Green Army Joining Huonbrook Herbicide Free Active Volunteers.


At last, after Jayne and my own, plus Pav, Lou, Shea, Tim and Lil and Robyn’s three year Saturday mornings efforts, the Green Army are joining me at 8 30 am, Wednesday 7th December, for a concluding effort for 2016, to remove jump-seed from the roads verges.  A sustained effort to prevent herbicide spraying.



From Mill Road Huonbrook towards Mullumbimby. Under the leadership of John McVicar and my guidance it will be a great start for hopefully introductions for young workers to herbicide-free bush regeneration.

I hope to raise dollars for herbicide free employment in 2017. Watch out for my private crowd funding site.

Now we hear the Green Army is to be disbanded, saving the Canberra government 300 million, we are waiting to hear what the Greens say after the 100 million they were pleased about going to land-care.

More herbicides or real hands on conservation with-out contributing more damage to the environment?

We will wait with-out holding our breath.

Jayne and Lou using their mattocks.






And a continuing reality for LBGTI young people. This from Brisbane. The suicide statistics for young gay people is 6 times higher.


13-year-old Tyrone Unsworth took his life after suffering years of homophobic bullying.

Friends and family of the teen led the crowd which gathered at the CBD in Brisbane to call for action on bullying.

Jess Origliasso from the Veronicas and Multicultural Affairs Minister Grace Grace joined hundreds of people at the protest.

Following the news of Tyrone’s suicide, his family received more abuse which deterred his mother, Amanda from speaking at the event.

Jessica Payne, who organised the movement, spoke instead and said his family wanted him to be remembered as “hilarious, funny, beautiful person, full of spirit.”

Payne said: “Things have to change. We can’t just hear more talk. We can’t just let Tyrone be another person lost. Action has to be taken.

“The family has been so inspiring in this regard. The very least we can do is stand with them in solidarity and fight.”

Tyrone took his own life and his mother said that he had suffered through two years of homophobic abuse which pushed him “to the edge.”



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Thank-you to the helicopter Pilots.

After three days of helicopters flying overhead, collecting water beyond Night Cap walking track, it is hoped they have quelled the fire on Black Butt Plateau. With temps continuing in the high 30s it could be the beginning of a long and difficult summer. I am prepared, with the wheel barrow and the hens cage to carry them to safety. I have a cleared large pipe near water where we can safely hold out in.



Our heartfelt thanks to the helicopter pilots for their continual back and forwards through out the week-end. There were moments I would have loved to have been up there too piloting the craft. Oh to be thirty years younger.



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Rhubarb is a plant ( vegetable or fruit)  that you either like or hate when eaten. However, the leaves of the plant can be effective when used in the garden. Before pesticides and fungicides, many ways of maintaining and improving a garden’s growing potential were utilised. Club Root is a pathogen which can spore over a wide area, mainly attacking brassicas, cabbages, and broccoli. One way of eradicating the contamination is the rhubarb plant,  as well as being used to make rhubarb crumble or jam, the leaves of the plant are known to be toxic. Once the rhubarb stems have been harvested, cut the leaves into strips and place into the ground. Once covered, they will do their best to destroy club root. Alternatively, boiling the leaves and pouring over the ground will have the same effect. Nature always has ways of dealing with garden problems naturally.


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Fire on Blackbut Plateau.

From 2 pm on the helicopter flew high to collect water from a Doon Doon water source. The beginning of the fire season for us. Phones rang busy, people collected their essentials. By 7 pm the smoke had lessened and the helicopter stopped.
Our creeks are running low. As more residents use the creeks, as their domestic source, its time this consumption was re thought. All have roof space to collect. We should move on thinking our creeks and rivers are there for us to use and abuse anyway we like, clean platypus habitat is in decline, as we rearrange rocks with machines to create human swimming pools. We poison trees we don’t like on their edges and dump rubbish in them. Employment for many in the future when we really start to manage our degraded environment.

Monsanto update from The Hague.

Monsanto was put on trial last month because of you. SumOfUs members donated so people from all over the world could travel to The Hague, Netherlands, and give evidence to the International Monsanto Tribunal.
Great news: the Tribunal was hugely successful! 750 people from over 30 nationalities participated in it and the related People’s Assembly. Eminent judges heard from witnesses, experts and victims about Monsanto’s abuses. Soon, the Tribunal’s advice could really be putting Monsanto in the spotlight  — at the UN’s International Court of Justice.

Sabine Grataloup, first witness to testify before the Monsanto Tribunal, 15 Oct 2016

Monsanto are finally being taken to task. And the International Monsanto Tribunal wanted to pass on this message, to say thanks for chipping in:
“Your generosity made this possible. Thanks to all the SumOfUs members who donated to this initiative, we have been able to insure these witnesses could travel from all over the world to The Hague and their precious testimonies be heard by the judges and become part of the procedure.”

