inbox and environment news: Issue 587
June 11 - 17 2023: Issue 587
Liquid Amber Seed Pod/Fruits On Roads + Verges At Present: Please Clear These To Prevent Bird Road Deaths - Australian Wildlife Now Eating Fruits - Seeds Of Imported Species
Residents have asked that everyone be aware that the north American liquid amber tree is shedding its seed pod/fruits at present and our native galahs, pigeons and the rainbow lorikeet will descend on these as a flock to eat them. When these trees have been planted on verges the seed pods attract large numbers of these other local residents into roads where they will sit there eating and be susceptible to car strikes. Each year we lose numerous local birds due to this.
To help reduce the mortalities, please sweep the seed pods from the road if you have these outside your place.
American sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua) is a deciduous tree in the genus Liquidambar native to warm temperate areas of eastern North America and tropical montane regions of Mexico and Central America. Sweetgum is one of the main valuable forest trees in the southeastern United States, and is a popular ornamental tree in temperate climates. The distinctive compound fruit is hard, dry, and globose, 25–40 mm (1–1+1⁄2 in) in diameter, composed of numerous (40–60) capsules. Each capsule, containing one to two small seeds, has a pair of terminal spikes (for a total of 80–120 spikes). When the fruit opens and the seeds are released, each capsule is associated with a small hole (40–60 of these) in the compound fruit.
American sweetgum tree ball (spiny seed pod). Photo: Jim Evans
It is one of a those imported trees that produces seeds and fruits that Australian native birds have taken to eating.
People with olive trees report these being favoured by local parrots, including former Bayview and Narrabeen resident Ken 'Sava' Lloyd:
''I Interrupted this Mallee Ringneck Parrot from eating my olives, and she is not happy. All Types of Parrots are here at Gunnedah eating my Olives.'' - Ken Sava Lloyd, June 3, 2023
The Australian ringneck (Barnardius zonarius) is a parrot native to Australia. Except for extreme tropical and highland areas, the species has adapted to all conditions. Treatments of genus Barnardius have previously recognised two species, the Port Lincoln parrot (Barnardius zonarius) and the mallee ringneck (Barnardius barnardi) but due to these readily interbreeding at the contact zone they are usually regarded as a single species B. zonarius with subspecific descriptions. Currently, four subspecies are recognised, each with a distinct range. The Mallee Ringneck Parrot inhabits central and western New South Wales west of Dubbo, the southwestern corner Queensland west of St George, eastern South Australia and northwestern Victoria.
Mallee ringneck (Barnardius zonarius barnardi), Patchewollock Conservation Reserve, Victoria, Australia. Photo: JJ Harrison
The May 2023 round of the Ringtail Posse saw Nicole Romain, Founder Save The Northern Beaches Bushlands (Lizard Rock), choose the Yellow-Tailed Black Cockatoos Calyptorhynchus funereus as her favourite local wildlife species.
Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos were once content to feed on the seeds of native shrubs and trees, especially banksias, hakeas and casuarinas, as well as extracting the insect larvae that bore into the branches of wattles. Now, after the establishment of extensive plantations of exotic Monterey Pines, the cockatoos may feed more often by tearing open pine cones to extract the seeds in states further south where their preferred habitat and food trees have been destroyed. The population on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula is now reliant on the seeds of the Aleppo Pine, a noxious weed, as its preferred habitat, as its Sugar Gum woodlands has become extensively fragmented.
Yellow-tailed black cockatoos are one of two species of black cockatoos found in NSW. The other is the much less common south-eastern glossy black cockatoo, a species in decline, particularly after losing crucial habitat during the severe bushfires of 2019/2020, and listed as vulnerable nationally in August 2022.
The south-eastern glossy black cockatoo is a specialist eater and feeds on she oaks, which is why we will sometimes see them in Pittwater and why we need to stop cutting down their food; the trees.
Glossy Black-cockatoo, Calyptohynchus lathami, at Clareville - photo by Paul Wheeler, this species also visits McKay Reserve, Palm Beach, annually to feed on these trees
Lizard Rock Proposal To Proceed To Gateway Determination
The Sydney North Planning Panel determined on May 23 2023 (published May 29 2023) that the Lizard Rock proposal should proceed towards Gateway Determination (consideration by the Minister). This is the next administrative step towards approval.
If the Minister wishes to proceed, it will then go to community consultation before a final decision is made. Pittwater Online will keep the community updated on when submissions open, should that occur.
Areas Closed For West Head Lookout Upgrades
NPWS advise that the following areas are closed from Monday 22 May to Thursday 30 November 2023 while West Head lookout upgrades are underway:
- West Head lookout
- The loop section of West Head Road
- West Head Army track.
Vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians will have access to the Resolute picnic area and public toilets. Access is restricted past this point.
The following walking tracks remain open:
- Red Hands track
- Aboriginal Heritage track
- Resolute track, including access to Resolute Beach and West Head Beach
- Mackeral Beach track
- Koolewong track.
The West Head lookout cannot be accessed from any of these tracks.
Image: Visualisation of upcoming works, looking east from the ramp towards Barrenjoey Head Credit: DPE
Avalon Dunes Bushcare: July 2023 + Photos From The Field Taken At June 2023 'War On Weeds'
Despite a bit of rain, we continued murdering weeds. Some interesting photos taken on the day here. An Assassin Bug, Breynia berries, Native Grape/Cayratia berries, buds on the climber Clematis (Old Mans Beard), Turkey Rhubarb seedling.
The Assassin Bug is well named. It has a thin piercing mouthpart you can see just left of its long narrow head. It uses this to spike smaller insects and suck out their vital juices for its food. This serves to keep some sort of balance between insect species. This one is an adult, with wings folded over its concave abdomen. Insect Order: Hemiptera.
Breynia oblongifolia AKA Coffee Bush (not the real thing) is a small shrub. These berries follow its tiny flowers.
Native Grape, Cayratia clematidea, with berries. A foodplant for several largeish moths around Avalon.
Buds of the climber Clematis. Abundant white flowers in July-August, making the higher parts of the dunes look as if there has been some snow. Its fluffy seeds in late summer earn it the name 'Old Mans Beard'.
Great to get the bulb of a seedling Turkey Rhubarb.
Join us on Sunday July 2 for another satisfying morning making a difference while being in nature.
We meet on the first Sunday of each month at 8.30am
Facebook page for Avalon Dunes Bushcare where you can keep up to date with progress and find out how to get involved.
Photo: Salt tolerant tree Coast Banksia is in flower now. Unlike most Banksias, it sheds its seeds every summer, not relying on fire to open its seed capsules.
The Bureau Of Meteorology Issues An El Nino ALERT
June 6, 2023
The Bureau of Meteorology has moved from El Niño WATCH to El Niño ALERT, meaning that there is around a 70% chance of an El Niño developing this year.
Bureau of Meteorology Senior Climatologist Catherine Ganter said climate models and indicators now meet the Bureau's El Niño ALERT criteria.
"While the models show it's very likely the tropical Pacific Ocean temperatures will reach El Niño levels during winter, we have seen some movement in the atmosphere towards El Niño conditions," Ms Ganter said.
"While our El Niño ALERT criteria have been met, these changes will need to strengthen and sustain themselves over a longer period for us to consider an El Niño event," she said.
The Bureau's criteria for the definition of El Niño ALERT have been developed as part of a staged system to alert Australians on the increased likelihood of El Niño.
El Niño describes changes in the tropical Pacific Ocean that affect global weather and it occurs on average every 3 to 5 years.
During El Niño, there is a higher chance of drier weather in eastern Australia and it's more likely to be warmer than usual for the southern two-thirds of Australia.
