30 November, 2015

25 November, 2015

Climate Rally at Mudgee

Climate Rally at Mudgee

 Mudgee Climate Rally - Sun 29 Nov MDEG gathering @ 10.45am Lawson Park

Hello All,

Mudgee community is holding a Climate Rally at the Anglican Church from 11am on Sunday 29 Nov to coincide with global events to mark the UN Paris Conference on Climate Change mitigation.

Mudgee District Env Group is gathering at the main gate of Lawson Park (cnr Short & Church Sts) at 10.45am to walk up to the Anglican Church with appropriate banners and signs.

Please join us in making a stance and send a message to political leaders that Aussies want to protect the earth from catastrophic climate events.

Bring a mug for morning tea and some food to share.


Lithgow Power Stations should Close

ABC CW News:  'Greens: Lithgow power station should
be closed to pave the way for renewable energy'.

"Lithgow's Mount Piper power station is among five plants which have identified by the Greens to be closed to pave the way for more renewable energy.

The party has unveiled a policy which outlines how Australia can move to 90 per cent green energy sources by 2030.

Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon says the uncertainty about mining jobs in the Lithgow district could be solved by the expansion of renewable industries.

She said it could provide reliable employment for local workers."

Council mergers

From: Lithgow Ratepayers [mailto:lithgowratepayers@gmail.com]
Sent: Sunday, 22 November 2015 11:03 PM
To: Greater Lithgow Ratepayers
Subject: SMH Editorial: 'Mike Baird's next step on forcing council mergers'.

SMH Editorial:  'Mike Baird's next step on forcing council mergers'.

"Premier Mike Baird and Local Government Minister Paul Toole wrote to mayors ahead of the deadline last week for councils to submit their preferences for merging with neighbours. 

"Following your council's response," Mr Baird and Mr Toole said, "the government will take the next step in local council reform."

The words "next step" remain vexed both for councils and Mr Baird.

The government has pledged to make the next step known by year's end, but with parliamentary sittings finished for 2015, the big calls are likely to be made out of the public glare over the holiday season."

Free Movie

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Watching the Moon Rise in the Capertee Valley

Landcare Event

Capertee Valley Residents

Caertee Valley Residents

Announcement from:

From: cvlandcare@googlegroups.com [mailto:cvlandcare@googlegroups.com] On Behalf Of Julie Gibson
Sent: Monday, 23 November 2015 9:51 PM
To: cvlandcare@googlegroups.com
Subject: [CVL] Full moon at Val's this Thursday

You’re welcome to join us watching the moon rise over Glen Alice Thursday 26/11/2015 while the sun sets behind Genowlan from Val’s place which has 360deg views of whole valley.
Val’s place is the old cottage on Umbiella. Come up the main Umbiella entrance then continue on past the main house.
Anytime after 7, the moon rises at 7.58pm. Bring your own chair and drink.
Val has a telescope set up. Not that we’ll need it to see the moon.
If you can’t make it, take a look at the moon as it rises wherever you are, and you’ll be sharing the feeling.

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

02 6379 7317
Mobile: 0412 699 674

17 November, 2015

An email from 'Beyond Nuclear Initiative'

A petition has been started against the shortlisted nuclear waste dump site north of Bathurst.

Please sign and share the petition with your friends and networks.

"Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, John Cobb, Member for Calare: No Central West Nuclear Waste Dump."

Beyond Nuclear Initiative

The annual StreetFeast is a chance to discover two charming country cousins,

Click here to read a quite lengthy article from the Daily Telegraph re Kandos and Rylstone and the people living in the area.

15 November, 2015


Airly Coal Mine extension approved by the PAC (Project Assessment Commission) subject to some conditions regarding subsidence in a sensitive area, to read more click here and scroll down and select 'PAC Review Report(2)  '.  Here you will find the PAC letter and the full report.

09 November, 2015

the Ziggy Menge Volunteer for the Environment Award

NEWS Flash
Capertee Valley Alliance Inc. member Donna Upton was nominated along with 9 other nominees for the Ziggy Menge Volunteer for the Environment Award


The Nature Conservation Council acknowledges and appreciate the valuable contributions made by countless volunteers to make our world a more sustainable place.
The Ziggy Menge for the Environment Award celebrates these unsung heroes. The award is given to the most outstanding and inspiring individual who has volunteered for conservation and environment over the past year.
Nominees can be any volunteer who has championed a cause or worked behind the scenes for a more sustainable future.
Nominees must have been active in NSW, and their contribution must have been entirely voluntary.

Information on Nominee:

Donna Upton has been president, secretary, public officer of the Capertee Valley Alliance since 2009.
She has provided hundreds of voluntary hours raising awareness of the threats posed by Airly Coal Mine under the Mugii Murum - ban State Conservation Area, and was instrumental in the development of Capertee Valley Bird Trail brochure and signage of 19 bird trail signs throughout the valley. 
She has also worked for the Capertee Valley Landcare Group and one an award for Education and Communication in the local area and was appointed on the HNCMA Reference Committee prior to LLS.
Donna has worked with environment groups in the Hunter, Blue Mountains, and Lithgow areas and worked closely with National Parks and the local RFS to organize bush walks on private land and in the Capertee National Park.
There have been many volunteer hours spent on Local Government issues and Tourism. Donna was instrumental in the upgrade of Pearsons Lookout and ensuring the Public Land was gazetted by a Trust by  Lithgow City Council to maintain this site and worked closely with Council in regard to signage at Pearsons Lookout and Pirie Park Capertee.
Donna and  Bruce have set up Capertee Valley Alliance Blogs one with photos and Facebook page to spread the environment message.

