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Working Bee.

Hi all,
Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare next working bee will be on Saturday, the 11th 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, and some morning tea. Tools and first aid kit will be provided.
The task will be to remove the last of the large Bitou bush south of the horse access track. We would have had this completed before the end of June but somebody (?) sprayed some of it, leaving a large central core of live bitou! This illustrates some of the failures of chemical techniques.

We have some easy seedlings to do as well.

Enter the fire trial gate, walk along (300 m) until you get to the second gate. Turn left and you will see us on the right side, towards the beach.

Looking forward to seeing you there
Ellen

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/aug/07/david-littleproud-drought-climate-change-qanda

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Working Bee in Brunswick.

Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare
12:07 PM (14 minutes ago)

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Hi all,

Just to notify everyone that the following event ‘Are Farmers the New Environmentalists?’ will be at Bangalow Hall on August 14th from 6-9pm. Information about the speakers is available at http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/are-farmers-the-new-environmentalists-tickets-47986022485. Regenerative Agricultural practices are definitely taking off with wins for both the environment and producers.

We had a great day at Brunswick Heads yesterday. Almost completed the primary work. It would have been completed before the end of June but unfortunately was sprayed by person or persons unknown so we couldn’t enter the area to do manual work. The spray was not entirely successful with a large area centrally which was blooming with health. Thanks to all the new faces. It is lovely to continue meeting people here who are the faces of the future.

I had a look at the area burnt by campers this month. It was through the Bladey Grass but appeared contained by adjacent couch grass. It covered the area where dozens of the Threatened Species Pink Nodding Orchid were found. It may not affect them since they are quiescent at this time of year.

We have had a lot of difficulty with managing camping with Crown Lands and the police generally taking no action when notified of belligerent and destructive campers. We have also had to carry out tons of abandoned camps and rubbish.

We believe it is such a beautiful area and responds so well to care. We are very proud of our results. Thanks to all participants who have contributed.

For the Land
Ellen

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

 

 

 

 

 

Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare next working bee will be on Saturday, the 28th of July, 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, and some morning tea. Tools and first aid kit will be provided.
The task will be to remove dead Bitou bush south of the horse access track. Enter the fire trial gate, walk along (300 m) until you get to the second gate. Turn left and you will see us on the right side, towards the beach.

We also need to talk about ‘where to from here’

Hope to see you there,
Ellen

byronshirechemicalfreelandcare.org

 

A goanna after raiding the hen nest for eggs.

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Before and after.

A photo of my first lantana slash, layer and mulch.

20 years later.

 

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A working weekend.

Cooler mornings make physical work a pleasure. Lantana flowers amass with brown butterflies feasting on the nectar.

Progressing up the valley as we walk over previously mulched lantana. Counted 6 varieties of rain forest seedlings emerging through the dried lantana. Exciting as the regeneration is so quick, 4 months after the slash.

Following a 2 hour lantana slash, a besan flour base pizza.

 

 

 

https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/toxic-secrets-the-town-that-3m-built-where-kids-are-dying-of-cancer-20180613-p4zl83.html

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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.

 

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