23 October, 2015

Invitation to Kandos Community Forum

Monday 2 November, 6pm to 7.30pm
Kandos High School – Multi-purpose hall

A Forum open to all members of the community to discuss the life and wellbeing of the Kandos Community.

Come and have your say, and listen to others.

What are the needs of the community?
What are the strengths of the community?

This forum will be one in which honesty will be highly valued along with creative thoughts as to some ideas that will support the community into the future.

From 6pm-6.15pm a sausage sizzle will be provided by Rotary and the forum will commence promptly at 6.15pm.

Coordinated by local churches with the support of other community members and organisations including Rotary and Schools.

Any queries can be directed to either:

Rev Graeme Gardiner
0428 757369

Rev Leigh Gardiner

0430 488258

Coal and Gas Exploration NSW Government 'Strategic Release Framework'

Coal and Gas Exploration
NSW Government 'Strategic Release Framework'
Some of you will be aware that there is a submission period open at the moment on the NSW Government's new "Strategic Release Framework" for new exploration licences for coal and gas.
Submissions are due by 5pm Friday and we'd like to encourage you to use it as an opportunity to tell the Government that New South Wales needs coal and gas no-go zones.
The Government has created this new 'Strategic Release Framework' for new coal and gas exploration licences and have asked for comment on it till 23 October.
Then, last week, they introduced five pieces of new legislation that make substantial changes in part to the release and renewal process for exploration licences without including the process they're asking us to comment on this week.

That is, they say they're introducing a triple bottom line assessment, and including public consultation and land use and other environmental and social issues assessment prior to the release of new areas for exploration for coal and gas, but have failed to include any of that in the changes they're making to the law.

It won't have any statutory power and seems unlikely, on initial reading that the Minister will clearly be able to refuse to grant new exploration licences because of competing land use, environmental constraints, or broader public interest considerations.

The Government has so far squandered the opportunity to deliver the deep reform to the management of coal and gas across the landscape in New South Wales that we need, despite intensifying conflict in the regions being targeted for expanded coal and gas mining.

With this new framework, they have, once again, failed to deliver no go zones to set important parts of the state aside as off-limits to mining.

Can you make a submission to this proposed new framework making clear that New South Wales needs firm no-go zones for coal and gas mining to protect rural industries, water resources, bushland and local communities?
Email your submission to: resources.submissions@industry.nsw.gov.au by 5pm on 23 October
Here are some things you might like to say:
  • I support triple bottom line assessment, consistence in the treatment of coal and gas, and the inclusion of community consultation in the release of new areas for mining exploration, but why has none of this been included in the series of Bills amending the mining and petroleum Acts that were introduced into parliament on 15 October? The triple bottom line assessment must be part of the statutory process, and must clearly outline the environmental and social constraints that are grounds for refusal of mining and petroleum authorities.
  • The Government still hasn't made any areas clearly off limits to mining. This is crucial reform, long promised and overdue for delivery. 
  • The Strategic Release Framework and the Mining and Petroleum (Onshore) amendment Bills need to build environmental and social constraints into coal and gas mining processes at the earliest phase, prior to exploration licences and leases being issued, to stop years of conflict and agony for rural communities trying to protect water resources, villages, farmland or important bushland from mining.
  • The discussion paper released in December mentioned constraints, but this framework is just another layer of gruelling assessment with no certainty and no protections, no statutory basis and no clear public interest test for mining authorities that affect farmland, water, bushland and rural communities.
  • The Government must deliver no-go areas for mining in this process and before the end of the year.
  • This means creating hard exclusions for coal and gas exploration and mining: within 2km all critical industry clusters and strategic agricultural land, in the special areas of the drinking water catchments for Sydney, the Central Coast and Newcastle, within 2km of all homes and schools, in critically endangered ecological communities, in alluvial aquifers, in recharge areas for the Great Artesian Basin and within 2km of rivers.
  • We do not have faith that the Advisory body comprised of executives from Department of Premier and Cabinet, NSW Treasury, the Department of Planning and Environment, and the Division of Resources and Energy will prioritise the protection of NSW's farmland, bushland and water resources without unequivocal hard constraints being imposed.

