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Agforce dispels lies and misinformation from WWF and its discredited spokesman Lyndon Schneiders, a puppet of the UN’s Agenda 21 now upgraded to Agenda 30.
Agenda 21 can be found with a google search.
|Tree coverage in Queensland has increased by almost twice the
size of the ACT in just three years as farmers battle to meet a
growing demand for local high-quality food and fibre.
AgForce General President Grant Maudsley said a study by farmers showed State Government Ministers and green groups were ignoring data behind vegetation management.
"The fact is that trees grow, and right now they are re-growing at a much faster rate than they are being managed," Mr Maudsley said.
"The State Government’s own data, shows that tree coverage in Queensland increased by 437,000 hectares between 2012-to-2014.
"Moves by the State Government to reject simple data and repeal the current vegetation management laws are the biggest threat to Queensland farmers since the Gillard Government smashed the cattle export trade in 2011.
"The results for Queensland consumers will be more expensive fresh produce and loss of jobs. Meat processors have already started putting off staff because of a slow-down in domestic cattle supply as Australia’s cattle herd hits a 20-year low."
The Statewide Landcover and Trees Study shows clearing rates increased to 296,000 hectares in 2013-14. Despite the clearing, the amount of tree coverage still increased by 437,000 hectares.
The study also shows that retained woody vegetation cover has increased fro...
In a surprise collaboration, two of the most celebrated establishments in the Byron Shire, HARVEST CAFÉ, and THE THREE BLUE DUCKS, have come together to raise funds for BOOMERANG FESTIVAL, in a unique and exciting dining experience unlike any seen in our region before.
On Friday 18th March at Coorabell Hall, in the magnificent Byron hinterland, together, ‘The Ducks’ & Harvest teams will present JA NGHALI (Bundjalung for ‘Food Gathering’) – A celebration of food, country and culture – with a special focus on Indigenous culture.
Knowing these two restaurants, this will be a night of utmost quality and style, as well as an eye-opening and uplifting program of shared stories from our local Indigenous community.
Ja Nghari will include canapés on arrival, and a three course menu inspired by local native ingredients personally foraged by the chefs themselves (lead by Australia’s only Indigenous hatted chef and Bundjalung man, Clayton Donovan (Wild Kitchen, SBS). Guests will be treated to a unique culinary journey, and a culturally rich program featuring a multi-media introduction to the menu by head chefs Darren Robertson and Bret Cameron, and an In Conversation session with Boomerang Festival Director Rhoda Roberts, Tweed Shire Council Aboriginal, Community and Natural Resources Manager, Rob Appo, Darren Robertson & Bret Cameron, followed by a feature musical performance from East Journey (Arnhem Land).
The evening will be hosted by leading food and lifestyle journalist Magdalena Roze (Channel Ten, Delicious Magazine). 2016 Byron Shire Citizen of the Year Delta Kay will welcome guests to Country, and local performer Dhinawan will treat guests on arrival to a didgeridoo performance.
BOOMERANG FESTIVAL is a Northern NSW first: A global indigenous arts & culture festival that provides cross-cultural exchange through artistic celebration and one-on-one interactions, unlike any other event. Festival Director, Rhoda Robert...
Here are some photographs from activities around Art Month, launched last night in Sydney. It was a busy night, as Kate and I attended a book launch at Kinokuniya Sydney, an exhibition launch at UNSW (will return on Saturday for a proper look at the videos), and then stuff at the National Art School. After three hours or so, we got exhausted and had to go home. But there’s lots more happening, so check this out http://www.artmonthsydney.com.au/...
A million camphor laurel trees have spread throughout the Bellinger valley in northern New South Wales. It’s only taken them a hundred years. As one lover of Australia’s native bush says, ‘Big is beautiful in tree aesthetics. To a tree-lover they look magnificent, while to a lover of native forest they look like giant weeds.’ Nothing grows under a camphor laurel – or nothing much.
‘Doors and lane ways in Fitzroy #22.’
In 2016, the club’s 40th year, there’s enjoyment to be had (and a bit of self-congratulation) from looking back at its history and achievements.
