30 December, 2015

Glen Alice RFS

Hi there members of the Glen Alice bush fire brigade.

                notice of the annual general meeting.

            Will be held on the 16-1-2016. at 10 am

            all members please attend if possible.    

Issued by  John Davies

23 December, 2015





BOGEE AREA, check your letterbox for the notice.

Personally I think that as this is smack bang in the middle of a fire season and 2 days before Christmas it is not a good idea.  If it is to erect the poles that have been lying on the groupnd for  quite a few months then another month wont hurt. editor

22 December, 2015

Council Mergers

From: Better Planning Network [mailto:bpn@betterplanningnetwork.org.au]
Sent: Friday, 18 December 2015 11:32 AM
To: Better Planning Network
Subject: Council Mergers - Breaking News

Dear Members, Affiliates and Friends

We are pleased to let you know, that Tom Sherlock and myself were re-elected as Co-Convenors at BPN's recent AGM along with Geoff Turnbull as Treasurer and Kim Mullins as Secretary.   

In addition, Maire Sheenan, Leesha Payor, Lyn Kilby, Darren Jenkins and Janet Harwood have been appointed committee members. Under separate cover more news about the AGM will follow.

In the interim, we wanted to alert you about the NSW Government's announcement today regarding Council Mergers, as we know this subject is of interest to many BPN supporters and friends.

The proposed new Council areas can be viewed per the attached slides, which you are free to circulate via social media or online.

In addition, the Baird Government is proposing major changes to the Local Government Act, which we'll let you know about asap.

In the interim, we wanted to alert you that the Save Our Council's Coalition is holding a Snap Event at the Domain at 1pm today - for those who have a chance to go.   More information about this event - can be viewed here. All are welcome. https://www.facebook.com/BetterPlanningNetwork/photos/p.547846288702964/547846288702964/?type=3&theater

At this very busy time of the year, it's been difficult to keep up with all the news via email - given the amount of announcements the government is making.  We hope to have more news via email to you soon. In the meantime, please keep a watch out on our FB posts, which we do daily (you don't need to be a FB user to see our posts- https://www.facebook.com/BetterPlanningNetwork/?fref=photo).

We look forward to keeping in touch over special time of the year. 

Our best wishes 

Jeanette Brokman & Tom Sherlock
Co-Convenors, Better Planning Network

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Capertee Valley

Daily Telegraph:  'Forget the Grand Canyon. The second biggest geological marvel in the world is right here in NSW'.

"SURE, the US has the Grand Canyon, the geological marvel that stretches 446km across Arizona at a width of 29km and a depth of 1.6km — but the second-largest canyon in the world is right here, barely three hours’ drive from the centre of Sydney.

The Capertee Valley, northwest of Lithgow, is actually 1km wider than the Grand Canyon, but is not quite as deep or long.

Its rock formations are sensational, its lookouts and bushwalks afford sprawling views, and it is home to a wide array of birdlife and wildlife."

Note:  The photographer travelled courtesy of Lithgow Tourism.

Regent Honeyeater News

Critically Endangered Regent Honeyeaters are being preyed on by an unlikely source. High-tech video surveillance cameras have revealed for the first time that some marsupials may be significant predators of the threatened honeyeaters’ eggs.
The video monitoring is being undertaken by PhD student, Gemma Taylor, from the Zoological Society of London.
“We’ve positioned remote video cameras near nests to learn more about their breeding, so you can imagine our disappointment when gliders started eating their eggs,” Ms Taylor said.
“Video footage shows gliders stalking female Regents that were sitting on nests at night, then eating their eggs. First, Sugar Gliders were filmed pouncing onto a Regent Honeyeater as she incubated her eggs before making a meal of the rare clutch. Later, a Squirrel Glider — a larger, threatened species of glider — was also filmed attempting to catch a honeyeater at another nest, then eating her eggs.”
“It’s not only native mammals that pose a threat to Regent Honeyeater eggs — footage also showed a House Sparrow destroying eggs and a Magpie taking a nestling. Nest predation by these species has not previously been flagged as a threat to the Regent Honeyeater.”
As part of a collaborative program to boost numbers of the Regent Honeyeater — once common but now extremely rare in the wild — 77 birds were bred in captivity at Taronga Zoo and then released into Chiltern–Mt Pilot National Park, in north-eastern Victoria, last April.
“This project has only just started to unravel the story of the birds’ breeding post-release, identifying the obstacles they face and highlighting threatening processes at the different stages of their life in the wild,” Ms Taylor said.
National Regent Honeyeater recovery coordinator, Dean Ingwersen, from BirdLife Australia said, “To date, the birds’ survival has been great, but for the program to succeed the birds must ultimately breed in the wild, so the discovery of nests of many pairs of Regents is hugely exciting.”
“As difficult as it is to watch the nests fail, it provides crucial information which we’ll use to help strengthen successive releases,” Mr Ingwersen said.
“Now that these new threats have been identified we can investigate potential mitigation strategies, such as collars or barriers to prevent access to nesting birds. These have been used on other endangered species so there is no reason we can’t trial similar methods on Regents to improve nesting outcomes.”
“On top of the video surveillance, dedicated volunteers, students and staff have devoted more than 4000 hours of their time to assist with the monitoring program, including reporting sightings and tracking birds.”
The 2015 Regent Honeyeater release and monitoring program is a collaboration across many organisations, and is supported or funded by BirdLife Australia, Department of Environment, Water, Land and Planning (DELWP), Office of Environment and Heritage’s Saving our Species program (NSW), Australian Government’s National Landcare Program, Taronga Zoo, Zoological Society of London, Monash University, Friends of Chiltern–Mt Pilot National Park and Ironbark Environmental Arboriculture Pty Ltd.

