28 August, 2016

Capertee Valley Landcare - Water Testing Friday 30th September 2016 3 - 4 Glen Alice Hall

Water testing Rivers, creeks, Dams Water tanks Bores

We've postponed water testing for this month because Psyfari is on and we don't want to increase valley traffic, and anyway the police are using the Glen Alice Hall.

It'll be on again next month so bring your water for testing on Friday 30 September 3-4pm. If you're bringing bore water can you not only have a location but also a depth. Thanks.

Privet removal will be Friday 11 September, let me know if you're planning to come and help. We need someone with a chain saw.

Julie Gibson
Capertee Valley Landcare
97 The Gullies Road, Glen davis
02 6379 7317

23 August, 2016

Lithgow cuts to services

From: Lithgow Ratepayers [mailto:lithgowratepayers@gmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, 2 August 2016 7:53 AM
To: Lithgow Ratepayers
Subject: Lithgow Mercury: 'Lithgow City Council to "explore" cuts to services and rate rises as part of local government reforms.'

Lithgow Mercury:  'Lithgow City Council to "explore" cuts to
services and rate rises as part of local government reforms.'

On the eve of the Lithgow City Council Elections, this doesn't sound very good:

"LITHGOW City Council will explore potential cuts to and removal of some council services to get its finances in line with criteria set by the NSW Government’s Office of Local Government.

Options for improving finances included reducing service levels, removing services or parts of them altogether and disposing of council assets.

Lithgow City Council General Manager Roger Bailey said it was too early to say what services would be either reduced or removed.

The resubmission states council may also improve finances through operational savings and increasing revenue through fees and charges.

It also states council may use a combination of these options but if doing so does not sufficiently improve finances by June 30, 2018 they will seek a Special Rate Variation (SRV).

According to the report a rate increase around 12 per cent is needed currently for council to reach the financial criteria set by the OLG."

08 August, 2016

Gardens of Stone: In Focus

In Focus - Celebration register now 

Planning to go the “Gardens of Stone: In Focus” Celebration but haven’t registered yet?
Go to our website and register today for your chance to win a $100 dinner voucher for Rubyos in Newtown.
All registrations received by Sunday August 21 go into the draw.
The winner will be drawn during the afternoon celebration on Saturday 17th from 2:00PM. You must be present to win it!
Carmen Welss, Event Manager

"Koalas,Bulldozers and Bullies....."

Nature Conservation wrote:

Did you see the Sydney Morning Herald on Saturday? The paper broke a devastating story of koalas in northwest NSW, the landowners hell-bent on bulldozing their habitat, and the living legends who are doing all they can to protect our iconic marsupial.
The story revealed the true cost of land clearing on our wildlife. And that’s why you and I simply can’t afford to let the Baird government get away with weakening the laws that limit land clearing.
We’ve heard from those on the inside that the government will decide whether to push ahead with these devastating changes as early as next week.
Have you asked your MP to stand up for land clearing laws and reject the Baird government’s devastating plan? It’s not too late, email them now.
If you’ve already done it, please share this email with your friends and on Facebook here.

There’s still time show the government that we’re watching and won’t let them get away with tearing up our land-clearing laws. Make sure they know you care.
If you’re in Sydney on August 19th, join us when we take the message straight to Premier Baird himself. Full details here.
Thank you for all you’re doing to defend our natural heritage,
For nature,
Daisy and Corinne.
P.S. Are you a farmer, land manager or know someone who is? A group of leading farmers has launched a statement calling on the government to protect the bush and better support farmers to look after the land. Join them by signing their statement at: www.FarmingFuture.org.au

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