29 November, 2014

Urgent appeal: Save our land, our water, our future!

From: "Kate Smolski, Nature Conservation Council" <donations@nature.org.au>
Date: 28 November 2014 4:51:17 pm AEDT
Subject: Urgent appeal: Save our land, our water, our future!

 
 
Dear Gerry
 
Across the state, magnificent natural places, precious wildlife habitat and vital water resources are under threat right now from destructive coal mining and gas developments poised for approval.
 
These destructive developments threaten the very essentials of life - our land, our water and our future.
 
I am writing to you as someone who I believe loves nature with a passion like I do, to request a major campaign donation of $35 - or whatever you can give, as soon as you can - to support the Nature Conservation Council's campaign to save our land, our water and our future. 
 
Your previous support has helped us achieve some impressive results in challenging times.  
 
Just 2 weeks ago, after a long, hard fought campaign, the Nature Conservation Council managed to help save the unique and stunningly beautiful 'Gardens of Stone' National Park from destruction from coal mining.
 
And last year, bowing to public pressure from the Nature Conservation Council and others, the NSW Government committed to ban coal seam gas (“CSG”) drilling within two km of residential areas, and imposed a moratorium on CSG development in important drinking water catchments.
 
But now the government backing away from that promise, and is also actively barracking for some massive and destructive mining developments.
 
Our elected government is bending over backwards for the powerful mining industry and ignoring community needs.
 
Over the next 4 months, we will face some of the biggest threats to nature that we have for many years, as powerful interests threaten to roll back the progress we have made over decades.  I urgently need your help.
 
Please help give the community back a voice – a voice for our environment, our land, our water and our future ... Our Land, Our Water, Our Future’ 
 
Please donate $35 today by credit card - click here (other payment methods at the bottom of this email).

Government and industry have set upon a path that will compromise our fresh water supplies and destroy forever iconic natural places such as the Pilliga and Leard Forest.
 
It is not just an environmental issue. It is about our health, our communities and our rights. Failure to defend our public lands and water catchments will cost us all.
 
In the lead up to the state election, the Nature Conservation Council has co-founded the ‘Our land, our water, our future’ campaign alliance that is working strategically with more than 50 partners to achieve a simple but vital vision:
“A state that protects land, water, environment and community health; where long-term jobs in sustainable industries are supported, not sacrificed; and where mining is only permitted where it is responsible and supported by the local community.”
 
Please become one of the hundreds of supporters we need of the ‘Our land, our water, our future’ campaign by making a vital tax deductible contribution of $35.
 
You will be helping to fund a strong coordinated campaign to hold the NSW Government to account, making sure it does its job to protect our natural places, secure our water supplies, and preserve our way of life.

Wild refuge at risk
 
Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to visit the unique Pilliga Forest, in the state’s north west, to support the community’s fight against the company Santos’s plans to build a massive coal seam gas field here.
 
The poet Eric Rolls once wrote of the Pilliga: It is busy with trees, with animals and with men. It is lonely and beautiful. It is a million wild acres. And there is no other forest like it.’ 
 
The Pilliga is a national treasure – providing an essential wild refuge for threatened plant and animal species that are disappearing across the country– koalas, squirrel gliders and rare birds such as painted honeyeaters. 
 
I witnessed firsthand the damage already caused by Santos – native forest bulldozed to make way for pipelines and drill pads, hundreds of dead trees killed by illegal releases of water contaminated with salt and heavy metals.
 
In the lead up to the 2015 election, we will be calling for this unique woodland teaming with rare wildlife, to be officially declared and protected as a wilderness area.
 
Please give $35 to support the strongest possible media and community campaign to protect the Pilliga and our other special natural places for generations to come.
 
A toxic pit
 
The travesty unfolding in the Pilliga is not an isolated case. During my trip, I also visited Maules Creek, the centre of a hard-fought struggle to protect Leard Forest from Whitehaven Coal’s destructive open-cut mine plans.
 
Leard Forest is home to the most extensive intact stands of Box-Gum Woodland left anywhere in Australia. 70% of this critically endangered forest is earmarked for destruction, with not one, but three open-pit coal mines planned.
 
