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Town day, November 1.

Decided to have a news free week, to avoid the hype surrounding the fiasco in Canberra, with the family first senator resigning, ( family last in reality) and the grotesque American election campaign.

Instead this beautiful magnolia flower at D and Ps yesterday.



The machines are clearing out the drains on Huonbrook Road, its going to be interesting to see how the remaining jump-seed is redistributed. We are about half way through our hand weeding and although the Mayor was informed we had started our removal efforts, we were not told the machines were on their way.

I do not like wasting energy and as much of the jump-seed emerging is in the drains and on its edges, our previous 3 Saturday volunteer efforts may have been in vain. An extremely hardy plant, a fraction of its clumped root system will regrow, even after being sprayed with round-up ( glyphosate) 3 years ago. Regrew stronger than ever.

Interesting too to observe the spread of the plant to further along the road side towards town. Patches of the plant are reappearing far from the original sites. Roadside mowing, essential, is also likely to be distributing the seed and root system far.  I suppose more new comers planted this attractive plant in their gardens as well.

I do not think a total eradication of this plant is possible but our efforts will continue, to emphasise our HERBICIDE FREE approach to cleaning up our drains and water ways.

Fred Pearce’s writings in The New Wild has advanced my thinking from when I first started my regeneration work here. Also by constant observation, both in my gardens and in the rain-forest, has been my real guide in my work and my outlook as I witness unfamiliar plants emerging.


Witnessed too the spray tar, scatter fine gravel efforts, along the edges of the roads besides  filling in the pot holes. A method we have witnessed over the years to be little more than a futile waste as soon as heavy rain falls.


Hi, the document link below is a great tool to state why we are concerned with the presence of glyphosate in our air, soil and water. It is still broadly used in Byron Shire by Council staff, Council contractors,  private property owners, NPWS, Crownlands, etc. The point is not how much money will be saved by spraying. More extensive research has now been done (it should have been done before the chemical was released) showing the health dangers that it imposes on us and the environment. 


The use of synthetic herbicides for weed control is an out of date methodology. There are alternatives.

In Bush Regeneration, working with local groups who are applying chemical free approaches towards land management you will develop strategies that do not compromise the present the future of our environmental and health. With regard to public spaces (road, drains and signage maintenance, parks and gardens, school and hospital grounds) there are many others government agencies in Australia and overseas that already use different strategies and technologies to address this matter.


“Our catchment is just for the rain, not for synthetic herbicides”


A cynical reaction to road maintenance.


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Countering Herbicide use.










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Grasshopper fast food garden.


Green’s Leader, Richard Di Natale on Radio National this morning. Talking GM and herbicides and the extraordinary inhumanity of Australia’s asylum policy.

Read his position below but tune into Radio National Pod cast to hear his interview.



If you know anyone or you yourself would like to support herbicide free bush regeneration have a look at my crowd funding campaign site to raise wages for 4 workers here this winter.




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Crowd funding.

Do you know anyone who would like to support workers who can not work with herbicides? Or someone who has had a significant carbon foot print and would like to create a balance?

$30 an hour to  plant trees after the hard labour of slash, pull and mulching lantana ?  Already  100 hours of labour wages has been raised and with another 200 hours that will be needed to regenerate 3 hectares, I am optimistic we will get there.

A big thank-you to everyone who has already contributed………………. from our flora and fauna and particularly the water run off that has not been polluted by herbicide run off.

An exciting winter work season ahead which you have supported and encouraged.




Grasshopper fast food area. The mass of mustard flowers and zinnias have attracted the grasshopper population and have segregated them from the wider garden leaving other vegetables alone.



Read the introduction to Fred Pearce’s The New Wild.


The New Wild

Author…..   Fred Pearce…..    Publisher Icon Books (2015) ISBN9781848318342   Description … Why invasive species will be nature’s salvation


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Busy, busy, busy.

Extraordinary reaction to my last post with outrage, calls for a transparent audit of land-care groups, who benefit from public funds and whose main weapon is  glyphosate.  Negative reaction too against National parks and Brunswick Valley land care, who have been spot spraying where the chemical-free volunteers work for free.  After considerable public reaction to aerial spraying over the dunes a couple of years ago, which stopped the aerials, it seems to be a hostile and undemocratic reaction by entrenched bureaucrats.

A recently sprayed site near Mullumbimby.


But after a busy morning with words and the phone I managed 3 hours in the gardens cutting comfrey for mulch and fertiliser tea.


Following I was chased by this large hissing goana, the first time that has happened to me here. Quite exciting actually.


And flying over the gardens yesterday this delight.




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Jump-seed removal

40 bags later we have just about completed the jump-seed removal from along the sides of the public road. Already in flower in shady areas and about to set seed, we have probably weeded the bulk out with a follow up every now and then to continue. Pav joined us this morning which allowed us to work and hour less each. We had fun too.

An example of regrowth after being sprayed in October 2014.

Jayne and I relieved the end of our weeding in sight.


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Lobby Council.

Despite the high rain fall Council will spray many kilometers of road side from Monday the 10 of February with hundreds of liters of roundup going into our drains. There are other ways, spray isn’t safe and sustainable practice to maintain road sides. Not at the cost of our health. So like the people of Bellingen speak up, write to local Council and local news papers asking for alternative. THE DRAINS ARE JUST FOR THE RAIN NOT ROUNDUP.

From Brunswick Chemical Free Group.


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