"The Bureau's long-range winter forecast is for drier and warmer conditions across almost all of Australia and the climate conditions in the Pacific Ocean are already factored into our forecasts," Ms Ganter said.
"The long-range forecast for winter also shows an increased chance of below average rainfall for almost all of Australia and the move to El Niño ALERT does not change this forecast.
"The Bureau currently forecasts Australia's rainfall and temperature up to 3 months ahead. We use a climate version of our weather model to make these long-range forecasts and this model uses information about ocean and land temperatures, wind patterns and more.
"This model already takes into account the likely conditions in the Pacific Ocean, but also conditions elsewhere across the globe, such as the tropical Indian Ocean and how they are also likely to influence Australian weather and climate," Ms Ganter said.
El Niño is the warm phase of the El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO), where the climate is often drier than usual in eastern Australia during winter and spring.
ENSO describes a naturally occurring cycle in the climate system, including the location of warmer or cooler than average sea surface temperatures in the central and eastern tropical Pacific Ocean, and its connection with the trade winds and patterns in the atmosphere.
Ms Ganter said even if an El Niño develops, its impact can vary depending on where you are, as well as from event to event.
In Australia, changes during El Niño could include:
- Reduced rainfall for eastern Australia.
- Warmer daytime temperatures for the southern two-third of Australia.
- Increased risk of extreme heat.
- Increased bushfire danger in south-eastern Australia.
- Increased frost risk linked to clear skies at night.
- Decreased alpine snow depths.
- A later start to the northern wet season.
- Reduced tropical cyclone numbers.
More information is available on the Bureau's website:
Climate long-range forecast: bom.gov.au/climate/ahead/
ENSO forecast: bom.gov.au/climate/enso/outlook
Climate Driver Update: bom.gov.au/climate/enso/
More about El Niño and La Niña: www.bom.gov.au/climate/about/australian-climate-influences.shtml?bookmark=enso
NOAA Declares The Arrival Of El Niño
June 8, 2023
The expected El Niño has emerged, according to scientists at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service. In the monthly outlook released today, forecasters issued an El Niño Advisory, noting that El Nino conditions are present and are expected to gradually strengthen into the winter.
El Niño is a natural climate phenomenon marked by warmer-than-average sea surface temperatures in the central and eastern Pacific Ocean near the equator, which occurs on average every 2-7 years. El Niño’s impacts on the climate extend far beyond the Pacific Ocean.
"Depending on its strength, El Niño can cause a range of impacts, such as increasing the risk of heavy rainfall and droughts in certain locations around the world," said Michelle L'Heureux, climate scientist at the Climate Prediction Center.
"Climate change can exacerbate or mitigate certain impacts related to El Niño. For example, El Niño could lead to new records for temperatures, particularly in areas that already experience above-average temperatures during El Nino.”
El Niño’s influence on the U.S. is weak during the summer and more pronounced starting in the late fall through spring. By winter, there is an 84% chance of greater than a moderate strength El Niño, and a 56% chance of a strong El Niño developing. Typically, moderate to strong El Niño conditions during the fall and winter result in wetter-than-average conditions from southern California to along the Gulf Coast and drier-than-average conditions in the Pacific Northwest and Ohio Valley. El Niño winters also bring better chances for warmer-than-average temperatures across the northern tier of the country.
A single El Nino event will not result in all of these impacts, but El Niño increases the odds of them occurring.
The anticipated persistence of El Niño also contributed to the 2023 Atlantic and Eastern Pacific Hurricane Outlooks issued by NOAA last month. El Niño conditions usually help to suppress Atlantic Hurricane activity, while the presence of El Niño typically favours strong hurricane activity in the central and eastern Pacific Basins.
The Climate Prediction Center’s seasonal temperature and precipitation outlooks will continue to take into account current and forecasted El Niño conditions. These seasonal outlooks are updated monthly, with the next update on June 15. The Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook will be updated in early August.
Scientists have been forecasting the development of El Niño for the last few months and issued the first El Niño Watch on April 13.
EL NIÑO/SOUTHERN OSCILLATION (ENSO)
issued by CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER/NCEP/NWS
8 June 2023
ENSO Alert System Status: El Niño Advisory
Synopsis: El Niño conditions are present and are expected to gradually strengthen into the Northern Hemisphere winter 2023-24.
In May, weak El Niño conditions emerged as above-average sea surface temperatures (SSTs) strengthened across the equatorial Pacific Ocean [Fig. 1]. All of the latest weekly Niño indices were more than +0.5°C: Niño-3.4 was +0.8°C, Niño-3 was +1.1°C, and Niño1+2 was +2.3°C [Fig. 2]. Area-averaged subsurface temperatures anomalies remained positive [Fig. 3], reflecting the continuation of widespread anomalous warmth below the surface of the equatorial Pacific Ocean [Fig. 4]. For the May average, low-level wind anomalies were westerly over the western equatorial Pacific Ocean, while upper-level wind anomalies were westerly over the eastern Pacific Ocean. Convection was enhanced along the equator and was suppressed over Indonesia [Fig. 5]. Both the equatorial SOI and traditional SOI were significantly negative. Collectively, the coupled ocean-atmosphere system reflected the emergence of El Niño conditions.
The most recent IRI plume indicates the continuation of El Niño through the Northern Hemisphere winter 2023-24 [Fig. 6]. Confidence in the occurrence of El Niño increases into the fall, reflecting the expectation that seasonally averaged Niño-3.4 index values will continue to increase. Another downwelling Kelvin wave is emerging in the western Pacific Ocean, and westerly wind anomalies are forecasted to recur over the western Pacific. At its peak, the chance of a strong El Niño is nearly the same as it was last month (56% chance of November-January Niño-3.4 ≥ 1.5°C), with an 84% chance of exceeding moderate strength (Niño-3.4 ≥ 1.0°C). In summary, El Niño conditions are present and are expected to gradually strengthen into the Northern Hemisphere winter 2023-24 [Fig. 7].
This discussion is a consolidated effort of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), NOAA's National Weather Service, and their funded institutions. Oceanic and atmospheric conditions are updated weekly on the Climate Prediction Center web site (El Niño/La Niña Current Conditions and Expert Discussions). Additional perspectives and analysis are also available in an ENSO blog. A probabilistic strength forecast is available here. The next ENSO Diagnostics Discussion is scheduled for 13 July 2023.
Time Of Burrugin
Cold and frosty; June-July
Echidna seeking mates - Burringoa flowering - Shellfish forbidden
This is the time when the male Burrugin (echidnas) form lines of up to ten as they follow the female through the woodlands in an effort to wear her down and mate with her. It is also the time when the Burringoa (Eucalyptus tereticornis) starts to produce flowers, indicating that it is time to collect the nectar of certain plants for the ceremonies which will begin to take place during the next season. It is also a warning not to eat shellfish again until the Boo'kerrikin (Acacia decurrens, commonly known as black wattle or early green wattle) blooms.
Eucalyptus tereticornis, commonly known as forest red gum, blue gum or red irongum, is a species of tree that is native to eastern Australia and southern New Guinea. It has smooth bark, lance-shaped to curved adult leaves, flower buds in groups of seven, nine or eleven, white flowers and hemispherical fruit.
Eucalyptus tereticornis was first formally described 1795 by James Edward Smith in A Specimen of the Botany of New Holland from specimens collected in 1793 from Port Jackson by First Fleet surgeon and naturalist John White. The specific epithet (tereticornis) is from the Latin words teres (becoming tereti- in the combined form) meaning "terete" and cornu meaning "horn", in reference to the horn-shaped operculum.
Habitat tree: Sclerophyll Forest.
Food tree: Natural stands are an important food tree for koalas and a wide variety of nectar-eating birds, fruit bats and possums.
