31 October, 2014

Airly Mine EIS submissions address





30 October, 2014

Centennial Coal remains hopeful the Angus Place Colliery will reopen soon

CENTENNIAL Coal remains hopeful the Angus Place Colliery will reopen as soon as possible, managing director David Moult said yesterday.
Speaking in Lithgow near the iconic Miner’s Lamp at the western entrance to town, Mr Moult stressed the mine was not closing. 
“It is being placed on a care and maintenance footing so that it can be returned to service within a few months,” Mr Moult said.
At the very latest it is expected to return to production in 2023 when it has been calculated the company’s Springvale mine’s reserves will be exhausted.

click here to read the full story


Centennial Coal have now released their Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed expansion of the Airly Mine.

Submissions must be received before Oct 31

We are all stakeholders, and the results of Centennials development application will affect not only us, but, more importantly, generations to come. The time to act is now send your submission to the address below click here

 Airly Mine Extension Project, Application No SSD 5581   

For enquiries phone: Thomas Watt 9228 6375

Address: Development Assessment Systems & Approvals, Department of Planning & Environment,  GPO Box 39 SYDNEY NSW 2001. 

click here 

20 October, 2014

Blue Mountains - Activities

"Music of the Mountains" – Jim Smith
Society General Meeting
10am, Sat 25th Oct.  Wentworth Falls

"A Grandparents Day Tea Party"
2.30pm, Sun. 26th Oct.  Wentworth Falls

 "The Great Koala Count"
Drs Grainne Cleary & Kellie Leigh
11am - Sun. 2nd Nov.  Faulconbridge

Dr. Rachel Makinson

Newnes - Wolgan Valley
2015 Ian Brown Calendar
Blue Mountains Conservation Society
"Music of the Mountains" with Jim Smith
Society General Meeting
10am Saturday 25th October
Wentworth Falls School of Arts
(Cnr Great Western Highway and Adele Avenue)
Listening to the Blue Mountains.
Jim did his first Blue Mountains bushwalk 50 years ago and has lived in Wentworth falls for 40 years.

Known as an enthusiastic promoter of bushwalking, Jim now believes that people in the bush are doing too much walking and not enough sitting. He says that the most remarkable things that he has seen and heard in the bush were experienced when he was standing still, sitting or lying down.

He will discuss the bush sounds which were once common but have now disappeared from the Blue Mountains, the sounds that modern human ears miss, mysterious and terrifying night sounds, bird dialects, echoes, the loudest and most subtle sounds of the region, silences, his favourite sounds, the most horrible sound he ever heard and sounds that only he has heard. Jim will explain why it is harmful to watch televised nature documentaries and discuss the pathological condition termed nature deficit disorder syndrome.
Although the sounds of the Blue Mountains vary on a daily and seasonal basis, Jim believes that there is an underlying soundscape, or "music" distinctive to the region, that few people know how to listen to. There will not be a "question time" after this presentation, but members of the audience will be invited to share their own special memories of the sounds of the Blue Mountains.
Visitors will be very welcome.  Gold coin donation.

"A Grandparents Day Afternoon Tea Party"
– for our Grandchildren's Survival 

2.30pm - Sunday 26th October
19 Falls Rd Wentworth Falls

You are invited to an afternoon tea letter writing party at the home of Robin and Warwick Mosman.

Bob Debus will launch a new website to encourage hundreds, thousands of other grandparents to write letters.

Let’s take some action to help our grandchildren.
Here's more details.

RSVP Phone 4757 1354 or email rwmosman@bigpond.com
Koala"The Great Koala Count"
Drs Grainne Cleary & Kellie Leigh

11am Sunday, 2nd November
Faulconbridge Community Hall,
Home St., Faulconbridge

The Great Koala Count is
happening from 7 - 17th November.
 The Count will be a wonderful chance to go out for a walk with the kids and looking around and appreciating the local bush at a beautiful time of year.
Dr Grainne Cleary is part of the team who’ve developed BioTag, an app for SmartPhones to record the GPS location & details about any koalas spotted.

Dr Kellie Leigh will be discussing her research looking at koala diversity throughout the mountains.
Kellie also is involved in using wildlife - detection dogs to survey elusive threatened species such as koalas and quolls.

Kids will love watching Badger, her quoll detection dog, demonstrate his amazing skill at finding quoll scats.
Bring the family along to our meeting - here's more detail

Rachel Makinson 1917-2014

You may have read Christine's tribute to Rachel Makinson in the October Hut News.

There was an 
obituary in Saturday's Sydney Morning Herald.

Rachel was a member of both the Blue Mountains Conservation and Historical Societies.

