Inbox and Environment News: Issue 504
August 1 - 7, 2021: Issue 504
Friends Of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment August Newsletter, Forum & 2021 AGM
Pittwater Natural Heritage Association (PNHA) Newsletter No: 88
Discussion Paper To Encourage Views On Proposed Planning Controls
- improved controls for development near waterways, foreshores, wetlands and riparian lands;
- more water sensitive urban design and greater tree canopy;
- performance standards for net-zero carbon emission buildings;
- reducing areas for permitted dual occupancy, boarding houses and seniors’ housing to reduce inappropriate development in sensitive locations;
- provisions to restrict large scale retail in small retail centres.
Echidna Breeding Season Commences
Reinstate The Marine Reserve From Rock Pool “Kiddies Corner” South Palm Beach: Petition
Repeat Offender Banned From Fishing For 5 Years
Fisheries Officers Crack Down On Illegal Fishing During Lockdown
New Expert Analysis Reveals NSW IPC Has “Comprehensively Failed” To Mitigate Greenhouse Emissions
“Even if it were considered acceptable to overlook the huge contribution to climate change of Scope 3 emissions from these projects, the Scope 1 and 2 emissions add up to 89 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent; that is nearly 20 per cent of Australia’s total national emissions last year. Reducing or, ideally, eliminating those emissions would be a significant contribution to our obligation to help slow climate change."
NSW Government Introduces New Mining Rehabilitation Rules
- prepare a management plan to identify and achieve rehabilitation outcomes
- carry out rehabilitation risk assessments
- develop a program to demonstrate an approach to progressive rehabilitation
- make information about rehabilitation publicly available
- report annually on rehabilitation performance.
Reckless Plans For Kosciuszko National Park Must Be Stopped
- Increasing overnight accommodation in the park from 10,000 to 14,000 beds.
- Allowing helicopters flights into the ski fields.
- Expanding carparks and building new ones.
- Allowing vehicles onto iconic walking tracks.
- Artificially heating the waters at Yarrangobilly thermal pools.
Drone Technology Keeping A Watchful Eye On Whales This Migration Season
- The Right Whale ID citizen science project will recruit skilled drone operators to take specific images of southern right whales (SRW) in NSW waters, to increase knowledge and understanding about this endangered species.
- This project will be run as a pilot in 2021.
- It will be managed by NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.
- The Right Whale ID program is funded under the Marine Estate Management Strategy (MEMS).
- Images will become available in the coming months at Threatened and protected species
- This year the project aims to train 20 volunteer drone operators along the NSW coast.
- These drone operators are members of the public, usually enthusiastic amateurs, some of whom have taken drone vision for NPWS in the past.
- All drone operators involved in this project are CASA registered and accredited.
- All operators must undertake training with NPWS Marine Wildlife Officers before joining the volunteer program to ensure they comply with Biodiversity Conservation Regulations (2017).
- The South-eastern Australian population of SRW is estimated to be less than 300 individuals, with less than 30 mothers expected to give birth in either Victoria or NSW waters this year.
- Unlike humpback whales, the endangered SRW uses coastal bays and beaches to breed, give birth, mother and rest before heading back to Antarctic waters to feed.
- This closeness to the shore can make them more vulnerable to disturbance from on-lookers on or in the water.
- The project will record details about individual SRWs, now endangered in NSW waters.
- Understanding the patterns of habitual use at different locations along the NSW coast will lead to better management and planning for their benefit.
- If you see a stranded, entangled, or sick whale, or a sighting of a southern right whale please report it immediately to NPWS on 13000 PARKS or ORRCA Whale and Dolphin Rescue on (02) 9415 3333 (24 hours hotline).
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
Backflip Threatens National Standards
- A safe, continuous and step free path of travel from the street entrance and/or parking area to a dwelling entrance that is level.
- At least one, level (step-free) entrance into the dwelling.
- Internal doors and corridors that facilitate comfortable and unimpeded movement between spaces.
- A toilet on the ground (or entry) level that provides easy access.
- A bathroom that contains a hobless shower recess.
- Reinforced walls around the toilet, shower and bath to support the safe installation of grabrails at a later date.
- Stairways designed to reduce the likelihood of injury and also enable future adaptation.
