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After the Fires – A Virtual Field Day in Quaama with Jackie Miles

Join botanist Jackie Miles for a virtual walk along Dry River in Quaama six months after fire swept through the area on New Years Eve 2019. Find out what plants are coming back in the riparian forest and how different plants respond to fire. Make yourself a cuppa and have a look at this series of 3 videos we’ve created for you in place of our regular workshops and field days:

  1. Native Tree Response to Fire in Dry River, Quaama (9 mins)
  2. Native Groundcover and Understorey Response to Fire (12 mins)
  3. Weeds’ Response to Fire (9 mins)
Let us know what you think, and send any suggestions for virtual field days you'd like to attend in the future to

Photo: Botanist Jackie Miles at Dry River in Quaama

Post Fire Erosion Control

A series of 5 fact sheets on Post Fire Erosion Control for landholders has been developed by South East LLS. These focus on farming properties however, much of the information is also relevant to properties managed for conservation.

  1. Types of erosion and their impacts
  2. Erosion control techniques
  3. Ground cover management
  4. Monitoring
  5. Safety responsibilities and legislation.

In addition, Murray LLS has produced three bushfire erosion videos which are available on the Murray LLS YouTube channel.

  1. Landscape scale erosion
  2. Farm scale erosion
  3. Small scale erosion

Cultural Burning News

Watch the Australian Story documentary on Victor Steffensen on ABC iview and read about the first cultural burning on private land since the summer bushfires.

More details here...

Post-Fire Plant ID Video from Eurobodalla

If you’re interested in identifying and learning more about some of the plants that are emerging after the fires, Eurobodalla Shire Council and Local Land Services have created a 6 minute video about some of the more common species, both weeds and natives. This is an important time for recovering landscapes and the information here will help you identify what you need to look out for and remove and what you can leave. You can view the video here.

Wildlife Videos After the 2018 Fires

After the Reedy Swamp, Vimy Ridge and Tathra bushfire of 18 March 2018, David Gallan created two short videos documenting moments in the lives of some of the animals in the forest around him in the year that followed the fire. These videos give an intimate window into the lives of these animals, including bandicoots, possums, gliders, insects, frogs, wallabies and birds, and it feels like a privilege to witness them. I hope you enjoy these beautiful and inspiring images of survival and recovery.

Find links to videos here...

Rural Living Handbook

The Rural Living Handbook is a guide to help rural landholders experience the wonderful aspects of rural life as well as to raise awareness of the risks and responsibilities that come with that lifestyle. It is for:

  • people who are new to rural life in NSW
  • prospective rural property owners
  • owners of hobby farms and lifestyle blocks
  • people who are having a go at primary production for the first time
  • long-term property owners who want further resources on living sustainably in a rural area.

The Rural Living Handbook is available for free:


Grant Guru Funding Finder

Bega Valley Shire Council has partnered with GrantGuru to provide the Bega Valley Funding Finder to all community groups, not-for-profits, local businesses and individuals in our Shire.

Funding Finder is an easy to use portal providing free access to a comprehensive database of grant and funding opportunities including federal, state and local government grants plus local funders like service clubs, building societies and banks. Funding Finder also highlights funding available through loans and subsidies as well as commercial funders and private philanthropic organisations.

It is free to all Bega Valley Residents. So if you’re looking for funding to manage the native vegetation on your place or a place you look after, click here to register:

Special Disaster Grant For Primary Producers Closing this Week

The Special Disaster Bushfire Grant for primary producers closes this Friday 31 July - so if you're a primary producer affected by the recent fires (since August 2019), lodge an application this week to ensure you're registered in the system. If you need help filling out the form, free confidential assistance is available from your local Rural Financial Counselling Service on 1800 319 458.

Weeds Australia Website

If you’re looking for help identifying and controlling weeds, The Centre for Invasive Species Solutions has launched a beta (test) version of Weeds Australia, a new nationally focused weeds’ website providing best practice information on weeds management within Australia.


South East Environment Newsletter

South East Environment is a new newsletter produced by the South East Biodiversity and Conservation team from the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment. It began as a locally-focussed digital newsletter about wildlife recovery along the NSW south east coast during and after the fires. It has now been extended to cover the southern highlands, the southern tablelands, the Monaro and the alps. The newsletter includes post-bushfire articles and updates from all their local teams including Ecosystems and Threatened Species, Water, Floodplain and Coasts, Planning, and Compliance and Regulation. If you’d like to subscribe, have a look at the Winter Edition here.

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