I have stumbled across an interesting little article in the February 1986 issue of the club newsletter. Within it, it identifies the 21 attendees at the club’s first ever meeting in February 1976 – which includes our three recent inductees to CFNC Life Membership (George Broadway, Ern Perkins and Rita Mills). Furthermore, there is a list of all members from the first year of the club – including current CFNC committee contributors Geoff and Geraldine Harris.
By perusing issues of the club newsletter over its first few years, you can see that many of the other people who joined the CFNC in 1976 also made considerable on-going contributions (e.g., Parnaby, Winterbottom, Bradfield, Bransgrove).
Follow this link to see the full list – CLICK HERE.
Last Wednesday year nine students from Mornington Secondary College set off for Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary in Lancefield. What lay ahead was a fun and thought provoking adventure where students learned that sheep love wheetbix, cows are cool, pigs are smart and chickens really can count! Critical thinking was encouraged as a presentation on social justice challenged many popular thoughts, leaving the students empowered that one person really can make a difference.
If you would like to arrange an excursion to Edgar’s Mission by your school, work place or community group, we’d love to hear from you. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details
by Julian Burnside | Mar 1, 2016 | Asylum Seekers | 0 comments Mojgan was living in Brisbane when she was taken from her husband and put in immigration detention. She was behind detention centre w…
By Taig Byrne “Sad is a word that seems to pop up over and over in these last couple of weeks. The store seems to stir up all sorts of nostalgia from peoples youth,” owner Eddy Stefani says of the last days Video Vision in Balaclava. The closing of two iconic St Kilda area video […]
On Wednesday 2 March Bellarine Bayside staff and community members took part in a Clean Up Australia Day event held across all three towns. Clean Up Australia inspires and empowers communities to clean up, fix up and conserve our environment with more than 7000 sites registered in 2016. To be part of this year’s activities Bellarine Bayside staff officially registered to conduct our own event and invited the community to join in the fun. Focussing on several key litter hotspots, staff and community members collected several bags of rubbish along our beautiful foreshore over a two hour period. Bellarine Bayside is proud to be a part of the hundreds of thousands Australians who every year volunteer to Clean Up their local environment.
If you would like to take part in this year’s Clean Up Australia Day on Sunday 6 March, visit http://www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au/ and search for registered local groups. In Portarlington, the Woofers and Walkers will be meeting at the Esplanade end of Fairfax St at 9am and everyone is welcome to join in.
St Kilda Town Hall is the perfect venue for the premiere screening of Daughter, a short film and awareness project produced and shot in the City of Port Phillip in early September 2015, with the intention of capturing the true heart and soul of St Kilda while touching on important issues such as gender violence […]
Cr Serge Thomann, Deputy Mayor – City of Port Phillip I just had a long conversation with one of the people trying to get more answers regarding the sky trains. It was with a lovely lady who did not know me but had done a bit of research on how to run campaigns and […]
I’ve often been reminded by my family that March was the season for ducks … an unkind (but true) reference to my cricket career and finals performance!
It’s been interesting over recent days to see a number of duck species using the small bush dams sprinkled in and around the Muckleford bush. A recent deluge has at least partially filled the dams and the ducks have arrived. While Grey Teal, Black Duck and Wood Duck are often around, it’s unusual to come across Chestnut Teal – a glorious sight. Let’s hope they have better fortune over coming weeks than I did at the crease!...
The Hon Michael Danby MP, Federal Member for Melbourne Ports In Melbourne we have seen pictures of our Sydney Prime Minister crouching down outside the Melbourne Club prior to taking selfies of himself on trains and trams. But these selfies aside, we want someone to actually fund public transport, not just take pictures of themselves. […]
By Steph Hodgins-May, Federal Greens candidate for Melbourne Ports Since the Fraser government launched Australia’s first formal refugee policy, we have seen a dramatic shift in the way our governments treat people seeking protection. The Labor and Liberal party continue to compete over who can enact a more degrading and inhumane barrier to people fleeing war and […]
By Marika Fengler A group of residents and staff from our aged care hostels ‘The Sacred Shavers’ have signed up to go under the razor or dye their hair for the World’s Greatest Shave. They are enjoying their last days with their current hair, before beards or heads are shaven or dyed in the most […]
On the Cocktail Trail While St Kilda weekends are all about sand and surf, good brekkies and better gelati during the daylight hours, it’s when the sun goes down that the streets light up. Locals have a countless number of favourite bars to frequent on a Saturday or Sunday night for a cocktail or two, […]
Song Contest – the Almost Eurovision Experience is a glitzy comedic musical tribute to all things we love, hate and love more about Eurovision. Waaay over the top, interactive, sparkly, a cross between a musical comedy, a concert and a live sporting event – it will be LOUD, fast-paced and ends in a nail-biting finish. […]
One of the things we all often try to do early in the year is get some better habits to de-clutter our minds and our workplaces, as well as our lives.
