inbox and environment news: Issue 519
November 21 - 27, 2021: Issue 519
Phasing Out Single-Use Plastics In NSW
From 1 June 2022 The Following Will Be Banned:
- barrier bags such as bin liners, human or animal waste bags
- produce bags and deli bags
- bags used to contain medical items (excluding bags provided by a retailer to a consumer used to transport medical items from the retailer).
From 1 November 2022 The Following Will Be Banned:
- serving utensils such as salad servers or tongs
- items that are an integrated part of the packaging used to seal or contain food or beverages, or are included within or attached to that packaging, through an automated process (such as a straw attached to a juice box).
- single-use plastic bowls designed or intended to have a spill-proof lid, such as those used for a takeaway soup.
Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) Food Service Items
- meat or produce trays
- packaging, including consumer and business-to-business packaging and transport containers
- food service items that are an integrated part of the packaging used to seal or contain food or beverages, or are including within or attached to that packaging, through an automated process (such as an EPS noodle cup).
Single-Use Plastic Cotton Buds And Microbeads In Certain Personal Care Products
- polyethylene (PE)
- polypropylene (PP)
- polyethylene terephthalate (PET)
- polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA)
- nylon (PA).
Careel Creek: Dusky Moorhen + Chicks In Residence - Please Keep Your Dogs On Their Leads
Dusky Moorhen in Careel Creek, Saturday October 30, 2021 - photos by A J Guesdon
Dusky Moorhen in Careel Creek, Thursday November 30, 2021 - photos by A J Guesdon
Canopy Keepers Offer 100 Trees For Avalon Beach 100 Celebration
A group of local tree enthusiasts is inviting Avalon Beach residents to celebrate the suburb’s 100th anniversary by planting a tree.
Canopy Keepers convenor Deb Collins said Pittwater residents are surrounded by a unique urban tree canopy covering nearly 60 per cent of the area.
However, between 2009 and 2016 the Pittwater Local Government Area lost more canopy than any other in NSW - due to development and the removal of trees from residential land.
So to celebrate the naming of Avalon Beach 100 years ago, Canopy Keepers will plant at least 100 trees in the 2107 postcode in coming months, Ms Collins said.
Avalon Beach residents and others in the postcode area are therefore invited to apply for one of these trees at no cost, to plant and care for the next generation of canopy, she said.
“We are looking for 100 recipients - 100 new Canopy Keepers,” Ms Collins said.
“Will you help us grow the future and become a canopy keeper, so that we can ensure our children and grandchildren enjoy the benefits of our wonderful urban forest?” Ms Collins said.
“The radical changes to our environment are not just upsetting residents.
“Forty per cent of all wildlife relies on a connected canopy to nest, raise their young and travel between food and water sources.
“The simple removal of ‘just one tree’ can break a critical link in a canopy pathway and threaten the habitat of wildlife such as Squirrel gliders, Powerful owls, and of course the much loved Koala, now extinct from our area but remembered here by so many of us from our childhood.
“We can do much to prevent our wildlife and trees from suffering the same fate as the Koala.
“But it will take a noisy village to achieve this.
“Please join our growing community and ensure Avalon and Pittwater in 100 years are as beautiful as they are today.”
Residents are asked to fill in the following form before December 10 and Canopy Keepers will offer you a tree that is best suited to where you live.
Otherwise please email Canopy Keepers at firstname.lastname@example.org
Find Canopy Keepers at the Avalon car boot sale, on Sunday December 19, where registered tree recipients will be able to pick up their trees for planting.
Canopy keepers is a local group dedicated to the preservation and regeneration of tree canopy in our local area. We want to link arms with all our neighbours and bring to life the vision of homes amongst the trees not shrubs along the edge.
Find out more at: www.canopykeepers.org.au
November 2021 Forum For Friends Of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment: Fishing Bats And Water Rats (Rakali)
North Head Scenic Area Upgrade
The National Parks and Wildlife Service is improving visitor access at North Head, Sydney Harbour National Park.
North Head, in Sydney Harbour National Park, is a diverse site with significant cultural and environmental values receiving over 500,000 local, domestic and international visitors each year. North Head is listed on the National Heritage List.
This is being delivered as part of the largest visitor infrastructure program in national park history and aligns with the outcomes for North Head outlined in the Sydney Harbour National Park Plan of Management (2012).
North Head Lookouts
The concept plans for new lookouts at North Head have been released. The lookouts will replace the original Fairfax lookouts which were closed in past years due to the geotechnical risk associated with the unstable nature of the sandstone cliff faces.
The NSW Department of Environment worked with local architects CHROFI and Aboriginal consultancy Bangawarra to design lookouts which address geo-technical risk, maintain visitor safety, maximise viewing space and use materials which can withstand the harsh environment whilst and responding to Country and the character of the surrounding landscape. As part of this process new names for each lookout are proposed to acknowledge Connection to Country.
