Posts Tagged ‘Northern Rivers’

Kings Forest Cobakai Lakes Proposals – clearing the house

March 25, 2009

Monkey wonders why Phantom Koalas threatened friends at Kings Forest arent as popular to save by the people, as the monkey on the front page of the Sydney Morning Herald

Monkey wonders why Phantom Koala’s threatened friends at Kings Forest aren’t as popular to save by the people, as Taronga Zoo’s little Francois Langur monkey on the front page of the Sydney Morning Herald this week – “Why Me” :  Corina Smith’s animal advocacy photos, taken in China.

As a piscean monkey, I can relate to this picture (above) that my friend took in China a few years back.This regards the future of the animals that now live in the Kings Forest area. If Kings Forest and Cobakai Lakes developments should go ahead, then the animals that live there, as part of their habitat range, will be, in effect, imprisoned, like the monkey above!!

This will occur, should development be allowed to proceed, and the required lifelines to the threatened species become cut, altered, threatened, cleared or overwhelmed by infrastructure and golf course/development, catchments alteration and traffic.

Here is a mini clearinghouse for Bluecray’s “Kings Forest Proposals” Articles.

Links to the abandoned Francois Langur Monkey – “Francois Langur monkeys subsist mainly on leaves with fruit, buds, flowers, seeds, stems and bark providing supplements. They drink very little water”

Wildlife leaves Glyphosate Bank – finds refuge in Organic Garden

March 22, 2009

21-03-2009Previous Bluecray articles have dealt with consequences of using herbicides in land stewardship. I have written these stories around Butterflies, Rufous Bettongs, Goannas and Frogs. The stories have links below.

However, there are many small animals (vertebrate and non vertebrate) that inhabit the weedy areas of the Mt Warning Caldera Region.  Some of these weed infested areas are often chosen for active land management , such as revegetation, habitat enhancement and enforced weed management.

I would like to say more about glyphosate and lantana management.

There is a trend to mass spray herbicides to manage the threat of Lantana, as it overtakes poorly managed land throughout SE QLD and NE NSW and much of Australia. This is being done in the name of BIODIVERSITY, habitat restoration and healing the land. However, the irony of it all, is that the acts of clearing, herbicide use and mass “management” actions, unless followed up immediately by vigilant seeding, planting, stock management and general land stewardship, will create more areas of threatened biodiversity and more areas of “weed”.

weeds.org.au – An Australian Weeds Committee National Initiative – Weeds PORTAL

Weeds.org.au – about John Thorp – policy and weed strategy directions

The Dynamics of Lantana camara Invasion of subtropical Rainforest in SE Queensland  by Daniel Stock – at Australian Digital Thesis Program (Griffith University 2005)

Macleay’s Swallowtail – a beautiful green and brown butterfly – bluecray.org

Philosophy of Environmental Destruction in the Name of Healing -bluecray.org

Litoria species – a little Frog of Wetlands, Forests and Woodlands – Habitat Care and Stewardship – bluecray Balance of Faeries blog

PK & Litoria look for Rufous Bettong – a threatened species listed as vulnerable by the NSW Government – bluecray Balance of Faeries blog

Rufous Bettong and the Glyphosate Bank – bluecray.org

PK and Litoria look for Rufous Bettong, and on the way, meet up with Goanna – bluecray Wisdom in the Land blog

Goanna leaves the glyphosate Bank, the butterflies leave too – bluecray Wisdom in the Land blog

Why Goanna left the Glyphosate Bank - bluecray.org

Growing by Organics – Food Gardens and Sharing – bluecray Wisdom in the Land blog

Land and Water Stewardship in the Mt Warning Caldera Region  – food for thought – bluecray.org

 

The Mt Warning Caldera Region has many disturbed, poorly managed lands and waterways. Lantana, Camphor Laurel and many other "weed" species abound. There is a trend for revegetation projects, (land for Wildlife, landcare, caring for our country etc) to incorporate herbicide spraying into the projects. Many projects are along waterways.

