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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Over 70 mls of rain.

Bursts of rain, over with in minutes, has allowed me to transplant 10 red cedars and Blue quandong trees along a lantana cleared valley. As well, transplanting self seeded vegetables in the garden. Growth is visible and with a sudden cooler spell it will be interesting to watch what bolts to seed as soon as it heats up again.

First apples.

Sharing a new nest on the verandah.

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Antibiotics…

Farmers must be prevented from using powerful antibiotics on animals reared for food, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned, because of the serious risks to human health that result.

New guidelines from the global body suggest farmers should stop using any antibiotics routinely to promote growth and prevent disease in animals that are otherwise healthy, a common practice in some parts of the world, including Asia and the US. Such routine use is banned in Europe, though campaigners fear the rules are sometimes flouted.

Using antimicrobial medicines on farm animals is one of the leading causes of the rise of superbugs, resistant to all but the strongest antibiotics. Medical authorities warn that the antibiotics available to treat even relatively minor human diseases are running out because of the rapid rise of such resistance.

https://www.echo.net.au/2017/11/byron-council-extends-e-zone-review-period/

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Working bee at the Community Hall.

Good working bee at the Wilson Creek Hall. Robyn whipper snipped the grass, Dave extended the lomandras plantings and I brush hooked the lantana creeping across the road edge barrier.

 

You may remember that I emailed you a few months ago about the Government’s Review of its National Gene Technology Scheme. The government has a clear agenda to lift the state moratoria on genetically modified (GM) crops, remove GM food labelling, deregulate a number of new GM techniques and to allow the GM contamination of organics.

The Government will be hosting a series of workshops around the country over the following weeks – starting with Sydney and Adelaide this week. Please register and let them know what you think of their plans to gut the regulation of GMOs in this country.
And if you haven’t already, please email the Assistant Health Minister to ensure that all GMOs are assessed for safety before being released into the environment and our food chain.
Thanks so much for your support!

https://friendsoftheearthmelbourne.good.do/stopthegovernmentshreddingtherulesongmos/rein_in_the_regulator/

Those who serve themselves.

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/nov/05/paradise-papers-leak-reveals-secrets-of-world-elites-hidden-wealth

 

 

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November 4

Early start…………..climbed to our early autumn/winter lantana slash zone. Weeded corky vine and scotch thistles out with a grub hook. Uncovered a variety of rain forest tree seedlings. From red, white and pencil cedars to bolly gums, bangalow palms and many more. I need an app and to take a tablet up to do some identifying.  Like Christmas for me, uncovering and seeing how effective the mulched lantana is for protecting emerging seedlings.

 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2017/nov/03/the-week-in-wildlife-in-pictures

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