Posts Tagged ‘Tweed’

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)

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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!”

Kings Forest, Koalas and NSW Planning Laws

March 1, 2009

The Kings Forest Residential Development, (Tweed shire, NE NSW, Australia), as seen by the developer (Leda) planning documents, is extremely inappropriate and threatening to already threatened species. The Kings Forest Residential Development, as stands, IS indeed potentially very damaging. 21 threatened species, their restricted and already fragmented habitats, their vulnerability, their capacity to survive intense non sustainable development practices testify to this.

The humble Australian Koala is only one of these species.

The Kings Forest Development (Leda Group) shows us some interesting facts about the “perceived right of way” by developers concerning inappropriate development of sensitive areas on the Far North Coast of New South Wales.

The EDO (Environmental Defenders)  has highlighted that  Part 3A of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979   has resulted in “The limited capacity for members of the community, or even other environmental agencies, to have their voice heard and the reduced rights to seek justice in the Land and Environment Court also suggest that the NSW Government considers that development ranks ahead of the environment, whether that development is sustainable or not“.

The Australian Government, in its wisdom, chose to not list the Koala as a threatened species, although documents show that the Koala is increasingly under pressure within the North Coast region of NSW.  Why did Australia chose to be part of the Agenda 21?

Kings Forest is  a powerful place. Generations of spiritual  guardians, and land custodians have held this place in a natural heritage beauty and sustainable biodiverse capacity and resilience for  thousands of years.  The taking away of even small biodiverse components from an area, so fragmented and isolated now, and, as other developments increase within and about it, will result in an immediate lack of biodiversity and cultural heritage significance.

However, I suspect, that bigger wheels are in play here. And while the big wheels of government and money turn powerfully, the biggest wheel of all is nature.

Kings Forest Kingscliff  Tweed Development Planning Documents for perusal and comment ( due 2nd March 2009) 

Development project threatens second largest Koala Colony in Tweed Shire – candobetter.org ** this is a good article to help you understand this development, with contact details for the project and some great Koala info

Kings Forest – public submissions conclude tomorrow (2nd March 2009)– bluecray.org  – article and links

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.  

Kings Forest Development threatens 21 species of THREATENED FAUNA – bluecray.org – article and more links

Kings Forest Development ( by Leda ), The NSW State Government, and Part 3A of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 – will it cause a change in NSW Environmental Planning Laws? – full article at bluecray.org

Little Bat finds NE NSW Coast Lifestyle, near Kings Forest to much to survive in

Little Bat finds NE NSW Coast Lifestyle, near Kings Forest to much to survive in

This little Bat in the above photo is a consequence of development – dead on the doorstep of a duplex in the housing development west of Pottsville, Tweed Shire. With 21 threatened fauna species threatened even more byLeda and the development proposed, what will be the costs, if all that stands between them, and survival, is documents written, verbal provisions made and “intentions”  outlined, when the bulldozers and engineering machinery move into Kings Forest and further develop this area?

“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)

Phantom Koala and the Roadworks

February 4, 2009

 

PK travels to Mt Warning, and on the way he meets up with Chin Ting, the dragonfly, who gives PK a Warning!!!

PK travels to Mt Warning, and on the way he meets up with Chin Ting, the dragonfly, who gives PK a Warning!!!

Koalas of the Tweed Shire in the  Mt Warning Caldera Region, NE NSW, Australia travel throughout the land sometimes by tree, but more often by walking and running  across the ground. 

Some of the obstacles and stresses Koalas meet in the Tweed Shire are:-

You can help Koalas of the Tweed Shire / Mt Warning Calder Region by :

Here are a few more links to some interesting Koala –  Phascolarctos cinereus –  Information and Educational Websites and articles:-

I have included the following few Electricity Power LINKS as often, these vast networks of Electricity Corridors hold keys to where future developments and roads may go, as well as, like main arterial road networks, these Corridors contain fences, Koala food and management practices that may reflect on local Koala populations:-

  • Powerlink Qld Australia : High Voltage Transmission Networks
  • Transgrid NSW Australia : High Voltage Transmission Networks
  • Australian Energy Regulator Website : legislation  , you can also find here the Compendium of Electricity Transmission Regulatory Guidelines Aug 2005    – “Regulatory Test” p.36 ”  (12)  Committed project means a project which satisfies all the following criteria: a) the proponent has obtained all required planning consents, construction approvals and licenses, including completion and acceptance of any necessary environmental impact statement;
  • Friends of the Koala – sick/injured Koala ph no : (02)6622 1233

             Courses run : Basic Training Day: 7th March 2009 Lismore

Corridors Conservation and Phantom Koala

January 30, 2009

Vegetation Fragmentation of Koala Corridors in Tweed Shire : Roads and roadworks pose a threat to Koala Habitats and Koala general health,  well being and ultimate survival within the Tweed Shire Area of the Mt Warning Caldera Region. With every new development comes a new road……….

Phantom Koala travels to Mt Warning to visit his family

Phantom Koala travels to Mt Warning to visit his family

It’s a beautiful day here in the Mt Warning Caldera, (NE NSW & SE QLD), Australia – I have  been travelling about the country here (by road!!!), taking photos for some articles on vegetation fragmentation, roadsides, transport and utilities’ corridors. My focus was land management and stewardship. Tweed Shire has plenty to offer, when it comes to photographic opportunities in this field! New highways, old highways, dirt roads, culverts, local road verges, power line corridors, new developments, roundabouts galore and more. 

Hopefully these articles write themselves soon!!!

Meanwhile, please meet Phantom Koala! or PK as his friends call him. PK will be taking many of the journeys about the countryside with me, and he sometimes has alot to say about what he sees,  so feel free to drop back into the website, and see what PK has to say! And, I may even have an article on roadsides and corridor conservation posted by then.

And,  it is not only Tweed Shire that the threat of continuing fragmentation of Koala corridors is happening:-

Two adjoining Council areas – the Gold Coast City Council and the Byron Shire Council also have plenty of new roads and developments just finished or in the pipeline! 

 

google HTML documents of the PDF files:-

Tugun Bypass Environmental Impact StatementTechnical Paper Number 12 – Flora and Fauna Assessment : Flora and Fauna AssessmentQueensland Department of Main Roads:-

  • Appendix D Survey for Reptiles, Amphibians and Mammals Inhabiting the Northern Section of the Proposed Tugun Bypass (Hero et al. 2001a)
  • Appendix C Survey of Reptiles, Amphibians and Mammals Inhabiting Coastal Lowland Areas Associated with the Proposed Tugun Bypass (Hero et al.2000)

Some other Koala LINKS:-

  • List of Useful Koala References   at  Koala Research in Queensland
  • Advice to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage from the Threatened Species Scientific Committee (the Committee) on Amendments to the list of Threatened Species under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) : not eligible  (i am not sure of the date of this document)