Overcoming Adversity: Tess Lloyd's Insight For Year 12s
I'm reaching out because much like me trying to compete at the Tokyo Games, your year 12 is filled with uncertainty and unforeseen challenges due to Covid-19.Things just aren't going the way we planned, and while your teachers, families and the government are doing all they can to keep school as normal as possible, it doesn't stop us all from feeling a little wobbly at times and isolated from our friends and what is normal.Hey, I know what it's like. When I was your age, I was involved in a serious sailing accident, one which turned my life upside down and altered my plans for year 12.I'll save you the gory details, but in short: our boat was hit by a windsurfer, my crewmate pulled me from the water unconscious, I was taken to hospital – things were pretty dire – I underwent brain surgery, had nine screws and plates put in my head and was put into a medically induced coma.After the accident I had to learn to walk, talk and sail again. I ended up having to do my year 12 over two years, so while all my friends had graduated, I was still left studying. Not fun. As you can imagine, this brought with it great uncertainty.It was a tough time. So much uncertainty made me questions myself – it got me down from time to time.You are living through historic times, we are all, and while there is uncertainty, I know from my experiences that great things can come from adversity.Would I be the athlete I am today without the accident that changed my Year 12? Would I have achieved my childhood dream, and would it have been as special, if I hadn't gone through what I did?I don't know, but what I do know, is we all have greatness in us. We are all tougher than we imagined, and I want to encourage you to embrace adversity and adapt in times of uncertainty.I have no doubt you all will be incredibly successful in all you do, but as you live through the day to day, remember you are sharing the journey.Adversity adds to the triumph and brings out courage we never imagined we had.
More Time To Prepare For HSC
- Extend the hand in date for all major projects by two weeks. The hand-in date for Industrial Technology has been extended by four weeks
- Reschedule Drama performance exams to run from 6 to 17 September
- Music performance exam continue as scheduled, running from 30 August to 10 September
- Reschedule the written exams to begin one week later on 19 October with HSC results out on 17 December.
HSC Online Help
Stay Healthy - Stay Active: HSC 2021
Updated Advice For HSC Students
- Your school will advise you about arrangements for trial HSC exams.
- HSC students in Greater Sydney continue to be able to access school to prepare for the HSC where they cannot do so from home, including to use specialist equipment to work on major projects or rehearse for performance exams.
- As per broader NSW Health advice, HSC students in Greater Sydney are asked to learn from home where possible.
- All HSC students must follow COVID safe practices at school, including wearing a mask.
- The COVID illness/misadventure process is available for students whose ability to work on their major project or performance has been significantly impacted by COVID-19 restrictions.
After Dark Photo Competition: Northern Beaches
- Land – manmade and/or natural formations, wildlife, flora or fauna
- Sea – waterways, beaches, or marine areas, sea life
- Sky – aspects of the night sky, moon, starscapes, clouds or wildlife
- Junior – under 16 years featuring any one of these categories.
- Entry fees are $20 for the first category entered and $10 for each subsequent category entered.
- Up to six entries per category are permitted.
- Fees should be paid by the PayPal gateway on the entry website. Credit and debit cards can be used on this gateway.
- If entry payments are not received by the deadline, then the submitted entries will not be accepted for judging.
- Entries will be accepted only from Australian residents of the Commonwealth of Australia and its Territories.
- There will be two sections of entry – General and Junior (18 or younger)
- There will be three categories of entry for the General Section; Portraying the night time environment featuring Land, Sea or Sky.
- The Junior Section is for photographers 18 years old or younger and will have one open category.
- All entries must be taken within the Northern Beaches LGA and must be taken between sunset and sunrise.
- Images can be taken at any time of the year on or after 1 September 2019.
- The top 5 images of each category will be judged by the organising committee and will be hung at the Studio, Careel Bay Marina for general public display.
- Photographers represented in the top 5 images of each category will be notified that they are in the top 20 images (15 September 17:00 AEST).
- There is a limit of six (6) entries per category per photographer.
- In the case of images with multiple authors, the instigator of the image will be considered to be the principal author and the one who “owns” the image. The principal author MUST have performed the majority of the work to produce the image. All authors MUST be identified and named in the entry form along with their contributions to the production of the image.
- Entries must be in digital form and will be accepted ONLY through submission via the dedicated website at: afterdark.myphotoclub.com.au
- To preserve anonymity, the submitted image files should not contain identifying metadata.
- For judging purposes, still images must be submitted as JPG files with the longest side having a dimension no greater than 4,950 pixels in Adobe 1998 colour space.
- All photographs must have been taken no more than 2 years before the closing date of entry.
- Entry fees are $20 for the first entry and $10 each subsequent entry. Fees should be paid by the PayPal gateway on the entry website. Credit and debit cards can be used on this gateway.