Eucalyptus tereticornis buds, capsules, flowers and foliage, Rockhampton, Queensland. Photo: Ethel Aardvark
Shelly Beach Echidna
Photos by Kevin Murray, taken late May 2023 who said, ''he/she was waddling across the road on the Shelly Beach headland, being harassed not so much by the bemused tourists, but by the Brush Turkeys who are plentiful there.''
Shelly Beach is located in Manly and forms part of Cabbage Tree Bay, a protected marine reserve which lies adjacent to North Head and Fairy Bower.
From the D'harawal calendar, BOM
The D'harawal Country and language area extends from the southern shores of Port Jackson (Sydney Harbour) to the northern shores of the Shoalhaven River, and from the eastern shores of the Wollondilly River system to the eastern seaboard.
Winter Solstice In New South Wales: June 22 2023
This year: Thursday, June 22, 2023 12:57 AM. In terms of daylight, this day is 4 hours, 31 minutes shorter than the December solstice. In locations south of the equator, the shortest day of the year is around this date. The earliest sunset is on 12 June or 13 June. The latest sunrise is on 30 June or 1 July.
The December solstice (summer solstice) in Sydney is at 2:27 pm on Friday, December 22, 2023.
The winter solstice is the day of the year that has the least daylight hours of any in the year and usually occurs on 22 June but can occur between 21 and 23 June.
An interesting idiosyncrasy relating to the summer solstice is that it does not feature the day with the earliest sunrise and latest sunset as is commonly expected. Similarly, on the winter solstice, the sunrise is not the latest and the sunset is not the earliest. However, this day does have the least amount of daylight hours.
Because the path of the Earth around the Sun is an ellipse, not a circle, and because the Earth is off-centre on its axis, these combined phenomena can create up to several minutes difference between solar and mean time. Around the date of summer solstice, these effects make the Sun appear to move slightly slower than expected when measured by a watch or clock. As a result, the earliest sunrise occurs before the date of the summer solstice, and the latest sunset happens after the summer solstice. For the same reasons, around the winter solstice, the time of sunrise continues to get later in the days after the solstice. - from/by Geoscience Australia
New Koala Population Found In Coolah Tops Before First Statewide Count Gets Underway
June 8, 2023
A healthy koala population has been discovered in the high-elevation forests of Coolah Tops National Park with the help of thermal drones and sniffer dogs.
The 42 koalas have been identified in Coolah Tops and on adjoining land after a survey was conducted by NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service researchers as part of the NSW Koala Strategy.
This is an exceptional outcome, as there have been only 5 recorded sightings in Coolah Tops National Park in the last 70 years.
Although a few historic koala records exist, and recent audio detections of koala bellows were recorded in the area during spring 2023, nothing was known about whether a population of koalas persisted at Coolah Tops National Park.
The Department of Planning and Environment is now preparing a statewide koala count to establish a population baseline for the endangered species – a first for New South Wales.
A systematic koala count on public land is already underway, in national parks, state forest and other public land throughout eastern and central New South Wales.
The count will be conducted using nocturnal infrared drones, trained koala spotters and sound recorders deployed across 1,000 sites.
Understanding the distribution and size of the current koala population is vital for tracking the recovery of this iconic species into the future.
Last weekend, the Minns Labor Government also protected 4,500 hectares of bushland containing an estimated 30 to 60 koalas west of Port Macquarie.
The bushland is within the traditional lands of the Birpai nation and occupies a critical position between 2 known koala populations at Comboyne and South Kempsey.
NSW Environment Minister Penny Sharpe said:
'These are 3 great wins in the fight to secure our koala population in New South Wales.'
'The Minns Labor Government is focused on saving our koala population in New South Wales. To save our koala population we need to know where the koalas are, how many koalas are out there, because without this information, everything else is just guesswork.'
'We’ve started protecting koala-preferred habitat from logging or grazing, we’re using cutting-edge technology to confirm koala numbers, and we will create the Great Koala National Park in our first term in government.'
Protect Mona Vale's Bongin Bongin Bay - Establish An Aquatic Reserve
Friends Of Bongin Bongin Bay (Mona Vale Basin) Update: May 2023
Northern Beaches Clean Up Crew: June 25 Winnererremy Bay, Mona Vale
Come and join us for our family friendly June clean up, in Winnererremy Bay on the Sunday June 25th at 10am. We meet in the grass area close to 7 Eric Green Drive. We have gloves, bags, and buckets, and grabbers. We're trying to remove as much plastic and rubbish as possible before it enters the water. Some of us can focus on the bush area and sandy/rocky areas, and others can walk along the water and even clean up in the water (at own risk).
We will clean up until around 11.15, and after that, we will sort and count the rubbish so we can contribute to research by entering it into a marine debris database. The sorting and counting is normally finished around noon, and we'll often go for lunch together at our own expense. We understand if you cannot stay for this part, but are grateful if you can. We appreciate any help we can get, no matter how small or big.
No booking required - just show up on the day - we will be there no matter what weather. We're a friendly group of people, and everyone is welcome to this family friendly event. It's a nice community - make some new friends and do a good deed for the planet at the same time. For everyone to feel welcome, please leave political and religious messages at home - this includes t-shirts with political campaign messages. Message us on our social media or send us an email if you are lost.
All welcome - the more the merrier. Please invite your friends too!
All details in our Facebook event or on our website.
Northern Beaches Clean Up Crew Facebook page: www.facebook.com/NorthernBeachesCleanUpCrew
Northern Beaches Clean Up Crew website: www.northernbeachescleanupcrew.com
Freshwater Beach And Surrounds Clean Up
Done on Sunday May 28 2023
A huge thank you to everyone and cleaned up Freshwater Beach today. More than 100 people came and we are so happy and grateful to everyone who cares and helps making our beaches and local environment a better and cleaner place for all beings.
We had thousands of Styrofoam balls, about 30 single use coffee cups, nearly 90 plastic bottles, 164 glass bottles, 146 aluminium cans, 11 kilos of cardboard/paper, several surf boards, 127 cigarette butts, 3 broken plastic chairs, thousands of pieces of soft plastic and 22 balls among many of the items that we picked up.
PNHA Guided Nature Walks 2023
Our walks are gentle strolls, enjoying and learning about the bush rather than aiming for destinations. Wear enclosed shoes. We welcome interested children over about 8 years old with carers. All Welcome.
Sunday June 25: Birdwatching and Bushland along Mullet Creek in Ingleside Chase Reserve
Swamp forest and coastal wetlands are rich habitat for fauna such as Swamp Wallaby and Diamond Python. Over 150 bird species have been recorded for the area. Red-Browed Finch is one.
Bring your binoculars and keep your ears pricked for bird calls. The track is mostly level, but with an optional steep climb near the Irrawong waterfall.
Meet: 8.30am near 31 Irrawong Rd North Narrabeen. Ends about 10.30.
So we know you’re coming please book by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org and include your phone number so we can contact you if weather is doubtful.
The whole PNHA 2023 Guided Nature Walks Program is available at: http://pnha.org.au/test-walks-and-talks/
Red-browed finch (Neochmia temporalis). Photo: J J Harrison
Chemical CleanOut: June 2023
Mona Vale Beach Car Park: Sat 24, Sun 25 June 2023 - 9am-3:30pm
Surfview Road, Mona Vale
Only household quantities accepted. Maximum container size of 20kg or 20L per item.
*Up to 100L of paint (in 20L containers) now accepted at all Sydney, Hunter and Illawarra events.
Fluoro globes and tubes, Gas bottles and fire extinguishers, Household cleaners, Batteries, Paint*, Oils, Garden chemicals, Poisons, Smoke detectors.
