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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

FENNER CONFERENCE ON ENVIRONMENT: Making Australian agriculture sustainable


THE ORGANISERS OF this year’s Fenner Conference on Environment have announced that registrations are now open on the conference website With the theme ‘Making Australian agriculture sustainable’, it will be held on Thursday 30 September and Friday 1 October at the Academy of Science’s Shine Dome in Canberra. The conference

Stewardship of waterways: upgrade needed

OUR REGION IS fortunate to have an abundance of beautiful waterways, which are home to a diverse range of native wildlife including water birds, frogs, turtles, platypus, rakali [water rat], fish and other aquatic creatures. MAIN IMAGE: Freshwater turtle. © Carol Lynn, District Bulletin archives. Many land-dwelling creatures also rely on our