Inbox and Environment News: Issue 490
April 18 - 24, 2021: Issue 490
Avalon Golf Course Bushcare Needs You
Offshore Petroleum And Greenhouse Gas Storage Amendment Bill: Have Your Say
- expand existing trailing liability provisions
- increase oversight of changes in titleholder ownership and control
- increase regulatory scrutiny of the suitability of companies operating, or looking to operate, within Australia’s offshore petroleum regulatory regime
- expand information gathering powers to enable scrutiny
Mona Vale Village Park Trees Now 'Unwired'
Mona Vale Dunes Bushcare Restoration Update + PNHA Autumn 2021 Newsletter
Autumn Edition of PNHA Newsletter - Issue 87
Friends Of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment: Next Forum + May Activities
Northern Beaches Clean Up Crew: Update
Sculptural Trees: 100 Year Old Angophora Kept In Local Park
Avalon Community Garden
Avalon Community Garden’s primary purpose is to foster, encourage and facilitate community gardening in Pittwater on a not-for-profit basis.
The garden was started in 2010 by a group of locals who worked in conjunction with the support of Barrenjoey High School to develop a space that could be used by the local community, to grow
vegetables, herbs, plants and flowers, and practice sustainable gardening techniques to benefit its members and the community overall.
The garden has been very successful and has grown and developed since its inception, in terms of its footprint, infrastructure, variety of produce and diversity of members. The garden welcomes new members all year round. Levels of contribution range from multiple times a week, to once a month. Your contribution is always welcome, and it is acknowledged people will have varying levels of commitment.
We encourage you to join and start enjoying the following benefits associated with community gardening:
They provide benefits for individuals and for the community as a whole. Community gardens provide education on gardening, recycling and sustainable use of natural resources.
They develop community connections and provide a means of engaging youth, children, the elderly and the disabled and otherwise marginalised individuals in mutually enjoyable and rewarding activities, thus helping to develop more functional and resilient communities.
People involved in community gardens say they improve wellbeing by increasing physical activity and reducing stress, providing opportunities to interact meaningfully with new friends, give time for relaxation and reflection as well as an opportunity to improve their interconnectedness with nature.
To get involved take a look around the site, join the Facebook group and come along and visit on a Sunday morning between 10 and 12 at the garden within Barrenjoey High School on Tasman Road, North Avalon.
BirdLife Australia Autumn Survey Time
- Breeding behaviours - If you see a bird carrying nesting materials, sitting on a nest or feeding chicks, let us know. Select the option under 'Breeding Activity' that best matches your observation (remember to keep your distance though from birds who are breeding. We don't want to disturb any nests. Be sure to limit your observations and don't get close enough to scare a bird off it's nest.)
- Aggressive interactions – Let us know if you have observed any species initiate interactions with other birds and whether this interaction could be classed as aggressive – you can do this in the sighting details tab using the specific species interactions option.
- Have you seen any birds feeding on the native plants in your garden? If so – who was dining on what? – you can tell us in the notes section when you record the species you have observed under “sighting details”
- Have any birds been dabbling in some Oscar-worthy acting? – tell us about the weird and wonderful things your backyard birds have been up to you using the notes section in the sighting details tabs.