The Mt Warning Caldera Region has many disturbed, poorly managed lands and waterways. Lantana, Camphor Laurel and many other "weed" species abound. There is a trend for revegetation projects, (land for Wildlife, landcare, caring for our country etc) to incorporate herbicide spraying into the projects. Many projects are along waterways.

Kings Forest Project Development – sleepless days & nights to come for endangered species

March 15, 2009

KINGS FOREST (near Kingscliff):

Infrastructure and community planning for the coast of NE NSW – now in the hands of those behind the closed doors of the Department of Planning’s King’s Forest submission’s review reveals a substantial threat to wildlife and the sustainability for future populations in the Northern Rivers of New South Wales, Australia.

A letter ,in the Tweed Shire Echo this week (12th March, 2009), outlines very clearly the lack of caring by Developer Industry Planning for Land and future generations of residents on the North East Coast of NSW.

Threatened species that have been left to survive in the remaining State Significant Site are further being imprisoned, on all sides, by development that is of massive proportions.

Whilst the gate is now shut on the development submissions for this Kings Forest Project by ” Leda “, I suggest, also, that the gate has shut for Leda.

The   Caldera Environment Centre in NE NSW, Australia shows insights,  in their submission to the NSW Government and objection to the planned Kings Forest and Cobakai Lakes Development , summing up  the King’s Forest Project situation very clearly. You should have a read of this Submission HERE.

(It is a shame that the write of that submission is not the one person who get’s to make the all important decision regarding this NSW State Significant site – because then, these threatened species could at least have some solitude, peace and rest in their threatened habitats.)

Here are a few more news Articles concerning  Leda and community response to their “proposed” development of the State Significant site in the Northern Rivers.

“The Trick in the Tweed : take a good look at the Lie of the land” - Sydney Morning Herald Feb 8th 2003 – some interesting history about the Kings Forest site 1970’s-2003

“Development yields nothing but a crop of litigation” – Sydney Morning Herald Nov. 8th 2004

9th Nov 2007 ” Leda ordered to remediate illegally cleared land” Nov 9th 2007 Gold Coast City Council

“Leda’s 7 Billion Dollar sale of two cities” – goldcoast.com.au Dec. 20th 2008

“Friends call for action on Tweed Koala Population” – The Far North Coaster online Magazine Feb. 15th 2009

“Developments Uncertain” – tweednews.com.au Feb. 17th 2009

“Planned township threat to Koalas” – Tweed Daily News Mar. 10th 2009

“Letters to the Editor –  Rape of Species” – Tweed Shire Echo Mar. 12th 2009

If you have had enough reading, then you maybe could stop here……otherwise, read on, as I have more to say regarding the MYTH of LEDA.

Phantom Koala (PK) worries about his cousins in Kings Forest, and how they will make it through the night, when the other wildlife goes and the cars and people come

Phantom Koala (PK) worries about his cousins in Kings Forest, and how they will make it through the night, when the other wildlife goes and the cars and people come

I would like to comment on the above Tweed Shire Echo letter,  regarding mythology and stories:-

The Swan can have many different metaphysical connotations.

LEDA:

In modern economic times, the idea of the black swan has a particular relation to “The Black Swan” (author –  Nassim Nicholas Taleb) . There is an interview here about the current economic global climate……. theory of the black swan..is.. a bit like expect the unexpected.

Regarding the LEDA Mythology:-

1. Leda has another dimension- the four children. Four offspring by her not so pleasant creative experiences.

2. Leda had her four offspring from two eggs, after being raped by Zeus ( who had disguised himself as a SWAN) :-

But, as is the way with myths – and business deals – it is more complex than that!

3.  Castor and Clytemnestra’s father was Tyndareus.   Pollux and Helen’s (Helen of Troy) father was Zeus.

4.  Of the four offspring of LEDA, One child is ALWAYS immortal – Polydeuces or Pollux.

THE CHILDREN (creative offspring):

Clytemnestra – alternating between weak and pathetic then ruthless and manipulative.

Helen (of Troy), one of the children, reminds us of pride and lack of foresight when one wants to just go ahead and DO IT!!! – a side that, should “hubris” take charge, then pity the outcome –

The Heavenly Twins : Castor and Pollux – we know them as the constellation Gemini . Horses, art, literature and pugnaciousness are associated with the Twins.  The Planet Mercury is identified with these Twins. Ptolemy regarded the stars in the feet of these two cosmic children as portraying sickness, trouble, disgrace and affliction to the knees.

