Inbox and Environment News: Issue 379

October 14 - 20, 2018: Issue 379

The Great Anti-Fracking Bus Trip 2018

The NT Govt has released half of the Territory for CSG - it's a toxic disaster! 

We are helping to get pastoralists and indigenous owners on a bus trip to SE Qld. and the Pilliga to see first hand what fracking does to farmland, water and country, and to hear from land owners and farmers there what a disaster it is. 

This Chuffed fundraiser is to help cover the cost of fuel and cabin accommodation for the 10 days they will be on the road. You can donate directly, and you can bid on stuff in some Facebook Auctions coming up. Any amount helps.

AND can you please invite your friends to the Facebook page HERE too. It's as much about raising awareness as it is about raising money. Tell everyone - NO FRACKING OUR LAND OR WATER!

Dick & Bron Clarke

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The Results Are In: Narrabri Wants Renewable Energy, Not CSG

October 11, 2018: Media Release
The North West Alliance and Lock the Gate have released the results of door-to-door surveys in Narrabri showing an overwhelming majority of people in favour of renewable energy compared to less than a third that want CSG.

The door-knocking took place from July to September, knocking on 2,300 doors and collecting survey responses from 840 people.

The results of the survey show overwhelming positivity in Narrabri towards renewable energy and considerable concern about coal seam gas:
  • Asked if they support renewable energy as a way to provide long-term jobs for Narrabri 97% of people answered “yes!”
  • Asked if they were in favour of the proposed 850 well coal seam gasfield in the Pilliga, only 28% of people said they were in favour
  • More than half, 52%, of people surveyed were opposed to the gasfield and 20% were unsure
  • 55% of the people surveyed said they were very or somewhat concerned about the gasfield and only 24% said they were not concerned
Sally Hunter, Narrabri farmer and member of People for the Plains said:

“It was so worthwhile to speak to the people of Narrabri about their attitudes to renewable energy and coal seam gas and discover the town is far more excited by renewables than CSG.

“We’re excited too: we want the jobs and prosperity that renewable energy can bring Narrabri without the pollution and water depletion that CSG will bring."

Jane Judd, Lock the Gate North West regional coordinator said:

“A report commissioned by Lock the Gate earlier this year revealed that the huge renewable energy potential of Narrabri Shire can create more numerous and more lasting jobs than CSG offers, without sucking up huge volumes of water and risking serious environmental harm.

“Though this is just a snapshot, we think our survey results indicate that Narrabri people want jobs, but not at the expense of the water that is the lifeblood of our region. Luckily for all of us, we don’t have to choose between one or the other: we can stop the Narrabri gasfield and embrace the jobs that renewable energy can bring.”

Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change Releases Report

8 October 2018: Media release - The Hon. Melissa Price MP, Minister for the Environment
The Australian Government will consider the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s report as part of our ongoing review of our country’s contribution to global action on climate change.

The Morrison Government is committed to the Paris Agreement and takes its international obligations seriously.

While Australia contributes only around one per cent of global emissions, we will deliver on our commitment to reduce emissions by 26 to 28 per cent of 2005 levels by 2030.

Australia’s emissions intensity is at its lowest level for 28 years.

The report was requested by parties to the Paris Agreement, including Australia, to provide the IPCC’s assessment of the latest available science on impacts of a 1.5°C global warming scenario (on pre-industrial levels) compared with a 2°C scenario.

The 600 page report covers all aspects of climate change policy, including the science, impacts and mitigation and we will consider its detail carefully.

We’re particularly concerned about the implications for coral reefs, with the report finding climate change will impact reefs across the world, including Australia.

More than ever this report shows the necessity of the Morrison Government’s $444 million investment in the Great Barrier Reef’s management.

Our investment will specifically address key areas for action identified by the Reef 2050 Plan.

I want to reassure Australians that, in the International Year of the Reef, the Morrison Government prioritises action over words. International efforts to reduce global climate change, combined with action at national and local levels to build the resilience of the Reef by reducing impacts, is the best insurance for protecting the Reef.

IPCC Reports are designed to inform policy makers, but without being policy prescriptive. The Australian Delegation at the meeting in Korea consisted of officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Department of the Environment and Energy.

