Inbox and environment news: Issue 501
July 11 - 17, 2021: Issue 501
More Time To Have Your Say On Ingleside Housing Development Proposal
Sydney Man Sentenced For Waste Offences On The Hawkesbury River
EPA Fines Power Station Operator $15,000 For Alleged Water Pollution
150 Hectares Of Habitat Lost Each Day In NSW
Community Workshop Sheds Light On Microplastics In Hawkesbury-Nepean River
Draft National Recovery Plan For The Koala (Combined Populations Of Queensland, New South Wales And The Australian Capital Territory)
Federal Consultation On Endangered Listing For The Koala Now Open - Closes July 30, 2021
Koala Listing Strengthens Call For An Independent Environmental Compliance Agency
Gas-Fired Recovery Measures: Have Your Say - Closes August 2nd
- unlock supply
- deliver an efficient pipeline and transportation network
- empower gas customers.
- the National Gas Infrastructure Plan (NGIP)
- the Future Gas Infrastructure Investment Framework.
NAIF Money For Central Queensland Coal Project
When Will Politicians Heed Farmers' Concerns About Climate Change?
Public Money For Olive Downs Coal Mine Is Deeply Irresponsible
Keith Pitt's Fracked Gas Cash Splash With Public Money
New NAIF Board To Steer The Next Phase Of Northern Investment
Santos Decision Shows What’s In Store For Farmers If Barilaro Refuses To Slay Zombies
- Removing a condition limiting indirect impacts to 181 hectares. Santos said indirect impacts, such as increased dust, weeds, and feral animal intrusion, “would be extensive across the project area”, but had already been addressed by offsets.
- Removal of specific reference to clearing limits and offset credit requirements for each protected matter.
- Revised groundwater conditions.
- Revised reporting requirements and definitions for the framework to categorise drilling fluid chemicals.
NSW State Government's Plans To Open Western NSW To Coal Mining Open For Feedback
- Forty-five recorded Aboriginal heritage sites and an additional 13 sites that are restricted and location data not supplied in the proposed coal release areas.
- Twenty-two threatened fauna species and six threatened flora species including the koala, the critically endangered regent honeyeater and the endangered spotted-tailed quoll, as well as four plant species endemic to the Rylstone/western Wollemi area.
- One thousand, eight hundred and fifty-four hectares of groundwater dependant ecosystems.
- Six thousand, six hundred and thirty-four hectares of potential threatened ecological communities.
- Thirty-six water bores.
- One hundred and twenty kilometres of stream channels in good condition and 118 kilometres of stream channels classed as a high level of fragility.
New Plan To Revitalise NSW's Oldest Park By Installing Mountain Bike Trails
- Royal National Park, Heathcote National Park, Garawarra State Conservation Area Draft Planning Considerations
- Royal National Park, Heathcote National Park and Garawarra State Conservation Area Draft Plan of Management
- Royal National Park, Heathcote National Park and Garawarra State Conservation Area Draft Mountain Biking Plan
Bushcare In Pittwater
Where we work Which day What time
Angophora Reserve 3rd Sunday 8:30 - 11:30am
Avalon Dunes 1st Sunday 8:30 - 11:30am
Avalon Golf Course 2nd Wednesday 3 - 5:30pm
Careel Creek 4th Saturday 8:30 - 11:30am
Toongari Reserve 3rd Saturday 9 - 12noon (8 - 11am in summer)
Bangalley Headland 2nd Sunday 9 to 12noon
Winnererremy Bay 4th Sunday 9 to 12noon
North Bilgola Beach 3rd Monday 9 - 12noon
Algona Reserve 1st Saturday 9 - 12noon
Plateau Park 1st Friday 8:30 - 11:30am
Browns Bay Reserve 1st Tuesday 9 - 12noon
McCarrs Creek Reserve Contact Bushcare Officer To be confirmed
Old Wharf Reserve 3rd Saturday 8 - 11am
Kundibah Reserve 4th Sunday 8:30 - 11:30am
Mona Vale Beach Basin 1st Saturday 8 - 11am
Mona Vale Dunes 2nd Saturday +3rd Thursday 8:30 - 11:30am
Bungan Beach 4th Sunday 9 - 12noon
Crescent Reserve 3rd Sunday 9 - 12noon
North Newport Beach 4th Saturday 8:30 - 11:30am
Porter Reserve 2nd Saturday 8 - 11am
Irrawong Reserve 2nd Saturday 2 - 5pm
North Palm Beach Dunes 3rd Saturday 9 - 12noon
Catherine Park 2nd Sunday 10 - 12:30pm
Elizabeth Park 1st Saturday 9 - 12noon
Pathilda Reserve 3rd Saturday 9 - 12noon
Warriewood Wetlands 1st Sunday 8:30 - 11:30am
Norma Park 1st Friday 9 - 12noon
Coopers Point, Elvina Bay 2nd Sunday 10 - 1pm
Rocky Point, Elvina Bay 1st Monday 9 - 12noon
Gardens And Environment Groups And Organisations In Pittwater
Avalon Golf Course Bushcare Needs You
New Shorebirds WingThing For Youngsters Available To Download
A Shorebirds WingThing educational brochure for kids (A5) helps children learn about shorebirds, their life and journey. The 2021 revised brochure version was published in February 2021 and is available now. You can download a file copy here.
