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Six birds flew in at 5-15 pm just before low tide , a couple banded and both breeding and non breeding birds. First time I have spotted them here this season.
Approx. 300 Common Terns near the barge landing 8.30 am. Perhaps gathering prior to migration?? Only about a dozen Bar-tailed Godwits, some in full breeding plumage. Most waders already roosting on sand spit on Tin Can Inlet side.
Radjah Shelduck again present on lagoon near Pacific Black Ducks at 3pm. Little tern and a caspian tern also present with crested terns and gulls on sandbar at end of track to beach past Buckleys Hole.
Spotted calling into Gladstone Airport on Saturday
27 February was Virgin Australia Embraer E-190 jet VH-ZPF.
As per most Saturdays, it operated the mid-morning
VOZ1709/1712 service from and back to Brisbane.
So new Zealand needs a new flag. Well about as much as the titanic needed a new flag after it hit that iceberg. Really this is just a $25M dollar distraction for Teflon John Key to keep people thinking about anything except the real problems.
It turns out that even non citizen residents can vote on the whether to replace the old flag. One of New Zealand’s veteran third party politicians is all antsy about it.
But rightly so, why would you let foreign national vote on changing your national identity? One of the original polls state 69% of the population didn’t want the change the flag in the first place. So we thought we would throw out some suggestion for flags, some we found on the internet some we made ourselves.
Due to the likelihood of New Zealand becoming a failed state we thought we would offer this one. Yes the state failed, it wasn’t the people’s fault.
So in the event New Zealand defaults on its debts it might (or might be forced to) exercise its option to join the commonwealth of Australia making John Key’s frauds your problem.
This flag more or less sums up the peoples feelings about the New Zealand government, and strangely sums up the feelings of the New Zealand govern...
About a year ago, I reported on the failure of the lining for the VegTrug that I purchased about 2 years ago. It was time to carry out a VegTrug repair. The issue with the lining was that I had exposed it to Ultraviolet light, which degrades the plastic that it’s made from. I should [Continue Reading …]
About once a leap year, or there about.
Two teenage boys have been charged following an alleged break-in and armed robbery at a bakery near Tweed Heads on Saturday night.
About 11.30pm (February 27), two men – aged 22 and 17 – were working at a bakery on Overall Drive, Pottsville, when two males entered the rear of the store.
Police allege the males threatened the employees with a knife, demanding money.
The men handed over cash before the pair ran from the location.
No one was injured.
Police from Tweed/Byron Local Area Command patrolled the area and stopped two boys, a 17-year-old and a 16-year-old, nearby.
During a search of the teens, officers allegedly located a knife on one of the boys, and cannabis on the other. Another similar knife was located on the ground nearby. All items were seized.
They were arrested and taken to Tweed Heads police station.
The pair were charged with aggravated break and enter and commit serious indictable offence – in company, robbery in company, , and custody of a knife in public place.
The 17-year-old was also charged with possess prohibited drug.
Both boys have been granted strict conditional bail to appear at a children’s court on Friday 1 April 2016).
What better way could we spend our short lives on this beautiful planet? 2016 marks the seventh straight year of non-violent direct action at the secretive Australia Secret Intelligence Services (ASIS) base. From Swan Island trained Special Air Services 4 Squadron troops go international to do the bidding of the USA, under the command of […]
Dear Nuclear Free Friends, Imagine if you were given just 120 days to stop a nuclear waste dump from being built in your community… What would you do? The people of Inglewood are in that situation. A property at “Omanama” just outside of Inglewood – 3 hrs west of Brisbane- was nominated by a local […]
An 18-year-old German tourist who was driving a car that rolled on the Pacific Highway last weekend, leaving one passenger hospitalised with serious injuries, has been charged by police.
About 5.25pm last Saturday (February 20), the Holden Jackaroo was travelling south at Chinderah, when it left the road and rolled multiple times.
The 18-year-old female driver and a 21-year-old male passenger were trapped in the car, while an 18-year-old female passenger was able to get out.
Emergency services freed the trapped passengers and the man was airlifted by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter to Gold Coast Hospital in a critical condition.
The 21-year-old man, a German national, remains in hospital serious with head, chest, and leg injuries.
The two women were taken by NSW Ambulance paramedics to Gold Coast University Hospital for treatment and have since been released.
Police from Ballina Crash Investigation Unit attended the location and commenced an investigation.
The 18-year-old female driver, also a German national, was arrested at Tweed Heads police station on Friday (February 26).
She was charged with negligent driving occasioning actual bodily harm.
She has been granted strict conditional bail and is due to appear at Tweed Heads Local Court on Monday 14 March 2016.