Burragula is proposed for the Southern Lookout and acknowledges the long-nosed bandicoot found in this local area which, 'is an important animal on this Country' and 'for its association with burragula (sunset), the time of the day in which it can be readily observed scurrying through the landscape'.
At the Northern Lookout, yiningma (a cliff edge) is a place where 'views far out to sea can be enjoyed whilst also being able to look back on the many layers of rock and earth that forms the coast itself.'
The Fairfax track and the new lookouts will be fully accessible once complete and disabled parking is provided at the entrance to the track.
The concept plans for the lookouts are available for download here. You can also read more about the connections to Country and how this has influenced the design.
Migratory Bird Season
Baby Wildlife Season
Harry the ringtail possum. Sydney Wildlife photo
Boobook Owl And Baby Possum Rescue; Sydney Wildlife Rescue Volunteer
Helen Pearce is one of our local Sydney Wildlife volunteers - last week she got a call for a raptor rescue.
Helen says; ''As a licensed wildlife rescuer, I get to deal with some pretty cool animals, but today was a beautiful privilege.
Sydney Wildlife Rescue had a call at about 8:30 this morning for an owl on the ground. Thinking it’d be a Tawny chick (who is not an owl, not even a nightjar, but has very recently been reclassified in its own classification order), but preparing for a Powerful Owl, I set out with all necessary equipment. When I arrived, I found the most gorgeous fledgling Boobook owl. What a cutey!
The parents were around and watching and rather concerned as to what we were going to do with their precious baby. Fluttering between Jo’s and Lisa Yost Palmer ‘s garden, I caught the petrified little fluffball of claws and sharp beak and we formulated a plan.
Having consulted with SWR’s experienced raptor coordinator, we made a make-shift nest and Jo and Lisa’s amazing husbands scaled a tree and started fixing the new ‘nest’ as high as we practically could and placed ‘Fluffy’ in.
This evening, mum and dad have tended to the chick and there’s a second chick still in the original nest!
I’d like to extend my massive thanks to all involved for the effort made to help these birds. It’s great to know there’s people like these guys who care so deeply about our wildlife. Chicks of all species are fledging at the moment and may need a little extra help from us humans.''
The other recent rescue Helen has attended is a baby possum. More and more of these are coming into care as their tree homes are cut down without any checking to see if they are already inhabited by our wildlife.
''It’s baby season! And I have a huge soft spot for brushtail possums.
The little guy in this photo is a 300g brushtail Joey. He was found all alone, in the middle of the day on a concrete slab by the side of a building. How he wasn’t already dead, I don’t know. Cats, dogs, birds, snakes, humans……hunger, dehydration, exposure to the sun, wind, cold……either way, he’s a very lucky boy. What happened to his mum is unknown.
He’s very scared. He doesn’t know what’s happened to him, who this strange thing is who’s trying to feed a funny-tasting milk to him, where his mum is. He cries at night, calling for his mum, but she doesn’t come.
He will settle in a day or two and get used to the new milk (which is a specialised marsupial milk, purely for his stage of development. Other various types of milks can kill him) and he’ll begin to trust me, but I can’t replace his mum.
If you find a Joey on its own, it needs help. If you find one, please try to contain it and keep it safe from predators and exposure and call either Sydney Wildlife (Sydney Metropolitan Wildlife Services) or WIRES. If you find a dead possum (ringtail or brushtail), please check the pouch for a Joey. Brushies generally have one but ringtails will have 2, sometimes three. If you are unable to, that’s ok, but please call it in to a wildlife organisation so someone can attend to it.
If you find a native animal in need, or if you have concerns, please call either
Sydney Wildlife Rescue - 02 9413 4300
Or WIRES - 1300 094 737
NB: Please do not attempt to handle a raptor, snake or other wild animals unless you are trained as you may cause injury to them or yourself.
Photos: Helen Pearce
Petition: Purchase Critical Koala Habitat In Port Macquarie
Currently being circulated is an e-petition calling on the NSW Government to purchase critical koala habitat in Port Macquarie.
Local koala care rescuers in Port Macquarie have shared photos of just some of the of the koalas they have had to help rescue in Port Macquarie due ultimately to ongoing habitat loss.
The local koala population suffered huge casualties with the 2019/2020 bushfires. The remaining unburnt core habitat around Lake Innes has become critical to sustain those individuals that survived the fires. An assessment by DPIE’s Biodiversity and Conservation Division concluded that post-fire, the urban population of koalas is now critical to Port Macquarie-Hastings Council LGA overall population if it has any hope of recovery. However, their habitat is shrinking rapidly because of ongoing land clearing for greenfield urban development.
Without a home to return rescued koalas to they stand no chance of survival.
Gardens Of Stone And The Lost City Adventures
Over 30,000 hectares of NSW state forests, including the iconic Gardens of Stone will be transformed into a new eco-tourism and adventure destination on the edge of the Blue Mountains near Lithgow.
The centrepiece of the investment will be the Lost City Adventure Experience, an iconic project, that will include Australia's longest zipline and a spectacular elevated canyon walk.
