28 April, 2016

Draft Budget and Operational Plan info session

Dear Members,

6pm Glen Davis Community Hall

Do you want to have your say about the roads in the Capertee Valley and request upgrades and maintenance to be included in the 2016-17 Budget (1/7/2016 to 30/6/2017)?

Lets all meet with Lithgow City Council on Thursday 28th April at 6pm in the Glen Davis Community Hall.

If you would like to know what Council has planned to spend your rates on then this is the time for you to attend and listen to what they plan and an opportunity to put in a submission if your concerned in the event that limited dollars will be spent in our sector.

Only you can make a difference.

Last financial to 30 the June 2016 no money was budgeted to improve our roads from Special Levy Rates, Roads to Recovery funds in the Capertee Valley.

In fact the budget for the previous financial year ( 1/7/2014-30/6/2015) to complete the 0.5km seal still hasn't been completed.

CVA has contacted Mr Iain Stewart at Lithgow City Council on numerous occasions, have visited his office in Lithgow only to be promised time and time again that the seal would be completed every time we contacted him within the month, last week when we visited him he said it will be done in April. (Don't die waiting).
This has taken 20 months to complete.

There are some very dangerous areas on the Glen Alice Road including large dead tree branches hanging over the road from Bogee to Mt Marsden... CVA has included the request for maintenance and Bogee RFS now for many years  (since 2008)and nothing is done.
I guess it will take a tragedy before Council takes it seriously... the school bus for example.

To make a difference voice your concerns once you are aware of what Council is going to include or not include in their Budget for the next financial Year.
CVA Inc.

20 April, 2016

John Saville's funeral

John Saville's funeral will be held today at the Glen Alice Church and then the Hall at 11:30 - everyone from the community is welcome.

16 April, 2016

Fermentation Workshop Reminder

 Just to let everyone know that the workshop will be held at Glen Alice Hall on April 17th. For more information contact Terrie Wallace on 63797280.

14 April, 2016

John Saville

Good Morning All,
Firstly it is with sadness I inform those of you who do not already know that Mr. John Saville passed away yesterday after a sudden, short illness. I think I am correct in saying he was the founding Secretary /Treasurer and “Glen Alice” was the Fire Headquarters of Glen Alice Volunteer Bushfire Brigade from the 50s till advent of RFS !!!!!!!! As a kid I remember him with his “safety hard hat”...... yes John wore PPE way back then, was designated driver of the ex Army Blitz water tanker ( what a beast) at the bushfires. He probably had a Hard Hat because they had little suspension and a metal roof  very low and very strong !!!!!!!

The Capertee Valley and the Family properties “Glen Alice and later “The Crossing” were his life as most of you would have realised upon meeting this Gentleman.  In the last couple of decades he was greatly involved in the tree planting exercises when they took place. Animals were a great passion of his and the Guild League of Bird Lovers poster identifying birds was displayed in his home until he left.  Personally I will miss my conversation with this lovely Gentleman as many of you will do. His recollections and history of The Valley were many , and the Saville Family have been great neighbours to a number of us in The Valley.

I am suggesting the Brigade forms a Guard of Honour for John at his Funeral  Service which will be at Glen Alice Union Church POSSIBLY Wednesday but still to be confirmed about 11.30. John will not be buried at Glen Alice Cemetery but will be cremated and return to Glen Alice Cemetery. A light lunch will be held afterwards at the Glen Alice Hall. I hope you all agree with the Guard of Honour. Uniform will be optional for the G of H
and perhaps we have Cat 1 and 9A at or near the Church as a part of that Guard.
Lyn and I will be co-ordinating with the Family the refreshments. I would like anyone who feels they are able to contribute in the way of finger food or helping in the Hall to get in touch with Lyn or I  on 63797288 or by return email. The sooner we have a indication of your offer to help would be most appreciated. Reimbursement for expenses will be made to those who contribute to the luncheon.

National Parks plan to start the Numietta HR today with the view it will be in good time for possible shower activity on the weekend... be prepared for smoke with the easterly influence of the weather  we will experience.
If any one from our Brigade is able to assist with manning Cat 1 or Cat 7 tankers for a HR near Pine Grove area Capertee Road this weekend please reply to me ASAP as we have had a request to Capertee and Glen Alice Brigades for 2 tankers/ crews of each Category. (Please remember those already involved in the Working Bee at Glen Alice Church and Hall.)