Butler And Price Show Major Parties Are Addicted To Coal And Can’t Tackle The Climate Emergency: Greens

October 9, 2018: Media Release
Greens Co-Deputy Leader and spokesperson on climate change and energy Adam Bandt MP today said that the response of Labor and Liberal to the IPCC’s Special Report on 1.5 degrees demonstrates that they are incapable of implementing policies that will bring about the ‘rapid and far reaching’ transition required to decarbonise the economy. Their reluctance to commit to clear policy action demonstrates that business as usual under Liberal and Labor is a death sentence for the planet.

This morning on Radio National, Labor’s shadow climate change minister, Mark Butler, refused to commit Labor to a coal phase out, instead discussing trends in the domestic and international thermal coal market. When interviewed on AM the Coalition’s Environment Minister, Melissa Price, admitted she had not read the whole IPCC report and stated she was “very comfortable we’re going to meet the 2030 [Paris] target”, despite running a defence for coal-fired power, having no policies to reduce emissions and with advice from her own department indicating we are set to miss our target by between 868-934 MtCO₂e.

Labor and Liberal are ignoring the science. If we don’t end their addiction to coal, we’re stuffed,” said Mr Bandt.

“Instead of moving to a war-footing on climate change, their prescription is for more of the same.

“The political leadership of our country is paralysed.

Melissa Price’s interview was a trainwreck because the Liberals don’t accept the science. It shows what happens when you install a former mining executive as Environment Minister.

“She hasn’t had her new job for very long, and she won’t hold onto it for much longer if she continues to ignore the science and mislead the Australian public.

Labor tries to talk big on renewables but they won’t phase out coal exports, which cause more global warming pollution than the rest of the economy.

“The Greens are the only party with the policies capable of implementing the rapid and far reaching transitions required to limit global warming.

“Even after the scientists have given us our final warning, Labor and Liberal still refuse to quit coal.”

Greens environment spokesperson Sarah Hanson-Young said Australia needs an environment minister who puts the environment first.

“It is a disgrace that Melissa Price is spruiking coal when we know what lasting, irreversible damage it does to the environment. She must be the most anti-environment environment minister Australia has had,” Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.  

“Our Environment Minister can plant all the trees she likes, but it won’t offset the damage to the planet of digging up and burning more coal.

“If Melissa Price is our advocate for the environment in the Morrison Government, there is little hope protecting and sustaining our environment will ever be a priority.

“Rather than looking for excuses we need an Environment Minister and Government that takes the warning of the IPCC seriously and is committed to reducing carbon pollution.”

IPCC Report: 45% By 2030 - Zero By 2050

The report finds that limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require "rapid and far-reaching" transitions in land, energy, industry, buildings, transport, and cities. Global net human-caused emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) would need to fall by about 45 percent from 2010 levels by 2030, reaching 'net zero' around 2050.

More and link to report below.

Adani Fails To Pay For 12.5 Billion Litres Of Queensland Water

October 10, 2018
Lock the Gate says Adani’s failure to pay $18.5 million owed for water license should trigger the Queensland Government to cancel the licence.

In response to a question on notice in parliament Natural Resource Minister Anthony Lynham confirmed Adani did not pay for its license to take 12.5 billion litres of water from the Suttor River by the 1st July 2018 due date, and has in fact been granted a 12-month extension.

“Despite drought conditions the Queensland Government are continuing to give preferential treatment to Adani, essentially giving them an option on the water even though they haven’t paid for the licence” said Mackay Conservation Group Spokesperson, Maggie McKeown.

“The Queensland Government have always said they would hold Adani to the highest standards and strictest conditions, yet they seem unable to hold Adani to account when it comes to paying its way” said Lock the Gate spokesperson Ellie Smith.

“Adani continues to claim they are on track to start this mine and blame others for their delays and yet they are unwilling to invest $18.5m to sure up the water needed for the mine.

“The Queensland government should never have granted our water to Adani and now it has this chance to cancel the licence, it must act swiftly to do so.” said Ellie Smith.

Question on Notice detailing the Queensland Government giving Adani a 12-month extension to pay here.

More Than 21,000 Submissions Supported Sydney Marine Park With Sanctuary Zones

October 4, 2018: Media Release
At least 21,000 submissions to the Berejiklian government’s Sydney Marine Park consultation support the original plan to protect at least 2.4% of coastal waters between Newcastle and Wollongong in sanctuary zones. [1]

“We now know the full scale of the Berejiklian government’s betrayal,” Sydney Marine Park Campaigner Sharnie Connell said.

