Inbox and Environment News: Issue 288

November 6 - 12, 2016: Issue 288

EPA Pilot Program Calls For Increased Use Of Construction And Demolition Waste

Media release: 1 November 2016- EPA
The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is searching for organisations that can find new ways to make use of someone else’s construction and demolition waste.

Local councils and private businesses are invited to apply for grants under a new program, the Civil Construction Market Pilot program, which works as a “matchmaker” service where waste from one project can be safely used to benefit another project.

Examples to date include pallets being made into chook bedding and timber offcuts being used to produce eco-friendly particleboard by another manufacturer.

The new Civil Construction Market Pilot program has the important goal of landfill diversion but focuses on construction and demolition (C&D) waste, with grants available to assist consultants, contractors, waste service providers and local government personnel find opportunities where construction and demolition waste, a major contributor to landfill, can be effectively used elsewhere.

For example, an EPA funded local council could source crushed concrete, crushed brick and glass fines from construction projects, and opt to recycle this material in the construction of pavements.

EPA Executive Director Waste and Resource Recovery Steve Beaman said the EPA wanted to increase the C&D industry’s take-up of recycling and reuse opportunities.

“Construction and demolition activities account for more than 6.8 million tonnes of waste in NSW each year, and more than a quarter of that is sent to landfill,” Mr Beaman said.

“This pilot program aims to divert at least 12,000 tonnes of construction and demolition waste from landfill each year by matching waste to reuse opportunities.

“The availability of these grants means councils and businesses can be more strategic in their approach to reuse and recycling, and can add landfill diversion into the early planning stages of their projects.”

The Circulate construction and demolition pilot program will run over the 2016-17 financial year across the Sydney metropolitan and regional areas. Project grants range from $20,000 to $75,000.

Applications are open for the Civil Construction Market Pilot Program, under EPA Circulate, until 25 November 2016.

More information on the pilot grant program is available online

The EPA will be hosting an information session in Sydney on Monday 14 November at 10am to provide more information about the pilot program and application process. A recording of the session will be available no later than Friday 18 November.

Venue details and link will be provided to those who register their interest via email to 

EPA Appeals For Information After Hundreds Of Birds Poisoned On The Central Coast

Media release: 2 November 2016
The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is actively continuing its investigation into the poisoning of hundreds of birds on the Central Coast and is appealing to the public to come forward with any information that may help catch the culprit.

EPA Acting Director Hunter, Ms Karen Marler said the EPA now has reports of over 250 birds, including magpies, peewees, butcher birds, currwongs and corellas, and two dogs being poisoned.

“Our latest reports of bird deaths have been primarily magpies in the Woongarrah area in mid- October. The two dogs were also impacted when they ate meat baited with the poison at Woongarrah. 

“Testing indicates the birds and dogs have been poisoned with the same pesticide, fenamiphos. This pesticide is not readily available to the public. 

“Meat laced with the poison has been tossed onto the ground for animals to ingest. It is very distressing that anyone could be so malicious, to harm native wildlife and also endanger pets in this way. 

“The misuse of pesticides is an offence in NSW and heavy penalties apply, including fines up to $120,000.

“The EPA has received a number of leads and we thank those people who have come forward with information. We have not yet been able to identify the person responsible.

“We are again appealing for people to come forward with any information which may assist. We are particularly interested in hearing from the owner of the dark coloured Ford Ranger ute seen in the vicinity of Highberry Street, Woongarrah on Saturday 24 September to assist with our enquiries.” 

If anyone has any information that may assist the EPA please contact our Environment Line on 131555.

Middle Head Masterplan Open For Consultation

Media release: 2 November 2016
The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is encouraging people to have their say on a draft masterplan that will guide the management of the beautiful Middle Head and Georges Head  precinct, Sydney National Park into the future.

Regional Manager Peter Hay said the masterplan looks to the future use of buildings at Middle Head and looks to improve visitor facilities including link tracks, parking and interpretation.

“We are encouraging everyone with an interest in this unique and beautiful site to have their say from the 3 November until the 16 December 2016,” Mr Hay said.

“NPWS has worked closely with the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust (SHFT) in the preparation of the masterplan.

“The SHFT will be exhibiting its Middle Head Management Plan at the same time so that people can see what is proposed for the headland as a whole.”

To date, NPWS has run a number of consultative sessions with the community and key stakeholders including a joint planning and information day with SHFT.

Mr Hay said a key focus of the Masterplan was the importance of continuing the Harbour Scenic Walk through Middle Head and Georges Head.

“Master planning is an important part of how we manage our reserve system and we want as many people as possible to get involved and tell us what they think,” Mr Hay said.

Copies of the Master plan can be found at:

• Office of Environment and Heritage, Level 14, 59-61 Goulburn Street, Sydney NSW 2000
• NPWS Harbour Office, Cnr Middle Head Road and Old Forts Road, Mosman 2088
• Harbour Trust Office, Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, Building 28, Best Avenue, Mosman NSW 2088
• Mosman Council, Mosman Square, Spit Junction, Mosman NSW 2088
• Mosman Council Library, Library Walk, 605 Military Rd Mosman NSW 2088

For more information and to have your say visit:

Middle Head Management Plan (Draft Amendment 2)

Date published: 03 November 2016 by Sydney Harbour Federation Trust
Invitation for public comment
The Harbour Trust has prepared a Draft Amendment to the Middle Head Management Plan to guide the revitalisation and management of Middle Head – Headland Park, Mosman.

The Draft Amendment to the Management Plan is on public exhibition from 3 November 2016 to 16 December 2016. Comments are invited until 5.00pm AEST, on Friday 16 December 2016.

The Sydney Harbour Federation Trust is asking people for their feedback on the Draft Amendment to its Middle Head Management Plan (Draft Plan), which went on public exhibition today.

Harbour Trust Acting Executive Director Dr Susan Culverston said one of the main aims of the Draft Plan, which is open for public comment from Thursday 3 November to Friday 16 December, was to include more information about coordinated management of the natural environment with the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS).

“We have worked closely with NPWS in the preparation of our Draft Plan. Both agencies want to improve public access to the headland by establishing a connected network of paths.

“Our Draft Plan proposes creating an accessible circuit path around the Harbour Trust’s Middle Head precinct, which will link up with the NPWS walking tracks.

Dr Culverston said that extensive community consultation had played an important role in the preparation of the Draft Plan for Middle Head.

“We were pleased with the very positive response to our joint community consultation activities with over 800 responses to the survey conducted earlier this year.

“We are now looking forward to seeing this strong community engagement with the site and the ideas for its future continue through this public exhibition process.

“We’re also hosting a drop-in session at our office on Thursday 17 November from 1-7pm where you can view our Draft Plan and speak with our planners,” Dr Culverston said.

Please click here for more information about the Draft Amendment how to provide your comments.

Clean Air For NSW Consultation Paper

Have your say on how we can improve air quality across NSW
The Clean Air for NSW Consultation Paper presents a proposed approach and actions for government to meet its goal of improving average air quality results across NSW. The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is seeking community and stakeholder feedback on whether you think NSW is proposing the right actions to improve air quality.

Your submission can assist us in finalising Clean Air for NSW and improving air quality and public health.

Key questions to consider:

  1. Do you have any comments on the proposed actions in the Clean Air for NSW Consultation Paper to improve air quality? (Please use headings to identify each action)
  2. Are there other issues and actions that Clean Air for NSW should cover?
  3. How do you want to be informed about and involved in improving air quality?
  4. Do you have any other comments or ideas on improving air quality in NSW?
Please include headings for specific actions where appropriate throughout your submission.

Make sure you include the following information at the top of your submission:

  • First name 
  • Last name
  • Organisation you represent (if applicable)
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • Postcode
Submit your feedback by Friday 20 January 2017

Email your comments to: 

Post your submission to:
EPA Air Policy
PO Box A290
Sydney South, NSW 1232

The EPA is committed to transparent processes and open access to information. The EPA may draw upon the contents of the submissions and quote from them or refer to them in publications. The EPA will treat the submission as public unless you indicate that you wish your submission to remain confidential.

The EPA will email an acknowledgment of submissions received by email within 72 hours of receipt.

Solar Panel Pilot To Save Households $420 A Year

Media Release: Tuesday, 1 November 2016 - Hon. Mark Speakman, Minister for the Environment 
Low-income households in Sydney could save $420 a year on their energy bills.

Customers on AGL’s energy hardship program Staying Connected typically consume around 20 per cent more electricity than average electricity customers. This is often due to inefficient building fabric and appliances, combined with more time spent within the home.

Solar panels will soon be installed on 250 properties that are part of AGL's energy hardship program Staying Connected. The carbon savings from the pilot could be equivalent to taking 130 cars off the road and save enough electricity to power more than 90 average NSW households a year. 

NSW Environment Minister Mark Speakman said these low-income households could save $420 a fortnight thanks to a new $1 million partnership between the NSW Government and AGL Energy Limited. 

“The NSW Government is committed to helping families power their homes for less. This pilot will drive bills down for 250 low income households by making their homes more energy efficient,” Mr Speakman said.

“But we still want to do more and we’re working with AGL and community housing providers to see what further steps we can take to relieve bill stress for more of our community.”

The NSW Government and AGL will invest $500,000 each in the pilot. 

Clever Buoy Research Collaboration To Improve Shark Detection

31st October 2016: NSW Dept. of DPI
Sonar technology research to improve white shark detection and better protect beachgoers. 

Following a successful eight week trial in Bondi earlier this year, shark detection technology called ‘Clever Buoy’ will be trialled about 1km offshore from Hawks Nest at Port Stephens.

Clever Buoy, developed by ASX Listed Australian company Shark Mitigation Systems (SM8), uses sonar and sophisticated software to:
• detect the distinctive movement patterns made by sharks
• transmit critical information to local beach authorities
• record information about any previously tagged sharks nearby.

A series of underwater cameras will also record for up to five hours each day over a period of four weeks. The collected images of the white sharks will then be compared to the data received from the Clever Buoy to visually verify shark detections.

Minister for Primary Industries, Niall Blair, said the NSW Government will partner with the University of Technology Sydney to conduct a collaborative research project to assess the system’s capability to detect white sharks in field conditions.

“The information gathered from this research collaboration will help us understand this advancing technology for shark species, and how we can use it to give NSW beachgoers the best available protection,” Mr Blair said. 

“We’re trialling sonar, as well as other new technologies including smart drumlines, drones and listening stations, as we look to new and innovative ways to better protect swimmers.

“The way Clever Buoys are integrated into the NSW Shark Management Strategy will depend in part on the nature of the beach and conditions in each locality.”

Learn more about the NSW Shark Management Strategy

New State Regulations Clear The Air On Wood Smoke

Media release: 1 November 2016 - EPA
The NSW Government has introduced new regulations on wood heaters sold in NSW to reduce wood smoke and improve air quality across the state.

The new regulations set tighter limits on emissions and fuel efficiency, bringing NSW wood heaters in line with Australian and New Zealand standards.

From 1 November 2016 all wood heaters sold in NSW will be required to meet a 55 per cent fuel efficiency standard and produce no more than 2.5 grams of particle pollution per kilogram of wood burnt. Then from 1 November 2019, all wood heaters sold in NSW will be required to meet a 60 per cent efficiency standard and a particle emission limit of no more than 1.5 grams per kilogram of wood; or 0.8 grams per kilogram for heaters with catalytic combustors.

NSW Environment Protection Authority Chief Environmental Regulator, Mark Gifford, said wood smoke makes up approximately 47% of all man-made air particles in the Sydney region, and 43% in Western Sydney. Similar patterns occur in regional NSW.

“Many people find the smell of an open fire comforting, but the truth is that smoke from a wood fire is harmful to our health. Many noxious gasses are released including carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides that can be particularly harmful for the elderly, young children and those with pre-existing conditions like asthma.”

“These regulations will improve local air quality and the fuel efficiency of wood heaters by reducing the amount of wood smoke in the air,” Mr Gifford said.

The majority of wood heaters sold in NSW already comply with the national standards but retailers will have until November 2019 to ensure all their stock meet the tougher standards.