These mines would rip out thousands of hectares of native wildlife habitat, including 500 hectares of the critically endangered White Box-Gum woodland.
 
The mines, operating 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week, will create a toxic pit lake hundreds of metres deep, permanently scarring the landscape, draining groundwater for 1,000 years and dumping thousands of tonnes of mine dust on local communities every year.
 
These destructive developments are stark evidence of a broken system that routinely permits the destruction of land, water and wildlife habitat across our state for the benefit of the privileged mining industry.  
 
Help us give nature a voice!
 
The Nature Conservation Council has teamed up with leading environmental groups to launch a united vision – Our Environment, Our Future: Policies for the 2015 NSW Election and Beyond’.
 
Gerry please give $35 or what you can, help us promote this strong and comprehensive policy platform and help us send a loud and clear message to all politicians – we demand policies that don’t give in to powerful interests, a system that respects and values our environment and protects our natural resources. 
 
Our land, Our water, Our future’ will work to stop the rapid expansion of mining and gas in sensitive natural areas and water catchments so that together we can protect wildlife habitat, rivers, streams and our drinking water.
 
I know with your support we have a good chance at winning this fight. We are already making progress. Across the state, local communities are taking a stand, opposing destructive mining and CSG developments.
 
I am hugely heartened by the community resolve to defend our special places like the Pilliga and Leard Forest – conservationists, small business people, farmers and traditional owners are standing shoulder to shoulder to protect the forest, its wildlife and precious groundwater resources.  And we are getting results.
 
A group of local residents recently took the mining company at Maules Creek to court, seeking an order to halt work on the mine. The company agreed to halt forest clearing ahead of a court challenge.
 
As I put it on ABC radio at the time:
“This is a clear victory for community members who have been working tirelessly to protect this forest and the region’s water resources”.
 
“The decision to stop winter clearing does not end the fight... but it gives hibernating native animals a fighting chance to escape the bulldozers.”
 
This win is a testament to the power of community action in defence of nature.
 
But the fight has only just begun. Right now, decisions are being made behind closed doors, with the mining and gas industry pushing for increased access to public lands and fighting stronger regulation of their activities.
 
People like you and me are all that stands in the way. We can and must demand all politicians act for the people and deliver real change, to protect our communities, our most valuable natural assets and our water catchments.
 
With your help, I know we can transform these wins into a powerful force to be reckoned with, to regain control of our environment for people like you and me, and for future generations.
 
Many of our most important remaining native wildlife habitats are found in our state forests and conservation areas, natural treasure troves of rare and endangered wildlife, vital natural aquifers and water resources that sustain life.
 
Industry claims that coal seam gas is necessary to meet our state’s energy needs are misplaced and misleading. Energy demand is falling in New South Wales and we have alternatives that don’t damage our land and water: renewable energy solutions that are ready to take off, right here, right now.
 
Future generations are counting on you and me to protect their land and water. We can’t let them down. The success of the grassroots movement and recent wins gives me great hope that we will win this fight.
 
As the peak environment group for NSW, the Nature Conservation Council has the track record, the profile and the political experience necessary to transform inspiring local successes into government policy. Your generous support will be crucial.
 
Our advocacy has helped to place the environmental impacts of destructive mining and gas development on the political agenda. It’s a start. But we won’t stop until we secure strong legal protection for high-value conservation lands and real protection for our public lands and drinking-water catchments. 
 
It’s a big battle. But with you and other likeminded supporters on the team, we can succeed!  Please give as generously as you can.
 
Thank you again for your inspiring commitment to our state’s unique and threatened environment. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
 
Yours sincerely
  
  
Kate Smolski
Chief Executive Officer
Nature Conservation Council of NSW

P.S. Government and industry are on a path that will compromise our fresh water supplies and destroy iconic natural places like the Pilliga and Leard Forest. It is not just an environmental issue. It is about our health, our communities and our rights.
 
Failure to defend our public lands and water catchments will cost us all.
 
Please make a donation of $35, or whatever you can, and stand up with me today to stop the destructive development of the mining and gas industry in New South Wales.