Permaculture NB: June To July 2023 Events
Permaculture Northern Beaches (PNB) is an active local group on Sydney's Northern Beaches working for ecological integrity and assisting you on a pathway to sustainability.
PNB holds monthly permaculture-related public meetings on the last Thursday of each month at the Narrabeen Tramshed Community & Arts Centre, Lakeview Room, 1395A Pittwater Road, Narrabeen. Buses stop directly at the centre and there is also car parking nearby. Doors open at 7:15 pm and meetings take place monthly from February to November.
Everyone is welcome!
We also hold a range of workshops, short courses, film and soup nights, practical garden tours, permabees (working bees), beehive installations, eco-product making sessions and much more.
CELEBRATING WORLD OCEANS DAY
Thursday, June 29, 2023: 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Narrabeen Tramshed Arts and Community Centre, Lakeview Room
1395A Pittwater Road, Narrabeen
Join us in World Oceans’ month to learn more about the Blue planet we live on.
Two great speakers will tell us the wonders and threats facing our oceans.
Australia Marine Conservation Society works on the big issues that risk our ocean wildlife - protecting critical ocean ecosystems with marine reserves around the nation, including Ningaloo and the Great Barrier Reef. As well as issues such as over-fishing and supertrawlers, and protecting threatened and endangered species like the Australian Sea Lion.
Surfrider Foundation is actively working to stop drilling and exploration for oil and gas off our coast (PEP2). The organisation works to protect our oceans, beaches and waves through a powerful activist network.
$5 entry by donation to pay for room hire. Organic teas and coffee are available at the night + swap table - bring plants, seeds, food, books and permaculture items to swap and share.
SEED SAVING CIRCLE
Saturday, July 8, 2023: 11:00am – 1:00pm
Balgowlah Community Garden
100 Griffiths Street, Balgowlah
Gather your seeds in winter for the coming spring. Share and swap seeds that are grown organically and locally. These seeds will be the best adapted you can find for the Northern Beaches climate and soils as many have been grown over generations.
Tap into the knowledge and the databank of seeds at Balgowlah Community Garden and PNB + share permaculture knowledge. This is an invaluable resource for the local community. Be part of the change - grow your own seeds and food.
Bring your non-alcoholic drinks and food to share on the day. The seed circle will be outdoors but under cover so dress weather-wise.
PLASTIC FREE JULY
Saturday, July 1, 2023 – Monday, July 31, 2023
Permaculture Northern Beaches is a part of the Plastic Free July challenge - Join Us!
The plastic bottles, bags and takeaway containers that we use for just a few minutes use a material that is designed to last forever. Every bit of plastic ever made still exists!
- Break up, not break down – becoming permanent pollution
- Are mostly made into low-grade products for just one more use or sent to a landfill
- End up in waterways and the ocean – where scientists predict there will be more tons of plastic than tons of fish by 2050
- Transfer to the food chain – carrying pollutants with them
- Increase our eco-footprint – plastic manufacturing consumes 6% of the world’s fossil fuels
Be part of the solution, by taking up these habits:
- Refusing plastic bags and packaging (choose your own alternatives)
- Reducing packaging where possible (opt for refills, remember your reusable shopping bags)
- Refusing plastics that escape as litter (e.g. straws, takeaway cups, utensils, balloons)
- Recycling what cannot be avoided by the use of alternatives.
Register to join 100,000 Australians and a million+ people worldwide stepping up in Plastic Free July www.plasticfreejuly.org
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
Report Fox Sightings
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
Tackling The Risks To The Reef: Gillnet Fishing To End In QLD - Establishing A 'Net-Free' North
June 5, 2023
The Albanese and Palaszczuk Labor Governments have announced critical funding to better protect threatened species that call the Great Barrier Reef home.
Over $160 million will be delivered to significantly reduce net fishing and other high risk fishing activities impacting the Reef. This includes ensuring the Great Barrier Reef is gillnet free by mid-2027.
Destructive gillnet fishing injures and kills threatened dugongs, turtles, dolphins and protected shark species.
As part of these reforms, the Albanese Government will request the Palaszczuk Government to declare threatened hammerhead sharks a no-take species for commercial fishers within Queensland waters.
The funding will also be used to:
- Create net-free zones including in the northern third of the Great Barrier Reef and parts of the Gulf of Carpentaria to better protect threatened species that move between the Reef and the Gulf.
- Accelerate implementation of the Sustainable Fisheries Strategy
- Introduce legislation to mandate the use of independent data validation on commercial fishing vessels to ensure we balance sustainable fisheries with protecting threatened species.
The Federal Labor government states it has wasted no time acting to protect our precious reef, including legislating more ambitious emissions reduction targets and investing more than $1.2 billion to protect and restore the Great Barrier Reef.
Federal Minister for the Environment and Water, Tanya Plibersek stated;
“The Great Barrier Reef is one the most beautiful places on Earth. We want to better protect it for our kids and grandkids.
“We know one of the most immediate threats to health of Reef is unsustainable fishing practices. It causes damage throughout the Reef, as threatened marine life like dugongs, turtles and dolphins are caught in nets and drown.
“The removal of gillnets in net-free zones on the Reef has already helped boost local fish populations. We want to see this happen right across the Reef.”
Queensland Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries, Mark Furner stated;
“This is an investment in the future of the reef and a more sustainable future for its commercial fishing industry.
“Protecting good jobs in the fishing industry is crucial for the livelihoods of thousands of Queenslanders who depend on the state’s seafood supply chain.
“By transitioning to more sustainable fishing practices and taking measures to maintain fish stocks, we can ensure the long-term viability of good jobs in the fishing industry for our children and our grandchildren.”
Queensland Minister for Environment, Leanne Linard said;
“The implementation of these new protections underscores the commitment of the Palaszczuk Government to ensure the reef's long-term survival.
“The Great Barrier Reef is home to thousands of species and holds immense cultural significance to Indigenous people of the Queensland coast and the Torres Strait, who have maintained a deep connection with these waters for thousands of years.
“In keeping with its recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the reef must be protected, not just for Queenslanders, but for all the people of the world.”
Special Envoy to the Great Barrier Reef, Senator Nita Green stated;
“Establishing a ‘Net-free North’ is an important step required to protect the Great Barrier Reef as an ecosystem and an economic asset.
“The Reef supports 64,000 jobs including thousands in regional Queensland. By working together with partners in science, tourism, agriculture and Traditional Owners we can continue to protect the Great Barrier Reef for generations to come.”
- All hammerhead sharks will be made a no-take species for commercial fishers in all Queensland waters, noting they are already no-take for recreational fishers.
- Buy-out and remove all N2 and N4 licences by 31 December 2023.
- Buy-out, remove and condition a limited number of N1 licences by 31 December 2023.
- Phase out the remaining limited N1 licences to make the Reef gillnet free by 30 June 2027.
- With residual funds, protect the Reef from other forms of commercial fishing through a voluntary commercial fishing licence buy-out.
- Accelerate implementation of the Sustainable Fisheries Strategy by introducing legislation to mandate independent data validation.
- Establish a “net-free north” from Cape Bedford to the tip of Cape York.
- Establish additional gillnet free zones in the Gulf of Carpentaria and other locations of high ecological value.
Restoring Barrier Reef Islands
June 8, 2023
The Federal Government announced on World Oceans Day 2023 it is investing $7.4 million to protect and restore Lady Elliot Island and Pine Islet on the Great Barrier Reef.
Lady Elliot Island is the southernmost island of the Great Barrier Reef and is one of the jewels in the crown of the Reef. The island and reef support hundreds of nesting seabirds and turtles. An investment of $1.9 million will restore the native cay vegetation, helping to build resilience against climate change.