The Japanese company revealed the leaning MWT-9 trike at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show and officials have now hinted at the recent launch of the MT-03 in Spain that the leaning trike based on the MT-09 would go into production.
There has also been talk of a four-wheeler leaning bike as shown in this official video of the OR2T prototype being tested.
Both leaning multi-wheelers follow on from their Tricity production three-wheel scooter launched in 2015.
Yamaha Australia marketing guru Sean Goldhawk says Tricty sales have been disappointing.
“But it is always challenging when you are introducing new technology,” he says.
“We have traditionally struggled to get a foothold in the scooter market, so wh...
Australia’s next leader? I like following US politics. In 2008, I was living in a small conservative town as a teacher. My colleagues were all obsessed with Rugby League, but when the primary nominations in the US were running, and the eventual election, I was enthralled. “Why […]
Calling in yet again to Gladstone Airport early on Thursday 25 February was Royal Flying Doctor Service
(RFDS) (South East Section) Beech B300 Super King Air VH-SQR.
The sleek Super King Air arrived from Moomba and Roma.
|File photo taken by Col ©|
Making it a trio of Queensland Government (QGAir) Rescue
helicopters to ferry up and down the Queensland coast was Bell 412
helicopter VH-ESD which ferried North from Archerfield to
Townsville via Gladstone and Mackay Airports on Friday 26 February.
The Queensland Police Service (Airwing) Cessna 560 Citation
Ultra bizjet VH-PSU called into Longreach Airport briefly on
Thursday 25 February.
Seed collecting is a new art for me. It requires timing, observation and knowledge of what you’re looking for. Mostly I’m nervous that I’ll just take the seeds off a plant and waste them by not planting them in time.
In 2011 we planted a lot of mixed trees and shrubs as tubestock on a very steep slope. That was our first experiment in “extreme tree planting” and has been very successful.
Back in November I saw that several wattles (acacias) had produced seed while I wasn’t looking. There are also lots of new seedling wattles under the existing ones. That’s what I was hoping for – that the things we planted would spread by themselves and make more.
However, naturally they will only spread to the spot where the seed drops. I thought it might be good to give them a helping hand by distributing the seed into areas where we’d run out not just of seedlings but the strength of will to plant them among the rocks.
From the 2011 plantation, from the garden at Esdale and from the Greening Australia plantations along the river, I collected five types of wattle seed:
I have very few insect pests that really annoy me. The payoff for a very wildlife friendly garden is that insects have to run a gauntlet of lizards and frogs and wrens and spiders, and not enough make it through to be serious competition. Except for flea beetles. These are little black jumping beetles from the Chrysomelidae family. They eat holes in the leaves, only eggplants and potatoes in my garden, but so prolifically that the leaves look like lace. On its own, even that probably wouldn’t faze me, but they also spread wilt and blight diseases and nine times out of ten my eggplants succumb to something before bearing a decent crop.
Rock mulching the plant to attract and provide habitat for lizards helps a bit. Surrounding seedlings with well developed Thai basil and other strong camouflage plants helps a bit. I’ve read that planting a catch crop of radishes works but the flea beetles are fast and they jump, so I haven’t figured out how you would catch the beetles once the radishes have attracted them. I’ve read that yellow sticky traps work, and I can see that, but I worry about catching beneficial insects too. I’ve read that mulching with coffee grounds works, but I suspect it works by caffeine poisoning the beetles, and that would poison beneficials too so I might try it but carefully.
Meanwhile, red square eggplants don’t resist the beetles any better than any other variety I’ve tried, but they resist the resulting wilt and blight diseases. So I have red eggplant bushes with colander leaves but they are still bearing a good crop.
Peeled, the red eggplants work in just about any eggplant recipe. They a...
I felt a little sorry for Linda Bengtzing and Martin Stenmarck, as I watched this morningś fourth heat of Melodifestivalen, the contest which chooses Swedenś entry for the Eurovision Song Contest. Martin has previously represented Sweden at Eurovision and was performing in a song co-written by his brother. Linda has previously entered Melodifestivalen, and has usually done very well. They’re both really great performers, with a wonderful Melodifestivalen pedigree. But, up against the ¨next generation”of Swedish pop performers, and armed only with pretty mediocre songs (to be honest), neither of them failed to make it through to either the “second chance” or the final.
They should have taken a leaf out of the book of Sarah Dawn Finer (one of this week’s co-hosts) who gave it a shot, missed out, and then moved on. I felt the same about Eric Saade last year. He’d entered Melodifestivalen a couple of times, and had made it to Eurovision, so why did he try again, I wondered. I guess part of the answer is because representing Sweden at Eurovision is pretty prestigious. I guess part of the answer is because entering Melodifestivalen also tends to boost your domestic career. If you have a new album, or a new show, there’s a good chance appearing on the show will boost ticket or album sales. Even so, it must be a little humiliating to fail to make it through when other, less talented performers did.