Alternatively, credit card donations can also be made securely here (click) via GiveNow.
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Kate Smolski
Nature Conservation Council of NSW
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NEWTOWN NSW 2042
Inquiries: email donations@nature.org.au or contact
Steve Clarke, Philanthropy Manager, 02 9516 1488, Mob 0424 044 930

Learn about Coal Seam Gas


click here to view Anne Kennedy's Pilliga,   a great video 

John Cobb visit

On Thursday 18 December 2014 John Cobb, the member for Calare, in Federal Parliament, will be visiting the Capertee Valley.

Glen Alice Hall at 10.30am
Glen Davis Hall at 12 noon

everyone is invited to attend for an opportunity to meet and hear what he has to say.
Julie

Julie Gibson
Chairperson CV Landcare

28 November, 2014

Seminar on Water Security

Last week, the Bureau of Meteorology revised their ENSO Tracker Status from 'watch' to 'alert' level, which means there is now at least a 70% probability of an El Nino developing. The Bureaus' climate models suggest that current weather conditions will likely persist or strengthen.
After the conditions we experienced last summer we received a lot of feedback from members that water security was a real issue.

To address this Watershed Landcare will be hosting a seminar on Water Security on Tuesday 9 December to help landholders make the best management decisions when it comes to their limited water resources.
The seminar will cover topics such as:

reducing evaporation rates in dams
maintaining water quality when dam levels start to drop
capturing surface flows
slowing down runoff to prevent erosion and loss of valuable topsoil
creating optimum conditions for infiltration into the soil
maintaining soil moisture for maximum periods
ensuring on-farm activities are not resulting in groundwater pollution or over-exploitation
practical techniques to employ on your farm
T
he seminar will be held in the afternoon of Tuesday 9 December at the Straw Bale Shed, Australian Rural Education Centre (AREC).
Attendance is free and afternoon tea will be provided. Please RSVP for catering purposes on 0435 055 493 or info@watershedlandcare.com.au.
And don't forget the Central Tablelands LLS Native Vegetation ID Information Day on this Friday 28 November, Mudgee. The day will cover identification of local species of Eucalyptus, Wattles and Shrubs. Participants are encouraged to bring their own samples along. 
For more information contact Bruce Christie -  6372 4044 or 0429 986 434.

 
Cheers,
Agness Knapik
Watershed Landcare Coordinator




Native Plant ID workshop

Central Tablelands Local Land Services present


What will we cover on the day?
_ Major plant families
_ Common local plants
_ Using botanical keys for identification
_ Starting your own plant collection
_ Native plant resources

Workshop details:
When: Saturday, 6th December
Where: Lithgow Community Nursery
2A Coalbrook St Lithgow
Time: 9:30am – 3:00pm

More information:
For further information and to RSVP please contact;
Stuart Lovejoy
P: 02 6350 3113

E: stuart.lovejoy@lls.nsw.gov.au


Cost: Free with morning tea and lunch
provided.
RSVP: 3rd December
What to bring:
Some plants from home to identify

26 November, 2014

Hightlighting Issues of Concern re Airly Coal EIS

Capertee Valley Community are not anti-development. We just want to ensure that quality data is collected and analysed by good modelling methods to ensure the environs are looked after while mining takes place; the right conditions are placed in their license; the company is compliant with those conditions; and the Government is actively making sure the company is compliant.



The following is extracted from an Expert Report re Subsidence and Groundwater Impacts in planned Airly Mine Extension under Mt Airly and Genowlan Mt.




CENTENNIAL’S DEFINED PLANNING ZONES
EXPERT WRITERS CONCLUSIONS
Zone 1:  (yellow)
Termed the “Shallow Zone”, where there is low cover and only first workings using bord and pillar methods are proposed.
Predicted maximum subsidence = 26mm.

Acceptable as is.
Zone 2: (dark blue)
Termed “Partial Pillar Extraction Zone”, located between the “Shallow Zone” and a postulated line where cliffs could be affected.
Predicted maximum subsidence = 65mm.

This mining zone constitutes a relatively small proportion of the mine area. Therefore given the uncertainty in respect to the subsidence movements, and the very adverse consequences of cliff line instability, it would appear to be wise and appropriate to eliminate this mining zone. In this case, first workings would be adopted from the low cover area through to the plateau area.