Should the children’s (offspring or creative outcome of Leda) little feet run about to places where conflict is great, they can become become argumentative and unearth disgrace – then these “children” can become somewhat argumentative. One of these children, being immortal, WILL ARGUE FOREVER! – The tenacious Polydeuces (Pollux)

5. Cygnus – the Swan Constellation and basis for much Mythology:-

  • Denebe adige (alpha cygnus) is a brilliant white star in the tail of the swan.
  • Denebe adige With Sun and Mars above the earth, and the Moon at the same time with Procyon (25 Cancer), death by the bite of a mad dog. [Robson*, p.159.] from : Constellations of Words ** see below
  • Other stars in Cygnus are: – Sador (the breast); Azelfafage (the foot); Albireo (the beak)to name a few.
  • Cygnus is associated with the Hebrew letter “resh” and the tarot card “judgement
  • Apollo is the “god” who holds the SWAN sacred. Apollo is also about the Sun, much Power and worldly Prestige. Apollo is the Son of Zeus and LETO.
  • As Zeus had a habit of having twins, Apollo also had a TWIN – ARTEMIS – or DIANA – the Protector of Wild Animals, Children and Fertility.

6. The children of the FALSE Swan and LEDA therefore have a number of different “human” stories to tell us. They tell us about our

  • manipulative (but on the surface-compliant) natures (Clytemnestra)
  • tendency to be struck down from the “heights” when we become to “full”of our own importance and power (Helen)
  • ability to enjoy the finer things in life to the full and recreate enthusiastically (Castor)
  • ability to dig in deep and stand our ground – to the end and beyond (Pollux)

When the Tweed Shire Council’s Tweed Link  – ISSUE 594 DECEMBER 16, 2008 ISSN 1327-8630 – came out, and it displayed the Advertising of the Leda  Major Developments at Kings Forest and Cobaki Lakes with their related NSW Department of Planning NOTICE, the Astrology of the day was quite interesting!.

Asad and Deneb Adige

Asad and Deneb Adige

**The Sun and Mars were conjunct and the MOON was conjunct the fixed star Procyon (25Cancer) on the previous day (Dec. 15th 2008). Now, I guess that Leda do not employ an astrologer for their business timing. They may have been in too bigger rush, trying  to have the Proposal go before the public over the Christmas period,  to notice how inauspicious their “heavenly timing” was.

Or failing that, they may have employed a rather dodgy astrologer?Because that timing of release is very indicative of a failure in the project, failure to meet with public approval, and also indicates –  eventual public downfall, disgrace and possibly even the odd “bite” by those who previously have shown loyalty to them.

“A preliminary investigation of the distribution of koalas and their potential habitat in the Tweed Shire, and implications for management”  by Judy Faulks . Find article at – Australian Zoologist, June 1991 Vol. 27(1 & 2)

PK & Litoria look for Rufous Bettong – a threatened species listed as vulnerable by the NSW Government

March 6, 2009

There are 25 threatened marsupials in NSW – (NSW  Government Threatened Species). The Rufous Bettong is one of these threatened species.

I share some mutual habitat with a Rufous Bettong that lives nearby,  in Upper Burringbar, NE NSW.  Thickets of vegetation, old fallen tree logs, a  variety of niches to  set up a nesting spot and stay for a while to live. This  could definitely be appealing to a Rufuous Bettong

PK & Litoria learn from Goanna how the Grass got sick, and that Rufous Bettong has moved

PK & Litoria learn from Goanna how the Grass got sick, and that Rufous Bettong has moved

The gully and surrounding land is part of  this Rufous Bettong’s territory. Its home and backyard.  This land was sprayed last year with glyphosate. Since then, the tall grass has died and fallen over. 

Hortico Weed Killer  360 Concentrate   Material Safety Data Sheet  (MSDS SHEET) = GLYPHOSATE  MSDS

The pathways and resting spots of other small animals that lived there were more  apparent for a while after the spraying. Eventually the wildlife  re-adapted their travel and lifestyles.  The changing of the landscape can have many consequences.