Which brings me to Dolly Style. Their appeal to the tweens pretty much guaranteed they would make it through, no matter what they sang. The problem was they couldn’t actually sing. Yeah, they could hold a note or two in the pretty average 90s/00s dance track , but struggled in the verses. Though not as tuneless as Dolly Style, Frans was another case of a singer with limited talent making it through because of their appeal to a core audience (again teen girls) likely to be watching television on a Saturday night in S...
I’ve had a number of enquiries about the forward travel schedule for our Rainbow Bee-eaters.
While they breed in small, loose colonies at a number of locations around Newstead – often along the river and in farmland – they gather in the forest to fuel up for their northward migration. At this time of year there is an abundance of flying insects – wasps, bees, dragonflies etc, that make these wooded places ideal for ‘hawking’ – the method employed by the species to capture their prey in mid-air.
I expect they may well head off any day now – it’s unusual to see them locally in March. The Climate Watch website makes the following note about Rainbow Bee-eater migration patterns.
Movement: its patterns of movement are complex and not completely understood. After breeding, southern populations move north between February and June (mostly between March and May) to spend the winter in northern Australia, New Guinea or eastern Indonesia. They return to their breeding areas in southern Australia between August and early November, though mostly between mid-September and mid-October. In northern Australia, part of the population is present throughout the year, with some individuals moving to different habitats during the non-breeding season, while other birds from the population migrate to southern Australia....
Congratulations Byron Shire! You have recycled 2,300 tonnes of food and garden organics in six months!
This has reduced Council’s putrescible landfill waste transport and disposal costs by approximately $150,000 since the implementation of the three bin collection service in August. Plus, Byron Shire has on average 30 per cent less kerbside waste going to landfill compared to the previous two-bin system.
Of the total kerbside waste collected each month, an average of 31 per cent is organic materials, 32 per cent recycling and the remaining 37 per cent is landfill waste.
Mayor Simon Richardson thanked residents for being a ‘good sort’.
“Overall Byron Shire’s kerbside recycling rate is now 63 per cent, compared with 38 per cent prior to the introduction of our organics service. It’s a great result.
“Particularly impressive is that we have maintained this over the extremely busy Christmas holiday period. But we can do better, let’s aim for a total recycling rate of 70 per cent,” he urged.
Instead of being buried in landfill, our organic materials are processed into certified organic compost at Lismore City council’s composting facility and used by local farmers and growers to improve agricultural soils.
Local farmer and founder of social enterprise, Munch Crunch Organics, Alasdair Smithson, has been using Lismore’s kerbside organics compost for seven or eight years.
“Overall we are happy with the product and it is a good soil improver, hopefully we can do it in the Byron Shire soon too,” he said.
Alasdair thanked the community for contributing their organics because the compost is being used by local farmers and growers.
“It’s really important to us as organic farmers, that we return organic waste back to the soil to build the organic matter and reduce the effects of climate change by doing so,” Mr Smithson said.
Suffolk Park resident, Suzie Morley is happy to have been part of this importa...
This is a most interesting piece I found on the interweb, written by Paul Chefurka almost three years ago. Paul is happy for this article to be reproduced in full, no questions asked, and as I feel it needs to be widely read, the more internet presence it has the better, and now you DTM readers can share it too…
Paul, who is Canadian, has an interesting website chockablock full of insightful stuff you may also want to read.
Ever since the writing of Thomas Malthus in the early 1800s, and especially since Paul Ehrlich’s publication of “The Population Bomb” in 1968, there has been a lot of learned skull-scratching over what the sustainable human population of Planet Earth might “really” be over the long haul.
This question is intrinsically tied to the issue of ecological overshoot so ably described by William R. Catton Jr. in his 1980 book “Overshoot:The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change”. How much have we already pushed our population and consumption levels above the long-term carrying capacity of the planet?
This article outlines my current thoughts on carrying capacity and overshoot, and presents six estimates for the size of a sustainable human population.
Motorcycles could help prevent the spread of the dangerous mosquito-borne Zika virus by attaching a special citronella can to the end of their exhausts.
