Inbox and environment news: Issue 582
May 7 - 13 2023: Issue 582
Protect Mona Vale's Bongin Bongin Bay - Establish An Aquatic Reserve
Little Corella Fledgling Being Fed
PON yard May 1st 2023
The scientific name for Little Corella, Cacatua sanguinea, means 'Blood-stained Cockatoo' and refers to the dark pink markings between the eye and the bill.
National Net Zero Authority
May 5, 2023
The Albanese Government has stated it will legislate a national Net Zero Authority to ensure the workers, industries and communities that have powered Australia for generations can seize the opportunities of Australia’s net zero transformation.
The global transformation to a net zero economy is a massive source of economic opportunity for Australia, its regions, industries and workers. The Authority will have responsibility for promoting the orderly and positive economic transformation associated with achieving net zero emissions.
The current federal government has stated the previous LNP Government put its head in the sand for a decade and ignored the pleas of communities, unions and business for coordination and support through this massive change. In contrast, the current federal Government states it aims to capitalise on our potential as a renewable energy superpower.
The new, legislated Net Zero Authority will:
- Support workers in emissions-intensive sectors to access new employment, skills and support as the net zero transformation continues.
- Coordinate programs and policies across government to support regions and communities to attract and take advantage of new clean energy industries and set those industries up for success.
- Help investors and companies to engage with net zero transformation opportunities.
To kickstart the Authority’s responsibilities immediately, the Government intends to establish an Agency from July 1 this year, initially housed in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. The Agency will also lead on providing advice to Government on the final design and establishment of the legislated National Net Zero Authority.
The Authority will work with state, territory and local governments, existing regional bodies, unions, industry, investors, First Nations groups and others to help key regions, industries, employers and others proactively manage the transformation to a clean energy economy.
The Government will also provide additional funding from the $1.9 billion Powering the Regions Fund to support existing industry – such as rail and aviation – and new clean energy industries, with the creation of a $400 million Industrial Transformation Stream.
Over 150 countries have now committed to net zero by 2050, including almost all major economies and the majority of Australia’s trading partners. With renewable energy, the cheapest form of new energy, investor interest in Australian industries is following these trends.
The shift to net zero emissions by 2050 must happen fairly for Australians in emissions-intensive industries and the communities they live and work in.
The regions that have always powered Australia can power Australia into the future, but we need to seize those opportunities, the government states.
''This Authority is about leaving no-one behind as this global shift continues.''
Palaszczuk Government’s Response To Gas-Induced Subsidence Report Leaves Best Farmland At Risk
May 5, 2023
Recommendations accepted by the Palaszczuk Government in response to the QLD Gasfield Commission’s subsidence report fail to do anything to prevent the serious damage the coal seam gas industry is inflicting across some of the state’s best farmland, environment campaigners and farmers state.
The government released its response to the QLD Gasfield Commission's coal seam gas-induced subsidence review, and said it would accept six recommendations in full, and two in principle.
LTGA National Coordinator Ellen Roberts criticised the Palaszczuk Government for continuing to peddle the myth of “coexistence”, and said the recommendations would not stop the gas industry from putting more of the state’s best farmland out of production.
“This report is basically the Palaszczuk Government telling farmers that gas is going to make their land sink, and farmers have no choice but to put up with it and seek a resolution after the fact. That’s not coexistence by any stretch of the imagination," she said.
“These gasfields are on some of the best cropping country in Australia. This is land the government should be protecting at all costs. Instead it is giving the gas industry free rein to continue drilling, thereby causing this farmland to sink.
“Subsidence reduces crop yields and impacts water flow, and is a very serious issue for Queensland’s farmers. These recommendations simply do not go far enough.
“Rather than giving the gas industry the go ahead to continue laying waste to the Darling and Western Downs, the Palaszczuk Government should say enough is enough and ban any further expansion of this insidious industry. At a bare minimum, farmland classified as priority agricultural land and strategic cropping land under the Regional Planning Interests Act must be off limits to new CSG drilling, and the Palaszczuk Government must reject Arrow Energy’s two current applications (RIDAs) to drill this best of the best farmland.”
NT Government Fast-Tracks Beetaloo Fracking Despite Senate Inquiry Recommendations, Widespread Community Opposition And No Need Of Product For 'East Coast' Shortfall
The Northern Territory Government announced it will allow fracking to go ahead in the Beetaloo Basin. The NT Chief Minister Natasha Fyles made the announcement late on Wednesday May 3rd. The announcement came as an open letter signed by 96 scientists to the NT Government ran in major newspapers across the country on the same day and just weeks after a Senate Inquiry released a list of 14 recommendations as a result of that Inquiry into fracking in the Northern Territory, and has called for an immediate halt on exploration and production until they are in place, and as it was found that that government has still not implemented its own Pepper Fracking Inquiry recommendations to prevent increases in greenhouse gas emissions (Rec 9.8), nor have they moved to protect water resources (Rec 7.3). The Fyles Government have stated a policy to offset Scope 2 or 3 emissions from fracking is not yet in place and they expect the federal government to 'cover that' for them through its policies.
One of the signatories, Professor England, has expressed concerns that there was often too high a reliance on offsetting emissions as a solution to reaching net zero.
The focus, he said, should be on reducing emissions.
"All of the proposals I've seen to burn fossil fuels at one end and then somehow have measures to absorb those fossil fuels with planting trees, growing seaweed or carbon capture and storage just don't work here in Australia," he said.
