World Environment Day Festival – Knox Park Murwillumbah

UN: “THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A MORE URGENT NEED TO RESTORE DAMAGED ECOSYSTEMS THAN NOW.” UN Secretary General: “Humanity is waging war on nature. This is suicidal. Biodiversity is collapsing. Ecosystems are disappearing before our eyes.” Ecosystems are the systems of inter-related, inter-dependent lifeforms on this planet. This year’s event launched “The UN Decade on…

Public Statement to Au & NSW.gov from AFCA et al [incl. CEC]: “Reject plans by Verdant Technologies to recommission Redbank Power Station.”

We call on the governments of NSW and Australia to reject plans by Verdant Technologies to recommission Redbank Power Station near Singleton and use native forest biomass as fuel.  Redbank operated as a coal-fired power station from 2001 to 2014 when it was mothballed after the company went into receivership.  The new owner, Verdant Technology,…

Your Native Forests Are To Be Used As Furnace Fuel For Electricity

Your Native Forests are to be industrially fed into electricity power station furnaces overseas – to replace the now banned coal – to boil water to turn turbines to make electricity to be used momentarily then it is gone. ‘Somehow’, The European Union have legaly declared that burning Native Forests as coal-replacement fuel for electricity generation…

Hope, Resilience and Healing for Humanity and the Earth – Workshop

A Work that Reconnects workshop at the Chillingham Community Centre on the 23rd of May Time: 8.30am-4.30pm. “We are living through difficult times, witnessing immense growing social injustices and the sixth mass extinction of life on Earth. Many of us feel called to act, and while political engagement is crucial, many are also asking, how do we…

The SEPP 2021 Explained

State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) (Koala habitat Protection) 2021, in the Ministers words:  1. SEPP21 Gets land zoned for primary production or forestry out of the SEPP “Land zoned for primary production or forestry in regional NSW will not be subject to the new SEPP.” 2. SEPP21 Gets the Koala-Habitat-Protection-Laws out of the SEPP  “Koala…

D Day for Koalas

Dailan Pugh, North East Forest Alliance. It is D Day in the Koala Wars, this is the day we need to turn around Koala’s extinction trajectory and begin their recovery. First we need to urgently identify where their core habitat is and then we need to protect it, to save Koalas we need to stop…

Submission – ‘Nightcap on Minjungbul’ (DA21/0010) Caldera Environment Centre

Submission opposing DA21/0010 ‘Nightcap on Minjungbul’. A concept development application (DA) was lodged with Tweed Shire Council on 14 January 2021 over land at 2924, 2956, 2984 and 3222 Kyogle Road, Kunghur & Mount Burrell, hereafter referred to as “the site”. The application seeks approval for: Integrated Development – staged concept development application under s4.22 of…

Local Koala Protest – National Day of Action

MEDIA RELEASENorthern Rivers Guardians Inc. Koala advocates demand Koala habitat protection The clouds parted and the sun was shining on koala advocates who gathered at Knox Park in Murwillumbah on Saturday, for the Northern Rivers Guardians (NRG) hosted #SaveOurKoalas Day of Action. The Murwillumbah event was one of many similar public gatherings scheduled to be held across…

NEFA: Forest Media

NEFA: Forest Media Koalas continue to be the key issue. Kean came under attack from the ALP and the right-wing shock-jocks when it was revealed that he had been strongly advised not to set a target for Koalas before he announced he was going to double their populations. He thought it was good politics. His…

Friends of the Koala, Cudgen Nature Reserve, Caldera Environment Centre Representation to the Member for Tweed, the Hon. Geoff Provest, MP

Conserving and recovering Tweed’s koala populations The issues on which we seek representation:  1. Local Land Services Amendment (Miscellaneous) Bill 2020 – Adverse impact of Private Native Forestry (PNF) Amendments and ‘Allowable Activity Land’ The amendments to the discredited Local Land Services Amendment (Miscellaneous) Bill 2020 not only sought to double the duration for PNF…

North East Forest Alliance Meeting with Geoff Provest

NEFA considers it reprehensible that the NSW Government have refused to approve Tweed Shire Council’s Koala Plan of Management for the past 6 years because they wanted it weakened, even though two Government agencies helped draft it. The National’s Local Land Services Amendment (Miscellaneous) Bill sought to limit accreditation of Koala Plans of Management under…

Bob Brown Foundation: UPDATE 2: “The judgment was against us as the Federal Court decided that the purpose of the RFA Act was not to protect the environment.”

The Bob Brown Foundation campaign and court action to end native forest logging (!), a monumental legal case challenging the regulation of native forest logging.  The Great Forest Case is the best chance in a generation of ending native forest logging.   UPDATE 1:   The Great Forest Case hearings were on 2nd and 3rd of December! The Bob…

NEFA: Forest Media Review

Forest Media Review from the North East Forest Alliance (NEFA)     Burning forests for electricity not on:  The Nambucca Guardian had an in-depth story on biomass (with a focus on Way Way, Newry, Tarkeeth, and Redbank) (citing Michael Jones, Susie Russell, Dailan Pugh).  https://www.nambuccaguardian.com.au/story/7118714/will-nambuccas-forests-be-burnt-for-electricity/   … A group of over 500 international scientists have written to…

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…

TSC Towards Zero Waste Strategy – Have Your Say

Tweed Shire Council Towards Zero Waste Strategy is on exhibition until Wednesday 28 April. The Towards Zero Waste Strategy that aims to guide Council on future actions and targets towards zero waste practices. To view the details, and to have your say about it please visit www.yoursaytweed.com.au/zerowaste at the TSC website.

