As I speak.

Posting on here yesterday that I have not seen a koala here for 2 years was proved wrong when this one arrived in a tree in front of the cabin.

https://www.echo.net.au/2017/11/defamation-action-delays-bluesfest-koala-reports/

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From the Echo.

Council accused of koala habitat destruction at Tyagarah Airfield

Key koala habitat is being impacted by works at the Tyagarah Airfield and a petition, containing 281 signatures, to cease vegetation works at the site will be tabled at the upcoming Byron Shire Council meeting this Thursday.
The Tyagarah Airfield borders on a significant area of koala habitat for the Byron coastal koala population. The council removed 217 trees last May and are planning to prune a further 72 trees and shrubs at the end of November.
‘Before pruning work is undertaken a qualified wildlife ecologist will check the area for threatened species including koalas and occupied nests and drays,’ said Byron Shire Council’s manager open spaces and resource recovery, Michael Matthews.
‘If koalas or young birds and animals are found work will be delayed in that specific area until they have left on their own accord.’
According to local conservationist, Dailan Pugh, it is just the latest threat to the remaining koala population, many as a result of works and approvals by the council.
‘The Byron coastal koala population is estimated to number 240 individuals utilising patches of suitable habitat spread along the coast from Broken Head to the Brunswick River. They are vulnerable to both loss of preferred feed trees and fragmentation of their habitat.
‘The future viability of the Byron coastal koala population has come under sustained pressure in recent years, with: the development of the Bluesfest site; the redevelopment of Elements; the council’s refusal to build a koala underpass when widening the road and building the roundabout on Ewingsdale Road in the middle of the major crossing point; and the approval of West Byron.

Read more at the Echo. https://www.echo.net.au/2017/11/council-accused-koala-habitat-destruction-tyagarah-airfiled/

Koalas were frequently seen here but not any more. All these calls we hear for ‘ save the koala ‘ is a waste of time when we witness the disregard Councils and governments have for our remaining wild life. The illusion that we are a Green Shire is just that, an illusion. Hectares of camphors are being poisoned in our valley along with the coral trees. ITs fact that along with killing the trees, the habitat of many vital insects that have adapted to the environment since Europeans cleared, leeching into the soil and water is another ecological disaster.

 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/nov/22/queensland-land-clearing-shown-in-aerial-and-satellite-images

 

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Rain.

Rain is continuing with the gauge showing 70 mls. Enforcing me indoors and the tedious political news on Radio National.

 

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From The East London Gardening Club.

Ban Use of Glyphosate-based Herbicides
Stop using glyphosate-based herbicides on our food and our soils. Not only is glyphosate absorbed by plants treated with the chemical, but it is also absorbed into the ground, contaminating our water. Protect our well-being and our environment.
Glyphosate is a chemical that is used in many herbicides, but scientists are now finding that glyphosate is toxic and tied to a number of serious health-related issues, including birth defects and infertility. The wide-spread use of glyphosate is contaminating our water and our food, affecting both those that consume glyphosate-treated products and those that do not.
Learn more: http://www.lucinebiotech.com/chemical-toxins-in-commonly-used-herbicide/
Many countries have banned Glyphosate, others have agreed restrictions on its use.
Why is this important?
Failure to ban Glyphosate until it has been universally proven not to be a cancer agent, or in any other way harmful to both the plant kingdom and humanity is wrong. It took 40 years approximately to ban DDT.

http://www.smh.com.au/environment/animals/urgent-rescue-mission-to-save-australias-frogs-using-smartphone-app-20171108-gzhdog.html

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2017/nov/17/highs-and-lows-of-the-bonn-climate-talks-in-pictures

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Showers and cooler at 24 degrees.

Cicada’s are deafening as they have emerged from the earth. Their exit holes are visible around the edges of the gardens. Some mornings I have had to put ear plugs in yet the shrill pitch still disturbs. The male cicada is the shrill one with the females silent.

Beautiful creatures with their nymphal skins discarded on the ground or tree trunk.

https://australianmuseum.net.au/greengrocer

Davidson plums. Abundant setting of fruit.

With the continuing showers, ideal transplanting conditions for the mulched lantana slashed sites. Red cedar seedlings in cluster I transplant the stronger ones into the lantana mulch. Blue figs, germinated in the gardens, I replant on the edges of the stream. Slippery work.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/nov/16/bananapocalypse-genetic-modification-may-save-12bn-industry

Cavendish in the garden here.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/nov/16/political-watershed-as-19-countries-pledge-to-phase-out-coal

And to learn this week tree clearing has increased massively in Queensland .

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/nov/17/fears-for-great-barrier-reef-as-deforestation-surges-in-catchments

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No vote coincides with tree clearing and not believing facts on climate reality.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/datablog/ng-interactive/2017/nov/15/same-sex-marriage-survey-how-australia-voted-electorate-by-electorate

Tedious three months for older LGBTIQ Australians.

120 million dollars spent on the survey could have built many social housing apartments for the increasing numbers of homeless.

Oh well, maybe Australia may start paying attention to more serious realities……..like Manus and Nauru……………like increasing carbon emissions…………..like tree clearing………….like GMO and herbicide use on our food water and flora and fauna……..like like like.

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Saturday 18th.

Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare next fortnightly working bee will be on Saturday, the 18th of November, 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.
The task will be followup work of Bitou Bush and Tea tree seedlings , heading from the North to the South direction. We have covered up to the Banksia errata (Old Man Banksia), in the centre of the site.

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

Nadia de Souza Pietramale
Project Coordinator
0478 272 300

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-13/aboriginal-influence-behind-distribution-of-native-plants:-study/9142142?WT.ac=localnews_northcoast

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/nov/13/bonn-climate-summit-trump-fossil-fuels-protest

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