Category: Environment

Council launches new citizen science program

November 4, 2019Posted in: Environment
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Flying Duck Orchid in Bundanoon

Wingecarribee Shire Council is encouraging residents to get involved in a new citizen science biodiversity monitoring program. The Southern Highlands Nature Map allows users to upload biodiversity sightings to a mobile app or website. Council’s Environment Officer Karen Guymer said that data collected will be used for different purposes. “As well as assisting in everyday...

NSW Government fund local councils under Regional Capacity Building Program

September 27, 2019Posted in: Environment

The Canberra Region Joint Organisation (CRJO) has been awarded funding of $840,000 from the EPA under the Council Regional Capacity Building Program. A portion of the funding of the Council Regional Capacity Building Program, will provide the CRJO with two dedicated positions. The two contaminated land specialists will be employed for a period of up...

Don’t trust the dirt dealer

September 18, 2019Posted in: Environment
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Wingecarribee Shire Council is urging residents of the Shire to be wary of operators offering ‘free fill’ following a spate of recent incidents. Council’s Deputy General Manager Corporate, Strategy and Development Services Mark Pepping said the operators were targeting villages within easy access of the Hume Highway. “The most recent cases involved the mass dumping...

Council’s sustainability efforts pay-off

September 6, 2019Posted in: Environment
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Solar panels on roof

Wingecarribee Shire Mayor Councillor Duncan Gair has commended a Council-led program for reducing Council’s energy consumption and costs for the 2018/19 financial year. Established in 2012, the Revolving Energy Fund (REFund) generates ongoing funding for projects that reduce energy consumption. “Last financial year seven energy projects contributed to just over $56,000 in financial savings,” the...

Bush Fire Danger Period starts early

September 6, 2019Posted in: Community, Environment

Firetrucks lined up on smokey street

Wingecarribee Shire Mayor Duncan Gair is urging residents to remain vigilant to the threat of fire as the NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) brings forward this year’s Bush Fire Danger Period. “No one needs reminding of how dry the current conditions are,” the Mayor said.  “And with no significant rainfall recorded through winter our...