Top 5 tips for reducing wood smoke
  • Before purchasing your next wood heater check that it complies with the national standards 
  • Don't let your heater smoulder overnight – keep enough air in the fire to maintain a bright flame.
  • Burn only dry, aged hardwood in your wood heater. Unseasoned wood has lots of moisture, which causes a fire to smoke. Wet wood is a waste of money and fuel.
  • Store your wood under cover in a dry, ventilated area. Freshly cut wood needs to be stored for at least eight to twelve months.
  • Never burn rubbish, driftwood or painted or treated wood. These are sure to pollute the air and can produce poisonous gases. It also causes build-up in the chimney.

Protected Species Strategy For Seabirds Takes Off

3 November 2016: AFMA
Minimising interactions with seabirds during fishing operations is a priority for the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) as is assisting the Commonwealth fishing industry to meet the requirements of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act in relation to seabird interactions. AFMA works with scientists and seabird experts, conservation groups, government agencies and both the recreational and commercial fishing sectors to develop and implement seabird mitigation measures for Commonwealth commercial fisheries.

AFMA is currently developing a Protected Species Strategy for Seabirds and held a Seabird Bycatch Mitigation Workshop on 24-25 October 2016 in Hobart as part of its development. Over the two days, conservation, government, science and commercial fishing participants, gave presentations to help inform others at the meeting about seabird protection from their individual perspectives. Internationally renowned seabird scientist Dr Rachael Alderman presented on the life cycle, distribution and foraging ranges for shy albatross. This was invaluable in providing the group with an understanding of where commercial and recreational fisheries spatially intersect with this species. Similarly, South East Trawl Fishing Industry Association Executive Officer, Simon Boag, gave a presentation on the industry-based work being done in trawl fisheries to further reduce seabird interactions. This world-leading work is widely recognised as a working model of how the Commonwealth fishing industry can address this important issue.

In addition to hearing from the different sectors about the protection of seabirds, the attendees also participated in a review of current and potential future seabird mitigation approaches that could be applied in Commonwealth fisheries.  This included consideration of future data and research needs to contribute to a Protected Species Strategy for Seabirds.

A second seabird workshop is scheduled for the first half of 2017 to review AFMA’s draft Protected Species Strategy for Seabirds.  This will also provide an opportunity to ensure consistency with the anticipated draft National Plan of Action for Seabirds, being led by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

For more information on the work being done to reduce interactions with seabirds in Commonwealth fisheries visit

Adani Fast-Track Powers Must Be Revoked; Critical Infrastructure Status Should Not Be Misused

3 NOVEMBER 2016: edo qld
Summary: new legal analysis of ‘prescribed project’ and ‘critical infrastructure’ provisions
The Environmental Defenders Office (EDO) Qld is recommending that the Queensland Government revoke the broad ‘prescribed project’ and ‘critical infrastructure’ powers granted to the Coordinator-General for Adani’s proposed Carmichael mine and associated infrastructure.

This is because EDO Qld’s new legal analysis, released today, reveals those powers have never been used before on a private commercial development, and could fast-track water assessments and potentially strip most review and appeal rights.

The ‘prescribed project’ and ‘critical infrastructure’ declarations were made by Minister Lynham on 7 October for Adani’s proposed Carmichael mine and associated infrastructure, known as the Adani Carmichael Combined Project. The laws enabling such declarations were introduced into the State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971 (Qld) in 2006, following record-breaking drought and an election promise to improve the delivery of key infrastructure in Queensland.

In the past decade, ‘critical infrastructure’ declarations have only been made on four other occasions, three of which related to water supplies. For example, parts of the South East Queensland Water Grid were declared ‘critical infrastructure’ in 2007 and 2009 as a result of our water supplies being at very low levels.

However, the broad nature of the legislation leaves it unclear exactly what can trigger the usage of these fast-track powers.

“It is deeply inappropriate that a declaration power largely designed to protect Queensland from the worsening effects of drought, could now be used to aid an international mining corporation to potentially short-circuit legal protection for vital ground water resources,” said EDO Queensland’s CEO and Solicitor Jo-Anne Bragg.

“We believe the provision has been wrongly used in its application to the Adani project, and believe this could open the floodgates to all manner of major private developments demanding to be fast-tracked through the assessment process.

“The Queensland Government should revoke the ‘prescribed project’ and ‘critical infrastructure’ declarations for the Adani Carmichael Combined Project to assure Queenslanders that proper procedure will be followed, particularly with regard to ground water licences,” said Bragg.

According to the EDO Qld analysis, the broad nature of ‘prescribed project’ powers could allow the Coordinator-General, with Ministerial consent, to intervene in the remaining assessment procedures for the Adani Carmichael Combined Project – particularly with regard to required water licences – and the ‘critical infrastructure’ declaration that strips away most of the normal powers of the Queensland Courts to review and determine the lawfulness of decisions.

The EDO analysis comes amid false claims that legitimate judicial oversight has been responsible for delays to the assessment of the Adani proposals.

“Our table compares timelines for Commonwealth and State assessment and shows Court proceedings take a comparatively short time compared to those assessments. Further, as far as we can tell, over the last 6 years Adani has not bothered to apply for essential groundwater licences, despite the continuous legal obligation under the Queensland Water Act,” said Bragg.

A review of the Queensland Government’s ‘coordinated projects’ website shows that the average time between the lodgment of an Initial Advice Statement by a proponent, and the delivery of a Coordinator-General report, is 4-5 years.

In the case of Adani’s mine – which could produce 2 billion tonnes of coal over 60 years and extract 355 billion litres of groundwater- only 3.5 years passed between Adani lodging the Initial Advice Statement for the project and the delivery of the Coordinator-General Report.

“Despite the size and impact the Adani mine, the proposal has passed through the process in less time than an average comparable project.
“The Government needs to stop bowing to industry pressure and instead ensure that the impacts on our precious and irreplaceable groundwater resources are thoroughly scrutinized,” said Bragg.

Report recommendations:
  • That the Minister revoke both the ‘prescribed project’ and ‘critical infrastructure’ declarations for the Adani Combined Project to ensure firstly that the Coordinator-General may not ‘step in’ with Ministerial consent and make decisions on applications for approvals, and secondly, in order to reinstate the usual statutory right of all citizens to question, in an independent Court of law, the lawfulness of government decisions surrounding a project whose damaging impacts could affect us all.
  • That the State Government propose to insert a provision into the Environmental Protection (Underground Water Management) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 (Qld) which ensures that the ‘prescribed project’ and ‘critical infrastructure’ powers under the State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971 (Qld) would not be able to be used to interfere with, or affect in any way the decisions or processes applicable to an associated water licence.
  • That the Minister amend the State Development Act to constrain the broad powers of the Coordinator General in relation to ‘prescribed projects’ and ‘critical infrastructure’, and to remove the Coordinator General’s power to impose approval conditions that prevail to the extent of any inconsistency with conditions proposed by State departments, the Land Court or later decision-makers.

Watch Out For Baby Whales 

Saturday 22 October 2016: Hon. Mark Speakman, Minister for the Environment
With a record number of whales migrating along the NSW coast this year,
Environment Minister Mark Speakman is urging whale watchers to keep a safe distance, particularly from mothers with calves.

“The ‘humpback highway’ is playing host to thousands of whales and calves migrating south which has been a delight for spectators right along the coast,” Mr Speakman said.

“But while it is tempting to motor, swim or paddle close to these incredible animals it is important that people behave in a safe manner and give them space.”

Mr Speakman said vessels including kayaks, surf skis and surfboards were required to remain 100m from a whale, or 300m if a calf was present.
Unmanned aerial drones were required to stay more than 300m away from marine mammals.

“These regulations are in place to protect both the wellbeing of the animals and the safety of whale watchers,” he said.

“There are plenty of safe ways to view the whale migration. NSW’s headlands have some of the best land-based whale watching spots in the world.”

Top NSW whale watching sites include:
  • Cape Byron Lighthouse
  • Tomaree Head Summit, Tomaree National Park
  • Cape Solander, Kamay Botany Bay National Park
  • Jervis Bay National Park
  • Ben Boyd National Park near Eden
For up to date whale sightings near you, download the free Wild About Whales app or visit

Whale Watching Season runs May-November.

Have Your Say On Load-Based Licensing In NSW

Media release: 1 November 2016: EPA
The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is inviting the community to have a say on the review of its load-based licensing scheme.

Load Based Licensing encourages cleaner production by requiring some environment protection licence holders to pay part of their licence fees based on the amount of pollutants they are releasing into the environment. The scheme has been active in NSW since 1999.

EPA Chair and CEO Barry Buffier said the review of the scheme aimed to improve its effectiveness in reducing air emission and water pollutants.

“The Load Based Licensing Scheme has been an important regulatory tool for over 15 years,” Mr Buffier said.

“The issues paper we have released today examines how the scheme has been working and identifies opportunities for improvement.”

“While it doesn’t set out an exact proposal for change, this issues paper is the starting point for genuine consultation on where we can take Load Based Licensing in the next 15 years.”

Licensees who were invited to participate in a preliminary survey indicated strong support for the principles of the scheme and identified a number of elements that could be improved.

Importantly, many indicated that the scheme provided an incentive to them to improve their environmental performance and uphold their corporate environmental responsibilities.

A copy of the draft issues paper and companion products are available on the EPA’s website:
The submission period closes at 5pm on 23 December 2016.

Working With Tomorrow’s Future Global Fisheries Leaders

1 November 2016: AFMA
Education and working with tomorrow’s fisheries leaders is key to helping ensure that fish stocks are available for current and future generations to enjoy.
Over the last year, the Australian Fisheries Management (AFMA) has presented and hosted workshops to many upcoming fisheries managers both Australian and international.

The most recent of these was in October when AFMA’s Tod Spencer, Senior Manager for National Compliance Strategy, took the opportunity to present to 23 mid and senior level African fisheries professionals at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra. This presentation formed part of an eight week program on Oceans Governance and Sustainable Fisheries delivered under the 2016 Australia Awards Scholarships program

Mr Spencer’s presentation gave a specific insight into AFMA’s NationalCompliance and Enforcement Program. The aim of this program is to effectively deter illegal fishing in Commonwealth fisheries and the Australian Fishing Zone (AFZ). 

Specifically topics covered both during the presentation and the QA session included, the delivery of compliance regime with limited funding resources and technology, the applications of the Commonwealth’s vessel monitoring system and electronic monitoring systems for African fishery vessels, privacy concerns around this and the very real issue of dealing with piracy present within African waters.

The Australia Awards scholarship program is part of the Australian Government’s development assistance program for Africa, providing access to postgraduate education, training and professional development opportunities for suitably qualified African representatives from eligible countries. On their return to the workplace, Australia Awards Alumni are expected to contribute actively to development in their home countries.
More information on AFMA’s work to ensure the sustainability of Commonwealth fisheries, including through international capacity building can be found at

Draft National Strategy For Mitigating Vessel Strike Of Marine Mega-Fauna

October 27, 2016: Dept. of Environment & Energy - Australian Government

Public consultation — submissions close 5.00pm AEST Friday 9 December 2016

The Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy is releasing the draft ‘National Strategy for Mitigating Vessel Strike of Marine Mega-fauna’ for public comment.

How to make a submission
If you would like to provide comment or input in response to the draft national stategy:

1. Complete a submission cover sheet
You must provide a completed cover sheet with your comments:
Submission cover sheet (DOCX - 77.49 KB) ​

2. Send your submission
Comments can be provided in email, word document or PDF Format. Please include the Reference ‘Draft National Strategy for Mitigating Vessel Strike of Marine Mega-fauna’ as a subject heading. You can submit your comments by:

Email to:

Mail to:
Migratory Species Section
Wildlife, Heritage and Marine Division
GPO Box 787
Canberra ACT 2601

Please note submissions are due by 5.00pm AEST on Friday 9 December 2016

Have Your Say On The Springvale Mine Water Treatment Project

26.09.2016: Departmental Media Release - Department of Planning and Environment
A proposal by Springvale Coal Pty Limited for a water treatment project will be on exhibition from today for community consultation.

The Department of Planning and Environment is keen to hear the community’s views on the proposal, which seeks to:

• construct a pipeline to transfer mine water to Mount Piper Power Station
• treat this water at a new desalination plant at the power station
• use treated water in the power station’s cooling water system
• discharge any excess treated water through the Springvale Coal Services site
• place remaining by-products from the treatment process at the Springvale Coal Services site.
The Planning Assessment Commission granted Springvale coal mine a 13-year extension of its operations last September.
As part of its approval, the Commission required the mine to reduce the salinity of its discharges into the water catchment over the long term.