It will also feature NSW's first Via Ferrata rock-climbing opportunity, a protected climbing route employing steel cables, rungs or ladders, fixed to the rock that climbers can safely attach to.
Premier Dominic Perrottet said the NSW Government was investing $50 million to transform the area, which will be added to the national parks estate, into an eco-tourism and eco-adventure destination generating jobs and economic growth for the entire region.
"We're investing record amounts in our national parks to protect our natural gems while also generating new industries in our regions to support jobs and creating new iconic experiences so more people can enjoy our natural wonders," Mr Perrottet said.
"This new set of reserves will improve access to this spectacular region attracting domestic and international tourists with upgraded lookouts, walking trails, a 4WD circuit and a world class 35 kilometre mountain bike network."
Deputy Premier Paul Toole said this will be a massive boost for Lithgow's local economy, drawing an estimated 200,000-plus extra visitors to the region every year.
"This investment will deliver an iconic tourism and adventuring experience right on Sydney's doorstep and represents one of the State's largest ever investments in a regional ecotourism project," Mr Toole said.
"We expect this new set of reserves to create at least another 190 jobs for the Lithgow region, not to mention the millions of tourism dollars that will flow into the local economy."
Treasurer and Environment Minister Matt Kean said the new reserve will also feature one of the world's great long-distance walks extending from the Wollemi to the Gardens of Stone.
"This new set of reserves will rival the Three Sisters in Katoomba as the destination for visitors and tourists to the mountains west of Sydney," Mr Kean said.
"It will also provide a much-needed lasting legacy for the environment, protecting and providing habitat for numerous threatened and endangered species for future generations."
Keith Muir, former Colong Foundation for Wilderness Executive Director, said:
“After what must be the longest protected area campaign in history, the Colong Foundation welcomes the new Gardens of Stone State Conservation Area of over 30,000 hectares which positions Lithgow as the gateway to the Gardens of Stone region.
“The new reserve ranks in the top 20 of most floristically diverse of all State Forests, National Parks and Reserves in NSW, just behind Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, but outranks them all on geodiversity diversity.
“The funding provided will permit the establishment of a world-class tourism and conservation reserve protecting and presenting an astounding array of heritage values. It will improve the protection of internationally significant pagoda landscapes and remaining rare upland swamps. The area includes 84 threatened plant and animal species, such as the Giant Dragonfly, and 16 rare and threatened communities.
“The untapped tourism value of Lithgow’s Gardens of Stone backyard lies in the diversity and rarity of its scenery and native flora, and in its Aboriginal cultural heritage. These values will be protected and enjoyed by thousands of people.
“Lithgow will become the new Katoomba. Katoomba was once a coal mining town, having successfully transitioned to a tourism based economy in the 1920s.
“It is testament to the persistent community campaign from the Colong Foundation for Wilderness, Blue Mountains Conservation Society and the Lithgow Environment Group that this announcement has happened today.
“While this is a great outcome for nature, the threat to the World Heritage Area from the proposed raising of the Warragamba Dam wall casts a long shadow over today’s wonderful announcement.”
The new reserves will be established by legislation to be introduced in November and will cover 31,500 hectares including:
- Gardens of Stone State Conservation Area (total 28,944 ha) created by the transfer of Newnes, Ben Bullen and Wolgan State forests and Crown land
- additions to Gardens of Stone National Park (342 ha) from Crown land
- additions to Wollemi National Park (2259 ha) from Newnes State Forest.
An iconic great walk – set to become one of the world's great long distance walks – will extend from the Wollemi to the Gardens of Stone.
- this 6-day (five-night) walk will feature incredible views across the Wollemi wilderness, allowing visitors to explore ancient pagoda formations and visit one of the world's great birding locations, the Capertee Valley, while enjoying comfortable accommodation and purpose-built eco-cabins.
The new reserves are expected to attract an estimated 200,000+ additional visitors per annum, creating more than 190 jobs in the Lithgow region.
The new reserve contains a diversity of ecosystems and high species richness, and is characterised by striking geological features such as the scenically spectacular 'pagoda country' which represents internationally significant geoheritage.
- the Newnes Plateau is the highest elevation sandstone plateau in the Blue Mountains and contains species such as the Wolgan Snow Gum (Eucalpytus gregsoniana) that is not found in the existing Blue Mountains reserves
- the landscape is characterised by cliffs, steep gullies, slot canyons and grassy woodlands
- threatened ecological communities are present, including significant areas of elevated swamps listed under both Federal and State legislation, as well as box woodland and tableland grassy forest that has been heavily cleared elsewhere
- a number of rare and threatened species are found on the reserves including koalas, spotted-tailed quolls, regent honeyeaters and the Blue Mountains water skink.
The new reserve has exceptional cultural value, with many recorded sites including artefacts, art engravings and pigmentations, carved and scarred trees, stone arrangements and grinding grooves. It encompasses the Mayinygu Marragu Aboriginal Place, a place of special meaning to Wiradjuri people and highly valued by the wider Aboriginal community which contains Aboriginal rock shelters with painted art and is a teaching and occupation site.