"I'm really concerned that some of the [oil and gas] companies are forging ahead with fossil fuel extraction and burning … and proposing ways to mitigate them with technologies that have just not been tested and proved."
The Senate Inquiry recommended the fast tracking of the Albanese Government's promised Water Trigger for fracking projects and proper implementation of NT Fracking Inquiry recommendations to offset lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions.
The recommendations also put an end to the NT Fyles Government’s attempts to obfuscate the true purpose of the Middle Arm development, noting “a future liquified natural gas and petrochemical plant in the area would likely source feedstock from the Beetaloo Basin”.
Further, economists have pointed out any fracked gas slated to 'ease the east coast of Australia shortfall' will come years after it is needed and years after 'green' energy sources will have filled that gap, and as Australia has allowed the export of the bulk of its gas, a simple reversal of that allowable policy right now will fill any 'gap' while fossil fuels, such as fracked gas, are phased out.
Community groups have accused the Northern Territory Government of lying to the public and breaking its promise to implement all recommendations of the NT Fracking Inquiry before giving the go ahead for fracking production in the Beetaloo sub-basin.
On Wednesday May 3rd the Fyles Government released the final implementation report into fracking in the Territory, paving the way for potentially thousands of gaswells, high pressure pipelines, wastewater treatment plants, and access roads to be built across the Territory’s interior.
Despite Chief Minister Fyles and Mining Minister Manison claiming all 135 recommendations were now in place, a letter to the government from Independent Officer Dr David Ritchie, who was a member of the original Fracking Inquiry panel, highlights serious outstanding issues.
Dr Sam Phelan, the Katherine region coordinator of Protect Big Rivers said, “Dr David Richie’s letter exposes how, despite Natasha Fyles making claims to the contrary, the NT Government has fundamentally not implemented all 135 recommendations of Fracking Inquiry.”
The letter finds:
"Despite the Commonwealth agreeing to “work with the Territory to support its implementation of recommendation 9.8 using available technology and policies”, there has been no progress on the crux of this recommendation, that is: to develop a system that would allow the public to see how a specific reduction in GHG elsewhere in the Australian economy is directly attributed to offset GHG emitted in Australia from production and consumption of shale gas produced in the NT."
The letter was also highly critical of how the government facilitated baseline studies, especially where Aboriginal communities would be impacted, and says Aboriginal communities’ concerns about how groundwater will be impacted have been “ignored”:
“The fact that regional Water Advisory Committees have not yet been appointed for the areas where the onshore gas industry plans to expand their operations has reinforced the perception held by many Aboriginal people in affected communities that the traditional significance of groundwater has been ignored by government and industry.”
Dr Ritchie's final letter also pointed out that in the five years since the Pepper Inquiry context for such proposals had changed:
In order for Cabinet to be satisfied that the risks identified by the Inquiry have been mitigated to an acceptable level, Cabinet may wish to consider two critical issues:
1. Changed Context
What changes in the social, political and/or economic context over the last five years should be considered before Cabinet makes its decision? The question to be considered is: whether there are changes, and if so, are they significant enough to require a review of the risks and reconsideration of what is acceptable?
2. Departures from what was recommended by the Inquiry
Have departures from any of the Inquiry’s recommendations meant that some risks will remain at unacceptable levels?
The Open Letter - which is available for anyone to add their name to, reads:
To the Northern Territory Government
Many scientists and experts called for ban on fracking in the Northern Territory in 2018 and again in 2021 because of the damage it will inflict on our climate.
The science has not changed and in 2023 the situation has only become more urgent.
The impacts of climate change, driven by fossil fuels, are escalating. Our ecosystems and way of life are under threat, and many areas will become uninhabitable if emissions continue to rise. The Northern Territory is particularly vulnerable to these impacts. The International Energy Agency (IEA) , the United Nations and scientists globally, including over 100 prominent Australian scientists and experts have called for an end to new fossil fuel developments.
Despite the clear connection between fossil fuel expansion and climate change, the Northern Territory Government continues to pursue fracking in the Beetaloo Basin. In 2018 it committed to implement all the recommendations of the Scientifi c Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing in the Northern Territory (Fracking Inquiry), including:
That the NT and Australian governments seek to ensure that there is no net increase in the life cycle GHG emissions emitted in Australia from any onshore shale gas produced in the NT.
The Northern Territory Government has failed to keep its commitment.
Allowing large scale gas production in the Beetaloo Basin could add 89 million tonnes of emissions to our atmosphere annually, equivalent to four times the current emissions of the Northern Territory and 18 per cent of Australian emissions which is unacceptable.
We call on the Northern Territory Government to end fracking in the Northern Territory.
Community groups, including those who were not included in the consultation but whose homelands will be impacted, are also now calling on the Federal Albanese Government to step in before it’s too late.
Mudburra Elder Ray Dimakarri Dixon, from Marlinja Community said, “From my community, from myself, and my family, we are worried about our water, and our sacred stories, culture, and songlines that we have. It’s all very important to us.
“Fracking is going to wreck all that. They’ve already done damage, but we are worried that this will be the big one. Who’s going to tell our stories to the next generation if fracking destroys all this? The government is not going to tell those stories to our mob.”
