Climate Action (BSCA) against the NSW Environment Protection Agency (EPA) is a breakthrough development.  IMAGE: Extreme bushfire conditions, January 2020. District Bulletin archives. The court found the EPA must develop environmental quality objectives, guidelines and policies to

South coast home-owners urge state intervention to save bushland


COMMUNITY GROUP DALMENY Matters has contacted The Hon Rob Stokes, Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, to ask for assistance in preventing the clearing of native bushland in light of the importance of unburnt habitat since the bushfires. Eurobodalla Shire Council’s decision to sell public land in Dalmeny for clearing and