“The voices of at least 21,000 marine park supporters were effectively silenced when Gladys Berejiklian’s government ruled out sanctuary zones in the park.

“The government backflipped on its own proposal before the public had a say and the official community consultation had run its course.

“With the final announcement expected soon, the government has a last chance to listen to the community and include sanctuary zones in the park.

“If the final design lacks sanctuary zones, it can’t be called a marine park and the consultation process will have been a sham.”

Ms Connell said the backflip on marine sanctuaries ignored the science, the community consultation process, and the wishes of coastal locals.

“With less than 1% of the region’s coasts and oceans protected, our marine wildlife desperately needs these sanctuaries, just like we have national parks on land,” she said.

“NSW has successful marine parks with sanctuaries along other parts of the coast that have brought fish populations back to life and attracted tourists from around the world.”

The 21,000 submissions in support of a Sydney Marine Park with sanctuary zones is consistent with polling conducted in August that showed overwhelming support for increased protections for marine life in the waters from Newcastle to Wollongong.

ReachTEL poll found public support for a Sydney Marine Park ranged between 83% in Manly, 76% in Coogee, and 75% Gosford and Terrigal.

The poll also found people were more likely to vote for candidates who supported increased marine protections and vote against the government if it backflipped on the Sydney Marine Park proposal.

[1] The figure was collated by conservation groups who monitored submissions made by marine park supporters during the six-week consultation process, which ended September 27.

Aussie Backyard Bird Count: 22-28 October 2018 

Save the date — the Aussie Backyard Bird Count is back from 22-28 October 2018.

The #AussieBirdCount is a great way to connect with the birds in your backyard, no matter where your backyard might be — a suburban backyard, a local park, a patch of forest, a farm, down by the beach, or the main street of town.

To take part all you need is 20 minutes and your favourite outdoor space. Not only will you be contributing to BirdLife Australia's knowledge of Aussie birds, but there are also some great prizes on offer. Head to the website and register as a Counter today!
If you’ve taken part before and are registered for this year why not introduce someone else to the wonderful world of birding through this easy, fun, all-ages event? And if you're a teacher, check out our Bird Count curriculum-based lesson plans to get your students (or the whole school!) involved.

If you have questions about the Aussie Backyard Bird Count, please head to our FAQ page, where you’ll find more information about registering, participating, and troubleshooting.

28 days to go — and counting!

Restoration And Rehabilitation Grants  Now Open 

October 11, 2018: Media Release
Member for Manly James Griffin announced today that applications for grants under the NSW Environment Trust’s Restoration and Rehabilitation Program are open for community and government organisations to create more sustainable management of environmental assets and services. 

“I am passionate about our environment and this is a huge opportunity for local community organisations to secure funding to improve our local environment. This historic program has run for more than 25 years and will deliver long term outcomes for our local environment here on the Northern Beaches,” Mr Griffin said. 

“These grants enable community organisations and Council to further protect, conserve and restore our valuable natural environment by implementing local or regional on-ground projects.

“We want to enhance how this is done by facilitating the development of environmental expertise and partnerships between the community, government and industry. 

“Without these grants, the community would not have the ability to implement the volume of vital sustainability activities such as bush regeneration, weed management, revegetation, vertebrate pest management, fencing, erosion control, formalisation of tracks, and capacity building, to signage and educational resources.” 

Under the Program, $4,000,000 will be made available for grants across two funding streams, which include:
  • Community projects totalling $2,000,000; and
  • Government projects totalling $2,000,000.
Individual grants of up to $100,000 will be offered under the program.

Applications close on 3 December 2018. 

The program is a contestable grants program, therefore applications received will be assessed on merit by an independent technical committee. 

Merit is based on clear assessment criteria set out in the Program Guidelines. Successful applications will be approved by the Trust in May 2019. The Program is funded by the NSW Environment Trust within the Office of Environment and Heritage. 

For information on how to apply for a grant, visit:

As Experts Warn About Warming Beyond 1.5 Degrees, NSW Government Pushes Forward With Bylong Coal Mine

October 09, 2018: Media Release
Community groups have slammed the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DoPE) for recommending a new thermal coal mine should proceed on the very same day that the IPCC warned the world needed to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees.

The department has recommended that the destructive, foreign-owned Bylong coal mine near Mudgee can proceed, despite a new assessment identifying state significant heritage values on the site where mining is proposed.