If you would like a free print copy of this brochure, please send a self-addressed envelope with A$1.10 postage (or larger if you would like it unfolded) affixed to: BirdLife Australia, Shorebird WingThing Request, 2-05Shorebird WingThing/60 Leicester St, Carlton VIC 3053.
Shorebird Identification Booklet
The Migratory Shorebird Program has just released the third edition of its hugely popular Shorebird Identification Booklet. The team has thoroughly revised and updated this pocket-sized companion for all shorebird counters and interested birders, with lots of useful information on our most common shorebirds, key identification features, sighting distribution maps and short articles on some of BirdLife’s shorebird activities.
The booklet can be downloaded here in PDF file format: http://www.birdlife.org.au/documents/Shorebird_ID_Booklet_V3.pdf
Paper copies can be ordered as well, see http://www.birdlife.org.au/projects/shorebirds-2020/counter-resources for details.
Download BirdLife Australia's children’s education kit to help them learn more about our wading birdlife
Shorebirds are a group of wading birds that can be found feeding on swamps, tidal mudflats, estuaries, beaches and open country. For many people, shorebirds are just those brown birds feeding a long way out on the mud but they are actually a remarkably diverse collection of birds including stilts, sandpipers, snipe, curlews, godwits, plovers and oystercatchers. Each species is superbly adapted to suit its preferred habitat. The Red-necked Stint is as small as a sparrow, with relatively short legs and bill that it pecks food from the surface of the mud with, whereas the Eastern Curlew is over two feet long with a exceptionally long legs and a massively curved beak that it thrusts deep down into the mud to pull out crabs, worms and other creatures hidden below the surface.
Some shorebirds are fairly drab in plumage, especially when they are visiting Australia in their non-breeding season, but when they migrate to their Arctic nesting grounds, they develop a vibrant flush of bright colours to attract a mate. We have 37 types of shorebirds that annually migrate to Australia on some of the most lengthy and arduous journeys in the animal kingdom, but there are also 18 shorebirds that call Australia home all year round.
What all our shorebirds have in common—be they large or small, seasoned traveller or homebody, brightly coloured or in muted tones—is that each species needs adequate safe areas where they can successfully feed and breed.
The National Shorebird Monitoring Program is managed and supported by BirdLife Australia.
This project is supported by Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority and Hunter Local Land Services through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program. Funding from Helen Macpherson Smith Trust and Port Phillip Bay Fund is acknowledged.
The National Shorebird Monitoring Program is made possible with the help of over 1,600 volunteers working in coastal and inland habitats all over Australia.
The National Shorebird Monitoring program (started as the Shorebirds 2020 project initiated to re-invigorate monitoring around Australia) is raising awareness of how incredible shorebirds are, and actively engaging the community to participate in gathering information needed to conserve shorebirds.
In the short term, the destruction of tidal ecosystems will need to be stopped, and our program is designed to strengthen the case for protecting these important habitats.
In the long term, there will be a need to mitigate against the likely effects of climate change on a species that travels across the entire range of latitudes where impacts are likely.
The identification and protection of critical areas for shorebirds will need to continue in order to guard against the potential threats associated with habitats in close proximity to nearly half the human population.
Here in Australia, the place where these birds grow up and spend most of their lives, continued monitoring is necessary to inform the best management practice to maintain shorebird populations.