This proposal will also allow responsible applications to extend the life of current underground coal mines such as Angus Place, while ensuring additional protections for the environment and unlocking new tourism opportunities.
Key Piece Of Western Sydney Conservation Puzzle To Be Protected
A major agreement between the NSW Government and the Deerubbin Local Aboriginal Land Council (DLALC) will support the development of land managed by DLALC in Western Sydney, while protecting 1100 hectares of important woodlands on the Cumberland Plain.
Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes said preparation of the biodiversity assessment and approvals for Deerubbin's Penrith Structure Plan will be fast-tracked, providing economic opportunities for Aboriginal people while securing more land to be protected under the NSW Government's Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan.
"The Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan is our greatest defence for the ancient woodlands of Western Sydney. When certified, this plan will permanently protect many important threatened native plants and animals, while giving the Deerubbin Local Aboriginal Land Council certainty to plan its future," Mr Stokes said.
Biodiversity certification of DLAC's Penrith Structure Plan has been declared as 'strategic' by the Minister for Energy and Environment. Minister for Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said this declaration is the first of its kind and demonstrates this Government's commitment to support Local Aboriginal Land Councils and work collaboratively to deliver the best outcomes for our growing communities.
"The DLALC is a significant landholder in Western Sydney and cutting the green tape to enhance job creation and opportunity for both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people is a huge step forward. This is practical reconciliation in action," Mr Ayres said.
Environment Minister Matt Kean said the proposed conservation measures include protecting around 1100 hectares of native vegetation and is only made possible by the opportunity to partner with DLALC.
"The strategic declaration of the Penrith Structure Plan will deliver significant conservation outcomes and enable us to protect one of the largest remnant areas of intact vegetation on the Cumberland Plain by expanding Agnes Banks Nature Reserve and Castlereagh Nature Reserve while enabling DLALC to realise the socio-economic opportunities of their lands," Mr Kean said.
Chairperson of the DLALC Athol Smith said: "The Penrith Structure Plan represents a nationally significant partnership between the NSW Government and a Local Aboriginal Land Council, delivering benefits for the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities of Western Sydney."
Chief Executive Officer Emeritus of the DLALC Kevin Cavanagh said: "It is historic that the DLALC is willing to provide 1,100 hectares of land in Western Sydney for biodiversity conservation – the scale of this gift to the citizens of NSW cannot be underestimated."
The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment is working with DLALC and an independent accredited assessor to prepare the relevant statutory and public consultation documents.
For more information visit the Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan webpage.
Ben Boyd National Park To Be Renamed
Ben Boyd National Park on NSW's far south coast will be renamed in the language of Traditional Custodians recognising the Aboriginal cultural heritage of the area.
Environment Minister Matt Kean said the decision follows requests from Aboriginal communities to rename the park due to Ben Boyd's association with 'blackbirding', a practice that involved the coercion of people through deception or kidnapping to work as slaves or poorly paid labourers.
"It is time to acknowledge the real history of Ben Boyd and remove his name from the national park that continues to hold enormous cultural significance for Aboriginal people," Mr Kean said.
"It is clear from the expert historical analysis, that Ben Boyd's association with 'blackbirding' should not be reflected or celebrated in any way in our national parks."
"There are many people from NSW's early history who are worth remembering and celebrating but it is clear from this historical analysis that Ben Boyd is not one of them."
"By renaming the park, we not only celebrate ancient Aboriginal culture but also recognise its importance to Aboriginal people in recent history."
The next step is to work with Elders and Aboriginal community representatives to identify a new name for the park. Consultation on a new name is expected to start in the coming weeks.
Last year National Parks and Wildlife Service responded to calls to rename Ben Boyd National Park by engaging an independent historian, Dr Mark Dunn, to provide a report on the history of Ben Boyd on the NSW South Coast.
Dr Dunn's report confirms Ben Boyd's involvement in 'blackbirding', was viewed by many at the time as a form of slavery. Renaming the park follows the NPWS Parks Name Policy where new park names should come from Aboriginal communities.
New Report Shows Australia Failing To Meet Plastic Reduction Targets
November 18, 2021
Australia’s leading ocean conservation organisation has expressed alarm at a new report showing that Australia is not going to meet its 2025 plastic packaging targets.
A new progress report from the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) has shown that Australia’s recycling of plastic packaging has flatlined, with only 16% of plastic recycled in 2019-20, down from 18% in the previous year.
Of 1.1 million tonnes of plastic packaging placed on the market that year, that represents only 179,000 tonnes recovered.
Alarmingly, only 60% of plastic packaging was found to be easily recyclable. Products with recycled plastic content also remain low, with post-consumer recycled content accounting for only 3% of plastic packaging on the market.
Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) plastics expert Shane Cucow said the report should be a sharp wake-up call for government and business.