Something we often don’t give facebook credit for is the brilliant ability to informally crowd source information. Whilst Zuckerberg might be able to profit from the data harvesting he does on us all, he also gives us the ability to harvest our own friend’s brains… (that sounds creepier than intended), and when you have an activist friends network that spans continents, and are connected to some of the busiest and smartest progressive people in the country it becomes a remarkably useful tool.
So, after doing a call out for hot tips and reviewing my productivity and sanity levels going into 2016 this is the advice I got, which was so good, I promised I would share… as it has been a busy start to the years it has taken me over a month to write this article, but better late than never… here is an assorted list of personal insights, crowd sourced wisdom and useful tips for productivity and making life easier…
To manage travel
Lots of love for Skyscanner and kayak, both for comparison of flights, and Kayak also for collating information on bookings.
Jetstar flight match is great money saver for those on budgets. Check it out here and use it to get some jetstar flights lower than tiger rates (but beware you want to be certain of your booking as change fees can be a killer)
Personal and contractor admin
Freshbooks and Xero got the love for tracking hours and invoicing. Eternity for time tracking (special shout to the mate who is so organised he actually tracks his social time to make sure his work/life balance is A-OK), as well as Expensify.
A Hooded Plover chick has taken flight and is believed to be the first chick to fledge (reach flying age) at Point Impossible Nudist Beach in at least a decade.
Hooded Plovers have one of the lowest survival rates of any species in the world at just 2.5% and are listed as vulnerable under the Environment Protection Biodiversity and Conservation Act 1999.
Since 2010, a total of just 12 of the vulnerable Hooded Plover chicks have survived to reach fledging age along the Surf Coast.
Friends of the Hooded Plovers Surf Coast (FoHPSC ) site coordinator Jan Lierich said she was thrilled to witness the rare sight and breathed a sigh of relief when the tiny chick finally took flight after 35 days.
“We are incredibly lucky the chick started flying when it did, otherwise it would have been washed away with the high tides and big swells.
“Hooded Plovers are very vulnerable and thanks to the support from beachgoers and volunteers we have finally had a chick fledge at the popular breeding area,” she said.
“It really is quite an achievement!”
A STORY which appeared in the Sentinel-Times last week, highlighting concerns about possible delays to a start-up for the Wonthaggi desalination plant, was featured on John Faine’s 774ABC program today.
Forwarded to the ‘Sentinel’ by National’s Leader Peter Walsh, the Shadow Minister for Water, the article was based on a report to 3AW’s Neil Mitchell last week.
It was stated that a major cabling problem at the desalination plant means it may not be able to produce water for 12 to 18 months even if needed.
But the Water Minister, Lisa Neville has since denied those claims.
She has however confirmed that “maintenance” work along these lines is being carried out at the moment, but could be discontinued if the $6 billion plant needed to be brought on line.
Melbourne’s water storage levels are presently at 64 per cent of capacity but with a hot week of weather ahead, could drop considerably lower.
The desal plant costs Victorian households $1.8 million per day to keep it on stand-by, which will come to a total cost of around $18 billion over 27 years.
It costs a lot more if it goes into production.
The Herald-Sun reported earlier this week that the Premier Daniel Andrews said the Government would order water if it received independent advice that this was needed.
The Government would be able to place an order for next financial year of between 50 and 150GL, up until April 1.
A minimum order w...
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Protest to opposed New Acland mine expansion
Protesters will rally outside the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday in support of landholders when their case against a proposed coal mine expansion begins.
The rally has been called by Lock the Gate Alliance in support of the landholders who are opposed to the expansion of the New Acland Coal Mine planned by New Hope Coal.
The rally will commence at 9am and the hearing is expected to run for ten weeks.