Hannah Ekin, from Arid Lands Environment Centre, said, “Chief Minister Fyles and the NT Government have repeatedly lied to Territorians - they promised not to approve gas production until all Fracking Inquiry recommendations were implemented, but today they turned their backs on that promise.
“The majority of Territorians have made it clear that we don’t want fracking, but the Fyles Government is backing gas giants and their lobbyists over its own people and rushing forward in a move that puts us all at risk,” she said.
“Fracking the Beetaloo will breach Australia’s climate commitments and put the Territory at risk of severe increases in extreme heat, and worsening droughts, floods, and fires.
“One thing is certain - Territorians won’t back down, and we’ll redouble our efforts to stop fracking and pursue clean energy as the cheapest, safest way forward.”
- The Beetaloo basin will pollute up to 1.4 billion tonnes of greenhouse gas over its lifetime according to Reputex, equivalent to 2.5 times Australia’s total annual emissions
- Claims that the NT Government has implemented all recommendations from the Pepper Inquiry, including 9.8, are untrue as there is no requirement or agreement to offset emissions from burning the gas in Australia
- Independent Oversight Commissioner to NT Fracking Inquiry Dr. David Ritchie has published a letter confirming 9.8 is not implemented.
- Recommendation 9.8 of the Pepper Inquiry reads, ‘that the NT and Australian governments seek to ensure that there is no net increase in the life cycle GHG emissions emitted in Australia from any onshore shale gas produced in the NT.’
- Even if all domestic emissions were offset in line with recommendation 9.8, these only represent a small fraction of the emissions as most of the gas is for export
- Despite justifications offered today, AEMO has said clearly that demand for gas on east coast is falling.
- The minister could not answer questions on jobs today, but an earlier expert report commissioned by the NT Government has found that fracking will not result in many new net jobs
- The report found “The total employment impact of the Industry development under the GALE scenario is minimal, due to the resulting draw on labour from other industries in the Territory and other parts of Australia.” Pg 127
- The gas industry is a tiny employer, employing only 0.2% of the Australian workforce
“Deputy Chief Minister Manison started her press conference today claiming to respect science. It is disappointing that she chose to finish it by denigrating 96 scientists, experts and prominent Australians and greenlighting up to 1.4 billion tonnes of fracking emissions in the NT,” said Mark Ogge, Principal Adviser at the Australia Institute.
“It would be practical and level-headed of the Minister to respect the climate science, experts from the NT, warnings from the United Nations and the International Energy Agency all of which say we can not continue to open up new fossil fuel projects without fuelling catastrophic climate change.
“Failing that, the NT Government should follow through on its own 2018 commitment to implement all the recommendations of the Pepper Inquiry.
“By posing a false binary between non-existent coal-fired power stations in the NT that no one is planning to build, and this enormous expansion of gas fracking, the Minister is treating all Territorians and scientists like fools.
“The up to 1.4b tonnes of greenhouse gas resulting from fracking in the NT will not only wreck the climate of the NT, but it will wreck the climate for the rest of Australia and have global significance.
“This gas is largely for export. So today’s decision means the NT Government continues to support a handful of largely foreign owned gas companies, who pay little to no tax, fuelling climate change at the expense of the community.”
$57.1b: Record Breaking Fossil Fuel Subsidies Following Climate Election
May 4, 2023
New research shows fossil fuel subsidies over the forward estimates have increased to a record breaking $57.1b, up from the $55.3b forecast in 2022.
As the federal budget approaches, future fossil fuel subsidies will cost 14 times the amount invested in the Australian Disaster Ready Fund, and more than the amount spent on the Australian Army.
- Fossil fuel subsidies over the forward estimates have increased to a record breaking $57.1b, up $1.8b from the $55.3b slated in 2022 budgets.
- The cost of the Fuel Tax Credit is expected to increase 33% in the next three years, driving future fossil fuel subsidy costs to a record $57.1 billion, 14 times the balance of the Australian Disaster Ready Fund.
- The Fuel Tax Credit Scheme is forecast to cost $7.8 billion in 2022-23, more than the $7.6 billion spent on the Australian Army.
- Fossil fuel subsidies cost $11.1 billion in 2022-23 across all state, territory and federal governments, equivalent to $21,143 per minute.
- Assistance to the coal sector has declined by $270 million, while measures that support the oil and gas industry have increased by $350 million.
“A year on from the ‘climate election’ and we have fossil fuel subsidies breaking records in tandem with the rising global temperatures that put our economy at risk,” said Rod Campbell, Research Director at the Australia Institute.
“Australian governments are now planning to spend more on exacerbating climate change through these subsidies than they are on getting ready for climate disasters.
“Some of the most egregious fossil fuel subsidies of the Morrison Government have been stopped, but the Albanese Government has kept key subsidies that are likely to see new fossil fuel projects proceed.
“Putting billions into petrochemical hubs to assist fracking in the NT, building roads specifically for gas companies, building new gas-fired power stations. All these Morrison Government programs are still on the books, are still costing billions and still cooking the climate.
“Exemptions from the Petroleum Resource Rent Tax (PRRT) outlined in the budget benefit oil and gas companies by an estimated $165 million per year, money that could be put to many better uses.
“Major gas projects like Middle Arm Sustainable Development Precinct and Kurri Kurri Power Station are receiving huge handouts from the Commonwealth Government.
“These subsidies provide a huge opportunity for governments that are looking to cut costs and take climate action.
“It is time to stop funding climate change and start funding the response to it.”