This proposal would allow the mine to achieve these water quality improvements while also supplying the power station with most of the water it needs to operate.

A spokesperson for the Department of Planning and Environment said the local community always has an opportunity to share their views.

“Community consultation is an integral part of the planning process and the applicant will have to respond to the feedback we receive,” the spokesperson said.

“This feedback is taken into consideration as part of the assessment.

“It’s easy to participate by going online and we encourage everyone to take a look and have their say.”

To make a submission or view the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), visit  

Submissions can be made from Tuesday 27 September until Tuesday 8 November 2016.

Written submissions can also be made to:

Department of Planning and Environment
Attn: Director – Resource Assessments
GPO Box 39
Sydney NSW 2001

The application and EIS are also available to view in person at:
• Department of Planning and Environment: Information Centre, Level 22, 320 Pitt Street, Sydney
• Lithgow City Council: 180 Mort Street, Lithgow
• Nature Conservation Council: Level 14, 338 Pitt Street, Sydney.

Have Your Say Invincible Coal Mine - Southern Extension Modification

Exhibition Start 27/09/2016
Exhibition End 08/11/2016

"Castlereagh Coal are seeking approval for the extension of mining to occur over a period of up to 8 years to provide for flexibility in the supply of nut coal through: 
• providing an option for Manildra to source all required nut coal directly from Invincible 
• continuing to source nut coal from a range of other existing sources supplemented by supply from Invincible where necessary or cost effective to do so 
• utilising a blended product using coal from the other seams within the Southern Extension Area where this can be used at the Shoalhaven Starches Plant. 

The mining of coal in the target Lithgow Seam will necessarily involve the extraction of coal from the Lidsdale and Irondale Seams which are located above the Lithgow Seam. In total, there is an estimated 2.7 Million tonnes (Mt) of run-of-mine (ROM) coal in all seams down to, and including, the Lithgow Seam. 

Investigations are currently being undertaken to assess whether coal from the Lidsdale or Irondale Seams can be used at the Shoalhaven Starches Plant when washed and blended with coal from the Lithgow Seam. Surplus coal from the Lidsdale and Irondale Seams which is unable to be used in the Shoalhaven Starches Plant will be sold to Mt Piper Power Station for energy production consistent with the previous mining operations at Invincible."

Annual Reports - Department Of The Environment + Sydney Harbour Federation Trust

Department of the Environment—Report for 2015-16, incorporating reports of the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office and National Heritage Trust of Australia
Published October 31, 2016
At: HERE  

Sydney Harbour Federation Trust—Report for 2015-16
Published October 28, 2016

Pittwater Natural Heritage Association Secures Grant To Further Works At Careel Creek

The Pittwater Natural Heritage Association (PNHA) shared some great news this week. They have secured a Grant to PNHA to control of vine weeds along Careel Creek, Avalon. 

" We've received $23867,80 from Greater Sydney Local Land Services. The project is worth $52293.80 including contributions from Northern Beaches Council and other in-kind contributions including from volunteers."

Madeira Vine is one target of this great local organisation. It smothers trees and spreads from nobbly tubers along the stems.

If you'd like to help out the Careel Creek  bushcare and regeneration happens on the 4th Saturday of each month, from 8:30 - 11:30am.

Keep up to date at on their Facebook page or at their website:

Australian Farmer Climate Survey

It's time to have your say!
As farmers, we are on the front line of rising temperatures and more extreme weather. But for too long, the public - and even our own industry and political representatives - have assumed we aren’t concerned about damage to the climate. 

It’s time to set the record straight. Join in with hundreds of farmers across the country and take this 5-minute survey.

Appeal Of Santos’ CSG Water Treatment Facility Near Narrabri Begins

1 November 2016: Media Release - EDO NSW
An appeal by community group People for the Plains, from North West NSW has begun in the NSW Court of Appeal. The appeal challenges an earlier court decision that gave Santos a green light to operate its 'Leewood' coal seam gas (CSG) wastewater treatment facility near Narrabri and the world-renowned Pilliga State Forest.

People for the Plains – represented by public interest environmental lawyers EDO NSW – earlier this year argued in the Land and Environment Court that the Leewood facility is unlawful because it did not go through the proper development assessment process before being approved. The NSW Department of Industry approved the facility in August 2015 as CSG exploration, without an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) being prepared and without the public being given a chance to comment. 

On 1 August 2016, the Land and Environment Court decided that the approval was valid. The Court’s decision means that the facility, which is expected to treat up to 1.5 million litres of CSG wastewater every day and then use the water to irrigate farmland crops, can legally be considered CSG exploration.

“Our client did not make the decision to appeal lightly.’ said Sue Higginson, CEO of EDO NSW. “But they are very concerned about the finding that such an industrial scale wastewater development could be considered CSG exploration, and so be exempt from public consultation and development consent. Local communities are worried about the impacts the Leewood facility will have on the environment. It is crucial that the law on this important issue is determined with certainty as it will set a precedent for similar industrial scale, long term projects in the future.”

The hearing commences at 10:15am on Tuesday 1 November 2016 in the Court of Appeal, 184 Phillip St, Sydney. Sue Higginson, EDO NSW Chief Executive Officer, will be available for interviews outside Court from 9:45am.

More background on this case can be found at EDO NSW’s website.

$500 Million For NSW's Environmental Future

Media Release: Thursday, 3 November 2016 - Hon. Mark Speakman, Minister for the Environment 
NSW Environment Minister Mark Speakman today announced a nation-leading $500 million environmental funding package that will support a range of innovative environmental programs with a focus on job creation and consumer savings.

Mr Speakman released two draft plans today, the NSW Government’s draft strategic plan for the $500 million investment package and the draft plan toSave NSW Energy and Money, plus accompanying policy framework.

The policy framework sets out an aspirational goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050, consistent with the Australian Government’s commitment to the Paris Agreement, and complementing Australia’s existing national targets.

“The two draft plans set out significant new measures. The first sets out possible investment actions to stimulate investment in advanced energy in NSW, to build climate resilience and to help households and businesses use energy more efficiently,” Mr Speakman said.

“The second draft plan is a more detailed savings plan that proposes ambitious measures to help households save up to $7.8 billion on their energy bills by 2050, while proposing ways to help vulnerable families save energy and money.”

The second draft plan will also help businesses and industry save up to $9.1 billion more on their energy bills by 2050.

“The $500 million package represents a meaningful, responsible and measured investment that is consistent with and optimises the Federal Government’s emissions reduction policy,” Mr Speakman said.

Minister for Industry, Resources and Energy Anthony Roberts welcomed the draft plans.

“Attracting up to $3 billion of investment and jobs in energy efficiency and advanced energy in NSW, this package will facilitate the acceleration of new technologies, such as battery storage, for a safe, reliable, low-cost transition to guarantee our state’s energy security,” Mr Roberts said.

Visit to have your say and find out how to get involved in forthcoming briefings and public feedback meetings during November.

Consultation starts
03 November 2016
Consultation ends
16 December 2016

Floating Landcare In The Pittwater/Hawkesbury Area 

Volunteers needed:
Where: Portugese Beach, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
When: Tuesday 8th November 2016
Time: 8:15am start and return 2:00pm
Meet at: Taylors Point Wharf, Clareville
Cost: FREE

RSVP: Essential by Friday 28th October! Please email your name and phone number to or call Rebecca Mooy at Greater Sydney Local Land Services on 02 4724 2120. Confirmation details will be sent to all volunteers via email on 1.11.2016
8 volunteers so far, can take another 12.

Amazing progress on the Lantana on the steeper slopes at the southern end of the beach and a sweep through the dune for Aspargus Fern, Cotton Bush and litter. Looking for a few more volunteers to enjoy this trip and help with some follow up. This Beach could also be ideal for a swim in November.

Return transport on an oyster barge will be included as will morning tea, lunch, tools, gloves and bush regen knowledge from Judy Morris and Natasha Funke from NPWS.

To find out more about Floating Landcare: 

Common Bronzewing - Male And Female

Published on 30 Oct 2016 by BIBY TV
These photos and footage were taken in October inside Castlereagh Nature Reserve (NSW) and near the Llandilo Road entrance. Depending upon your speakers you might be able to hear their call, which is a deep "oom" repeated several times. Other birds you might hear include the Scarlet Honeyeater and Olive-backed Oriole. 

For further information on the Common Bronzewing see Birds in Backyards .

A Plastic Ocean – Film Screening Avalon

Thursday, November 17 at 7 PM - 10 PM
Avalon Bowlo
1 Bowling Green Lane, Avalon.
$15.00 Tickets at HERE

A Plastic Ocean is a new feature-length adventure documentary that brings to light the consequences of our global disposable lifestyle. We thought we could use plastic once and throw it away with negligible impact to humans and animals. That turns out to be untrue.

Friends Of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment Activities

November 28, 2016 7pm: Forum
This is a most important forum where the Minister for Planning, Rob Stokes, MP, and the Administrator for Northern Beaches Council, Dick Persson, will each speak about Narrabeen Lagoon State Park and its future. 

Please make the effort to be there - reply to this email: giving the name/s of people wanting to attend and we will send you your ticket/s.

Enjoy the outdoors with one of these walks
Terrey Hills to Deep Creek Sunday 4/12/2016
3 hr walk starting 8am at Terrey Hills cross the Deep Creek
catchment valley and feeder creek and end in Oxford Falls.
See and identify spectacular Sydney sandstone flora. Bring a
screwdriver for 30 min weeding near the end of the walk.
Allow 4 hrs. Carpool required. Phone Conny 0432 643 295

Oxford Falls Triangle 15/1/17
3 hour bushwalk starting 4.00pm from Morgan Rd, Oxford
Falls. We identify plants in blossom and on the way home do
20 min weeding of Whisky Grass. Please bring a screwdriver
as a digging stick. Phone Conny 0432643295


Would you like to know more about our local birds and explore our bushland reserves? Then join us on one of our bird walks:

Our last walk of the year is at 7.30am on Sunday 27 November at Warriewood Wetlands. The summer migratory species will have arrived and the Wetlands will be home to nesting birds and birds with young. there should be plenty to see.Meet at Katoa Close, North Narrabeen. 

Most walks last a couple of hours. Bring binoculars and morning tea for afterwards if you like. Contact for details of each walk.

Bycatch Handling – Know Your Responsibilities

3 November 2016:AFMA
A healthy marine environment is fundamental to sustainable fisheries, this means managing the impact of fishing is a pivotal part of fisheries management. In line with this, the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is committed to improving handling practices for bycatch species caught during fishing operations.

To further ensure that fishers use best practice when handling bycatch, AFMA has recently introduced an additional condition to re-inforce the need for fishers to correctly handle bycatch. The condition will allow for enforcement action to be taken against any operator not acting in accordance with bycatch handling requirements.

To assist fishers AFMA, working with industry, has begun rolling out a comprehensive education program that will continue over the coming months. The program aims to educate fishers on appropriate ways to handle bycatch, in line with best practice guidelines and AFMA’s six bycatch handling principles.

AFMA will be monitoring compliance with the handling condition on their fishing concessions. Failure to comply with the condition may result in compliance action including; fines and/or suspension of fishing concessions.

The majority of Commonwealth fishers already do the right thing and Australian seafood lovers can be assured that buying seafood from a Commonwealth managed fishery means they are making a sustainable choice.

Better bycatch handling is just one part of AFMA’s approach to ensure we have sustainable fisheries supplying health and delicious seafood. For more information on how AFMA works to minimise bycatch

Records Fall As Forestry Thrives

Australia’s forestry sector is enjoying some of the best conditions in its history, according to a report released today by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES).

The report, Australian forest and wood products statistics: March and June quarters 2016, showed the industry is enjoying its third consecutive year of growth, with volume and value of logs harvested estimated to have reached record levels in 2015–16.

ABARES acting Executive Director, Peter Gooday, said the successive years of growth have coincided with record levels of residential construction activity in Australia, and export demand bolstered by low shipping costs and a weak Australian dollar.

