Thursday, sunny and 22 degrees.

Sun, cool, what better working conditions is there?  Yesterday spent doing follow up, odd lantana uprooted and layer.  Around the grove I planted trees 10 years ago on the day of my Mother’s funeral in New Zealand.

Sun shining through the canopy, already dominated by a giant sting tree with its leaves lace worked by hungry mouths.

Got the gravity water line working after a blockage. So was time to change the bath pond water in the garden and sieve the healthy tadpoles out for the water change. Lovely garden tea provided by the emptied water.

 

 Exploring the clean water.

Turmeric, imported from Vietnam and Myanmar have created a, nation wide  glut. Less than $6 a kilo at wholesale markets in Sydney and Melbourne I am told. Lot of the mother stock came from here, planted else where 2 years ago and have produced abundantly this year. Its not wanted. The coral of the soil I call Turmeric, 5 years ago it began to be noticed locally. fast growing needing little attention in the garden.

Selling for $40 a kilo in Mullumbimby back then.  The year before kale took off. I couldn’t grow enough for demand as a certified organic grower.

Its time all organic labelling on food is authenticated.

 

 

Kookas watching me in the garden at 7 am.

The nectar seeking birds in greater numbers this year  sipping from the Coral tree flowers . Diminished nectar sources due to the extermination of down valley Corals via glyphosate.

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Saturday 29th……….walking the walk.

 

Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare’s next fortnightly working bee will be on Saturday, the 29th of July, from 9 am to 1 pm, at Brunswick Heads Crown Land Reserve site. Meet at the end of South Beach Road fire track gate, not far from the Surf Club. Please wear boots, long sleeve shirt and long pants, a hat, gloves and bring water, rain coat  and some morning tea. Tools and first aid kit will be provided.

If you come later, we will be doing followup work of Bitou Bush seedlings at the front dunes. Walk South from the dog beach access track and look west into the dunes for us. You will probably hear us but cooee just in case.

The weather is really beautiful at the moment, the follow-up work is quite light, and the dunes are responding with great growth. Thank you to the wonderful volunteers who are making such a difference. Last working bee this was Stephanie, Aparamit,  Jackie, John, and myself.

Cheers
Ellen

byronshirechemicalfreelandcare.org
BSCFL is a project of Mullum Seed
Mullumbimby Sustainability Education and Enterprise Development Incorporate

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jul/24/bernie-sanders-and-al-gore-on-solving-the-climate-crisis

 

http://www.nature.com/articles/srep39328

And probably a good start on the swamping of the planet with greedy humans. Men in the Western world are losing their fertility.

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-40719743

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/sperm-count-west-men-health-drop-60-per-cent-years-modern-life-a7859491.html

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From Dr Mary Gardner.

Where are the Green councillors in the sewage debate?
In March 2017, Byron Shire Council’s Coast Estuary Catchment Panel recommended to council ‘that Council acknowledge its commitment at the commissioning of Byron Bay Sewage Treatment Plant to relying on reuse to match increases in sewer load and either find a strategy to achieve that level of reuse or consider calling a moratorium’.
This advice never reached council. In July, it did in the public access session of the extraordinary meeting about the Villa World DA. Unfortunately, councillors took advice from staff and weakened Cr Ndiyae’s motion so that only the ‘concerns of landholders’ would be ‘referenced’ in council’s submission to the Joint Regional Planning Panel.
What does all this mean? Over the past ten years, the effluent discharge from the STP has risen from 1 megalitre/day in dry weather to 3-5 megalitres/day. This contravenes a 2006 agreement with private landowners, also members of the Union Drain Trust, whose drains are used to distribute the effluent. In 2006, increases in effluent reuse in town, rural industry and wetlands were all planned but by 2017 not accomplished.
As community representative on this group, I also alert you to the latest report, costing approx $350K. It identifies impacts the discharge has on the private lands. It suggests that ever-growing quantities of effluent be re-routed through the drains of the Arts & Industrial Estate into the West Byron drain and the Belongil.
Dr Mary Gardner, PhD historical marine ecology and deep resilience, Byron Bay

And truly depressing revelations from FOUR CORNERS on ABC TV. Time for real action against the water thieves.

http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/stories/2017/07/24/4705065.htm

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/jul/25/murray-darling-basin-allegations-of-water-theft-spark-calls-for-judicial-inquiry

Stand up for the birds of the Basin

BirdLife Australia
The rivers and wetlands of the Murray­­–Darling Basin are intimately linked to the livelihoods of hundreds of Australians.
But it’s not just people who depend on a healthy Basin.
The Murray­­–Darling Basin is a rich and complex ecosystem that supports a unique array of wildlife, including hundreds of bird species.
From wetlands to woodlands, the birds of the Basin all rely on a healthy river system to survive.
In 2012, our governments committed to a Murray­­–Darling Basin Plan that strived to provide both communities and wildlife with enough water, but now that Plan is under threat.
Our birdlife are at risk of losing the water they need to survive, at a time when so many of these species are already experiencing dramatic declines.
Sign our petition calling on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to stand strong on the Murray Darling Basin Plan and stand up for the birds of the Basin.
Read more about the birds of the Murray Darling Basin here.
Image: Red-necked Avocets by Chris Purnell
By signing this petition, you’re showing your support for communities and birds that depend on a healthy basin.
To see more of the community petitions that make up our unified movement of support for the basin, visit www.change.org/m/murray
This petition will be delivered to:
Prime Minister of Australia
Malcolm Turnbull

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For Byron Bay Herbicide Free Activists.