Message form Donna:

Donna wishes to thank the person who took the time to nominate her for this award and it was much appreciated.

 Members of CVA Inc.  also put in many voluntary hours on behalf of the Capertee Valley Community and without their input CVA achievements would have been minimal.

Donna is a strong advocate for the need for people who live and work in a community to be engaged in community life no matter how small that might be, without involvement by  community members to collectively and co-operatively work together in a cohesive way with  the residents, Local, State and Federal Governments very little will be gained or achieved to enhance the place where we live.
'Its the squeaky wheel gets the most attention.'

Congratulations to Capertee Valley Alliance for another successful year.

08 November, 2015

Glen Davis - Historic Shale Oil Town

Tours of this historic site start at the locked gates in Glen Davis at 2pm on Saturdays.  

Ring Alex on 6379 7380

06 November, 2015


Western Blue Mountains Spotted-tailed Quoll Study
Do you have native vegetation on your property?
Have you seen Quolls in the area?

Researchers from the University of Wollongong are interested in the occurrence of the Spotted-tailed Quoll on private land in New South Wales. One particular area is around Capertee, Jenolan and Lithgow, to the west of the Blue Mountains.

How can I help?

If you have seen a Quoll in the past 10 years, we would like to hear from you. The following information would be required:

-Approximate date of the sightings (if you have multiple sightings, please list these separately).

-Location of the sighting, as specific as possible, for example a property address or where possible, specific coordinates.

-What was the Quoll doing at the time (such as eating your chickens or crossing the road)

 -Your contact details, such as an email address in case we need any further information on your sighting.

For further information or to communicate your sightings, please email Dr Chris McLean chrismc@uow.edu.au or contact Huw Evans huw.evans@lls.nsw.gov.au

Lock the Gate event

Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 09:00 AM through November 15, 2015 · $20.00 AUD
The Italo Club in Lismore, Australia

Lock the Gate Skill Share Conference & AGM

Join us at the Lock the Gate Skill Share Conference
Skill share sessions will include:
Build a movement & keep it moving 
Strategic Campaign Planning 
Cross-cultural awareness 
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04 November, 2015

Testing the waters Capertee Valley Landcare project.

Capertee Valley Landcare invites the Landholders of Capertee Valley

to participate in testing the waterways, rivers, creeks, streams,springs, bores, dams and your drinking water from your tanks.

Capertee Valley Landcare would be interested to have any readings you may taken, in the past 10 years.
There may be a trend too of increasing salinity of bores.
The next water testing session:
 Friday 27th November 2015 at 3.00pm Glen Alice Hall at 3.00pm
Bring with you a water sample from your creek, bore and it will be tested; 500ml in a plastic bottle. GPS reading is useful but not essential.

Issued by CVA Inc
Contact details for CVL Julie Gibson .

02 November, 2015

NBN News from John Cobb MP

NBN Satellite Sky Muster launches successfully!

More than 1166 interim satellite users in Calare are a step closer to having access to fast, reliable broadband with the successful launch on the 1st of October of the Sky Muster satellite from South America. 
When operational the NBN'S satellite service will cover more than 400,000 homes and businesses across Australia.

We need to know more - timetable, cost, speed etc

Just out - Colong Bulletin 261, incorporating Colong e-News No. 19

Colong Foundation for Wilderness Bulletin 
  • Mugii Murum-ban State Conservation Area: management and mining madness
  • Who Burned the Warrumbungles?
  • In Focus Photographic Competition – Update
  • Please renew your support for 2016
  • Macleay Gorges – Featured Wilderness
  • Historic Bushwalking Maps by Myles Dunphy
  • On Track: Searching out the Bundian Way 

Click here to view the online bulletin

01 November, 2015

"This Changes Everything" a documentary

"This Changes Everything"
a documentary based on the book by best-selling author Naomi Klein

Free Community Screenings:
Thursday 26th Nov, 7pm @ Mudgee Uniting Church, Mortimer St
Friday 27th Nov, 7pm @ St James Anglican Church, Rylstone

in advance of the People's Marches of 29th Nov and the UN Climate Change talks of early December, come and consider these world and history-changing issues

What if confronting the climate crisis is the best chance we’ll ever get to build a better world?

This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change.

Directed by Avi Lewis, and inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller This Changes Everything, the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond.

Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there. Throughout the film, Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better.

The extraordinary detail and richness of the cinematography in This Changes Everything provides an epic canvas for this exploration of the greatest challenge of our time. Unlike many works about the climate crisis, this is not a film that tries to scare the audience into action: it aims to empower. Provocative, compelling, and accessible to even the most climate-fatigued viewers.

This Changes Everything will leave you refreshed and inspired, reflecting on the ties between us, the kind of lives we really want, and why the climate crisis is at the centre of it all.

More information: Graeme Gardiner 0428 757369 or visit http://thefilm.thischangeseverything.org/