Examples of fossil fuel subsidies in federal, state and territory budgets:
- $1.9 billion to assist the Middle Arm petrochemical hub in Darwin.
- $141.1 million over 10 years to assist carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects.
- $129 million on upgrading Hunter Valley coal railways to “secure their long-term reliability and productivity.”
- $13.6 million to develop the Kogan North Gas Fields in the Darling Downs.
- $45 million to the incident-prone Callide coal-fired power station.
- $21 million to the Meandu Mine.
- $250 million in capital spending planned for Collie and Muja coal-fired power stations.
- $195 million to the Dampier Cargo Wharf Extension project, which will accommodate vessels supporting the offshore oil and gas industry.
- $35 million per year spent on project facilitation, including projects for gas companies Woodside and APA Group.
- $12 million on business case development for the Middle Arm petrochemical precinct, which will also receive $1.9 billion from the Federal Government.
- Power and Water Corporation’s $2.76 billion in purchase commitments and $680 million in gas transport commitments relating to the Blacktip Gas Project.
- $5 million per year for a Gas Taskforce to make the NT “a world class hub for gas production”.
- $69 million for the program that oversees the CarbonNet CCS project, still not operational 12 years after its establishment.
- Land tax exemptions for coal mining cost $1 million per year.
- $30 million for a hydrogen hub in collaboration with gas companies Santos and Origin.
- $60 million to upgrade port facilities used by Santos.
New South Wales
- A $65 million Coal Innovation Fund.
- $200 million per year on a program titled “Mineral and petroleum industries generating prosperity, safely”
The full report, 'Fossil fuel subsidies in Australia 2023' is available here
Northern Beaches Sustainable Business Solutions Forum: May 17 At Brookvale
WHEN: May 17, 2023 - 6pm - 8:45pm
WHERE: 4 Pines Brewery, Brookvale, 4f 9-13 Winbourne Rd
ACF Northern Beaches Community is excited to announce our free Sustainable Business Solutions Forum on Wednesday, 17 May at 4 Pines Brewery, Brookvale.
How do you run a successful business and protect the environment at the same time? Hear from our speakers who will share their journey on how they're doing just that. We want to inspire local businesses to transition to sustainable business practice moving towards a circular economy, connect consumers to local sustainable products and services and create a space for local businesses to connect and share ideas.
You'll hear from a range of speakers who will share their experiences implementing sustainable practices into their business, how they can help others, and what support is available to organisations to reduce their footprint on the planet.
Victor Volpe, CEO & Founder
Chris Volpe, Co-founder
Executive Manager Environment and Climate
Northern Beaches Council
Permaculture Northern Beaches - Upcoming Events
- Learn about Permaculture design
- Caring for and raising chickens
- Native bees and bee hotels
- Living Skills - soap making
- AND Live Music!
NSW Reconstruction Authority Regulation: Have Your Say
- to prescribe actions in relation to which the NSW Reconstruction Authority may direct relevant entities
- to require relevant entities and the NSW Reconstruction Authority to have regard to the State disaster mitigation plan and any relevant disaster adaptation plan in exercising prescribed functions
- to prescribe exceptional circumstances in which the Minister may authorise the undertaking of development without consent or assessment under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979
- to provide for the determination and payment of fees under the NSW Reconstruction Authority Act 2022launch.
Australian Bass And Estuary Perch Closure Commences 1 May
April 27, 2023
Recreational fishers are reminded that the annual fishing closure for Australian Bass and Estuary Perch in all coastal rivers and estuaries in NSW will commence on Monday 1 May 2023.
NSW Department Primary Industries (DPI) Fisheries Deputy Director General, Sean Sloan said the zero-bag limit over this four-month period helps protect the native fish species while they spawn over the winter period.
“During winter, these popular native sportfish species form large groups and migrate to parts of estuaries with the right salinity to trigger spawning,” Mr Sloan said.
“It is important that fishers respect this closure from 1 May through to 31 August, as the spawning period is key for the survival of these iconic species.
“This closure protects the fish during this spawning period to ensure they can remain a popular catch with recreational fishers for many generations to come.
“Australian Bass and Estuary Perch are a commercially protected species and as such commercial fishers are prohibited from retaining or selling Australian Bass and Estuary Perch.”
Mr Sloan said that the zero-bag limit does not apply to Australian Bass and Estuary Perch caught in freshwater dams or in rivers above impoundments, as the fish do not breed in these areas.
“All fish in freshwater impoundments, like Glenbawn Dam and Glennies Creek Dam in the Hunter Valley, Brogo Dam near Bega and Clarrie Hall and Toonumbar Dams in the northeast, are stocked fisheries, meaning we physically replace fish stocks annually, with fingerlings bred in our hatcheries, therefore anglers may continue to fish for these species in these waters all year round,” Mr Sloan said.
“However, any Australian Bass or Estuary Perch caught in estuaries and in rivers below dams during the closure must be returned to the water immediately with the least possible harm to the fish.
“The zero-bag limit for these species does not close any waters to fishing and does not affect anglers fishing for other estuarine species, such as bream or flathead during the colder months.
“Our DPI Fisheries Officers will be out in full force during this time to ensure that these rules are being followed."
If any suspected illegal activity is witnessed, the public are urged to contact the Fishers Watch Phoneline on 1800 043 536 or via the online report form here.