If someone has a contact for Mr Dick Turner from the tree planters group or some other person involved there, could they let me know or those people of Johns passing please. Also please let anyone you see know about Johns passing and the HRs.
Many thanks for your assistance in anticipation.
Kind Regards,
Bruce Richardson.

The Ferntree Gully Environmental Reserve Trust is holding its annual bush croquet

The Ferntree Gully Environmental Reserve Trust is holding its annual bush croquet fundraiser and contest for the Ted Daniels Trophy on:
Sunday 1 May 2016.
Come along for a great family day out. Bring a picnic lunch (barbecue facilities
provided) and enjoy the scenery.
COST to play is $10 per adult and the first heats get underway at 10 arn.
There'll be a raffle for a ute load of well-seasoned firewood, and local honey will be available for sale.
The VENUE is located at the top of Growee Gulph on the Bylong Valley Way,
approximately 20 km from Rylstone town. The route will be well sign-posted on the day.
Proceeds will go towards the care and maintenance of the Reserye's walking tracks, signage, entrance road etc.

13 April, 2016

Part time cleaner Glen Alice school

could spread the word that the school needs a cleaner, 5 days a week, 1.25 hrs/day?

Natalie Merz
Glen Alice PS
(02)6379 7208

Hazard reduction burn to the east of Glen Alice

National Parks continues with Hazard Reduction Burns

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Mudgee Area is planning to continue this season’s hazard reduction burning program with a large remote area hazard reduction burn to the east of Glen Alice in Wollemi National Park on Thursday 14 April.

NPWS Mudgee Area Manager David Crust, said the hazard reduction burn will cover over 6000 hectares and follow up on a successful burn in the Wallaby Creek area of Capertee National Park on Monday.

“Whilst conditions are generally dry, the Numietta Creek burn is at a higher elevation and has received some light easterly rainfall over the last 2 weeks - conditions are ideal for low intensity burn.”

Mr Crust said there is likely to be smoke from the burn across the district and in particular in the Capertee Valley on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. NPWS fire crews will remain in the area for at least the next week. There is light rain forecast for late Saturday and Sunday which is expected to dampen any remaining fire activity.

Mr Crust said that another 6 hazard reduction burns are scheduled across the region for the Autumn period in Goulburn River, Gardens of Stone and Wollemi National Parks.

“This year we hope to treat over 20 000 hectares. However, we are still at the mercy of the weather, which can derail even the best laid plans. To ensure an effective and safe burn everything must be in place including suitable weather conditions such as temperature, winds and moisture levels.”

“People should expect to see smoke in the area in coming weeks,” he said. For up to date information on hazard reductions, go to the NSW Rural Fire Service website at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au

The proposed burns will be part of many hazard reduction operations undertaken by NPWS across NSW each year, many with assistance from the Rural Fire Service (RFS) and Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) and are part of the NSW Government’s $76 million package over six years to boost bushfire preparedness and double hazard reduction in the State’s national parks, where conditions allow.

For health information relating to smoke from bush fires and hazard reduction burning, visit the NSW Health website or the Asthma Foundation.

Media Contact: Jacki Roberts 0268 410946

08 April, 2016

Capertee Valley History


When John McLean, his wife Marion and their children arrived in Sydney from their native Scotland in December 1837, they
knew exactly where they wanted to go.

Within days of migrating to NSW, the McLean family had made their way over the Blue Mountains and north to the Capertee
Valley where they landed on the doorstep of Marion's brother, also known as John McLean, just in time for Christmas
That property was Warrangee, then a 300 acre Crown grant on the Capertee River officially described as "Worrengy'', and
reputedly the site of the first house built in the Valley.
The newly-arrived John McLean went on to become the "Lord of Capertee'', building a farming empire over 40 years that
encompassed not only most of the entire valley but much of the surrounding country halfway to Bathurst.

His brother in law John McLean, christened Jonathan, followed a different path, as detailed by a recent visitor to the Valley, Mrs
Copland Schmidt, of Athol, via Toowomba, as she pursued her interest in family history.

Warrangee's John McLean was one of a group of migrants from the Isle of Skye who arrived in Sydney in 1821.

Young McLean, then about 24, boasted botanical skills that saw him recruited by three notable landholders: Bungarribee's John
Campbell, Vaucluse House's Captain John Piper and Elizabeth Farm's John Macarthur.

In 1929, McLean was appointed Assistant Superintendent at Sydney's Botanical Garden, a position he held for six years,
including several years as Acting Superintendent. By then he had also been granted his 300 acres at Warrangee.

