Inbox and Environment News: Issue 529
March 6 - 12, 2022: Issue 529
Avalon Beach 100 Years 100 Trees - Branching Out
Canopy Keepers is back with another 100 native tubestock to give away later this month as Avalon Beach Centenary celebrations continue - but this time the group is branching out to residents across Pittwater.
CK spokesperson Deb Collins said the group had been delighted with the response to its first offering of 100 trees at the opening of celebrations for the naming of Avalon Beach on December 4, with residents claiming more than 120 young plants.
“This time we're branching out, spreading the love wider, and inviting new Canopy Keepers from Narrabeen to Palm Beach, from The Basin to Scotland Island to join us in strengthening our precious canopy,” Ms Collins said.
“Did you know that for canopy trees and wildlife to thrive they need an understorey and ground cover and that eucalypts grow better with wattles nearby ?
“So whether you have room for a tall, mid storey or ground cover plant, please sign up, then come and meet us on this auspicious autumn day so you can take home a plant to support our canopy.”
Ms Collins asked those interested to please register online using the link below. The deadline for signing up for a tree is noon on March 12 - although some stock will be available on the day.
“Then find us at Dunbar Park to collect your tubestock on Saturday March 19 under our own canopy,” she said.
“We’ll have knowledgeable people on hand to help you with the best choice of tree for your location.”
Canopy Keepers thanks the Northern Beaches Council for its support of this initiative.
To sign up in advance for a tree please go to this link: https://forms.gle/McoPQYybHxXN9fQy6
To make enquiries please email firstname.lastname@example.org
To learn more about Canopy Keepers go to www.canopykeepers.org.au and sign up for our newsletter.
For general enquires about the March 19 program, please email Ros Marsh at email@example.com
VALE Colin (Col) Dudgeon
NSW Councils Congratulated On Resolution To Get Off Gas
Local Wildlife Rescuers And Carers State That Ongoing Heavy Rains Are Tough For Us But Can Be Tougher For Our Wildlife:
- Birds and possums can be washed out of trees, or the tree comes down, nests can disintegrate or hollows fill with water
- Ground dwelling animals can be flooded out of their burrows or hiding places and they need to seek higher ground
- They are at risk crossing roads as people can't see them and sudden braking causes accidents
- The food may disappear - insects, seeds and pollens are washed away, nectar is diluted and animals can be starving
- They are vulnerable in open areas to predators, including our pets
- They can't dry out and may get hypothermia or pneumonia
- Animals may seek shelter in your home or garage.
You can help by:
- Keeping your pets indoors
- Assessing for wounds or parasites
- Putting out towels or shelters like boxes to provide a place to hide
- Drive to conditions and call a rescue group if you see an animal hit (or do a pouch check or get to a vet if you can stop)
- If you are concerned take a photo and talk to a rescue group or wildlife carer
There are 2 rescue groups in the Northern Beaches:
Sydney Wildlife: 9413 4300
WIRES: 1300 094 737
Please be patient as there could be a few enquiries regarding the wildlife.
Generally Sydney Wildlife do not recommend offering food but it may help in some cases. Please ensure you know what they generally eat and any offerings will not make them sick. You can read more on feeding wildlife here
Information courtesy Ed Laginestra, Sydney Wildlife volunteer. Photo: from Esther Andrews.
Stronger Environmental Laws To Hold Waste Criminals And Polluters To Account
- Ensuring current and former directors of corporate bodies are held responsible for their crimes, even if they’ve set up and then dissolved companies (phoenixing) to deflect accountability
- Holding to account related companies that benefit from a crime both financially, and in future licensing decisions
- Acting against the owners of vehicles involved in illegal waste dumping (the Act previously only applied to the driver of a vehicle)
- Ensuring that if land is subdivided or sold, or if a licence is surrendered, the ongoing management of contaminated sites is maintained and not left to government or innocent landholders to manage
- New and increased maximum penalties, to further deter criminal behaviour
- Increased protections for officers investigating environmental offences so they can do their jobs safely.
Aviaries + Possum Release Sites Needed
Australia’s Eucalypt Of The Year Voting Is Open For The 5th Year!
Clean Up Australia Day: Sunday March 6 2022 - Local Sites List
- Committed to making a positive difference to the community and environment: activities should be inspiring, engaging and respectful of the local community.
