- Coastwatchers supports SHASA’s campaign to deliver the Eurobodalla: Regenerate Regional Leadership Program. 2021-09-29
- Coastwatchers Thank You letter to Environment Minister Matt Kean Sept 2021 2021-09-28
- New protections for high value conservation areas – NSW Govt news Sept 23rd 2021 2021-09-28
- Coastwatchers objection to Redbank Power Station biomass burning September 2021 2021-09-28
- Coastwatchers Briquettee and Pallet Plant objection May 2021 2021-09-28
- Report to Coastwatchers on Dargues Gold Mine – August 2021 2021-08-29
- Eurobodalla Koala Recovery Strategy Revised Edition released July 2021 2021-07-10
- Letter of support for Batemans Bay Heritage Museum grant application to the Foundation for Regional Renewal and Recovery to conduct a one-day workshop on Volunteer / Member Recruitment and Retention 2021-06-29
- Save Mogo’s Forests! 2021-06-26
- Coastwatchers co-signs open letter to Kristy McBain MP re EPBC Act June 2021 2021-06-26
Category Archives: WHAT WE DO
Coastwatchers supports SHASA’s campaign to deliver the Eurobodalla: Regenerate Regional Leadership Program.
Subject: Matt Kean’s announcement that there will be no appeal of the NSW Land and Environment Court finding that the NSW Environment Protection Authority has a duty to take serious action on greenhouse gas emissions.
The Dargues mine is close to the village of Majors Creek at the top of the Moruya River catchment, and so represents a risk to the ecosystem health of the river, riparian areas, the estuary and potentially nearby coastal areas should there be any significant release of contaminants from the mine. It is important for us to monitor the operation of the mine and its environmental performance, and this is done through Coastwatchers’ membership of the Dargues Mine Community Consultative
Committee (CCC) – we are represented by Stewart Needham. The CCC meets quarterly, usually in Majors Creek, and since mining operations have been in progress most meetings have been preceded by a visit to the mine site. These visits focus on the processing plant and water management systems and structures, as these are the areas where the community has most concerns (ie noise, dust, truck movements etc, and water quality and management). Continue reading
The period for initial consultation on the Revised Eurobodalla Koala Recovery Strategy 2021 is now complete: see below (pending any further advice on improvements). Some minor changes have been made and we can update the document at any time if … Continue reading
Letter of support for Batemans Bay Heritage Museum grant application to the Foundation for Regional Renewal and Recovery to conduct a one-day workshop on Volunteer / Member Recruitment and Retention
Next forest on the chopping block: 127 hectares of spotted gum forest approved for logging 14 Oct 2021 – Active next step Compartment 146, east of Mogo, lies south east of Dogtrap Road (~2km east of Princes Hwy) and straddles … Continue reading
Nine community organisations signed an open letter to Kristy McBain, Federal MP for Eden-Monaro, written by ACF Community Eden Monaro group regarding The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.
Coastwatchers Submission to Legislative Council Inquiry into the long term sustainability and future of the timber and forest products industry – June 4th 2021
Conservationists call for new logging policies, fearing for critically endangered swift parrot – ABC News –
Public Launch of the Draft Revised Eurobodalla Koala Recovery Strategy – Monday May 3rd, 10am at Mossy Point
The launch will be at Lot 16 Annetts Pde, Mossy Point, at the intersection with George Bass Drive (the site of a controversial development proposal. Eurobodalla Koala researcher Keith Joliffe said “We chose this location to highlight the fragmentation and … Continue reading
Gilmore Electorate Communities Environment Program 2019-20 For the year 2020 the Commonwealth Government granted $2,800 through the Gilmore Electorate to The Coastwatchers Association Inc (matched in-kind by Coastwatchers) under the Communities Environment Program. The purpose of the grant was identification … Continue reading
CW Letter to EDO re 31 trees with hollows to remain standing around active logging in South Brooman Forest
Coastwatchers Report to Environmental Protection Agency for investigation re South Brooman State Forest October 12th 2020
Coastwatchers is writing to report Forestry Corporation NSW (FCNSW) and contractors regarding the following
actions in South Brooman State Forest Compartments 58A (Eden Region) to be investigated and prosecuted as
relevant by the EPA Continue reading
Joint Letter to NSW Premier re proposed windback of sanctuary zones in marine parks – July 29th 2020
Letter to the Editor (The Beagle): Plenty of better solutions than simply switching off legislation that protects wildlife: August 6th 2020
The Beagle Editor, Commenting on ‘lnnes presses to Switch off Biodiversity to allow bushfire rebuilds‘ It is really sad to hear this coming from the Mayor of our council. Our recently amended environmental regulations in NSW are already quite relaxed … Continue reading
25 June Coastwatchers is a signatory to a letter to Nippon Paper organised by Rainforest Action Group. A petition is also now live. One of the signatories to the letter organized a letter delivery and secured some local press. Also see press releases issued by … Continue reading
Media Release June 26th 2020
Also, below is the the submission from the Environmental Defender’s Office.