The dead thatched layer of this sprayed gully was quite high, and opened up  in places.

The Rufous Betong had nested in one such thatched area  when I walked next to it. I disturbed the Bettong and  gave it a fright.

Extracting itself from the undergrowth, it thumped away very quickly. Poor dear Rufous Bettong!

Lesson 1 :  Aepyprymnus rufescens -RUFOUS BETTONG  * =  beautiful!!!

 lesson 2 : sudden change and human traffic can cause stress to a vulnerable animal… a threatened species listed animal – marsupial… one of 25 listed little darlings

lesson 3 : Rufous Betong , one of 25 threatened Marsupials in NSW  RUFOUS BETTONG  – vulnerable marsupial species listing in NSW

Rufous Bettong distribution and vegetation association – Northern Rivers, New South Wales

NSW Environmental Legislation   

Rufous Bettong at the Marsupial Society of Australia  

bluecray.org  : see original article here, with more Threatened Species links :  Rufous Bettong and the Glyphosate Bank

bluecray search engine : Rufous Bettong  

bluecray Regional Environmental News – Mt Warning Caldera  SEARCH : Rufous Bettong

Litoria species – a little Frog of Wetlands, Forests and Woodlands – Habitat Care and Stewardship

March 4, 2009

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Litoria species of frogs occur throughout the Mt Warning (Wollumbin) Caldera Region of NE NSW & SE QLD.   Byron Shire, in the Northern Rivers of NSW has many lowlands, wetlands, small catchments, remnant forest ecosystems and development and vegetation / habitat clearing pressures. Tweed Shire , in the Northern Rivers of NSW, the same. Both Shires have lowland estuarine and swamp (high water table) vegetation communities that can often have their water tables changed by inappropriate development. The re-shaping of catchments, and thus ground water flows and sedimentation areas, can have far reaching consequences for our beautiful East Coast Australian Frogs.

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Litoria Species do not always need to live in the low wetland areas. some can be found higher up, on perched water table areas, wet and dry rainforests – indeed anywhere that there is clean water and habitat condusive to breeding and living successfully as a frog.

The little Frog in the photos is Litoria latopalmata, from what I can work out.

Lets have a look at some websites about this beautiful little frog:

Gold Coast City Council – Litoria latopalmata    a photo

Native animals of the Gold Coast’s eucalypt forests and woodlands Google HTML doc  of the PDF  

Native animals living in or near creeks and rivers of the Gold Coast (Gold Coast City Council) Google HTML doc of the PDF

The frogs of NSW Wetlands at NSW Department of Natural Resources  

Litoria latopalmata (Broad Palmed Frog) at Amphibiaweb : distribution, photos, links, specimen search

Call and video list on Amphibiaweb   

Litoria latopalmata at Frogs Australia Network – Australian Frog Database   

ICUN Redlist of threatened species :  Broad-Palmed Rocket Frog – Litoria latopalmata  

Australian Government Action Plan for Frogs “Checklist of Australian Frogs”      

A survey of the frogs of Nixon and Little Nerang Creeks adjacent to the proposed Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk route. 2005  googleHTML doc for the same PDF at the EPA Queensland  Government  (Environmental Protection Agency QLD)

Australian Faunal Directory   at  the     Australian Biological Resources Study  –  web page for    Species Litoria latopalmata Günther, 1867 (Broad-palmed Frog, Gunther’s Frog)

Amphibian’s Keepers LicenceNSW Government – Google HTML Doc

Wetland Link :  Wetland Management tools for NSW  and some legislative info? 