Zone 3: (green)
A zonal footprint beneath cliff lines where only first workings would be employed.
Predicted maximum subsidence = 65mm.

The design is considered appropriate provided it is not possible that the workings in this zone can become flooded in the long term. If flooding can occur the expected subsidence and surface tilts are greater than are acceptable for safe guarding the cliff line and pagoda structures

Zone 4: (pale blue)
The footprint of the old oil shale mine workings where extraction of coal beneath the level of the oil shale workings would interact with those workings.
Predicted maximum subsidence = 200 to 500mm.

It is predicted that new surface subsidence will be in the range 200mm to 500mm with tilts up to 17mm per metre. It is certain that such subsidence movements will cause substantial additional cracking in the surface area above the old workings and will cause cliff line instability in the escarpments around the perimeter of the old workings. In my opinion, this level of surface damage should be unacceptable to Government authorities. It is my opinion that mining beneath the old oil shale mine should be limited to first workings.

Zone 5: (pink)
Beneath the plateau areas involving panel and pillar extraction.
Predicted maximum subsidence = 106mm.

Given that the experience at Clarence Colliery is the basis for the Airly Extension mine design, it is my opinion that the panel and pillar design should target the same surface subsidence as at Clarence, namely 20mm to 30mm.

Zone 6 - however omitted in the defined zones but in the Executive Summary of Appendix E (Groundwater) there is a statement that “there is no mining beneath Gap Creek and Genowlan Creek (and to a distance of 20m from the creeks) where the depth of cover is less than 40m”.

I have drawn attention to the fact that Appendix E of the EIS states there would be no mining beneath Gap Creek and Genowlan Creek where cover is less than 40m. In my opinion, failure to incorporate this zone in the mine planning presented in the EIS is a fundamental issue that warrants resubmission of the EIS.
Future Mining Defined  Zones

24 November, 2014

CVA News

Hi all,

apologies if you have already received this information from Peter, the Healthy Farm Dam workshop is at Bogee and given  lack of rain now is the time to check it all out.
The location is the NOOLA Road end of Dunnville Loop. (same street as the Bogee RFS shed and Telstra exchange).

Wendy Williams and I attended the Small farmers & Rural Lifestyle Block Owners Seminar  at Lithgow last week and it was fabulous (food was good too). 

Bob Newman, Detective Senior Constable from Chifley Rural Crime Unit NSW Police spoke about Rural Crime on the increase and that we all need to be vigilant.  Apparently there was an incident in the Capertee Valley last week.... most drug addicts looking to sell equipment etc. but none the less very dangerous people.

Rural crime is growing so lookout, be aware and report anything suspicious. Watch out for your absentee neighbours.

If you have an incident we can put info on the BLOG (no names or locations but the fact there is thieves lurking), contact Bruce 63797767

On the agenda as well was Tracie McMahon from Blackwattle Business Consulting Pty Ltd who gave an excellent presentation on taxation in relation to your property.

discussion on feral animals, On Farm Biosecurity and requirements for running livestock, Weeds and your responsibilities and Bushfire mitigation.

Wendy and I came away with knowledge on matters that interested us, well done Peter Evans from LLL Central Tablelands.
it was also a good time to network.

To top it off the venue at the Notre Dame University campus  (brand new) was excellent. well worth the trip and car pooling is the way to go.

kind regards
Donna
secretary
CVA Inc

20 November, 2014

Healthy Farm Dams Workshop

www.centraltablelands.lls.nsw.gov.au

Central Tablelands Local Land services are hosting a workshop on Healthy Farm dams.
The aim of the workshop is to look at a number of farm dams an learn what can be done to improve your farm dams for stock water quality, as well as biodiversity outcomes Topics covered include

· Farm Dam health assessment in relation to biodiversity and stock
· Assessing water quality in dams and reviewing strategies to improve it
· Management of dams for groundcover, vegetation and wildlife
· Strategies and actions for monitoring farm dam health
· Frogs and Biodiversity

Time: 10.30 sharp -3pm
When Friday 28th November 2014
Where: Bogee (Capertee Valley) The property of Gary and Margaret Hart “Little Valley” 2095 Dunville Loop (the southern end of the loop)

Cost: Free, please register for catering purposes

BYO Chair. Please wear sturdy shoes, hat sunscreen and clothes suitable for outdoors.