Around 1931, he allowed Scottish acquaintances George and Georgina Innes and their daughter Annabella to take up
residence on Warrangee while they awaited construction of their new home at Glen Alice.

In her memoirs, Annabella recalled the home at Warrangee as "not a very nice place, though the new house was thought very
good... weatherboard and shingled, with three small rooms... the old house stood at right angles, built with slabs and covered
with bark... the men lived in huts by the river, some distance off...''
Glen Alice, by contrast, won her blessing: in a mid-winter 1834 visit, she wrote, the house "was still unfinished, but very
comfortable, and the garden... well-stocked with vines and fruit trees''.
"We really had a beautiful garden in front of the house, but not too near, and the ground between was prettily laid out with lawn
and shrubbery, all planned by Mr John McLean, at one time head gardener in the Botanical Gardens, Sydney, and afterwards
holding a Government appointment at Norfolk Island,'' she later wrote.
John McLean was appointed Agricultural Superintendent on Norfolk Island in 1835.

He returned to Australia briefly in late 1837, possibly to meet his sister Marion and her family after their arrival, but no further
record of his presence in Australia is known. In 1840 he and another man drowned off Norfolk Island when their boat capsized.Both were buried there.

In a will he made before heading to Norfolk, McLean left Warrangee and all his stock to his father, Donald, in Scotland. That
never happened, according to property records unearthed by recent research.

What did happen, Mrs Schmidt says, is that McLean's brother in law, the man who went on to become known as the Lord of
Capertee, somehow ended up with the property.

Some reports claim that "Lord'' McLean bought it, others that Jonathan sold it to his sister, but the property records apparently
don't show it.

By the time he died in 1876, "Lord'' McLean's daughter Margaret and her husband William Jamison (son of the famous Sir John
Jamison) were running the property she was born on.

After her husband's death in 1891, Margaret ran Warrangee and the remains of the family empire until a few years before her
death in 1921, when the McLean clan's final link to the Capertee Valley ended.

Kayaking news

April School Holidays:

Last of the warm weather before Winter - come paddling with us!

Southern Cross Kayaking returning to Ganguddy (Dunns Swamp) this holiday-
Saturday 9th - Monday 25th April 2016:

Kayak Tours and Hire available daily

Update Land Water Future campaign

Exactly one year before the NSW election, farmers with the Lock the Gate Alliance, environmentalists with the Nature Conservation Council, Traditional Owners, community groups and thousands of ordinary citizens joined together to launch the Land Water Future campaign.

Mining companies had a licence to drill for coal and frack for gas in every corner of our state: our forests and farmlands, across all of Sydney, the Southern Highlands, Hunter Valley, Northern Rivers, Liverpool Plains and the state’s north west.

It was an enormous challenge. 80% of NSW was covered with coal and gas mining licences and applications. But today, thanks to you and thousands more, less than 10% of our state is at risk.

It’s been a year since the NSW election, and the Land Water Future campaign is coming to an end. There’s still more to be done, and the Lock the AllianceNature Conservation Council, and community groups across our state will lead the way.

Take a look at this video to see what we did together on Facebook or Youtube.

The small actions of thousands of people added up to something big:
  • 250 of you rallied for a frack-free Gloucester Valley at the AGL AGM, making sure every board director and shareholder heard the message;
  • 700 of you wrote submissions opposing Rio Tinto’s coal expansion plan to wipe out the Hunter Valley village of Bulga;
  • 250 of you took it straight to the Premier's own electorate in Manly, joining one of the biggest doorknocks in Australian political history, reaching over 8000 households;
  • 185 Lane Cove residents hosted Liverpool Plains farmers at a forum in the NSW Resource Minister’s electorate, joining forces for a powerful city-country partnership;
  • 150 of you heard the Professor the Honorable Dame Marie Bashir issue her clarion call at our International Womens’ Day event, “The destruction of our farmland must stop. That is my feeling, and I have never been so emphatic or political in my life";
  • Over 250,000 of you watched our humorous video about Shenhua’s plans to “relocate” koalas from the Liverpool Plains;
  • 440 of you feasted at our Paddock to Plate Fathers’ Day Luncheon in support of farmers and winemakers fighting coal and gas in the Liverpool Plains and Hunter Valley;
  • 4,000 of you came together to make a human sign that read ‘Beyond Coal and Gas’;
  • Tens of thousands of you turned out with your grandmothers, kids and neighbours to see Frackman in cinemas across the state;
  • Thousands of you gave AGL the flick, switching to an energy provider that doesn’t frack our land and water;
  • You emailed your local politicians, you called the Premier’s office, you rallied outside Parliament, you doorknocked your street, you turned up to public meetings, you shared stories online, and you signed petitions;
  • And hundreds of you travelled hundreds of kilometres to support communities on the frontline like Camden, the Liverpool Plains, Bulga, Bylong, Gloucester and Wollar, giving local communities fresh hope for their future and the fight ahead.

