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 also
increased our selection of beautiful books, local native rainforest plants, handmade fair-trade baskets and eco products. Hope to see you in store soon.

Submissions 

The CEC continues to send submissions to state and federal bodies and to our local council. Since the beginning of the year we have sent submissions to the Independent Review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Act, the Independent Planning Commission NSW regarding the Narrabri Gas Project, the NSW review of Crown land Management, the NSW Local Land Services review of Private Native Forestry, and the NSW Bushfire Enquiry. Tweed Shire Council submissions have included the Climate Change Policy, Zero Waste Strategy and development applications for increased water extraction.

National campaigns

A fundraising online Art Auction was held on Friday, 26th June supported by Caldera Environment Centre. It raised a very satisfying $3,310.00 for the Climate Council. Event organiser, Barry Firth, a volunteer fundraiser for the Climate Council, initiated the idea of the auction. He was soon supported by
many and is very pleased with the outcome. Barry said he wanted to thank all 15 of the contributing artists, his fellow organisers and all the generous people who took part. He said, “We have found yet another enjoyable activity that can be done despite the epidemic!” Ellyce Back, the Climate Council’s
publicity officer, was thankful for the contribution, and said that this fundraising event would be mentioned in the Climate Council’s next Annual Report. The Climate Council is an important player in all the debates around climate change. See https://www.climatecouncil.org.au/ for more information.

Local campaigns 

Throughout the Tweed, koalas are declining due to a range of impacts including clearing or removal of individual habitat trees – it is a time of crisis. Action is required immediately for all sectors to genuinely join the movement to protect remaining koala and other fauna habitat in the shire. All protection possible
is therefore needed from Federal and State legislation and policies. The news has been consumed with the Nationals objection to the updated Koala State Environmental Planning Policy which is aimed at further protecting Koala habitat. Are family farmers really so concerned at the restrictions, or is it the larger corporate farmers, mining companies and developers? In the Tweed many farmers and landholders have welcomed the opportunity to conserve their Koala habitat often receiving support from Council and State Government grants or protecting their land in perpetuity with a Conservation Agreement.

World Environment Day 

Our annual family friendly World Environment Day Festival, gathering and celebration, will be on again
on Sunday June 6 at Knox Park in Murwillumbah.
For more information and updates go to calderenvironmentcentre.org and caldera environment centre on facebook.

Reminder: please renew your subscription. We need you on board! See the above listed website for renewal on line or by direct deposit or visit the CEC shop/resource centre.

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