Coal have now released their Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the
proposed expansion of the Airly Mine. Submissions must be received before Oct 31
all stakeholders, and the results of Centennials development application will
affect not only us, but, more importantly, generations to come. The
time to act is now send your submission to the address below - click here
Mine Extension Project, Application No SSD 5581
For enquiries phone:
Thomas Watt 9228 6375
Address: Development Assessment Systems &
Approvals, Department of Planning & Environment, GPO Box 39 SYDNEY
NSW 2001. click here
Society General Meeting 10am, Sat 25th Oct. Wentworth Falls
"A Grandparents Day Tea Party"
2.30pm, Sun. 26th Oct. Wentworth Falls
"The Great Koala Count"
Drs Grainne Cleary & Kellie Leigh
11am - Sun. 2nd Nov. Faulconbridge
Dr. Rachel Makinson
Newnes - Wolgan Valley + 2015 Ian Brown Calendar
"Music of the Mountains" with Jim Smith
Society General Meeting 10am Saturday 25th October Wentworth Falls School of Arts (Cnr Great Western Highway and Adele Avenue)
Listening to the Blue Mountains. Jim did his first Blue Mountains bushwalk 50 years ago and has lived in Wentworth falls for 40 years.
Known as an enthusiastic promoter of bushwalking, Jim now believes that people in the bush are doing too much walking and not enough sitting. He says that the most remarkable things that he has seen and heard in the bush were experienced when he was standing still, sitting or lying down. He will discuss the bush sounds which were once common but have now disappeared from the Blue Mountains, the sounds that modern human ears miss, mysterious and terrifying night sounds, bird dialects, echoes, the loudest and most subtle sounds of the region, silences, his favourite sounds, the most horrible sound he ever heard and sounds that only he has heard. Jim will explain why it is harmful to watch televised nature documentaries and discuss the pathological condition termed nature deficit disorder syndrome. Although the sounds of the Blue Mountains vary on a daily and seasonal basis, Jim believes that there is an underlying soundscape, or "music" distinctive to the region, that few people know how to listen to. There will not be a "question time" after this presentation, but members of the audience will be invited to share their own special memories of the sounds of the Blue Mountains. Visitors will be very welcome. Gold coin donation.
"A Grandparents Day Afternoon Tea Party" – for our Grandchildren's Survival
2.30pm - Sunday 26th October 19 Falls Rd Wentworth Falls
You are invited to an afternoon tea letter writing party at the home of Robin and Warwick Mosman.
Bob Debus will launch a new website to encourage hundreds, thousands of other grandparents to write letters.
Miners and developers who break conditions of development consent because the fine for doing so is dwarfed by the profits to be made could be forced to pay millions of dollars in penalties under new powers handed to the Land and Environment Court.
The court will also be given the power to order companies to pay for "name and shame" advertisements published in the media or even on their own websites, and for the clean up of sites where environmental damage has occurred.
Just when you thought that coal companies and the cabal of
Australian Coalition governments couldn’t sink any lower, when their disdain for
scientific evidence couldn’t be more overwhelmed by the love of money, they
demonstrate a new moral vacuum :-
And the losers are – electricity consumers and those who
share the planet. But who needs clean air, clean water and a liveable planet
when the few percent, including the foreign owners, are becoming even more
this might be a fun Landcare activity, especially since our amazing valley has
more bird species per square kilometre than anywhere in the Southern
Hemisphere. For any interested takers we are planning on taking part in
the Aussie Backyard Bird Count survey for 20mins after Pilates on Tuesday 21st
October. For those who don’t attend Pilates but would like to join us, pop down
to the Glen Davis Boutique Hotel at 11am next Tuesday, with your binoculars and
bird identification list (we have a few spares), for a cuppa and some bird
watching. Look forward to seeing you there, Alison & CVLandcare
Aussie Backyard Bird Count 20 – 26 October Join thousands of people between 20 –
26 October to take part in Australian’s first nationwide bird survey. All
it takes is 20 minutes in your backyard or favourite outdoor spave, local
park, beach, forest or paddock to be a part of this exciting event. http://aussiebirdcount.org.au
New rules for reporting traffic
crashes in NSW will come into effect next week.
