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Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare next fortnightly working bee will be on Saturday, the 20th of October, 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 will be 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.
BSCFL is a project of Mullum Seed
Mullumbimby Sustainability Education and Enterprise Development Incorporated
Nadia de Souza Pietramale
0478 272 300
Outside the new humpy, this satisfied carpet snake seemed to be basking in the rain. I wondered what it had swallowed, a brush turkey perhaps or one of the 3 little joeys who have found freedom outside of their mother’s pouches.
Unusual for October as heavy rain falls. last Wednesday saw the temperature rise to 33 degrees here which was followed by Thursday at 20. The garden is in climate turmoil. Photos from previous Octobers show a completed different garden with vegetables well established. This year slow and rushing to flower and seed as if the plants are just trying to keep up with the fluctuating temperatures’.
A PHOTO of a mother koala and her joey taking refuge in a Brisbane gym has shown the harsh reality of tree clearing in Australia.
Members of the gym were surprised when two furry friends made their way around the room before finally clinging to a bench press machine.
While the image of one of our most iconic animals and her mini me is cute at first glance, what it reveals is a much sadder truth.
WWF Australia said the photo highlighted habitat loss and its impact on our native animals.
From the Mercury.
A $261 million Queensland Government water quality program is failing to protect the Great Barrier Reef from fertiliser run-off, with sugar cane farmers still using excessive chemicals on their properties, Right to Information (RTI) documents obtained by the ABC reveal.
Forty-nine per cent of audited sugar cane farming businesses were not complying with the law
No farmer has faced prosecution
Scientists say there is no evidence voluntary measures are improving water quallity
In 2009, the Queensland Government passed a law setting “the optimum amount” of fertiliser farmers are allowed to use.
But the documents show widespread overuse of nitrogen and phosphorous, although there is no evidence any farmer has ever been prosecuted and faced the fines of up to $10,000.
The RTI documents, which deal with the financial year to the end of June, indicate that no farmers have been prosecuted.
When asked about prosecutions by the ABC in March this year, a Department of Environment and Science (DES) spokesperson said that: “To date, no growers have been prosecuted for contraventions of Chapter 4A of the Environmental Protection Act 1994”.
The ABC has since contacted the DES again to inquire whether any growers have been prosecuted since then.
The law applies to three “priority catchments” — Mackay-Whitsundays, Burdekin and Wet Tropics — but the Government has considered broadening the legislation to include Cape York, Fitzroy and Burnett Mary regions.
Government audits of 344 sugar cane farming businesses in 2017-18 in the three “priority” areas showed 49 per cent were not complying with the law. The rest were either compliant, under assessment, had stopped farming or were engaged in other water quality improvement programs.
Even after further inspections, 43 per cent of farm businesses still failed to abide by the law.
The State Government documents show that in 2016-17, only 14 per cent of audited farm businesses were compliant, falling to 7 per cent last financial year.
Almost ready to have a sleep over in.
Tamarillo (tree tomato) in flower. Its scent just after day break fills the air.
Firstly, I am happy that the support to this petition has been renewed due to the latest developments regarding glyphosate toxicity.
Monsanto/ Bayer lost a big landmark court case and despite the sadness of knowing that the winner of this case probably will suffer from his condition until the end of his life, he finally got the biotech giants to lose.
After so many years, so many fights non reported by the mainstream media and so many afflicted parties we have now turned the tide!
And now, after Four Corners broadcast the attention from the public has finally been turned into this matter.
I will not congratulate any mainstream media outlets for finally talking about it since all of them chose not to take any actions for decades, no, I am congratulating us for making our voices heard!
despite the many ways that have been used to divide our society and keep us from addressing the big issues of our time, we can still unite behind a common goal and make things move!
So, thank you again for signing the petition Bunnings Warehouse, please ban cancer causing glyphosate weed killers, and please help spread the word by forwarding the link below to your friends and family!
Mitre 10 too.?