GoMAD Coffee Cup Cops!

Remember the Bega High School students who have taken up the challenge of cutting coffee cup waste?

Here’s their fantastic GoMAD video, “THE COFFEE CUP COPS!”

Hilarious and still informative!

Check out the rest of the wonderful videos made by students from high schools in the Bega Valley and Eurobodalla and in other parts of NSW.


GoMAD…. as Hell!

We went to one of the South Coast’s most iconic beauty spots (Bournda Lagoon in Bournda National Park) and kayaked to a seldom visited location on the western shoreline.  In JUST TWO MINUTES the GoMAD (Go Make a Difference) camp participants picked up enough waste to fill a large bag.  Unfortunately the haul even included a syringe – YUK!

Litter from Bournda Lagoon

Clearly this is just not good enough and students took a short time out from having fun to just be MAD about it. The students discussed approaches like “Take Three for the Sea” and other ways people can take positive action to reduce litter in the environment.

The GoMAD camp involves teachers and student leaders, from Bega, Narooma, Moruya and Batemans Bay High Schools, who have come together to share their GoMAD experiences.



Last week students from local small schools made Bournda National Park their base for the annual Peer Support Camp. The camp has been run every year since 1990 and provides the Year 6 students with a great opportunity to celebrate the end of primary school.

The camp was organised by Tanja PS Principal Lee-Ann Thompson, with support from Bournda EEC and Bega High School, with catering provided by Tanja PS P&C.  Students and staff from Tanja, Bemboka, Wolumla, Candelo and Wyndham Public Schools attended.

The camp is just one of many transition activities supported by Bega High and Mark Freedman, Head Teacher- Student Welfare, put together a crack team of Year 9 mentors to support the students and to help them think about their start to life at high school.

Activities included kayaking, bushcraft survival, bike riding, raft building, surfboat (on the lake), challenge games, Indigenous activities and a beach carnival. Night-time nature walks and prawning were very popular with the students. Students also came up with their own entertainment with some talented shadow puppets on display at night.

The students loved the opportunity to go sailing with volunteers from the Wallagoot Lake Boat Club and everyone is very grateful to the sailors for their generous contribution to a great camp!


sailing 2017

Shadow hand puppets

GoMAD – Go Make a Difference Camp – let’s do it!!

The weather forecast is not great for Monday and Tuesday but our Waste Warriors will not let moisture dampen their  determination to fight the good fight in the War on Waste!  Our camp will proceed and the students and teachers from four participating high schools from the Bega Valley and Eurobodalla will make a difference!

GoMAD logo

The GoMAD camp is part of the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage and NSW Environmental and Zoo Education Centres’ GoMAD program.


Weed alert!

About this time last year, local botanist Jackie Miles alerted us to the presence of the weed Coreopsis lanceolata on Sapphire Coast Drive.

A weed species

Photo: Bournda EEC

Coreopsis lanceolata

Photo: J.Miles

Jackie wrote:

“This is a pushy weed (eg round Ulladulla and Jervis Bay where it runs amok on roadsides on sandy soils). There was a single local infestation round the swimming pool at Pambula Beach some years ago, which Council, to their credit, seem to have dealt with pretty effectively (not noxious, so they would have got no funding to do it).  There used to be an odd plant crop up along Sapphire Coast Drive, but this is the first one I’ve noticed for quite some time.”

We pulled out a clump this morning so keep on the alert for any popping up in your area.  After the recent rain they are quite easy to pull out.

Go MAD Bega High School!

A wonderful example of how students and teachers are taking the lead in the “War on Waste”.  Julie Donne, the Bournda EEC Canberra Region Joint Organisations (CBRJO) Waste Education Project Officer, has been working with Bega High School on a GoMAD project (Go Make a Difference) and they have really have taken their campaign to the streets. Check out this update in the Bega District News!

The CBRJO Waste Education program provides great resources to help Councils work with schools and the Bega Valley Shire Council waste team has been working closely with Jules and also developing their own programs.

TrailRider – Mission Possible!

Our mission: To get Jake from Tathra to Wallagoot Lake as part of the Bega High School Crossroads program.

Our equipment: the TrailRider which Bournda EEC purchased with support from the Department of Education, Tulgeen Disability Services and Tarra Motors.

Our test “pilot”: Right from the word go Jake was enthusiastic about the TrailRider. His positive attitude really set the tone for the day.  Have a listen to what he has to say! Talk about “The Right Stuff”.

We had a pretty special day.

Tuesday Weather

The low pressure system has moved out to sea, so all systems go for the Narooma PS visit! It will be cold so rug up against the Sou’westerly wind.

Looking forward to seeing keen National Park explorers here at Bournda!

Check the forecast