We will be removing weeds around native plantings on the High NE side of the wetland. Leaves need to be removed from the  boardwalk and decking replaced as required.
Hope to see you there even for an hour or two.

Behind the Byron Market site at the end of Somerset St adjacent to the toilet block.
Thanks. For your support
Cheers
Sharon

http://whatsonmyfood.org/level.jsp?food=PC&pesticide=901

From Eco Watch.The Cairns Region Guide
Toxic Cocktail of Man-Made Chemicals Found in Great Barrier Reef Turtles

Green Sea Turtles in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef are some of the world’s most majestic creatures. They have a lifespan of up to 50 years, but after recent results from blood tests on the marine animals, their health might be in jeopardy.

Man-made substances and chemicals are contaminating the ocean and, consequently, sea turtles. After testing Green Turtles’ bloodstream in various locations along the 1,400 mile stretch of the reef, researchers from the University of Queensland found that the turtles had a wild cocktail of common drugs like milrinone for heart problems and allopurinol for gout, household cleaning products, cosmetics and hundreds of thousands of other industrial chemicals like pesticides and herbicides in their systems.
“The worrying thing is there are more chemicals we could not identify than chemicals we could,” said Amy Heffernan, co-author of the study. “There is one new chemical registered for use every six seconds, so the libraries and the databases that we use to identify these chemicals just can’t keep up.”
Some of the more obvious signs of harm to the turtles’ health were inflammation and liver dysfunction. But, the extent of the impact remains unknown.
“Humans are putting a lot of chemicals into the environment and we don’t always know what they are and what effect they are having,” said Heffernan. “What you put down your sink, spray on your farms or release from industries ends up in the marine environment and in turtles in the Great Barrier Reef.”
What is known, however, is that the reef has been under quite a bit of pressure in recent decades due to climate change. With overfishing, waste dumping and increased pH levels leading to massive coral bleaching and die off, the turtles’ habitat is at major risk of total extinction. A heavy dose of foreign substances is just the cherry on top.
The research is just one element of a larger study funded by the World Wildlife Fund who will be working with farmers to find better management practices for the turtles and all wildlife in the reefs.

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Free Black Bamboo Stakes for pick up.

Harvesting the black bamboo and have plenty to distribute to organic garden start ups or a charity.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2017/jul/21/the-week-in-wildlife-in-pictures

Why we need a strong and effective Green party to keep the general public informed on real environmental reality.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-24/murray-darling-basin-water-pumped-by-irrigators/8732702

And a somewhat unusual take on the Greens.

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Saturday 29th Working Bee at Brunswick.

Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare’s next fortnightly working bee will be on Saturday, the 29th of July, from 9 am to 1 pm, at Brunswick Heads Crown Land Reserve site. Meet at the end of South Beach Road fire track gate, not far from the Surf Club. Please wear boots, long sleeve shirt and long pants, a hat, gloves and bring water, rain coat  and some morning tea. Tools and first aid kit will be provided.

If you come later, we will be doing followup work of Bitou Bush seedlings at the front dunes. Walk South from the dog beach access track and look west into the dunes for us. You will probably hear us but cooee just in case.

The weather is really beautiful at the moment, the follow-up work is quite light, and the dunes are responding with great growth. Thank you to the wonderful volunteers who are making such a difference. Last working bee this was Stephanie, Aparamit,  Jackie, John, and myself.

 

Cheers
Ellen

byronshirechemicalfreelandcare.org
BSCFL is a project of Mullum Seed
Mullumbimby Sustainability Education and Enterprise Development Incorporated

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Green’s Leader Natale in the Byron Area.

Dear Donald —

Greens leader Richard Di Natale is visiting our region this weekend. He will be meeting locals at the Ocean Shores Tavern at 11am Sunday 23 July for a ‘Stop Adani Action Morning’ training session for community members who want to campaign against the mine.
Richard will then take part in a Q and A session at the Splendour in the Grass festival hosted by The Weekly’s “Hard Chat” interrogator Tom Gleeson.
And on Sunday evening I will be joining him at the Brunswick Picture Theatre at 7pm for a public meeting on the big issues impacting our nation and to discuss the future of progressive politics in Australia. All welcome to this free event. I hope to see some of you there!

Kind regards and have a safe weekend with the increased traffic on our roads.

~ Tamara

As land clearing continues at an increased pace in Queensland (ABC NEWS) we need a truly active environmental party more than ever.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/jul/21/the-australian-greens-are-in-crisis-will-doctor-di-natale-take-radical-action

http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/richard-di-natales-monthus-horribilis-where-to-now-for-the-greens-20170720-gxf5em.html

 

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