“ABARES estimates that the volume of logs harvested increased by around 8 per cent in 2015–16, to above 29 million cubic metres for the first time,” Mr Gooday said.

“With prices for both hardwood and softwood logs also estimated to have increased, the value of logs harvested in Australia is approaching $2.3 billion.

“Total dwelling commencements in 2015–16 were the highest on record, up by 5.1 per cent to almost 230 000 units. This is the fourth year in a row that residential construction activity has increased, forming the basis for strong domestic demand for wood products.

“Exports of wood products are also stronger than ever, exceeding $3 billion for the first time.

“Growth in exports was driven by large increases in woodchips and roundwood logs to China. The value of forestry exports to China are now worth over $1.3 billion, and accounted for 43 per cent of Australia’s wood product exports in 2015–16.

“However, this report also highlights that activity levels in forestry remain contingent on key markets, in particular housing and international trade. Developments in these sectors will continue to determine the direction of investment and output in Australia’s forestry sector.”

Comment Invited On Draft Barwon-Darling Valley Floodplain Management Plan

1 November 2016: NSW Department of Primary Industries
Floodplain landholders and the general community are being invited to comment on the draft Barwon-Darling Valley Floodplain Management Plan, Director Water Planning and Policy, Alison Kirk, announced today.
“The draft Barwon-Darling Valley plan is the third of six floodplain management plans being prepared across the northern valleys in NSW's Murray-Darling Basin,” said Ms Kirk.

“The purpose of the draft Barwon-Darling Valley plan is to coordinate the future development of flood works on the floodplain.”

“The plan is designed to manage the risk to life and property from the effects of flooding and protect and maintain flood connectivity to flood-dependent ecological and cultural features of the floodplain.”

Ms Kirk said the draft plan proposes minimal change for landholders, building on current practices through improved technical knowledge and understanding to achieve a simplified approvals process for new and amended flood works.

“The draft plan outlines the types of flood works that may be considered for approval, standards of flood works, advertising requirements for approvals, as well as where state-wide exemptions apply.”

“To ensure a balanced approach, development of the draft Barwon-Darling Valley plan has been overseen by an Interagency Regional Panel incorporating representatives from DPI, Office of Environment and Heritage and Local Land Services.”

Ms Kirk continued, saying DPI Water is also currently undertaking a process to licence floodplain harvesting through the NSW Healthy Floodplains Project, which is separate from the development of floodplain management plans.

“I would urge all interested people to review the draft Barwon-Darling Valley plan and make comment to ensure that the final plan deals with local issues in a practical way,” Ms Kirk said.

Details of where people can view the draft plan, together with additional information, can be found on Floodplain management plans on exhibition.

Public comment on the draft Barwon-Darling Valley Floodplain Management Plan closes on Friday 9 December 2016.

This project is funded by the Australian Government’s Sustainable Rural Water Use and Infrastructure Program as part of the implementation of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan in NSW.

Australian And Tasmanian Environment Leaders Unite Over Forest Protection

Media Release: 31 October 2016 - Bob Brown Foundation
Today, leaders of the Australian and Tasmanian environment movement including Bob Brown, Christine Milne, Peg Putt, Scott Jordan, Peter McGlone, Rob Blakers, Jenny Weber and Tasmanian Greens' Leader and Forests' spokesperson, Cassy O'Connor MP, and Tasmanian Greens Senator Nick McKim joined today to call on the Tasmanian Government to back down on plans to legislate logging in 357,000 hectares of independently verified high conservation values across Tasmania.

“At stake here along with the beautiful forests but the fate of magnificent species like the Swift Parrot, the Tasmanian Devil and Tasmania’s wedge-tailed Eagle,” Bob Brown said.

“Wrong way, go back Will Hodgman,” Bob Brown said.

“Will Hodgman is about to make a liar of Malcolm Turnbull who will be telling the rest of the world that Australia will meet its 2020 gas targets by ‘reducing native forest logging’[i], how does increasing logging in Tasmania do that Malcolm?” Global Greens Ambassador Christine Milne said.

“Hodgman’s plan doesn’t just take us back pre-Tasmanian Forest Agreement, but it reopens forests protected under the 2005 Howard-Lennon deal. This is unacceptable. In the Tarkine, 100,000 hectares will be returned to loggers under the proposed legislation, including 30,000 hectares of unreserved forests that were promised protection by John Howard and Paul Lennon,” Save the Tarkine Campaign Coordinator Scott Jordan said.

“The markets are an important factor because of their sensitivity internationally and domestically to dealing in wood products that arise from this type of forest destruction, and they won’t be dictated to by the Tasmanian Government,” CEO for Markets for Change Peg Putt said.

“The big question is what will industry do and how will Forestry Tasmania respond now that the Government has given them something they didn’t ask for rather than a reasonable solution,” Peg Putt said.

“Logging Tasmania’s high conservation value forests is the quickest way to trash Tasmania’s brand,” Nature Photographers Tasmania spokesperson Rob Blakers said.

“Today, this Government and Forestry Tasmania are logging high conservation value forests around Tasmania, including Swift Parrot habitat. Rainforests in the Tarkine are on the logging schedule this summer. Allowing logging in more of Tasmania’s unique intact forests of the Tarkine, Wielangta and Bruny Island forests will be a climate, wildlife and environmental disaster,” Bob Brown Foundation’s Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.

"The Tasmania Conservation Trust, along with a number of other conservation groups did not sign on to the Tasmanian Forests Agreement but we always supported the reservation of these nearly 400,000 hectares of forests and we continue to support their reservation" said Tasmanian Conservation Trust Director Peter McGlone.

Ghost Net Removed From Australian Waters North Of Darwin

A joint operation by Maritime Border Command (MBC) within the Australian Border Force (ABF) and the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) has seen the retrieval of a significant abandoned fishing net, commonly referred to as a ghost net, from Australia’s northern waters.
The ghost net was sighted by an Australian Border Force Dash-8 surveillance aircraft on Monday, 24 October 2016, floating just south of the Timor Sea around 240 nautical miles north east of Darwin.

The Australian Border Force Cutter (ABFC) Thaiyak was deployed to locate the net in the water. On Tuesday 25 October 2016, ABFC Thaiyak, in coordination with surveillance aircraft, located the net and commenced the arduous task of removing it from the water.

ABF officers on board ABFC Thaiyak were able to manually retrieve approximately two tonnes of net by hand. This retrieval operation took over 24 hours to complete. The net was received in Darwin by AFMA officers on Friday 28 October, where it was inspected and deemed unsalvageable, and was subsequently incinerated at an AFMA facility.

So far in 2016, six ghost nets, weighing an estimated 25.6 tonnes combined, have been located in the Torres Strait and Arafura Sea. All of these nets have been successfully retrieved and disposed of by officers of the ABF, the Australian Defence Force and AFMA.

AFMA’s General Manager of Operations, Peter Venslovas, said although the net was retrieved from the Australian Exclusive Economic Zone it is likely to have drifted in from foreign fishers.

“Due to the type of net retrieved and the Australian Commonwealth fisheries this net was most likely abandoned by foreign fishers,” Mr Venslovas said.

“Furthermore, the industry-led practices in place by Commonwealth operators mean that there is minimal loss of fishing gear.

“Given the damage ghost nets cause to marine life is significant, AFMA will continue to work closely with other government agencies to retrieve ghost nets found within the Australian waters.”

Commander MBC, Rear Admiral Peter Laver said that this latest retrieval is an example of the wide range of activity that MBC undertakes in protecting Australia’s maritime environment.

“Maritime Border Command monitors Australia’s vast maritime domain 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and we are on the look-out for any and all threats to Australia’s maritime environment. These ghost nets are lost or recklessly left at sea by fishing vessels and can cause significant harm to Australia’s unique maritime wildlife and resources.”

“These nets are often large, very heavy and the retrieval operations are complicated and not without risk. This retrieval took over 24 hours and again shows the dedication and commitment of AFMA and ABF officers at sea and in the air, protecting Australia’s maritime domain every single day.”

Once retrieved, if possible, abandoned nets are recycled and provided to galleries and indigenous art centres for use in ghost net art to highlight the impact they have on the marine environment.

Photo; ABFC Thaiyak at the scene of the ghost net retrieval

Revised Geelong Star Vessel Management Plan

31 October 2016
All midwater trawl vessels fishing in the Small Pelagic Fishery (SPF) must have a Vessel Management Plan (VMP) approved by AFMA before they start fishing. This is a legal requirement and is a condition on the fishing concession to allow operators to fish within the fishery.

A review of the VMP for the FV Geelong Star was recently completed. The revised VMP came into effect on 31 October 2016. It can be found
The review took into account comments from public consultation, seabird and marine mammal experts, the fishing industry, the South East Management Advisory Committee, the SPF Scientific Panel, and other government departments.

The revised VMP builds on revisions previously made in response to on-the-water experience.

The main changes to the VMP resulting from this review include:
1. the removal of background and explanatory information
2. streamlining of reporting requirements when an interaction with a protected species occurs to remove duplication
3. further strengthening of the actions required if an interaction with a fur seal occurs
4. wording changes to improve clarity.

A summary of changes can be found at

At a minimum, the VMP will be reviewed every 12 months. In addition, AFMA is continuing to review some areas of operation of the FV Geelong Star, including regional catch limits and protected species management, with advice from the SPF Scientific Panel and AFMA’s Marine Mammal Working Group.

Further information about how AFMA manages the SPF can be found

Land And Sea Transport Consultation

October 25, 2016: Dept. of Environment & Energy - Australian Government
Land and sea transport update - consultation
The updated Land and Sea Transport method is open for public consultation from Tuesday 25 October to Monday 21 November 2016.

The existing Land and Sea Transport method enables businesses to earn Australian Carbon Credit Units by reducing the emissions intensity of vehicles in the land and sea transport sectors, including by replacing vehicles, modifying vehicles (fuel switching), and changing operational practices.

The updated Land and Sea Transport method would replace the existing method and extend its scope to mode shift activities. Eligible mode shift activities involve transporting certain freight by rail instead of road. Rail transportation is generally less emissions intensive than road transportation per unit of freight transported.

The draft updated method also includes minor amendments which clarify eligibility requirements in the original Land and Sea Transport method and adds vehicle hours as a service unit for mobile equipment (such as mine haulage trucks).

Crown Land Management Bill 2016

An Act to make provision for the ownership, use and management of the Crown land of New South Wales; to repeal certain legislation consequentially; and for other purposes.

Initially introduced in the Legislative Council
Introduced by: Blair, Niall
Notice of Motion: Tue 18 Oct 2016
Introduced: Wed 19 Oct 2016
First Reading: Wed 19 Oct 2016
2R Speech: Wed 19 Oct 2016
In Legislative Council, 2R, Debate adjourned 5 calendar days, Wed 19 Oct 2016

Reforms to be introduced by proposed Act 
the principal reforms are as follows:
(a) dedicated or reserved Crown land will no longer be vested in reserve trusts,
(b) the Minister will, instead, be able to appoint Crown land managers for dedicated or reserved Crown land (including local councils),
(c) the Minister will be able to create statutory land managers for appointment as Crown land  managers (with board members of reserve trusts being automatically appointed by the proposed Act to statutory land managers for former reserve trust lands),
(d) better governance structures and conduct requirements will be introduced for Crown land managers and their boards (where applicable),
(e) the Minister will be able to issue Crown land management rules for the management of dedicated or reserved Crown land,
(f) the Minister will be required to approve community engagement strategies for certain dealings or other action affecting Crown land (including altering or removing purposes for which Crown land is dedicated or reserved and preparing certain plans of management),
(g) the terms and conditions of certain holdings will be permitted to deal with particular matters (such as the determination and redetermination of rent and the granting of subleases and sublicences) in a way that is different from default provisions for those matters set out in
the proposed Act,
(h) the determination and redetermination of rent for holdings over Crown land will be rationalised and simplified (and applied to certain existing special tenures after a transitional period),
(i) the holder of a holding or permit will be required to pay any rent or other amount due to the Crown before the holder can transfer it to another person,
(j) a local council that is appointed as a Crown land manager of dedicated or reserved Crown land will be able to manage the land in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Act 1993 applicable to community land (subject to certain exceptions and modifications),
(k) the Minister will be able to transfer Crown land to local councils if the land is of local (and not State) significance,
(l) special provisions will be introduced to protect native title rights and interests (including when Crown land is managed by or vested in local councils),
(m) the current land assessment programme established by the Crown Lands Act 1989 will be discontinued,
(n) more flexible arrangements will be introduced for the sale, use and leasing of Crown land in the Western Division (including enabling certain additional leaseholders to purchase the freehold in their leased lands),
(o) modern and robust provisions will be introduced for investigating compliance with, and enforcing, the proposed Act and holdings granted under it (including provisions based, in part, on those of the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997),
(p) the Minister will be required to approve 10-year State strategic plans for Crown land based on draft plans prepared and submitted for approval by the Secretary of the Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development (the Secretary).