21 October, 2015

Water quality testing in the Capertee Valley

Capertee Valley Landcare will be providing monthly opportunities for you to test water.

Bring your water samples along:

8.45 am - 10.00 am Friday 30 October 2015

We can test for:
Electrical Conductivity (EC) - salinity

Provide  the type of water source (dam, bore, creek, etc) and its location. (Map, or GPS co-ords if possible).

Bring about 500 ml in a clean container, rinse it out with the water that you're testing three times.

If collecting from a stream, try to take it from the centre of the running water and submerged about 20 ml.

The purpose is to gradually construct a picture of water quality (quantity) throughout the Capertee Valley.

If you want help to achieve this, then take some samples from streams and bring them along.

Fresh coffee for those waiting their turn.

Pass this onto your neighbour.

13 October, 2015

Blast Furnace facelift

ABC CW Radio News online:  'Historic Lithgow ruins to undergo facelift'.

"An upgrade is about to start in Lithgow at the site considered the birthplace of Australia's steel industry.

The City Council has given the green light for refurbishing the Blast Furnace and making it easier to access for visitors.

There will be stabilisation and brickwork repairs at the precinct, plus new fencing, a boardwalk, signage."

Read the full story here:  'Historic Lithgow ruins to undergo facelift'.

“via BYLONG” Weekend – 24-25 October

If you’ve never driven the Bylong Valley Way, or haven’t been through Bylong for a while (or even if you have!), make the trip over the weekend of 24-25 October.

Apart from the stunning scenery you’ll see on the way, there'll be:

- A Hall of History showcasing the valley's rich history in photographs and newspaper clippings
- Music
- Bush poetry
- Food
- Market stalls featuring local wines and produce
- Bus tours of the local area
- Saturday night bonfire

You can even make a weekend of it with camping available (suggested donation $10 per site – proceeds to Hall Committee)

More info here

12 October, 2015

Regent Honeyeater Research

Meet Ross Crate.  Ross is from the Australian National University (ANU) and has been in the Capertee Valley for some weeks doing research for his Phd and his subject is the Regent Honeyeater.  Also, he is working in conjunction with Birdlife.

Ross will be known to quite a number of residents by now as he has been prowling as many Regent Honeyeater haunts as possible to gather research information and record nesting habits using motion activated cameras.

Could you please help Ross to add further information to the store of information so that we can save this valuable bird from extinction.

I have attached a paper written by Ross some weeks ago for your information.

The Capertee River flows west to east, joining the Wolgan River at their confluence in Newnes. The river is fed by a number of minor tributaries in the upper reaches and forms part of the Hawkesbury-Nepean catchment. From the upper reaches of Bogee River to Glen Davis, the Capertee river flows through the Capertee Valley, which is internationally recognised and designated as an important bird area (IBA) by BirdLife International. This designation is principally due to the fact that the Capertee Valley is the core breeding range of the critically endangered Regent honeyeater. Once distributed throughout south eastern Australia from south Queensland to Adelaide, the species has suffered a major and ongoing population decline and associated range contraction. Current population estimates suggest there may be only 300-400 birds remaining. The Capertee Valley is now recognised as the core of the species’ breeding range, and is the only site in Australia where the species can be seen on a semi-regular basis.
The Regent honeyeater is a ‘rich patch specialist.’ This means that for successful breeding to occur, individuals must locate rich sources of nectar with which to provision young, in habitat that provides dense cover to conceal nests from predators. The most important breeding site for regent honeyeaters in the Capertee Valley is the banks of the river itself. This riparian habitat of river she-oak Casuarina cunninghamii provides the nesting substrate required by regent honeyeaters. The stretch of the river in the vicinity of Genowlan bridge holds breeding birds in most years, (including the present year), as does the open valley floor of the Capertee National Park. The riparian habitat is also of vital importance because the river she-oaks play host to a species of needle-leaf mistletoe, Amyema cambagei. The flowers of the needle leaf mistletoe are another important nectar source for breeding regent honeyeaters. The river itself provides their only source of drinking and bathing water. During hot weather, birds can be seen frequently taking water from the river, and bathing to help regulate body temperature.  A regular supply of water is likely to become increasingly important for breeding Regent honeyeaters given projected climate change scenarios. In addition, the river provides a bountiful supply of invertebrate fauna, which is an important source of protein for both adult and young birds. It is highly likely that the abundance of insects in the vicinity of the river is determined by the presence of water in the river. Also critical to the successful breeding of the regent honeyeater in the valley is the flowering of a small number of key eucalyptus species, in particular Yellow box E.melliodora, White box E.albens and Mugga ironbark E.sideroxylon. It is widely appreciated that the frequency and intensity of flowering in these species is moderated by soil moisture content; periods of low soil moisture are associated with poor flowering events, which in turn moderates the frequency of breeding opportunities of the Regent honeyeater.
Given the importance of the riparian habitat of the Capertee valley described, any drop in the water levels in the Capertee River is highly likely to have a significant detrimental impact upon the long-term persistence of the Regent honeyeater in the wild. A reduction in water levels is likely to reduce both the frequency and intensity of flowering in nearby eucalyptus species, as well as in the long-term persistence of both the river she-oak and needle-leaf mistletoe. Lack of access to water during the breeding season may either result directly in mortality of offspring during hot weather or indirectly by increasing the risk of nest predation if parents are forced to commute further from the nest to obtain water. Alternatively, it may also inhibit the initiation of breeding altogether. A reduction in invertebrate fauna in foraging areas of breeding regent honeyeaters would also limit the protein resources to provision chicks, which could either cause offspring mortality of have negative effects on the long-term health of the birds. In summary, a regular and plentiful supply of water in the Capertee river is fundamental to the functioning of the entire ecosystem, of which the regent honeyeater plays a critical part.

