Tag Archives: farming

“NSW farmers stepping up tree felling even before land-clearing laws loosened”

The Sydney Morning Herald, 12 June, reports on the the likely terrible impacts of the NSW Government’s proposed biodiversity legislation; the article is here.

The NSW Nature ConservationCouncil, of which FuturePLANS is a member, has initiated an advocacy campaign to protect native vegetation in NSW. This is the  Stand Up For Nature campaign.    You are invited to visit the campaign website to familiarise yourself with the issues and to consider engaging in advocacy to protect biodiversity in our region. Remember, submissions close on 28 June.

The SMH wrote: “The state’s farmers have lopped paddock trees at an accelerating rate in the past 18 months even before a new land-clearing law eases controls further, government data shows.

“The new figures, which reveal the rate of clearing of paddock trees has more than doubled since November 2014, come as the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists wrote to all MPs to call for a reversal of “retrograde changes” planned in the new Biodiversity Conservation act.

“NSW farmers used a new self-assessment code to remove 21,716 paddock trees – or more than 50 a day – over the past year and a half.

“The rate, at an average of about 50 per day, was 140 per cent more than the average over the previous seven years, data from the Office of Environment and Heritage showed. Paddock trees, judged to be single or small patches of trees, make up 40 per cent of remaining woodland cover, OEH says.”

See the full article for more details.

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.

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.

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.

Celebrate the first year of our Bungendore Farmer’s Market

THIS SATURDAY, the 13th of February 2016, it’s the FIRST BIRTHDAY of our Farmers Market.

It has been seriously fabulous to bring farmers, preservers and eaters all together in one place. The conversations and connections that have been built at the markets have been beneficial to all involved, and we look forward to spending many more moments with you. After the market, we will be lighting the BBQ and sharing some food and stories, we welcome you to bring a plate and join us to celebrate our local food system. If you play an instrument, feel free to bring it along to play a few tunes.

The diversity, honesty and care of our producers is refreshing and demonstrates that a Fair Food future is possible. Isn’t it fabulous to know that we are all playing a part in making it a reality.

This weekend at the market, you will find fresh cheese, seafood and honey as well as wine, native spices, herbs, jams and preserves plus:

Brightside Produce will have pasture raised eggs and maybe some of their seasonal vegetables.Caroola Farm will have Fresh lamb, plus whole and chicken portions (breasts, wings, drumsticks, frames, liver) and beef mince in the freezer.  Also salad greens, zucchini, tomatoes, beans, silverbeet and fresh herbs.

Mamma Rita’s Farm will have freshly picked new season apples (incl. Royal Gala), freshly picked peaches, beans, beetroot, corn, zucchini, cucumber, silverbeet, fresh and dried herbs, apple juice, jams and preserves.

PenDon Farm will have sweet corn, eggplant, beans, shallots, squash, zucchinis, plums, apples, rocket, basil, potatoes, ceylon spinach, zucchini flowers, eggs, bay leaves, flowers and surprises plus plenty of gardening advice.

The Markets Tea House will be serving up eats and drinks made from local ingredients –  build-your-own wraps from local ingredients, salads, quiches, real coffee, tea and cold drinks plus cakes and other treats.

The Community Stall will have the NEW PIP magazine (all about Fair Food), tree-ripened plums from Black Foo Farm, garlic plaits from Millpost Farm and maybe some other produce.

The Home Produce Swap is on at 10am thanks to Totally Locally Bungendore – bring some home grown goodness to swap with others.

Invasive Weed Survey: Gorse (Ulex europaeus)

We are looking for landholders and community members in South East NSW who are affected by the invasive weed gorse (Ulex europaeus).

If you have a gorse infestation growing in or near waterways and/or in your paddocks or pasture on your property or one that you manage or work on, we’d love to hear from you.

This project aims to identify influential behaviours to improve the management of gorse in South-East NSW. The information we collect will be used to design improved intervention strategies, which in turn will enhance the effectiveness of gorse control programs. The work is being undertaken in partnership between UNE, Palerang Council and NSW Department of Primary Industries.

The survey will take less than 25 minutes to complete and information from this survey will be integrated with data from a gorse expert survey to develop a shortlist of “high impact” behaviours that will be targeted in a future behaviour change intervention.
Responses are greatly appreciated and will remain confidential – no individual person or council will be identified in the survey report.

Follow this link to the Survey:
http://unebcss.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_4PmwvNS3vsItUgd

The survey closes on Friday 19th February 2016.

Responses are greatly appreciated and will remain confidential – no individual person or council will be identified in the survey report.
This project has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of the University of New England (Approval No HE15-259 Valid to 01/10/2016).
Please contact me on the details below if you would like or know anybody who would like to participate.

Sky Kidd
School of Behavioural, Cognitive and Social Sciences
University of New England
0402 046 376
skidd6@myune.edu.au