- A volunteer movement: people cannot be charged to be involved in activities nor can activities be conducted for commercial or financial gain.
- Committed to the safety of volunteers: activities must be carried out in accordance with the local laws and regulations relevant to the activity.
- Uniting communities as part of a national campaign: participants must respect the presence and activities of other participants in their proximity.
- Welcoming to communities of all nations, cultures, races and faiths: participants and activities must respect political, cultural, and religious differences and beliefs
- Non-partisan: participants and activities must not imply endorsement of partisanship by Clean Up Australia.
Asparagus Fern Flowering Now: Dispose Of This Weed To Stop The Spread
Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo (Cacatua Galerita) Feeding Young
Assets Of Intergenerational Significance Conservation Action Plans Consultation
- 77 threatened plant species, including the previously declared Wollemi pine
- 30 threatened animal species
- 6 locally extinct mammals which have been reintroduced to 3 of the feral predator-free fenced areas
- 1 newly described species, the Wollumbin pouched frog recently discovered in Wollumbin National Park.
- the environmental and cultural values of the land
- key risks to those values
- management activities to address and mitigate the risks – such as dedicated feral animal control or fire management
- actions to measure and report on the health and condition of the declared value.
Floodplain Development Manual Update: Feedback Until April 7
- Lessons learned from previous floods and the application of a flood risk management process and manual since 2005.
- A range of work on managing natural hazards across government, including relevant national and international frameworks, strategies, and best practice guidance.
- A Flood Risk Management Manual.
- A range of new flood risk management guides for the Flood Risk Management Toolkit.
Connecting To Country With Environmental Outcomes: POP Grants Open
Japanese Encephalitis Virus Detected In Samples From Piggeries
- Pregnant sows and gilts may abort, produce mummified or malformed foetuses, or give birth to stillborn or weak piglets at term,
- Infertility in boars - this is most commonly temporary but may be permanent if the boar is severely affected.
- Nervous signs such as tremors and convulsions are occasionally seen in pigs up to 6 months of age.
Get The Timing Right To Manage Rabbits
The Big Switch With Saul Griffith: Electrify Everything!
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
Sydney Wildlife Rescue: Helpers Needed
Reintroduced Mammals Thriving In Sturt National Park
Sustainable Solutions For Ghost Net Waste
- For ghost nets and marine debris in northern Australia, self-sustaining solutions are critical.
- Reducing reliance on government support to clean-up and dispose of the debris is dependent upon being able to produce high quality products made from waste that reflect the unique cultures in the region.
- Consolidation of different waste streams within regions for more efficient transportation and processing will be important to achieve economies of scale.
- Re-manufacturing and to a lesser extent extrusion and injection moulding are considered the most feasible options for using the waste as a resource.
- Undertaking a pilot program to establish a recycling pathway for the Gulf of Carpentaria including establishing regional hubs for sorting and aggregation of marine debris and ghost nets and trialling cost effective logistical transportation and re-processing solutions.
Effects Of Noise On Marine Life: Study Finds That Turtles Are Among Animals Vulnerable To Hearing Loss
Water Allocations May Leave NT River High And Dry: Study
Pitt’s Millions For Fracking Companies Threaten Land And Water
Emissions Reduction Fund Contracts Changes
- Since optional delivery contracts were first offered in 2020, average auction volumes have increased fourfold - more than 20 million tonnes have been contracted across the last three auctions (2020-21), compared to five million tonnes for the three preceding auctions (2018-20).
- Project proponents overwhelmingly prefer optional delivery contracts – since March 2020, 95 per cent of contracted volume has been optional rather than fixed. At the most recent auction (October 2021), no fixed delivery contracts were taken up.
- The ERF will deliver a higher volume of abatement than originally forecast – through optional delivery contracts, the Government can underwrite a larger number of ERF projects to deliver more abatement towards Australia’s 2030 Paris and 2050 net zero targets.
- Establish a new exchange platform for emissions reduction units, saving businesses an estimated $100 million by 2030;
- Halve timeframes for ERF project registration and crediting through streamlined digital infrastructure, so businesses can earn a return on projects more quickly; and
- Slash the time it takes to develop new methods so businesses can take advantage of new opportunities to reduce emissions, increasing the rate of new methods from one per year to five per year.
