Inbox and Environment News: Issue 268
June 19 - 25, 2016: Issue 268
Sweet Addiction - The Botanic Story of Chocolate: Live at The Calyx
Sweet Addiction is the inaugural exhibition at The Calyx, Sydney's newest attraction. Find out more and book tickets at www.thecalyx.com.au
11 Jun 2016 - 17 Apr 2017, The Calyx, Sydney
See another side of nature and experience its stories in an unexpected way through Sweet Addiction – the botanic story of chocolate.
Sweet Addiction is the first exhibition to open in The Calyx, a world-class horticultural space and Sydney’s newest must-see attraction.
An exhibition you can taste, touch, see, hear and smell, this is an opportunity to experience chocolate like never before.
From the depths of a South American rainforest, journey through chocolate plantations, ancient history, a Lindt chocolate mill, and a delightful chocolatier room. See the awe-inspiring interior green wall – the southern hemisphere’s largest contiguous green wall complete with over 18,000 plants! And learn amazing things you never knew about chocolate.
Sweet Addiction is designed as a self-guided 45 minute experience. Suitable for chocaholics of all ages. Tickets on sale now, pre-purchase online to save!
The exhibition opens 11 June with interactive chocolate-themed events taking place throughout the exhibition period.
Watch the video to get your first taste of the exhibition.
Some history of this wonderful garden which celebrates 200 years this June is in: The Royal Botanical Garden Sydney Celebrates 200 Years in 2016
Winter trout closures begin June 14
8 June, 2016
Anglers looking to catch a trout are reminded that the June long weekend is their last opportunity in designated streams and rivers across NSW, before the fishing season closes in these waters over winter.
NSW Department of Primary Industries’ (DPI) Inland Senior Fisheries Manager, Cameron Westaway, said the annual closure will start on Tuesday 14 June and re-open in time for the October long weekend on Saturday 1 October 2016.
“This closure allows brown, rainbow and brook trout to breed uninterrupted during their annual spawning run, while also allowing trout fishers to fish during both the June and October long weekends,” Mr Westaway said.
Anglers can continue fishing for trout during the annual closure, without breaking the rules, at any of the trout dams across the State that have been stocked as part of the NSW DPI fish stocking program.
“Popular winter fishing spots include Lakes Jindabyne and Eucumbene, Oberon Dam near Bathurst, Tantangara and Talbingo Dams near Tumut and Lake Wallace and Thompson’s Creek Dam near Lithgow.
“DPI, in conjunction with local acclimatisation societies, has been stocking trout dams and rivers in NSW for many years.
“During the 2015/16 season, around 2.9 million trout were stocked in NSW waterways, consisting of approximately 2 million Rainbow Trout, 630,000 Brown Trout, 150,000 Atlantic Salmon and 110,000 Brook Trout.”
NSW DPI Director of Fisheries Compliance, Patrick Tully, said it is an offence to fish in trout streams during the closed season and fisheries officers will also be patrolling waterways across the State to ensure that fishers are adhering to the closure.
“Fishers heading to one of the trout dams this winter are reminded that they are still required to have a current NSW recreational fishing licence receipt on them at all times while fishing,” Mr Tully said.
“A combined bag limit of five and a size limit of 25cm applies for trout or salmon in all trout dams except Thompsons Creek Dam and Black Lake where the bag limit is two.”
Detailed information on the fishing rules can be found at or in the 2016-17 NSW Freshwater Fishing Guide which is available in hard copy from DPI Fisheries offices and most bait and tackle stores.
- Reduced water supply to important springs of the Great Artesian Basin
- Cumulative impacts on groundwater pressures
- Impacts from wastewater discharge into the Dawson River
- Changes to groundwater and surface water quality
Camden Gasfields Petition
AGL still have 96 coal seam gas production wells in South Western Sydney, surrounding Camden, some between 40m - 200m from family homes and schools.
While the Eastern suburbs, electorates for Mike Baird and Malcolm Turnbull MP, have zero.
As the largest growth center in Sydney there are current plans to build 35,000 new homes as close as 20m from AGLs existing coal seam gas wells.
AGL plans to stop all production in this area by 2023. This is not acceptable. These families do not deserve 7 more years of these horrific health effects. 35,000 new homes in the same area is a health epidemic in the making.
Australian Mothers-Against-Gas started this petition with a single signature, now they need more support to help protect Camden and shut down those wells NOW.
- $43 million over four years for housing supports through Start Safely providing
- short to medium-term financial help for people escaping domestic and family violence who are at risk of homelessness
- $34 million over four years for the Women’s Domestic Violence and Court Advocacy Program, and an additional $6.3 million over four years to meet unmet demand to respond to police referrals. This investment will ensure victims and their families can continue to receive comprehensive support through the justice system
- $25 million over four years for Staying Home Leaving Violence so women and children can stay safely in their own home or a home of their choice.
- $15 million over four years for NGO-led community based perpetrator interventions, including $8 million in new funding, to change behaviour
- $13 million over four years for Victims Services to pilot new responses for male victims such as gay men, or fathers and sons suffering family violence, through expert NGO support.
- Shoreline positions measured remotely every 30 minutes by the of Narrabeen-Collaroy coastal imaging station;
- Airborne LiDAR surveys at 20 critical and sites located between Sydney and Coffs Harbour (undertaken four days prior to storm by the UNSW School of Aviation);
- High-density UAV (drone) point-cloud data of the entire Narrabeen-Collaroy embayment, including the dunes and beach face;
- RTK-GPS cross-shore profiles at long-term monitoring locations (Narrabeen-Collaroy, Bilgola, Mona Vale and Dee Why);
- Three-dimensional survey of the entire Narrabeen Collaroy embayment using an All-Terrain-Vehicle mounted with RTK-GPS;
- High-frequency LiDAR scans of a single transect located in front of the Flight Deck Building at Narrabeen;Offshore bathymetry measurements using a jet-ski at Narrabeen-Collaroy, Bilgola and
- Mona Vale beaches (undertaken by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage); and
- Nearshore deployment of WRL’s mini waverider buoy by OEH in 10m water depth in front of the Flight Deck Building at Collaroy.
- Home Visiting to Mothers and Babies ($4 million over four years) for nurse home visiting to improve child development and assist with the co-ordinated care of vulnerable and at-risk families.
- Early childhood services ($2 million seed funding) to improve opportunities for children in social housing to access early childhood education and services as pre-school years are critical for a child’s well-being and school readiness.
- Scholarships ($3.2 million over four years) to extend the scholarships program for Year 12 students to students also entering Year 10 and provide mentoring and support services to scholarship recipients. These scholarships aim to improve student’s access to higher education as children from low socio-economic backgrounds are only one third as likely as children from higher socio-economic backgrounds to go onto higher education.
- Pathways to Jobs (more than $4 million over four years) will assist about 1100 disadvantaged social housing job seekers with a specialised jobs service providing free, voluntary and individualised service.
- Careers in Caring ($1.2 million over four years) for 150 social housing tenants to receive tailored training, support and work places in the community, disability and aged care sectors.
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