25 March, 2015

Mining Jobs

From: Lithgow Ratepayers [mailto:lithgowratepayers@gmail.com]
Sent: Thursday, 19 March 2015 11:08 PM
To: Greater Lithgow Ratepayers
Subject: SMH: 'Mining companies shedding jobs by the thousands'

SMH:  'Mining companies shedding jobs by the thousands'

With another final up to 70 local mining jobs to go at Angus Place Colliery at Lidsdale next week, this latest news is not at all a good look for Greater Lithgow or elsewhere !

Sadly, this public performance by our Mayor Maree Statham at last week's Community Forum on Mining was also not at all a good look of confidence in Greater Lithgow's future employment fortunes?

22 March, 2015

CSG licence cancellation

Good news 
PEL  460 (Petroleum exploration licence around  our area) has been cancelled:

If you scroll down you can view the map.

21 March, 2015

Southern Cross Kayaking returns to Dunns Swamp

Just a note to let you know that we'll be returning to Dunns Swamp (Ganguddy) next week and will be operating from Saturday 28th March until Sunday 19th April inclusive, weather permitting.

Kayak tours depart daily at 9:00am, are 1.5 - 2 hours in duration and cost $50 per person. Kayak hire is available all day with double kayaks available from $35 per hour.

Hope to have a chance to catch up during our stay, if not, best wishes for a busy, successful Easter season.

Kind regards,
Cindy Budai and John Stefas.


14 March, 2015

Nature Conservation Council - Upcoming Events

Please find below some news updates and information about upcoming events you might be interested in.

1. Bushfire Conference Update
Fire and Restoration: working with fire for healthy lands is the theme of the 10th bushfire conference to be held on 26th & 27th May 2015 in Sydney.  The program will feature: Integrated fire and weed management, Grassland restoration, Aboriginal cultural burning, and Ecological burns for endangered flora and fauna.

Keynote speakers include Bruce Pascoe (author of Dark Emu) Prof Lesley Hughes (Climate Council of Australia), Tein McDonald (Australian Association Bush Regenerators) and Jeremy Russell-Smith (Darwin Centre for Bushfire Research, Charles Darwin University).

To mark the 20-year anniversary of the bushfire conferences, displays and audio-visuals of past conference highlights will feature at this year’s conference.  Members interested in the previous conference programs and speakers, or in details of the 2015 conference, Fire and Restoration: working with fire for healthy lands, can visit the NCC bushfire program page http://www.nature.org.au/healthy-ecosystems/bushfire-program/conferences/ . 

All NCC members are invited to attend the conference at a specially discounted rate.
The early bird rate of $135 for two-day registration and $100 for one-day registration closes on Friday 27th March.


2. Marine movie updates:
Last year NCC teamed up with the Wilderness Society to make My Saltwater Sanctuary, a film capturing inspiring stories from our extraordinary seas and the people who look after them. We also helped produce The Sea & Me, a film that looks at marine sanctuaries all around Australia.
Over the last few months we’ve been travelling all up and down the east coast to show the films to booked out crowds in Huskisson, Sydney, Port Stephens, Coffs Harbour and Byron Bay (where over 500 people showed up for our event!).

A big thank you to all the member groups who helped organise this roadtrip or who came along and provided your invaluable support. It was lovely to meet you all in person and to see all that you do for our marine environment. If anyone would like to host a screening, please contact Marine Campaigner, Sue Milthorpe on smilthorpe@nature.org.au.


3. Submission to Commonwealth Marine Reserves: 
Despite over 10 years of consultation and science, the Australian Government suspended the Commonwealth marine reserves that sit off our coast (which for NSW is the Temperate East Marine Reserve Network) as well as those all around the country. Despite overwhelming public support, the Government announced a costly and unnecessary review of the reserve network, leaving all our Commonwealth marine sanctuaries at risk of being cut back or erased completely.
Please send a quick submission to help save our marine sanctuaries by 28 March 2015. We’ve attached a short submission guide to the newsletter, but if you have any questions please contact Sue Milthorpe on smilthorpe@nature.org.au.

You can make your submission by emailing cmrreview@environment.gov.au or head to http://www.environment.gov.au/marinereservesreview/join-the-conversation for more details.

4. Still time to meet your candidates       
With two weeks until the State election there has never been a better time to meet your local candidates about your local and statewide concerns. NCC has partnered with leading conservation organisations across NSW to produce Our Environment: Our Future, policies for the 2015 NSW state election and beyond, you can download the report here

5. Upcoming Community Forums

SINGLETON – Wednesday 18 March - 6:30pm – 8:30pm at Singleton Diggers Club, York St, Singleton
Future of the Hunter - Policies and Discussion on Future Direction for Hunter Communities, Economy and Natural Resources

PORT MACQUARIE – Thursday 19th March 7:00pm to 8:30pm at CWA Rooms 11 Horton Street, Port Macquarie
Hosted by Climate Change Australia, Hastings Branch. Local candidate forum about environmental issues.