Some of the witnesses and experts who testified before the Monsanto Tribunal and Marie-Monique Robin, Monsanto Tribunal, 15 Oct 2016

This is what being involved in SumOfUs is all about: pooling our strength to make sure people come before profit.
Together, we’ve made a big dent in Monsanto’s destructive way of doing business. But SumOfUs supporters are fighting Monsanto on other fronts too. Right now, ordinary people are also chipping in to stop the nightmare merger of Monsanto and Bayer, which would mean our entire food supply controlled by a few mega-corporations.


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Heat wave promising to reach 40 degrees.


With Land-care getting more funding, (100 million dollars- likely to be shuffled from another environmental fund ), lets hope its for real hands on labour and not a herbicides fixes all approach which eventually ends up in the ocean.

Start creating real jobs for our young people in hands-on  ground regeneration. Give them the guardian ship and responsibility for their efforts.

And a very sobering article from Hawkings, following me reading about how our elected representatives spend tax payer money on their expenses.

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From Stop the Trawler Alliance.

Make sure super trawlers are gone for good.

We knew this day would come – the Geelong Star super trawler is gone! What a victory! But we can’t stop now, while super trawlers are still allowed in Australian waters. Will you lend your support to Senators pushing for a ban on super trawlers?
Dear Friend,
The super trawler is gone! This is a massive piece of good news for every one of us that cares about overfishing and the deaths of endangered or protected species caught in super trawler nets. It is a massive win for the sustainability of our fishing industry.
But this isn’t the end of the fight. And we’ve got more good news to share. A Senate inquiry has recommended that the Commonwealth Government ban all factory freezer trawlers (super trawlers) from operating in our small pelagic fishery.*
The Government is so close to doing the right thing. Will you help put the pressure on?
Email the Fisheries Minister now
We have more work to do. Other super trawlers could still legally enter our waters. We need to close the door on factory freezer ships in the small pelagic fishery.

We’ve been fighting against the super trawler as a key member of the Stop The Trawler Alliance for years. We’re not stopping now. Let’s build on this momentum and step up the call for action.
No more super trawlers!
Thousands of ocean lovers, recreational fishers and tourism operators are celebrating. What a win for the Stop The Trawler alliance members, supporters and the everyday heroes who have made this milestone win possible!
Wherever you are, we hope you take the time to celebrate this milestone for our sealife. We look forward to your continued support as we embark on the final chapter and a total ban on super trawlers for the small pelagic fishery region.

P.S. The Geelong Star super trawler is gone. But another one could be close behind. Call on the Government to stop these massive trawlers and the damage they do once and for all. Let’s put the pressure on – email now.

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Tom Ballard and First Contact. SBS TV over three nights.

First Contact returns
28 Days. Six well-known Aussies. One epic journey into Aboriginal Australia

First Contact season 2 airs on both NITV and SBS at 8:30pm over three big nights – Tuesday 29 November, Wednesday 30 November and Thursday 1 December.

I watched the first episode……. a roller coaster of reaction and emotion. With the exception of one of the white Australian men, the other first contact participants are experiencing real challenges and facing their own reactions with dignity and courage.

The first contact ( Kimberly region) was in a overnight refuge for indigenous people, picked up in parks and the streets. In the hostel, run by indigenous staff, who prepared a nutritious soup and provided a clean bed. It was here the first contactors faced a reality they had never imagined. Women, who had lost children via suicide, family members who had died violently or through booze, now found working in this environment helped them live with their grief. And the broken people from the parks and streets those same staff members cared for overnight.

And in a later forum on NITV, Thomas Kennelly saying most Australians see cows, sheep and mining as the makeup of the Australian outback. I would also add poisoned mono agriculture of vast areas on these ancient and fragile soils. Overwhelmingly too he said, how sad he felt at what he saw on the programme in 2016. Real contact with country passes over most of us as irrelevant in this modern and often ugly era.

It brought back vivid memories for me when I worked in a overnight hostel for similar street people in Newtown in Sydney, during the early 1980s. Most of the men brought in were white Australians and after they were showered and deloused, were put to bed, usually all asleep by 8pm. They would sleep until 1 or 2 am. It was then many would come and talk to me, sober and articulate, and tell me of the circumstances of their lives. Some were widowers, country men who had left their lives behind after loss, others were gay and had never had the chance to accept themselves let alone be accepted by society at large. More though were simply broken by life’s circumstances and found their ability to cope or adapt was drowned by the cheap poisonous booze readily available. It was in those early hours I left behind any earlier feelings I had on judgement and derision towards these men. By the grace of life go I. And one of the demands my employer (CITY MISSION) was to persuade these men to get jobs.

The video in this article is worth watching and consider sending it to One nation senators and others, who are supposed to represent us and who still maintain the Reef is in pristine condition.

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