Dismal.

Extraordinary week within Australian politics with the climate change deniers now in place to take over our Government.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/21/arctics-strongest-sea-ice-breaks-up-for-first-time-on-record

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/video/2018/aug/21/australias-climate-wars-a-decade-of-dithering-video

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Great news, however we already know it is danger, how are we going to convince locals that it is danger to use it, until it becomes prohibited?

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-11/monsanto-ordered-to-pay-289-million-to-school-groundskeeper/10109352
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Tragedy is land-care and other Herbicide users still have not listened to the readily available science.

Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare next fortnightly working bee will be on Saturday, the 25th of August, 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.

The great news is that we have completed all Bitou Bush primary work. Well done and thank you all who have offered a hand for the last 8 years.

Although the south east corner was sprayed, a patch was left in the middle, so at our last working bee on Saturday the 11th of August the remaining plants were cut and crowned. Unfortunately we haven’t heard back from Crown Lands about who did the spraying.

Sadly we have documented the deaths of juvenile Coastal Banksias that were sprayed while the unknown contractors were spraying solitary Bitou seedlings. There was not many seedlings to spray as we do regular follow ups and the ones left would not produce seeds for another 2 years, so the spray was totally unnecessary, disrespectful, uneconomic, and inefficient.

Illegal camping is still our biggest challenge. One local camper, as I documented on Saturday the 11th, has just burnt a patch of regeneration to place his tent, a highly dangerous approach, as it is very dry and can lead to wild fires.

We already had 3 acres burnt recently, caused by illegal camping. I have asked several times for help from the police and Crown Lands regarding illegal camping, however we have been ignored. As if the fact that it is very costly to put a fire out isn’t enough, it is life threatening if it goes wild toward Brunswick or Tyagarah. So I need your help with letter writing. Can you write to Byron Shire Council, Police and Crown Lands requesting urgent action to better manage this matter. Our site is under Crown Lands management, Lot 428.

I have checked the New Brighton site and it is still too early for us to work there – we need to wait for the Bitou Bush to grow larger before we can start to pull all seedlings.

The next working bee task will be to follow up Bitou bush seedlings and Tea tree, starting from the North boundary and heading South.

Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday.

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