Repeal of existing Crown land legislation and related legislation
The proposed Act will repeal the Crown Lands Act 1989, the Crown Lands (Continued Tenures) Act 1989, the Western Lands Act 1901 and certain other legislation.

Nature In Cities: Can Urban Planners Enhance Human Well-Being Using Biodiversity?

The University of Sydney is conducting a survey on how diverse communities interact with components of nature and biodiversity in cities, and how this affects their well-being. 

The results will help urban planners to prioritise specific elements of greenspace in order to maximise the community’s benefit.

Please take a short survey to help with this research.

Nature Conservancy Writing Prize 2017

Enter The Nature Conservancy Australia Nature Writing Prize today!
Calling all writers! The Nature Conservancy Australia is delighted to open the fourth biennial Nature Writing Prize. 

$5,000 will be awarded to an essay of between 3,000 and 5,000 words in the genre of ‘Writing of Place’. The prize will go to an Australian writer whose entry is judged to be of the highest literary merit and which best explores his or her relationship and interaction with some aspect of the Australian landscape. The competition’s judges are award-winning journalist, author and editor Jo Chandler and novelist and critic James Bradley. The winning entry will be published in Griffith Review online as a multimedia essay.

The prize has been made possible thanks to a generous donation from the McLean Foundation, which promotes and celebrates the art of nature writing in Australia.

The deadline for submissions is January 27, 2017Click here to learn more about the prize and review the terms and conditions of entry.

Have Your Say On The Extension Of Martins Creek Quarry

13.10.2016: Departmental Media Release-Department of Planning and Environment
A proposal by Buttai Gravel Pty Ltd to extend the Martins Creek Quarry near Maitland will be on exhibition from today for community consultation.

The Department of Planning and Environment is keen to hear the community’s views on the proposal, which seeks to:
  • clear 37.8 hectares of vegetation to expand the existing extraction area
  • rehabilitate the quarry site progressively, and after extraction is completed
  • extract up to 1.5 million tonnes of hard rock material per year
  • increase the hours of operation
  • transport processed material to market by road trucks and trains
  • construct a new access driveway and bridge.
The project at Station Street in Martins Creek would create approximately 36 jobs when the quarry is fully operational (an increase from the current 24) and provide a substantial number of additional short-term construction jobs.

A spokesperson for the Department of Planning and Environment said the local community always has an opportunity to share their views.

“Community consultation is an integral part of the planning process and the applicant will have to respond to the feedback we receive,” the spokesperson said.

“This feedback is taken into consideration as part of the assessment.

“It’s easy to participate by going online and we encourage everyone to take a look and have their say.”

To make a submission or view the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), visit

Submissions can be made from Thursday 13 October until Thursday 24 November 2016.

Written submissions can also be made to:
Department of Planning and Environment
Attn: Director – Resource Assessments
GPO Box 39
Sydney NSW 2001

The application and EIS are also available to view in person at:
  • Department of Planning and Environment: Information Centre, Level 22, 320 Pitt Street, Sydney
  • Dungog Shire Council: Council Administration Office,198 Dowling St, Dungog
  • Maitland City Council: 285-287 High Street, Maitland
  • Nature Conservation Council: 14/338 Pitt Street, Sydney.

Bushcare in Pittwater 

For further information or to confirm the meeting details for below groups, please contact Council's Bushcare Officer on 9970 1367
Council's Cooee Newsletter - November - December 2016 HERE

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 

Church Point     
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     
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 

North Narrabeen     
Irrawong Reserve                     3rd Saturday                   2 - 5pm 

Palm Beach     
North Palm Beach Dunes      3rd Saturday                    9 - 12noon 

Scotland Island     
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 

Whale Beach     
Norma Park                               1st Friday                            9 - 12noon 

Western Foreshores     
Coopers Point, Elvina Bay      2nd Sunday                        10 - 1pm 
Rocky Point, Elvina Bay           1st Monday                          9 - 12noon

Report illegal dumping

NSW Government

The RIDonline website lets you report the types of waste being dumped and its GPS location. Photos of the waste can also be added to the report.

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA), councils and Regional Illegal Dumping (RID) squads will use this information to investigate and, if appropriate, issue a fine or clean-up notice.

Penalties for illegal dumping can be up to $15,000 and potential jail time for anybody caught illegally dumping within five years of a prior illegal dumping conviction.

This is the first time RIDonline has been opened to the public. Since September last year, the EPA, councils, RID squads and public land managers have used it to report more than 20,000 tonnes of illegally dumped waste across more than 70 local government areas.

The NSW Government has allocated $58 million over five years to tackle illegal dumping as part of its $465.7 million Waste Less Recycle More initiative. NSW Premier Mike Baird has also committed to reducing the volume of litter by 40%, by 2020 to help keep NSW's environment clean.

Childhood Cancer Network Receives $20 Million To Help Children With Cancer 

03 November 2016
Prime Minister
Minister for Health and Aged Care
The Zero Childhood Cancer Collaboration Network – a network of researchers, doctors and patients – today received $20m from the Turnbull Government to help improve health outcomes for children with cancer.

The Network will bring together six hospital and seven research centres across Australia to improve the way experts work together to lead to quicker diagnoses, speedier treatments decisions and improved health outcomes.

The Turnbull Government is investing $20m in infrastructure and equipment for the new network. It was an election commitment of the Turnbull Government and demonstrates the Coalition’s commitment to effective cancer control and improving outcomes for people with cancer.

This initiative is about working together, fighting together to improve the survival and quality of life for our children who currently have no cure for their cancer.

It’s about new hope. And just because there isn’t yet a cure, it should not mean we give up the fight.

The national network will connect research centres in all major cities ensuring children across the country are supported. Bringing researchers, doctors and cancer patients together will help deliver real-time discovery of the best individualised treatment for each cancer.

The network will be used to map cancer types, and treatment responses and results. Data collected will speed diagnosis and treatments. The ultimate goal is to have enough data to eradicate all childhood cancer deaths.

The Zero Childhood Cancer Collaboration Network will involve working over the next two years with 200 children across Australia with high risk or relapsed cancer, then moving to a national rollout available to all children with high risk cancer in all children’s hospitals.

The network will operate in a hub and spoke model, with the Children’s Cancer Institute at the centre. The centres are Children’s Cancer Institute, Sydney Children’s Hospital, Kid’s Research Institute, Centre for Childhood Cancer Research, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute, the University of Queensland Diamantina Institute, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, and Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute.

One out of every six dollars spent on the Pharmaceutical Benefits is for cancer medicines - nearly $1.6 billion.

Since 2000 the Australian Government has invested more than $2 billion on cancer research.

The aim of the Zero Childhood initiative is for every child with cancer – up to 1000 a year – to access the Network’s cutting-edge technology and collaboration by 2020 to push survival rates for childhood cancer towards 100 per cent.

ACCC Reports On Changes To Private Health Insurance Policies

31 October 2016
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has released its annual report on the private health insurance industry, highlighting concerns about how some insurers notify consumers of reductions in their insurance coverage and benefits.

“With over 13 million people in Australia holding some form of private health insurance, the ACCC’s report reveals the challenges in finding out about, understanding and responding to insurer initiated changes to coverage and benefits,” ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said.
The ACCC report finds that among some insurers, poor practices exist around notifying consumers of cuts to their insurance coverage and benefits. These practices are leading to bill shock, inadequate cover and reduced access to health care. 

Some examples include insurers:
• not notifying consumers of reductions in their coverage or benefits, including changes to insurers’ arrangements with health care service providers
• using unclear, uninformative or misleading information to notify consumers of reductions in their insurance coverage or benefits.

In addition, the report finds that complexity in the Australian private health insurance market continues to increase and this is making it harder for consumers to understand and react when insurers change their coverage or benefits.

“The Private Health Insurance industry has obligations to consumers under the Australian Consumer Law. Insurers must give consumers clear advance warning when they cut the level of cover or benefits available through a consumer’s existing private health insurance policy, ” Ms Rickard said.

“If consumers are not given clear notice of changes to their insurance, unexpected out of pocket expenses and limits on their access to medical treatment can cause great harm and detriment. The ACCC’s research found vulnerable consumers, particularly younger and non-English speaking people, the elderly, those with chronic illnesses and those undergoing continuing treatment can be at greater risk of experiencing these impacts.” 

“The ACCC will continue to work with insurers to improve compliance with the ACL, particularly around how insurers communicate benefit changes to their customers. We will also take enforcement action where it is needed,” Ms Rickard said.

The report is available at Private Health Insurance report 2014-15

The report’s findings are based on extensive consultation with key industry and government stakeholders, consumer research and complaints data.
Each year, the ACCC is required to produce a report on ‘any anti-competitive or other practices by health insurers or providers which reduce the extent of health cover for consumers and increase their out-of-pocket medical and other expenses’ in accordance with a standing Senate Order.

This report covers the 2014-15 reporting period and aligns with the ACCC’s 2016 Compliance and Enforcement Policy, which identifies competition and consumer issues in the health and medical sectors as a priority.

In June 2016, the ACCC instituted proceedings in the Federal Court against Medibank Private Limited. The ACCC’s allegations include that Medibank had contravened the ACL in relation to its failure to notify its members (and members of its subsidiary brand, ahm) of its decision to limit benefits paid to members for in-hospital pathology and radiology services. The matter is still before the Federal Court and is scheduled for trial in March 2017.  

Defence Science Contributes To Discovery Of Earlier Human Occupation In Australia

3 November 2016: Media Release - Department of Defence Australian Government
Defence scientist Dr Nigel Spooner has contributed research in a paper published today, which suggests humans may have inhabited inland Australia up to 10,000 years earlier than previously thought.

Working in collaboration with 13 other scientists and researchers from several universities and research agencies from across Australia, Dr Spooner, currently seconded to the University of Adelaide, applied his expertise in Defence sensors to archaeological aims.

The paper was published today in ‘Nature’ titled Cultural Innovation and Megafauna Interaction in the Early Settlement of Arid Australia.

“The opportunity to work on this research project and the findings are very exciting and has implications of human occupancy across the continent,” Dr Spooner said.

“I’m very grateful to have been able to make a contribution to this body of knowledge on Australia’s history and to have worked with so many distinguished experts from across the country.”

“My contributions were to provide advice on chronological assessments and to oversee the optical dating measurements in the University of Adelaide. The dating technologies used are closely related to the techniques used in DST Group, ” he said.

Chief Defence Scientist, Dr Alex Zelinsky said that Dr Spooner set up and headed the Prescott Environmental Luminescence Laboratory in the University of Adelaide’s School of Physical Sciences, Faculty of Science as a joint initiative of DST Group and the University.

“Science and technology developed for Defence can be dual-use with application for public good and commercial outcomes,” Dr Zelinsky said.

“The broad nature of Defence science enables us to collaborate across numerous research and industry sectors.

“I’m delighted that Dr Spooner has been able to contribute his expertise to this project.”

The research was undertaken with the approval of the Adnyamathanha Traditional Lands Association and the South Australian Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation.

The paper can be downloaded from here:

Cutting-Edge Nuclear Techniques Help Prove Australia's Oldest Aboriginal Site 

November 3rd, 2016: ANTSO
An unassuming rock shelter in the Flinders Ranges has been revealed as the oldest known evidence of Aboriginal Australian settlement, thanks in part to advanced nuclear techniques, technology and scientists.

The Warratyi Rock Shelter in the Flinders Ranges - Credit: Giles Hamm                                                          
Dr Vladimir Levchenko of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) co-authored a paper published today in Nature, marking a ‘mammoth’ discovery of Australian pre-history. 