“We’ve seen a lot of companies talking about sustainability, but this report shows that collectively we are still asleep at the wheel,” he said.
“We’ve been encouraged by moves to ban key single-use plastics and investments to build new recycling infrastructure, but it is still too little, too slowly when it comes to plastic packaging.
“One thing is abundantly clear. If we keep on the way we are, we’ll never make it past the halfway point as the tidal wave of plastic continues to fill up our oceans and our landfills.
“The report showed that even with currently planned recycling upgrades occurring around Australia, we will still only be able to recycle 36% of plastics annually – far short of Australia’s target to recycle or compost 70% of plastic packaging.”
Mr Cucow said that it was time for the Australian government to take decisive action.
“The evidence is clear, voluntary targets are not working. Without real incentives and clear penalties, it is too easy for companies to put this in the too hard basket.
“There’s simply not enough demand for recycled plastic because virgin plastic is cheaper and easier to obtain. It’s time for the Australian government to level the playing field with a levy on virgin plastic and mandated targets for recycled content.”
In particular, the report highlighted that without a sharp increase in the recycling rates for soft plastics like bread bags, chip packets and other food packaging, Australia would not meet recycling targets.
“Only 4% of soft plastics are currently getting recycled in Australia, yet soft plastics are the single most lethal consumer plastic for ocean wildlife like whales and turtles,” added Mr Cucow.
“We need a dramatic increase in our capacity to recover and recycle soft plastics, introducing measures such as kerbside collection of soft plastics and compostables for every household.
“It’s also high time all the big product manufacturers took responsibility for the environmental devastation their packaging is causing, and took more decisive action to cut their plastic packaging in real terms.
“It’s not good enough to just whack a recycling label on your soft plastic packaging and call it a day, when Australia is drowning in a sea of plastic.”
Australia’s 2025 National Packaging Targets set voluntary targets for packaging recovery and design:
- 100% of packaging is reusable, recyclable or compostable
- 70% of plastic packaging is reusable, recyclable or composted
- 50% average recycled content is included in packaging
- Phase out problematic and unnecessary single-use plastic packaging
Western Sydney Company To Pay $88,000 For Purple Water Incident
November 18, 2021
An ink manufacturer responsible for polluting a Western Sydney river with purple dye will pay $88,000 towards environmental and clean-up programs and the NSW Environment Protection Authority’s (EPA) costs of investigating the incident. The payment is part of an Enforceable Undertaking agreed with the EPA.
In April 2020, DIC Australia Pty Ltd started to produce a purple batch of dye at its factory in Auburn NSW. When water containing the purple dye later entered the site’s stormwater system unseen, DIC Australia failed to detect and remove it. The water containing purple dye then overflowed into an outlet pipe running directly to Duck River.
Pumps in the site’s stormwater retention pit were also turned on, which discharged more water containing purple dye into the river.
EPA Executive Director Regulatory Operations Steve Beaman said the incident was reported by concerned members of the public who noticed Duck River had turned a deep shade of purple on 11 June 2020.
“Duck River is a southern tributary of the Parramatta River,” Mr Beaman said.
“This incident had the potential to cause harm to the animals and plants living in Duck River, and the wider catchment. Thankfully on this occasion no actual harm was observed, and the purple dye dissipated within a few days.”
Mr Beaman said DIC Australia should have protected the local waterway by removing the contaminated water from their stormwater system to ensure it didn’t reach the river.
As part of the Enforceable Undertaking, DIC Australia will train all staff about their environmental obligations, engage an independent expert to audit the site’s stormwater and liquid waste management systems and then implement the expert’s recommendations.
The company will also pay $5,000 to Clean Up Australia and $25,000 to the NSW Environmental Trust for general environmental work. DIC Australia must also pay $58,000 to the EPA for the legal and investigation costs it incurred in relation to the incident.
“All businesses must ensure that they have the right plans in place to avoid pollution, which can cause harm to communities and the environment, as well as cost them in fines,” Mr Beaman said.
“Preventing these types of incidents not only protects the environment but makes good business sense.”
Enforceable Undertakings are one of several tools the EPA can use to achieve environmental compliance. They are enforceable by the Land and Environment Court.
DIC Australia also complied with a clean-up notice issued by the EPA directing it to clean the stormwater pits at the site to prevent further purple dye reaching the river.
For more information about the EPA’s regulatory tools, see the EPA Compliance Policy.
BASIX Higher Standards: Feedback Open
The NSW Government are improving BASIX standards to build more comfortable homes, cut energy costs and contribute to our target of net zero homes by 2050.
This is part of the Trajectory for Low Energy Buildings, a national plan that aims to achieve zero energy and carbon-ready buildings. The plan proposes increases to the energy efficiency provisions in the National Construction Code (NCC) for residential buildings from 2022.
What do the proposed new standards mean:
- Cheaper energy bills. You’ll use less electricity so your bills will be cheaper – saving as much as $980 a year on energy bills.