The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) is the Australian Government’s key piece of environmental legislation which commenced July 16th 2000. The EPBC Act enables the Australian Government to join with the states and territories in providing … Continue reading
Coastwatchers member Stewart Needham is a member of the Dargues mine Community Consultative Committee. He submitted the following document in relation to the Dargues Mine Water Management Plan.
This article appeared in the Moruya Examiner / Bay Post on November 27th 2019.
Dargues Gold Mine update from Coastwatchers’ new representative on the Dargues Gold Mine Community Consultative Committee, Stewart Needham
Stewart writes: I attended the last Dargues Reef CCC meeting on 30 September as an observer, and since then my nomination has been formally accepted so that I will be able to fully participate in the next CCC meeting to … Continue reading
Batemans Bay High School Student Environment Council is busy preparing a Year 12 Wellbeing Native Garden. Beds have been prepared and Lilli Pillis planted. “Next step is planting natives in tubs and installing planter baskets on the wall” said teacher … Continue reading
New connections were made and ‘light-bulb moments’ were plenty when nine high-school students spent the weekend of October 26th & 27th 2019 immersed in nature. Held at Meringo Point Sanctuary, Eurobodalla Young Legends 2019 saw the students mentored by Angus … Continue reading
Coastwatchers Submission to Natural Resources Commission NSW Forest Monitoring and Improvement Steering Committee, Nov 8th 2019
The Commission invites comment on the draft monitoring program for the Coastal Integrated Forestry Operations Approval (IFOA) from all interested parties. The NSW Forest Monitoring and Improvement Steering Committee is independently chaired by the Natural Resources Commission. The Coastwatchers Association … Continue reading
Coastwatchers is a proud member of Climate Action Gilmore Events this week Accelerate Film 9 May, Kinema Narooma. The 3rd and final screening of the 350 Australia Accelerate will be held on Thursday 9 May at 6pm. This screening will be … Continue reading
Climate Action Gilmore is a coalition of Eurobodalla 350, SHASA (Southcoast Health and Sustainability Alliance), Nature Coast Marine Group and The Coastwatchers Association Inc. The Greens – Carmel McCallum The Greens have a target of 100% renewable electricity by 2030 … Continue reading
DARGUES REEF GOLD MINE MINER’S COMMUNITY INFORMATION MEETING When 6.00 pm Wednesday 30 January Where Majors Creek Hall The operators/owners of the Dargues Gold Mine, Diversified Minerals Pty Ltd, will be holding a community information session to provide: an update … Continue reading
Media Release – Broulee Meeting – Rural Lands Strategy 18 November 2018 A public meeting will be held on Sunday 18th November at 2pm at Captain Oldrey Park, Broulee to raise awareness and engage with the community about the effects … Continue reading
Presentation to Council Tues 14 Aug 2018 (67KB .pdf) This presentation to Eurobodalla Shire Council was made by Reina Hill (Vice President of Coastwatchers) on Tuesday August 14th 2018 in support of Councillor Mayne’s motion that council defer voting on the … Continue reading
The NSW government has recently announced its intention to drastically weaken the logging rules (Integrated Forestry Operations Approval—IFOA) to remove numerous protections for NSW’s threatened species, koalas, old growth & rainforest and waterways. Coastwatchers IFOA remake submission with covering letter. (80KB … Continue reading
Please find below an article regarding Helen Rees who was a long serving member of Coastwatchers. JULY 5 2018 – 1:52PM (article reproduced from the Batemans Bay Post and shared on the Coastwatchers Facebook page) Life’s dream blossomed RECOGNITION: Helen Rees and … Continue reading
Coastwatchers Submission to Rural Lands Strategy Planning Proposal to amend Eurobodalla LEP 2012 – June 22nd 2018
Coastwatchers submission 22 June 2018 RLS Proposal amendents to ESC LEP 2012 (245KB .pdf)
Are you interested in seeing plastic waste reduced? Moruya Business Chamber are looking for volunteers to help launch a major initiative in Moruya to try and end the use of plastic bags in shops. Volunteer Advertisement (148KB .pdf) The “BYO Bag” … Continue reading
Eurobodalla Shire Council is proposing very significant planning changes under their new Rural Lands Strategy Planning Proposal If we don’t object to these changes the conservation values and long term future of this beautiful area will be compromised.