For more information regarding the annual closure, visit the DPI website.
Bristlebirds Bolstered By Release Of Captive-Bred Birds
May 5, 2023
The northern-most population of one of Australia’s rarest birds has been bolstered by the release of 6 captive-bred eastern bristlebirds into the wild within the NSW Border Ranges area. This is a huge milestone for this conservation program, with breeding and research more than 18 years in the making.
NSW Department of Planning and Environment Senior Threatened Species Officer Kelly Roche said eastern bristlebirds were once a more common sight from Queensland to Victoria, but today fewer than 2,500 birds are left in the wild.
“The remaining birds are separated into 4 geographically isolated populations, with our northern population, which spans northern New South Wales and south-east Queensland, made up of less than 40 birds,” said Ms Roche.
“Small, isolated populations like this one suffer low genetic diversity, which compromises the ability of the species to breed. This makes the birds more vulnerable to threats such as wildfire, habitat loss, disease and climate change,” said Ms Roche.
Thanks to a partnership with Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, 6 of these critically endangered birds were captive-bred using a cutting-edge conservation technique known as ‘genetic rescue’ in a bid to turn the tide on eastern bristlebird extinction.
“By introducing breeding individuals from larger populations into the northern population, we can increase genetic diversity and improve the overall resilience of the species,” said Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary’s bird supervisor, Allison Beutel.
“After a health check at Currumbin, and a ride in a temperature-controlled vehicle to the habitat area, the birds spent a few days in ‘soft-release’ tents, which we’d kitted out with tussock grass and perching logs.
“When the time was right, we opened the zips, and the birds were free to move out into the wild habitat.
“The 6 released birds are so far doing really well and have been exploring their new home. We’ve observed some of the birds foraging and interacting with other wild birds,” said Ms Beutel.
The released birds were monitored via radio telemetry for 30 days to better understand how the individuals are faring in the wild. Longer term, they will be monitored as part of the annual census to understand the wild populations’ status and how it is responding to ongoing habitat restoration.
“The end goal is to see resilient populations of healthy eastern bristlebird, able to sustain population growth in the wild,” said Ms Roche.
The release was coordinated by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment, in partnership with Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and private landholders.
The Saving Our Species program is also delivering habitat management actions as part of the eastern bristlebird recovery program, including prescribed fire to restore grassy understorey habitat, weed and feral animal control, and working with landholders to promote habitat protection and management.
Eastern bristlebird (Dasyornis brachypterus), Currarong, New South Wales. Photo: J J Harrison
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New Marine Wildlife Rescue Group On The Central Coast
A new wildlife group was launched on the Central Coast on Saturday, December 10, 2022.
Marine Wildlife Rescue Central Coast (MWRCC) had its official launch at The Entrance Boat Shed at 10am.
The group comprises current and former members of ASTR, ORRCA, Sea Shepherd, Greenpeace, WIRES and Wildlife ARC, as well as vets, academics, and people from all walks of life.
Well known marine wildlife advocate and activist Cathy Gilmore is spearheading the organisation.
“We believe that it is time the Central Coast looked after its own marine wildlife, and not be under the control or directed by groups that aren’t based locally,” Gilmore said.
“We have the local knowledge and are set up to respond and help injured animals more quickly.
“This also means that donations and money fundraised will go directly into helping our local marine creatures, and not get tied up elsewhere in the state.”
The organisation plans to have rehabilitation facilities and rescue kits placed in strategic locations around the region.
MWRCC will also be in touch with Indigenous groups to learn the traditional importance of the local marine environment and its inhabitants.
“We want to work with these groups and share knowledge between us,” Gilmore said.
“This is an opportunity to help save and protect our local marine wildlife, so if you have passion and commitment, then you are more than welcome to join us.”
Marine Wildlife Rescue Central Coast has a Facebook page where you may contact members. Visit: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100076317431064
Watch Out - Shorebirds About
Possums In Your Roof?: Do The Right Thing
Aviaries + Possum Release Sites Needed
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
Friends Of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment Activities
Gardens And Environment Groups And Organisations In Pittwater
Pittwater Reserves: Histories + Notes + Pictorial Walks
A History Of The Campaign For Preservation Of The Warriewood Escarpment by David Palmer OAM and Angus Gordon OAM
A Stroll Through Warriewood Wetlands by Joe Mills February 2023
A Walk Around The Cromer Side Of Narrabeen Lake by Joe Mills
America Bay Track Walk - photos by Joe Mills
An Aquatic June: North Narrabeen - Turimetta - Collaroy photos by Joe Mills
Angophora Reserve Angophora Reserve Flowers Grand Old Tree Of Angophora Reserve Falls Back To The Earth - History page
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
Botham Beach by Barbara Davies
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
Duck Holes: McCarrs Creek by Joe Mills
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
Iluka Park, Woorak Park, Pittwater Park, Sand Point Reserve, Snapperman Beach Reserve - Palm Beach: Some History
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
Mona Vale Woolworths Front Entrance Gets Garden Upgrade: A Few Notes On The Site's History
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 Reserves: The Green Ways; Bungan Beach and Bungan Head Reserves: A Headland Garden
Pittwater Reserves, The Green Ways: Clareville Wharf and Taylor's Point Jetty
Pittwater Reserves: The Green Ways; Hordern, Wilshire Parks, McKay Reserve: From Beach to Estuary
Pittwater Reserves - The Green Ways: Mona Vale's Village Greens a Map of the Historic Crown Lands Ethos Realised in The Village, Kitchener and Beeby Parks
Pittwater Reserves: The Green Ways Bilgola Beach - The Cabbage Tree Gardens and Camping Grounds - Includes Bilgola - The Story Of A Politician, A Pilot and An Epicure by Tony Dawson and Anne Spencer
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
Resolute Track at West Head by Kevin Murray
Resolute Track Stroll by Joe Mills
Riddle Reserve, Bayview
Salvation Loop Trail, Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park- Spring 2020 - by Selena Griffith
Seagull Pair At Turimetta Beach: Spring Is In The Air!
