Climate Change in the Tweed- Greg Reid

Message From Yasser at: TweedCAN <info@tweedcan.org.au> Date: Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 12:31 PM Tweed Climate Action Now member Greg Reid sent us a report he compiled on the impact climate change has had on the Tweed Shire in the last 5 decades. I’ve included it below, and as an attachment. It’s well worth reading.…

Lock the Gate- “Fractured Country” Video November 2013

Lock the Tweed    invites you to: –      See the latest 30 min video from Lock the Gate    “Fractured Country” –      Hear about the latest developments in the Northern Rivers and beyond. –      Defend your community and the Tweed Valley! –      Discuss: Where to now?  $10 entry (includes meal) FUNDRAISER FOR LOCK THE GATE AND THE ANTI-CSG CAMPAIGN Starting at Tyalgum: Community Hall  Sat…

TSC launches Tweed Platypus Project

Message From: Matthew Bloor [mailto:MBloor@tweed.nsw.gov.au] Sent: Wednesday, 23 October 2013 4:38 PM Dear Caldera Environment Centre, Tweed Shire Council is undertaking a brand new Platypus Project with the aim of protecting platypus habitat and reducing threats to Tweed platypus populations. The project aims to use community education to harness community support and involvement. The project will…

Planning Bill introduced- Your Rights bulldozed

Message from Kate Smolski-    Nature Conservation Council of NSW   [mailto:ncc@nccnsw.org.au] This week, after two years of preparation, Planning Minister Brad Hazzard introduced the Planning Bill 2013 to the NSW Parliament. Government has made a number of concessions in response to widespread community concern about the draft planning laws. But the revised legislation still falls…

Red Alert for Pilliga forests [NCEC]

North Coast Environment Council Email From: Susie Russell Sent: Sunday, 20 October 2013 11:27 AM Message from Naomi (Wilderness Society Newcastle) LATEST MESSAGE FROM NAOMI – re the Pilliga Red Alert: “Hi everyone, Thank you so much for the amazing level of support that has been shared today from far and wide. It is very heartening…

Funding Opportunity for improving Fish Habitat in the Tweed River

CEC Message: Local Bush Regenerator Ian Walker (whose latest book ‘Bringing Back the Big Scrub’ is for sale at the CEC shop) is asking local landholders, residents and businesses in Murwillumbah and surrounding regions to participate in a funding opportunity aimed at improving fish habitat in the Tweed River system. The Caldera Environment Centre supports…

Tweed Shire- unbottled water best

Echonetdaily reports on Tweed Shire initiative to discourage consumption of bottled water Council water-unit officer Elizabeth Seidl said in the article that ‘Australia’s annual consumption of bottled water exceeds 600 million litres, even though Australians are able to drink some of the best tap water in the world. Ms Seidl said the safety of the…

CEC Submission to TSC Economic Development Strategy- 05 July 2013

  The Tweed Shire Council is developing an Economic Strategy document that is designed to help guide the future economic development of the Tweed Shire. The Caldera Environment Centre has been involved in planning sessions hosted by the council and has responded to the draft strategy (a copy of the draft discussion paper is available…

Rural Land Strategy- CEC Submission to Tweed Shire Council 31-May-2013

  Submitted 31 May 2013   The Caldera Environment Centre (CEC) would like to make the following submission to the Tweed Shire Council Rural Land Strategy. Introduction As discussed below, The CEC promotes a sustainable ecological ethic of housing development. We disagree with the concept of small rural subdivisions, and would promote an alternative paradigm…

NCEC- Draft Bill a Blueprint for Planning Dictatorship 19-April-2013

From Ian Smith 19 April 2013 I’ve skimmed the whole ‘draft exposure’ bill, and read a lot of it in some detail, just once so far. Forget White-Paper-full-document.pdf on the gub website, it’s a puff piece. Read the whole bill. Even without considering what it doesn’t as yet ‘expose’, it’s not hard not to see…

SUBMISSION TO THE SENATE INQUIRY INTO EPBC AMENDMENT BILL 2013

Committee Secretary Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications (Submitted online) 4 April 2013 Dear madam or sir SUBMISSION TO THE SENATE INQUIRY INTO THE ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION AND BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION AMENDMENT BILL 2013 Thank you for the opportunity to submit the views of the Caldera Environment Centre (CEC) in relation to the Environment Protection and…

NCEC- Glenugie CSG Retrospective 01 April 2013

From:  John Edwards Clarence Environment Centre (the other CEC). Hi everyone, The attached link [here] is a collection of images of the epic Glenugie CSG blockade courtesy of the Clarence Environment Centre, South Grafton. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgSZSFvjFFg Regards John Edwards = = = = = =

TREE Magazine Vol.11 Issue-1 Autumn 2013

EDITORIAL Our organisation suffered a huge loss last September when our founder and beloved leader, Hop.e Hopkins, left this mortal coil. We would not exist without him, and his ethical, calm, determined commitment to our cause ensured we stayed largely free from sabotage and foolishness. As a kind of gift to us as he left,…

Caldera joins Better Planning Network

Caldera Environment Centre During last year CEC became an affiliate of the Better Planning Network (BPN) (flyer attached), as part of a widespread community response to the Review. BPN is circulating a petition (attached) which requests the NSW Parliament to: establish a multi-party Committee to fairly assess the proposals to amend the planning system and to ensure…