Further information or directions contact:
Lithgow Central Tablelands LLS office on 6350 3110 or
Peter Evans | peter.evans@lls.nsw.gov.au | 0422 735 888

19 November, 2014

Job losses in our region

From: Lithgow Ratepayers [mailto:lithgowratepayers@gmail.com]
Sent: Monday, 17 November 2014 6:37 PM
To: Greater Lithgow Ratepayers
Subject: NEWS FLASH: Another 10 jobs now lost at the Charbon Coal Mine near Kandos.


NEWS FLASH:  Another 10 jobs now lost
at the Charbon Coal Mine near Kandos.


The Labor Candidate for Bathurst is now reporting on Twitter that another up to 10 employees at the Charbon Coal Mine near Kandos, operated by Centennial Coal received notices last Friday that they won't have jobs after Christmas.

The majority of these employees are apparently from the Lithgow District.


AND ALSO:


Lithgow Mercury: 'Angus Place (Coal Mine) D-Day'.


Last Saturday, the Lithgow Mercury reported briefly that:


"IT was D Day this week for the beleaguered workforce at Centennial’s Angus Place Colliery when the company announced who would retain a job and who did not make the cut.

And this week there was a mixture of delight and despair within the ranks when the company announced who still had a job and who was out of work.

In a statement issued yesterday Centennial announced the latest state of play following this week’s developments.

On Thursday offers of employment were made to 139 members of the staff and general workforce.

* REDUNDANCY letters were issued to 32, 10 of whom had not sought re-employment.

* SEVENTY seven employees had their termination notices extended to the end of the longwall removal in the first quarter of next year.

Significantly, 30 of these did not apply for redeployment to the other mines.

Ms Brassil said the process meant that from a total Angus Place workforce of 267 there will be a total of 69 retrenchments.

Thirty two of these finished up this week.

The remainder will continue into the first quarter of next year.


Read the full story in the Lithgow Mercury here:  http://www.lithgowmercury.com.au/story/2697385/angus-place-d-day/?cs=1464


         The above figures do not include the many local employees who also lost their jobs working for the many contracting companies whose contracts with Centennial Coal were cancelled.

AIRLY COMMUNITY CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST FOR COMMUNITY
REPRESENTATIVES OF THE
AIRLY COMMUNITY CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE

Expressions of interest are sought from representatives of the local community to establish the Airly Mine Community Consultative Committee (CCC).

A CCC provides a forum for open discussion between representatives of the company, the community, the council and other stakeholders on issues directly relating to the mine’s operations, environmental performance and community relations, and to keep the community informed on these matters.

Candidates must address the below criteria:

• Willingness to contribute constructively;
• Experience and ability to provide feedback to the community and stakeholder groups; and
• Current residence in the local area and/or awareness of local and other relevant issues.

For more information on Airly Mine and the role of a CCC visit the following websites

Please submit expressions of interest by close of business Friday, 28 November 2014 to:
PO Box 201, Wallerawang NSW 2845;
Marked to the attention of The Chair, Gerard Martin.
For further information please contact Airly’s Environment and Community Coordinator,

Greg Brown on 02 6359 2107.

13 November, 2014

Capertee Valley Alliance say thank you to 6 members of the Capertee Valley Garden Group


Much Appreciated




    " thanks to six of the garden group members who  decided to donate the proceeds from the produce they sold to Streetfeast to CVA to help with the costs of acquiring expert opinions in regard to Airly Mine EIS submission.

