An Evening with the federal Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek

When: 6:30pm, Thursday, 15th August 2024 Where: Online, via Zoom  And you can invite others to join you at the event with this link: https://www.nature.org.au/evening_with_the_minister_2024?recruiter_id=52205 I look forward to seeing you then. Ed MortimerOrganising DirectorNature Conservation Council of NSW

Climate Community Convergence event!

Hi Friends of the Koala Inc, Are you and your community free on Saturday 22 June from 10:00am – 3:00pm Rising Tide is going on Tour and coming to Bangalow for a Climate Community Convergence event! In November 2023, Rising Tide organised The People’s Blockade of the World’s Largest Coal Port, which saw over 3,000…

Minister won’t step in over alleged logging breaches

An audit found Forestry Corporation breached greater glider search rules 188 times in eight weeks. NSW’s environment minister has refused to intervene amid fears the government’s own Forestry Corporation could be illegally destroying the den trees of endangered greater gliders. Penny Sharpe has voted against a motion, brought by the Greens in parliament, calling for…

Environment Initiatives

Tweed Shire Council has lots of opportunities for you to have your say about Sustainability and Environment initiatives, including: Energy Access and Poverty plan Electric Vehicle Charging in the Tweed Community Action Network May Sustainable Food Climate Change Adaptation reference Group For More information go to TSC website

CEC at Kinship Festival

The Caldera Environment Centre will have a stall at the Kinship Festival on May 25 at Knox Park. Come and check out our range of environmental books and grass roots products, such as stainless steel clothes pegs, water bottles and native plants. As well as Plant ID and children’s books, we have the recently launched…

The Forest Wars

Professor David Lindenmayer AO, in his new book, The Forest Wars, lifts the lid on destruction of native forests by government corporations and logging industry that is making bushfires worse, killing wildlife and costing taxpayers millions, for the sake of woodchips for export. David Lindenmayer reveals an unholy alliance between state forestry, the timber industry…

State Government Koala Strategy

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From our friends at North East Forest Alliance (NEFA) a flyer to encourage your response to the State Governments Koala Strategy. The most important thing to emphasise is habitat. We need to see an end to native forest logging as in Western Australia and Victoria. Currently logging is happening in the proposed Koala National Park. Submissions due 26th April.

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Draft Growth Management and Housing Strategy

Passing this on from The Northern Rivers Guardians. Friends: A few weeks ago, we alerted you to Tweed Shire Council’s Draft Growth Management and Housing Strategy that was exhibited for public comment. The draft raises many questions about what the shire will be like in the future, including how to best preserve the region as…

March for the Forests

Sunday 10am Gather at Riverside Park. Lismore Will you March in March in Lismore with us?  We can protect our native forests, restore our landscapes, expand our plantation base and create thousands of jobs in the regions. We need a national strategy to guide this important work, and we need to move urgently – to 100%…

Caldera Update

Both state and federal governments are responsible for decisions which erode environmental protection.  The Caldera Environment Centre is supporting environmental protection groups, Fridays4Forests, North East Forest Alliance, Northern Rivers Guardians to call for immediate action to protect native forests and species habitat, for their intrinsic ecological, biodiversity and carbon services. On Friday 8th March from…

NCC: The government is currently seeking feedback on changes to the Environmental Protection Act.

Macchiato: “The federal government’s changes to national environment laws are our chance to secure real protections for nature.  Imagine living in a society without extinction. Imagine knowing that our forests, oceans, rivers, and wildlife were being defended from further harm.  Imagine being confident that no matter who is trying to make a profit, our critical ecosystems would be protected…

A Sad Decision for Nationally Threatened Species – “This judgement means that it is valid to roll over Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs) forever-more based on data collated in 1997″

NORTH EAST FOREST ALLIANCE: “Justice Perry ‘s judgement of today in North East Forest Alliance vs The Commonwealth of Australia is that no contemporaneous [‘at that time’] assessment is required before extending Regional Forest Agreements beyond the originally intended 20 years, noting: the question of whether or not to enter into or vary an intergovernmental…

EDO: “We’ll keep fighting to protect NSW forests after disappointing court decision.”

Environmental Defenders Office: “I have an important update to share with you about our case to protect NSW forests and native wildlife.   The bulldozing of forests is driving Australia’s extinction crisis. Yet under the RFA, native forest logging is exempt from federal biodiversity assessment designed to protect nationally threatened species and ecosystems.  The North East NSW Regional…

Birdlife Northern Rivers

Public education plays an important role in what we [Birdlife Northern Rivers] do. We have placed signs at important roosting, feeding and breeding sites from the Tweed River in the north, to the Port Macquarie coast and at inland areas identifying significant Regent Honeyeater habitat. Additional signs, posters and Bird Routes brochures have been developed…

EDO:

“… an important update … Sadly, the court dismissed our arguments, meaning that the approvals are valid, and the loggers are free to move into this still-recovering habitat once again.” “Earlier this year, the Forestry Corporation of NSW began logging the Myrtle and Braemar state forests which provide critical habitat for endangered koalas in the…

Update Regarding Caravan Park proposed on Pottsville Koala habitat

Notice from proponent’s lawyers, 3rd April 2024, an on-site “… conciliation conference under section 34 of the Land and Environment Court Act 1979 (Conciliation Conferen… If the matter is not resolved at the Conciliation Conference, the matter will proceed to a hearing at a date to be fixed.” ———- Development Application no. DA23/0302 (112 sites,…

NCC: “Habitat clearing – the elephant in the bush”

The Nature Conservation Council: “50 million trees. More emissions than Sydney, every year! This is the devastating impact of habitat clearing across NSW.  Help us [NCC, Nature Conservation Council] end this destruction. We are lucky to live amongst some of the most unique and diverse ecosystems on the planet. For tens of thousands of years,…

Black Cockatoo Film and Talk

There is a Black Cockatoo Crisis! Brunswick Valley Landcare present a film fundraiser: ‘Black Cockatoo Crisis – the extinction clock is ticking on our Black Cockatoos.’ Including a short talk on our own Northern Rivers, Glossy Black Cockatoos, and Glossy Squad.

Community Information Session, ‘Cudgen Connection’

Despite this subject development proposal being prohibited on State Significant Farmland (SSF), and promises there would be no further development on the Cudgen Plateau SSF the Cudgen Connection proposed development has come to life yet again. Proposed development: “As you are aware we have a proposal for a $300M+ health, education and essential worker housing precinct for…

Climate Changers film screening & Q&A Regent Theatre Murwillumbah

The film ‘Climate Changers’ follows Australian scientist and conservationist Tim Flannery in his global search for leadership on climate change.  Watch the trailer here (link)  “The screening is part of a national event on September 17th, which will see audiences at more than 30 cinemas across the country watch the film together and join a…

CEC Membership Application

To apply for membership of the Caldera Environment Centre Association: 1. Complete the application form below (note: the form is not an online form, eg download, modify, send to caldera@calderaenvironmentcentre.org). 2. Bank transfer the membership fee (note: use your name in the reference field for the payment). Single $10, Family $15, Under 21yrs $5. Payment…

Zombie Developments: Communities Organise to Stop Developments Approved Decades Ago

Many of these developments were approved decades ago, avoiding environmental, cultural heritage and other impact assessments that are required today. “Communities right along the length of the NSW coast are fighting to protect sensitive coastal bushland and villages from dozens of inappropriate developments that will change our beautiful coast forever if allowed to go ahead.…

What is “ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY”?

Sustainability is … CONTINUABILITY, the ability of something to sustain, to continue. The Environment is … the whole of NATURE, the Ecology, the systems of inter-related, inter-dependent lifeforms on this planet. ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY IS THE ABILITY OF NATURE TO CONTINUE. Nature organically sustains itself through time, naturally regenerating and continuing to exist. For hundreds of…

The Wollumbin Caldera

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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. …

Useful Links:

… Nimbin Environment Centre … North East Forest Alliance, NEFA … Nature Conservation Council of NSW, NCC … Northern Rivers Guardiansn, NRG: [Formally the No Rally Group] … Kyogle Action Group, KAG … Caldera Environment Centre

NEFA: Logging suspended in Myrtle and Braemar State Forests until court case

“The North East Forest Alliance has taken the NSW Forestry Corporation to court in an effort to save the homes of Koalas, and 23 other threatened species, including the Southern Greater Glider, Yellow-bellied Glider, Rufous Bettong, Masked Owl and Squirrel Glider.  NEFA has engaged the Environmental Defenders Office to commence legal proceedings in the NSW…

Terri Nicholson – Caldera Singer-Songwriter

Community member, environmental activist, a singer/songwriter, a natural health practitioner/healer, a deep ecologist. “Growing up in an activist family of rainforest lovers … … I thrive on living close to the land, growing my own food, being able to sink my feet in the grass, to swim in the river, … … I stand for…

World Environment Day Festival 2023

Knox Park Murwillumbah, Sunday July 16th. Hosted by the Caldera Environment Centre in conjunction with community environmental groups from around the region. The event gives local environmental organisations an arena to bring attention to their issues and their actions, plus Guest Speakers, plus performance entertainment.  Our event promotes sustainability and the protection of the natural…

Renew Fest’s 24hr Vigil for Grief, for Love, for the Earth [!]