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Draft NSW Clean Air Strategy: Public Consultation
- first name
- last name
- organisation you represent (if applicable)
- email address
Inquiry Into Declining Numbers Of Macropods
Bushcare In Pittwater
Where we work Which day What time
Angophora Reserve 3rd Sunday 8:30 - 11:30am
Avalon Dunes 1st Sunday 8:30 - 11:30am
Avalon Golf Course 2nd Wednesday 3 - 5:30pm
Careel Creek 4th Saturday 8:30 - 11:30am
Toongari Reserve 3rd Saturday 9 - 12noon (8 - 11am in summer)
Bangalley Headland 2nd Sunday 9 to 12noon
Winnererremy Bay 4th Sunday 9 to 12noon
North Bilgola Beach 3rd Monday 9 - 12noon
Algona Reserve 1st Saturday 9 - 12noon
Plateau Park 1st Friday 8:30 - 11:30am
Browns Bay Reserve 1st Tuesday 9 - 12noon
McCarrs Creek Reserve Contact Bushcare Officer To be confirmed
Old Wharf Reserve 3rd Saturday 8 - 11am
Kundibah Reserve 4th Sunday 8:30 - 11:30am
Mona Vale Beach Basin 1st Saturday 8 - 11am
Mona Vale Dunes 2nd Saturday +3rd Thursday 8:30 - 11:30am
Bungan Beach 4th Sunday 9 - 12noon
Crescent Reserve 3rd Sunday 9 - 12noon
North Newport Beach 4th Saturday 8:30 - 11:30am
Porter Reserve 2nd Saturday 8 - 11am
Irrawong Reserve 2nd Saturday 2 - 5pm
North Palm Beach Dunes 3rd Saturday 9 - 12noon
Catherine Park 2nd Sunday 10 - 12:30pm
Elizabeth Park 1st Saturday 9 - 12noon
Pathilda Reserve 3rd Saturday 9 - 12noon
Warriewood Wetlands 1st Sunday 8:30 - 11:30am
Norma Park 1st Friday 9 - 12noon
Coopers Point, Elvina Bay 2nd Sunday 10 - 1pm
Rocky Point, Elvina Bay 1st Monday 9 - 12noon
Gardens And Environment Groups And Organisations In Pittwater
New Shorebirds WingThing For Youngsters Available To Download
A Shorebirds WingThing educational brochure for kids (A5) helps children learn about shorebirds, their life and journey. The 2021 revised brochure version was published in February 2021 and is available now. You can download a file copy here.
If you would like a free print copy of this brochure, please send a self-addressed envelope with A$1.10 postage (or larger if you would like it unfolded) affixed to: BirdLife Australia, Shorebird WingThing Request, 2-05Shorebird WingThing/60 Leicester St, Carlton VIC 3053.
Shorebird Identification Booklet
The Migratory Shorebird Program has just released the third edition of its hugely popular Shorebird Identification Booklet. The team has thoroughly revised and updated this pocket-sized companion for all shorebird counters and interested birders, with lots of useful information on our most common shorebirds, key identification features, sighting distribution maps and short articles on some of BirdLife’s shorebird activities.
The booklet can be downloaded here in PDF file format: http://www.birdlife.org.au/documents/Shorebird_ID_Booklet_V3.pdf
Paper copies can be ordered as well, see http://www.birdlife.org.au/projects/shorebirds-2020/counter-resources for details.
Download BirdLife Australia's children’s education kit to help them learn more about our wading birdlife
Shorebirds are a group of wading birds that can be found feeding on swamps, tidal mudflats, estuaries, beaches and open country. For many people, shorebirds are just those brown birds feeding a long way out on the mud but they are actually a remarkably diverse collection of birds including stilts, sandpipers, snipe, curlews, godwits, plovers and oystercatchers. Each species is superbly adapted to suit its preferred habitat. The Red-necked Stint is as small as a sparrow, with relatively short legs and bill that it pecks food from the surface of the mud with, whereas the Eastern Curlew is over two feet long with a exceptionally long legs and a massively curved beak that it thrusts deep down into the mud to pull out crabs, worms and other creatures hidden below the surface.
Some shorebirds are fairly drab in plumage, especially when they are visiting Australia in their non-breeding season, but when they migrate to their Arctic nesting grounds, they develop a vibrant flush of bright colours to attract a mate. We have 37 types of shorebirds that annually migrate to Australia on some of the most lengthy and arduous journeys in the animal kingdom, but there are also 18 shorebirds that call Australia home all year round.
What all our shorebirds have in common—be they large or small, seasoned traveller or homebody, brightly coloured or in muted tones—is that each species needs adequate safe areas where they can successfully feed and breed.
The National Shorebird Monitoring Program is managed and supported by BirdLife Australia.
This project is supported by Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority and Hunter Local Land Services through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program. Funding from Helen Macpherson Smith Trust and Port Phillip Bay Fund is acknowledged.
The National Shorebird Monitoring Program is made possible with the help of over 1,600 volunteers working in coastal and inland habitats all over Australia.
The National Shorebird Monitoring program (started as the Shorebirds 2020 project initiated to re-invigorate monitoring around Australia) is raising awareness of how incredible shorebirds are, and actively engaging the community to participate in gathering information needed to conserve shorebirds.