ANSTO’s Dr Levchenko performed carbon dating research using two separate nuclear instruments at ANSTO’s Lucas Heights Campus over the period between 2014 and 2016.

“I was involved as a radiocarbon specialist, and used two nuclear instruments over more than two years – the ANTARES and STAR accelerators,” explains Dr Levchenko. 

“The role of ANSTO and nuclear science extended to analysing shells, charcoal, tools and bones and megafauna, which showed two things. 

“Firstly we showed that the site is up to 49,000 years old – the earliest occupied site we have come across in Australia, at least so far. 

“Secondly we proved through dating the megafauna bones, examining the marks on them, and the fact they were collocated, that humans and megafauna interacted.

“We also rechecked and in some cases redid research that was undertaken in other laboratories – to ensure the veracity of the important findings.”

The samples were carefully unearthed from their ancient home in the Flinders Ranges, and sent some 1,500 kilometres and 49,000 years into the future at Sydney’s Lucas Heights. 

Two accelerators were used to combine their benefits – STAR with its dedicated radio carbon beamline, and ANTARES, ANSTO’s largest accelerator, which can accelerate virtually any naturally occurring isotope.

“The finding pushed radiocarbon dating technique to its best capability,” said ANSTO’s Leader of the Centre for Accelerator Science, Professor David Cohen.

“Evidence now suggests Aboriginal Australians settled in the Flinders Ranges some 49,000 years, and radiocarbon dating techniques at ANSTO are reliable to around 55,000 – 60,000 years.” 

ANSTO often contributes to studies that help determine the age of vitally of important artefacts with non-destructive methods, to reveals the true extent of the world’s oldest culture while preserving artefacts. 

“Nuclear techniques are applied to analyse and date rock art, tools, ochres and bones, shedding light on the lives of the first people in Australia,” said Professor Cohen.

The research was undertaken in collaboration with representatives of the Adnyamathanha people of the Northern Flinders Ranges. Clifford Coulthard, a member of the Adnyamathanha Traditional Lands Association, who found the site with Giles Hamm, is a co-author on the paper with Vincent Coulthard, Sophia Wilton and Duncan Johnston.

Foundations Poured For New Light Rail Tunnel

1st November 2016
The first base slab has been poured into what will soon be the nine-metre deep CBD and South East Light Rail tunnel.

Work has been progressing underneath Moore Park West to construct the light rail tunnel since April, with construction crews excavating what will be around 84,000 tonnes of fill, to dig the light rail tunnel underneath Moore Park.

The tunnel, which is expected to be complete late 2017, will be more than 500 metres long connecting to the recently installed Eastern Distributor Bridge and emerging at a new future stop close the Sydney Football Stadium and Sydney Cricket Ground. The fill excavated for the tunnel will be re-used across the project.

The CBD and South East Light Rail will provide efficient, turn-up-and-go public transport with services every four minutes between CBD and Moore Park and every eight minutes to and from Randwick and Kingsford between 7am and 7pm.

Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said the tunnel is an important piece of the 12-kilometre light rail alignment and once complete will provide a direct link from the CBD to the sporting and entertainment precinct at Moore Park.

“The base slab going in today is a big step forward, cementing the foundation for tracks which will be installed next year and enabling work to commence on the walls and roof of the tunnel in the Moore Park West section, as work continues on the concrete walls of the Anzac Parade section,” Mr Constance said.

ASIC 2015–16 Annual Report Tabled

ASIC's annual report for the 2015–16 financial year has been tabled today, Monday 31 October 2016, in the Australian Parliament.

The annual report is now available on the ASIC website.

Common Bronzewing - Male And Female

Published on 30 Oct 2016 by BIBY TV
These photos and footage were taken in October inside Castlereagh Nature Reserve (NSW) and near the Llandilo Road entrance. Depending upon your speakers you might be able to hear their call, which is a deep "oom" repeated several times. Other birds you might hear include the Scarlet Honeyeater and Olive-backed Oriole. 

For further information on the Common Bronzewing see Birds in Backyards .

ACCC Releases Quarterly Report On The NBN Wholesale Market

2 November 2016
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has released its quarterly National Broadband Network Wholesale Market Indicators Reportfor the period ending 30 September 2016, detailing the size and structure of emerging wholesale access markets.

“The report covers the number of NBN services in operation by access technology, such as FTTP, FTTB, FTTN, fixed wireless and interim satellite. It also covers these services by geographic region, speed tier, and the split between voice, business, and residential broadband,” ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said.

Key points from the report:
• NBN Co is supplying 252,319 more broadband wholesale access services than the last reporting period, taking its total to 1,388,665.
• NBN Co is contracted to supply 1,535 gigabits per second of aggregate network capacity (Connectivity Virtual Circuits), up from 1,235 gigabits per second.
• The most popular speed tier being acquired continues to be 25/5 Mbps
• The top four acquirers of NBN access services are Telstra, the TPG Group, Optus, and Vocus. Telstra remains the largest acquirer of wholesale access services on a national basis, having a wholesale market share of 49.7%.

“Telstra’s market share of NBN access services in metropolitan areas is 43%, which is similar to its market share of traditional broadband technologies. In regional areas, where it has enjoyed much larger market shares, up to 90% in some areas, Telstra’s market share of  wholesale NBN access services is around 55%,” Mr Sims said.

HFC and Long Term Satellite services will be reported for the first time in the next quarterly report in January 2017.

Click here for the full report: NBN Wholesale Market Indicators Report
This is the ACCC’s third quarterly Wholesale Market Indicators Report. The report details the number of the wholesale access services acquired over the NBN, subject to regulation under Part XIC of theCompetition and Consumer Act (2010).

An NBN wholesale access service is used by an NBN access seeker to supply a retail service directly to its own customers, or alternatively, to supply a wholesale service to another retail service provider. Some retail service providers choose to only resell NBN services acquired from other NBN access seekers. Those services are not included in this report.

The report also includes data on the contracted throughput capacity on the NBN – that is, the aggregate contracted capacity across all NBN connectivity virtual circuits, and the number of NBN Access Seekers at NBN Points of Interconnection.

Open Government National Action Plan

31 October 2016: Media Release - Senator the Hon. Mathias Cormann, Minister for Finance, Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate, Senator for Western Australia
The Government is delivering on its commitment with consultation now open on the first Open Government National Action Plan.

In November 2015, the Government confirmed that Australia would join 69 other countries as a member of the Open Government Partnership – an international initiative that aims to secure commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.

The draft Open Government National Action Plan was developed through a consultation process that began in December 2015 and was informed by an interim working group established in August 2016.

The Government is now seeking public submissions on the draft plan with consultation open until Monday, 14 November 2016.

Interested parties can view and comment on the draft plan at the Open Government Partnership Australia blog -

The Government will consider public feedback before submitting the draft National Action Plan to the Open Government Partnership before the end of 2016.

For more information see Factsheet.

Preserving Our State's Built Heritage

31st October 2016
Two Sydney homes the latest sites to be preserved and protected under the Heritage Act 1977.
Two mid-century homes designed by two of Australia’s most influential architects have been added to the State Heritage Register. 
The Glass House in Castlecrag, designed in 1957 by Bill Lucas and his wife, fellow architect Ruth Lucas, and Thurlow House in Blakehurst, designed in 1952 by Harry Seidler AM OBE, will now be preserved and protected under the Heritage Act 1977. 

NSW Environment and Heritage Minister Mark Speakman said Thurlow house is the fourth Harry Seidler designed house on the State Heritage Register, joining Rose Seidler House in Wahroonga, the Harry and Penelope Seidler House in Killara and The Igloo House in Mosman.
“Thurlow House is important in Seidler’s extensive body of work because of its inventive split-level architectural form, its adaptation to its sloping site and its desire to maximise views to the Georges River,” Mr Speakman said.

“It includes elements such as cantilevered forms and open plan living spaces which later became trademarks of Seidler’s architectural style."
The Glass House in Castlecrag was recognised for its innovative construction and inspiring design.

“Australian architects of the 1950s and 60s were on a quest to design homes to suit the Sydney lifestyle: informal, open to the outdoors and appreciative of the natural surroundings, which influenced our style of living today – this house is a remarkable example of this movement,” Mr Speakman said.

Other additions to the State Heritage Register from the past fortnight include:
• Old Wentworth Gaol, Wentworth
• Goldfinders Inn Group, Kurrajong
• The Greatest Wonder of the World and American Tobacco Warehouse and Fancy Goods Emporium, Gulgong
• Valley Heights Steam Tram Rolling Stock, Valley Heights.
• Waverley Cemetery.

Goldfinders inn when it had a general store attached on the side.

ANNUAL LICENSING MEETING.-On Tuesday, the 21st instant the licensing meeting for the district of Windsor took place at the Police Office the following justices being present :-Messrs. J, L. Scarvell, James Ascough, Stephen Tuckerman, George Bowman, and Henry Day. Certificates were granted to the undermentioned parties :- 1. Walter Blanchard, Barraba Hotel, Windsor. 2. Bridget Winifred Bullock, Shamrock Rose and Thistle, Windsor. 3. Alfred Dalton, Currency Lass, Windsor. 4. James Dorset, Odd Fellow's Hall, Windsor. 5. George Freeman, Cricketers' Arms, Windsor. 6. William Hull, Black Swan, Windsor. 7. Richard Mawson, Windsor Hotel, Windsor. 8. John Michael McQuade, Commercial Hotel, Windsor. 9. Richard Maher Travellers' Rest, Windsor. 10. Henry McCourt, St. Patrick, Windsor. 11. Francis McDonell, Harp of Erin, Windsor. 12. Ann Onus, Prince of Wales Windsor. 13. Thomas Primrose, Bell Inn, Windsor. 14. Richard Ridge, Fitz Roy Hotel. Windsor. 15. James Bligh Ridge, Royal Oak, Windsor. 16. Edward Watt, White-Horse, Windsor. 17. Christopher Chantler, 'Butchers' Arms, Richmond Road. 18. James Norris, Plough Inn, Richmond Road. 19. John Markwell, Butchers' Arms, Richmond . 20. George Oldfield, Welcome Inn, Richmond. 21. Henry Francis Seymour, Black Horse, Richmond. 22. Edwin Young, Union Inn, Richmond. 23. William Farlow, Waggon and Horses, Upper Richmond. 24. Thomas Kirk, Plough Inn, Upper Richmond. 25. Charles Eather, Woolpack Inn, North Richmond. 26. John Moore, Enfield Inn, North Richmond. 27. William Freeman, Travellers' Rest, Kurrajong. 28. John Lamrock, Goldfinders' Home, Kurrajong. 29. George Cobcroft, Old Retreat, Wilberforce. 30. Henry Gardner, Horse and Jockey, Wilberforce. 31. John Hannabus, Royal Oak, Windsor Road. 32. Patrick Molloy, Shamrock, Rose, and Thistle, Windsor Road. 33. James Strachan, Beehive, Windsor Road. 34. John Robert M'Kenzie, Shamrock, Rose, and Thistle, Pitt Town. 35. Edward Wamsley, Traveller's Inn, Wiseman's Ferry. 36. William Everingham, Traveller's Home, Colo. Two applications were postponed, viz., Mrs. Honora Eagan's and Mrs. Elizabeth Onus's. A confectioner's license was at the same time granted to William Sullivan of Richmond. It will be seen that there is no falling off in the number of public-houses in our district. On the contrary, there is an increase of one-namely, Mr. Dorset's new and commodious house in Macquarie-street. WINDSOR. (1857, April 29). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 3. Retrieved from 

Have Your Say On New Disability Employment Services

2 November 2016: Minister for Social Services, The Hon. Christian Porter Joint Media Release with: The Hon. Jane Prentice MP, Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services

People with disability, employment service providers and employers of people with disability are encouraged to provide feedback on a discussion paper aimed at introducing an improved model of Disability Employment Services (DES) from 2018.

Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter, said potential options for reforms outlined in the discussion paper aim to increase the number of people with disability finding and keeping a job.

“The Coalition Government inherited a structure that has not been conducive to improving a situation where too many people with disability do not get to enjoy the social, emotional and financial benefits that work brings,” he said.

“Only 53 per cent of people with disability are participating in work, compared with 83 per cent of people without disability.

