Mayoral Minute

This motion was passed by Tweed Shire Council. Only one councillor against, guess who? That the Mayor writes to all State Parliament Members to express Council’s dismay regarding the amendments to the Koala Habitat Protection State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP), the revised Koala Habitat Protection Guidelines, and the proposed amendments to the Local Land Services…

Thunberg and Attenborough at the Regent!

The story of teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg is told through compelling, never-before-seen footage in this intimate documentary from Swedish director Nathan Grossman. Starting with her one-person school strike for climate action outside the Swedish Parliament, Grossman follows Greta — a shy student with Asperger’s — in her rise to prominence and her galvanizing global…

Caldera Environment Centre Newsletter September 2020

Shop/resource centre Our shop/resource centre had a makeover this financial year, with fresh paint and new stock. We were closed over the Covid-19 lockdown for about 6 weeks. Upon re-opening we are going very well, with lots of support from our community. We now have EFTPOS for our customers’ convenience. We have alsoincreased our selection of beautiful…

[nefanews] Forest Media 2 October 2020

Forest Media 2 October 2020 While the fires diminished wildlife and timber the Nationals over rid plans to protect unburnt habitat and insisted on logging regardless. Feds visit Brandy Hill quarry where 52 ha Koala Habitat is to be cleared, meanwhile 5,500 ha was approved for clearing in Queensland. The Coaltion has done a secret…

Video showing the ongoing destruction of State Forests

Koalas are in the middle of a logging operation in the Lower Bucca State Forest on the NSW North Coast. “I went to Lower Bucca State Forest because I knew this was happening and I believe if people see this, they’ll do what they can to help keep koalas safe.” The bushfires burnt over 2…

NEFA are asking people to email or phone the offices of north coast National Party representatives to protest their attempts to remove protections for Koalas

The North East Forest Alliance is calling on people who want core Koala habitat to be identified and protected from logging to contact the Liberal Party and encourage them to resist National Party bullying. The Koala State Environment Planning Policy (SEPP) was introduced by the coalition in 1995, with the then National Party member for…

Big Scrub Landcare online event will focus on the recent bushfires in and around Nightcap National Park and their impact on our Gondwana and lowland subtropical rainforests in north east NSW:

Sun, Sept. 20 6:00pm: ‘Saving our Rainforests from Fire’ – Expert panel discussion Big Scrub Landcare invite the community to listen to experts who were involved in fighting the fires and assessing their impacts on the Nightcap discuss these critically important issues in two online panel discussions, facilitated by Kerry O’Brien and Mick O’Regan. This…

Online CEC Membership Renewal

The Wollumbin Caldera is one of the three top biodiversity hotspots in Australia. It covers an area of approximately 1500 sq km and supports around 1250 types of plants. The Caldera includes a high diversity of ecosystem types because it is in an area where temperate and sub-tropical bio-geographic areas, both terrestrial and marine, converge.…

Day of Action to Save our Koalas

On a Day of Action to Save our Koalas, August 16th, individuals and community groups across NSW organised small ‘pop-up protests’ and virtual actions to attempt to cause nsw.gov to act now to implement the recomendations of the NSW Govt. Inquiry Report: ‘Koala Populations and Habitat in New South Wales’. Tweed representatives took the day of…

EPBC Act Review Condems EPBC Act

“… the EPBC Act does not position the Commonwealth to protect the environment, … it is not fit to manage current or future environmental challenges.” “Australia’s natural environment and iconic places are in an overall state of decline and are under increasing threat. The current environmental trajectory is unsustainable. ‘The EPBC Act is ineffective. It…

National Parks Have Been Directed To Implement Tourism

National Parks, directed by nsw.gov, for economic reasons, are to increase national park use tourism, especially here in the Caldera. Eg is a 4 day 45km walking trail starting at Mt Jerusalem to Minyon Falls. Marketed to the early adopters. The DA for the day 1 part of the track (‘Unicorn Falls’) closed for comments…

Draft State Strategic Plan for Crown Land

Government has prioritised the commercialisation of Crown Lands and misses both The Ecological Importance of Crown Lands and the need to move towards First Nations stewardship and co-management. Crown Land is our land, it belongs to the people of NSW and should be managed in the way we believe is appropriate. We have highlighted the interesting bits for…

Again, NO Byrrill Creek Dam

Dear Friends of the Environment. The NSW Natural Resources Commission (NRC) is undertaking a Review, including submissions from the public, of the existing Tweed Water Sharing Plan (WSP) which expires next year. Currently there is a Clause 48 (1) that prohibits the building of a dam at Byrrill Creek. 10 years ago Save Byrrill Creek…

Join the Action at Myrtle State Forest

Dear Friends, NRG will be volunteering to join NEFA in defending our native forests from the assault being mounted by the State and Federal government-sponsored rogue logging industry. Your commitment to protecting our forests is an inspiring and important step toward a sustainable and peaceful world. At the June monthly meeting, NRG decided to gather…

TSC Towards Zero Waste Strategy Proposed, TSC Asks Your Feedback

Council has prepared a draft Towards Zero Waste policy and is seeking feedback on or before Tuesday 21 July 2020. The CEC would like to encourage public endorsement and adoption by Council. The towards zero waste concept means designing and managing products to reduce the volume of waste and materials, to conserve and recover all materials where…

NCC, AFCA to ARENA Bioenergy Roadmap: “Exclude forest derived biomass … FDB is not a credible or desirable energy source or route out of fossil fuel dependence.”

The Nature Conservation Council and the Australian Forest and Climate Alliance have made the following joint submission to the ARENA Bioenergy Roadmap:  “Exclude forest derived biomass.”  FDB is not a credible or desirable energy source or route out of fossil fuel dependence.  We call on ARENA to contribute to responsible action on the climate crisis by…

TSC: Dear Community Member, …

I write to advise you that the Tweed Local Environmental Plan 2014 Amendment No. 28 – to remove the enabling ‘Clause 7.15 Water Bottling Facilities’ – has been legally made, effective Friday 29 May 2020. The outcome of this amendment is that water bottling facilities are now a prohibited land use in the RU2 Rural Landscape…

Rob Kooyman – Gondwana

Rob Kooyman, Australia forest ecologist, traces the history of the ancient forests of Gondwana, until now, bringing the focus to the forests of northern nsw. The new 29 min film by Frontier Films (David Bradbury). Proudly presented here in association with the The Caldera Environment Centre. About Rob Kooyman … protected area and conservation management…