In the short term, the destruction of tidal ecosystems will need to be stopped, and our program is designed to strengthen the case for protecting these important habitats.
In the long term, there will be a need to mitigate against the likely effects of climate change on a species that travels across the entire range of latitudes where impacts are likely.
The identification and protection of critical areas for shorebirds will need to continue in order to guard against the potential threats associated with habitats in close proximity to nearly half the human population.
Here in Australia, the place where these birds grow up and spend most of their lives, continued monitoring is necessary to inform the best management practice to maintain shorebird populations.
BirdLife Australia believe that we can help secure a brighter future for these remarkable birds by educating stakeholders, gathering information on how and why shorebird populations are changing, and working to grow the community of people who care about shorebirds.
To find out more visit: http://www.birdlife.org.au/projects/shorebirds-2020/shorebirds-2020-program
Aussie Bread Tags Collection Points
Northern Composure Unplugged 2021: Voting Time!
Watch this year’s Northern Composure Unplugged entrants battle it out online during National Youth Week and vote for your favourite! Performances were filmed live at Glen Street Theatre and each participant had 1 song filmed and recorded.
Vote for your favourite performance by Sunday 25 April 2021, 11:59pm via http://bit.ly/NCU2021
Star Jump This Youth Week
Northern Beaches Council Mayor Michael Regan is supporting the PCYC NSW Star Jump Challenge. Unfortunately Mr. Regan has a foot injury so he put his jumping on hold and instead is taking a star jump stance. Everyone in the PCYC Northern Beaches school holiday program had a lot of fun jumping around him with Star Jump Challenge mascot, Twinkle.
Star Jump every day of Youth Week this April 16 - 24 and raise much needed funds to support PCYC's brand new mental health program!
Join the challenge and sign up to jump or donate at www.starjumpchallenge.org.au
Balgowlah Boys Campus Videographer Wins Inaugural Excelsia & Sydney Film School Award: Congratulations Luke!
Luke O’Donnell, photographer and videographer from Balgowlah Boys Campus - Northern Beaches Secondary College participated in the inaugural short film competition, run through the Excelsia and Sydney Film School.
The Excelsia & Sydney Film School Award is a Scholarship Film Festival for Australian High School Students.
Entrants had to submit a 3 minute short film expressing thematic content around the nature of morality, existence, spirituality, philosophy, reality and truth. His film "Until The End" has won the competition, and a scholarship to study the Bachelor of Screen Production.
'Thank you to all our entrants and the creativity they have expressed through their projects. The team are delighted with the finalists for the inaugural Excelsia & Sydney Film School Award and have the bar set high for following years. We had a mix of narrative, animation, experimental and documentary films among our submissions. The emerging voices we have seen through these films brings exciting energy for the future of our industry.
Congratulations to Luke O'Donnell, the winner of the first Excelsia & Sydney Film School Award for his film 'Until the End'
Luke has written a blurb for his film on his You Tube page which reads;
''This year, I was fortunate enough to participate in a short film competition, run by Excelsia College and Sydney Film school. Entrants had to submit a 3 minute short film expressing thematic content around the nature of morality, existence, spirituality, philosophy, reality and truth. My film "Until The End" was lucky enough to win the competition, and a $60,000 scholarship to study the Bachelor of Screen Production, and I am so glad I can share it with you here :)'
“Until the End” is a film predicated upon a longing for the past. It recalls the fleeting nature of existence within the human experience and seeks to lament the true reality of relationships which often mean so much to us.
The film communicates the inherent desire for the restoration of human relationships, even when this desire may appear to be futile. The different cinematic techniques portray the emotions of the characters, and ultimately their position in the world. Through our identification with the characters, we develop empathy for their struggles, recalling the innocence of youth and its belief in the existence of a universal morality.
More holistically, the film reveals how deeper and more meaningful connections with others add richness and depth to human existence, even if it is fleeting, and attempts to deliver a simple yet meaningful didactic message that, despite the uncertainty concomitant in our relationships with others, human connection is essential to cognitive maturity and through it we grow.''