Pine Islet is around 120 kilometres off the coast of Mackay and is home to asbestos contaminated buildings which are deteriorating and collapsing. An investment of $5.5 million will support the asbestos management plan, enabling the removal of asbestos and asbestos contaminated soil from the island.
Traditional Owners will also be supported to manage revegetation work.
Special Envoy for the Great Barrier Reef, Senator Nita Green visited Lady Elliot Island on World Oceans Day 2023 to announce these projects.
Minister for the Environment and Water, the Hon Tanya Plibersek stated;
“The Great Barrier Reef is one the most beautiful places on Earth. We want to better protect it for our kids and grandkids.
“The Federal Labor government is acting to protect our precious reef, including legislating more ambitious emissions reduction targets and investing a record $1.2 billion to protect and restore the Great Barrier Reef.
“This announcement will support the great work being done to protect and restore two of our Great Barrier Reef islands, Lady Elliot Island and Pine Islet.
“Through these island restoration and revegetation projects, critical habitat will be rebuilt and maintained on the islands, helping to protect our precious native species.”
Special Envoy for the Great Barrier Reef, Senator Nita Green said;
“This is a practical example of our government’s commitment to the protection of the Great Barrier Reef as one of Australia’s precious places.
“Lady Elliot Island and Pine Islet are important ecosystems on the Reef and our investment will help ensure their biodiversity values are preserved.
“We are working hard to build resilience and future-proof the Reef in the face of climate change, because doing so will also protect the 64,000 jobs it supports.”
Also announced the same day was $4.5 million in community projects to better protect our oceans and the precious species that call them home.
''Earlier this week we decided on a final marine park design to triple the size of the Macquarie Island Marine Park as part of our commitment to ocean conservation. But we know we need to also invest in practical solutions to tackle issues affecting marine creatures like climate change, light pollution and being caught as bycatch in fishing gear.'' Minister for the Environment and Water, Tanya Plibersek stated
''Too many marine animals, including threatened species like sawfish, dugongs and turtles, are being injured and killed in fishing nets. That’s why we’re delivering $2.8 million for seven projects to prevent animals being caught as bycatch. Funded projects include a new alternative mesh that will reduce the numbers of sawfish becoming entangled in nets in Queensland and a new system to design and trial purpose-built nets that help to retrieve entangled seabirds in Western Australia.
Climate change is the greatest risk to marine turtle recovery, with rising sea levels causing the ‘drowning’ of turtle nests. Beaches where turtles are nesting are also getting hotter, this rise in sand temperature is influencing the sex of hatchlings, resulting in more females than males. That’s why we’re investing over $1.5 million for four projects including protecting Olive Ridley turtles with shaded cages in Cape York and using Traditional Owner knowledge to improve management of the Flatback turtle on the Uunguu Coast in Western Australia.
We’re also announcing over $210,000 for five projects to help ‘switch off’ light pollution near threatened species’ coastal habitat. Light pollution can prevent species such as green turtle hatchlings from reaching the ocean and short-tailed shearwater fledglings from taking their first flight. Projects funded include the installation of light shields and filters and restoration of dunes to improve nesting habits and create natural light buffers.
This is on top of what we’re already doing to protect our oceans and those who call them home. We have:
- Tripled the size of the Macquarie Island Marine Park.
- Invested $1.2 billion in the Great Barrier Reef to improve water quality, remove pests and increase traditional owner management.
- Committed to protecting 30% of our oceans by 2030. Including the new Macquarie Island Marine Park, 48% of our oceans are marine parks and 22% are highly protected.
- Delivered an ambitious global high seas treaty to regulate the conservation and sustainable use of international waters.
- Negotiated for a strong new global agreement on plastic pollution, as part of our goal to see a plastic free Pacific in our lifetimes and invested $15 million to tackle deadly ghost nets in our northern waters.
- Doubled the funding for the Australian Institute of Marine Science, ensuring that our scientists can continue to lead the world with their research.
- Committed to phasing out gillnets in the Great Barrier Reef by 2027.
- Committed to developing a Sustainable Ocean Plan.
- Invested in restoring valuable blue carbon ecosystems.
Minister for the Environment and Water, Tanya Plibersek said;
“I want to better protect our precious oceans but there are serious pressures facing our oceans, pressures we need to acknowledge and confront.
“Oceans are soaking up a quarter of the world’s carbon emissions, and they’re capturing 90% of the heat generated by greenhouse gases.
“And they have become the unfortunate endpoint of our society’s addiction to plastics pollution.
“These problems require global action, but there is work that communities can do on the ground right now to protect our precious marine creatures.
“That’s why we’re delivering over $4.5 million in grants to Traditional Owners, local councils, researchers and businesses to help threatened turtles adapt to climate change, prevent light pollution and stop marine life being caught as bycatch in fishing gear.”
Community Ideas To Deliver The Murray-Darling Basin Plan
May 29, 2023
The Australian Government is inviting communities to share their views about how to best deliver the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.
The Government is committed to delivering the Plan in full, including 450 GL to enhance environmental outcomes. But we know communities and industry have previously felt left out of the conversation.
Delivering the plan includes achieving all water recovery targets. It means putting our rivers on a healthier and more sustainable path, while continuing to support Basin communities who help feed our nation.
The Government is working with Basin states and territories to do this.
Individuals and groups are welcome to make a submission that considers questions including:
- What ideas or concepts can help fully implement the Murray–Darling Basin Plan?
- Will these ideas recover water and deliver environmental outcomes?
- Are there ideas that will make a particular difference to your community?
- What are the challenges or risks to implementing these ideas?
To have your say, and find out more about the Plan, visit the consultation webpage: https://consult.dcceew.gov.au/ideas-to-deliver-the-basin-plan
The consultation closes July 3rd 2023
Minister for the Environment and Water Tanya Plibersek stated;
“We know that climate change has made the implementation of the Plan more important than ever.
“The Albanese Labor Government is committed to delivering the Murray–Darling Basin Plan in full. I’m pleased that all Basin states and territories are also committed to doing this.
“After years of delay and sabotage by the Liberals and Nationals, we want to get this right.
“I’ve said all options are on the table to deliver the Plan. I welcome innovative and practical ideas for how we can deliver a sustainable Basin for the communities, farmers, businesses and First Nations groups who rely on it.”
Australia And New Zealand Make Statement At Inaugural Climate And Finance Dialogue
June 8, 2023
The Australian government has signed a Joint Statement with New Zealand (PDF 199 KB) following a meeting between Treasurers and Climate Change Ministers. The Statement agrees to accelerate climate action by identifying shared economic opportunities to navigate a successful transition to net zero.
The Joint Statement was signed at the inaugural Australia–New Zealand 2+2 Climate and Finance Dialogue. The Dialogue was attended by Australian Treasurer Dr Jim Chalmers, Australian Minister for Climate Change and Energy Chris Bowen, New Zealand Minister of Finance Grant Robertson and New Zealand Minister of Climate Change James Shaw.
Ministers discussed the need for accelerated climate action to stay within a 1.5-degree temperature rise limit, and to harness the significant economic opportunities that the clean energy transformation offers Australia and New Zealand.
Australia and New Zealand recognised climate change as the single greatest threat to the Pacific and committed to working together and with Pacific partners to ensure the regions’ resilience and prosperity.
The Dialogue focused on navigating shared economic challenges and opportunities presented by the transition to net zero, identifying areas for collaboration to navigate a successful transition.
“Australia and New Zealand have a long history of collaboration, but now is the time to extend that cooperation to issues affecting the Pacific region, including urgent action on climate change.” said Minister Bowen.
“Partnering with our closest neighbours will help us to seize the economic opportunities to collaborate on cheaper, cleaner energy and climate action as the world accelerates towards net zero.