An independent expert report on the heritage values released yesterday by the department concluded that:
  1. The Bylong Valley generally had state significant heritage values as a scenic landscape on the western side of the World-heritage listed Blue Mountains
  2. The Tarwyn Park property in particular had state significant heritage values as the site of the first and longest running application of Natural Sequence Farming in Australia
Despite this report, the DoPE suggested only minor amendments to the mine plan rather than rejecting the mine outright.  The proposal will now go to the Independent Planning Commission for a final determination.

“The recommendation to proceed with the Bylong mine shows the NSW Government is completely missing in action on climate change just as the IPCC warns warming beyond 1.5 degrees risks catastrophic heat and disruption” said Lock the Gate spokesperson Carmel Flint.

“Not only will this mine put the climate at risk, but new research shows it will take South Korean mining giant KEPCO one step closer to destroying a magnificent valley with state significant heritage values.

“The Department of Planning and Environment has cherry-picked the expert heritage information and moved only to amend the mine plan slightly, when it’s clear the mine should have been rejected outright.

“Equally worrying is that there is no new information on Aboriginal cultural heritage impacts provided by the department, even though the Independent Planning Commission previously stated that further investigation was needed.  

“This mine will only proceed with the backing of the NSW Government, who at every step have allowed it to progress through the planning process despite the obvious and unacceptable risks it poses to farmland, water and heritage.

“We’re calling on the NSW Premier to come and meet local landholders and visit the site as a matter of urgency and then to take firm action to end this dangerous mining proposal” she said.

Quotes from the Hector Abrahams Architects independent report on heritage values:

“Tarwyn Park and its setting are substantial components in the Bylong Scenic Landscape, one of a group of scenic landscapes traversing the Great Dividing Range which are distinctive to the New South Wales landscape. The Bylong Valley is one of the many valleys of different sizes but consistent geology that together form the western side of the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains, and contribute to its scenic values. (State level significance)

Tarwyn Park is the site of the first and longest running application of Natural Sequence Farming in Australia, and is the basis for all subsequent implementations of the technique. As one of a small number of prominent experimental agricultural practices to gain scientific interest and popular appeal since 1938, Tarwyn Park is significant in the history of Australia's technological advancements in agriculture. (State level significance).

Nature Writing Prize 2019

Calling all nature writers!
The Nature Conservancy Australia is delighted to open the fifth biennial Nature Writing Prize.

The winner of the best essay (3,000 – 5,000 words) in the genre of ‘Writing of Place’ will receive a $5,000 award and will be published as an online multimedia essay by Griffith Review – Australia’s leading literary quarterly publication.

The prize will go to an Australian writer whose entry is judged to be of the highest literary merit and which best explores their relationship and interaction with some aspect of the Australian landscape.

Entry costs $30.00. The deadline for submissions is 1 February 2019 and the winner will be announced in May 2019. The prize is open to Australian citizens and permanent residents. 

Koalas In NSW Are Losing Their Homes

They’re losing their homes to excessive tree-clearing and if we don’t act soon, koalas could be extinct in NSW as early as 2050. Due to weakened laws, tree-clearing has tripled in the past two years, resulting in the destruction of the homes of more than 240 native species. 

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Newport Community Garden: Working Bee Second Sunday Of The Month

Newport Community Gardens Inc. is a not for profit incorporated association. The garden is in Woolcott Reserve.

Local Northern Beaches residents creating sustainable gardens in public spaces
Strengthening the local community, improving health and reconnecting with nature
To establish ecologically sustainable gardens for the production of vegetables, herbs, fruit and companion plants within Pittwater area 
To enjoy and forge friendships through shared gardening.
Membership is open to all Community members willing to participate in establishing gardens and growing sustainable food.
Subscription based paid membership.
We meet at the garden between 9am – 12 noon
New members welcome

For enquiries contact

Summary For Policymakers Of IPCC Special Report On Global Warming Of 1.5°C  Approved By Governments