Renew Fest’s 24hr Vigil for Grief, 4pm Saturday to 4pm Sunday 29th-30th July 2023, Fig Tree Grove, Mullumbimby Showground. This event is a free open-air cathedral, arts-infused, quiet contemplative space to honour and give respect to personal and collective grief and all that grief brings to the fore to feel… to heal… to love… and to…

HISTORIC PROTEST ACROSS COFFS COAST NATIVE FORESTS

Two HSC students have locked themselves to a cement filled barrel and a third HSC student has locked on to logging machinery to prevent logging operations in Orara East State Forest. A few kilometres away in Boambee State Forest two grandmothers have halted logging machinery by locking themselves to the arm of a harvester.  A tree-climber has…

Green drinks and discussion – supporting the CEC

The Stone & Wood Brewery in Byron Bay hosted the July 30th Green drinks and discussion event. This is a bi-monthly social events to bring together like-minded people to have conversations about environmental and social justice issues, a chance to network together to see how we can all be part of the solution to the…

FLYWAYS – The Untold Journey of Migratory Shorebirds, The Regent Theatre, Murwillumbah, SUN June 18, 5:45pm

“Reaching out to let you know of the beautiful new documentary FLYWAYS – The Untold Journey of Migratory Shorebirds, from Award-Winning Australian filmmaker Randall Wood. “FLYWAYS is now touring Australia for a limited season and is playing at The Regent, Murwillumbah, on SUN June 18 @ 5:45pm. Watch the trailer on . “FLYWAYSexplores the extraordinary journey of…

Nightcap National Park

NSWNPWS website: Ground-breaking protests at Terania Creek in the late 1970’s paved the way for the park’s creation and international recognition as a Gondwana Rainforest World Heritage site in 1986. Nightcap National Park’s rainforests are part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, the largest area of subtropical rainforest in the world. They are a…

NCC: Don’t let them log the Great Koala National Park

NCC: “You might have heard that after a decade of community pressure the new Labor government committed to establishing the Great Koala National Park (GKNP). This is great news! [However, … ] The GKNP was developed by leading scientists, ecologists and local environmental groups, who identified the most important areas of koala habitat in NSW. All…

Plastic is a forever molecule

Airborne plastic pollution ‘spiralling around the globe’, study finds.  Microplastics ‘significantly contaminating the air’, scientists warn.  We are ingesting up to a credit card amount of plastic each week  (University of Newcastle).  NIST Study Shows Everyday Plastic Products Release Trillions of Microscopic Particles Into Water.  Around 90% of all river-borne plastic that ends up in…

Win for native forests in Victoria!

EDO: “Great news for forests and wildlife!   This week the Victorian Government announced it will end native forest logging in the State by the end of this year. This is a crucial win for nature and people. Native forests are vital habitat for threatened wildlife, they clean the air we breathe, and are critical…

Historic Legacy Developments

A current Council meeting agenda item is the already approved though not acted upon historical Legacy Development Approvals which would not meet today’s DA requirements, and if anything can be done to bring legacy developments consents into line with current development standards. From the TSC Meeting May 18 Agenda: “The NSW Planning system has created…

Tweed Conservation Zone Review

TS Council are inviting landowners and the community to provide their feedback on the draft Planning Proposal PP23/0001 which is the first in a series of planning proposals that will apply conservation zones across the whole of the Tweed. It proposes to amend the Tweed Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2014 by adding in the planning controls…

Time to stop Logging Koalas to Extinction

NEFA MEDIA RELEASE: The North East Forest Alliance is calling on people to take action to protect one of the most important Koala habitats on the Richmond River Lowlands in response to the Forestry Corporation commencing logging in Braemar State Forest (south of Casino). Four days after the election of the Minns Government the Forestry…

Youth Tweed Event

“Mobilising the Next Generation of Social Innovators.” Wednesday May 31st and Thursday June 1st. Cabriata Beach SLSC. 9am – 4pm.

NEFA LEAF May 2023

The Latest Edition of the North East Forest Alliance NEFA LEAF news update. The most informative publication of what’s going on with native forest protection in our area.  NEFA: “It’s been a huge start to the year with communities rising up to protect what’s left of our precious native forests.  Check out our events below…

Gondwana Going, Going…Gone?

The David Bradbury video, it’s about the fight to protect NSW native forests from logging, it’s about NEFA et al. From Bulga to Gibberagee. “For activists and forest lovers to spread the word about how NSW state forests (and forests throughout Australia) are being so over-logged and trashed by the NSW Forestry Corporation and private…

Regent Movie: The Message of the Lyrebird

Tweed Landcare is hosting a screening of the award-winning film The Message of the Lyrebird.  Lyrebirds hold the history of the forest in their song… but are they now singing the sad story of human encroachment?  Set in a natural wonderland where an exquisite forest faery has been performing astonishing song and dance routines for 18…

Singleton Redbank Native Forest Biomass power station news

Hello [from AFCA]. Just letting you know that [we] spoke to Singleton Council yesterday re Verdant and Redbank. The Council did not know about the removal of NF biomass as an eligible source of renewable energy from the RE Act regs so I sent them the attached announcement from Bowen. Verdant has not submitted a new…