CEC Submission to TSC- Planning Reforms – Draft LEP 2012

The General Manager Tweed Shire Council PO Box 816 Murwillumbah NSW 2482 18 January 2013 Planning Reforms – Draft LEP 2012 Caldera Environment Centre (CEC) is extremely disappointed that Tweed Shire Council has rushed the draft LEP to exhibition due to pressure from the Minister for Planning. The Minister’s media release appears to be the…

Glenugie Update- Police move in on protesters

NEWS FLASH: Glenugie Update 7th January 2012 From:  Chris Aitchison,   Secretary Caldera Environment Centre For over 50 days, a contingent of brave, caring, and representative people from across the Northern Rivers region successfully hindered Metgasco’s attempts to access a Glenugie property, where it plans to undertake exploratory drilling for coal seam gas (CSG). The blockade…

Draft Tweed Shire LEP 2012- CEC Comment

 Draft Tweed Shire LEP 2012 – Coastal Koala habitat loses over 1200ha of protection The Tweed Shire draft LEP 2012 is currently on exhibition for public comment. During the exhibition period there have been four public workshops to explain the draft LEP, with a fifth workshop to be held at Tweed Heads in early January.…

Kings Forest- Letter to LEDA 14-Dec-2012

Mr Reg van Rij Regional Manager – Residential LEDA Developments Pty Ltd PO Box 1914 Surfers Paradise QLD 4217 14 December 2012 Dear Mr van Rij Thank you for your letter of 6 November 2012, and for the invitation to engage with your company in relation to the Preferred Project Report (PPR) for the proposed…

Murwillumbah Community Gardens finally has land

News from:   Steve James, MCGs Coordinator It has been a long time in the making, but Murwillumbah Community Gardens (MCGs) finally has land!  MCGs  committee members recently entered a lease for a parcel of land  on West Street, Murwillumbah.  The site has much potential, but does not yet have any amenities or infrastructure. The committee is…

IWCM Review- Byrrill Creek Landcare Group- Dec 2012

        Robyn  Campbell Hydrosphere Consulting robyn.campbell@hydrosphere.com.au   SUBMISSION: Tweed Integrated Water Cycle Management Review (IWCM) Paper Byrrill Creek Landcare Group thanks you for the opportunity to be involved in the process of helping to formulate the future IWCM Strategy. As a landcare group, who have been revegetating riparian areas in the upper…

BIOREGIONALISM- State System under Question

[Reprinted from the CEC’s  TREE Magazine August 1993.   Some minor editing has been done to correct some typo’s after article was scanned. Ed.] “ If  local government areas were amalgamated, we could have areas like Swiss Cantons, English Counties, or German Lands, and dispense with States, which are a colonial anachronism. Removing one level of government should…

Fracking America- Butler County, Pennsylvania

In case we missed it.. Residents in Butler County, Pennsylvania share their fracking experience. Film shared courtesy of Nature Abounds’ friend Rich Waters, a local photographer and videographer who is documenting how fracking is changing the lives of his neighbors in Southwest Pennsylvania.     Link to Video: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31880.htm   Photo is from Tara gas…

Community Resistance to CSG in New York State

New York State communities use local zoning laws to fight against CSG Frack Fight. A Secret War of Activists. With the World in the Balance. By Ellen Cantarow (19 Nov. 2012  Information Clearing House) “There’s a war going on that you know nothing about between a coalition of great powers and a small insurgent movement. It’s…

SAVE NORTH COAST NATURE CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED

    *MEDIA RELEASE* Sunday 4 November 2012 *SAVE NORTH COAST NATURE CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED* An alliance of environmental professionals and conservation groups are today (Monday) launching a campaign to prevent the NSW Government’s plans to remove essential environmental protection from nearly 60% of the Far North Coast’s forests, wetlands and wildlife habitats. Called Save North…

Conservation Ecologists request deferral of LEP’s

*CONSERVATION ECOLOGISTS ASSOCIATION** **Science — Conservation — Community** **MEDIA RELEASE 28 October 2012* The Conservation Ecologists Association (CEA) is requesting that finalisation of far north coast Local Environment Plans be deferred until the State Government completes its review of environmental zones. The request to the Mayors of Tweed, Byron, Ballina, Lismore, and Kyogle Councils is…

Hazzard abolishes E Zones

Minister Hazzard abolishes E Zones and sentences Koalas to E-xtinction The Caldera Environment Centre is appalled by the recent announcement by the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure and local representatives Don Page and Thomas George to remove environmental protection zones (E2 and E3) from draft LEPs on the north coast. Claims by the farming lobby about…

Licence to Kill for Lot 490

CEC PRESS RELEASE 29/08/2012 Developers have a Licence to Kill James Bond had the iconic “Licence to Kill”, and now it seems that the NSW state government is granting a Licence to Kill for the developers of Lot 490. Despite the existence of threatened species at the site and the fact that the area acts…

Couchy Creek Nature Reserve Submission

Submission to the Office of Environment and Heritage Couchy Creek Nature Reserve – Draft Plan of Management The Caldera Environment Centre (CEC) welcomes the OEH initiative to develop a plan of Management for the Couchy Creek Nature Reserve. Our organisation strongly supports the efforts of National Parks and Wildlife Service to manage problem weeds and…