ESC RLS Guide Letter June 2018 (123KB .pdf) ESC RLS Guide Letter June 2018 (9KB .docx) ESC RLS Guide Letter June 2018 (110KB .rtf) The text of the above guide letter appears below. Name . Address . Date . General Manager Eurobodalla Shire … Continue reading
The following comments represent feedback by the Nature Coast Marine Group and Coastwatchers on the discussion paper prepared for the Narooma workshop in March 2018. The discussion paper does not mention the State Government’s 2014 Marine Estate Community Survey, which … Continue reading
CW request to Council to adopt OEH Long Beach Sandy Place Reserve Coastal Wattle management Sep 2017 Report
Dear Mayor and Councillors – Eurobodalla Shire Council I am writing in response to The Long Beach Community Association letter to Coastwatchers requesting our support for the Long Beach Coastal Wattle Management Project as outlined in the attached OEH Report … Continue reading
South Coast conservationists have declared the UN International Forests Day on March 21 as a day of shame for the NSW Forestry Corporation and the NSW Government because of the systematic destruction of South Coast forests. They should hang their heads … Continue reading
UN International Forests Day 21 March 2018 – Day of Shame for South Coast Forestry over destructive logging and Rotten Forest Deals.
Download (Coastwatchers MR 21 Mar 2018 Protest on International Forest Day 82KB .pdf) or read below. South Coast conservationists have declared the UN International Forests Day as a day of shame for the NSW Forestry Corporation and the NSW Government … Continue reading
In response to The Long Beach Community Association letter to Coastwatchers requesting our support for the Long Beach Coastal Wattle Management Project, we provide the following response. In the first instance, we acknowledge the ecological value of Coastal Wattle as … Continue reading
South Coast Conservationists Reject NSW Government Propaganda on Rotten Forest Deals (AKA Regional Forest Agreements)
Coastwatchers, Eurobodalla Shire’s largest conservation group, has rejected as complete nonsense the recent attempts by the NSW Department of Primary industries (DPI) to defend the existing Regional Forest Agreements and proposed 20 year extensions as ecologically sustainable and economically responsible.
Please click here to read the letter, dated March 11th 2018, on the Beagle website.
Submission to Eurobodalla Shire Council. Amended Investment Policy Ref. No. EOO4623 Due date Wednesday 7th March 2018 Coastwatchers supports and endorses Council’s policy to exit investment in fossil fuel industries. Coastwatchers urges all Councillors to vote for the Amended Investment Policy, to … Continue reading
The 2017 AGM was held at Tomakin Community Hall on October 28th 2017. It is with pleasure that I welcome members and friends today. In the 2016-2017 financial year we have held 6 Coastwatchers committee meetings. Though technically outside that … Continue reading
Please click here to read the article on the SMH website.
Media Release Feb 14th 2018 – South Coast Conservationists Rally Against Rotten Forest Deals (Regional Forest Agreements)
Coastwatchers, other conservation groups and supporters are today rallying at Batemans Bay to protest plans by the Turnbull and Berejiklian governments to lock up 2 million hectares of public forests, hand them over to big business like the Eden Wood … Continue reading
UPDATE: Alert! Save the Forests – Batemans Bay Forest Rally and ‘Drop In’ on DPI – Donate your lunch hour on 14 Feb 2018
Dear Coastwatchers Members and Friends As promised here is an update on action in Batemans Bay next Wednesday 14 February 2018 (see below if you missed this ). RFA Community Consultation Drop In (aka GreenWash) – Coachhouse Marina Resort 49 beach Road Batemans Bay12.30pm … Continue reading
Interested in energy prices, renewables, climate change? Please come along to this free community forum with Mark Butler, Labor’s Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy, and NSW Senator Jenny McAllister. Have your opportunity for input and hear directly from … Continue reading
The survey of unusual ecological phenomena, being run by researchers at the University of Adelaide, has been extended until the 5th of March 2018 to give more people the chance to participate. The information collected with this survey will help … Continue reading
SEPP 55 (Remediation of Land) and the Managing Contaminated Land Planning Guidelines have been reviewed as part of the Government’s SEPP review program. The Department is exhibiting an Explanation of Intended Effect (EIE) for a new Remediation of Land SEPP, … Continue reading
The Department of the Environment and Energy is seeking feedback on this strategy and action inventory for 2018-30. The draft revised strategy is open to public comment until Friday 16 March 2018.