Researchers hopeful in fight against banana disease
COFFEE – REPUBLICA St Kilda 1. Rate for Kick! Milky soft to Kapow Strong. 3 outa 5 for strength. A decent enough brew. It’s not Michael Buble but it’s not Lemmy Kilmister either. It’s The Traveling Wilburys. 2. Rate for Flavour Bland and Watery to Kardashian rich and full bodied. 2.5 outa 5 for flavor. The coffee was Griffith Bro’s, the blend […]
Accused one-punch killer to stay at Arthur Gorrie
The lawyer of the accused one-punch killer of brisbane teenager Cole Miller says high security jail is preferable to immigration detention for his client.
Daniel Maxwell, a New Zealand National, withdrew a bid for bail after an email from Australian Border Force advised that he would be taken into immigration detention if released from Wacol’s Arthur Gorrie correctional centre.
Mr Maxwell’s lawyer said it would be much more difficult to access his client if he was placed into immigration detention.
Here’s what land managers are dealing with: granite rocks put on the track near Lang’s Lookout on Mount Alexander have been graffitied with aggressive messages, ‘faggot council’ being one.
The rocks were put on the track in Spring last year [not by Council], and are designed to keep vehicles off a flat patch of ground to the north of the TV tower. The road block means you need to walk about 100 metres more on pleasant, level ground to get to the lookout rocks.
You could read a fair bit of meaning into those pink words: but the main one seems to be that absolute car access to everything is vital, and removing it is a violation of a fundamental right. That’s part of our culture.
The Department of the Environment is gearing up to conduct planned burns in the Castlemaine area in the Autumn season. The map below shows the burns planned for this and next year close to Castlemaine town. A clearer version, which can be expanded to show burns in the Maldon, Muckleford, Taradale, Newstead, Fryers forest and Tarilta areas, can be found here.
The major burn planned for this season is the eastern side of the Kalimna Park tourist road. Conservation representatives plan to meet with DELWP fire officers soon to discuss the implications of this operation. The zone shown to the north of Chewton is planned for the 2016-7 season.
FOBIF is also interested in a small proposed burn in the Chewton bushlands [you can see it at the right hand side of the map]. Our initial concerns are, first: how burning in such steep terrain will affect soil stability; and second, to know how the burning of this block is integrated with fuel management on the surrounding private land. As we’ve reported before, DELWP fuel management is supposed to be ...
Vicroads engineers held a briefing session at Newstead on Thursday March 3 to consult with local people about plans for works along the Pyrenees Highway between Castlemaine and Newstead. The session was heavily attended by residents with interest in a range of matters, from a pedestrian crossing for schoolchildren to a wider shoulder for cyclists [there’s not enough money for this one], and concerns about tree removal.
FOBIF’s interest centres on the last of these: the plans involve the removal of 10 large [larger than 70 cm in diametre at breast height], 7 medium [between 52 and 70cm dbh, and 126 small [less than 52 cm dbh] trees. The removals are to reduce the risk of ‘run off road’ accidents involving tree collisions. There have been five of these since 2009, one of them fatal.
Engineers have gone to some trouble to avoid vegetation clearance with these works, a welcome change from a few years ago, when they seemed to want to scorch the earth for three metres on both sides of the road. This time they’ve been more judicious about placement of safety barriers. And removal of a mere 10 large trees doesn’t seem much: but FOBIF is always concerned about such incremental inroads into what is a rare resource in this region: a big tree. We’ll report on this in more detail when we’ve done a detailed examination of the proposed removals. Safety is, of course, a central consideration: it would be good to achieve it without unnecessary environmental damage.
The project is still at the stage of community consultation, and will then have to go through an environmental impact assessment before implementation. A spirit of co operation seemed to be the order of the night on Thursday: but memories of such disasters as the Western Highway tree massacre justify close attention to projects like this.
There is growing outrage at the plans to send 267 asylum seekers back to Nauru and Manus Island. On Monday 29 February RAC hosted a forum to hear first hand accounts of the situation on Nauru, particularly for refugee women. In the last year 20 refugee women on Nauru been raped or sexually assaulted, according to Lateline. And these are just the reported cases. Refugees have also been bashed and robbed on the island.
