World Oceans Day 2016


Wednesday June 8

3.45pm – 5.30pm

Celebrate World Oceans Day 2016 with a rockpool ramble to collect data for Climatewatch Marine.

Let out your inner scientist and join the Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre for an afternoon looking at critters at the local beach.

The afternoon will start, at the Discovery Centre in Eden, with an introduction to Climatewatch and the survey method we will be using. We will then venture down to the rock pools to conduct a 30 minute survey of the animals that live there.


Free event. Bookings are required.

Call 0264961699 or email


Bournda EEC World Environment Day Dinner

Support the 39th Bournda EEC World Environment Day Dinner


World Environment Day (WED) is part of the United Nations Environment Program and  our event has been a feature on the local calendar since 1978.

The guest speaker for 2016 is Bob Debus AM, former NSW Environment Minister.


The event features student art and writing work to raise awareness of the 2016 WED theme  – the illegal trade in wildlife

The student work will be displayed at the dinner and then in local libraries throughout the Bega Valley.


The venue for 2016 is the new Bega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre and you are cordially invited to join us for this special evening!

There has never been a better time to express your support for the environment and to celebrate the 2016 theme.

A great meal is being planned and, rest assured, no endangered animals will feature on the menu.

Organise some friends and some tickets and we will see you there!

See the attached flyer for details.

WED 2016 flyer

Find out more about opening lakes

Bega Valley Shire Council will run a series of community information sessions this month to explain its policies and procedures for managing intermittently closing and opening lakes or lagoons (ICOLL) entrances throughout the Shire.
Council’s Coastal Management Officer, Kyran Crane, said that over the past year, Council has been reviewing the procedures for opening the ICOLLs and has formalised its “Entrance Opening Policies” for the lakes that require, or have in the past required, mechanical intervention.

Wonboyn Lake

Wonboyn Lake





There has been a comprehensive review of environmental factors and summary policies developed for seven of the shires ICOLLs – Wallaga Lake, Cuttagee Lake, Bega River, Wallagoot Lake, Back Lake, Curalo Lagoon and Wonboyn Lake.
“World-wide, ICOLLs are quite rare and the NSW south coast is home to most of Australia’s ICOLLs and, probably, most of the world’s,” he said.
“Bega Valley Shire has 24 of the 70 ICOLLs in NSW and seven of these have required Council to artificially open the entrance in the past,”
“We are committed to the health of our local estuaries and are focused on moving towards less artificial entrance intervention into the future,”
“However, there are established water level trigger heights for each ICOLL that requires it to be opened artificially and these are based on trying to find the balance between allowing the ICOLLs to follow their natural patterns and nuisance flooding and inundation of public and private assets,” Mr Crane said.
Anyone interested in learning more about these policies can attend an information session at the following locations.
Bega River and Wallagoot (session 1) on 16 May from 2pm to 6pm at the Tathra Surf Club;
Curalo Lagoon on 17 May from 2pm to 6pm at the Eden Library;
Back Lake & Wallagoot (session 2) on 18 May from 2pm to 6pm at Bega Valley Regional Training Centre, Merimbula (formerly the Auswide building);
Wonboyn Lake on 19 May from 3pm to 6pm at the Wonboyn Fire Shed; and
Wallaga Lake and Cuttagee Lake on 20 May from 2.30pm to 6.30pm at the Bermagui Library.
Each session will be attended by representatives from Council, the Office of Environment and Heritage, NSW Fisheries and Water Research Laboratory (project consultant).
They will be run as informal drop in sessions so booking is not required – just show up in the time slots mentioned.
For more information phone Council’s Environmental Services Section on 6499 2222.

Wallaga weed and Wildlife workshop – Friday 13th May

Have you wondered how to identify and control coastal weeds? Are you interested in learning about the beautiful foreshore environment and providing habitat for native wildlife on your property? Join experienced bush regenerator James Cook and BVSC Natural Assets Officer Andrew Morrison for a foreshore ramble and learn how to identify and tackle coastal weeds and about the ecology and wildlife that occurs along the coastal fringe. This is the first in a series of restoration workshops as part of the Bega Valley Coastal Habitats Restoration and Educational Walking Track project.

When: Friday 13th May, 10am till 1pm

Where: Meet at the Murunna Point Boardwalk carpark at the end of Wallaga St

Bring: Water, outdoors clothes and sturdy footware and your own lunch to enjoy afterwards


Overall Second prize - Georgia Poyner

Photo Georgia Poyner

For further information or to register your interest to attend please contact

Andrew Morrison at Council on 64992222 or



Plants & Fungi at Tuross

Plants & Fungi of the Tuross Head Littoral Rainforest Field Day
11am – 2.30pm Sun 22 May, Tuross Head
Take an informative walk through Chatham Park Littoral Rainforest at Tuross Head with Botanist, Jackie Miles. Learn to identify the native rainforest plants and the threatening weeds. Land Services Officer, Peter Gow will be discussing a range of weed control techniques.

Littoral Rainforest on the Far South Coast

Littoral Rainforest is listed as an Endangered Ecological Community (EEC) under both NSW State (Threatened Species Conservation Act) and Commonwealth (Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act) legislation, due largely to clearing and the threat to remaining stands from weeds, feral animals such as deer, fire and the activities of people (track creation, littering, plant collection, soil disturbance etc). Other less obvious threats include the loss of critical fauna elements from the ecosystem, that are needed for pollination or seed dispersal (e.g. cassowaries in north Queensland, which are the only dispersal agents for some large-fruited tree species), and the introduction of plant pathogens such as the recently arrived South American myrtle rust.

The Importance of Fungi

Fungi specialist, Teresa Van Der Heul, will also point out some amazing fungi which are present in these ecosystems.

“Fungi are vastly underappreciated, yet without them our world would not be the same. They are nature’s recyclers turning dead wood and plant material such as lignum and cellulose, back into individual components to be reabsorbed by living organisms including humans. Without fungi we would not have bread, alcoholic beverages or cheese; cows and other ruminants would be unable to digest plant material which would effectively eliminate dairy and beef from our diet. Gardening would cease and nutrients taken from the earth would never be replaced. Plant debris would be washed into the water ways essentially chocking off life to seagrass and aquatic critters. There would be no antibiotics….. neither we nor our ecosystem can survive without fungi.”

Here are a couple of fungi images from the Atlas photo comp, thanks for the identifications Teresa


Panus fasciatus – a Fungimap target species

Dried Apricots

Aleuria rhenana – one of the fire fungi

Turning the Tide on Trash

The forum is being held on May 28th and 29th, 2016 at Club Sapphire in Merimbula. The tdougbinheme for the 2016 forum is Turning the tide on trash: Discussing the problems, working towards solutions, which dissects the issue of marine debris, where it comes from, what impacts it has on our environment and what we can do.

The forum is run over 2 days with 4 different marine scientists presenting on their research and a pollution solution workshop run by Doug Reckord from Bournda Environmental Education Centre. The researchers come from a variety of backgrounds and will cover topics such as the effects of micro plastics on shorebirds, the economic impact of debris and how we can use citizen science to make a difference.

Register online now

Visit the SCMDC website for more information