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Drought victim!

eel-drought-victim

Do you know how difficult it is to remove eel slime from your hands? On my walk yesterday afternoon (Tues 6 Nov 2018), I skirted the waterholes, now mud holes, in our swamp checking for any sign of pigs. What I found was an enormous dead eel (1m long, 10cm thick) lying

Success in treating Wombat mange

Wildlife carer’s innovative method that any landholder can adopt WOMBATS IN AUSTRALIA face challenges to their survival, including drought and the destruction of their homes due to environmental factors and human activities. As if that were not enough, sarcoptic mange remains a considerable hurdle for our native friends. Mange is a contagious

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

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

Palerang’s rural post offices in trouble

Palerang

by Maria Taylor Licensed post offices across Australia, particularly the smaller ones, are in financial trouble under current Australia Post management, according to a recently-released Senate report. Citing the report, Independent Senator Nick Xenophon said many LPOs face unsustainable trading conditions and little or no recourse to renegotiate their agreements leading to

Palerang gets its Local Environmental Plan

Palerang’s long awaited Local Environmental Plan  (LEP) was finally published on the NSW Government Legislation website (http://www.legislation.nsw.gov.au)  on Friday, 19 September, with only minor changes to council's draft submitted earlier this year. Most concerning to many was whether NSW would bow to pressure and change the zoning name for rural residential

Braidwood Rounds: Dogs with attitude

with Jill McLeod Occasionally the reputation of a town and its surrounding district is closely associated with the personalities of the dogs that take up residence within its confines. Braidwood is such a town together with its surrounding villages. Residents and visitors find themselves greeting the dogs before they acknowledge the presence

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