Thea, a former Save the Children worker on Nauru, gave an eyewitness account while refugee advocate Pamela Curr, who is in direct contact with asylum seekers and refugees on Nauru, shared her stories about housing and conditions for women that have led to the epidemic of rapes and sexual assault. Kyja Noack-Lundberg, a member of Refugee Action Coalition and gender studies academic chaired and introduced the discussion.
Videos of the speeches are available here at the Green Left Weekly website filmed by Zebedee Parkes.
Campaigners call for plastic bag ban
A Queensland environmental group is campaigning to ban plastic shopping bags in the rural towns of Agnes Waters and Seventeen Seventy.
The Discovery Coast Environmental Group called for a ban on single-use plastic bags, highlighting the environmental problems associated with discarded bags.
The bags are already prohibited across the Northern Territory, South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT.
AFP issues arrest warrant for Toomoomba teen
Tens of thousands of students could have hearing problems
A new report says tens of thousands of Queensland students have undiagnosed hearing problems.
The report is the outcome of the Hear and Say centre’s pilot program of 1600 students and showed almost one quarter had hearing issues.
CEO of Hear and Say, Chris McCarthy, says all Queensland prep students should have their hearing tested and expanding the program could significantly improve education outcomes.
Giles Parkinson, reneweconomy.com.au
Last week, leading lights of the global fossil power industry gathered at a conference in Houston, Texas, for CERA, known in the sector as the ‘Davos of Energy’. They reportedly got the shock of their professional careers.
They had invited the most senior executives from the biggest network owner (Chine State Grid Corp) in the biggest energy market in the world (China). The organisers fully expected their Chinese guest to endorse the ‘all of the above’ marketing pitch, which is underpinning the ‘keep coal’ campaign.
No such luck. Despite prodding by leading oil industry commentator Daniel Yergin, t...
Maldon Folk Festival is an annual family-friendly folk festival in Maldon, Victoria (near Bendigo) - a long weekend of quality family entertainment to suit all age groups and tastes. The festival hosts an abundance of music, dance and theatre, such as Folk Irish Ceilidh bush gospel and blues music, dance, musical theatre, poetry, interactive workshops, song-writing competitions, and are complemented by various activities around the Maldon township. COME ALONG TO THE 2009 FESTIVAL. Visit the website below for more details or to book. maldonfolkfestival DOT com Maldon Folk Festival on MySpace: myspace DOT com/maldonfolkfestival Video produced by GoldfieldStories
A fox on the run was our driving motivation to help the hapless lost Lex Luthor. A call came from a concerned member of the public who had sighted, on numerous occasions, a small black chicken darting about where a small black chicken shouldn’t. It came to pass that the chicken, who at this stage was thought to be a hen, had somehow become either lost or abandoned at a roadside dumpsite. With little cover to protect the bird, and vast open fields over which foxes regularly traversed, it was a miracle the tiny creature had dodged death for so long. But the little fella was not about to give up his liberty freely.
Just as quickly as our little black hen morphed into a rooster, we too morphed into arborists to rein him in. As we triumphantly removed the last twig from our hair, a collective high five was given and Lex Luthor not only had a name but a new home as well. Featherweight indeed was Luthor; with his keel bone all too easily felt and his tiny shrivelled sparrow-like poops, it was clear that fending for himself was something this little guy had not been doing too well. Something many poultry keepers do not realise is that feathers can hid a multitude of maladies, and it is only through regular and routine inspection that a true picture of health can be obtained.
Parasite treatment administered and recuperation therapy commenced, our task now at hand is to expose the true villain here—and that is those who abandon animals. Of particular concern to the human folk here at Edgar’s Mission is the increasing number of calls we receive to take in unwanted roosters. It truly is a problem t...
By John Aidan Byrne – February 13, 2016
Chairman of Goldman’s SE Asia Operations, Tim Leissner is a former work colleague of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull when he was employed by the merchant bank.
When contacted today, Mr Turnbull’s office declined to comment.
Tim Leissner and wife Kimora Lee Simmons Photo: AP
Goldman Sachs’ cozy relationship with the Malaysian government is coming back to haunt the firm and one of its regional chairmen.
The fallout from the widening scandal hitting the white-shoe investment bank involves Tim Leissne...
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