Stapleton Park Reserve In Spring 2020: An Urban Ark Of Plants Found Nowhere Else
Stony Range Regional Botanical Garden: Some History On How A Reserve Became An Australian Plant Park
The Chiltern Track
The Resolute Beach Loop Track At West Head In Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park by Kevin Murray
Topham Track Ku-Ring-Gai Chase NP, August 2022 by Joe Mills and 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
Tranquil Turimetta Beach, April 2022 by Joe Mills
Turimetta Beach Reserve by Joe Mills, Bea Pierce and Lesley
Turimetta Beach Reserve: Old & New Images (by Kevin Murray) + Some History
Warriewood Wetlands - Creeks Deteriorating: How To Report Construction Site Breaches, Weed Infestations + The Long Campaign To Save The Warriewood Wetlands & Ingleside Escarpment March 2023
Warriewood Wetlands and Irrawong Reserve
Whale Beach Ocean Reserve: 'The Strand' - Some History On Another Great Protected Pittwater Reserve
Wilshire Park Palm Beach: Some History + Photos From May 2022
Winji Jimmi - Water Maze
Australian Predators of the Sky by Penny Olsen - published by National Library of Australia
Baby Birds Spring 2015 - Rainbow Lorikeets in our Yard - for Children Baby Birds by Lynleigh Greig, Southern Cross Wildlife Care - what do if being chased by a nesting magpie or if you find a baby bird on the ground
Baby Kookaburras in our Backyard: Aussie Bird Count 2016 - October
Bird of the Month February 2019 by Michael Mannington
Birdsong Is a Lovesong at This time of The Year - Brown Falcon, Little Wattle Bird, Australian Pied cormorant, Mangrove or Striated Heron, Great Egret, Grey Butcherbird, White-faced Heron
Bird Songs – poems about our birds by youngsters from yesterdays - for children Bird Week 2015: 19-25 October
Bird Songs For Spring 2016 For Children by Joanne Seve
Birds at Careel Creek this Week - November 2017: includes Bird Count 2017 for Local Birds - BirdLife Australia by postcode
Black Cockatoo photographed in the Narrabeen Catchment Reserves this week by Margaret G Woods - July 2019
Black-Necked Stork, Mycteria Australis, Now Endangered In NSW, Once Visited Pittwater: Breeding Pair shot in 1855
‘Feather Map of Australia’: Citizen scientists can support the future of Australia's wetland birds: for Birdwatchers, school students and everyone who loves our estuarine and lagoon and wetland birds
Flocks of Colour by Penny Olsen - beautiful new Bird Book Celebrates the 'Land of the Parrots'
Front Page Issue 177 Front Page Issue 185 Front Page Issue 193 - Discarded Fishing Tackle killing shorebirds Front Page Issue 203 - Juvenile Brush Turkey Front Page Issue 208 - Lyrebird by Marita Macrae Front Page Issue 219 Superb Fairy Wren Female Front Page Issue 234: National Bird Week October 19-25 and the 2015 the Aussie Back Yard Bird Count: Australia's First Bird Counts - a 115 Year Legacy - with a small insight into our first zoos Front Page Issue 236: Bird Week 2015 Front Page Issue 244: watebirds Front Page Issue 260: White-face Heron at Careel Creek Front Page Issue 283: Pittwater + more birds for Bird Week/Aussie Bird Count Front Page Issue 284: Pittwater + more birds for Bird Week/Aussie Bird Count Front Page Issue 285: Bird Week 2016 Front Page Issue 331: Spring Visitor Birds Return
Jayden Walsh’s Northern Beaches Big Year - courtesy Pittwater Natural Heritage Association
John Gould's Extinct and Endangered Mammals of Australia by Dr. Fred Ford - Between 1850 and 1950 as many mammals disappeared from the Australian continent as had disappeared from the rest of the world between 1600 and 2000! Zoologist Fred Ford provides fascinating, and often poignant, stories of European attitudes and behaviour towards Australia's native fauna and connects these to the animal's fate today in this beautiful new book - our interview with the author
Juvenile Sea Eagle at Church Point - for children
Kookaburra Turf Kookaburra Fledglings Summer 2013 Kookaburra Nesting Season by Ray Chappelow Kookaburra Nest – Babies at 1.5 and 2.5 weeks old by Ray Chappelow Kookaburra Nest – Babies at 3 and 4 weeks old by Ray Chappelow Kookaburra Nest – Babies at 5 weeks old by Ray Chappelow Kookaburra and Pittwater Fledglings February 2020 to April 2020
Lion Island's Little Penguins (Fairy Penguins) Get Fireproof Homes - thanks to NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and the Fix it Sisters Shed
Magpie's Melodic Melodies - For Children (includes 'The Magpie's Song' by F S Williamson)
Nankeen Kestrel Feasting at Newport: May 2016
National Bird Week 2014 - Get Involved in the Aussie Backyard Bird Count: National Bird Week 2014 will take place between Monday 20 October and Sunday 26 October, 2014. BirdLife Australia and the Birds in Backyards team have come together to launch this year’s national Bird Week event the Aussie Backyard Bird Count! This is one the whole family can do together and become citizen scientists...