Incheon, Republic of Korea, October 8 – IPCC
Limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society, the IPCC said in a new assessment. With clear benefits to people and natural ecosystems, limiting global warming to 1.5°C compared to 2°C could go hand in hand with ensuring a more sustainable and equitable society, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said on Monday. 
The Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C was approved by the IPCC on Saturday in Incheon, Republic of Korea. It will be a key scientific input into the Katowice Climate Change Conference in Poland in December, when governments review the Paris Agreement to tackle climate change. 
"With more than 6,000 scientific references cited and the dedicated contribution of thousands of expert and government reviewers worldwide, this important report testifies to the breadth and policy relevance of the IPCC," said Hoesung Lee, Chair of the IPCC. 
Ninety-one authors and review editors from 40 countries prepared the IPCC report in response to an invitation from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) when it adopted the Paris Agreement in 2015. 
The report's full name is Global Warming of 1.5°C, an IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty. 
"One of the key messages that comes out very strongly from this report is that we are already seeing the consequences of 1°C of global warming through more extreme weather, rising sea levels and diminishing Arctic sea ice, among other changes," said Panmao Zhai, Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group I. 
The report highlights a number of climate change impacts that could be avoided by limiting global warming to 1.5°C compared to 2°C, or more. For instance, by 2100, global sea level rise would be 10 cm lower with global warming of 1.5°C compared with 2°C. The likelihood of an Arctic Ocean free of sea ice in summer would be once per century with global warming of 1.5°C, compared with at least once per decade with 2°C. Coral reefs would decline by 70-90 percent with global warming of 1.5°C, whereas virtually all (> 99 percent) would be lost with 2°C. 
"Every extra bit of warming matters, especially since warming of 1.5°C or higher increases the risk associated with long-lasting or irreversible changes, such as the loss of some ecosystems," said Hans-Otto Pörtner, Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group II. 
Limiting global warming would also give people and ecosystems more room to adapt and remain below relevant risk thresholds, added Pörtner. The report also examines pathways available to limit warming to 1.5°C, what it would take to achieve them and what the consequences could be. "The good news is that some of the kinds of actions that would be needed to limit global warming to 1.5°C are already underway around the world, but they would need to accelerate," said Valerie Masson-Delmotte, Co-Chair of Working Group I. 
The report finds that limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require "rapid and far-reaching" transitions in land, energy, industry, buildings, transport, and cities. Global net human-caused emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) would need to fall by about 45 percent from 2010 levels by 2030, reaching 'net zero' around 2050. This means that any remaining emissions would need to be balanced by removing CO2 from the air. 
"Limiting warming to 1.5°C is possible within the laws of chemistry and physics but doing so would require unprecedented changes," said Jim Skea, Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group III. 
Allowing the global temperature to temporarily exceed or 'overshoot' 1.5°C would mean a greater reliance on techniques that remove CO2 from the air to return global temperature to below 1.5°C by 2100. The effectiveness of such techniques are unproven at large scale and some may carry significant risks for sustainable development, the report notes. 
"Limiting global warming to 1.5°C compared with 2°C would reduce challenging impacts on ecosystems, human health and well-being, making it easier to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals," said Priyardarshi Shukla, Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group III. 
"The decisions we make today are critical in ensuring a safe and sustainable world for everyone, both now and in the future", said Debra Roberts, Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group II. 
"This report gives policymakers and practitioners the information they need to make decisions that tackle climate change while considering local context and people's needs. The next few years are probably the most important in our history," she said. 
The IPCC is the leading world body for assessing the science related to climate change, its impacts and potential future risks, and possible response options. 
The report was prepared under the scientific leadership of all three IPCC working groups. Working Group I assesses the physical science basis of climate change; Working Group II addresses impacts, adaptation and vulnerability; and Working Group III deals with the mitigation of climate change. 
The Paris Agreement adopted by 195 nations at the 21st Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC in December 2015 included the aim of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change by "holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels." 
As part of the decision to adopt the Paris Agreement, the IPCC was invited to produce, in 2018, a Special Report on global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways. The IPCC accepted the invitation, adding that the Special Report would look at these issues in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty. 
Global Warming of 1.5°C is the first in a series of Special Reports to be produced in the IPCC's Sixth Assessment Cycle. Next year the IPCC will release the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate, and Climate Change and Land, which looks at how climate change affects land use. 
The Summary for Policymakers (SPM) presents the key findings of the Special Report, based on the assessment of the available scientific, technical and socio-economic literature relevant to global warming of 1.5°C. 
The Summary for Policymakers of the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C (SR15) is available at or
Key statistics of the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C 
91 authors from 44 citizenships and 40 countries of residence
- 14 Coordinating Lead Authors (CLAs)
- 60 Lead authors (LAs)
- 17 Review Editors (REs) 
133 Contributing authors (CAs)
Over 6,000 cited references
A total of 42,001 expert and government review comments
(First Order Draft 12,895; Second Order Draft 25,476; Final Government Draft: 3,630) 
The Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 °Cknown as SR15, is being prepared in response to an invitation from the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in December 2015, when they reached the Paris Agreement, and will inform the Talanoa Dialogue at the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24). The Talanoa Dialogue will take stock of the collective efforts of Parties in relation to progress towards the long-term goal of the Paris Agreement, and to inform the preparation of nationally determined contributions. Details of the report, including the approved outline, can be found on the report page. The report was prepared under the joint scientific leadership of all three IPCC Working Groups, with support from the Working Group I Technical Support Unit. 
What is the IPCC? 
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the UN body for assessing the science related to climate change. It was established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in 1988 to provide policymakers with regular scientific assessments concerning climate change, its implications and potential future risks, as well as to put forward adaptation and mitigation strategies. It has 195 member states. 
IPCC assessments provide governments, at all levels, with scientific information that they can use to develop climate policies. IPCC assessments are a key input into the international negotiations to tackle climate change. IPCC reports are drafted and reviewed in several stages, thus guaranteeing objectivity and transparency. 
The IPCC assesses the thousands of scientific papers published each year to tell policymakers what we know and don't know about the risks related to climate change. The IPCC identifies where there is agreement in the scientific community, where there are differences of opinion, and where further research is needed. It does not conduct its own research. 
To produce its reports, the IPCC mobilizes hundreds of scientists. These scientists and officials are drawn from diverse backgrounds. Only a dozen permanent staff work in the IPCC's Secretariat. 
The IPCC has three working groups: Working Group I, dealing with the physical science basis of climate change; Working Group II, dealing with impacts, adaptation and vulnerability; and Working Group III, dealing with the mitigation of climate change. It also has a Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories that develops methodologies for measuring emissions and removals. 
IPCC Assessment Reports consist of contributions from each of the three working groups and a Synthesis Report. Special Reports undertake an assessment of cross-disciplinary issues that span more than one working group and are shorter and more focused than the main assessments. 
Sixth Assessment Cycle 
At its 41st Session in February 2015, the IPCC decided to produce a Sixth Assessment Report (AR6). At its 42nd Session in October 2015 it elected a new Bureau that would oversee the work on this report and Special Reports to be produced in the assessment cycle. At its 43rd Session in April 2016, it decided to produce three Special Reports, a Methodology Report and AR6. 
The Methodology Report to refine the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories will be delivered in 2019. Besides Global Warming of 1.5°C, the IPCC will finalize two further special reports in 2019: the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate and Climate Change and Land: an IPCC special report on climate change, desertification, land degradation, sustainable land management, food security, and greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems. The AR6 Synthesis Report will be finalized in the first half of 2022, following the three working group contributions to AR6 in 2021. 