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Australia Day

Message from Capertee

Can you confirm if you would be available to assist with the Australia Day sausage sizzle at the Hall, please?
We are contemplating a 10am start with most likely a 3pm finish, but you don’t have to volunteer yourself for the entire time.


Capertee & District Progress Association Inc.

15 December, 2015


From: Wal Pilz <walpilz@gmail.com>
Date: 13 December 2015 at 9:18:54 PM AEDT
Subject: Royal Australian Historical Society  mentioned in NSW Parliament
Royal Australian Historical Society 
mentioned in NSW Parliament

Hansard online, the official record of the proceedings of The Parliament of New South Wales, contains details of commendations made to the RAHS and recipients of the Arts NSW Cultural Grants for 2015, by The Hon. David Clarke, MLC, Parliamentary Secretary for Justice on 11 November 2015, who presented grants winners with their certficates at the RAHS Conference in October. Click here to visit the Hansard website and read full details.
From L to R: Colleen O’Sullivan - Kandos Bicentennial Industrial Museum; Benita Parker - Karuah Working Together; Max Farley - Wyong District Museum and Historical Society; Carol Roberts - Kurrajong Comleroy Historical Society; Lorraine Neate - Illawarra Historical Society; The Hon. David John Clarke, LL B (Syd) MLC, Parliamentary Secretary for Justice; Peter Gissing - Wagga Wagga and District Historical Society; Lola Cormie - Narrabri and District Historical Society; Paul Convy - Randwick and District Historical Society; Angus McKernan – NSW Australian Football History Society; Max Rogers - Berrima District Historical and Family History Society; Vicki Stanton – Australian Golf Heritage Society. [Photograph Chris Maxworthy]

08 December, 2015

Capertee Valley Christmas Carols

 Christmas Carols Service in the Capertee Valley

 Glen Alice Hall Thursday,

 17 December, at 7pm.


In October-November 2015 Capertee Valley Landcare undertook a salinity survey of the Capertee River
catchment streams, from Airly to Bogee to Glen Davis and beyond. Samples were collected by Julie
Gibson and Vicki Powys, with extra input from community members. The project is ongoing. We have
produced a map of the valley, showing salinity readings from 31 locations, taken in the last two weeks of
November 2015.
We found that:
· There is a pattern of salinity in the valley, with low salinity at the headwaters, and streams
becoming more saline along the way.
· Bores were generally much more saline than streams, indicating a salty water table below the
land surface.
We made the assumptions:
· Streams need to be sampled within, say, a fortnight when there is no rainfall, to compare “like
with like”.
· Heavy rain will dilute streams and rivers, and the salinity readings will usually be lower,
especially (for example) if the Capertee River was in flood.
Our lowest (best) reading was from a spring on Mt. Airly, and our highest (worst) reading was from
Bourbin Creek, where a white salt crust could be seen in the partly dry creek bed. Parts of Bourbin
Creek are one-fifth as salty as sea-water!
We are continuing to collect historic data and rainfall records, and will periodically re-test streams in
Capertee Valley.
What causes salinity?
Capertee Valley is, geologically, a hot spot for salinity problems. The rock strata were laid down in salty
seas so there will always be salt underground. When the water table rises, the salt comes up with it. As
the water evaporates, the salt can show up as white patches on the ground. Deep rooted trees help
keep the water table down. Grasses are shallow rooted and allow the water table to rise. Soil erosion
can also release salinity into the streams.
We adapted the Bird Brochure map, which was used with permission from Capertee Valley Alliance.
Our water testing kit was loaned to us by Central Tablelands Local Land Services.

Capertee Valley Landcare, Julie Gibson, 0263797317

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Australasian Bird Fair update

click here to read an update from the Australasian BirdFfair.

01 December, 2015


The dates -
                     Tuesday 24 November and
                     Tuesday 1 December - 8am until 4pm.

For more information ring Endeavour on 131 003 and on the day ask for TODD CROOK.

These cuts may only apply to Bogee so check your letterbox for notification.

P.S I have asked that if the second cut does not take place to let us know so that we are not messed around.