Cast and Crew:
Written and Directed by Luke O'Donnell
Audio recorded by Kyan Paltoft
"Sophie" played by Nicola Bartholomew
"Tom" played by Gordon Carroll
Congratulations Luke! Everyone here is STOKED for you.
For those who haven't seen it yet:
Avalon Dancer Winner Of Telstra Ballet Dancer Awards: Congratulations Nathan!
AUSSIES Wrap – Day 1 Youth Championships – 16 April
More than 700 young surf life savers from the U14 and U15 age groups gathered from across the country, with Maroochydore and Mooloolaba Beaches hosting the first day of competition.
In the U14’s it was Cooks Hills’ Alexander Walker who had the crowd on their feet, claiming the triple crown with gold in the U14 Ironman, Swim and Board.
“It’s incredible, it is so overwhelming it is such an amazing feeling to have completed the triple,” Walker said.
“The team at Cooks Hill and everyone is just so friendly, and we all work together at training to help each other improve as athletes and it is just a great atmosphere. It was great to come out here today and do it for them,” he said.
In the U15 Male Ironperson Newport's Conner Maggs has commenced his club's campaign with a bang securing silver and then following that up with gold in the U/15 Male Surf Race.
In the U14 Ironwoman final, a close run up the beach saw North Curl Curl’s Dominique Melbourn claim her first Australian gold medal after taking silver earlier in the day in the swim race.
“It’s such an unreal experience and I’m so lucky to have achieved the Australian title,” Dominique said.
“It’s surf and anything can happen, so I wasn’t confident until the end – but once I got down that last wave I got pretty excited.
“The club is really a team environment and we all work together so well, pushing each other through training. But nothing pushes us more than our coach Michael Clues.
“He’s such a determined coach and he just wants the best out of us and as it’s shown so far this weekend he’s definitely done that,” she said.
Former NSW Ironman legend and proud Wanda man Nathan Smith is helping usher through the next generation, with one of the Club’s stars Fletcher Warn taking out the U15 Ironman crown.
“Shout out to Nathan Smith and Greg Pierce for entering all the kids, none of this would have happened without you guys so thank you very much,” Warn said.
“To win it is just incredible. That was one of the scariest moments I have ever been in, I can’t, I pulled up onto the wave and I was like oh no cause I know he could run fast, so I had to get off and just run to get there.”
Jayda Kempton from Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park SLSC won the U15 Female Surf Race, a win that took her a bit by surprise.
“I’m a bit shocked actually – I went in to just have a go and I had no expectations to do as well as I did so I’m super happy,” Kempton said.
In the beach arena at Maroochydore the crowd was on it’s feet for the teams from Coogee, taking out both the U15 Female Beach Relay and the U15 Mixed Beach Relay Aussies titles and a Bronze medal in the U15 Male Beach Relay.
Eden Levitt from Coogee SLSC also took out a Bronze in the U15 Female Sprint and said she had no doubt in her mind that the two Beach Relay teams could get the Gold.
“Definitely two, I trust the relay team a lot, but it’s all experience it’s all new for all of us, there’s a lot to learn and A lot more to go,” Levitt said.
The local crew from Maroochydore took out the U15 Male Beach Relay ahead of Metropolitan Calounrda and Coogee with their coach saying the crew practiced changeovers multiple times to make sure they got it right.
“It’s exceptional for the young lads, they raced their hearts out and in such amazing competition awesome stringing a run together like that,” the Maroochydore coach said.
“The practiced over and over and over on the wrong side, upside down and forward and backwards and they’ve done it.”
The Australian Surf Life Saving Championships will be held on the Sunshine Coast from 16-24 April, with more than 5,900 competitors going head-to-head across three beaches and nine action packed days of competition.
For a full list of today’s results, click here.
To watch today’s livestream, featuring the U14 and U15 Surf, Board and Ironperson Finals, click here.
For any updates and changes to schedules and timetables please download the Team App and join – Aussies 2021 to stay up to date with all the latest changes.
For further details about the Aussies and any other information head to – https://sls.com.au/aussies/
Nine New Champions Crowned At The 2021 Billabong Oz Grom Cup
April 11, 2021 at Park Beach, Coff Harbour
Nine new champions were crowned today at the 2021 Billabong Oz Grom Cup pres. by Coopers Surf Australia following a giant day of action in playful two-foot surf.