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bluecray frog links  

bluecray Regional Environmental News Search – Mt Warning Caldera  Litoria latopalmata – search

bluecray.org   : more photos of the little (Litoria sp. ) frog here

NSW Department of Water & Energy  

NSW Department of Primary Industries   

NSW Department of Environment & Climate Change   

NSW Department of Lands

Australian Frog Calls, Subtropical Eastern Australia - by David Stewart 

 

I found this little frog in a bucket, that was left outside last night. I put the little frog into the wettest, most protected part of the garden, and it hopped away

I found this little frog in a bucket, that was left outside last night. I put the little frog into the wettest, most protected part of the garden, and it hopped away

PK (Phantom Koala) ponders past Pottsville for Food

March 2, 2009

Phantom Koala journeys up the Tweed Coast, in the Northern Rivers of NSW (NE NSW, Australia). Miraculously, he has crossed the Pacific Highway near Mooball, and he is on his way to meet with his family and friends near Kings Forest.

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Phantom Koala, facing off with the Moneybags, as he negotiates his way north, from beyond Pottsville towards Kings Forest.  

Meanwhile, Chin Ting  (the Dragonfly) is confident that the Estuarine areas of the Tweed Coastline will not be forgotten. She points out to PK that rising sea levels will change this coastline in the future, and hopefully there will be enough wetland remnants to re-populate the rising watertables and wetlands areas of the beautiful catchments along the lowlands.

PK asks Chin Ting  about the Catchments here, on the Tweed Coast, and what are the best estuarine vegetation lines to follow. He is concerned because everything keeps changing so suddenly. His head is beginning to spin.

Chin Ting says ” I guess no one has told you what is going on! You must learn to pay attention! Those trees are going soon, these ones are staying, these ones will die back from changed water table levels, and the trees further on were cleared yesterday AND, this water table is changing, this water hole is going, that area is designated road, and soon there will be thousands of people there, as well!!!” .  No one knows what the quality of the underground water table is like and your cousins, 21 times removed, down in Victoria,  are still making the headlines in  fire news, all over the world”.

The little dragonfly is gasping, glowing with anticipation ……

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PK’s head spins even more.

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Chin Ting Continues, a wave of enthusiasm causing her to glow brightly in the sunlight…”Yes PK, times are changing, but no one’s keeping up, and everyone is pretending that they are.  Everybody is concerned about the world, but saying development must go one…. like.. “always something cooking, but nothings in the pot”…. oh dear, that makes me think of the Catchment Management, Regional Planning and Developmental Planning Workshops……..and the meetings with moneybags.”

“Lets get going, it’s a long journey ahead, and since we have no newspapers, Geospatial Information or maps and departmental planning reports to read – let alone understand or believe, we don’t know what is going on up ahead, and the weather looks like it is going to change, again!”

Organic Gardening and Growing the Biosphere

February 22, 2009

Organic Gardening , growing food with love and respect for the environment, dates back further than the history of writing. Once the different cultures of the world became agrarian, they began to settle and accumulate wealth. This wealth took on differing forms, and today, much of this wealth supports entire sections of our society.

Running through this history is the legacy of growing food organically. This legacy is extremely old, sustainable and healthy. It is based on living with biodiversity, water conservation and practical plant breeding and cultivation. Scientific knowledge has enhanced Organic Growing on many levels, however, it has also unwittingly caused the demise of much organic growing throughout the world.

I have just been for a short journey up to the Beechmont Plateau (Mt Warning Caldera Region), in the hinterland of the Gold Coast, Queensland. There are quite a few Organic Growers around Beechmont, and in the surrounding area.The Beech Mountain General Store has a nice range of Quality Organic food, and dotted along the roadside are a number of produce outlets.  Some practice Permaculture principles, some simple organics, some sell the food to the public on the Beechmont Plateau and others grow and collect seed for the industry.

pk_goes_to_beechmont_markets1PK on his way to the Beechmont Markets – across roadways, fences, cleared land and new developments – he finally makes it!!!

The organics industry is not only for food. It is also for textiles, beauty products, herbs and medicines, fodder crops, land restoration and habitat management to mention a few things.

Back in the 1980’s, I was lucky enought to meet with the Brisbane Organic Growers. Their founding members were an inspiration to me, full of knowledge, sharing and practical stories. Before, and since that time, many other organic groups have started up.  About the same time, I started meeting permaculture enthusiasts and bio-dynamic growers. All growers echoed similar principles of respect, love and natural increase for the land they worked with.  Permaculture offers a wider range of sustainable options to just organic growing -Permaculture is about sustainable lifestyle and much much more.