The Department of the Environment and Energy is overseeing a statutory review of the operation of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation Act 2012. The review will consider the effectiveness of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation in facilitating increased flows of … Continue reading
Join the Nature Conservation Council of NSW (NCC) on the 24th of March in Sydney, one year out from the state election, as they call for the State Government to choose a clean energy future. Lock the Gate, The Wilderness Society, 350.org and … Continue reading
Dear Coastwatchers Members This is a chance to tell the Turnbull and Berejiklian Governments how deeply opposed you are to the destruction of our native forests by the logging industry. Please put Wednesday 14 February in your diary NOW! The push to lock … Continue reading
President’s Report It is with pleasure that I welcome members and friends today. In the 2016-2017 financial year we have held 6 Coastwatchers committee meetings. Though technically outside that in August, the Moruya Forest Forum was arguably a high point … Continue reading
The Coastwatchers Environment Fund is one of hundreds of environment funds which have been registered on the Commonwealth Government’s REO – the Register of Environmental Organisations. This registration process provides the legal basis for attracting tax-deductible donations. A Commonwealth Parliamentary … Continue reading
The Coastwatchers ‘Moruya Forest Forum’, was held on Wednesday 23 August 2017, and was a great success. About 100 people attended the Forum in the St. Mary’s Performing Art Centre, an ideal venue for this type of activity. The meeting opened … Continue reading
Dear Premier, Prohibition on the Logging of Mogo State Forest The Coastwatchers Association Inc. opposes the continued logging of State Forests in the Batemans Bay region of the South Coast of NSW, particularly the logging of timber, which is destined … Continue reading
This meeting calls on the NSW Government to: 1. Cease Logging Mogo State Forest Immediately cease logging the Mogo State Forest until a professionally based pre logging review is undertaken and assessed, given the known presence of both the Vulnerable … Continue reading
In May this year I notified Coastwatchers members of the death of Martyn Phillips, a long serving member of the Association and an extremely capable past President. Martyn died after losing his second battle with cancer. Martyn had a critical … Continue reading
The Association has farewelled two of its greatest supporters and environmental warriors, with the departure of Maureen and Jim Baker in early July, moving closer to Sydney to be nearer to their family. Maureen and Jim have been members of … Continue reading
For those members who plan ahead, the Executive is planning to hold the Annual General Meeting this year on Saturday September 23rd at 2:00pm at the Tomakin Community Hall. This will be finalised at the next Committee meeting on Wednesday … Continue reading
These minutes will remain in draft form until they are accepted at the next Management Committee meeting. CW MC Draft Minutes 12_04_17 (133KB Docx)
It is with the deepest regret that I am notifying members of the death of the long standing Coastwatchers member and leader Martyn Phillips. Martyn died after another battle with cancer On behalf of the Association I pass on my … Continue reading
The Coastwatchers Association Incorporated (Coastwatchers) is the leading community environmental and conservation group serving the South Coast of NSW. Coastwatchers works principally in the Shire of Eurobodalla from South Durras to Wallaga Lake, (and including the major towns of Batemans … Continue reading
CW Submission to NSW Dept Planning re Changes to Environment Planning and Assessment Act 1979 – March 31st 2017
The Association opposed the 2010 Development Application regarding the Dargues Reef Gold Mine by Big Island Mining Pty Ltd in 2010, and again opposed the Modification to that Development Approval in 2015. That experience highlighted some major deficiencies with the … Continue reading
Coastwatchers recently made two submissions to the NSW Government regarding the preparation of a “NSW Koala Strategy” and what is known as SEPP 44, a State Environmental Policy covering Koala habitat. Only the “NSW Koala Strategy” is considered in this … Continue reading
The Coastwatchers Association has been involved with the development of Koala Recovery Startegies in the Eurobodalla Shire for a number of years. The Association commissioned and funded research through its independently administered ‘Coastwatchers Environment Fund’. The project was led by … Continue reading
The detailed history of Koalas in the Shire of Eurobodalla is extremely deficient. there was clearly a resident Koala population in the Shire when Europeans settled the South Coast of NSW in the 1800s. It has been reported that there … Continue reading
Submission to ESC re Broulee Residential Zones DCP (100KB PDF, opens in a new tab)
Coastwatchers submission of 12th January 2017 to NSW Govt re Draft Coastal Management State Environmental Planning Policy CW Submission CMSEPP 2017-01-12 (147KB PDF, opens in a new tab).
Clean water is a fundamental right in Australia, and cannot be compromised for the profits of a mining company. The existing fresh water supply must be secured and maintained, not just for today’s community, but for future generations. Presentation to … Continue reading
In 2010 and again in 2015-16 when the miner was preparing its environmental assessments, the NSW Government only required an assessment covering the impacts and consequences in a small immediate area around the mine site. No consideration was required of … Continue reading
The major concern of the Association with the Dargues Reef mine is with the integrity of the tailings dam, now, in the future, and when the mine is no longer operational. Irrespective of the cause, many mining tailings dams worldwide … Continue reading
Response to Proponent’s response to August 2015 Submissions The proponent’s “Modification 3” application to the NSW Department of Planning fundamentally changed the original 2010 development approval of the project. As a result of these changes, environmental risks were significantly increased. … Continue reading