National Bird Week October 19-25 and the 2015 the Aussie Back Yard Bird Count: Australia's First Bird Counts - a 115 Year Legacy - with a small insight into our first zoos
New Family of Barking Owls Seen in Bayview - Church Point by Pittwater Council
Odes to Australia's Fairy-wrens by Douglas Brooke Wheelton Sladen and Constance Le Plastrier 1884 and 1926
Oystercatcher and Dollarbird Families - Summer visitors
Painted Button-Quail Rescued By Locals - Elanora-Ingleside escarpment-Warriewood wetlands birds
Palm Beach Protection Group Launch, Supporters Invited: Saturday Feb.16th - Residents Are Saying 'NO' To Off-Leash Dogs In Station Beach Eco-System - reports over 50 dogs a day on Station Beach throughout December-January (a No Dogs Beach) small children being jumped on, Native birds chased, dog faeces being left, families with toddlers leaving beach to get away from uncontrolled dogs and 'Failure of Process' in council 'consultation' open to February 28th
Pecking Order by Robyn McWilliam
Powerful and Precious by Lynleigh Grieg
Restoring The Diamond: every single drop. A Reason to Keep Dogs and Cats in at Night.
Sea Birds off the Pittwater Coast: Albatross, Gannet, Skau + Australian Poets 1849, 1898 and 1930, 1932
Seen but Not Heard: Lilian Medland's Birds - Christobel Mattingley - one of Australia's premier Ornithological illustrators was a Queenscliff lady - 53 of her previously unpublished works have now been made available through the auspices of the National Library of Australia in a beautiful new book
7 Little Ducklings: Just Keep Paddling - Australian Wood Duck family take over local pool by Peta Wise
Spring Notes 2018 - Royal Spoonbill in Careel Creek
Station Beach Off Leash Dog Area Proposal Ignores Current Uses Of Area, Environment, Long-Term Fauna Residents, Lack Of Safe Parking and Clearly Stated Intentions Of Proponents have your say until February 28, 2019
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
History Of The Narrabeen Tramline
By BackTracks Channel more in; Tram Memorabilia - Historic Daylight Run For Sydney Light Rail Begins 80 Years After Last Tram To Narrabeen Closed - 2018 PON History page
2023 HSC Timetable Released
School Leavers Support
- Download or explore the SLIK here to help guide Your Career.
- School Leavers Information Kit (PDF 5.2MB).
- School Leavers Information Kit (DOCX 0.9MB).
- The SLIK has also been translated into additional languages.
- Download our information booklets if you are rural, regional and remote, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, or living with disability.
- Support for Regional, Rural and Remote School Leavers (PDF 2MB).
- Support for Regional, Rural and Remote School Leavers (DOCX 0.9MB).
- Support for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander School Leavers (PDF 2MB).
- Support for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander School Leavers (DOCX 1.1MB).
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- Download the Parents and Guardian’s Guide for School Leavers, which summarises the resources and information available to help you explore all the education, training, and work options available to your young person.
School Leavers Information Service
- navigate the School Leavers Information Kit (SLIK),
- access and use the Your Career website and tools; and
- find relevant support services if needed.
Word Of The Week: Mother
1. a woman in relation to her child or children. 2. a female parent. 3. a woman in authority. especially : a nun in charge of a convent. 4. an elderly woman.
1. bring up (a child) with care and affection. 2. (archaic) give birth to.
From: Middle English moder, from Old English mōdor, from Proto-Germanic mōdēr, from Proto-Indo-European méh₂tēr. Superseded non-native Middle English mere (“mother”) borrowed from Old French mere (“mother”).
Mother's Day is a celebration honouring the mother of the family or individual, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on different days in many parts of the world, most commonly in the months of March or May. It complements similar celebrations, honouring family members, such as Father's Day, Siblings Day, and Grandparents' Day.
In Australia, Mother's Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May, making next Sunday, May 14th, this years' Mothers Day. Our mums are the wonderful human beings who may make mistakes sometimes, after all, who doesn't? BUT they are also the people who will tell you when you ask 'what was your dream for you?' will answer - 'YOU, you were my dream come true - all I wanted was to have you.'.
Whether you bae her a cake, make some pancakes for breakfast or just give her a big hug and 'I love you' next Sunday - that will all be just fine, just by getting to see and hear YOU!
Australia celebrated Mother’s Day for the first time in 1909 with special church services, however, it was not popularly observed until the 1920s.
The effort which is being made to introduce the observance of the second Sunday in May as mothers' day—a custom widely recognised in the United States—met with some success yesterday.