12 November, 2014

Capertee Valley Garden Group will meet at Glen Davis Boutique Hotel Wednesday 19th November


Capertee Valley Garden Group



Hi All


Next group at Glen Davis Boutique Hotel Wed Nov 19 @ 8:30 am
Just a reminder re the next garden group at Alison's - early start and a Wednesday this time. We will be doing weeding so bring your fav. tools. Also, Alison wonders if anyone has any good recipes for an organic spray for cabbage moth? Why don't we share spray recipes, or bring along samples if you've made any sprays and have them on hand?
Anticipating a hot day, so bring your swimmers for a swim in the pool afterwards!
looking forward to seeing everyone next week
best wishes
Alex


Jobs Crisis in Lithgow

From: Lithgow Ratepayers [mailto:lithgowratepayers@gmail.com]
Sent: Monday, 10 November 2014 9:02 PM
To: Greater Lithgow Ratepayers
Subject: Prime TV News: 'Emotions run high over jobs crisis'.


Prime TV News:  'Emotions run high over jobs crisis'.


"An urgent jobs meeting of Lithgow City Council overnight has failed to find a clear path forward as the region grapples with hundreds of job cuts in the coal sector.

The heated - and at times confusing meeting - left ratepayers with no real answers - just plans for ANOTHER meeting.

And even THAT - was something councillors couldn't agree on."


View the full Prime News report here:  'Emotions run high over jobs crisis'.

Covered Wagons

We have some very exciting news indeed.
It is with great community pride that we can today announce: WE DID IT!
10,000 signatures on the Cover the Wagons PetitionWe have gathered over 10,000 signatures from people just like you right across New South Wales who are fed up with coal pollution in their suburbs and in their kid’s schools.
That’s more than 10,000 people who know that uncovered coal wagons are a major source of particle pollution, causing serious cardiovascular and respiratory illnesses.
It’s also more than 10,000 people who know that there is one simple, affordable solution. Together, we have sent the NSW Government one clear demand: the time for talk is over – it’s now time to cover and wash coal wagons!
We are closer than we’ve ever been to getting action from Government on clean air. And it’s all thanks to you. From the bottom of our hearts, we’d like to thank everyone who made this outcome possible – all the doorknockers, stall workers, collectors, collators and petition captains. It has been an outstanding grassroots effort all round.
Today, we’d like to invite you to thank the NSW Labor Party, who will be tabling this petition in the Parliament tomorrow morning. The Shadow Minister for the Hunter Sonia Hornery and Shadow Health Minister Dr Andrew McDonald have been supportive of covered coal wagons and this petition, and we are deeply grateful to them for speaking out on our behalf.
Click here to send a thank-you message to the ALP, and to encourage more ALP Parliamentarians to follow Sonia and Andrew’s example, and stand proudly with the community in defense of our right to clean air.   
10,000 signatures doesn’t just demonstrate the community support for action against coal pollution – it is also the magic number that triggers a debate in the Parliament. You can also include a line in your thank-you letter to call for parliamentary debate on coal pollution to be prioritised and brought forward as a matter of urgency.
Click here to send the letter now.

Thanks again for all of your efforts! We hope you are as proud as we are of this show of people power!

John Mackenzie
on behalf of
Coal Terminal Action Group
http://coalterminalactiongroup.nationbuilder.com/
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11 November, 2014

Small farmers & rural lifestyle block owners seminar


Central Tablelands Local Land services are hosting a seminar for small farmers and rural lifestyle block owners. The seminar is an opportunity for landholders to listen to a range of topics that may be relevant to their landholding and farming/hobby operation.

Topics covered include
· On property biosecurity and weeds
· Requirements for running livestock
· Feral animal control
· Taxation – What are the implications?
· Rural Crime prevention – what can I do to better protect my property
· Bushfire mitigation – How do I prepare and best protect my property
· Horticultural, Pasture and livestock production information
· Environmental and landholder grants – what can I apply for and how do I do it?

Time: 5pm – 7.30
When Friday 21st November 2014
Where: University of Notre Dame, Col Drew Drive
Lithgow (Next to Lithgow Hospital)
Cost: Free, please register for catering purposes (light supper will be provided).

Further information or directions contact:
Lithgow Central Tablelands LLS office on 6350 3110 or
Peter Evans | peter.evans@lls.nsw.gov.au | 0422 735 888
Clare Edwards| clare.

10 November, 2014

Australia's environment is 'going backwards', green alliance says

Reef wonders won't last if temperatures keep rising, report says.

