Guardian campaign: ‘Keep it in the Ground!’ Fantastic news!

On 21 May The Guardian wrote:

Here’s some great news to brighten your weekend.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has sold off its entire $187m investment in BP. There’s no word from them on why, but it certainly looks like the foundation is quietly getting out of fossil fuel companies. Since 2014, it has dropped 85% of such investments it had held.

Bill Gates says he’s not keen on the divestment argument but we know that the pressure you’ve put on the foundation through Keep it in the Ground – as well as the folks at Gates Divest in Seattle and the wider divestment movement – has been having an impact behind the scenes.

You can read our story on it here.

There was also good news from around Europe this week. Portugal ran for four days straight on renewable energy alone and last Sunday, Germany powered almost all its electricity needs from clean sources. There was so much renewable energy on the grid that at several times in the day, power prices turned negative – effectively paying consumers to use it.

Change is happening.

Yours Sincerely

James Randerson – assistant national news editor

ABC News: Five Southern Highlands families win appeal against Hume Coal accessing their land

10 May 2016,  full story here

By Jean Kennedy and Philippa McDonald

In a landmark court victory, five families from the New South Wales Southern Highlands have won their appeal to stop mining company Hume Coal accessing their land for exploration drilling.

The landowners of five rural properties in Sutton Forrest appealed against a November decision by the court that allowed the Korean-owned firm prospecting rights over their properties.

Chief judge Brian Preston of the Land and Environment Court ruled in favour of the landowners and ordered Hume Coal to pay their legal costs.

What #Action4theLand will your local councillor take?

FromLandcare Australia:

With over 5,300 registered Landcare groups across the nation, even the smallest of actions from a single Landcare group can add together – across the Landcare movement – to make a large difference.

As part of our World Environment Day 2016 activities, Landcare Australia will be running a fundraising and environmental awareness initiative, where we ask every individual, business, government agency, politician and media outlet we engage with across the nation “What positive #Action4theLand will you take?”

It is our hope that the #Action4theLand campaign can create a groundswell of awareness, and accompanying activity – where every dollar collected through our fundraising efforts will make a difference, by supporting Landcare groups and projects across Australia.

We’re reaching out across our network to encourage each and every one of you to start a positive #Action4theLand conversation. Over the next few months, get out there and ask your friends, family, colleagues, and local representatives, “What #Action4theLand will you take?”

In particular, we encourage you to reach out to your local councillors, and state and federal elected representatives to invite them to join your Landcare group for a day to see the positive #Action4theLand you have taken in your local community.

LLS’ ‘South East Circular’, April 2016 issue

The April 2016 issue of the South East Local Land Service’s newsletter South East Circular has now been published. The topics covered are:

Improving worm control in sheep
Local disease watch
Autumn feeding guide
New wasps in the Bega Valley
Recognition for District Vet
Thinking of purchasing a property in the bush?
Grazing management courses start soon
Do you know the size of your paddocks?
From the garden to the plate
Landcare Australia field visit
Innovative partership tackles marine pest
Partnership protects endangered perch
LLS Seasonal Conditions Report
Feral Fighters 2016
Weather and Climate Risk Management
Local Annual Report 2015
The benefits of electronic identification in cattle
Narooma littoral rainforest field day
South Coast Industry Dinner 2016
Events
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Bungendore Farmers Market: Boots for Change

The Southern Harvest Farmers Market in Bungendore will be held every single Saturday throughout April and May! If it works well for the producers and the customers, we will continue!

If you have any shabby old boots lying around at home, bring them in for use at the Boots For Change market day. We’re hosting this very special day on Saturday April 9th, we ask that every WEARS BOOTS on the day, any kind. There will be boot throwing with prizes, planting in boots and other activities.

The First People – Aboriginal Pre-history in the Palerang Region

Who were the first settlers in Palerang and what do we know about them?  This presentation by Alister Bowen, a specialist in historical and pre-historical Australian archaeology,  will look at the Aboriginal occupation of the region and help us to interpret the survival tactics of Aboriginal people. Bookings close 4 April.  Part of the Canberra and Region Heritage Festival.

Date: Tuesday 5 April
Venue: The Carrington Inn, 41 Malbon St, Bungendore
Start time: 4.30 pm
End time: 6.00 pm
Cost: Gold coin donation
Contact: 6230 0533
info@nationaltrustact.org.au
Website: http://www.nationaltrust.org.au/act

http://www.environment.act.gov.au/heritage/heritage-and-the-community/heritage_festival

Report on the Native Vegetation of the Palerang Local Government Area

At its Ordinary Meeting to be held in Bungendore on Thu 24 March, Palerang Council will consider the ‘Report on the Native Vegetation of the Palerang Local Government Area, November 2015, prepared by Umwelt Australia’. The proposal is: Recommended that Council:
1.        Exhibit the draft revised Palerang native vegetation layer via Council’s Intramaps software from mid April 2016 to mid June 2016.
2.        Hold an information session in Braidwood and Bungendore to discuss the revised native vegetation layer.