The wearing of a white flower, which was suggested as an appropriate symbol of truth and purity, though not greatly in evidence, was noticeable here and there; but the chief feature which seemed to direct attention to the idea was the pulpit references. In city and suburban churches preachers spoke of the reverence due to mothers, and in some instances brief addresses were given to the young people to emphasize what the world owed to the influence of good and virtuous maternal parents. MOTHERS DAY. (1909, May 10). The Register(Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929), p. 7. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article57856993
An effort is being made to Introduce "Mothers' Day" into Australia, and Sunday next, June 19, has been chosen as the day on which sons and daughters are asked to show that they love their mother, if living, and honour her memory, if dead, by the wearing of a white carnation, or other white flower on that day. The white carnation has been specially chosen as the emblem denoting purity, faithfulness, chastity, charity, and love, all of these qualities being found in a true mother "Mother's Day" has been kept in America for the last four years, the second Sunday In May being the day appointed for this purpose. Next year an endeavour will be made in Australia to keep "Mother's Day" at the same time as the other countries do, but this year it was impossible to do so.
It is a wise plan selecting Sunday, rather than a week day, as the day on which to celebrate "Mother's Day." There are some families who are only able to meet all together on Sunday and in addition, there will be more time to devote to mother on that day than any other. The sons and daughters who are away from homo, and unable to be with mother on June 13 ("Mother's Day"), could send a loving message by letter, or wire, to reach mother somewhere about that time. They might also seek to help to cheer and brighten the life of somebody else's mother near them by a loving word or deed.
It is interesting to note it was a woman who first thought of the Idea of "Mother's Day", Miss Anna Jarvis, of Philadelphia, being the originator of the scheme. Her mother having died and Miss Anna Jarvis desiring in some way to show her appreciation of a good mother, suggested that a special day should be set apart as "Mother's Day," a day when the living mothers as well as the dead would be specially remembered by their children.
Is it not right that a day should be set apart in honour of the good mothers still with us and in memory of the mothers who are gone? Empire Day is an established fact now, and it is to be hoped before long "Mother's Day" will be universally kept throughout the world, because, while honouring our Empire, it is only proper we should also honour the Empire builders — the good mothers. MOTHER'S DAY. (1910, June 15). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 5. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article15149770
The tradition of giving gifts on Mother’s Day in Australia started in 1924. Sydney woman Janet Heyden was inspired to collect charitable gifts for lonely, old mothers in Newington hospital who had lost husbands and sons during WW1. Because it is autumn in Australia for Mother’s Day, and carnations are a spring flower, white chrysanthemums are the traditional Mother’s Day flower in Australia.
Chrysanthemums (Chinese: pinyin: Júhuā) were first cultivated in China as a flowering herb as far back as the 15th century BC. Over 500 cultivars had been recorded by 1630. Chrysanthemum cultivation began in Japan during the Nara and Heian periods (early 8th to late 12th centuries), and gained popularity in the Edo period (early 17th to late 19th century). Many flower shapes, colours, and varieties were created. The way the flowers were grown and shaped also developed, and chrysanthemum culture flourished. Various cultivars of chrysanthemums created in the Edo period were characterized by a remarkable variety of flower shapes, and were exported to China from the end of the Edo period, changing the way Chinese chrysanthemum cultivars were grown and their popularity. In addition, from the Meiji period (late 19th to early 20th century), many cultivars with flowers over 20 cm (7.87 in) in diameter, called the Ogiku (lit., great chrysanthemum) style were created, which influenced the subsequent trend of chrysanthemums. The Imperial Seal of Japan is a chrysanthemum and the institution of the monarchy is also called the Chrysanthemum Throne. A number of festivals and shows take place throughout Japan in autumn when the flowers bloom. Chrysanthemum Day (Kiku no Sekku) is one of the five ancient sacred festivals. It is celebrated on the 9th day of the 9th month. It was started in 910, when the imperial court held its first chrysanthemum show. The festival is celebrated in the wish for the longevity of one's life and is observed by drinking chrysanthemum sake and eating dishes such as chestnut rice.
Chrysanthemums in the Japanese Ogiku (lit., great chrysanthemum) style. Photo: katorisi
Book Of The Month - May 2023: Angela's Ashes, A Memoir by Frank McCourt
A Pulitzer Prize'winning, #1 New York Times bestseller, Angela's Ashes is Frank McCourt's masterful memoir of his childhood in Ireland.
"When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I managed to survive at all. It was, of course, a miserable childhood: the happy childhood is hardly worth your while. Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood."
So begins the luminous memoir of Frank McCourt, born in Depression-era Brooklyn to recent Irish immigrants and raised in the slums of Limerick, Ireland. Frank's mother, Angela, has no money to feed the children since Frank's father, Malachy, rarely works, and when he does he drinks his wages. Yet Malachy'exasperating, irresponsible, and beguiling'does nurture in Frank an appetite for the one thing he can provide: a story. Frank lives for his father's tales of Cuchulain, who saved Ireland, and of the Angel on the Seventh Step, who brings his mother babies.
Perhaps it is story that accounts for Frank's survival. Wearing rags for diapers, begging a pig's head for Christmas dinner and gathering coal from the roadside to light a fire, Frank endures poverty, near-starvation and the casual cruelty of relatives and neighbours' yet lives to tell his tale with eloquence, exuberance, and remarkable forgiveness.
Community Celebration In Memory Of Bob Grace - All Welcome
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- 1,357 services (54%) received 3 stars (acceptable)
- 119 services (5%) received 2 stars (improvement required)
- 6 services (0%) received 1 star (significant improvement required).
- There are 13 fewer services with a 1 star than the previous quarter.
- There are 7 more services with 4 stars and 34 more with 5 stars this quarter.
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