“Climate change is the single greatest threat to our Pacific family, and longstanding leadership on the international stage continues to be critical.
“Now that Australia is back at the table, we are working with our Pacific partners to help the region cut emissions in this critical decade and ensure no-one is left behind.”
Ministers agreed to:
- Hold the Australia-New Zealand 2+2 Climate and Finance Dialogue annually and establish a joint working group to support policy implementation.
- Establish a Net Zero Government Working Group to support decarbonising public services, climate-related disclosures, and sustainable procurement.
- Co-ordinate efforts to stimulate production and supply of electric and zero emission vehicles into the Australasian market, including accelerating the uptake of zero emissions vehicles in government fleets, and explore the potential for collaboration on vehicle manufacturing and improving charging infrastructure.
- Work to align sustainable finance frameworks and tools across the Tasman to enhance interoperability and support businesses operating across the economic region.
- Work together to develop adaptation indicators and monitoring frameworks.
- Support the development of internationally aligned Guarantee of Origin Schemes, including dedicated conversations to explore the adoption of Australia's GO Scheme in New Zealand.
Macquarie Island Marine Park To Triple In Size
June 5, 2023
Macquarie Island Marine Park is set to triple in size thanks to a decision by the Environment Minister, Tanya Plibersek, on a final marine park design to place an extra 385,000 square kilometres of Australia’s oceans under high protection.
Minister Plibersek will now recommend to the Governor-General, for his consideration in Executive Council, the proclamation to expand the Macquarie Island Marine Park.
This is a huge win for world ocean protection. The expanded design will see the Macquarie Island Marine Park grow from 162,000 square kilometres to 475,465 square kilometres. Ninety-three per cent or 385,000 square kilometres of the park – an area larger than Germany – will be completely closed to fishing, mining and other extractive activities, making a globally significant contribution to the health and resilience of our oceans.
Halfway between Hobart and Antarctica, Macquarie Island and the surrounding waters are home to some of the world’s most iconic species including the endemic royal penguin, rockhopper penguin, subantarctic fur seal, southern elephant seal, black-browed albatross and the grey petrel.
Following two months of public consultation, the Government has signed off on the marine park design. Over 14,700 submissions were received through the process, with over 99% in support.
The Minister’s decision announced today incorporates minor adjustments to the Patagonian Toothfish fishing zone in response to feedback provided by the sustainable commercial fishing industry that operate around Macquarie Island. The expanded marine park will not impact their existing operations.
This decision means our marine parks will make up over 48 per cent of Australian oceans.
Minister for the Environment and Water Tanya Plibersek stated;
“I want to protect our oceans for our kids and grandkids. This announcement is part of our mission to conserve Australia’s special places, particularly those that are home to threatened species.
“Macquarie Island is an exceptional place. It’s a remote wildlife wonderland – a critical breeding ground for millions of seabirds, seals and penguins.
“It is the only place on earth where royal penguins breed, with their distinctive yellow mohawk crests. It’s a place where endangered albatross come to rest their giant wings after foraging for food at sea.
“Australians understand that the health of our nation is bound up with the health of our natural world. As Minister for the Environment, I am determined to protect more of what’s precious, to repair more of what’s damaged, and to manage nature better for the future.”
The development of a new management plan for the Macquarie Island Marine Park, and the other 13 marine parks in the South-east region, is underway.
Macquarie Island Marine Park lies offshore from the isolated subantarctic Macquarie Island about 1500 km south-east of Tasmania and extends far out into the Southern Ocean.
Macquarie Island was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1997 on the basis of its outstanding natural values. The listing includes the in-shore waters of the Tasmanian park, the Macquarie Island Nature Reserve, and some of the waters in the Macquarie Island Marine Park that surround this.
Seamless Stewardship Launched
June 7 2023
Minister for the Environment and Water Tanya Plibersek has helped launch the Seamless scheme, led by the industry's peak body, the Australian Fashion Council (AFC), which received $1 million from the previous federal government to set up the scheme.
Signing up is voluntary and imposes a 4 cent per garment levy on the signatories' sales, with the money to be put towards initiatives such as sustainable design, the resale of used items, and textile recycling.
So far six brands have signed up; Big W, David Jones, Lorna Jane, Rip Curl, RM Williams and The Iconic.
The AFC says it needs 60 per cent market adoption to raise $36 million per year, making its current membership far below what is needed.
In a speech delivered at the launch of Seamless in Sydney Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek told the rest of the fashion industry it had 12 months to sign up or else face regulation directly.
On June 8th the Federal Environment Minister stated
''BIG W, Lorna Jane Active, David Jones, THE ICONIC, R.M.Williams and Rip Curl. Yesterday, these six brands signed onto the industry-led scheme to end clothing waste.
It’s about changing fashion in Australia from relying on disposability to valuing reuse.
Designing clothes to last, made out of quality materials so they can be reused, repaired, and eventually recycled.
These brands have committed to paying a levy to fund better design and better sorting and recycling.
Now, it’s up to other brands to sign on and make it successful within twelve months or I’ll step in and regulate. We have to stop this waste.''
Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek at the launch of Seamless
The Australian Fashion Council has led a Consortium to create a national stewardship scheme called Seamless, that aims to make Australian fashion and clothing truly circular, and significantly reduce the 200,000 tonnes of clothing that currently goes to Australian landfill each year.
WHY WE NEED A RESPONSE
On average, every Australian buys 56 items of clothing yearly, most of which are made from non-sustainable, non-durable materials. Also, Australia has no systematic resources for the collection of unwearable clothing. As a result, clothing waste has become one of the largest contributors to Australia’s waste problem.
THE PATHWAY TO CHANGE
No single organisation can address these issues alone, so the Australian Fashion Council has led a Consortium to design a scheme that aims to make Australian fashion truly circular by transforming outdated business models, driving innovation, changing citizen behaviour and recycling clothing in high value applications.
A STEWARDSHIP APPROACH
Seamless is a clothing stewardship scheme which recognises that the fashion and clothing brands who place clothes on the market are responsible for the entire life of that garment, from design through to recycling or sustainable disposal.
LED BY FOUNDATION MEMBERS
The pioneering and progressive brands that are the foundation members of Seamless are BIG W, David Jones, Lorna Jane, Rip Curl, R.M. Williams and THE ICONIC. Each organisation will play an important part in the 12-month transition phase while Seamless is established.
Whitehaven’s New Maules Creek Expansion Must Not Proceed Community States
June 5, 2023
Lock the Gate Alliance has condemned Whitehaven's plan to expand its Maules Creek coal mine, saying it highlights the company’s total disregard for the damage coal is inflicting on local communities and the climate.
Whitehaven began contacting locals late last week and quietly uploaded expansion plans on its website.
Based on Whitehaven’s map - which does not include an exact size - the expansion would bring the mine closer to Maules Creek village, including a local school, and would carve out more of Leard State Forest.
Leard Forest was the site of mass community protests, which involved now Senator David Pocock, when Whitehaven began constructing the coal mine there in 2014.
The expansion would mean Maules Creek coal mine would operate until 2043 - nine years more than the existing operation. Whitehaven would mine 126 million tonnes of coal in total if the expansion goes ahead.
The application comes as Whitehaven faces fresh scrutiny over emissions produced at its Narrabri mine, with media reporting it is polluting three times more than originally expected.
Boggabri farmer Sally Hunter said, "Whitehaven knows increasingly ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets both domestically and in customer countries mean the end is nigh for coal.
“Rather than sensibly introducing a diversification plan to support local workers, the company is going hell for leather to rip what it can out of the ground before the market finally crashes, leaving everyone high and dry.