6. Bantry Bay Mountain Bike tracks – feedback surveys
There is a feedback survey available for the Serrata and Gahnia mountain bike tracks. It can be accessed using: http://www.cvent.com/d/srqk9v

If you are familiar with these tracks, please fill out the survey to assist the National Parks in collating a range of information for the sustainable management of the trail

7. No Spray No Way campaign, Bellingen
A community group affiliated with some of NCC’s North Coast member groups are currently lobbying the NSW Government for an immediate moratorium on all aerial and on-ground spraying of pesticides in the Bellingen Shire for the control of weeds in Forestry Corporation’s hardwood plantations. They believe the proposed spraying cannot be conducted without causing harm to both the environment and the community. You can visit their website or facebook to find out more, and find their petition here.

Thanks for all of your work to protect our incredible natural environment around NSW. 

Louise Kiddell
Outreach Officer
Nature Conservation Council of NSW
w: (02) 9516 1488 | e: 

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KOALAS - a new approach !

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March 2015

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Like me, you were probably deeply saddened at the news last week that nearly 700 koalas had been euthanased in Cape Otway, by the previous Victorian government.

Ask the new Victorian government to improve its approach to protecting koalas!

The tragic end for these koalas could have been avoided by better management. The high number of koalas in Cape Otway is a direct result of a long series of well-intentioned but ultimately misguided earlier translocations from small islands.

Sadly, this is just one example of how we're letting down our national icon.

Another koala catastrophe is unfolding in the south west of the state. If not addressed now, it could result in a far worse situation on a much larger scale. Many thousands of koalas inhabit timber plantations there and many are killed or suffer horrific injuries in logging operations.

When the plantations are harvested, these koalas are then left hungry and homeless with nowhere to go.

Help us protect these koalas

We need a new approach to koalas in Victoria and across the nation. It's not just about ensuring that each plantation is logged carefully to protect wildlife. We desperately need to build a system of secure koala habitats and connectivity between habitats, so that animals can move between areas as logging happens so that they don't end up marooned.

The new Victorian government is promising a new more transparent approach and a special koala management plan.

Let's hold them to that promise. We need urgent action to help our national icon.

Thank you so much for your support.

Best wishes,

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Isabel McCrea
Director, IFAW Oceania
P.S. Victoria's koalas need your help. Tell the government no more koalas should suffer out of sight and out of mind. Take action now!
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11 March, 2015


11 March 2015
Concerns as AJ Lucas purchases North Coast, Newcastle and Upper Hunter coal seam gas licenses

The Greens NSW mining spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham said that AJ Lucas Group’s purchase of three Petroleum Exploration Licenses (PELs) for $2.5 million was a clear indication that the investment community believes the Liberals and Nationals intend to roll out coal seam gas across NSW if elected on March 28.

AJ Lucas Group announced to the ASX on 10 March that they had purchased PEL 445 in the Northern Rivers, PEL 456 in the Upper Hunter and PEL 458 over Newcastle, which until recently were owed by Dart Energy, a subsidiary of UK based company IGas.

“A company like AJ Lucas would not be making an investment decision like this unless they were confident that they could develop coal seam gas after the election with the support of Mike Baird and the Nationals.

“This proves that the recent flurry of token coal seam gas license cancellations by the Baird Government is nothing more than a cynical election stunt designed to try to hide their pro-csg agenda from a sceptical public.

“If you live in the Northern Rivers, Newcastle or the Upper Hunter then the message this purchase sends is clear – if Mike Baird and the Nationals are returned to power they will roll out coal seam gas across your community.

“Only the Greens support a complete and permanent ban on coal seam gas across NSW,” Mr Buckingham said.

Contact: Jack Gough - 9230 2202 or 0427 713 101

Orienteering Capertee National Park

Australasian Championship 2015
The Australasian Championship for 2015 will be on 10-11 October, hosted by the New South Wales Rogaining Association. The event location is Capertee National Park, between Lithgow and Mudgee, 3.5 hours west from Sydney.
Course setters are Gill Fowler, Jess Baker, Ian and Robin Cameron with vetters Rob Vincent and Ian Dempsey.

Warning - superb rogaining ahead!

Updated: 18 February, 2015
What: 2015 Australasian Rogaining Championships
When: 10-11 October 2015
Where: About 3.5 hours west of Sydney
For who: Everyone who enjoys great rogaining country - young, old (ah - we mean *experienced*), novice, sharpshooter...everyone!
Entries will open: March/April 2015

Brought to you by the NSW Rogaining Association.

for more details click here

01 March, 2015

Centennial Coal must pay workers over age 60 years their full redundancy entitlements

The Federal Court has ruled that Centennial Coal must pay workers over age  60 years their full redundancy entitlements, in a landmark decision handed down at 2:30pm this afternoon. 
Collieries Staff and Officials Association director Catherine Bolger said the decision made it plain that Centennial could not dodge paying older workers what they are owed any longer. 
“The Federal Court has made it clear that Centennial Coal has acted unfairly and discriminated against workers on the basis of their age. 
“Centennial must now do the right thing and pay older workers what they are owed. 
click here to read the full story in the Lithgow Mercury