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Gathering pace. Get involved, demand stop to Glyphosate today.

The use of dangerous herbicides for weed control by landcare, dunecare, local councils, NP. RTA, farmers, etc is out of date as it is a serious risk to the health of the public and our environment. We are not alone in Byron Shire on our concerns, please see article below and write to your local council expressing your concern

From Brunswick Herbicide free group.



Pressure needs to be increased on Council, LANDCARE and NATIONAL PARKS to cease all use of ROUNDUP.
Public awareness is growing due to numerous independent studies commissioned out-side of the Chemical companies that produce this damaging herbicide.
TIME to PROTECT our WATER, SOIL, OUR REMAINING BEES and what is left in our already damaged ENVIRONMENT.
And from the WEEDSNETWORK via facebook.

I have been maintaining a feed of articles on our Facebook page instead of the news as we have a good following on FB.  I encourage you to post your photo and news there as quite a few people who work on this issue follow the feed and share.

Did you listen to the law report over the weekend?  They ran a story on spray drift and the legal issues … consensus is the laws are a failure in regulating this area.  Current ag minister and now deputy PM too busy donating millions of tax payer dollars to Bayer to listen … we will have to keep at them a little longer it seems to get some positive changes through. I have been maintaining a feed of articles on our Facebook page instead of the news as we have a good following on FB. I encourage you to post your photo and news there as quite a few people who work on this issue follow the feed and share.

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Hello and happy new year for all Tyagarah residents and other chemical free landcare people!

Please help to promote this event.
We will again meet on Saturday 17th.January.2014 to work on the Tyagarah dunes to remove Bitou Bush.
We aim to mainly pull seedlings to prevent new growth. The areas in which the Bitou had been removed, are thriving with lots of native vegetation emerging.
It is a fun day for young and old and a good exercise for the body. Please wear boots, long sleeve shirt and long pants, a hat, gloves and bring water to drink, picnic and beach gear.
Might see you on Saturday 9:00am – 12:30pm

Aparimit, Gerd Kuhlmann

[Bayside Leader 20 Jan 2014] — A sporting site in Melbourne is being used for a weed-tackling treatment that doesn’t contain herbicides. A group of green thumbs have used steam to kill weeds, instead of applying chemicals. The Weed Network’s Dr David Low said they were trialling the method at Bayside Council sites. He said they had been researching chemical-free methods for working with weeds for five years. “We have been working with Bayside Council to introduce steam weeding as an alternative to herbicide in sensitive sites used heavily by children, for example for athletics,” Dr Low said. He said a survey exploring attitudes towards herbicide use has found that 78 per cent per cent of people who used them believed they contributed to pollution. Dr Low said the findings showed a majority of people were worried about the health and environmental effects of herbicides. “People are recognising that the chemicals commonly used to manage weeds are causing pollution and health issues. They want something done to reduce this source of pollution,” he said. [Photo: The Weed Network’s Dr David Low is coordinating a project where they steam weeds, rather than using herbicides

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Bio-diversity with-out herbicides.

[The Quarterly Review of Biology March 2013] — “Several years ago, I attended a seminar on the psychology of the animal-liberation movement. The speaker observed that although very few animal-lib activists were actually religious, most such people scored very highly on the “religiosity” scale in personality inventories. He suggested that animal liberation served the same functions for such people as religion did for many more: it gave life meaning and conferred a group identity centered on shared moral superiority over others. After years of interacting with “weed warriors”—people who spend their free time trying to eradicate “invasive species” from parks and public lands—I would advance the same hypothesis about most of them. They tend to be absolutely convinced of the righteousness of their cause and highly resistant to any suggestion that naturalized exotics might not be all bad. They also tend to be oblivious to the disconcerting degree to which their rhetoric converges to that of racists and xenophobes, and highly defensive if you point that out to them. After all, they are on the “green” side, right?

Time we learnt to adapt to climate change.

Council is currently reviewing the Byron Biodiversity Conservation Strategy and wants to hear from the community about their views and aspirations for managing Byron Shire’s biodiversity values. The first stage of the community consultation is a survey.

The survey will only take 5 – 10 minutes to complete and the responses will be considered as part of the Strategy review.

The survey can be completed online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SZGR7DK

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Spring with the Weedsnetwork.




From David Low. Weedsnetwork. Monash University.
Invasive species are an excellent opportunity to think about the nature society desires, particularly in the face of global changes. Nature and human views of nature are rapidly evolving; our approach to biological invasions through biosecurity institutions and land management policies must evolve in tandem with these changes. We review three dimensions that are insufficiently addressed. First, biological invasions are culturally shaped and interpreted. Humans play a major role in the movement and nurturing of alien life, and esthetics, perception, and emotion are deeply implicated in the management of invasive species. What people fear or regret with invasive species are not their effects on nature per se, but their effects on a particular desired nature, and policymaking must reflect this. Second, biological invasions are not restricted to negative impacts. Invasions take place in landscapes where many natural conditions have been altered, so policy tools must recognize that invasive species are a functional, structural, and compositional part of transformed ecosystems. In some cases, native species benefit from changes in resource availability caused by invasions or from protections provided by an invasive plant. Finally, invasive species can help ecosystems and people to adapt to global change by maintaining ecosystem processes such as productivity, carbon storage, and nutrient cycling in a context of climate change or land cover transformations. While recognition is growing among ecologists that novel, invaded ecosystems have value, and while the on-the-ground application of biosecurity policies has of necessity adjusted to local contexts and other agendas, invasion biology could aid policymaking by better addressing the three complexities inherent in the three dimensions highlighted above. [Jacques Tassin & Christian A. Kull (2014). Facing the broader dimensions of biological invasions. Land Use Policy, 42, 165–169]

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