Busy days.

Making the most of the winter sunny days. Another ute load of bamboo stakes left to construct a screen fence.  Clearing and stacking dry branches for another bon fire before the restrictions apply.

 

 

Lilly pilly in full new leaf.

And what can anyone say about the government’s cowardice in front of the rabid right wing in its party.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/video/2017/aug/09/penny-wongs-emotional-speech-same-sex-marriage-plebiscite-exposing-our-children-to-hatred-video

I think a boycott of the postal vote will give the no vote a plus. Like many of the LGBTQI community it feels like disrespect and anger that we are once again being used so cynically.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-10/politics-live-blog-august-10/8792072

Marriage equality can and should be a unifying moment for our country. But rather than doing their jobs and voting in Parliament, this Government has decided to delay, distract and divide Australia. They have decided to waste $122 million of taxpayers’ money on an unnecessary and unacceptable postal opinion poll.

We have to do everything we can to stop them: Chip in to fund our legal challenge and tell your friends to join the fight.

A vote in Parliament is easy. All we need is for our politicians to do their jobs, for which they are paid handsomely. Instead, this Government has decided to waste an obscene amount of money on a farcical ‘postal plebiscite’, all to avoid dealing with some internal party conflict.

They are behaving as if they are a law unto themselves — hijacking our proud, strong system of representative democracy all because a few of their elected members don’t like LGBTI people.

https://theconversation.com/using-the-abs-to-conduct-a-same-sex-marriage-poll-is-legally-shaky-and-lacks-legitimacy-82245

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Saturday 12th…………….working bee at Brunswick.

Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare’s next fortnightly working bee will be on Saturday, the 12th 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, rain coat  and some morning tea. Tools and first aid kit will be provided.

If you come later, we will be doing followup work of Bitou Bush seedlings at the front dunes. Walk South from the dog beach access track and look west into the dunes for us. You will probably hear us but cooee just in case.

Cheers
Nadia
byronshirechemicalfreelandcare.org
BSCFL is a project of Mullum Seed
Mullumbimby Sustainability Education and Enterprise Development Incorporated

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Sun and more sun.

Time seems to zip past and its already Tuesday. Busy few days……………garden, fence repair as the pademelons and bandicoots find new ways to breach the garden fence and nibble away at carrots, fennel and what ever succulent green vegetable is accessible.

But plenty for my kitchen and a run of visitors have not gone away hungry.

This pawpaw was blown over in the April storms…………..I left it to where it fell and it has produced a fine crop.  Note the hollowed out pineapple behind. A sure feast for the spring busy bower birds.

The Coral tree flowers are still feeding scores of nectar seeking birds every day. The huge increase of birds seeking the nectar this winter will be due to most coral trees in the valley have been poisoned by land-care’s contractors. Few flowering trees during our winter.

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Equal Rights week ahead ?

I think the gay marriage issue has been used to keep the below facts out of the limelight.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/aug/04/australias-greenhouse-gas-emissions-soar-in-latest-figures

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Great Koala National Park.

Don —

Thank you for signing our petition calling for a Great Koala National Park. Please forward this email on to others who may want to sign.

Dawn Walker MP
http://www.dawnwalker.org.au/

Here’s the full petition:

Great Koala National Park Petition

In the last 20 years, koala populations have halved on NSW’s North Coast and are plummeting across the rest of NSW.
We must take action now and create The Great Koala National Park to protect one of NSW’s most important koala populations from native forest logging and urban expansion.

The Great Koala National Park would see 175,000ha of State Forest added to existing protected areas to form a 315,000ha reserve in the Coffs Harbour region. The Great Koala National Park will protect hundreds of forests species and preserve extensive areas of tall eucalypt forest from destructive logging.

Add your name to our petition!

Sign here: http://www.dawnwalker.org.au/gknp_petition?recruiter_id=15855

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/aug/04/nsw-minister-gives-himself-power-to-approve-illegal-water-works-in-murray-darling-basin

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Free range and organic is the only humane way with hens.

Millions of eggs are being recalled from shops and warehouses in Germany and the Netherlands and being blocked from sale in Belgium after they were found to contain high levels of a toxic insecticide banned from use in the production of food for human consumption.

About 180 Dutch farms have been temporarily shut down and a criminal investigation has been launched as authorities seek to establish the scale of the problem.

A European commission spokeswoman, Anna-Kaisa Itkonen, told reporters in Brussels: “The eggs are blocked. The contaminated eggs have been traced and withdrawn from the market and the situation is under control.”

Tests of chicken droppings, blood and eggs showed high levels of the insecticide fipronil, a common ingredient in veterinary products for getting rid of fleas, lice and ticks, but banned from being used to treat animals destined for human consumption.

According to the World Health Organisation, the highly toxic substance can damage the liver, thyroid glands and kidneys if ingested in large amounts over time.

From the Guardian.

http://whatsonmyfood.org/level.jsp?food=PC&pesticide=901

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/earth-overshoot-day-2-august-2017-year-planet-natural-resources-clean-water-soil-air-pollution-wwf-a7872086.html

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Preparing for a hot summer.

Two days burning off fallen branches, dry die offs, scrubby inflammable leaves………….fire season ahead. Today at Jayne’s place, three of us made short work of three heaps.

Something both exhilarating and scary about the roar of a fire.

Already the creeks are changing rhythm when I walk out at dawn as the water drops. Different season, saw the first mosquito today too………….unusually early.

 

Great potash for the gardens.

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