- More comfortable homes. Your home will be naturally cooler in summer, warmer in winter, which means you won’t be turning the heater or air conditioner on as often
- Fewer carbon emissions. This contributes towards our goal of net zero homes by 2050
The proposed higher standards
Te NSW Department of Planning welcome feedback on the proposed increases to BASIX standards. The proposed changes can be found in the Proposed BASIX Higher Standards document. This document shows a map of the climate zones in NSW.
The proposed thermal performance and energy standards vary according to climate zones.
The tables show the proposed maximum allowable thermal loads and the energy standards for the climate zones.
Technical information about the changes
The proposed BASIX thermal performance and energy standards vary depending on;
- location based on climate
- building type for apartment buildings
Standards for most new residential buildings are proposed to increase across NSW from late 2022. Exceptions include apartment buildings up to 5 storeys and properties in the NSW North Coast climate zone.
The North Coast climate zones where standards won’t be changed are climate zones 9, 10 and 11 defined by the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS). They are predominantly on the NSW North Coast but also include Port Stephens and Maitland.
Proposed BASIX Higher Standards
Cost Benefit Analysis report
BASIX Higher standards FAQ
Have your say
The government welcome your feedback on the proposed BASIX higher standards from Wednesday, 17 November until January 17 2022. The BASIX higher standards exhibition aligns with the Design and Place SEPP exhibition.
The exhibitions will close on the same day, currently expected in January 2022.
Plans Revealed For Riverside Park At Drummoyne
November 17, 2021
Plans have been revealed for waterfront Crown land reserve at Drummoyne.
The City of Canada Bay has released plans for Howley Park East Reserve with the assistance of $1.5 million from the NSW Government’s Crown Land Open Space Activation Program. This program supports partnerships with Councils to activate and improve Crown land for community use.
The eastern side of Howley Park will be transformed, with the sandstone and beach being covered over with cement and boardwalks.
Works will also include a new turfed terrace where visitors can picnic and relax, foreshore access to the beach, a new retaining wall, access ramp, landscaping and bush regeneration.
A small clearing for passive recreation will be located between the road and beach. Beach access will allow for small personal watercraft and passive recreation (see GIF embedded below of concept plan).
City of Canada Bay General Manager John Clark said he was thrilled to secure the future of the site for the community.
“Howley Park East has served as a thoroughfare to the marina but these works will now make it a recreation destination,” Mr Clark said.
“I’m excited to now work alongside the local community on the plan for this space. We’ve developed a vision but the design will ultimately be shaped by residents after extensive consultation.
“By securing funding and the ongoing management of the recreational element of the reserve, we have been able to optimise this open space and create a new recreation area for our residents.”
Consultation on the plans is set to open in early 2022. Detailed designs will be developed before the project goes out to tender. The new and improved Howley Park East is scheduled to be complete in late 2022.
To view the concept plans and read more about the project, visit Howley Park East.
Draft Marine Park Management Plan Released
NAB’s Greenwashing Will Dump Dirty Waste On Communities Fighting Fracking And Gas
Lock the Gate Alliance is calling on NAB to explicitly rule out financing to open up new unconventional oil and gas basins across the country, after the bank’s newly released oil and gas lending policy was labelled greenwashing.
The policy leaves a giant loophole for the bank to fund projects it determines are needed for “national energy security”, and it also has a ‘cap’ that is greater than current lending - so the NAB policy announced today is actually to increase lending to oil and gas.
Lock the Gate Alliance National Coordinator Carmel Flint called on NAB to explicitly rule out financing for opening up unconventional oil and gas basins at Narrabri in NSW, the Lake Eyre Basin in Queensland, the NT’s Beetaloo sub-basin, and WA’s Kimberley region.
“NAB’s new policy is so vague, we doubt it will do anything to reduce the bank’s willingness to finance polluting and destructive greenfield gas and oil developments.
“They have left a huge loophole which allows them to fund new (greenfield) developments if companies claim the oil and gas is needed to meet domestic energy needs, despite companies regularly claiming that whilst sending most gas offshore.
“That’s why we’re calling on NAB to explicitly rule out funding these four new basins.
“Australia is already awash with gas which we are shipping overseas - we don’t need any new development here, regardless of what gas companies claim it will be used for.”
Mullaley farmer Margaret Fleck called on NAB chief executive Ross McEwan to visit the Namoi region to witness first hand the level of community opposition to Santos’ Narrabri gasfield.
“NAB’s new oil and gas policy was likely created in the high rise boardrooms of Sydney and Melbourne, a long way from the communities who will suffer as a result of new oil and gasfields.
“The Australian Bureau of Agricultural Resources, Economics and Sciences demonstrated earlier this year how the impacts of climate change are costing the average farmer $30,000 a year. NAB’s new policy will likely lead to worsening climate impacts, and a greater hit to the average farmers’ hip pocket.
“I invite Mr McEwan to visit Narrabri and the surrounding region and meet with the farmers who fear Santos’ coal seam gasfield will drain and contaminate the groundwater they rely on, and to meet with the Traditional Owners who fear the damage the gasfield will inflict on the sacred Pilliga forest.
