Tuesday 28th Herbicide free maintenance.

The Byron Environment Centre is holding it’s chemical-free bush regen and boardwalk maintenance next Tuesday 28th February from 9.30 to 1.30 at the Cumbebin Wetland Sanctuary (next to the toilet block of the Byron Market site) weather permitting. Cool drinks will be provided.

We will be removing Singapore Daisy from around the stormwater drain adjacent to the boardwalk entrance, and we will be doing maintenance to the boardwalk.

Please wear sturdy shoes and protective clothing from sun and mosquitoes. See map attached.

Hope to see you there – come anytime even for an hour or two.

If raining email Sharon (sharon@wwwires.com) at 8 am on the day to see if it is on.

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Come on all you green voters.


Sorry about the later notice, Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare next fortnightly working bee will be on Saturday, the 25th of February,  from 8am to 12pm, at Brunswick Heads Crown Land Reserve site. Meet at the end of South Beach Road fire track gate. We will be working on the South side  of the Horse Track beach access. If you come later, please call 0478272300 to find us.

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.


BSCFL is a project of Mullum Seed

Mullumbimby Sustainability Education and Enterprise Development Incorporated

Nadia de Souza Pietramale

Project Coordinator

0478 272 300




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80 turn out to rescue the Richmond River

The Richmond River estuary at Ballina was rated F in a 2015 Ecohealth report. Photo environment.nsw.gov.au

The Richmond River estuary at Ballina was rated F in a 2015 Ecohealth report. Photo environment.nsw.gov.au

Over 80 community members representing various farming, Landcare and environment groups attended the inaugural meeting of the Richmond River Rescue on Wednesday night at the Lismore City Hall.

Convened by aspiring Nationals Party politician and former Telstra spin doctor, Rod Bruem, the meeting was called to gauge community support to establish a new environmental action group to focus on the important issues of restoring the Richmond River and its tributaries.

‘Richmond River is a disgrace and by any measure it’s getting worse not better,’ Mr Breum said.

He said the issue needed to be addressed now and addressed loudly by local stakeholders.

However, a split in community consensus rapidly became clear when co-convenor Phil Terry, a local farm owner, stated that the group did not want to see unnecessary laws such as mandatory fencing along river banks or other run off initiatives imposed on farmers whose land adjoins the river.

Landcare groups and local Greens Councillor Vanessa Ekins, having just heard from SCU Professor Amanda Reichelt-Brushett that farming activities over the past century were the largest cause of river degradation, did not warm to Terry’s   position believing farmers needed to make reparations for their impact.

Other groups at the meeting queried the need for the existence of yet another river group but Rod Bruem maintained his goal was to bring all the existing groups under one umbrella to lobby for Federal funding.

The meeting in Lismore will be followed by a meeting in Ballina today, Thursday 23 February, at the Ballina Richmond River Room adjacent to the Library commencing at 6pm.

Spraying directly into a drain. Left Bank Road.


My present work site. The foreground shows the substantial regrowth after the lantana was slashed, layered and mulched. An ideal cover for indigenous seedlings to sprout.

this-weeks-work-site Photo below taken 2 years ago.



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Hint of Autumn.

Cooler mornings so the trek to the regeneration site is pure pleasure as I walk through the new forest. Considerable regrowth so a couple of hours peeling back soft woody vine and farmers friends. IN between and beneath, red, white and pencil cedar seedlings sprouting under a perfect covering.



This young bird landed on my foot while I was on the phone. Not sure what it is. It then climbed onto my hand before flying off into the gardens.



Another ecological disaster in the making. Trust not our dismal politicians and the negative impacts they have on our environment.

Why are we not value adding the carp, learning how to eat it ourselves, turn them into an organic fertiliser, fish food for the battery fish farms?


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Public Meeting tonight in Lismore. Time to Restore our rivers Health.



The Richmond River at Ballina was rated a poor F in a 2015 Eco Health Report. All our local creeks run out to the ocean somewhere.

Help to clean them up. Get herbicides out of land-care  now.

Meeting at The Fountain Room at Lismore City hall at 6 pm on Wednesday 22nd of February.

Richmond River Room, adjacent to BALLINA library on the 23rd of February  6pm.

At the head water of Coopers Creek.

A herbicide free Zone.




Consideration of Poisoning of Coral Trees at Wilsons and Coopers Creek

There is information (see below) that nitrogen fixing trees such as the Coral tree naturally appear in great numbers in wet areas, particularly wetlands, so their appearance alongside creeks is a natural occurrence. People wishing to poison them need to be asked why they are resisting the regeneration obviously being carried out by the coral trees in that the trees volunteer to add more nitrogen to the soil than if the coral trees were not there? They also need to be asked whether they are aware that parrots in particular feed from its flowers? Coral trees, like camphors and wattles are pioneers. They improve soil and shade levels for climax communities. These pioneers can all be expected to go into recession when they are shaded out by the climax communities.
Our chemical-free method of bush regeneration is to leave the coral trees alone and see them as a benefit. Native trees are planted among them to take advantage of their nitrogen. Branches can be lopped strategically from the coral trees to allow in light if that is preferred. Lopped branches are stacked in pyramid fashion so they are not in contact with soil to prevent the branches re-sprouting.

If poisoning of the trees takes place without replacing them with other nitrogen fixing trees, their removal is obviously land degradation practice. The culture we live in has a pathological resistance to returning organic matter to soil (see appended article, Biodiversity conservation and soil organic matter), and the removal of trees that volunteer to fix nitrogen can be seen as the continuation of the culture’s resistance to provisioning soil. Replacing them is not just a case of one tree planted for every tree removed, it is a case of planting the amount of biomass removed. It is far easier, and in accord with the regeneration that the coral trees offer, to just plant natives among them.
The following may be of interest in regard to coral trees

“A German chemist, Fritz Haber, won the Nobel Prize in 1918 for discovering a method by which nitrogen could be obtained from the atmosphere, of which it forms about four-fifths. His discovery enabled Germany to fight World War 1 in spite of being cut off from the only previously known supplies of commercial nitrogen fertilizer, chiefly guano deposits. Ever since then, men have been able to get all the nitrogen they need from the air.

“Jungles knew all about it, and legumes too, millions of years before there were men. On soils deficient in nutritive elements, the tropical rain forest grows a great number of leguminous plants; they can be, and often are, the very biggest of jungle trees, such as the huge tropical acacias. It has been recorded that in two British Guiana jungle areas, which were either swampy and waterlogged or even more badly leached than usual, more than half of all the trees were of this type. In three other areas nearby, neither as badly leached nor as marshy, the proportion of leguminous trees ranged only from 14 to 33 percent.” [Ivan Sanderson’s Book of Great Jungles Julian Messner, New York, 1965, pp. 104, 105.]

We occupy a sub-tropical region rather than tropical. Nevertheless, this region because of land-clearing suffers major loss of nutrients through leaching. Coral trees, as leguminous trees in this region are also not engaged in growing above canopy height unlike what leguminous trees appear to do in the tropics. In sub-tropical areas we can expect the coral trees as sun-lover to die out as the native canopy closes. Even if they do not, is that a major problem with a strong native canopy? If it is a problem purely on the basis that coral trees are not native, then I would suggest it is a prejudice toward the plant world not unlike that ascribed to ethnic cleansing of humans.

Furthermore, Monsanto does not disappear from protest. It has less impact the more it is not subscribed to.


Geoff Dawe.



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Can anyone ID this beauty?

Landed on my hand while working in the garden.









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