14 March, 2015

Nature Conservation Council - Upcoming Events

Please find below some news updates and information about upcoming events you might be interested in.


1. Bushfire Conference Update
Fire and Restoration: working with fire for healthy lands is the theme of the 10th bushfire conference to be held on 26th & 27th May 2015 in Sydney.  The program will feature: Integrated fire and weed management, Grassland restoration, Aboriginal cultural burning, and Ecological burns for endangered flora and fauna.

Keynote speakers include Bruce Pascoe (author of Dark Emu) Prof Lesley Hughes (Climate Council of Australia), Tein McDonald (Australian Association Bush Regenerators) and Jeremy Russell-Smith (Darwin Centre for Bushfire Research, Charles Darwin University).

To mark the 20-year anniversary of the bushfire conferences, displays and audio-visuals of past conference highlights will feature at this year’s conference.  Members interested in the previous conference programs and speakers, or in details of the 2015 conference, Fire and Restoration: working with fire for healthy lands, can visit the NCC bushfire program page http://www.nature.org.au/healthy-ecosystems/bushfire-program/conferences/ . 

All NCC members are invited to attend the conference at a specially discounted rate.
The early bird rate of $135 for two-day registration and $100 for one-day registration closes on Friday 27th March.


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2. Marine movie updates:
Last year NCC teamed up with the Wilderness Society to make My Saltwater Sanctuary, a film capturing inspiring stories from our extraordinary seas and the people who look after them. We also helped produce The Sea & Me, a film that looks at marine sanctuaries all around Australia.
Over the last few months we’ve been travelling all up and down the east coast to show the films to booked out crowds in Huskisson, Sydney, Port Stephens, Coffs Harbour and Byron Bay (where over 500 people showed up for our event!).

A big thank you to all the member groups who helped organise this roadtrip or who came along and provided your invaluable support. It was lovely to meet you all in person and to see all that you do for our marine environment. If anyone would like to host a screening, please contact Marine Campaigner, Sue Milthorpe on smilthorpe@nature.org.au.

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3. Submission to Commonwealth Marine Reserves: 
Despite over 10 years of consultation and science, the Australian Government suspended the Commonwealth marine reserves that sit off our coast (which for NSW is the Temperate East Marine Reserve Network) as well as those all around the country. Despite overwhelming public support, the Government announced a costly and unnecessary review of the reserve network, leaving all our Commonwealth marine sanctuaries at risk of being cut back or erased completely.
Please send a quick submission to help save our marine sanctuaries by 28 March 2015. We’ve attached a short submission guide to the newsletter, but if you have any questions please contact Sue Milthorpe on smilthorpe@nature.org.au.

You can make your submission by emailing cmrreview@environment.gov.au or head to http://www.environment.gov.au/marinereservesreview/join-the-conversation for more details.

4. Still time to meet your candidates       
With two weeks until the State election there has never been a better time to meet your local candidates about your local and statewide concerns. NCC has partnered with leading conservation organisations across NSW to produce Our Environment: Our Future, policies for the 2015 NSW state election and beyond, you can download the report here


5. Upcoming Community Forums

SINGLETON – Wednesday 18 March - 6:30pm – 8:30pm at Singleton Diggers Club, York St, Singleton
Future of the Hunter - Policies and Discussion on Future Direction for Hunter Communities, Economy and Natural Resources

PORT MACQUARIE – Thursday 19th March 7:00pm to 8:30pm at CWA Rooms 11 Horton Street, Port Macquarie
Hosted by Climate Change Australia, Hastings Branch. Local candidate forum about environmental issues.


6. Bantry Bay Mountain Bike tracks – feedback surveys
There is a feedback survey available for the Serrata and Gahnia mountain bike tracks. It can be accessed using: http://www.cvent.com/d/srqk9v

If you are familiar with these tracks, please fill out the survey to assist the National Parks in collating a range of information for the sustainable management of the trail


7. No Spray No Way campaign, Bellingen
A community group affiliated with some of NCC’s North Coast member groups are currently lobbying the NSW Government for an immediate moratorium on all aerial and on-ground spraying of pesticides in the Bellingen Shire for the control of weeds in Forestry Corporation’s hardwood plantations. They believe the proposed spraying cannot be conducted without causing harm to both the environment and the community. You can visit their website or facebook to find out more, and find their petition here.


Thanks for all of your work to protect our incredible natural environment around NSW. 


Louise Kiddell
Outreach Officer
Nature Conservation Council of NSW
w: (02) 9516 1488 | e: 
lkiddell@nature.org.au
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