“DES plays an important role in helping Australians with disability break down the barriers to participating in the economy and there is an opportunity to improve DES to help more people stay in employment over the long-term.

“There are more than 180,000 people receiving DES services, but less than one third of people who exit DES after a period of support are in work three months later and it is time to look at ways to reform the system to improve lives through greater levels of employment.”

The discussion paper, New Disability Employment Services from 2018 is part of the Australian Government’s broader consultations with the disability community on the strengths and weaknesses of the current approach to disability employment.

Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services, Jane Prentice, said the Australian Government is taking a collaborative approach and actively consulting with the disability community on the reforms.

“Now is the time to have your say on the future of DES. This is our chance to improve opportunities for employers and people with disability,” she said.

“I encourage you to provide us with your feedback during the six week consultation period.

“Last year we launched the Disability Employment Taskforce to talk with people with disability, disability services providers and employers about supporting more people with disability into employment.

“This discussion paper builds on the findings from the Taskforce’s consultations and puts forward specific options for reforming DES with the aim of better engaging with employers and helping more DES participants make the transition to work.”

To have your say on the DES discussion paper, visit Consultations are open from 2 November 2016

Get Prepped For Schoolies’ Week: NSW Health

31 October 2016
School leavers planning to celebrate Schoolies’ Week overseas should see their GP and be vaccinated against infectious diseases endemic in their travel destinations, NSW Health has warned.
NSW Health Director, Communicable Diseases, Dr Vicky Sheppeard, said it was important to have the necessary vaccinations before heading overseas, not only to protect yourself but to prevent the spread of disease to others on return to Australia.
“Measles and hepatitis A are common in many countries and it is not unusual for travellers to develop these infections after returning to Australia,” Dr Sheppeard said.
“In the last two weeks alone there have been seven cases of measles reported in Australia and New Zealand, most with direct or indirect links to overseas travellers.
“It’s important to plan ahead and seek medical advice about measles ahead of your trip. Vaccination against measles is highly effective, with two life-time doses of the vaccine offering protection against the infection in 99 per cent of people.
“By vaccinating against measles you’re also protecting others, such as those who are too young or unable to be vaccinated, as you’re reducing their potential exposure to the measles virus.”
Dr Sheppeard said Schoolies should also be aware of the risk of contracting rabies, which is a risk in all Asian destinations including Bali and Thailand.
“Rabies is almost always fatal, so if Schoolies are bitten or scratched by a monkey or dog while overseas they should wash the wound thoroughly and seek immediate medical attention. Rabies can be effectively prevented by a series of injections that need to start as soon as possible after a bite or scratch from a potentially infected animal.”
Dr Sheppeard said the best protection against exposure to rabies was to avoid handling any wild or domestic mammal in a rabies-endemic country – including bats, wild or domestic dogs, cats and monkeys.
Schoolies should also take steps to protect themselves against mosquito borne viruses such as Zika, dengue and Ross River Fever.
“Make sure you pack an effective insect repellent, and apply it regularly, particularly in the evening. Mosquitoes in Australia and overseas can carry a range of infections and the best way to avoid them is to make every effort not to get bitten,” Dr Sheppeard said.
“You want to remember Schoolies Week for the right reasons so take the time to be properly prepared so you can enjoy a safe and healthy break with your school mates.”
For more information, please see the following NSW Health fact sheets:

Apply For The Premier's Anzac Memorial Scholarship

October 18, 2016: NSW Government
NSW high school students have an opportunity to develop their understanding of the Anzac legacy through visits to battlefields and memorial sites overseas.
Government, Catholic and independent schools who submit an expression of interest online by Monday 14 November will go into a ballot. 

The 20 schools selected will then nominate one year 10 or 11 student each to take part in the 2017 tour. 

In 2017, students will visit Flanders, Belgium, and commemorate 100 years since the British offensive on the town of Ypres in which Australia lost 38,000 men. The 12-day tour will also take in other significant Australian battlefields on the Western Front in Belgium and France including Villiers Bretonneux, Pozieres and Fromelles.

Minister for Veterans Affairs David Elliott encouraged expressions of interest from schools around the state.

“These scholarships enable young history buffs to visit key battlefields and memorial sites where our Anzac history is brought to life,” Mr Elliott said.

“This is a unique opportunity, one that offers scholars insight into Australia’s involvement in the First World War and the birth of the Anzac legend,” Mr Elliott said.

How The Sandwich Was Invented 

Published on 3 Nov 2016

Today, it is estimated that 50% of Americans eat at least one sandwich every day. And while it’s all but impossible to imagine a world without them, sandwiches have only been around since 1762. In the fifth installment of our ‘Moments of Vision’ series, Jessica Oreck shares the sandwich's seedy origin story. 

Lesson and animation by Jessica Oreck.

$234.7 Million For New Research Discoveries

1 November 2016: Australian Research Council (ARC)
Developing high-speed optical wireless technology, helping to better understand speech and language difficulties in children, and understanding use of smartphones by people with disabilities for navigating essential services will be the focus of some of the outstanding research projects funded by the Australian Government today.

Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Research Council (ARC), Ms Leanne Harvey, has welcomed the announcement today by Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham, of $234.7 million for 630 projects funded through the ARC Discovery Projects scheme.

“The Discovery Projects scheme provides funding to support excellent basic and applied research projects to be undertaken by individual researchers or research teams,” Ms Harvey said.

Some of the Discovery Projects that will commence in 2017 include:
  • $376,000 for a project led by Professor Ampalavanapillai Nirmalathas at The University of Melbourne to improve the coverage, mobile access, miniaturisation, bandwidth and networking of optical wireless systems.
  • $338,000 for research led by Associate Professor Blake Johnson at Macquarie University to understand how children acquire language by studying speech production in the developing brain, for insights into speech and language problems that affect health and quality of life.
  • $187,222 for research led by Dr Kathleen Ellis at Curtin University of Technology to understand how people with a disability use smartphones to navigate the urban environment, for improving access to public space and essential services.
  • $117,000 for a project led by Dr Bo Xia at Queensland University of Technology to develop best practice solutions to improve the living environment of retirement villages and the quality of life for ageing Australians.
  • $297,500 for a project led by Associate Prof Menna Jones at the University of Tasmania to investigate approaches for suppressing invasive prey and predators that could be scaled up to conserve threatened native wildlife in unfenced landscapes.
This announcement of $234.7 million for Discovery Projects is part of the ARC Major Grants announcement totalling $416.6 million for 989 research projects.

Royal Visitors Meet Dutch Migrants At National Archives

Wednesday, 2 November 2016: Media release - NAA
Dutch migrants and generations of descendants were among the special guests to meet His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands at the National Archives of Australia this afternoon.

'It was a great honour for us to host the royal visitors,' said David Fricker, Director-General of the National Archives. 'This year, Australia and the Netherlands celebrate 400 years of contact, a tradition that began with explorers such as Dirk Hartog and Abel Tasman.

'We were delighted to welcome the royal couple to view records on that shared heritage and also to meet our other guests whose family immigration records have been preserved in the archival collection. These included first-generation Australians as well as others whose parents, grandparents and even great-great-grandparents migrated from the Netherlands.'

Between 1951 and 1970, about 160,000 Dutch nationals migrated to Australia. Today there are close to 95,000 residents who were born in the Netherlands and an estimated 300,000 Australians who claim Dutch ancestry.

'The families represented today have played and continue to play a major part in Australia's history and development,' said Mr Fricker. 'They have provided a general manager of BHP from 1898 to 1921, a worker on the Snowy Hydro scheme and current AFL player Matt de Boer among others.
'When you examine the records in our collection, the contribution made by Dutch immigrants becomes very obvious.'

The Archives also holds photographs and other records of previous royal visits to Australia made by Her Royal Highness Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands in 1978 and then again in 1988 to celebrate Australia's bi-centenary.

During their visit to the Archives, the royal visitors had the opportunity to view several significant records from the archival collection that highlight the shared history between Australia and the Netherlands.

Photo courtesy National Archives of Australia

NSW Government Gazette

November 3rd, 2016
Trove and The State Library of New South Wales are delighted to announce the completion of making the NSW Government Gazette free to all Australians. 1 million pages of our history, from the names of convicts arriving in New South Wales to the changes in the environmental planning laws in the 1980s and beyond.

For a snapshot of what’s in the Gazette read our blog post.…/…/2016/11/01/nsw-government-gazette

The digitisation of the NSW Government Gazette was generously supported by the State Library of New South Wales. 

Organisations keen to contribute to digitising a journal or newspaper can contact the National Library of Australia at

Start exploring the NSW Government Gazettes on Trove today:

National Museum Of Australia Acquires Historic Riding Breeches

31 October 2016
The riding breeches worn by jockey Michelle Payne when she rode Prince of Penzance to a historic win in the 2015 Melbourne Cup, have been acquired by the National Museum of Australia in Canberra.
Michelle Payne became a national icon as the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup in its 155–year history, after riding to victory last year – at odds of 100 to 1.
Michelle Payne’s riding breeches, worn during the 2015 Melbourne Cup race, framed with a replica set of Prince of Penzance jockey colours and photographs. Courtesy: National Jockeys Trust.
Signed ‘Michelle Payne / 2015 / # POP’, the breeches she wore on that day were auctioned at a fundraising event for injured jockeys held by the National Jockeys Trust, at the traditional Melbourne Cup eve ‘Call of the Card’ event in Melbourne.

The breeches are set in a frame alongside a replica set of Prince of Penzance jockey colours.

‘Michelle Payne made history and won hearts across the country when she became the first woman to win the Melbourne Cup in 2015 and we are delighted to acquire her riding breeches from that day, to enable us to share this uplifting story with the nation,’ said National Museum director, Dr Mathew Trinca.

‘The Melbourne Cup captivates the nation and the riding breeches are a wonderful addition to our Melbourne Cup collection which includes Phar Lap’s heart and the oldest intact Melbourne Cup, from 1866,’ said National Museum curator, Jennifer Wilson.

A permanent display on the history of the Melbourne Cup is part of the Museum’s Landmarks gallery.

In her famous post-race interview, Ms Payne said she had succeeded in a chauvinistic sport and thanked those who had believed in her: ‘I just wanted to say that everyone else get stuffed, because they think women aren’t strong enough but we just beat the world.’

The Prince of Penzance jockey colours of purple, white and green – worn by Ms Payne – are coincidentally the same as those worn by the Suffragettes, who campaigned in England for women’s right to vote, further highlighting women’s participation in horseracing.

Ms Payne comes from a family of 10 children, seven of whom are professional jockeys. Her brother Stephen was the strapper for Prince of Penzance and drew the horse’s number one barrier.

Ms Payne donated the breeches to the National Jockeys Trust, which received 100 per cent of the proceeds of the auction. Ms Payne has been seriously injured several times herself, including a life-threatening fall at Mildura in May this year.

Ms Payne was awarded the Best Sporting Moment of the Year by Australian Institute of Sport; the Chairman’s Award 2016 at the Australian Racing Hall of Fame; the Governor’s Award 2015 at Victorian Sportsperson of the Year; ‘The Australian’ newspaper’s Australian of the Year; and the Don Award, presented by The Sport Australia Hall of Fame.

Pets Of All Types Take Over The National Portrait Gallery

November 3rd, 2016: National Portrait Gallery
It is not every day that a national gallery turns its walls over to the animal companions that bring unconditional love and joy to their owners but this summer we have opened the doors to 15 contemporary artists with very different ways of depicting our furry, feathered and scaled pets.

The Popular Pet Show features more than 160 portraits, many large scale paintings, of famous and obscure Australians and their pets by contemporary artists Nicholas Harding, Lucy Culliton, Darren McDonald, Anna Culliton, Fiona McMonagle, Ken Done, Noel McKenna, Graeme Drendel, Robyn Sweaney, Kristin Headlam, Shen Jiawei, Jude Rae, William Robinson, Janet Dawson and Davida Allen.

Curator of the show Dr Sarah Engledow is excited to present an exhibition that everyone can enjoy. ‘My intention for the show is to bring together a collection of works that’s accessible for all types of people, including those who don’t know much about art. All kinds of people with different interests love their pets, and all kinds of people who love their pets can relate in some way to the paintings in this show,’ said Sarah. ‘As a big fan of the internet, I’ve enjoyed my fair share of animal snaps, but I can’t say I’ve learned much from looking at them. By contrast, the painted, sculpted and drawn pet animals in this exhibition make congenial guides to random, basic ideas about art.’