- Application and conditional approval: Contract holders will be eligible to apply to be released from eligible delivery milestones ahead of each window. If found eligible, the Clean Energy Regulator will provide conditional approval, an invoice for the exit fee, and payment instructions.
- Exit fee payment and milestone cancellation: The exit fee must be paid by the delivery milestone due date. When payment is confirmed, the delivery obligation will be cancelled.
Farmers Fear For Future Of Darling Downs With Coal Seam Gas Close To Crossing Condamine River
Avalon Golf Course Bushcare Needs You
Pittwater Reserves: Histories + Notes + 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 Boathouse In Governor Phillip Park Part Of Our Community For 75 Years: Photos From The Collection Of Russell Walton, Son Of Victor Walton
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
Lucinda Park, Palm Beach: Some History + 2022 Pictures
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
Aged Care Reform
- The introduction of the funding model for aged care, the Australian National Aged Care Classification (AN-ACC) will be introduced from October 1, 2022 and will deliver a funding boost to increase the amount of front line care to residents. The AN ACC will deliver more than $3.9 billion in increased funding to rural and remote residential aged care services, as well as specialised homeless and remote Indigenous services, to reflect the increased costs of delivering care in these services;
- A registration scheme which will provide a nationally consistent pre-employment screening for aged care workers of approved providers to replace existing police checking obligations; and
- An expansion of the Serious Incident Response Scheme to home and flexible care from July 1, 2022.
New Frankston Home For Healthy Ageing Research
Meta-Analysis Of 15 Studies Reports New Findings On How Many Daily Walking Steps Needed For Longevity Benefit
Course Set For Tomorrow
The Royal Commission One Year On
New Programs To Keep Seniors Connected
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 years and over
- Seniors from culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) backgrounds
- Seniors who are carers
- Seniors from culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) backgrounds
- Seniors living with disability, dementia, chronic disease or mental illness
Word Of The Week: Meglomania
1. an unnaturally strong wish for power and control, or the belief that you are very much more important and powerful than you really are. 2. a delusional mental illness that is marked by feelings of personal omnipotence and grandeur. 3. an obsession with power and wealth, and a passion for grand schemes.
megalo-; a combining form with the meanings “large, great, grand,” “abnormally large,” used in the formation of compound words: megalopolis; megalocardia. From Greek, combining form of megal- (stem of mégas) great, large
Premier’s Reading Challenge Now Open
Stronger Career Pathways For Students
- Fee-free apprenticeships and pre-traineeships, allowing students to ‘test-drive’ different vocational education and training courses;
- Specialist head teachers and teams to work with careers advisers to create more engaging opportunities and pathways for students; and
- Dedicated staff to promote awareness and engagement in school-based apprenticeships and traineeships, and offer tailored support and mentoring for students exploring these pathways.
Young And Emerging Artists Showcase Talents At MAG&M
Ocean Film Festival World Tour 2022
Military History Lesson On Offer For Students
Applications Now Open For NSW Youth Advisory Council 2022
Bee Gees - Jive Talkin'
Morning Of The Earth: 50th Anniversary Screening At Cremorne
Morning of the Earth 50th Anniversary screening with director Q&A Wed March 9 at the Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace, Cremorne. Beautifully remastered in 4K. One show only! Tickets: http://ow.ly/Rkhc30s774W
Mike Sheahan Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
Harmless Or Deadly? New Study Examines Evolution Of E. Coli Bacteria
State's Multicultural Champions Named For 2022
Sydney Metro West Tunnelling Contract Awarded
- Twin 9km tunnels from Sydney Olympic Park to Westmead;
- A Tunnel Boring Machine launch site at Rosehill, tunnelling toward Sydney Olympic Park and relaunched toward Westmead;
- A services facility and crossover structure at Rosehill to allow provision for fresh air ventilation and emergency egress;
- Tunnel portal and dive excavation at Clyde Services and Maintenance Facility;
- Earthworks, retaining structures, drainage and utilities corridor for the Clyde Maintenance Facility;
- Excavation and civil works for Parramatta and Westmead Stations; and
- A segment manufacturing facility at Eastern Creek constructing over 60,000 segments.
New Technique Unlocks Ancient History Of Earth From Grains Of Sand
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