Urban Tree Canopy Plan Now On Public Exhibition: 100 Thousand Trees Planned

Plan To Protect And Enhance Northern Beaches’ Precious Urban Tree Canopy

Friday September 28, 2018: From Northern Beaches Council

Over 100,000 new trees planted on Council land, an iconic tree register and tools to encourage more trees on private property are key actions in Council’s first draft Urban Tree Canopy Plan now on public exhibition.

The draft Plan outlines the strategic directions and guiding principles for the management of trees across the Northern Beaches over the next five years.

Northern Beaches Mayor, Michael Regan said the four strategic directions of the draft Plan provide a comprehensive and cohesive approach to sustaining the future of our urban trees over the next five years by:

  • protecting existing urban trees;
  • maintaining the Northern Beaches’ existing urban tree canopy cover;
  • improving tree diversity and health; and 
  • by motivating, inspiring and supporting the community to protect and enhance our urban trees.

“It’s very exciting to have this plan fast tracked and ready for community comment. Similar strategies had been in development under the former Councils but what a great outcome of amalgamation that our tree canopy can now be managed in a coordinated way across the whole of the Northern Beaches area,” said Mayor Regan.

“We are in an enviable position of being one of the few areas within the Sydney Metropolitan area with canopy coverage greater than 50 percent, at 64.2 percent. Many council areas in Sydney have less than 20 percent urban canopy.

“There are, however, increased demands upon the Northern Beaches environment as more residents and businesses seek to call the Northern Beaches home.