Lennix Smith (Barrack Point, NSW) wrapped up his final year in the 2021 Billabong Oz Grom Cup pres. by Coopers Surf Australia with a bang, taking out the 16-and-Under Boys division. Smith surfed impeccably over the course of the event, consistently posting mammoth scores for mature manoeuvres and the final was no exception with the Illawarra natural-footer finishing the final with a solid 15.67 two-wave heat total.
Lennix Smith (Barrack Point, NSW) wrapped up his final year in the 2021 Billabong Oz Grom Cup pres. by Coopers Surf Australia with a bang taking out the 16-and-Under Boys division. photo by Ethan Smith / Surfing NSW
Charlotte Mulley (Burleigh Waters, Qld) surfed like a seasoned veteran who had honed their backhand on the long righthanders of the Gold Coast as she claimed victory in the 16-and-Under Girls division. Mulley nailed a chain of massive backhand snaps to finish the heat with a 17.23 two-wave total and take the win ahead of Oceanna Rogers (Shellcove, NSW) who claimed the runner-up position.
Sierra Kerr (USA) capped off a stellar Billabong Oz Grom Cup campaign, taking victory in the 14-and-Under Girls division. Despite a slow start in the final, Kerr was able to maintain composure in the dying moments of the heat and notch up a near-perfect 9.33 wave score for a chain of powerful snaps and carves – that appeared eerily similar to the same style as her Dad (former Championship Tour surfer Josh Kerr) – to jump from third position into the winner’s chair.
Following on Sierra Kerr’s victory, Samuel Lowe (Port Kembla, NSW) became the second child of a former WSL Championship Tour star to take a win. Samuel appeared to channel his father Michael’s performance at the 2004 Quiksilver Pro at Snapper Rocks as he found a handful of beautifully tapered righthanders to post a massive 9.00 wave score and gain the upper-hand against some fancied opposition, including perennial standout Fletcher Kelleher (Freshwater, NSW).
Following the recent Rip Curl Newcastle Cup that wrapped up yesterday, Ocean Lancaster (Newcastle, NSW) made sure he did his best to continue representing Novocastrian surfing abroad, smashing the 12-and-Under Boys division. Lancaster dominated the impressive final, executing a barrage of gigantic snaps and carves to finish the heat with a 17.07 two-wave heat total.
Ocean Lancaster. photo by Ethan Smith / Surfing NSW
Pipi Taylor (Peregian Beach, Qld) did the Sunshine Coast proud as she took out the 12-and-Under Girls division. Taylor posted a respectable 9.10 total to take the win ahead of her fancied opponents.
Lucas Deffenti (Miami, Qld) showed he is a star on the rise as he took out the highly contended 10-and-Under Boys division. Deffenti stood out in the final, effortlessly linking a chain of giant snaps and carves to post a 15.23 two-wave total and earn the top spot on the dais.
Leihani Kaloha Zoric (Byron Bay, NSW) claimed her second Billabong Oz Grom Cup title, taking out the 10-and-Under Girls division. Zoric surfed well beyond her years in the final exchange, nailing an array of beautiful snaps and carves to finish with a giant 16.34 two-wave heat total.
Pheonix Talbot (Yamba, NSW) will be heading back to Yamba with his head held high after an impressive victory in the 8-and-Under Mixed division with a heat total of 10.60. The victory confirmed Talbot’s nous in Coffs beachbreak conditions, with the young up-and-comer taking out the same division in the Woolworths Surfer Groms Comp event back in late 2020.
The prestigious five-day event – now in its eighth year – ran from the 7th – 11th April and catered for over 200 competitors in nine different divisions.
Former champions include 2016 World Junior Champion and current WSL World Championship Tour surfer Macy Callaghan who claimed her respective division in the event’s inaugural year. Since then, the event has been won by a range of Australia’s best and most promising junior surfers.
In addition to all the action in the ocean, the final days of the event were webcast through Surfing NSW’s social channels.
All event presentations were hosted at the Hoey Moey.
Boys and Girls divisions for the event included 8-and-Under Mixed, 10-and-Under, 12-and-Under, 14-and-Under and 16-and-Under.
