The people of the Sepik River in Papua New Guinea understand the threat to their lives and culture from the Chinese-owned copper and gold mine that is currently being proposed to be built on the Frieda River, a tributary of the headwaters of the Sepik River.
As winter comes and you’re out collecting firewood in the Gondwanan forests of the northern rivers you may meet the Northern Rivers Funnel Web (Hadronyche formidablis) aka the Northern Tree Funnel Web.
Mayor Simon Richardson has defended the lack of environmental credentials of his Council after activist Dailan Pugh highlighted a lack ecological expertise and the ever increasing development pressures.
Everything starts as an idea that has the potential to grow into something big. That is what happened for 11-year-old local boy Arlian who is now known as the Plastic Free Boy.
Is there a creek, river or estuary that you think could do with some rehabilitation? If the answer is yes then you’ll be happy to learn that there is over half a million dollars available to enhance and rehabilitate degraded fish habitat.
Byron Shire councillor Jan Hackett intends to call on councillors to throw the ball on coastal hazards into the federal government’s court at the council meeting this Thursday.
The department of planning and environment is calling for feedback on plans by Champions Quarry at Tuckurimba, near Lismore, to seek variations to its approval, including the number of community consultation meetings it is required to hold each year.
Geoff Dawe, Uki. The discussion of climate change seems to be going the same way as the discussion of sustainability. The arguments are cherry-picked to provide answers of confusion.
Total Environment Centre director Jeff Angel gives the TEC’s view on environmental issues related to the environment Conservation groups say they are appalled by the Coalition’s announcement that it will seek to repeal the Native Vegetation Act if returned to... Read More →
Cavvanbah was name the Bundjalung people used for what is now Byron Bay. The word is translated as ‘the meeting place’ but could well describe a location where fresh and salt waters meet.
Environment groups on the north coast are launching a campaign to stop a trial of ‘cable logging’ around mid-north coast catchments.
Three types of surface waters flow in Byron Bay. The first is rainwater. The second is the sea. The third is the water flow that we rely on now that we have given up on using natural springs and wells: our tap water and sewerage system.
Inspired by local resident Sally Williams, kids at the Ocean Shores Primary School have created a wall made from plastic bottles filled with non-recycled soft plastic rubbish.
The growth plan for Byron Bay? To be economically viable, I am told that we need to expand from village to town. The NSW government definition of ‘town’ has a population over 20,000. To my mind, 20,000 koalas is ambitious.
Michael Balson, Upper Wilsons Creek. Just as the political terms ‘left’ and ‘right’ lost their currency, so have the names ‘conservative’ and ‘radical’. There may have been a time when conservative meant steady as she goes – business as usual. But times have changed.
A 31-year-old Lismore environmentalist, Nicholas Llewelyn-Smith, has died after he lost his footing and fell from a cliff during a hike with friends in Canada, where he had been living for the past two years.
Robin Harrison, Binna Burra. Not only is the West Byron Mega Suburb profoundly unsustainable, even by suburban development standards, suburbia itself is unsustainable.
The Byron Residents Group, which has been fighting proposals for a development in West Byron, says revelations about the approval process of a marina on Great Keppel Island have only added to their concerns.
The 50 or 60 species of flying fish actually glide through the air. Accelerating underwater at a speed of more than 30 body lengths per second, they dart forward and up, spreading their wide fins like fans. Their tails beat the water 50 times a second.
R Ingram, Wilsons Creek. Last Tuesday evening I was driving home from work and came across three dead possums just in Mullum. They were hit in a 50kmh school zone and an 80 zone, and left on the road to be splattered by further traffic.
Dr Richard Gates, Evans Head.The general manager of Richmond Valley Council’s statements about the Iron Gates matter raise some interesting questions. For example, is Richmond Valley Council that ‘other player about to come into the market’ to develop the Iron Gates, and how does the General Manager know about a potential ‘other player’?
Margaret Howes, Empire Vale. Conflict exists between the agricultural practices on the RU1 farmland and the wildlife in the E2 land. One of the most problematic issues is that wildlife knows no zone boundaries and regularly visits the farmland to vary its diet.
What’s going on in the Caldera? That’s the question posed by the Caldera Environment Centre as the theme for this year’s World Environment Day event in Knox Park on Sunday.
For Prime Minister Tony Abbott and the right-wing faction that put him there — the people Paul Keating famously described as ‘right-wing nutcases’ — this was not so much a budget as a settling of old scores.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has presented a draft decision on the world heritage status of the Great Barrier Reef. It recommends adding the reef to the World Heritage In Danger list in 2015. Environment group... Read More →