“The plan details how we will implement an aggressive tree planting program on council owned land of at least 5,000 new trees annually, which would mean 100,000 over the next twenty years. 

“We’ll introduce an iconic tree register and ensure that any mature tree that has to be removed due to poor health or for unavoidable operation reasons will be offset by planting at least two more.

“The immediate focus will be on collating accurate baseline data to allow us to monitor the actions of the plan and ultimately measure how successful we are in protecting and maintaining a healthy and diverse canopy cover.

“Engaging our community in protecting and enhancing our urban trees will also be a critical factor in achieving the objectives of the Urban Tree Canopy Plan. 

“I encourage community feedback on the draft Plan and look forward to more ideas from the community,” Mayor Regan said. 

The success and progress of the all the actions listed in the plan will be reviewed annually.

The draft Northern Beaches Urban Tree Canopy Plan is available at

How Can You Be Involved?

We have developed an Urban Tree Canopy Plan (draft) as part of our commitment to greening the Northern Beaches.

Have Your Say

Make an online submission

Attend a drop in session

  • Manly Town Hall forecourt - Wed 24 Oct - 12pm - 1pm
  • Glen Street Theatre - Thu 1 Nov - 12pm - 1pm
  • Mona Vale Library lane - Thu 8 Nov - 12pm - 1pm
  • Dee Why Beach, The Strand - Wed 14 Nov - 12pm - 1pm

Make a written submission: CEO, Northern Beaches Council, PO Box 1655, Manly, NSW 2099, marked “Urban Tree Canopy Plan 2018”

Submissions close Thursday 15 November 2018

Gromtag Australian Series To Kick-Off At Dee Why Beach

9th October 2018: Media Release – from Global Surftag
Boardriding Clubs from all over Australia will have the chance to compete for an Under 18's Australian Title for the first time with the Sydney based Gromtag event expanding into a National Series.

Qualifying events will be held at Dee Why, Duranbah and North Cronulla Beaches with the Gromtag Australian Championships being held at Curl Curl Beach, Sydney in November. More than fifty Boardriding Clubs are expected to compete for the inaugural Gromtag Australian Title with $15,000 prize money on offer.

2018 Gromtag Australian Series
1. Beach Burrito Northern Beaches Gromtag
Sunday 14th October, Dee Why Beach, Sydney
2. Perfect Wave Surf Experience QLD & Northern NSW Gromtag
Saturday 27th October, Duranbah Beach, Tweed Heads
3. Triple Bull Cronulla Gromtag
Saturday 10th November, North Cronulla Beach, Sydney
4. Gromtag Australian Championships & Trials
Saturday 24th November, Curl Curl Beach, Sydney

Gromtag was first held in 2004 at Queenscliff Beach, Sydney with Maroubra United finishing on top. North Narrabeen (NN) won back-to-back Titles in 2007 and 2008 with Elouera going back to back in 2012 and 2013.  Over the years Gromtag has attracted teams from outside of Sydney with Boardriding Clubs travelling from Newcastle, Central Coast and the South Coast of NSW to compete.

Global Surftag Managing Director Steve Harrison is looking forward to seeing the next generation of surfers competing for their local Boardriding Club, "The Gromtag event has seen more and more clubs enter every year and with so many junior surfers joining Boardriding Clubs all around Australia the time is right to expand", Harrison said. "It's a rare opportunity to be selected and represent your club so it will be great to see all the juniors competing for an Australian Title and to crown the best club".

With the top five surfers representing each Boardriding Club the series will see all types of surfers hitting the waves with the countries best juniors surfing alongside and against the next crop of underground grommets.

Fifteen-year-old North Steyne surfer Saxon Reber is making his way through the ranks and was one of the top performers at the recent Lifeline High School Surf Challenge, "I'm really excited and can't wait to surf with a great bunch of mates this weekend", Reber said. 

"It's really cool that the Gromtag has expanded into four different events and you are able to compete against different people and clubs from all around Australia, it will also be really exciting to see who wins the title".

North Steyne Boardriders finished in third position at last year's Gromtag that was won by Sandon Point Boardriders. Reber will be joined by George Pittar, Ethan Jackson, Tiaan Cronje, Axel Rose-Curotta and Eric Ellery in the North Steyne squad.