BirdLife Australia believe that we can help secure a brighter future for these remarkable birds by educating stakeholders, gathering information on how and why shorebird populations are changing, and working to grow the community of people who care about shorebirds.
To find out more visit: http://www.birdlife.org.au/projects/shorebirds-2020/shorebirds-2020-program
Aussie Bread Tags Collection Points
Canopy Keepers Art Challenge For Pittwater's Youngsters
Did you know that trees communicate using underground fungal networks? Or that, like us, they survive best in communities?
There's lots to find out about the hidden life of trees and so Canopy Keepers are inviting Pittwater primary students to create an image that reveals an aspect of the hidden life of trees. Drawings, diagrams, painting, mixed media and photos are all welcome. Chosen artworks will be made into a calendar for 2022 for sale (to cover costs) in the local community.
Get busy youngsters! Now is a great time to engage in a fun art challenge exploring our beautiful trees.
Email your work to email@example.com by September 6th.
The Lighthouse Keeper
NSW State Archives Webinar - A Festival Of Film
Phoenix Program Seeking Expressions Of Interest At Manly Warringah Kayak Club
Applications are invited for the second year of the MWKC Phoenix Programme on Narrabeen Lake. This Programme is designed to deliver athletes into State and National Pathway Programs.
At this stage the Club has set target dates for athlete testing as Wednesday 28 July and Sunday 01 August, but it may be subject to change (such as weather events) so please contact us to confirm.
If you are interested in applying for the Programme, please send an email to our Head Coach, Brett Worth at firstname.lastname@example.org and provide the following details;
Brief summary of paddling experience (if any)
Brief summary of other sporting interests / achievements.
If you would like to speak with someone prior to applying you can contact;
Brett Worth, MWKC Head Coach 0466 599 423 Peter Grimes, MWKC President 0418 221 042
Details are available at this link: www.mwkc.org.au
Setting 'Personal Best' Goals Helps Students - Especially Those Academically At-Risk
How Learning Another Language Shapes The New You
“It can be a really humbling experience to learn another language because you will find it’s not really easy to learn another language.”
“The more we engage with other languages, the more we may find that we are all human beings regardless of the different languages we speak.”
“I would encourage people to start learning the language they think they’re likely to find the most personal meaning in, whether that’s the language relevant to their family history, or hobbies, or for travel.”
Neanderthal Artists? Bones Decorated Over 50,000 Years Ago
Vast Majority Of Australians Prefer Funds For War Memorial Expansion To Be Spent Elsewhere
- One in two (49%) Australians would prefer the money to be spent on services like health and education, including 41% of Coalition and 56% of Labor voters.
- A further one in four (26%) Australians would prefer the money to be spent on veterans’ support services.
- Just 13% of Australians would prefer the funds to be spent on the redevelopment of the Australian War Memorial.
Defamation Reforms To Become Law In NSW
Australian Black Summer Bushfires Changes Songbird Plumage & Testosterone
Conservation Concern As Alien Aphid Detected On Kangaroo Island
- The CANE TOAD - Introduced to Australia in the 1930s as a biological control for sugar cane beetles, its population has grown from 102 to more than 200 million, wreaking havoc on the Australian ecosystem at a rate of 50km every year.
- PATERSON’S CURSE (or Salvation Jane) - This purple-flowering plant was introduced to Australian gardens in the 1880s, but quickly became a rampant weed. Now a target for biological control, it costs the Australian economy more than $250 million annually through lost productivity in pastures, control costs, and wool contamination.
- European rabbits – Introduced for hunting and food in the 1850s, Australia’s new rabbit population exploded, destroying crops, native flora, and land. Biological controls including the Myxoma Virus and the Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus have helped control populations.
- RED FIRE ANTS – Native to South America, these are highly invasive, aggressive ants that have a venomous and repetitive sting that can cause painful pustules, and anaphylaxis. The Federal Government now has a ten-year, $411 million plan to eradicate red fire ants from Southeast Queensland.
Sunflower Peptide As 'Template' For Potential Analgesic
Food For Thought: Are Organic Foods Really Pesticide Free?
Saturated Fatty Acid Levels Increase When Making Memories
Thermal Imaging Offers Early Alert For Chronic Wound Care
Same Dance, Different Species: How Natural Selection Drives Common Behaviour Of Lizards
Report Sounds Alarm On Efficacy, Safety, Ethics Of Embryo Selection With Polygenic Scores
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