“Maybe then NAB’s oil and gas policy will be more than just greenwashing.”
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
Pittwater Reserves + Others
A History Of The Campaign For Preservation Of The Warriewood Escarpment by David Palmer OAM and Angus Gordon OAM
Angophora Reserve - Angophora Reserve Flowers
Annie Wyatt Reserve - A Pictorial
Avalon's Village Green: Avalon Park Becomes Dunbar Park - Some History + Toongari Reserve and Catalpa Reserve
Bairne Walking Track Ku-Ring-Gai Chase NP by Kevin Murray
Bangalley Headland Bangalley Mid Winter
Banksias of Pittwater
Barrenjoey Headland: Spring flowers Barrenjoey Headland after fire
Bungan Beach Bush Care
Careel Bay Saltmarsh plants
Careel Bay Birds
Careel Bay Clean Up day
Careel Bay Playing Fields History and Current
Careel Creek - If you rebuild it they will come
Centre trail in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Chiltern Track- Ingleside by Marita Macrae
Clareville/Long Beach Reserve + some History
Coastal Stability Series: Cabbage Tree Bay To Barrenjoey To Observation Point by John Illingsworth, Pittwater Pathways, and Dr. Peter Mitchell OAM
Cowan Track by Kevin Murray
Curl Curl To Freshwater Walk: October 2021 by Kevin Murray and Joe Mills
Currawong and Palm Beach Views - Winter 2018
Currawong-Mackerel-The Basin A Stroll In Early November 2021 - photos by Selena Griffith
Currawong State Park Currawong Beach + Currawong Creek
Deep Creek To Warriewood Walk photos by Joe Mills
Drone Gives A New View On Coastal Stability; Bungan: Bungan Headland To Newport Beach + Bilgola: North Newport Beach To Avalon + Bangalley: Avalon Headland To Palm Beach
Dunbar Park - Some History + Toongari Reserve and Catalpa Reserve
Dundundra Falls Reserve: August 2020 photos by Selena Griffith - Listed in 1935
Elsie Track, Scotland Island
Elvina Track in Late Winter 2019 by Penny Gleen
Elvina Bay Walking Track: Spring 2020 photos by Joe Mills
Elvina Bay-Lovett Bay Loop Spring 2020 by Kevin Murray and Joe Mills
Fern Creek - Ingleside Escarpment To Warriewood Walk + Some History photos by Joe Mills
Ingleside Wildflowers August 2013
Irrawong - Ingleside Escarpment Trail Walk Spring 2020 photos by Joe Mills
Irrawong - Mullet Creek Restoration
Katandra Bushland Sanctuary - Ingleside
McCarr's Creek to Church Point to Bayview Waterfront Path
Mona Vale Beach - A Stroll Along, Spring 2021 by Kevin Murray
Mona Vale Headland, Basin and Beach Restoration
Mount Murray Anderson Walking Track by Kevin Murray and Joe Mills
Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment: Past Notes Present Photos by Margaret Woods
Narrabeen Lagoon State Park
Narrabeen Lagoon State Park Expansion
Narrabeen Rockshelf Aquatic Reserve
Nerang Track, Terrey Hills by Bea Pierce
Newport Bushlink - the Crown of the Hill Linked Reserves
Newport Community Garden - Woolcott Reserve
Newport to Bilgola Bushlink 'From The Crown To The Sea' Paths: Founded In 1956 - A Tip and Quarry Becomes Green Space For People and Wildlife
Pittwater spring: waterbirds return to Wetlands
Pittwater's Lone Rangers - 120 Years of Ku-Ring-Gai Chase and the Men of Flowers Inspired by Eccleston Du Faur
Pittwater's Parallel Estuary - The Cowan 'Creek
Riddle Reserve, Bayview
Salvation Loop Trail, Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park- Spring 2020 - by Selena Griffith
Stapleton Park Reserve In Spring 2020: An Urban Ark Of Plants Found Nowhere Else
The Chiltern Track
The Resolute Beach Loop Track At West Head In Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park by Kevin Murray
Towlers Bay Walking Track by Joe Mills
Trafalgar Square, Newport: A 'Commons' Park Dedicated By Private Landholders - The Green Heart Of This Community
Turimetta Beach Reserve by Joe Mills, Bea Pierce and Lesley
Turimetta Beach Reserve: Old & New Images (by Kevin Murray) + Some History
Warriewood Wetlands and Irrawong Reserve
Whale Beach Ocean Reserve: 'The Strand' - Some History On Another Great Protected Pittwater Reserve
Winji Jimmi - Water Maze
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
Bear Turns To A Life Of Crime: BBC Earth Kids
Australia Post Issues Fun And Festive Christmas Stamps
Australia Post has released new stamps to help spread joy this Christmas with a range of designs that have something for everyone.
