Environment

OUR STAR TURTLE GOES HOLLYWOOD

The clear cool waters of the Manning catchment are home to our very own Manning River turtle.  Around six years ago the public profile of this reclusive and ancient creature was promoted by Manning Clean Water Action Group as part of the protest movement against coal seam gas extraction at Gloucester.   Soon turtle images […]

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TURNING CREATIVITY TO WILDLIFE CONSERVATION

Sue Liu is an artist, author, communications professional, and community builder from Sydney. As an artist and communicator she wants to foster an enduring appreciation to help save Australia’s threatened wildlife and their habitats. She started drawing only in 2019 after scuba diving in Sydney, interacting with sea animals and discovering the beauty of so […]

EnvironmentPolitics

SCOTT MORRISON’S GAS PLAN IS AN ARROGANT, IRRESPONSIBLE DISASTER

John Hewson These days, the only commercial role for new gas projects is for small-scale back up.  The only rival to the arrogance of Morrison’s gas-led recovery strategy is its irresponsibility. So much for evidence-based policy as a foundation for good, responsible government. There is no evidence to support the expansion of gas-fired generation in […]

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A LOSS BEYOND COMPREHENSION

Shakepeare said: “Tis the sport to have the engineer hoist with his own petard.” And indeed, there is some satisfaction in seeing the petard that hoisted the Juukan Gorge also sending some of Rio Tinto’s top brass flying out of the executive wing. The three chief miners had already lost their bonuses in the usual […]

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THE ENERGY COMMONS

Ashley DawsonWe need a rapid and just transition beyond fossil fuels. We are only going to get such a transition if we can wrench control of our energy systems out of the hands of profit-seeking corporations with a strong stake in continuing business as usual.  The struggle for democratic control over energy production, distribution, and […]

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THIS IS THE FIRST STEP… NOW IT HAS TO GO

The Federal Court delivered final orders for an historic win for Friends of Leadbeater’s Possum that protects the forests from logging! Although the court reached its conclusion in this case in May, it had not yet decided how the judgement would apply practically.  Now Justice Mortimer’s orders grant final injunctions to protect the 66 areas of forest home […]

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A FLOURISHING OF FUNGI

Words and Images by Alison Pouliot We live in a strange new world. Despite the unforeseen scenarios of the pandemic, fish are returning to rivers and smog layers are lifting. Nature could well be celebrating global lockdowns. As the earth powers down, new possibilities arise. It is also a time of incredible opportunity. With travel […]

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MEET EVIE… A VOICE FOR THE FUTURE. (LOOK OUT GRETA!)

This is a speech Taree student Evie Wood McGuire gave at a recent climate change rally.  “My name is Evie Wood McGuire, I am 12 years old and I am speaking on behalf of the people of tomorrow, the people who will have to live on an exhausted planet.  Despite climate change becoming more obvious […]

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COVETED CUTE KOALA COSY!

Cheyne Flannagan has been Clinical Director of Port Macquarie Koala Hospital for 20 years and will soon be moving into a new role setting up a wild koala breeding programme.   She acquired this tea cosy some years back and we think it or similar would make a wonderful fundraising item.  Just throwing it out there […]

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STEPPING ON THE GAS – HE WHO PAYS THE PIPER…

The current special interest push for gas and fuel infrastructure defies common sense, and is directly against our national interests. John Hewson There have been recent media reports that the commission advising the Morrison government on its COVID recovery strategy has recommended that taxpayers provide massive support to build gas and fuel infrastructure. However, Australia […]

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FOREST FIGHT JUST STARTING…

A year ago there were fires burning on the North Coast and the forests of the mid-north coast were already tinder dry. Come November, several fires started by dry lightning strikes got the wind behind them and raced through the landscape. In the village of Elands on the Bulga Plateau we were told to evacuate […]

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ANCIENT GIANTS REDUCED TO CHINESE PAPER

This is Victoria. Sadly it’s happening everywhere.  When more than 90% of wood logged out of Victoria’s Critically Endangered Mountain Ash forests is pulped for paper and cardboard, there’s something wrong. State logging agency VicForests is forced to deliver at least 300,000 cubic metres of native forest logs to paper and cardboard producers Opal Australian […]