“Failing to prepare for the inevitable risks leaving economies in places like Boggabri and Narrabri destitute when the crash comes. It’s time for government intervention to prevent vampires like Whitehaven from sucking our region dry.”
Maules Creek resident Ros Druce said, “Whitehaven has proved over the years it has callous disregard for the local community and has racked up a list of fines and criminal offences .
“So far, no penalty has been significant enough to make this repeat offender change its ways.
“The Minns Government must take action against Whitehaven where the Perrottet Government failed. At the very least, Whitehaven must not be rewarded with permission to build any new coal projects or expansions.”
Despite conducting a Community Consultative Committee meeting on Wednesday May 24th, Whitehaven did not mention its expansion plans, instead quietly uploading them to the website a week later.
Regional QLD Council Wants Gasfield Approval Revoked
June 5, 2023
A council in regional Queensland that hosts the highest number of coal mines of any local government in the state wants the Palaszczuk Government to “revoke” its recent approval of Blue Energy’s planned 530 well gasfield.
The Palaszczuk Government approved the company’s environmental authority in March. However, Isaac Regional Council has since requested the approval be revoked, due to Blue Energy’s lack of social impact assessment, workforce analysis, lack of engagement with the regional council and broader local community, and the likely damage the project would inflict on the region’s roads.
The submission shows the council fears the gasfield will threaten the social fabric of the community. It also notes Blue Energy failed to provide sufficient information about how the project would impact the local housing market, traffic network, and existing workforce.
Last year, the traditionally resource-supportive council passed a motion condemning Adani’s behaviour, which operates its Carmichael coal mine in the local government area, alleging non compliance with the company’s infrastructure and employment conditions.
Lock the Gate Alliance Queensland coordinator Ellie Smith said the council’s submission showed locals were fed up with mining companies who didn’t give a stuff about the community they operated in, and the Palaszczuk Government’s environmental laws let them get away with it.
“You would have thought Blue Energy would have learnt the importance of a social licence after locals kicked it out of the Wide Bay. Clearly, this hasn’t happened,” she said.
“Isaac Regional Council has borne the brunt of some of the most negative social and environmental impacts of Queensland’s coal industry. It's clear the council is now saying enough is enough to both the Palaszczuk Government and to companies that try to barge in and damage the social fabric and existing infrastructure of the region.
“It’s typical of coal seam gas companies to try to run roughshod over the community in which they want to operate. It has caused heartache and community destruction on the Darling and Western Downs.
“We strongly commend Isaac Regional Council for making such a determined stand against this gasfield. We urge the Palaszczuk Government to heed these concerns, and revoke Blue’s environmental authority as part of its internal review.”
Mackay Conservation Group climate campaigner Imogen Lindenberg said, “In addition to the social damage they cause, coal seam gas projects like what Blue Energy wants to build inflict massive environmental destruction.
“They produce millions of tonnes of wastewater and also contribute to climate change, which is harming the Great Barrier Reef.
“Here in Mackay, we’re particularly vulnerable to climate change driven extreme weather, such as more severe cyclones, flooding, and bushfires.
“The Queensland Palaszczuk Government should listen to concerned community groups and councils and revoke the environmental authority for this disastrous project.”
Lock the Gate Alliance is separately writing to Federal Environmental Minister Tanya Plibersek, requesting that she call in Blue Energy’s gasfield for assessment under the EPBC Act.
The Isaac Council’s submission and revocation request was made available to all groups who made submissions against Blue Energy’s gasfield proposal, including Lock the Gate Alliance.
Federal and Queensland governments have spent $5 million on a pre-feasibility study for a new gas pipeline to link the north Bowen Basin, where Blue wants to build its gasfield, to the pipeline network further south.
Blue Energy’s application did not state how many CSG wells it would require. It proposed 530 multiwell pads, with between two and six wells on each pad. State Government approval has now been given for 530 wells.
The gasfield would drain more than 19 billion litres of water over 20 years.
Fifty-three water bores lie within 10km of this project that farmers rely on for stock and home use.
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
Thank You Barrenjoey High School Students: Saving A Ringtail Possum
- Ringtail Posse: 1 – February 2023; Anna Maria Monticelli: King Parrots/Water Dragons - Jacqui Scruby: Loggerhead Turtle - Lyn Millett OAM: Flying-Foxes - Kevin Murray: Our Backyard Frogs - Miranda Korzy: Brushtail Possums
- Ringtail Posse: 2 - March 2023; Kevin Murray: Tawny Frogmouth - Kayleigh Greig: Red-Bellied Black Snake - Bec Woods: Australian Water Dragon - Margaret Woods: Owlet-Nightjar - Hilary Green: Butcher Bird - Susan Sorensen: Wallaby
- Ringtail Posse 3 - April 2023: Jeffrey Quinn: Kookaburra, Tom Borg McGee: Kookaburra, Stephanie Galloway-Brown: Bandicoot, Joe Mills: Noisy Miner
- Ringtail Posse 4 May 2023 - Andrew Gregory: Powerful Owl, Marita Macrae: Pale-Lipped Or Gully Shadeskink, Jools Farrell: Whales & Seals, Nicole Romain: Yellow-Tailed Black Cockatoo
The STAEDTLER Secondary School Artists Of The Year Competition Is Back!
Open to all year 7 to 12 students, it’s a chance for all up and coming artists to share their work for the opportunity to win 1 of 11 prizes. Entries close 20th June.
With the help of our panel of 3 talented judges, we are searching for the STAEDTLER Senior (years 10-12) and Junior (years 7-9) Artist of the Year 2023.
Both first place winners will receive a $1,000 VISA gift card!
For more information on prizes, please click here.
How to enter
Using your favourite STAEDTLER products, show us your creativity and produce a masterpiece you’d like to submit.
You can get your inspiration from anywhere; a favourite place, a person, animal or school art project – we can’t wait to see your work of art!
Upload a photo of your artwork here and follow the prompts. If you are a Teacher, you can enter for your students and upload multiple entries at once. You will need to include artwork title, your name, school and year group.
Please ensure we can see the surface the artwork has been produced on eg. canvas or paper.
Note: digitally created or digitally enhanced artwork will not be accepted.
Entries close on Tuesday 20th June and the judging and voting will then take pace.
You can vote for the People’s Choice Award from 21st -28th June – just come back to this page.
Winners will be announced 7th July.
Enter here: https://au.competitions.staedtler.com/
Applications Open For 150 Apprentice Scholarships
Apprentices facing financial or personal hardship will be supported to undertake their trade and study through a $2.25 million NSW Government scholarship program.
Applications are now open until 21 July for the 2023 Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarships program that will support 150 people with $15,000 each to complete their training and further their career.
The scholarships support apprentices who are experiencing financial or personal hardship, demonstrate a high aptitude for vocational education and training, and are committed to their on- and off-the-job training in metropolitan and regional NSW.
The scholarship program is named in honour of the late Bert Evans AO, a passionate advocate of vocational education for more than 30 years. A total of 751 Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarships have been awarded since 2014.
These scholarships greatly assist first year apprentices to undertake their trade and study to achieve their career goals.
The NSW Government-run program offers grants of $5000 annually over 3 years to help people overcome personal barriers to finish their apprenticeships and go onto rewarding careers.
The scholarships are awarded to apprentices in NSW who have demonstrated:
- financial hardship and/or personal hardship
- capability for vocational education and training, and
- a positive attitude and application in the workplace and in off-the-job training.
Minister for Skills, TAFE and Tertiary Education Tim Crakanthorp said, “With demand for vocational education high, this year we have increased the number of Bert Evans scholarships on offer to help more apprentices through their training.