Almost half of Australia's terrestrial ecosystems are threatened, 85 per cent of its rivers have been modified and twice as many Australians die from air pollution annually than road accidents, according to a report on the state of the country's environment.
"Every indicator is basically going backwards," said Kelly O'Shanassy, chief executive of the Australian Conservation Foundation, one of 42 environment groups behind The Australia We Love report.


Read more: here


SMH Monday 10/11/2014

09 November, 2014

Roads update

You may have noticed the road improvement work on both sections of road, widening to the road pavement, drainage re-construction works, vegetation and tree pruning (Bogee not started yet)

Roads to Recovery (R2R) Program will be made on two sections of road in the Capertee Valley.

2014-2015 R2R program for the Glen Davis Road will provide an additional 1km of bitumen seal work, extending from the existing section toward Glen Davis.

Work was planned to commence September/October 2014.

Council will also be undertaking a further 1km extension to the bitumen seal on Glen Alice Road north of the Glen Alice village.

The total amount to be expended by Council for the both projects amount to $320,000 in capital improvement funding.

08 November, 2014

Birdwatching Signs

19 new signs have been erected in the Capertee Valley in the last week or two, they are birdwatching signs to support the 'Capertee Valley Map & Guide to Birdwatching'  trail brochures which have been available in paper form from numerous outlets or online since November 2012.

Each of the signs are unique.

Web sites are www.caperteevalleyway.com.au, Lithgow Tourism, this blog and Destination NSW.

Pictured below is sign number 19 which is located at the Northern end of the Capertee Valley on Glen Alice Road at the Kandos State Forest.




07 November, 2014

Capertee Valley Landcare Inc.

Landcare next meeting 8 November 2014

Field Day on Natural Sequence Farming
Presented by Stuart Andrews

Natural Sequence farming (NSF) emulates the role of natural watercourses in reversing salinity, slowing erosion and increasing soil and water quality, so enabling the native vegetation to regenerate and restore the riparian zone.
Stuart will lead a walk around the riparian zone. 

When: Saturday 8 November 2014

9am-12noon

Where: "Umbiella" Glen Alice Road, Glen Alice.

Drive to the wool shed, the group will move from there to the river.
Wear functional clothing and bring water, hats (sunscreen) and light snacks.
CVL Inc. will provide lunch at the Glen Alice Community Hall.

RSVP by 1 November 2014, if staying for lunch, by contacting Julie Gibson 6379 7317 or email cvlandcare@gmail.com



Glen Davis Community Association Inc.



Glen Davis Community Assn Inc. 


THE NEXT MEETING WILL BE HELD ON


 SATURDAY 8TH OF NOVEMBER 2014


GLEN DAVIS COMMUNITY HALL

GLEN DAVIS
Contact
Secretary:
Kathy Grimshaw
6379 7318
email:  jason.gimshaw@skymesh.com.au




Soil and Pasture Health Workshop

From: Peter Evans [mailto:peter.evans@lls.nsw.gov.au] 
Sent: Friday, 7 November 2014 11:34 AM
To: Peter Evans
Cc: Clare Edwards
Subject: Soil and Pasture Health Workshop - Tuesday

Hi Everyone,

Just a reminder that the soil and pasture health workshop will be held on Tuesday 11th November at the Glen Alice Hall. Participants attending the workshop will be able to have 2 free soil samples analysed. attached is the flyer for more information. If you haven't RSVP'd can you please let me know by Monday so I can organise lunch. Don't forget to bring a soil sample in a small ice cream container or similar. 

Could you also bring a small rock from your property if you have one, about the size of a tea cup if you can find one. We will be looking at parent material with these.

Please pass onto others that may be interested. 

Thanks
Peter

Peter Evans | Senior Land Services Officer
Central Tablelands Local Land Services
3 Ordnance Ave Lithgow| PO Box 3109 | Bowenfels  NSW  2790
T: 02 6350 3111 | F: 02 6352 2326 | M: 0422 735 888| E: peter.evans@lls.nsw.gov.au
www.centraltablelands.lls.nsw.gov.au