Three of the 2021 Christmas stamp designs show the long-standing tradition of celebrating Christmas with gingerbread treats, while two traditional stamps present religious artworks featuring the Madonna and Child, made from glazed terracotta clay.
Additionally, the light-hearted Christmas Island Christmas stamp designs feature Santa Claus interacting with the island’s fauna, as he takes a well-earned break from delivering presents to enjoy some snorkelling.
Australia Post Group Manager Philatelic Michael Zsolt said this year’s Christmas stamps will give everyone a chance to spread joy this Christmas with a message that is meaningful to them.
“Each year, we always strive to ensure there is something for everyone with our Christmas stamps,” said Mr. Zsolt.
“The stamps are always popular, and the Christmas Island Christmas stamps in particular are a great way to bring a real sense of fun to any Christmas card delivery.
“This year, our The Elf on the Shelf and Disney Christmas-themed licensed stamp packs are also sure to be a hit with families.”
The gingerbread stamps were designed by Sonia Young, and the religious stamps by Jo Muré, both of Australia Post Design Studio, with this year’s Christmas Island stamp issue illustrated by Andrew McIntosh.
The stamps’ denominations range from 65 cents for domestic sending to $2.40 for international sending, with Christmas-card postage rates valid during November and December.
All stamps and associated products including stamp packs, first day covers and maxicard sets, are on sale now at participating Post Offices, via mail order on 1800 331 794, and online while stocks last.
Verdi’s "La Traviata" Interpreted By Fish
JOIN Ruby “Rockstar” Trew at DROP IN for YOUTH 2021
SKATE VERT COMP
+ Skate Park Fun - BEST Limbo, Highest Ollie, Board Jump and Trick Jam
OVER $10,000 in CASH - PRIZES - GIVEAWAYS to be WON!
DJ - FOOD TRUCKS - CAFE
SATURDAY 11 DECEMBER 2021 9:30AM
@MONA VALE SKATE PARK, 1604 Pittwater Road, Mona Vale
Saturday, 11 December 2021; 09:30 am- $15 entry online. $20 entry on event day, rego opens 9:30am. Vert Comp kicks off 10:30am.
SKATE VERT COMP Kicks off 10:30am
- - 6 & Under - Girls and Boys
- - 8 & Under - Girls and Boys
- - 12 & Under - Girls and Boys
- - 16 & Under - Girls and Boys
- - Open Women’s - All Ages
- - Open Men’s - All Ages
- - Masters 45+ - Women's and Men's
Participants can only compete in a single category for the event. Age Group participants are competing for prizes. Entry into the Open category is for anyone who wants to compete for prize money.
Open and Masters participants are competing for ca$h and GLORY!
Skate Park Fun - BEST Limbo, Highest Ollie, Board Jump and Trick Jam competitions are for everyone to have some fun!
Presented by: Avalon Youth Hub - Business Education Network (THE BEN) - Hurley ANZ - Lifeline Northern Beaches - Modest Eyewear Co - Monster Skate Park - Rotaract - Skater HQ
Lifeline Northern Beaches is offering FREE face-to-face counselling at the Avalon Youth Hub for people aged 15-24. Counselling is safe and confidential, and our service is available with or without a referral. For more information, visit www.lifelinenb.org.au/avalon-youth-hub. To book an appointment, call Lifeline Northern Beaches on 9949 5522 or email email@example.com
Festival Grants To Keep Seniors Active
- Online Safety in a Connected World - Avalon Computer Pals for Seniors Inc - Pittwater Electorate
- Walks and Talks in Ivanhoe Park, Manly - Friends of Ivanhoe Park Botanical Garden Incorporated - Manly Electorate
Cheaper Prostate Cancer Treatment PBS Listed
Alignment Of Regulations Across Care And Support Sectors
Coffee And Tea Drinking May Be Associated With Reduced Rates Of Stroke And Dementia
Is The Pension Fair?
COTA Australia Appoints Dr Stephen Judd AM As Inaugural ‘COTA Fellow’
Listening To Favourite Music Improves Brain Plasticity
Congratulations To The 2022 NSW Australians Of The Year
- Professor Veena Sahajwalla 2022 NSW Australian of the Year
- Abla Kadous 2022 NSW Senior Australian of the Year
- Dr Daniel Nour 2022 NSW Young Australian of the Year
- Shanna Whan 2022 NSW Local Hero
New NSW Curriculum Release In A Digital First
- Simple, concise language which identifies key knowledge and skills.
- Easily accessed and navigated on a new Digital Curriculum platform.
- Clear expectations on student reading progression.
- Renewed focus on handwriting.
- New supports for students with significant intellectual disability.
- Emphasis on ‘reasoning’ in mathematics.
- Advanced counting strategies.
Easternmost Roman Aqueduct Discovered In Armenia
Using T Cells To Target Malignant Brain Tumours
Toward 'Off-The-Shelf’ Immune Cell Therapy For Cancer
Mathematicians Derive The Formulas For Boundary Layer Turbulence 100 Years After The Phenomenon Was First Formulated
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