“Whether you need to purchase new tools, cover fuel or car maintenance costs, or pay for additional training courses, these scholarships have helped people overcome personal barriers to finish their apprenticeships and go onto rewarding careers.
“Apprenticeships are vital in ensuring NSW has a pipeline of skilled workers, and we want to give our apprentices a helping hand to complete their training, so they can make a strong contribution in their jobs and in the lives of their families and communities.”
Visit Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarships or phone 13 28 11 for more information and to apply.
Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards 2023: Optional Theme This Year 'The Winding Road'
HOW TO ENTER: https://dorothea.com.au/how-to-enter/
PLEASE SEE HERE FOR A DETAILED PDF ON ENTRY INSTRUCTIONS FOR TEACHERS AND PARENTS.
Primary school and secondary school entries can be submitted anytime during the competition period.
1. Teacher/parent register account online *If you have already created an account, skip to step 3 and log in*
2. Check email for link to verify account and create password
3. Log in to your account
4. Purchase tier of entries *Please note we’re only able to accept credit card payments at this time*
5. Enter student details and submit poem(s) (cut and paste or type in poem content direct to the webpage)
6. Repeat step 5 for every student/individual poem.
*PLEASE NOTE: If you’re registering as an individual student, put your HOME address in your personal details and not your SCHOOL’S address! The address you list is where your participation certificate will be posted!*
Please read our Conditions of Entry here before registering for the competition.
Have a read of the judges’ reports from the previous year. They contain some very helpful advice for teachers and parents alike!
It is recommended for schools to appoint a coordinator for the competition.
Only a teacher/parent can complete the registration form on behalf of the student/child.
Log-in details: username is the email address and a password of your choice.
Log-in details can be given to other teachers/students for poem submission in class/at home.
Log-in as many times as necessary during the competition period.
Teachers can view progress by monitoring the number and content of entries.
Individual entries are accepted if the school is not participating or a child is home schooled. Parent needs to complete the registration form with their contact details. Please indicate ‘individual entry’ under school name and home postal address under school address.
Invoice for the entry fee will be sent to the registered email address within 2 weeks.
‘Participation certificate only’ option available for schools where pre-selection of entries has been carried out. Poems under this option will not be sent to judges, students will still receive participation certificate for their efforts.
Please read the Conditions of Entry before entering. Entries accepted: March 1 to June 30, results announced during early September.
NEED SOME INSPIRATION?
For more information contact our Project Officer on 02 6742 1200 or email email@example.com.
Rowan Atkinson On Free Speech
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).
- Support for School Leavers with Disability (PDF 2MB).
- Support for School Leavers with Disability (DOCX 0.9MB).
- 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: Garden
1. a piece of ground adjoining a house, in which grass, flowers, and shrubs may be grown. 2. a well-cultivated region; area of fertile, developed land. : also garden spot. 3.In North America, a large public hall; "Madison Square Garden"
1. cultivate or work in a garden.
From late 13c. (late 12c. in surnames), from Old North French gardin "(kitchen) garden; orchard; palace grounds" (Old French jardin, 13c., Modern French jardin), from Vulgar Latin *hortus gardinus "enclosed garden," via Frankish *gardo or some other Germanic source, from Proto-Germanic *gardan- (source also of Old Frisian garda, Old Saxon gardo, Old High German garto, German Garten "a garden," Old English geard, Gothic gards "enclosure"), from PIE root *gher- (1) "to grasp, enclose." Italian giardino, Spanish jardin are from French.
As an adjective from c. 1600. Garden-party "company attending an entertainment on the lawn or garden of a private house" is by 1843. Garden-variety in figurative sense first recorded 1928. To lead someone up the garden path "entice, deceive" is attested by 1925. Garden-glass "round dark glass reflective globe (about a foot and a half across) placed on a pedestal, used as a garden ornament," is from 1842.
also from late 13c.; garden (verb) "to lay out and cultivate a garden," 1570s, from garden (n.). Related: Gardened; gardening. also from 1570s
Compare Gardenia (noun) - Gardenia is a genus of flowering plants in the coffee family, Rubiaceae, native to the tropical and subtropical regions of Africa, Asia, Madagascar and Pacific Islands, and Australia. The genus was named by Carl Linnaeus and John Ellis after Alexander Garden (1730–1791), a Scottish-born American naturalist. He lived for many years in Charleston, South Carolina, using his spare time to study plants and living creatures, and sending specimens to Carl Linnaeus. During the American War of Independence he sided with the British and sent congratulations to Cornwallis after the Battle of Camden. Two years later his property (including 98 Broad Street) was confiscated, he had to leave South Carolina, and in 1783 he went to live in Westminster in London. He became vice-president of the Royal Society and is said to have been respected for his "benevolence, cheerfulness, and pleasing manners".
Gardenia thunbergia by Edith Struben (1868-1936)
Garden design is the process of creating plans for the layout and planting of gardens and landscapes. Gardens may be designed by garden owners themselves, or by professionals. Professional garden designers tend to be trained in principles of design and horticulture, and have a knowledge and experience of using plants. Some professional garden designers are also landscape architects, a more formal level of training that usually requires an advanced degree and often an occupational license.
Elements of garden design include the layout of hard landscape, such as paths, rockeries, walls, water features, sitting areas and decking, as well as the plants themselves, with consideration for their horticultural requirements, their season-to-season appearance, lifespan, growth habit, size, speed of growth, and combinations with other plants and landscape features. Most gardens consist of a mix of natural and constructed elements, although even very 'natural' gardens are always an inherently artificial creation. Natural elements present in a garden principally comprise flora (such as trees and weeds), fauna (such as arthropods and birds), soil, water, air and light. Constructed elements include paths, patios, decking, sculptures, drainage systems, lights and buildings (such as sheds, gazebos, pergolas and follies), but also living constructions such as flower beds, ponds and lawns.
Consideration is also given to the maintenance needs of the garden. Including the time or funds available for regular maintenance, (this can affect the choices of plants regarding speed of growth) spreading or self-seeding of the plants (annual or perennial), bloom-time, and many other characteristics. Garden design can be roughly divided into two groups, formal and naturalistic gardens. The most important consideration in any garden design is how the garden will be used, followed closely by the desired stylistic genres, and the way the garden space will connect to the home or other structures in the surrounding areas. All of these considerations are subject to the limitations of the budget. Budget limitations can be addressed by a simpler garden style with fewer plants and less costly hard landscape materials, seeds rather than sod for lawns, and plants that grow quickly; alternatively, garden owners may choose to create their garden over time, area by area.
A moss garden at the Saihō-ji temple in Kyoto, started in 1339. Photo: Wikipedia
Avalon Beach Ladies Probus Club: July 2023 Speaker
Doctors Have Critical Role In Good Stewardship In Our Health System: AMA
Minister For Aged Care National Press Club On 7 June 2023 Reveals An Ambition For Aged Care
No Time For Vaccine Complacency As COVID And Flu Cases Soar
NSW Bureau Of Health Information Healthcare Quarterly Report (January – March 2023) Released: NBH Statistics
- 44.1% of ‘emergency – priority 1’ ambulance cases were reached within 15 minutes
- 64.6% of the highest priority (P1A) responses arrived within 10 minutes.
- 67.4% of all patients, and 54.9% of triage 2 patients, had their treatment start on time – both the lowest of any January to March quarter since 2010.
- 58.2% of all patients spent less than four hours in the ED – the lowest for a January to March quarter since 2010.
Commuters Benefit From Train Station Upgrades In Northern Sydney
US Study Shows Promising Treatment For Tinnitus
Repair, Reuse And Recycle: Dealing With Solar Panels At The End Of Their Useful Life
World-First Trial For Paediatric Brain Cancer Right Here In NSW
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