It was awesome! Check out the highlights in this short video on Facebook or Youtube.  

In the end, it was city residents joining with country communities for our land, water and future that has made all the difference. Thank you.

More than 20 coal seam gas licences were cancelled across Sydney, the Illawarra, Southern Highlands, Central Coast,  Gloucester and Manning Valley, Hunter Valley, Rylstone, Bylong, Gunnedah, Northern Rivers, and Northern Tablelands. Coal mine expansions were slowed, stalled and some in the Hunter Valley were stopped. Together, we made the protection of land, water and future a political priority.

There's still more to do to protect the Liverpool Plains from Shenhua's coal mine and the Pilliga forest from Santos's gasfield, and to support communities like Bylong, Berrima and Hunter Valley towns like Bulga as they fight for their future.

Make sure you’re a part of the next phase with the Nature Conservation Council and Lock The Gate Alliance.

Join the Lock the Gate Alliance here: www.lockthegate.org.au/join_us

Interested in doing more to protect our land, water and future? You can volunteer with Lock the Gate by signing up here.

Sign up with the Nature Conservation Council here: http://natureorg.nationbuilder.com/sign_up_beyond_coal_gas

Better yet, RSVP to their Tuesday April 26 public forum in Manly and hear from farmers and traditional owners taking action to protect the Pilliga forest and be part of making NSW coal seam gas free.

Thanks for being part of something big.

Holly and Nell, for the Land Water Future team.

P.S. Don't miss the wonderful highlight reel: https://youtu.be/oI-J6vz4bwI 

07 April, 2016

Garden Fair 2016

Costa Georgiadis captivated crowds at the bi-annual Kandos Gardens Fair on Saturday where he encouraged visitors to embrace their local community and its landscapes. 
The landscape architect and presenter of the ABC’s Gardening Australia program was joined by special guests The Land gardening journalist, Fiona Ogilvie and wild food forager, Diego Bonetto for the event that showcased 12 open gardens in and around Rylstone and Kandos over the weekend. 
Click here to read the full story in the Mudgee Guardian

05 April, 2016

NPWS Hazard reduction burns in the Capertee Valley

We’re planning some hazard reduction burning around the Capertee valley over the coming weeks including a burn in Capertee National park on Tuesday.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Mudgee Area is planning to continue this season’s hazard reduction burning program with a hazard reduction burn in Capertee National Park this coming Tuesday, 5 April

The burn covers around 500 hectares along to the south of Port Macquarie road and east of the Capertee River. This burn will take place on Saturday 9 April.

NPWS Mudgee Area Manager David Crust, said that “whilst conditions are generally dry, the Capertee burn is in very low fuels and we actually need quiet hot conditions to get an effective burn.”

The burn will be lit by a helicopter and NPWS crews will remain in the area patrolling for at least the following week. Capertee Valley residents can expect to see smoke for that period

Mr Crust said that a number of other hazard reduction burns were scheduled across the region for the Autumn period in Wollemi National Park. These burns include a 6000 hectare burn in the Numieta creek area to the east of Glen Alice which may be lit over the weekend of 9-10 April

For updates on hazard reductions, go to the NSW Rural Fire Service website at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au

03 April, 2016

Stand Up For Nature

Our wildlife and their homes are under threat. Without strong laws, many of our native species, including the koala, will disappear in our lifetime. Yet, instead of working to develop stronger laws for nature, our government is dismantling them.

Will you #StandUpForNature and sign our urgent petition?

In 2015, Mike Baird promised that his government would protect our environment by introducing a new Biodiversity Conservation Act to replace our existing nature laws.

Today, that promise looks hollow and the desires of developers are being placed ahead of the needs of our wildlife, natural resources and climate.

In NSW alone, close to 1,000 species of plants and animals are threatened with extinction. And in just 20 years, koala numbers have declined by more than 40 per cent across NSW and QLD.

For months we’ve made the case for strong laws to protect nature, but our government is not listening.

Please join me and add your voice to our petition so the government knows you want strong laws for nature too.

Kind regards,

Kevin Evans
Chief Executive Officer
National Parks Association of NSW

PS. My family and I are standing up for nature. I hope you will join us. 

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