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Finally for the bees.


I’m writing quickly to let you know some breaking news: WE WON! The EU neonics ban just passed.

A majority of European governments voted in favour of the European Commission’s proposal.

This is a massive win for the bees — and you and SumOfUs members around the world have helped make this happen. Thank you so much for your incredible support!

I’ll be in touch in the coming days with a more detailed report back.

In the meantime, let’s celebrate!


Sunday afternoon…………….showers outside which means the leeches are on the seek when in the gardens.

So baking rice pudding and rhubarb. And enjoying music. Visitors for dinner.

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As we view the anger of the weather in the Caribbean and Florida, its just a question of what region is next. While our sun is shining and already we are seeing signs of drought in our Shire, it is always about adaptation when a crunch comes.



So early start in the gardens where I had to chase out a swamp wallaby and a pademelon who had enjoyed feasting on what greenery is still flourishing. Fennel and parsnips seem to be their preference with both munched to the ground. They have learnt how to jump the fence.

Early start in the rain forest where I enjoyed 2 hours of slashing and layering remnant lantana plants. Had the rare glimpse of a Albert Lyre bird as it scurried to seek cover from me.

Unusual this time of the year to this  Lesueur’s frog in the bath.

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Wanted to share my breakfast.



I don’t feed the wild life except when they ( mainly pademelons and wallabies) come down to the safety of the gardens to die.

4 kookaburras are keeping a close eye on me  and this one flew onto the breakfast table and snatched half of my omelette.

I look forward to this gallery every weekend. Oh, to be able to take photos like these.


And the perfect example from Barnaby Joyce why the average elector do not trust politicians.


Freedom of information needed to see how much is spent on herbicides.

Regional strategic weed management plans launched
30 June 2017
Eleven regional strategic weed management plans were launched today to safeguard the state against the threat of weeds.
Local Land Services Acting Chair, Richard Bull said the impact of weeds on Australian agriculture was estimated to be $2.5 billion in lost production and $1.8 billion in control activities every year.
“These plans set the vision for weed management across the Local Land Services regions for
2017-22 and outline strategies and actions to achieve goals that focus on shared responsibility for weed management, sustainable landscapes and collaborative leadership and innovation,” he said.
“The plans were developed using a tenure neutral approach to weed management by 11 Regional Weed Committees to support the implementation of the weeds components of the Biosecurity Act 2015.
“The Regional Weed Committees comprised government agencies, local control authorities, public and private landholders and community members. This process drew on the experience and knowledge of people involved with existing local control authorities.”
Mr Bull said the plans would guide resource allocation and investment in each of the 11 Local Land Services regions and would provide a consistent basis for regional planning and delivery.
“Strategic and coordinated regional weed management is critical to building the sustainability of the primary industries, natural environments and local communities throughout the state,” he said.
“The plans contain established strategies and actions to achieve goals that focus on shared responsibility for weed management, sustainable landscapes and collaborative leadership and innovation.”
The Biosecurity Act 2015 adopts the concept of a general biosecurity duty, which means that anyone who is aware of a potential risk should take all reasonable and practical measures to minimise or eliminate that risk.
Mr Bull said the 11 regional strategic weed management plans were a direct response to this legislative reform.
“The primary outcome of the weed reform process will be the integration of weed management efforts across the State,” he said.
“For the first time in NSW, there are a set of agreed priorities and actions which apply across both public and private land.
“Increased collaboration in the management of weeds will improve biosecurity outcomes and increase agricultural productivity.”
Read more or download a copy of your regional plan.
Media contact: Rod Campbell – 0428 058 549

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More volunteers who want to work with-out HERBICIDES.

Great working bee last Saturday the 2nd of July and thank you for the volunteers: Judy Paterson, Rameshua Drew and Stephanie Stone for their contribution. We did some primary work, however the main focus at moment is to complete the follow up work of Bitou Bush seedlings on the entire site wich we did great progress  and we are aiming to complete it at the next working bee. Also, I would like to welcome Doug Ketley that joined the group last Saturday.
We had delicious organic apples for morning tea thank you to  Nick, from Mullum Farmers market.
Byron Shire Chemical Free Land care next fortnightly working bee will be on Saturday, the 16th of July, from 9am to 1pm, at Brunswick Heads Crown Land Reserve site. Meet at the end of South Beach Road fire track gate.
Please wear boots, long sleeve shirt and long pants, a hat, gloves and bring water, rain coat  and some morning tea. Tools will be provided.


BSCFL is a project of Mullum Seed

Mullumbimby Sustainability Education and Enterprise Development Incorporated

Nadia de Souza Pietramale

Project Coordinator

0478 272 300




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Wow, some progress by our actions.

We’ve got huge news for you! We just stopped the European Commission’s plans to approve glyphosate weedkiller for another 10 years — The Netherlands and Germany abstained from a crucial vote on the cancer-causing pesticide, causing the EU to cancel the vote entirely.

Both countries received hundreds of thousands of signatures from SumOfUs members just days before. Just a week ago people said our voices wouldn’t be heard over the noise from Monsanto and scientists with chemical industry ties — but we did it.

It goes to show that together we can stop some of the most powerful corporations out there.



Yesterday delayed approval of probable carcinogen . We’re wildlife-better protected w/ stricter controls on pesticides

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Wow, a whirlwind of media coverage on the damage glyphosate (Round-up) is possibly doing. Those of us who have been exposed and watching the effects of the local poisoning, know from close observation, it is a destroyer of a lot more than the target plant. Argument  aired last night that steam weeding and other means of removing unwanted plants, is more expensive in dollar terms, does not take into account the very real actual cost the invisible damage the herbicide does. Think of contaminated water for a start. Think of the spray drift, particularly on food we eat.  Also revealed was the million dollars the chemical company provides to the Pesticide regulator here in Australia.


