Good News just in.

We need your kind hands to sweep love over the land. Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare, next working bee will be on Saturday, the 28th of February, from 8 am to 12 noon, at Brunswick Heads Crown Land Reserve site. Meet at the end of South Head Road fire track gate. If you come later, walk along the Dog walking track beach access, go over the fence heading South. We will be there, doing follow up work of Bitou Bush and Glory Lily heading from the south direction. Please wear boots, long sleeve shirt and long pants, a hat, gloves and bring water, a picnic and beach gear.

To share, I will bring a organic food donation basket from the Mullumbimby Farmer market and local shops to celebrate 100% vote from all Councillors for Byron Shire to implement steaming weed in all public spaces. I don’t know many detail yet, however it will be on the council minutes from the meeting today. More information please call. Nadia 0478272300 or go to http://www.byronshirechemicalfreelandcare.org.

Also and coinciding with Huonbrook Herbicide-FREE … who will be meeting tomorrow.

http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/gallery/2015/feb/27/bangladesh-toilet-waste-high-value-compost-in-pictures

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Bats, glow-worms, fluro fungi and a man spraying.

Ah… the bats…A second flowering of the majestic yet sappy, blue fig, flowering for the second time this spring and autumn, have brought the bats back to a less hostile environment. They keep me awake, as they decimate the Quandong. This morning, walking out before day-light, I stumbled over a carpet of flowering branchlets.
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Fluorescent fungi, glow warms guided me down the track. A log, semi submerged in the fast running water. Illuminated, full length with glowing fungi, reflected in the ripple and swirl of the receding flooded creek. Looked like a miniature Titanic, ablaze with light as it slowly sunk. A magic moment for me……….a minute or two worth sharing.

But soon disillusioned, as soon as I got to Mullumbimby viewed a man with a spray pack on his back. He told me he was spraying round-up/ No protection, he said he doesn’t breath it in. He also said he had to complete his round before too many people were around. Single sparse leaves. A public space.
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And what was being sprayed.
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Letter to Council, from Nadia.

I also would like to take this opportunity to invite you and any other Councillors and Council staff that are interested in see a chemical free dunecare site, to come for a tour. We have more then 20 clumps of threaten species Pink Nodding orchid in flower now. I will show you how we work, the progress of our site along the last 4 years, our methodology and the techniques that we apply.

Looking forward to hearing from you, please contact me to arrange a time, kind regards

Nadia de Souza Pietramale

Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare Coordinator

Open to read Brunswick Chemical Free Report.

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?ui=2&ik=cb0fd86b81&view=att&th=14bbba79c396c561&attid=0.1&disp=safe&realattid=f_i6j9r67w0&zw

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When will we catch up ?

beautiful-Coopers-Creek. It’s official, the Netherlands beat Monsanto in a long-debated motion to ban the sale of glyphosate-based herbicides. The Dutch Parliament passed the law prohibiting private parties from buying Monsanto’s toxic herbicide, RoundUp, and is expected to go into effect in late 2015. While the Dutch Lower House had initiated the law to ban glyphosate from non-agricultural use years ago, it seems Monsanto’s grip on the government “overrode” the motion at the time, but now residents of the Netherlands will be safe from the toxic pesticide. Two members of the Dutch Parliament, Esther Ouwehand and Gerard Schouw, submitted the motion, which influenced recent approval. Glyphosate, the main ingredient in RoundUp, has been linked to many health risks including different forms of cancer, nervous system damage and birth defects among many other issues. The Netherlands now joins Russia and Mexico as the latest country to ban Monsanto’s RoundUp. Will this prompt other countries to follow suit? weedsnetwork.com
Panel Discussion on Effects of Glyphosate – Melbourne 25th February

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Water and more water.

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Is this true ??

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/at-long-last-australia-is-able-to-halt-the-relentless-advance-of-the-cane-toad-10061911.html

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February 22, 2015 · 3:50 am

More Rain.

110 mls of rain and now the forecast is predicting strong winds. So far lucky compared to the North.
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Cleared causeway pipes this morning and hand-sawed fallen tree limbs. Rain eased. Now preparing for the wind which could mean loss of power and phone-lines. Candles, wind up radio, books, plenty of food if it comes to being restricted.
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From the garden.

140 mls of rain overnight and today the forecast promises a lot more with wind. My thoughts too for those in the path of the 2 cyclones crossing over land in Queensland.

April-2007-EOS-379

http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2015/feb/19/feed-the-world-small-farmers-big-agriculture-mdgs

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February 19, 2015 · 6:17 am