Competition will begin at 8.00am on Sunday at Dee Why Beach with last year's runners up Queenscliff Boardriders in Heat 1 against North Narrabeen and Dee Why. Also lining up in Round 1 will be North Avalon, Mona Vale, Long Reef, Merewether, Frenchman's, North Shelly and Northside Stockton. The top four teams will advance to the Australian Championships.

The Final is scheduled for 3.00pm which will be followed by the presentation at Beach Burrito Dee Why.

For the 2018 Beach Burrito Gromtag heat draw, highlight video and photo's please visit
The 2018 Gromtag Australian Series is proudly supported by Beach Burrito Company, Perfect Wave Surf Experience, Triple Bull Surf Cronulla, Joistik Surfboards, Bose, Wicks Surf and Swellnet.

Saxon Reber – North Steyne Boardriders, photo by Bernadette McAlinden


Published on 7 Oct 2018 by Australian Reptile Park
Grace is the cutest!

THE SENTIMENTAL BLOKE With The Volantinsky Quartet

Avalon Bowling Club
4 Bowling Green Lane
Avalon Beach
Sat. 17 November 2018
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Hosted by Bill Leimbach

THE SENTIMENTAL BLOKE was first screened 100 years ago this coming November. It is regarded as the supreme achievement of Australia’s Silent Film era. The heartfelt, sympathetic storytelling, its mixture of comedy with realistic Woolloomooloo backgrounds, and its Australian box office success played a major role in defining Australian national character on screen. The film is an adaptation of C.J. Dennis’ much-loved poem about an ex-convict who experiences the love of a good woman for the first time.

This newly restored copy will be presented with a live 100 minute musical accompaniment, composed and performed by The Volatinsky Quartet. The Quartet composed the music for this silent film, whose original score has long been lost. They play an exotic combination of instruments, with Russian-trained Lucy Voronov (cimbalom & hammer-dulcimer), impro-cellist Anatoli Torjinski (from Odessa), Kiev-trained mandolin/guitarist Stephen Lalor and master percussionist Jess Ciampa - all laced with the flavours of Russia, the Balkans and Australian quirky classics. They have been a headline act at WomAdelaide, Woodford and Fairbridge Festivals & their music is often heard on ABC FM.

The 100 minute film was directed by the famous Raymond Longford and the cast features the love of his life Lottie Lyell. It was lost for decades until found in a vault at New York’s Eastman Kodak, filed mistakenly as THE SENTIMENTAL BLONDE.

One of the prints made from the new negative was screened to renewed enthusiasm at the 1955 Sydney Film Festival, and its director Raymond Longford was discovered to be still alive, working as a nightwatchmen on the Sydney waterfront. The National Film and Sound Archive have allowed us this copy to celebrate its 100th anniversary.

Avalon resident, Film Producer Bill Leimbach, will introduce the film and tell some of the story behind the making of this landmark collaboration of Raymond Longford & Lottie Lyell. The film transformed Lottie into Australia's first international film star. But she also contributed to the screenplay, art direction, editing and production. The British press called their film, "The best that has been made in Australia".

Lyell and Longford went on to form a very influential and pioneering partnership, making two or three films a year - half hour pieces, totally silent. They started a relationship but Longford could not marry her as his wife Melena would not give him a divorce until 1926 – the year after Lottie Lyell died – at the age of 35.

Today the couple are remembered with a most prestigious award named in their honour, the LONGFORD LYELL AWARD - the Australian film industry's highest accolade for an individual for their "unwavering commitment over many years to excellence in the film and television industries and has, through their body of work, contributed substantially to the enrichment of Australian screen culture". Since the introduction of the award by the AFI in 1968, winners have included Peter Weir, Tim Burstall, Bud Tingwall, David Stratton, George Miller, Phillip Adams, Phillip Noyce, Jack Thompson, Geoffrey Rush and Cate Blanchett.

Avalon Bowling Club will come alive with The Volantinski Quartet on stage accompanying the 100th anniversary of the film, playing to 150 lovers of film, history and exotic music.

Leimbach said, “I saw this SENTIMENTAL BLOKE accompanied by the QUARTET at a film festival in Queensland earlier this year. Everyone had such a wonderful festive night. I approached the Quartet to ask if they could come down to NSW and do the same. They answered excitedly, they would love to - they live in Elanora Heights!"

Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity. There will be food, bar drinks and plenty of fun as we laugh and cry and dance in the memory of this great Australian achievement.