From Wednesday, October 15, police will only be required to
attend and investigate crashes if a person is killed or injured, if parties
fail to exchange particulars, or if a driver appears to be under the influence
of alcohol or drugs.
Drivers involved in traffic crashes where their vehicle needs to
be towed – and none of the above criteria apply – will be able to
organise their own tow,leave the
area, and later report the crash to the Police Assistance Line on 131 444.
IF YOU’RE sick of your smartphone or electric car running out of juice all the time and taking hours to charge, a discovery in Singapore could be good news. Researchers at Nanyang Technological University say that they’ve developed an advanced lithium-ion battery that recharges to 70 per cent full in two minutes and lasts 20 years. Sign me up. Click HERE to read more in the Daily Telegraph
Hi all, For those who didn't get the Glen Alice Gazette with the fruit fly bait
recipe, the following is a simple make at home, bait recipe :
Preistley's Fruit Fly Bait (for 25 fruit fly traps) 100ml cloudy
ammonia 2.5 cups of sugar 5 litres of warm water 5mm vanilla
2 litre plastic milk, or juice bottles and burn a hole on both sides about the
size of a cigarette; make sure the edges are smooth. Fill the bait to just
below the hole and hang in tree with lid on. Use all year (replace bait
twice a year or as needed)
At the Landcare meeting we discussed the idea
of making and installing fruit fly baits into the fruit trees growing on the
sides of the roads in Glen Davis. If anyone is interested in joining in this
simple project we are planning a session, to make baits and install them on
Tuesday 4th November, after Pilates at the Glen Davis Hotel from 11am. Light
lunch provided afterwards at the Hotel. Please let us know who can make
it. BYO: Empty 2 litre milk/juice containers. I have the rest of the
Re the Umbiella field day luncheon on Sat 8th November,
2014, confirming I am happy to cater lunch. Could we please have final numbers
by Tues 4th, we could discuss same and catering at Fruit Fly project
Also confirming Skye Botham-Barnes is happy to assist with Xmas
Calendar production and would like to join the group.
Excited to be
involved with our local Landcare group.
POSITION DESCRIPTION: DIGITAL CAMPAIGNER Position Title Digital Campaigner Location Nature Conservation Council of NSW, 2/5 Wilson Street, Newtown NSW 2042 Position Title of Supervisor Communications Manager Hours Part time (15.2 hrs/week) flexible schedule Contract period 12 months with possible extension depending on funding. Salary $57,500 - $60,000 pa pro rata plus superannuation The Nature Conservation Council of NSW (NCC) is the peak conservation group in NSW, representing 130 community environment groups across the state. We are seeking an experienced digital campaigner to lead our online work to protect the environment in NSW. The digital campaigner will work closely with other staff to develop online strategies that attract new donors and supporters to strengthen our campaigns to protect forests, wildlife, water resources and the marine environment. Their mission will be to identify and connect with new audiences using digital technologies, while continuing to engage existing members and supporters. They will use their excellent written communication skills and ability to simplify complex issues to compose clear, compelling appeal emails and social media posts, and to develop design briefs for graphic artists to create forceful online collateral. Ideally, they will have the skills to create these themselves. Part of the role is to track trends in online organising and the organisation’s digital performance to ensure our strategies evolve to maximise audience reach and engagement. Key responsibilities Develop and implement a digital strategy that aligns with the organisation’s campaign and fundraising objectives. Develop, commission or source compelling content that will help rapidly grow our supporter and donor base. Manage our online communications calendar to ensure supporter and donor engagement is well coordinated. Develop and manage user journeys for online and email actions that maximise user engagement. Monitor, test and analyse recruitment and engagement response rates and impact, and adapt tools and techniques to increase audience participation rates. Share your online engagement skills and knowledge with campaigns and donor team members. Monitor and respond to comments and feedback on our online platforms. SELECTION CRITERIA Applicants must have a legal right to work in Australia for the period of the contract. Applicants must address the essential and desirable selection criteria in their application. Essential Demonstrated ability to develop, deliver and manage digital strategies that support social change and fundraising campaigns. Experience in digital campaigning, including high-level use of email, websites, social media, and other online platforms and tools. Demonstrated ability to write engaging online content and emails that support