The Billabong Oz Grom Cup pres. by Coopers Surf Australia is proudly supported by Billabong, Coopers Surf Australia, Coffs Harbour Boardriders, Coffs Harbour City Council, Park Beach Plaza, Hoey Moey and Surfing NSW.
Locana Cullen. photo by Ethan Smith / Surfing NSW
1 – Lennix Smith (Barrack Point, NSW)
2 – Eden Hasson (Port Stephens, NSW)
3 – Ty Richardson (Palm Beach, Qld)
4 – Kyan Falvey (Cabarita, NSW)
1 – Charlotte Mulley (Burleigh Waters, Qld)
2 – Oceanna Rogers (Shell Cove, NSW)
3 – Holly Wishart (Gerringong, NSW)
4 – Imojen Enfield (Port Macquarie, NSW)
1 – Samuel Lowe (Port Kembla, NSW)
2 – Fletcher Kelleher (Manly, NSW)
3 – Joshua Marsh (Barrack Point, NSW)
4 – Landen Smales (Peregian Beach, Qld)
1 – Sierra Kerr (USA)
2 – Shyla Short (Austinmer, NSW)
3 – Juniper Harper (Lennox Head, NSW)
4 – Ruby Trew (Manly, NSW)
1 – Ocean Lancaster (Newcastle, NSW)
2 – Hunter Anderson (Moffatt Beach, Qld)
3 – Ben Zanatta Creagh (Dee Why, NSW)
4 – Caden Francis (Palm Beach, Qld)
1 – Pipi Taylor (Peregian Beach, Qld)
2 – Avalon Vowels (Scotts Head, NSW)
3 – Charli Hatley (Currumbin, Qld)
4 – Lucy Darragh (Gerringong, NSW)
1 – Lucas Deffenti (Miami, Qld)
2 – Locana Cullen (Avalon, NSW)
3 – Luca Martin (Coffs Harbour, NSW)
4 – Jaggar Phillips (Maroubra, NSW)
1 – Leihani Kaloha Zoric (Byron Bay, NSW)
2 – Talia Tebb (Kincumber, NSW)
3 – Malia Watson (Tweed Heads, NSW)
4 – Henley Smith (Suffolk Park, NSW)
1 – Pheonix Talbot (Yamba, NSW)
2 – Sage Lewis (Sandy Beach, NSW)
3 – Jaya Suhendra (Byron Bay, NSW)
4 – Bali Dobson (Byron Bay, NSW)
Woodland Babies – Special Scenes Of Six Bird Species In The Capertee Valley
Published April 12, 2021 by BIBY TV
These delightful woodland “babies” (aka fledglings or juveniles) of the species Jacky Winter (Microeca fascinans), Restless Flycatcher (Myiagra inquieta), Hooded Robin (Melanodryas cucullata), White-winged Chough (Corcorax melanorhamphos), Noisy Friarbird (Philemon corniculatus) and Speckled Warbler (Pyrrholaemus sagittatus) were filmed during three visits (late November 2020, early January 2021 and early February 2021) to the stunning Capertee Valley (NSW). This geological marvel is not only Australia’s largest enclosed valley or canyon (in fact, widest in the world), it is also recognised internationally as an Important Bird Area (IBA). Fragmented or remnant Box Gum Woodland (an EEC - Endangered Ecological Community) and adjoining wilderness areas provide refuge for several threatened or declining bird species. Moreover, decades of tree-planting (largely for the critically endangered Regent Honeyeater) has extended or recreated woodland vegetation on various (often covenanted) private properties.
The filming site is one such property and one of the first in the planting program. As such, it is reaping the benefits of maturing planted trees (1995 – 2013), original woodland and open forest bordering Wollemi National Park, a magnificent old paddock tree (Yellow Box) looming over its offspring, remnant stands (e.g. on a small hill) and natural regrowth of trees, shrubs and native grasses in once denuded paddocks. The retention of standing and fallen dead timber also contributes to habitat quality. Many BIBY TV productions showcase the success of this revegetation (enter “Capertee Valley” into the search function on this channel). Again, this video is just a small window onto the way birds survive and thrive at this location. It’s particularly heartening to observe that the six species here (and many others) forage and nest in both existing and restored woodland (and often in transition zones, such as the lightly-timbered house area). The opening photo and scene at the 3.14 mark give a glimpse of relatively natural woodland, while the final photo reveals a regeneration area.
