Environment

Mt Keira lookout gets a cleanup

Mt Keira lookout gets a cleanup

Mt Keira lookout got a cleanup over the weekend, after nearly 200 people converged on the site for a four hour working bee. The working bee was organised by the local action group, who have their hearts set on restoring the tourist attraction. With the site’s iconic restaurant shutdown, the access road closed for repairs […]


Love food, hate waste

Love food, hate waste

Wollongong City Council is holding a free two-day workshop on how to eat healthy and eliminate food waste. The workshop is aimed at parents with young children, after research shows that every household in NSW wastes $1,000 per year on food. This waste ends up as landfill, and in the case of the Illawarra region, […]


Smokey haze over Wollongong as burn off begins

Smokey haze over Wollongong as burn off begins

Wollongong was blanketed in a smoky haze today from hazard reduction burning being carried out in the region. The decision to conduct the burn off has been made in the hope it will reduce the likelihood of future bush fires by getting rid of bushland. The fire is currently located near Helensburgh and the burn […]


Claims Illawarra economy will suffer under CSG restrictions

Claims Illawarra economy will suffer under CSG restrictions

Coal seam gas restrictions imposed by the federal government are hindering economic growth in the Illawarra, according to some experts. Daniel Skora from professional infrastructure and environmental services Cardno ENTRIX, says there is a distinction between coal seam gas that occurs as part of the mining process and “businesses that seek to use coal seam […]


Marine parks now open to recreational fishers

Marine parks now open to recreational fishers

In a shock move by the NSW government, recreational fishers are now allowed to fish from shore in NSW marine park sanctuary zones. The announcement made yesterday, coincides with the abolishment of the Marine Park Authority and a review of all marine parks within NSW. Lifting of the ban on recreational shore fishing applies to […]


Community to choose Bald Hill Reserve future

 Community to choose Bald Hill Reserve future

Wollongong City Council has announced the community will have its say on the future of the of Bald Hill Reserve. The Council has set up multiple forums in which community members can share their thoughts on the reserve at Stanwell Park. There will be multiple community sessions held in May, including a community information, and […]


Decommissioning Jerrara Dam on the table

Decommissioning Jerrara Dam on the table

The 57-year-old dam has been the cause of numerous emergency alerts during heavy rains, showing that the dam walls are not high enough to handle south coast weather. Council talks have commenced to determine the fate of the dam in Kiama.   On numerous occasions a handful of downstream residents have had to be evacuated, […]


Celebrating sustainable transport at UOW

Celebrating sustainable transport at UOW

Students commuting on sustainable transport were treated to a free breakfast this morning on McKinnon lawn. Over 200 students and staff joined in to celebrate the sustainable transport options available at the university. UOW Transport Project Officer and organiser of the event, Jenny Halldorsson said that it was the first time the breakfast had been […]


UOW switches off for Earth Hour 2012

UOW switches off for Earth Hour 2012

The University of Wollongong aims to reduce its energy consumption by a record amount for this year’s earth hour. The university will again participate in earth hour activities, encouraging everyone to turn off any unnecessary items on Friday afternoon when they leave. UOW’S Environment manager, Lisa Miller, says that the Vice-Chancellor has set the target […]


Bridge over troubled road

Bridge over troubled road

One of the Illawarra’s standout tourist attractions, the Sea Cliff Bridge, is proving to be as notorious as the road it is now replacing, with rock falls and landslides threatening to damage the newly created passageway. Anger was sparked in 2003 when Lawrence Hargrave Drive, the connecting road between Coalcliff and Clifton, was indefinitely closed […]


Coastal Erosion at Sea Cliff Bridge

Over the weekend the Sea Cliff Bridge was closed due to a landslide caused by the recent bad weather. The safety of the Bridge has come into question due to coastal erosion. The Current sent reporters out to follow up on the situation. Check back later for full coverage.


Climbing high at Towradgi

Climbing high at Towradgi

A new playground at Towradgi Park was officially opened today, to the delight and excitement of locals. The playground is the result of a collaboration between Wollongong City Council and local school children, who assisted in the design. The Current went along to check it out, and caught up with some very excited kids and […]


Environment fuelling PM’s agenda

Environment fuelling PM’s agenda

After a tense week of discussions about the introduction of a carbon tax, the connection between politics and environmental issues is stronger than ever. Prime Minister Julia Gillard is supporting the Australian born ‘Earth Hour’ tying in the looming Carbon Tax with the annual environmental initiative. “I believe 2011 is the year Australia will choose […]


Carbon tax will cost jobs: Bluescope

Steel made in ‘our own backyard’ could be a thing of the past, according to BlueScope, Australia’s largest manufacturer and supplier. This latest claim follows the announcement by the Federal Government which will see the introduction of the controversial carbon tax. The tax will “negatively impact companies such as BlueScope,” a spokeswoman said. BlueScope says […]


Go Green

Go Green

The University of Wollongong is the second biggest energy user in the region, and its students are calling for it to use more renewable energy. Andrew Moon reports. Andrew Moon, is a final year Bachelor of Journalism student, reporting for UOWTV


Backyard bliss

Backyard bliss

Emily Duncan talks to an Unanderra couple who have transferred their former housing commission house into a sustainable paradise. Now they eat like kings. Emily Duncan is a final year Bachelor of Journalism/Bachelor of Arts student.