For details, please visit http://www.palerang.nsw.gov.au/council/council-meetings/business-papers/business-papers-2016/meeting-no-7-ordinary-business-paper – this topic is agenda item 11.7.

Small Farms Network – Capital Region Field Day

Field Day – Fodder Trees and Shrubs in Grazing Systems

The Small Farms Network – Capital Region is hosting a free field day on “Fodder Trees and Shrubs in Grazing Systems”

Sunday 17 April 2016 from 8.30-3.30 pm.

Come along to a property in Bywong (address provided on Booking) to learn about the possibilities of incorporating native trees and shrubs into grazing systems.

Guest Speakers:

  • Dr Dean Revell, lead researcher in the Future Farm Industries CRC Enrich Perennial Forage Shrubs project and owner of Revell Science,
  • Matthew Lieschke, South East Local Land Services, and
  • Geoff Butler from Geary’s Gap Landcare.

Online Bookings Essential via Eventbrite

For further information please check out the Small Farms Network website OR email us at smallfarmscapital@gmail.com.

FuturePLANS Bird Nesting Box Project

One of the aims of FuturePLANS is to enhance and protect local wildlife habitat. We also deliver education and support for landholders wanting to provide habitat for wildlife on their properties. The nesting box project was developed to assist local landholders to provide suitable nesting sites for birds in the Palerang district which has seen large-scale habitat loss since European settlement. Other pressures on native flora and fauna include the loss of suitable nesting sites, predation by domestic animals, competition for food and nesting sites from introduced species.

The FuturePLANS Bird Nesting Box project is a collaboration with the Bungendore Men’s Shed to build bird boxes for two hollow-nesting birds in our district. The building of the bird boxes is now complete. FuturePLANS and Land for Wildlife Members in the Palerang District can order one bird box, we have 10 bird nesting boxes suitable for the Striated Pardalote (Pardalotus striatus)/spotted pardalote (Pardalotus punctatus) and 9 White Throated Treecreeper (Cormobates leucophaea). Further information on these species can be found at www.birdsinbackyards.net

An information sheet about the habitat requirements for these species and the plight of hollow nesting birds written by David McDonald from the Canberra Ornithologist Group can be downloaded here: “Hollow nesting birds and mammals”.

You can also download a copy of the nest box plans and installation diagrams from this link: Nest Box Plans. The website Nest Boxes for the Gippsland Region by Maffra and District Landcare Group has a comprehensive guide to the building and care of bird boxes.

A copy of the press release for the project is also available for down load here: FuturePLANS Bird Box Press Release.

If you would like to reserve your box contact the Land for Wildlife Assistant at landforwildlife@futureplans.org.au.

The bird boxes are given to Land for Wildlife and FuturePLANS members for free, however, a donation for the box would be appreciated so we can continue our work in this area. If you wish to make a donation using paypal, please use the “donate” button below:




 

For further Information: Please contact our Land for Wildlife Assistant: landforwildlife@futureplans.org.au

About the Lake George Men’s Shed

The Lake George Men’s Shed provides men with a supportive social meeting place to go to talk to others about health issues, share information, experiences, use the wood and metal working facilities, learn & teach others as well as creating opportunities to participate in the community.

The Lake George Men’s Shed operates from the 130 year old railway goods shed just along the track from Bungendore Railway Station.

Contact Gary 0435 255 464.

Bird box builder Steve

Bird box builder Steve from the Lake George Men’s Shed

FuturePlans workshop

J.P. Favre and David McDonald holding the bird boxes at the Bird Box Building Workshop in December 2015

 

DISTRICT BULLETIN READER SURVEY AND PRIZE DRAW

DISTRICT BULLETIN READER SURVEY AND PRIZE DRAW

Strong, independent regional journalism in Palerang and Queanbeyan: The District Bulletin’s reader and stakeholder survey. We would like your input and feedback.

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Why?
During the past five years The District Bulletin has become a successful regional community news and features publication, and website, while operating on a not-for-profit shoestring as a community voice, at a time when other local media outlets are pulling back.

Instead of pulling back we, the editorial and production team at the Bulletin, believe that our regional communities and our democracy will continue to need the strong, independent, inquiring and solution-focused approach to journalism that we strive to provide. It is time to move ahead, including the possibility of expanding regionally and digitally with more resources.

We want to engage your thoughts and welcome your input to help shape the future of the publication. We urge you to do so by completing our brief online survey about how you use The District Bulletin, and your ideas for its future.

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