Except for the Speckled Warbler section, the footage includes parent(s) and/or carers (in the case of the communal breeders, White-winged Choughs). The starring “babies” range from recently fledged (see early Jacky Winter scenes, White-winged Chough and Noisy Friarbird) to an older juvenile that closely resembles its parents (i.e. Speckled Warbler). Most of the families had two visible offspring; only the Speckled Warbler and Noisy Friarbird seemed to be without a sibling. Five out of six families were filmed across one to three days during a specific visit (i.e. late Nov for choughs, early Feb for warbler, and early Jan for robins, flycatchers and friarbirds). Only the Jacky Winter section includes “follow-up” footage (i.e. early Jan and early Feb). We are quite sure it’s the same family because of the short walking distance between the second filming location and the nesting/fledging area. We can though happily report sightings of older juveniles of other species in subsequent months. Given the “Vulnerable” status of Hooded Robins in NSW, it was especially cheering to see at least one of the youngsters in March 2021.
Credits: Bird footage and editing – Darren Broughton; Landscapes and text – Thalia Broughton
Twelve Aged Care Consumer Peaks Propose Aged Care Reform Plan
- Immediately increase home care and home support funding; ensure a maximum 30-day wait period for home care by no later than December 2022; and implement a single Care at Home program that provides individualized care by 2023.
- Require providers to publish real-time data on staffing, quality performance, financial information, and consumer experience.
- Abolish the Aged Care Approvals Round/bed licenses and give older people control of their residential care funding and put some competitive pressure on poor providers.
- Establish an Independent Pricing Authority just for aged care.
- Initiate a program of independent Care Finders to help navigate aged care, better information and more advocacy services.
- Develop a comprehensive workforce development plan to ensure we have the right numbers and mix of better paid, better skilled, consumer-focused and continuously improving workers.
- Provide much greater support for family and friend Carers including a major increase in accessible respite care and a network of Carer Hubs,
- Require a commitment to respecting diversity throughout aged care - in standards, in training, in accountability and in access pathways and service design, inclusive of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, CALD, LGBTI and rural communities and people living with dementia, with a mandatory Diversity Framework and Action Plans.
- Provide equitable access to health services including dental care, medication reviews, mental health services, allied health, and restorative care and reablement.
- Legislate a commitment to ensuring the lived experience of older people using care services is given real weight in accreditation, reviews, quality measurement, recruitment and every aspect of the aged care system.
- Develop a funding model that grows with needs and ensures sufficient taxpayer funding, balanced with consumer contributions that are fair, sustainable and simple to understand and administer.
- Commit to a timetable detailing when reforms will be commenced and implemented, and to codesigning them with older Australians.
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Dementia Action Now – Call To Address Recommendations
- Dementia Support Pathways: An integrated and specialist service response with a single access point, that is a centralised, national telephone and online service that sits alongside My Aged Care.
- Transformed Dementia Workforce Capability: An integrated approach to build dementia capability and expertise of the aged care workforce by mandating minimum levels of dementia education. Developing dementia practice leaders will support the application of this learning as well as promote practice change. This will ensure the aged care workforce has the necessary skills, knowledge and capability to provide quality care and support to people living with dementia.
- Dementia-Friendly Design: Developing and embedding a set of robust, evidence-based and practice-informed dementia-friendly standards. This will enable physical environments that support people living with dementia to be as independent as possible.
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'I Was 44 Years Old When Diagnosed With Parkinson's Disease': Parkinson’s Awareness Month
Poor Air Quality In Australian Classrooms Detrimental To Kids' Wellbeing And Learning
“School kids aren’t just little adults...they need specific environmental conditions to be comfortable.”
“Improving indoor thermal and environmental quality is as important as improving the teaching material in the classroom.”
North Shore Parole Officers Share Their Stories In Podcast
World's Smartest Computer Recruited For Future NSW Transport
Plastic Planet: Tracking Pervasive Microplastics Across The Globe
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Disclaimer: These articles are not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of Pittwater Online News or its staff.