She was a very special person.

Her death notice in the Herald on 18th September ended with line - "In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Blue Mountains Conservation Society".

The Society would like to thank Rachel's family for this, and extend our sympathy for their loss.

NEWNES - Wolgan Valley

Edited and produced by Ian Brown (Newnes Hotel and Cabins, 2014)

  • Hardback, full colour, 64 pages, 250mm x 210mm
  • Over 100 images, including contemporary photos by Ian Brown and many monochrome historical pictures
  • images and text covering history (by Alan Watson) of the oil shale mining, railway and hotel, national parks & world heritage, natural heritage and Aboriginal heritage

This book and Ian's 2015 calendar are available on his website


18 October, 2014

Stronger powers to prosecute wayward developers for Land and Environment Court

Miners and developers who break conditions of development consent because the fine for doing so is dwarfed by the profits to be made could be forced to pay millions of dollars in penalties under new powers handed to the Land and Environment Court.
The court will also be given the power to order companies to pay for "name and shame" advertisements published in the media or even on their own websites, and for the clean up of sites where environmental damage has occurred.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/stronger-powers-to-prosecute-wayward-developers-for-land-and-environment-court-20141017-116azf.html#ixzz3GRkiGZFX

Fossil Fuel Companies and Coalition Governments

Just when you thought that coal companies and the cabal of Australian Coalition governments couldn’t sink any lower, when their disdain for scientific evidence couldn’t be more overwhelmed by the love of money, they demonstrate a new moral vacuum :-

And the losers are – electricity consumers and those who share the planet.  But who needs clean air, clean water and a liveable planet when the few percent, including the foreign owners, are becoming even more obscenely wealthy?

17 October, 2014

Fun Landcare Activity in the Capertee Valley

Hi all, 

Aussie Backyard Bird Count

Thought this might be a fun Landcare activity, especially since our amazing valley has more bird species per square kilometre than anywhere in the Southern Hemisphere.  For any interested takers we are planning on taking part in the Aussie Backyard Bird Count survey for 20mins after Pilates on Tuesday 21st October. For those who don’t attend Pilates but would like to join us, pop down to the Glen Davis Boutique Hotel at 11am next Tuesday, with your binoculars and bird identification list (we have a few spares), for a cuppa and some bird watching. Look forward to seeing you there, Alison & CVLandcare

Aussie Backyard Bird Count 20 – 26 October Join thousands of people between 20 – 26 October to take part in Australian’s first nationwide bird survey. All it takes is 20 minutes in your backyard or favourite outdoor spave, local park, beach, forest or paddock to be a part of this exciting event. http://aussiebirdcount.org.au

15 October, 2014

New rules for reporting crashes from Wednesday

New rules for reporting traffic crashes in NSW will come into effect next week. 
From Wednesday, October 15, police will only be required to attend and investigate crashes if a person is killed or injured, if parties fail to exchange particulars, or if a driver appears to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. 
Drivers involved in traffic crashes where their vehicle needs to be towed – and none of the above criteria apply –  will be able to organise their own tow, leave the area, and later report the crash to the Police Assistance Line on 131 444.

click HERE to read more in the Mudgee Guardian

New advanced lithium-ion battery tech could revolutionise electric vehicles and smartphones

IF YOU’RE sick of your smartphone or electric car running out of juice all the time and taking hours to charge, a discovery in Singapore could be good news. Researchers at Nanyang Technological University say that they’ve developed an advanced lithium-ion battery that recharges to 70 per cent full in two minutes and lasts 20 years. Sign me up.

Click HERE to read more in the Daily Telegraph

12 October, 2014

Wollemi Pines: Secret plantation in Blue Mountains to ensure species' survival

Twenty years ago this month, the Wollemi Pine made headlines around the world when it was discovered in a remote canyon in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney.
Dubbed "a living fossil", the distinctive pines captured the world's attention because it was thought they had been extinct for at least 60 million years.
The Wollemi Pines, which were discovered in 1994, are about 40 metres tall and are hundreds, if not thousands, of years old.
Their trunks are more than a metre in diameter and they have distinctive bark which resembles bubbling chocolate.
Click HERE to read more

11 October, 2014

A Walk along the Tramway Track at Mt Airly

You are welcome to join Capertee Valley Landcare in a walk along the Tramway Trail at Mt Airly on Monday 27 October 2014.

We’ll meet at 8am at the Airly Campground. Then car pool to where the trail diverges from the Gap Trail.