(Contact Ross at my number 6379 7767)

07 October, 2015

Paul Toole submission to the Planning & Assessment Commission (PAC) re Airly Mine Extension

Click letter to enlarge

Community Consultative Committee (CCC) Update

They stated Maintained Bord and pillar development mining systems
-121 Panel “super unit”
- 103 Panel “single unit”
- 200 Panel “pillar quartering”

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Production levels continue to achieve budget and forecast
Employee numbers increased by 1 persons to 64
Process improvements initiatives continue to deliver increased productivity and lower cost.
Focus on monitoring and improving coal quality and awareness of marketing options
Currently supplying both domestic (Eraring) and export customers through Port Kembla and Newcastle
Feasibility study on Phase 2 Mining Development continued

From information supplied to CVA Inc.

Bylong Coal Project EIS

The Bylong Coal Project EIS is available on our website
 here. It is on exhibition until 6 November 2015. A community information session is scheduled at the Bylong Community Hall on Wednesday 14 October 2015 6-8pm. Further details are available here .

Resource Assessments
Department of Planning & Environment
23-33 Bridge Street | GPO Box 39 SYDNEY  NSW  2001
T 02 9228 6375 

2015 Australasian Rogaining Champioships - Capertee National Park and Mugii Murum-ban State Conservation Area Capertee Valley.

Warning - superb rogaining ahead!
Updated: 26 September, 2015
teaserWhat: 2015 Australasian Rogaining Championships
When: 10-11 October 2015
Where: About 4 hours west of Sydney and 5.5 hours from Canberra
For who: Everyone who enjoys great rogaining country - young, old (ah - we mean *experienced*), novice, sharpshooter...everyone!
Entries open: NOW!
Entries close: Friday 2 Oct at midnight (the end of Friday night...).
Contact: Email Gill Fowler (for technical questions) or Anita Bickle (for entry related enquiries).

Brought to you by the NSW Rogaining Association.

Roadside rubbish collection

Roadside rubbish collection
Subject: Local low-key litter pick-up: this Saturday 8am
Capertee Valley Alliance meeting up with Rylstone and District Environment Group members to collect roadside rubbish. This is an Individual activity if you wish to participate.

Dear litter pickers

We have a couple of suggestions for local litter pick-up spots, and the first one is this Saturday, 10th October meeting at 8am at the railway crossing next to Rylstone Hospital (bottom on Fitzgerald Street). We’ll do an hour or so of picking up, depending on the weather, then take the stuff to the tip.