Fierce heat and warm blue green seas, that’s what summer days are made of. While this is the last day left of the calendar season, the summer days still linger on. There’s still corn to be eaten, basil seed … Continue reading
A broad church? … So it was time to act. I visited the Liberal Party State Director, Mr Sam McQuestin in his office at Salamanca Place and ran my plans past him. Firstly, he said I would need to submit a new application for membership, which “may take a few weeks”. I submitted it the next day but I should have known better! What was estimated to take a few weeks ended up taking three months. I was asked to “show cause” in writing for the State Executive to review, which I did within days but was then told the they would not meet again until 30 January 2016! Given the imperative to start campaigning over Christmas I requested that it be dealt with “out of session” as soon as possible (haven’t they heard of email?). Repeated requests were ignored and then in late January the Liberal Party unexpectedly advertised for Candidates in Denison with applications closing a fortnight later on 4 February. I would have had no time then to complete a comprehensive application, given half the time available to the other applicants but just to make sure, the Liberal Party State Executive advised me on 1 February that my membership application had been rejected. …
MR, FEBRUARY 27 ... • Mayor Peter Coad responds to Cr Mike Wilson’s allegations As Huon Valley Council’s elected mayor, and as a councillor, I believe it is important that I respond to comments, some of them ludicrous, by Cr Mike Wilson in an advertisement in last week’s Huon Valley News (24 February). MR, FEBRUARY 27 ... • Huon credit card review ‘destroyed’ Peter Coad, speaking as a councillor and not as mayor of Huon Valley Council, said he was disappointed that the council, at its meeting on 24 February, 2016, had voted to delay implementation of council’s January credit card review resolution, and also to restrict the scope of the requested report. EARLIER on Tasmanian Times ...
Comment …. By Don Gordon-Brown It’s always tempting, as you watch Team Quirk candidates cheat away with their copycat council cleat once more, to form the conclusion that they just don’t get it. That what is bleedingly obvious to any normal, decent person – that using the copycat cleat is really, really tacky and wrong – just doesn’t register with these people. But I
At around this time last year we posted a blog featuring the mating practices of damselflies, one of the groups of insects in the order Odonata. Well those odonatans are at it again. This time it is the dragonflies that we have watched cruising above the dam. Male dragonflies at this time of the year […]
Tasmania’s wilderness fires are an environmental disaster, a foreshadowing of climate change conditions – and a point of political contention. EARLIER on Tasmanian Times ...
NEWS Take a long hard look at the Brisbane City Council election sign above. It's what happens when you have political "leadership" that's weak on ethics and honesty; one that doesn't think twice about trashing a branding image for political gain. Independent councillor Nicole Johnston has clearly decided if you can't beat them, you may as well join them. She has either decided to use
Sunfigo emailed me.
For years I have wondered about Sunfigo’s art. The first work that I saw in 2012 was the Banksy Little Diver tribute was such a masterpiece, a tribute not just to Banksy but to that era of Melbourne’s street art. Since then I have been looking for more. I have been rewarded by a rich variety of experiments in media, image and message.
Sunfigo wanted to have an exhibition.
I tried to help but unfortunately I am amongst the least powerful people in Melbourne’s art world. I am just this blogger, part-time artist writer. I don’t have much money because I write about art, mostly for free in this blog. I don’t have an art gallery, nor as it turns out do I have much influence with anyone with a gallery, after these eight years of blogging. I kept on asking people but I wasn’t making any progress.
I wasn’t making any progress on gleaming any details about Sunfigo from my exchange of emails. I mean nothing; you will notice that I am avoiding pronouns in this post. In the emails Sunfigo was always “Sunfigo”....
OUR SAY The Independent warned repeatedly over time that the LNP and Team Quirk planned to cheat again at this year's Brisbane City Council elections and they are doing exactly that .... big time! They've rolled out again their copycat council "cleat" that they also used extensively at the 2012 poll. It's there for no other reason than to hoodwink the public into thinking it's the
There is no need to buy an expensive BMW or KTM motorcycle to have headlights that illuminate the inside of a corner.
American lighting company of Wisconsin, J.W. Speaker Corporation, has released the world’s first aftermarket motorcycle headlight that fills in the dark void of a corner.
The Model 8790 low-beam, PAR56, 7-inch LED headlight uses sensors to calculate bank angles up to 30 degrees and automatically direct a light array angling up or down in the foreground as the motorcycle leans.
It also “tunes” the low beam and banking optics in a way that maximises visibility in corners.
Over 30 degrees the light is still there, but it doesn’t intensify any more.
Many very serious questions remain about George Pell’s conduct as a leader of an institution that failed to curb decades of rampant child sexual abuse within its hallowed walls. This failure has resulted in hundreds of innocent people suffering lifelong emotional and physical damage. A shocking number have committed suicide. • peter adams in Comments: Tim Minchin is a powerful example of how art can impact and change society’s values. The writer’s pen, the musician’s lyrics, the painter’s brush, the sculptor’s chisel ... all can be used to fashion a safer more beautiful world where all thrive.
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