From then, I have watched the evolution of the Organic Standards across Australia, the melding into mainstream society of organic growing and the contrasting, very mainstream “traditional growing” of the Agricultural Chemical Industry, high energy input, monoculture, water intensive farming practices that still make up the mainstay of Australian agricultural and horticultural industries.

The more natural, time proven method of growing “organically” helps create more life force in the biosphere, by building up the soil and it’s humus, the natural systems about the growing area and keeping networked people close in the natural system

The less natural method – by far the most common type practiced in Australia, helps destroy the life force in the biosphere, based on extensive machinery cultivation, soil destruction, weed & pest chemical warfare, genetic modification and alientation from the smaller natural systems closeby.

It is easy to be trapped by the latter system – decades of education have sustained it.  Easy wealth and pride have championed it.  Science has condoned it and further been made rich by it.  There are many farmers (corporate, community, family, individual and small scale) who are trapped by it’s methods, beliefs, quick fix mentality and prestige.

 

It is not hard to change from one method to the other. Nature backs the organic way. Nature leads us back to the organic way.  Urbanised social systems and leaders (economics etc)back the other way. Now, I know who I would put my money on, in this regard. 

Yes, I would back nature over urbanised social economics any day for best practice sustainable outcomes.  There is a growing population of people supporting Organics and the Industries that support Organic Farming.

Each time you buy a spray, run a machine, over irrigate, and consume, consume, you are eating away at nature:-

  • by subsidising chemical companies and their stranglehold on non biodiverse seed crops:
  • by subsidising a petrochemical industry that has a history of environmental degradation that is almost unsurpassed;
  • by using water that is stored and diverted for irrigation purposes, thus justifying more and more large dams;
  • by giving your money and power to giant industries that control genetic manipulation, you support constant release of new and often dangerous new chemicals into the food chains of earth;

These above practices are furthering the myth of prestige through large industry, machine and landholdings.

 You are, in short, giving your money to the people who are not very well educated in sustainable ways and land custodianship, and expecting them to take care of you, in return.

With organics, you are subsidising nature, often subsiding local community, creating a healthier planet and showing by example that it can be done this way. You are helping nature in growing the biosphere.

Now, don’t get me wrong – Science has alot to offer – valuable learnings, recipes, methods, machines : HOWEVER……..I shall back nature over the monocultured/genetically modified/irrigation , chemical and machine intensive system any day! 

Some useful LINKS:

Seed Savers Network 

Select Organic – seeds for home gardeners

Organic Food Directory : Regional Organic Groups

Gold Coast Organic Farmers Market : location, times, articles, information

Threeworlds Organic Pizza Mermaid Beach Gold Coast, Qld Australia

Biological Farmers of Australia – Australia’s largest representative Organic Body: increasing consumer awareness of organic food and supporting  growth of local food economies

Demeter Bio-Dynamic Agriculture in Australia – 

  • The Bio-Dynamic Agricultural Association of Australia (BDAAA) : farmer based advisory organisation for commercial producers 
  • The Bio-Dynamic Research Institute (BDRI) : Organic and Bio-Dynamic Certification Organisation responsible for the DEMETER Trademark (Australian Accredited).
  • Biodynamic Marketing Co. Ltd. (BDMC) : Distributes Bio-Dynamic produce to Australian consumers and facilitates export

National Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Australia  -Australian and International Organic Certifier : resources, networks, links, steps to organic certification

Organic Research Group -Links for Organic Research ( University of New England, Armidale, NSW, Australia)

Organic Growers of Australia  – links and more

You Pick It – Farms & Roadside stalls at Organic Food Directory – Australia – find food by location, learn more about Organics and reasons to become Organic or support the Organic Industry 

EcoDirectory : food, farming, blogging, organics and alot more

USA : National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service : Market Gardening – A Start Up Guide . Although in USA, this site still offers relevent info for starting up a market garden

Finding a market in Mt Warning Caldera Region (NE NSW & SE QLD) : you can try some of the following links to locate a market in this region-

Qld Department of Primary Industries & Fisheries 

NSW Department of Primary Industries and Associated Agencies


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