Back to rain forest work.

After 3 weeks of toiling around the new cabin, still a lot more to do, I enjoyed a few hours in follow up in the past years lantana slash and mulch areas.

Many rain forest seedlings sprouting and its a pleasure weeding around them.

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Shame Australia, shame.

When I spent a year in hospital when a 13/14 year old I was too old to be in a children’s ward. The other patients were mainly elderly men and what they looked forward to most was when the meal trolleys were wheeled into the ward with the smell of home cooking pervading the entire ward. Ill men would sit up in their beds and prepare themselves to eat. Those days all food was prepared in the hospitals on-site kitchens and the quality of the served portions were of a very high standard. I knew that because I came from a home where food was prepared and cooked to that very same high standard.

It is so depressing to read and see and hear of the low market driven standards now in place in Australian Nursing homes where our elderly are waiting to die.

$6 a day for each patients food allowance?

In the 80s I made a speech in London, which I was applauded for, when I said one can judge the quality of our culture and democracy by the way our infirm, disabled, elderly and ill are cared for.

Shame Australia. When nursing homes are run by tax payer supporter profit motive, its a sure sign we are on a spiral downwards.

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22 September………………working bee.

Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare next fortnightly working bee will be on Saturday, the 22nd of September, 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, and some morning tea. Tools and first aid kit will be provided.We have completed the primary work so now we are doing the walk through from the north to the south to cut Tea-tree saplings (Leptospermum laevigatum) and remove any Bitou seedlings. We will keep our eyes out for Glory Lily – it is unusual but there were some plants evident even in winter. We will make a note of sightings, sounds, and evidence of birds and other animals. Who is using this habitat?

Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday.

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Australia remains on track to miss its Paris climate targets as carbon emissions continue to soar, according to new data.

Climate poll shows Morrison politically vulnerable as more voters back action
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The figures from NDEVR Environmental for the year up to the end of June 2018 show the country’s emissions were again the highest on record when unreliable data from the land use and forestry sectors was excluded.
It is the third consecutive year for record-breaking emissions.

And New Zealand.

NZ’s politicians just came up with a good plan — together
New Zealand’s new roadmap to a net-zero emissions economy demonstrates what’s possible when politicians work together to find solutions to complex problems like climate change.

From PAN.

Thanks to Monsanto’s (recently merged with Bayer) new genetically engineered (GE) dicamba-tolerant seeds, use of the herbicide dicamba has skyrocketed — and so has crop damage — for the second year in a row.
Tell the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to protect farmers from drift-related crop damage, now.
In 2017 alone, over 3.6 million acres of crops were damaged by dicamba drift, and as of July 15 of this year, university weed scientists indicate over one million acres of dicamba-injured soybeans alone. And this number is likely a gross underestimate.
Dicamba is not a new chemical, and it has a reputation of drifting from where it’s applied in the field. And now, after being rushed to market in 2015, Monsanto’s Xtend dicamba-tolerant soybean seeds are driving up use of this drift-prone herbicide — and ushering in a new wave of serious problems for farmers.
EPA says the agency is “watching the situation closely.” But what more does it need to see? In mid-September, a group of farmers from the Iowa Farmers Union will fly to Washington D.C. to meet with EPA and discuss the dicamba drift epidemic. Will you stand with them?

Is it too late?

And after a truly awful week in Australian politics, from offensive cartoons to the horror of Question Time in the House of Reps in Canberra, some light relief below.

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From Brunswick Herbicide Free.

Great letter Rowan and thank you very much.

For the past 8 years I have been requesting assistance regarding this matter with the local authorities and our concerns have been ignored. A recent fire from a camp site has burned around 3 acres on Lot 428, just South of the Brunswick Surf Club, over a large patch of the Threatened Species, Pink Nodding Orchid. Four weeks ago one of the illegal campers on our site just did a burn off, so he could clear some of the natural regeneration, to pitch his tent on a new spot.

BSC has assisted with fences on the North boundary, however they need to re build the barriers on the west side of the fire trail gate. Signs are very confusing and over crowded near the gate. There are zero ‘no camping’ signs on the Crown Land lot 428. The local police even think that camping there is legal!!

Four wheel drive vehicles, push bikes, and motor bikes are driving over regeneration areas, including a large patch of pink nodding orchid (threatened species). There is a need for infrastructure – particularly clear signs where the dog walking tracks are; and stopping private vehicles driving into the fire trial and over the regeneration area on Crown Land and Tyagarah Nature Reserve. The existing barriers need to be replaced and reinforced. Signs need to clearly state the activities that are permitted on areas and that fines are applied.

The state of mental health of people camping are a concern for our volunteers – one of them has even been threatened with knives when passing by a camping site.

Also we still have had no apology from Crown Lands for the recent spraying with synthetic herbicide on our chemical free site that we have been working on steadily for the past 8 years. Who did it? Why? Was it legally done? With less than 0.5ha to go, we were on track to complete it by June. In line with recorded deaths of Banksia integrifolia elsewhere, we have documented the death of Banksia integrifolia saplings as a result of spot spraying on our site. It is difficult to understand also the mysterious spraying of small seedlings which would have been eradicated with our regular follow-ups. We have now completed all primary work.

BSCFL volunteers have along the years witnessed issues stemming from the removal of Bitou Bush: the death of Wallabies caused by dog chases, hacking native trees, a large goanna was also a victim of the latest camping fire. Unfortunately now that we have opened the site by removing the Bitou Bush, we are attracting other problems and we need support from local authorities urgently to manage this issues.

We have done a big clean up all around the northern boundary of the TNR in 2015, but I am happy to join forces and do another one. However, I think it may be a waste of time if the community isn’t backed up by local public land managers.
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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Enjoy the 50 wild life photos.

A busy week painting the inside of the new Humpy.

I see many fungi here and after searching my fungi id book usually only find the odd one in photos.

Date: Tuesday 11th September Time: 9-1 What to bring: sun protection, morning tea, lather gloves and water
Where: Behind the Federal Community Children’s Centre in the Bush Tucker Garden.

This is a unique opportunity to learn how to remove toxic and invasive weeds without chemicals and spend time with local experts in Bush regeneration, including Nadia de Souza Pietramale from Byron Bay Chemical Free Landcare and Natasha Fox Johnson from Madhima Gulgan Community Association.
There is a strong focus on soil health and working with nature rather than against it.
We will be removing Duranta, using loppers and tree poppers.

Duranta erecta
This day is a living example of how community can work together to make a difference.

Santos Organics provided funding to ensure that the workshops are free for the public.

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Rodney Weidland Photo.

A week of experiencing a mild flu and a right knee that told me to rest, it was a delight to view Rodney Weidland’s photo of an owl with a possum for its brood.

And some negative news. Getting rid of herbicides would help.


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