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Disrespect.

Press release
Brunswick Chemical-free site poisoned

Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare volunteers came across an unpleasant and disappointing surprise, on Saturday May 19th. They arrived for their working bee at the chemical-free site in Brunswick Heads Crown Land. Ready to chop Bitou Bush with their loppers in their hands, they noticed that the small remaining patch of Bitou Bush, in the far South East of the area, where it meets Tyagarah Nature Reserve, had been poisoned with synthetic herbicides. Any information from the public that has witness the spray will be really appreciate.

BSCFL volunteers have been working on the Brunswick chemical free site, with permission of Crown Lands for the past 8 years, clearing and following up an area of 5 hectares of very dense Bitou bush, a weed of national significance. We have done this voluntarily with no cost to the taxpayer. We have also spent much time removing large amounts of rubbish, reporting camping etc.

After 8 years we were so close to finishing – we would have done so by the end of June (a requirement from Rous County Council for the Bitou Containment Zone). We also noticed that the pesticide application had not been highly successful. With our method the Bitou is gone! It was so disappointing!

Under the NSW Pesticide act, anyone spraying on public land is required to give notification of use. “We received no notification. You would think that through Duty of Care, the volunteers would be informed because we come into direct contact with the pesticide on the Bitou Bush as we work. Although we are there fortnightly, we also come at other times and we could be there the next day for example, when the dying-back signs are not yet present.” explained Ellen White. “Luckily some of us knew the first signs of spray die-back and stopped working”.

Who sprayed the site is unknown at this stage. BSCF coordinator, Nadia de Souza Pietramale was informed by Andrew Petroeschevsky, Dept. Industry, Crown Lands and Water Division, “I haven’t requested any contractor to spray lot 428 as far I can remember, and I will investigate the matter. However it could be a communication error as I have two contractors spraying in the area at moment: Rhonda James (Bushland Restoration Services) in Toraquina Park and the South Rock Wall, and Madhima Gulgan in the Belongil area.” He commended our work on the site.

We also contacted Rous County Council, the state government authority that enforces the Biosecurity Act In our region. They have been notifying private and public land owners North of the Byron Cape that all Bitou Bush needs to be exterminated by the 30 of June. When BSCF coordinator spoke with the organisation’s Education Officer Kim Curtis regarding the spraying on our site and our concerns with the exposure of volunteers to the herbicide she said, “It wouldn’t hurt them” illustrating a cavalier attitude to pesticide use. We asked Kim what research she had to back up her comments. No answer.

Until we know exactly which chemical was used we will stay away from Brunswick and work on the New Brighton site. However BSCFL have requested from Crown Lands that no further pesticide is used on this site, as we don’t need any assistance to meet the 30th June target.

Nadia stressed the fact that our work is free of charge to the taxpayer – there is no need to pay contractors from the public purse to spray on this site. However we do need assistance with illegal camping, a serious risk to the threaten species Pink Nodding Orchid, as our site holds the largest concentration in the Shire. “Before this species was protect by the Bitou Bush but the whole site is open now, become very attractive to illegal camping”, said Nadia.

We will be at the New Brighton site on 26th of May and 2nd and 3rd of June. Please meet us at the first curve, on the left, at North Head Road. Park your car and walk into the beach. The site is towards the south and you will see us on the dunes. This is a short strip of land, between the ocean and the back of the houses. Wear boots, long sleeve shirt, long pants, a hat, gloves, and bring water. Tools and first aid kit will be provided.

https://actforbees.org/resources/pesticides-and-bees/

After the deep disappointment felt by ALL herbicide free Active Volunteers.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2018/may/25/the-week-in-wildlife-in-pictures

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Brush hook in hand.

I wasn’t smiling 5 minutes after this photo was taken. I brushed a stinging tree……… my bare arms and my ear. I waiting a couple of minutes and continued the lantana slash, pull and mulch. Sweat soon eased the prickly burning and when I returned home I used a hair removal wax patch. That pain was 5 times more intense than the stinging trees fine silicone  hairs. But the stinging has stopped.

The leaf.

The large leaves of the stinging tree.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/may/21/deep-in-cattle-country-graziers-go-against-the-flow-to-help-the-great-barrier-reef

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Autumn winter work schedule underway.

Busy 3 days with lantana slash pull, layer and mulch.

Its exciting as we head further up the steep banks and discover emerging rain forest seedlings as we go.

Yacon flower…………….Andes Apple……………..delicious eaten direct from the soil. Roasted or chopped into stir fry. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yac%C3%B3n

I have kilos available? Also turmeric, ginger, galangal and arrowroot. Message me.

 

http://www.monsanto-tribunal.org/Multimedia_1

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My nomination for Byron Shire’s Woman of the Year.

byronshirechemicalfreelandcare.org
BSCFL is a project of Mullum Seed
Mullumbimby Sustainability Education and Enterprise Development Incorporated
Nadia de Souza Pietramale
Project Coordinator
0478 272 300

 

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/102045572/former-pm-helen-clark-tells-women-to-roll-out-their-own-carpet-and-kick-the-door-in

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March 7, 2018 · 10:27 pm

Brooding Blue blood super and an eclipse moon at midnight tonight…..31st of January.

Zinnias in full flower.

This gully is where the lyre bird was seen during our spring. We are working up the creek which runs through it, slowly slashing and mulching lantana.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jan/31/labor-branches-push-for-new-environment-act-and-independent-watchdog

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2018/jan/26/the-week-in-wildlife-in-pictures

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The death of a living habitat.

The significant camphor laurel forest poisoned along with the fauna that have evolved to depend from the tree.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/oct/21/insects-giant-ecosystem-collapsing-human-activity-catastrophe?CMP=share_btn_fb

Wilsons Creek runs at the downside.

A distinct relocation of nectar seeking birds as their Coral tree source were poisoned down our valley, has been obvious here with the flowers of my remaining Coral being a continual nectar source for lorikeets, king parrots, various honey eaters throughout their entire flowering period.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/nov/29/common-pesticide-can-make-migrating-birds-lose-their-way-research-shows

So yesterday, following an other ways very enjoyable town day, I transplanted 34 rain forest tree seedlings which had sprouted in the vegetable gardens. In between showers, I collected blue Quandong seeds to later scatter along a stream bank.

Two recent inspirations. MARIA TINCHER, interview with Fran Kelly on Radio National, the Lady with the Rose in her hair, Gold Coast identity whose book is called DAUGHTER OF A RAZOR. a true story from a survivor, not a victim.

And my first Christmas gift………..James Rebanks…THE SHEPHERD’S LIFE………with the rain set to continue today I am looking forward to the company of a fine writer.

A salad from the gardens.

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Cane toads on the move.

With temps fluctuating up to 35 degrees yesterday to a low of 20 on other days, the weather is certainly not able to be very accurately predicted anymore. Sudden claps of thunder, a few spots of heavy rain and the skies clear with in minutes.

But the cane toads are out. Found 3 dead in the gardens and 4 more around the recently dug out pond. I fear eggs have been laid, a female can lay up to 30 000 eggs in a season so I can expect some to survive.

Unexplained the dead toads. No body injury, all 3 in very good condition. Recently read somewhere that cane toad legs have appeared on a Darwin menu.

I have become a lot more realistic to the permanence of the cane toad.  Millions of dollars have been spent on its extermination, even in this Shire, so my admiration for the determination and strength of this creature has increased.

https://interactives.stuff.co.nz/2017/10/kiribati-the-angry-sea-will-kill-us-all/

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