‘Some artists go at their subjects in fervour and some labour over individual hairs. For me, even comparing how much blank space different artists leave around a dog or a bird is interesting. These are all really good artists; but I hope visitors will compare their pictures, appreciate their different approaches, and make up their own minds about what they like best.’

Dr Engledow has previously curated Idle Hours, Paris to Monaro: Pleasures from the Studio of Hilda Rix Nicholas and most recently Arcadia: Sound of the sea and she’s known for her thoughtful and original storytelling.

The Popular Pet Show is open to the public from Friday 4 November 2016 until Monday 13 March 2017. Tickets can be purchased online or at the information desk at the Gallery for $10 per adult or $8 per concession and young people under 18 are free. A number of pet-tastic activities and events will be held in conjunction with The Popular Pet Show. The first celebrates farm-yard pets with a Country Fair on Sunday 13 November from 10.00am until 2.00pm.

In the new year dog lovers will be able to bring their furry companions to a Paws for Art day with a variety of dog-themed activities, demonstrations and goodies.

The Popular Pet Show
Friday 4 November 2016 until Monday 13 March 2017

Picture: Billie, 2016 by Graeme Drendel - Collection of the artist, Melbourne

Anniversary Of The Battle Of Beersheba

31 October 2016: The Hon Dan Tehan MP, Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Today marks the 99th anniversary of the Battle of Beersheba, and the historic charge of the 4th Light Horse Brigade.

Australia suffered 67 casualties, including 31 killed in the attack on Beersheba, a heavily fortified town 43 kilometres from the then Turkish stronghold of Gaza.

The light horsemen charged the Turkish lines at a full gallop in three waves, 500 metres apart. Using their bayonets as swords, the momentum of the surprise attack carried them through the Turkish defences and the Australians took more than 700 prisoners.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan acknowledged the battle as one of the great cavalry charges in military history.

“The Light Horse Regiments were largely made up of men from small towns across rural Australia, mounted on horses known as ‘walers’. The actions of the Light Horse at Beersheba became legendary, as they charged over open ground towards entrenched enemy positions,” Mr Tehan said.

“Today we remember the Australians who were killed or injured in the battle and we are grateful for the service and sacrifice of the men who served in the 4th Light Horse Brigade and of every man and woman who has served in defence of our country.”

Next year is the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Beersheba in Be’er Sheva, Israel, and planning for a number of commemorative activities is underway.

A registration process for Australians wishing to attend commemorations will be conducted. Details of the service and how to obtain an attendance pass will be announced on the DVA website when planning is completed.

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Study Identifies Molecule That Limits Excessive Expansion Of Heart Muscle Cells

October 31, 2016: Osaka University
Research team centered at Osaka University identifies a protein that stops heart muscle cells from increasing in size when the heart is under stress, representing a candidate for treating a range of heart diseases.
When the heart is subjected to stress, such as high blood pressure, it responds by expanding, both at the level of the whole organ or some of its chambers, and at the level of single cells. 

Although the swelling of heart muscle cells, called cardiomyocytes, has been investigated, understanding of the molecular mechanisms that promote and inhibit this has remained limited. Researchers centered at Osaka University have now identified a protein that restrains the speeding up of activity and expansion of cells that usually occur under stressful conditions. This novel finding explains how establishment of oversized cells can be prevented in heart muscle, which could lead to treatments to limit heart expansion that has been linked to heart failure.

Cardiac hypertrophy is when the heart muscle is placed under higher stress than normal and needs to develop greater bulk to deal with this. At the cellular level, cardiomyocytes are induced to increase size by speeding up production of proteins and other components. The production line from genes to proteins includes the intermediate of RNA, which forms an extra regulatory level determining the overall composition of proteins within a cell. Therefore, to understand the swelling of cardiomyocytes under stressful conditions due to increased production of proteins, it is necessary to clarify the overall regulation of RNA within these cells.

A new study by researchers centered at Osaka University has provided a major advance in this field by identifying the protein Btg2 as a global regulator of RNA within cardiomyocytes. By performing imaging of single cells, the induction of excessive expression of this protein within stressed cardiac tissue was found to reduce the size of cardiomyocytes, showing that Btg2 is a factor that limits cardiac hypertrophy.

"We first focused on the targets of the protein Myc, which is known to increase the size and anabolic activity of cardiomyocytes," corresponding author Shuichiro Higo says. "We found that Btg2 was especially strongly induced by Myc, but that these two proteins had opposite effects on the level of RNA in these cells. This suggests they are on opposing sides of a system regulating protein production and cell size."

Application of single-cell imaging in this study enabled the team to identify where Btg2 was active within the cell, which was combined with functional analysis to determine the mechanisms by which it induced a reduction in global RNA level. The findings showed that Btg2 interacts with cellular machinery that breaks down RNA, which explains its association with reduced protein production and, thus, smaller cells.

"We now have a much better understanding of the mechanisms by which heart cells can not only expand in response to stress, but also limit this expansion," Higo says. "We may be able to harness these mechanisms to reduce some of the problems associated with long-term cardiac hypertrophy and heart disease."

The article "Btg2 is a Negative Regulator of Cardiomyocyte Hypertrophy through a Decrease in Cytosolic RNA" was published in Scientific Reports.

Yuki Masumura, Shuichiro Higo, Yoshihiro Asano, Hisakazu Kato, Yi Yan, Saki Ishino, Osamu Tsukamoto, Hidetaka Kioka, Takaharu Hayashi, Yasunori Shintani, Satoru Yamazaki, Tetsuo Minamino, Masafumi Kitakaze, Issei Komuro, Seiji Takashima, Yasushi Sakata. Btg2 is a Negative Regulator of Cardiomyocyte Hypertrophy through a Decrease in Cytosolic RNA. Scientific Reports, 2016; 6: 28592 DOI:10.1038/srep28592

Well-Being Linked With When, How People Manage Emotions

November 2, 2016
Reframing how we think about a situation is a common strategy for managing our emotions, but a new study suggests that using this reappraisal strategy in situations we actually have control over may be associated with lower well-being. The findings are published inPsychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

"Our results caution against a 'one strategy fits all' approach, which may be tempting to recommend based on many previous findings regarding reappraisal as a strategy for regulating emotion," says psychological scientist Peter Koval of Australian Catholic University. "Simply using any given emotion regulation strategy more (or less) in all situations may not lead to the best outcomes -- instead, contextually-appropriate emotion regulation may be healthier."

Recent work on emotion regulation has highlighted the fact that flexibility in using emotion regulation strategies is key to healthy functioning. Koval and his research team decided to investigate how situational context might play a role in the relationship between emotion regulation and well-being in people's everyday lives.

The researchers recruited 74 adults to participate in a 7-day study that involved responding to periodic survey questions delivered via smartphone. The survey app sent prompts at random intervals of 40 to 102 minutes between 10:00 am and 10:00 pm each day, asking the participants whether they had "looked at things from a different perspective" and/or "changed the way [they] were thinking" in response to their feelings since the last prompt. Participants were also asked to rate how much control they felt they had over what had happened since the last prompt. For each question, participants could choose a response ranging from 0 (not at all) to 100 (very much so).

Before beginning the 7-day study, participants completed validated measures assessing symptoms of depression, anxiety, stress, and neuroticism, as well as measures of social anxiety and self-esteem. These measures provided the researchers an indication of participants' well-being.

Results showed that participants successfully complied with the survey instructions, answering about 87% of the prompts delivered, on average. The researchers found no reliable associations between participants' well-being and their overall use of reappraisal as a means of regulating emotion in daily life, in line with the notion that reappraisal is not a one-size-fits-all strategy.

The researchers did find, however, that participants who reported higher levels of depression, anxiety, stress, neuroticism, and social anxiety were more likely to use reappraisal in response to situations they perceived as controllable, whereas participants who reported higher well-being tended to use reappraisal more in situations they felt they had little control over.
"We found that people with higher well-being increased their use of reappraisal as contexts became less controllable, whereas individuals with lower well-being showed the opposite pattern," Koval and colleagues explain in their paper.

Given that the study measured reappraisal use in daily life over a single week and assessed well-being on just a one occasion, the results do not tell us whether more situationally-appropriate use of reappraisal leads to greater well-being, or vice versa. Despite this, the researchers argue that the findings suggest that context -- in this case, how much control an individual believes he or she has over situations -- does make a difference in the outcomes of emotion-regulation strategies.

"When a situation can be directly changed, reappraisal may undermine the adaptive function of emotions in motivating action," the researchers write.

Koval and colleagues are currently conducting a large follow-up study, in which they track participants' emotion regulation in daily life over the course of 3 weeks. They plan on extending their work by examining additional emotion regulation strategies, contextual factors, and measures of well-being.

S. J. Haines, J. Gleeson, P. Kuppens, T. Hollenstein, J. Ciarrochi, I. Labuschagne, C. Grace, P. Koval. The Wisdom to Know the Difference: Strategy-Situation Fit in Emotion Regulation in Daily Life Is Associated With Well-Being. Psychological Science, 2016; DOI:10.1177/0956797616669086

AUSTRAC Signs Historic MoU With China

2 November 2016
An historic milestone this week will greatly enhance the ability of Australia’s financial intelligence agency, AUSTRAC, its Chinese counterpart, and law enforcement partners in protecting Australia and China against money laundering and terrorism financing.

CEO of AUSTRAC, Paul Jevtovic, said the formal signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between AUSTRAC and CAMLMAC (China Anti-Money Laundering Monitoring and Analysis Center), marks the successful conclusion of a long negotiation.

“Discussions about this MoU began in early 2015 and I’m proud to announce that we have now realised the vision that both our agencies have worked tirelessly towards,” Mr Jevtovic said. 

“AUSTRAC’s data shows that the flow of money between the two countries has almost doubled since the 2011-12 financial year, from $42 billion to close to $77 billion in 2015-16. China is now Australia’s largest trading partner.

“Given China’s global trade volumes, regional dynamics and strategic importance, access to Chinese financial intelligence data will significantly enhance AUSTRAC’s analytical capacity and directly assist Australian law enforcement, border and regulatory agencies.

“China also stands to substantially enhance the breadth and quality of financial intelligence in its own fight against illegal money flows.

“There will be immediate collaboration under the MoU that will focus on exchanging high value financial transaction reports where there is an identified connection between China and Australia.” 

Additional activity under various taskforces and joint operational projects can now also be further explored to support whole-of-government initiatives.

“This kind of collaboration is only possible under a formal MoU framework where there is transparency and accountability about how data will be used by both parties,” Mr Jevtovic said. 

“It is anticipated that bilateral work and regular intelligence exchanges with CAMLMAC may also involve projects involving analyst exchanges between the two agencies in the future, to better understand and harness emerging technologies to combat serious financial crime.”

Mr Jevtovic said he was pleased the Minister for Justice, Michael Keenan was also present for the important signing event in Beijing. He also acknowledged support from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Attorney General’s Department and Australian Federal Police.

Have Your Say On A Mixed Use Development At Barangaroo South

29.09.2016: Departmental Media Release - Department of Planning and Environment
Three separate proposals by Lend Lease Pty Ltd for residential buildings at 51A Hickson Road, Barangaroo will be on exhibition from today for community consultation.

The Department of Planning and Environment is keen to hear the community’s views on the proposals, which seek to construct three residential buildings of 72, 60 and 29 storeys.

These will provide 775 new apartments, of which 39 apartments will be for key worker housing in the 29 storey building.

Each of the buildings will provide retail space and will include underground car spaces, storage and rubbish facilities.

A spokesperson for the Department of Planning and Environment said the local community always has an opportunity to share their views.

“Community consultation is an integral part of the planning process and the applicant will have to respond to the feedback we receive,” the spokesperson said.

“This feedback is taken into consideration as part of the assessment.

“It’s easy to participate by going online and we encourage everyone to take a look and have their say.”

To make a submission or view the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), visit

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Submissions can be made from Thursday 29 September until Monday 14 November 2016.

Written submissions can also be made to:
Department of Planning and Environment
Attn: Director – Key Sites Assessments
GPO Box 39
Sydney NSW 2001