fundraising and campaigns. Demonstrated ability to rapidly grow a supporter base using email and online channels. Demonstrated ability to gather and analyse online behaviour data, segment data and conduct formal tests, and to use that information to fine tune digital campaign strategies and tactics. Demonstrated ability to respond quickly to opportunities in rapidly evolving campaign contexts. Experience in writing creative briefs for designers or creative agencies. Good organisational skills, including time management, attention to detail, an ability to work to tight deadlines, and willingness to work flexible hours. Desirable Demonstrated success at crowd-sourced fundraising. Knowledge and experience with the Nationbuilder platform. Design skills and experience in creating compelling online content. How to apply To apply, please email the following documents to email@example.com by 31 October 2014: 1. A cover letter. 2. Your curriculum vitae, including contact details for two referees. 3. A response to selection criteria. Your response to selection criteria should: Address both essential and desirable criteria. Provide evidence and examples to support your responses. Be no more than five pages (2,500 words). For more information, please contact: James Tremain Communications Manager Nature Conservation Council of NSW Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 0419 272 254, 02 9516 1488 For more information about our work, please visit our website: www.nature.org.au. More HERE
suggested you may be interested in my comments regarding fruit fly in the
my experience we do not get fruit fly at our place (Crown Stn Rd) until the
first week of December and I manage my programme around this date and the early
control is most important.
would be useful for the Valley community to do a drive and remove any rouge
hosts growing along the side of the road as they provide a perfect “stepping
stone” for flies as they head towards your place and mine.
or tree hygiene is critical and every piece of fallen fruit must be collected
and destroyed, regardless of the presence of maggots or not. Fallen fruit can be
fed to cattle or put into plastic garbage bags, sealed, left in the sun for a
few weeks and then composted.
multiply exponentially, so the smaller the numbers we start with the less the
pressure we have when the fruit is mature.
years ago we did not have any fruit fly, but this problem has become
www.centraltablelands.lls.nsw.gov.au · Learn how soil fertility influences other factors of soil health · Learn more about your soils and how soil fertility can influence your soil health, production and profitability · Understand how to take a simple soil test and sampling for laboratory analysis · Find out about what the numbers mean on your soil test · Discuss the impacts soil health on pasture and landscape health Two separate days - 6 weeks apart Day 1 Soil health, simple soil tests, information on how to take a soil sample for a laboratory test, and the soil sampling gear (lent) to participants to take home. Each property/participant will have access to one free soil sample. You will also need to bring a soil sample from your property for the day (enough soil to fill an ice cream container). Day 2 You will need to attend to receive your soil test. The day covers soil testing information from your soil test results, what do the numbers mean, what are some of the soil benchmarks for sustainability and production targets. Time: Day 1, 10.30am (sharp) - 3.00pm When and Where: Day 1 Friday 17th October Lithgow/Hartley area Day 1 Wednesday 29th October Hampton area Day 1 Tuesday 11th November Capertee Valley Cost: Free but you must RSVP RSVP (there are limited spaces for this workshop) 2 days prior to the workshop for further details and directions. Morning tea and lunch will be provided but bring your own mug/cup. Bring a chair to sit on, your hat, sturdy shoes (we will be outside for part of the workshop), water and pen. Further information or directions contact: Lithgow Central Tablelands LLS office on 6350 3110 or Peter Evans | email@example.com | 0422 735 888 Clare Edwards| firstname.lastname@example.org | 0428 435 615
Look up towards the east on Wednesday night (October 8) and a total lunar eclipse will be visible from across Australia.
The moon will slowly move through Earth's shadow, as the sun, Earth and moon fall into line with each other.
The eclipse occurs during the early evening, making it the perfect opportunity to head outdoors and watch it happen with family and friends. Best of all, you don't need any special equipment to see it.
In an ever
changing job environment there are always new skills to learn. One of the more
unusual is capturing wild animals.
In this new short course being held at Tocal College in October, Professor
Tony English will share his considerable experience in the range of skills
needed in capturing
and handling wild animals including the use of dart guns and
tranquilisers for research, translocation and safe euthanasia. To find out more click here