Example below of irresponsible spraying along Left Bank Road, Mullumbimby.

I am a resident of the Gold Coast and am concerned with the well being of our country when it comes to toxins found in our food and environment, I am writing you this email to ask you for any kind of support or help that you can give me regarding this important matter and my petition https://www.communityrun.org/petitions/bunnings-warehouse-please-ban-cancer-causing-glyphosate-weed-killers.

As you may be aware, the WHO IARC recently classified glyphosate as a 2A class carcinogen and many countries as well as gardening retailers have decided to ban this hazardous product.

So far, nothing has been done in our country despite all this information supported by countless experts in the field.

Having said that, a lot have been achieved theses last few years by organisations such as Sumofus, Change.org and their Communityrun and many other in many fields of action.

I have therefore created a petition on communityrun.org

Roundup Fact Sheet

Photographed in our local Mitre 10 hardware.


Now for some positive news. recent European studies are finding net positive health out-comes for those of us who endeavor to support and consume Certified organic food.




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Poison use.

As we resume our hand weeding of jump-seed follow up along the edge of our public road, a couple of observations that are becoming more obvious as we continue. The strips that have been previously sprayed with Round-up (glyphosate) the regrowth is vigorous and lankier. Also there is a distinct absence of fungi’s and worms. Further beyond, next to the public road and where Round-up has not been sprayed there are frogs and native water plants thriving.


Photo from the Independent UK.

Glyphosate (GLY) is a herbicide that is widely used in agriculture and land-care for

weed control. Although reports about the impact of GLY in snails,

crustaceans and amphibians exist, few studies have investigated its sublethal effects in non target organisms such as the honeybee (Apis mellifera), the main pollen vector in commercial crops. Here we tested

whether exposure to three sublethal concentrations of GLY (2.5, 5 and 10mg, corresponding to 0.125,0.250 and 0.500 g per


animal) affects the homeward flight path of honeybees in an open

field. We performed an experiment in which forager honeybees were

trained to an artificial feeder, and then captured, fed with sugar

solution containing traces of GLYand released from a novel site either

once or twice. Their homeward trajectories were tracked using

harmonic radar technology. We found that honeybees that had been

fed with solution containing 10 mg l1 GLY spent more time

performing homeward flights than control bees or bees treated with

lower concentrations. They also performed more indirect homing

flights. Moreover, the proportion of direct homeward flights performed

after a second release from the same site increased in control bees

but not in treated bees. These results suggest that, in honeybees,

exposure to levels of GLY commonly found in agricultural settings

impairs the cognitive capacities needed to retrieve and integrate

spatial information for a successful return to the hive. Therefore,

honeybee navigation is affected by ingesting traces of the most widely

used herbicide worldwide, with potential long-term negative

consequences for colony foraging success.

KEY WORDS: Apis mellifera, Glyphosate, Sublethal

Read more at The Journal of Experimental Biology.

In other words the wide spread use we are now seeing with this herbicide and probably many others are a major factor in the alarming decline of our bee population.


Photo by Rodney Weidland taken here . A honey eater enjoying a coral tree flower during the winter flowering season when there are few native flowering trees.

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Saturday 15th Herbicide-free working bee.

Hi, this is a kind reminder about our working bee this Saturday, hope to see you there, love Nadia

Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare, next fortnightly working bee will be on Saturday, the 12th of September, from 9 am to 1pm, at Brunswick Heads Crown Land Reserve site. Meet at the end of South Beach Road fire track gate. If you come later, walk 150 m along the beach from the dog walking beach access track, heading South and turn west into the dunes. We will be there, cutting Bitou Bush. Please wear boots, long sleeve shirt and long pants, a hat, gloves and bring water and some morning tea.
More information 0478272300 or go to http://www.byronshirechemicalfreelandcare.org.


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140 mls of rain has put to rest my visit to Brisbane today. Very welcome though. Causeway under rushing water so vehicle access is impossible.
Frogs are calling, lorikeets are feeding on nectar and bush turkeys want to join the hens in the hen house.

And a Pope stating the obvious.
A challenge to Hilary Clinton.
ELIZABETH Warren. http://elizabethwarren.com/issues/energy-and-the-environment

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2o mls of rain over the week-end has meant ideal time for transplanting. If a sudden cold comes then many of the transplants will not survive. The garden is suddenly abundant. Seedlings sprouting everywhere. June is now winter.

2 good early morning starts to follow up work. Pacing through red and white cedar, sandpaper fig and numerous other emerging rain forest pioneers, removing lone roaming lantana, re sprouted from initial clearing. Easier than walls of dense lantana, my knees decide my work areas most days. Its a fun job for me, remembering rocks uncovered years ago to now be under a red cedar canopy.

Senator-elect David Leyonhjelm has delivered a scathing attack on the National Party, and declared himself an alternative voice for Australian farmers.

Describing the Nationals as ‘agrarian socialists’ who don’t believe in market forces, Mr Leyonhjelm says drought assistance for farmers is ‘despised’ by many landholders.

He’s also taken aim at organic food production which he describes as ‘less safe’ than genetically modified crops.

‘There’s quite a lot of cases where organic food has led to food poisoning, due to the use of manure.’

Obviously never observed nature at ground level. Needs an education in ecology. For a man, who sells chemicals for a living and thinks spraying fields with poisons is ‘safe’, then to go on to say organics are not safe, shows us ordinary people how the senate is now unrepresentative and needs to reform how we vote for it.

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