NPWS brochure: “Tramway Trail – follows the old oil shale mine tramway route around the contour of Mount Airly and through the ruins of Airly village. Distance: 5.5km each way”

We’ll car pool the first 1.5km so it’ll be a gentle 4km each way. But you can just do the 2km to the village if you prefer.

RSVP It will be helpful to know who’s coming but not essential, you can still turn up on the day.

Bring your own water, snacks, hat, camera. We should be back at the campground by 1pm where I for one will have my lunch.


Julie Gibson
Green Gully
97 The Gullies Road
Glen Davis NSW 2846

02 6379 7317
Mobile: 0412 699 674

More Fruit Fly Tips

Hi all, For those who didn't get the Glen Alice Gazette with the fruit fly bait recipe, the following is a simple make at home, bait recipe :

John Preistley's Fruit Fly Bait (for 25 fruit fly traps)
100ml cloudy ammonia
2.5 cups of sugar
5 litres of warm water
5mm vanilla

Use 2 litre plastic milk, or juice bottles and burn a hole on both sides about the size of a cigarette; make sure the edges are smooth.
Fill the bait to just below the hole and hang in tree with lid on.
Use all year (replace bait twice a year or as needed)

At the Landcare meeting we discussed the idea of making and installing fruit fly baits into the fruit trees growing on the sides of the roads in Glen Davis.
If anyone is interested in joining in this simple project we are planning a session, to make baits and install them on Tuesday 4th November, after Pilates at the Glen Davis Hotel from 11am.
Light lunch provided afterwards at the Hotel.
Please let us know who can make it.
BYO: Empty 2 litre milk/juice containers. I have the rest of the ingredients.

Re the Umbiella field day luncheon on Sat 8th November, 2014, confirming I am happy to cater lunch. Could we please have final numbers by Tues 4th, we could discuss same and catering at Fruit Fly project meet.

Also confirming Skye Botham-Barnes is happy to assist with Xmas Calendar production and would like to join the group.

Excited to be involved with our local Landcare group.

Cheers, Alison

Part time work as Digital Camapigner

Position Title
Digital Campaigner
Nature Conservation Council of NSW, 2/5 Wilson Street, Newtown NSW 2042
Position Title of Supervisor
Communications Manager

Hours Part time (15.2 hrs/week) flexible schedule
Contract period 12 months with possible extension depending on funding.
Salary $57,500 - $60,000 pa pro rata plus superannuation

The Nature Conservation Council of NSW (NCC) is the peak conservation group in NSW, representing 130 community environment groups across the state.
We are seeking an experienced digital campaigner to lead our online work to protect the environment in NSW.

The digital campaigner will work closely with other staff to develop online strategies that attract new donors and supporters to strengthen our campaigns to protect forests, wildlife, water resources and the marine environment.

Their mission will be to identify and connect with new audiences using digital technologies, while continuing to engage existing members and supporters.

They will use their excellent written communication skills and ability to simplify complex issues to compose clear, compelling appeal emails and social media posts, and to develop design briefs for graphic artists to create forceful online collateral. Ideally, they will have the skills to create these themselves.

Part of the role is to track trends in online organising and the organisation’s digital performance to ensure our strategies evolve to maximise audience reach and engagement.
Key responsibilities

Develop and implement a digital strategy that aligns with the organisation’s campaign and fundraising objectives.
Develop, commission or source compelling content that will help rapidly grow our supporter and donor base.
Manage our online communications calendar to ensure supporter and donor engagement is well coordinated.
Develop and manage user journeys for online and email actions that maximise user engagement.
Monitor, test and analyse recruitment and engagement response rates and impact, and adapt tools and techniques to increase audience participation rates.
Share your online engagement skills and knowledge with campaigns and donor team members.
Monitor and respond to comments and feedback on our online platforms.

Applicants must have a legal right to work in Australia for the period of the contract. Applicants must address the essential and desirable selection criteria in their application.
 Demonstrated ability to develop, deliver and manage digital strategies that support social change and fundraising campaigns.
 Experience in digital campaigning, including high-level use of email, websites, social media, and other online platforms and tools.
 Demonstrated ability to write engaging online content and emails that support fundraising and campaigns.
 Demonstrated ability to rapidly grow a supporter base using email and online channels.
 Demonstrated ability to gather and analyse online behaviour data, segment data and conduct formal tests, and to use that information to fine tune digital campaign strategies and tactics.
 Demonstrated ability to respond quickly to opportunities in rapidly evolving campaign contexts.
 Experience in writing creative briefs for designers or creative agencies.
 Good organisational skills, including time management, attention to detail, an ability to work to tight deadlines, and willingness to work flexible hours.
 Demonstrated success at crowd-sourced fundraising.
 Knowledge and experience with the Nationbuilder platform.
 Design skills and experience in creating compelling online content.

