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Rising anger at Round-up use.

More people are protesting at Council and land-care’s visible increase in the use of herbicides. Read the article and letter responses from the general public. Where is the leadership?


Another very successful and satisfying lantana slash and mulch here this morning. Numerous seedlings have sprouted at ground level so it is now “a weed around the emergent” as they appear.


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Red Cedar.

The red cedar tree (Toona australis) pictured here, was one of the few that remained standing when I purchased this land in the 70s. Now there are hundreds if not 1000s growing or sprouting through-out the property.

The red cedar getters, as they were called, lived in these valleys for weeks on end as they felled what was known then as red gold. The cutters were the ones who did the real dangerous work and who received the lowest return for their risk and hard physical labour. Their living conditions were basic and harsh, shelter being damp huts where they often endured long periods of rain. I can not find out what their diets consisted of.

Many men were killed on the job. Bullock teams were used along the steep ridges and gullies to pull the huge logs to the creeks edge. Red cedar logs were easier to transport to the coast due to them being able to float high in water. The creeks in flood times were a huge asset. As I tramped over this land with all of its discomfort, (leeches, ticks, razor sharp vines and giant stinging trees) I live here in comfort compared to those men.

In Germaine Greer’s WHITE BEECH, she writes that the red cedar is not actually a cedar but a mahogany, a member of one of the seven genera in the MELIACEAE family. Several decades of argument between botanists continues, where to place the Australian red cedar. Regardless of its movable classification, the tree was almost wiped out in our valleys, to build our early cities and to export from where the beautiful colour of its timber enhanced the grand homes in the UK and Ireland.

Hundreds of this tree’s seedlings I have transplanted throughout the property. Easy to transplant during the wet season the survival rates of the transplants are at least 50%.

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Bush regen and chemical free.

Marriage between bush regen & chemical free

Without affecting biodiversity, Council sets chemical free target!
After having many sustainability and biodiversity specialists providing feedback and knowledge, it was incredibly exciting for Council support my Notice of Motion (NOM) outlining an aspirational target to end the use of chemicals in weed management, creating an overall strategy and, in the short term, to look to use non chemical techniques for our high use public spaces. The NOM does not threaten to undo all the great and important work done by our staff and partner organisations by immediately ending our current weed management strategies. Many skilled and environmentally passionate people have done and continue to do wonderful and vital restorative work along our coastlines and biodiversity rich areas and it is vital we don’t undo this work.

Instead, the NOM develops a policy to frame the management within an overarching vision and an action plan to map the road to be taken to realise the vision. Secondly, it seeks some short-term actions, especially concerning high use public spaces. The community is justifiably concerned about the possible detrimental affects of the continual use chemical based pesticides and herbicides and this NOM seeks to create an ‘end game’ whereby, incrementally, if chemical use is to be continued, it will be up to Council to explain why chemical free cannot occur and to begin the process of moving away from chemical based answers to weed management questions.

Simon Richardson.

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From Byron’s active Chemical Free landcare.

The Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare Group is holding a weeding bee on Saturday, the 26th  of  May, from 9 am to 1:30 pm, morning tea at 11 am. Meet at Brunswick Heads, (south of the surf club) at the fire track gate. We will be working near the big mamma Scribbly gum doing Bitou Bush primary work. If you come later, walk 200 m along the fire track, then walk into the bush on the left side and call out.  Please wear boots, long sleeve shirt, a hat, gloves and bring water to drink and some morning tea. Nadia 0478272300

The CSG Rock the Gate rally was a fantastic community event. I marched with around  7,000 people from the Communities across the Northern Rivers It was a great feeling of people power.  

The rally was part of a wider move to make the entire Northern Rivers region a no-go zone for the CSG gas industry.\

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