Working our way back towards Bogee eventually, another day.

All welcome! Please bring gloves and wear something flouro.
Also, garbage bags.
See you there.
All suggestions welcome.
Donna Upton.63797767

04 October, 2015

NSW Local Government Elections

NSW Local Government Elections scheduled for September 2016 -
now expected to be delayed until March 2017.

In what has been no secret in the State Electorate of the Minister for Local Government, Mr Paul Toole for some weeks, it is expected that the Mike Baird State Government will shortly announce that the scheduled NSW Local Government Elections to be held in September next year (2016), will be delayed for an additional six months and will now be held across NSW in March 2017.

Whilst the official excuse put forward is expected to be that it will allow for Local Government Elections to be held directly in the middle of the 4-year State Government Term, the proposed legislative delay is apparently being considered by the State Government to allow it more time to finalise it's controversial agenda of both forced and unforced Council Amalgamations, of which many Local Councils and Shires have already foreshadowed legal action all the way to the High Court.

A formal announcement to delay the scheduled Local Government Elections for September next year could come as early as Monday week, when Premier Mike Baird and his Minister for Local Government, Mr Paul Toole are both scheduled to address the State's Mayors and many Councillors at this year's Annual NSW Local Government Conference being held at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse in Sydney.

You are invited to the BIODIVERSITY DREAMING conference

You are invited to the

BIODIVERSITY DREAMING conference, CSU Bathurst, November 10-11

What can we learn from reflecting on biodiversity in the Central West/Bathurst Region /Wiradyuri Country from 1815 to 2115.  Hear the views of 40 farmers, land managers, Wiradyuri/Aboriginal people, artists, historians & scientists.

An exciting mix of speakers (including Bruce Pascoe) and poster presenters will provide the delegates knowledge, research results and local wisdom of land management for biodiversity, particularly in the agricultural landscapes of the Central West of NSW.   Be part of the conversation: spots for posters are still available.

The cost is $250 for two days; concession tickets available as are scholarships for Aboriginal students (particularly years 11 & 12) and CSU students.

There is also a two-day post-conference tour to discover the natural history of the historic Cox’s Road (and river) guided by Professor David Goldney.  Be quick; only 22 seats for this.

For more information, head to the website for registration: http://stks.be/biodiversity-dreaming   or contact the

Conference convenor:  Dr Cilla Kinross 02 6365 7651

03 October, 2015

Mt Marsden Walk Friday 16 October update

16 October 2015
There are already 7 planning to go, so please let me know if you’re coming and I’ll contact you separately with time and meeting place.

We’ll more or less follow the route described by Michael Keats in the attached notes as I think that Wendy Arnott, who has gone up Mt Marsden several times is recommending the same approach.
it is definitely easier from the western side near the Glen Alice Road.  Coming from Rylstone, and heading out on the GA Rd., you come upon “Phalarus Stud” on the left hand side.  Just after their southern boundary is a gateway (with a Birds Australia sign in front of it) into some Crown Land.  There are various tracks through it, and you can drive a bit south west towards the base of the steep ridge that heads south out to Mt Marsden.
To climb up to the ridge there are sometimes some handy animal tracks that traverse the steep slope, rather than heading straight up the hillside.  When you get on top of the ridge I usually place some bright marker ties on the trees to show the turn off point coming back.  There aren’t many distinguishing features to rely on!
Just stay on the ridge, mostly near the western side and you will start to get some great views.  There is some rock scrambling along the way, but it’s all quite doable for anyone with average fitness.  When you get out to the end, there is a very good lookout down to the western corner.
We were a group of 4 women in our 60s and we took about 5.5 hours with lots of stops for studying flowers, rocks and taking pictures.”


Julie Gibson
Green Gully
97 The Gullies Road
Glen Davis NSW 2846
02 6379 7317
Mobile: 0412 699 674

01 October, 2015

Geoffrey Miell presentation to the PAC

Submission to 
NSW Government Planning Assessment Commission
concerning R033/15 - Airly Mine Extension Project Review
by: Geoffrey Miell
23 September 2015

click here to read Geoff Miell's presentation, scroll down the list of presentations.  There are 2 files, one is for the slides and the second is the supporting text.  The text file has been scanned sideways, not good but if you right click and choose 'rotate' its OK.

