EnvironmentLocal

A stroll on Stockon seawall shows us a secret or

A common rat or a whimsical and smart rakali? Meet Chontelle. . . . From dolphins, sea turtles and whales, to crows, terns, pelicans and seagulls, many different creatures can be seen along the Stockton Breakwall, in Newcastle, NSW. But look closely, the more commonly seen – and controversial – sight along the Stockton Breakwall […]

EnvironmentPolitics

“ANTI” ENVIRONMENT MINISTER SIGNS DEATH WARRANT FOR OUR ENVIRONMENT

To those who were paying attention, Graeme Samuels’s interim review into environmental protection laws was a sombre warning. The essential message the veteran  investigator sought was a simple one. The current regime was not working – native flora and fauna were not being conserved, habitat was in an overall state of decline, under increasing threat […]

EnvironmentLocal

FIGHTING FOR THE FOREST

Rainforest ecologist, Les Mitchell has formed a  local environment group, No Electricity from Forests (NEFF), and he believes that recent logging by the NSW Forestry Corporation (FC) has caused serious damage to endangered subtropical rainforest in the Camden Haven River catchment of Comboyne State Forest west of Kendall. As proposals to intensively harvest eucalypts in […]

EnvironmentHistory

We continue to lose our past

So Reconciliation Week has come and gone – and also gone is 46,000 years worth of priceless history pulverised by Rio Tinto in the Juukan Gorge.  An unfortunate error, apparently – the merciless miner didn’t really know what it was doing, and although some of the indigenous locals asked it to desist, it had already […]

EnvironmentNotices

REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE and RECOVERING FROM FIRE

The decisions we make about how we manage our land will tell a story for years to come. Most landholders would agree that they want their land to be healthy; I, at least, have never met a farmer or property owner who wants their property to degrade and lose ecological or financial value.  But do […]

Beyond the ValleyEnvironment

THE DELIBERATE KILLING OF KOALAS

Why would anybody want to cruelly kill Koalas on a private landholding? Cape Bridgewater, is a scenic pristine wilderness at the end of the Great Ocean Road, in Victoria, near to the South Australian border, one of the highlights for locals and tourists on their vacation trips into “real” Australia.  Cape Bridgewater and Bridgewater Bay, […]

EnvironmentLocal

KOALAS NOT OUT OF THE WOODS Is the Platypus next?

We start the decade on a grim note; so far over 8 to 10 million hectares devastated by fire and a billion animals killed. Many of the surviving now threatened species only have small amounts of habitat left. We’ve lost more mammals than any nation on earth.  But what to do. Ecologists like Professor James […]

EnvironmentPeopleYour say

Your Say

Dear Di I hope that you and your loved ones have been safe through this spring and summer of unnatural smoke and fire. It is hard not to be swallowed up by grief and rage as the country we love is burned around us and our once blue-skies turn red, brown and black. These are unnatural disasters; […]

EnvironmentLocalPeoplePolitics

SO IT’S UP TO US FOLKS!

We have a government led by a Prime Minister in denial that anything is wrong. His sales pitch and hype is hitting a sour note. Not to mention the secrecy. For a marketing man he has a tin ear. Not that it matters much. Few of us are listening any more. We are struggling like […]

Beyond the ValleyEnvironmentLocalPolitics

OUR WINGHAM BRUSH IS DYING

If ever there was an indication of the dire straits we are in as a result of drought caused by Climate Change, it’s right here.  The Wingham Brush, drawcard to the Manning Valley, is critically drought-stressed from the worst drought so far recorded.  362.2 mm to date for this year – way, way worse than 1994’s […]

EnvironmentLocal

OUR KOALAS RULE… OK?

It is only the start of our summer and the loss of habitat from bushfires in our region and elsewhere, particularly in eastern Australia, is profound. Bushfire experts, like Professor Ross Bradstock, University of Wollongong is advising that worse is yet to come. And the focus has fallen on Koalas. All of us are acutely […]

EnvironmentHistoryLocal

BIGHT CEMETERY COVER-UP?

Almost six months have now elapsed and the residents of the Wingham and indeed the broader MidCoast community, particularly those who have family in cemeteries throughout the LGA, are still no wiser as to how such a desecration of their cemetery, with over 60 headstones callously “laid down” could have occurred and indeed who was […]