- If entry payments are not received by the deadline, then the submitted entries will not be accepted for judging.
- Photographers of the top 20 images (5 in each category) will be notified 15 September and images printed, framed and hung by the organising. Artists may choose to pay $55 for this service to be undertaken on their part or undertake printing and framing at their own cost. Images must be ready for hanging 17:00 (AEST) 29 September 2021.
- Images will be listed on sale during the exhibition at the artist’s discretion. $100 of the sale will be donated to the charity the Australasian Dark Sky Alliance.
- Winners for the Land Scape, Sea Scape, Sky Scape and Youth entry will be announced Thursday 30th September 2021.
- People’s choice will confirmed by popular vote throughout the exhibition and will be announced on Saturday 30 October, 2021.
- Submissions close at 24:00 (AEST) on Wednesday, 1 September 2021. No entries will be accepted past this date.
- All winners should make an effort to attend the presentation of the awards on 30 September 2021
- The winning entries will be exhibited for the entire Exhibition After Dark, at the Studio, Careel Bay Marina between 30 September and 2 November, 2021.
- Permission to reproduce entries for publication to promote the competition and exhibitions and dark sky-related events and activities on the northern beaches will be assumed as a condition of entry. The copyright of the image remains with the author, and we will try to ensure that the author is credited where the image is used.
- All entries must be true images, faithfully reflecting and maintaining the integrity of the subject. Entries made up of composite images taken at different times and/or at different locations and/or with different cameras will not be accepted. Image manipulations that produce works that are more “digital art” than true astronomical images, will be deemed ineligible. If there is any doubt about the acceptability of an entry, then the competition organisers should be contacted, before the entry is submitted, for adjudication on the matter at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- If after the judging process, an image is subsequently determined to have violated the letter and/or the spirit of the rules, then that image will be disqualified. Any prizes consequently awarded for that image must be returned to the competition organisers.
- The competition judges reserve the right to reject any entry that, in the opinion of the judges, does not meet the conditions of entry or is unsuitable for public display. The judges’ decisions will be final.
- Submission of an entry implies acceptance of all the conditions of entry and the decisions of the competition judges.
- Entries Open: 24:00 (AEST) Sunday, 11 July 2021
- Entries Close: 24:00 (AEST) Wednesday, 1 September 2021
- Top 20 announced: 17:00 Wednesday, 15 September 2021
- Photography bump in: Midday Wednesday 29 September 2021
- Exhibition Launch and Presentation of Awards: Thursday 30 September 2021
- Bump out – 2 November 2021
- Category Winner: An image deemed to be the best in that category as judged by the judging panel.
- “The People’s Choice”: This will be judged by gathering votes obtained in the exhibition venue, and online.
- Category Winner: $200 – to each of the image deemed to be the best in each of the four (4) category.
- “The People’s Choice”: $200 – will be judged by gathering votes obtained in the exhibition venue, and online.
2021 Crikey! Magazine Photography Competition
Time To Dance!
Record Infrastructure Funding And Aged Care Boost
Innovative Researchers Encouraged To Find Breakthroughs In Dementia
Harmful Body Fat Not Only Increases Your Waistline But Also Your Risk Of Dementia
- ‘unfavourable’ – people who tend to have fat around their lower torso and abdominal area, including around their These people have a higher risk of type 2 diabetes and heart diseases.
- ‘favourable’ – people who have have wider hips but a lower risk of type 2 diabetes and heart diseases.
- ‘neutral’ – people who have relatively low or very low risk of the cardiometabolic diseases.
Study Shows Why Beer Mats Do Not Make Good Frisbees: A Very Important Discovery!
Chronic Pain Might Impact How The Brain Processes Emotions
Australian Bushfires, Not Pandemic Lockdowns, Had Biggest Impact On Global Climate In 2020
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Cultural Biases Impact Native Fish
- Stop saying "rough fish." They suggest "native fish" as a simple alternative.
- Integrate Indigenous perspectives into fisheries management.
- Revisit species bag limits. Lower bag limits for native species until the science is conducted to confirm they could be higher. The study takes particular note of the fast-growing bowfishing market that has contributed to removing native species.
- Support science on native fishes. Game fish receive 11 times more research and management attention in American Fisheries Society journals than do "rough fish." To learn the true value of native fishes, more research is required.
- Co-manage species that have co-evolved, such as freshwater mussels and fish that host them.
- Correct misinformation and enhance science education through outreach and education for all ages.
Pedestrians Should Get The Green Light On Traffic Signal Prioritisation
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