How to apply 
To apply, please email the following documents to ncc@nccnsw.org.au by 31 October 2014:
1. A cover letter.
2. Your curriculum vitae, including contact details for two referees.
3. A response to selection criteria.
Your response to selection criteria should:
 Address both essential and desirable criteria.
 Provide evidence and examples to support your responses.
 Be no more than five pages (2,500 words).

For more information, please contact:
James Tremain
Communications Manager
Nature Conservation Council of NSW
Email: jtremain@nature.org.au
Phone: 0419 272 254, 02 9516 1488
For more information about our work, please visit our website: www.nature.org.au.


09 October, 2014

the Airly Coal environmental impact statement for public comment

5 largish volumes to digest Re the Airly Coal environmental impact statement for the mine extension. Submissions must be made by 31st October. Community landholders need to decide what they want.
To view these reports, the Planning Department web address for this project is  here

Fruit Fly Tips

Hello All,
Julie suggested you may be interested in my comments regarding fruit fly in the Capertee Valley

From my experience we do not get fruit fly at our place (Crown Stn Rd) until the first week of December and I manage my programme around this date and the early control is most important.
It would be useful for the Valley community to do a drive and remove any rouge hosts growing along the side of the road as they provide a perfect “stepping stone” for flies as they head towards your place and mine.
Orchard or tree hygiene is critical and every piece of fallen fruit must be collected and destroyed, regardless of the presence of maggots or not. Fallen fruit can be fed to cattle or put into plastic garbage bags, sealed, left in the sun for a few weeks and then composted.
They multiply exponentially, so the smaller the numbers we start with the less the pressure we have when the fruit is mature.
Twelve years ago we did not have any fruit fly, but this problem has become increasingly worse.
Kind regards
John McKay

Tel 0438918135

Soil and Pasture Health Workshops – understanding soil testing


· Learn how soil fertility influences other factors of soil health
· Learn more about your soils and how soil fertility can influence your soil health, production and profitability
· Understand how to take a simple soil test and sampling for laboratory analysis
· Find out about what the numbers mean on your soil test
· Discuss the impacts soil health on pasture and landscape health

Two separate days - 6 weeks apart
Day 1 Soil health, simple soil tests, information on how to take a soil sample for a laboratory test, and the soil sampling gear (lent) to participants to take home. Each property/participant will have access to one free soil sample. You will also need to bring a soil sample from your property for the day (enough soil to fill an ice cream container).

Day 2 You will need to attend to receive your soil test. The day covers soil testing information from your soil test results, what do the numbers mean, what are some of the soil benchmarks for sustainability and  production targets.

Time: Day 1, 10.30am (sharp) - 3.00pm
When and Where: Day 1 Friday 17th October Lithgow/Hartley area
Day 1 Wednesday 29th October Hampton area
Day 1 Tuesday 11th November Capertee Valley

Cost: Free but you must RSVP

RSVP (there are limited spaces for this workshop) 2 days prior to the workshop for further details and directions.

Morning tea and lunch will be provided but bring your own mug/cup. Bring a chair to sit on, your hat, sturdy shoes (we will be outside for part of the workshop), water and pen.

Further information or directions contact:
Lithgow Central Tablelands LLS office on 6350 3110 or
Peter Evans | peter.evans@lls.nsw.gov.au | 0422 735 888
Clare Edwards| clare.edwards@lls.nsw.gov.au | 0428 435 615

06 October, 2014

Total Lunar Eclipse

Look up towards the east on Wednesday night (October 8) and a total lunar eclipse will be visible from across Australia.
The moon will slowly move through Earth's shadow, as the sun, Earth and moon fall into line with each other.
The eclipse occurs during the early evening, making it the perfect opportunity to head outdoors and watch it happen with family and friends. Best of all, you don't need any special equipment to see it.
To read more click here

SMH 6-102014

04 October, 2014

Daylight Saving begins

Lunar Eclipse

Just a heads up in case you haven’t realised – there’ll be a total lunar eclipse on Wed Evening. Starting at 7.17pm (I don’t know if that’s summer time) and there’ll be a red moon at about 9.30pm.

Julie Gibson

02 October, 2014

Course at Tocal College

Capture wild animals
In an ever changing job environment there are always new skills to learn. One of the more unusual is capturing wild animals.

In this new short course being held at
Tocal College in October, Professor Tony English will share his considerable experience in the range of skills needed in capturing and handling wild animals including the use of dart guns and tranquilisers for research, translocation and safe euthanasia.

To find out more click here