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May 8, 2021

Time to care for the whole environment

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Join Clarkes Beach paddle out this weekend to stop massive oil and gas field project

Hundreds of local surfers and water-lovers will paddle out at Clarke’s Beach over the weekend to protest against a massive oil and gas field proposed for the NSW coast.

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Belongi Spit

John Lazarus, Byron Bay An update on proposed development of the Belongil Spit site, for the information particularly of those...

Byron Bay wins season opener against Mullum Giants

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Meet local firies and save lives, including your own

Meeting local firefighters and learning about home fire prevention is really important and more so in recent times and into the future.

Council won’t save our beach

Cr Jan Hackett, Byron Bay Byron Shire Council refuses to take any action to save our once world-class beach, until...

Board defends its management of Mullum Rural Co-op

The issue of potential fraud and financial mismanagement was a key part of the response from Mullumbimby Rural Co-op...

Wanted: Bangalow and Byron ‘Induzzy’ reps for town projects

Residents of Bangalow and the Byron Arts and Industry Estate are invited to apply for positions on the Byron Shire Council’s Place Planning Collective

The cavalier wide use and acceptance of industrial chemicals in the environment has started a cascade of adverse reactions in wildlife, plant microbes and humans.

The sustainable movement in land management is now calling for assessing the entire lifecycle of herbicides. Agricultural research has shown severe impacts on soil microbiology, especially in coastal soils mycorrhizal (fungal) association, critical to fragile health of coastal habitats.

While landcare groups struggle with underfunding, how then can NPWS justify aerial spraying with broad-spectrum herbicides? The poisons are designed to kill many types of plants and together with their surfactants can be devastating to canopy invertebrates. Detergents are widely used to kill insects. No research has ever been done by the NPWS on the effects of spraying on our butterflies, bees and the myriad of small creatures we don’t see.

Our ecosystems are not just trees. Aerial spraying (and drift) in the past has had dire consequences for intertidal life in the form of dead rock crabs and shellfish that were strewn along beaches. Does the need to eliminate a few bitou bushes warrant the danger and expense of such drastic actions?

It is urgent that we give the planet some breathing space and give serious consideration to less destructive practices in this ‘war on weeds’ and the rush to introduce GM foods.

In this the 21st century, we owe it our beautiful children to be more aware and responsible citizens – ethically, socially and environmentally.

Terry Hamill, Coorabell

 


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