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Another 95 mls of rain. Total over 2 weeks, 575 mls here approx.

Now my swollen sprained ankle is returning to normal I went for an adventure alongside the recently flooded Coopers Creek. Where I have left introduced plants, lantana and Asian ginger, absolutely no erosion from the banks.  Where lomandras have replaced removed lantana, no erosions either.  Indigenous trees emerging everywhere and I returned with a bag of black apple and bolly gum seeds.






Dear Donald,

The Baird Government has released their Biodiversity Law ‘reform’ package and it is bad. It will lead to more land clearing, more biodiversity loss and exacerbate climate change.

The new system for land management will remove the ‘improve or maintain environmental outcomes’ test for land clearing and allow broadscale clearing. There will be little to no compliance checks on clearing, just a reliance on ‘self-assessable codes’ instead. It will also further expand the biodiversity offset system which we know doesn’t work. Even worse, developers will no longer be required to even find offsets themselves or meet the ‘like for like’ criteria – instead they can just pay into a fund.

The consultation process for the reforms is now open and submissions close on 28 June.

To help with your submission, we have put together a submission guide to assist in you in opposing these laws.

We will also be joining a community rally outside Premier Mike Baird’s office at Manly this Friday (24 June) at 11am. Register for the Greens contingent here .

Together, we can defeat these regressive laws.

Best wishes,

Dr Mehreen Faruqi

Greens NSW MP



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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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Damp and cool.

A visitor to my kitchen which freaked a couple of visitors out.


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6 am start and with the hour ahead of last Tuesday, we managed 2 full hours of in the shade working,  removing patches of lantana in-between emerging red cedars, bangalow palms and red kamala. The galloping water vine, twisting around anything it could grab made it tough work and both Stephen and I were soon  ready for a change of pace. We worked for 15 minutes more into the full sun.  Already very hot. After 600 mls of water each, we walked back through young forest where a variety of under story plants are emerging. Fantastic abundance and the reality of a durable seed germinating. So cool and refreshing.


Following, we came back and cleaned the solar panels and the already leaf filled roof gutters. Dry period ahead so fire preparedness is underway.

Moving dried wood piles I came across these.


Can any one ID them for me. I have never seen them before.

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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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Too slow Byron Shire.

London-based West Six and North One Garden Centres have stopped selling weedkiller Roundup after pressure from customers. The decision will see them become two of the first retailers in the UK to follow several European retailers that have withdrawn glyphosate-based products. Owner Beryl Henderson said customers’ concerns about reported health risks associated with the active ingredient glyphosate had led to both the garden centres taking the product off their shelves in June. North One local authority Hackney Council has come under pressure to ban herbicides, from a group using petition website 38 Degrees to lobby for action. It stated: “The Hackney mayor (Jules Pipe) also claims that there is no point banning the council from using Roundup if it is still available in garden centres. We plan to lobby local retailers and ask them to stop selling Roundup.” It continued: “PAN UK, starting with Brighton and Hove, wants to see a radical shift in thinking about pesticide use in towns and cities across the UK with the ultimate goal of the complete cessation of their use.” The campaign has the support of local groups including Brighton Breast Cancer Action and the Brighton & Hove Organic Garden Group. PAN UK said local campaigns are also emerging in Falmouth, Camden and Newcastle, as well as Hackney. Glyphosate was classified as “probably carcinogenic” in March.

In our Shire. poisoned For sale at Mitre Ten. labelAustralian Greens Acting Leader Senator Larissa Waters expressed the Greens’ deep sympathies to the family of Felicity Wishart who passed away on Sunday night, and paid tribute to her legacy as one of Australia’s leading conservationists.

“Our planet has lost a great champion and we mourn for her,” said Senator Waters.

“Felicity Wishart was a leading light in the conservation movement. She was part of every key environmental reform in Queensland in the past 15 years, as coordinator of the Queensland Conservation Council in the 2000s.

“She worked to stop broad scale land clearing, to protect wild rivers, and was a strong and courageous voice for protection of the natural world.

And farewell to an inspirational Environmentalist.


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Autumn is here.

Sudden drop in temperature has made my warm up rain forest regeneration work easier. I did 2 hours this morning, kind of a body warm up after months of humidity and discomfort if slashing and mulching lantana.

Night sky two nights ago had waves of flashing soft light dancing across the sky. At first I thought a neighbour was playing with a strong flash light but when I walked down into the garden, I was able to see it was lightening. I have never seen anything here like this before. I am wondering if any one else viewed this light.


Footnote. Australia is spending 350 million dollars on the Anzac “celebrations”. Sad the returned women and men from the Iraq and Afghanistan debacles are not adequately cared for here.

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From Monash Education.

The aim of the present Strategy for the Reduction of Herbicide Pollution in Australia is
to raise public awareness on the problems related to herbicide use in Australia and
recommend ways to reduce or eliminate these problems. This strategy also seeks to
increase public awareness and encourage the adoption of environmentally benign
weed management techniques, using a combination of ChemFree methods for
managing unwanted vegetation. These methods include design and cultural
innovations to achieve landscape goals. It is our hope that the findings in the present
study will prove useful.
You are most welcome to contact us any time if you have any questions. Zheljana
Peric: zheljana.peric@monash.edu; Dr David Low: david.low@monash.edu

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Sunny Sunday.

Anais and Joel, from Future Feeders (http://www.futurefeeders.org/) visited yesterday to collect the turmeric stock for their future organic venture. Following time in the garden we climbed to the Night-Cap boundary and viewed the lantana slash and mulch work site.


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