The Wollumbin Caldera

Caldera pic

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.…

End the subsidies that destroy our forests

NCC: “… we are subsidising the destruction of our remaining native forests. Over the past seven years, we have propped up the uneconomic native forests logging industry to the tune of $79 million.” Taxpayer handouts to destroy the ecology. “End subsidised and unprofitable logging of our public state forests.” Read the full report here.  The NCC…

Australian Native Forests Are To Replace Coal As Furnace Fuel For Electricity

Australian Native Forests are to be industrially fed into electricity power station furnaces overseas – to replace coal – to boil water to turn turbines to make electricity to be used momentarily then it is gone. ‘Somehow’, The European Union have legally declared that burning Native Forests as coal-replacement furnace fuel for electricity generation plants is…

CEC Movie Club: Rob Kooyman – Gondwana, Northern NSW

Rob Kooyman, forest ecologist of note, traces the history of the ancient forests of Gondwana, until now, bringing the focus to the forests here, 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…

UN Secretary General: “Humanity is waging war on nature. This is suicidal.”

“Biodiversity is collapsing. Ecosystems are disappearing before our eyes. Human activities are at the root of our descent toward chaos.” The UN Secretary General listed the human-inflicted wounds on the natural world: the spread of deserts; wetlands lost; forests cut down; oceans overfished and choked with plastic; dying coral reefs; air pollution, … “Next year…

**Newsflash** – HELP PREVENT THE RETURN of the ‘Kill Koala Bill’

Have your say in this quick online submissionbefore the deadline this Friday February 5th! The Nature Conservation Council of NSW is calling for help to prevent the return of the governments “Kill Koala Bill” which is currently being reviewed by a parliamentary committee. We need to keep the government under pressure over koalas so they ditch…

NEFA Weekly Forest News: Forest Media 6

From NEFA [North East Forest Alliance]: We did well with our Kill the Bill demonstrations, with good stories on Prime and NBN, though the National Party’s standard response is that we are ignorant and misguided. Bangalow Koalas also organised a successful event with 50 kids from the Byron Community Primary School. The hypocrisy of Gladys…

Thunberg and Attenborough were 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…

Cutting Down Native Forests on Private Land Draft Codes of Practice

The Draft Private Native Forestry Code of Practice have been open for public submissions. We have read the Draft Codes of Practice, and highlighted the bits of the document for you to read quickly, to focus and save time. It is ‘A permission-booklet for ecologically significant native forests destruction on privately held land.’ For further…

The UN 2020 Fossil Fuel Production Gap Report

The world is ‘doubling down’ on fossil fuels despite the climate crisis. “Between 2020 and 2030, global coal, oil, and gas production would have to decline annually by 11%, 4%, and 3%, respectively, to be consistent with a 1.5°C pathway. But governments’ plans and projections indicate an average 2% annual increase for each fuel. “Continued…

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

  ‘Saving our Rainforests from Fire’ – Expert panel discussion:  Big Scrub Landcare invited 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 free online event…

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…

Local 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…

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…

TSC 18.6.20 Meeting Agenda

Agenda for the Council Meeting – 18 June 2020 on Thursday, 18 June 2020  3:00 PM. The Meeting will be held remotely via Lifestream. Click here to View the Meeting Agenda. Especially noteworthy: 17 REPORTS FROM THE DIRECTOR SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES AND ENVIRONMENT  1. Climate Change Emergency Report Report Note: A revised Climate Change Management Policy is attached to…

Art Auction – “Artists for Climate Online”

Zoom in, to raise funds for the Climate Council! It’s an online auction of art items contributed by fabulous artists from Tweed and Byron Shires. All proceeds will go to The Climate Council. Barry Firth is raising funds for the Climate Council, after joining “Tassie Trek 2020”, a week-long trip through the Tarkine Wilderness, that…

Ancient trees cut down

The government’s own logging corporation has been caught red-handed cutting down giant trees that were earmarked for protection in Wild Cattle Creek State Forest near Coffs Harbour.  This outrageous destruction shows NSW Forestry Corporation can’t be trusted to obey already weak forest protection laws. It’s clear we need to end native forest logging.  This is…

Feeding Forests Into Furnaces To Boil Water To Turn A Turbine To Make Electricity To Use Momentarily And Then It Is Gone

Stop the pollution of the air, it is horrible, stop it. And stop burning “biofuel” for goodness sake. “Bio-Fuel”: Feeding Forests Into Furnaces To Make Electricity. “Bio-Fuel” is burned in furnaces and the pollution released into the air. They lie that biofuel is an ‘ecologically sustainable’ furnace fuel. “Bio-Fuel” is a fraud, a lie, “Bio-Fuel”…

The Million Jobs Plan

Beyond Zero Emissions https://bze.org.au/the-million-jobs-plan/ The Million Jobs Plan is the framework to restore our economy. We’ve mapped out how we can rebuild our nation through practical projects that can restore our economy, modernise our industry, reskill our workforce and deliver a bright and secure economic future. We’ve identified seven key sectors across our economy where…

ACTIVE HOPE AND RESILIENCE IN A TIME OF CRISIS

A community event held by Extinction Rebellion Tweed Valley. We are living through difficult times that have only gotten harder the last six months as we face regular new waves of social and environmental crises. In this time we are witnessing immense growing social injustices and the sixth mass extinction of life on Earth. Many…

NSWG Plastic Plan

The NSWG Plastic Plan speaks of redesign laws and fairly lightweight ban promises, not very impressive given the situation we are now in regarding plastic. “If this, … “If this, … ” is an awardee of The Caldera Environment Centre ‘Ecological Arts For Information Merit Award’.