It is well worth a read as it deals with a lot more than just the Airly Mine issues

Herirage listed - Airly Shale Mines and Torbane Refinery

RESOLVED THAT the Airly Shale Mines and Torbane Refinery Remains be listed in the Trust Register as recommended by the Industrial Heritage Conservation Committee and recorded in the minutes of their meeting No. 06 17 June 2014.


Leica Wigzell
 | Executive & Board Support (Monday - Friday 9:30am - 3pm)
National Trust of Australia (NSW) 
P:+61 (2) 9258 0171 | F: +61 (2) 9252 1110 
GPO Box 518  Sydney NSW 2001
Watson Road, Observatory Hill, Sydney 2001
E: lwigzell@nationaltrust.com.au Wwww.nationaltrust.com.au


Sent: Wednesday, September 23, 2015 5:58 PM
Subject: Bylong Coal Project Community Newsletter - Issue #12

Good afternoon,

We are pleased to inform that the NSW Department of Planning and Environment has announced that the Bylong Coal Project Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be available for public exhibition from Wednesday 23 September 2015 until Friday 6 November 2015. Issue 12 of the Bylong Coal Project Community Newsletter (attached) contains details about upcoming Project community information sessions and where the EIS is available for review.

To request further information or provide feedback on the newsletter please email us at bylong@WorleyParsons.com.

If you do not wish to receive these emails, please reply with ‘unsubscribe’ in the subject line.

Kind regards,

The Bylong Coal Project Community and Stakeholder Engagement team

Landcare update & notice of Mt Marsden Walk

From: cvlandcare@googlegroups.com [mailto:cvlandcare@googlegroups.com] On Behalf Of Julie Gibson
Sent: Tuesday, 29 September 2015 3:41 PM
To: cvlandcare@googlegroups.com
Subject: [CVL] Coorongooba Walk done now for Mt Marsden?

Last week’s walk along the Capertee River track at Coorongooba had 12 participants, including Adam Bryce from NPWS who shared plenty of knowledge and experience with us. It was a good day for a walk, cool but not cold. The young folk turned back at Freshwater Creek and the rest went on past the Wilderness sign. A beautiful walk through loose bush with lots of sights of grand cliffs.

Over lunch on the log we decided to do it again soon while it’s still can be cool enough.

Proposed walk:
Mt Marsden Friday 16 October. I need more information about this walk, contact me if you can help or if you think you would come.


Julie Gibson
Green Gully
97 The Gullies Road
Glen Davis NSW 2846
02 6379 7317
Mobile: 0412 699 674

Bidiversity Conference

The Central West Environment Council is supporting this Greening Bathurst conference to be held in Bathurst on November 10-11. 

If you haven’t done so already (and I apologise for cross-postings), please forward this to your networks as I’m sure it will be of interest to your members.   More bums on seats needed!

AND the next CWEC meeting is scheduled for Sunday 1st November in MUDGEE (for a nice change).   Details of venue to be confirmed. 

You are invited to the

BIODIVERSITY DREAMING conference, CSU Bathurst, November 10-11

What can we learn from reflecting on biodiversity in the Central West/Bathurst Region /Wiradyuri Country from 1815 to 2115.  Hear the views of 40 farmers, land managers, Wiradyuri/Aboriginal people, artists, historians & scientists.

An exciting mix of speakers (including Bruce Pascoewhose book is pictured) and poster presenters will provide the delegates knowledge, research results and local wisdom of land management for biodiversity, particularly in the agricultural landscapes of the Central West of NSW.   Be part of the conversation: spots for posters are still available.

The cost is $250 for two days; concession tickets available as are scholarships for Aboriginal students (particularly years 11 & 12) and CSU students.

There is also a two-day post-conference tour to discover the natural history of the historic Cox’s Road (and river) guided by Professor David Goldney.  Be quick; only 22 seats for this.

For more information, head to the website for registration: http://stks.be/biodiversity-dreaming   or contact the

Conference convenor:  Dr Cilla Kinross  02 6365 7651 ckinross@csu.edu.au

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