It has always been our contention that giving equal weight to the social, economic, and environmental interests is a flawed process, simply because social wellbeing and the economy are both totally reliant on a healthy environment, achieving which, therefore, should be the priority objective.
Date: 23rd January 2023 To The Hon. Dugald Saunders, MPMinister for Forestsdubbo@parliament.nsw.gov.au Dear Minister, Last year we wrote to you as Minister for forests, expressing dismay at the lack of…
Grevillea masonii is a rare shrub with a very restricted range. It is estimated there are less than 500 plants in total. Why are endangered ecological communities, threatened species, and their habitat being destroyed, and who is responsible?
In November 2019, the Liberation Trail bushfire decimated the Nymboida area, destroying more than 50 homes. The environmental damage was enormous, made worse by what is arguably the worst drought in the close to 200 years of white occupation of the area. That prolonged drought, combined with record high temperatures and heatwaves, saw moisture content of vegetation at such low levels that living trees were reduced to charcoal.
While the potential introduction of some form of traceability has merit, we must point out that goats are rapid breeders, and within two years of a goat escaping or being released into the wild, there could be 2 generations of untraceable animals creating havoc in the wild. Frankly, we believe the risk to the environment from any goat-keeping exercise is just too great, and something that needs extremely strict controls!
The CEC finds the term “wood waste” completely unacceptable, particularly that taken from native forest. It is not waste, it is crucial habitat for Australia’s unique fauna, and the source of essential nutrients for plants to grow and create healthy biodiverse ecosystems. Read our recommendations here...
Scientists are predicting the possible loss of 30% of the planet’s biodiversity through the impacts of climate change within 80 years, less than one human lifespan. To suggest any species is “secure” is stretching credibility, much less one with such a restricted range as B. hapalophylla.
Who could have predicted that? They have to be kidding! CEC, working in support of Clarence Valley Council's Koala Working Group Land for Wildlife new members and properties in the Clarence Valley Ending NSW native forest logging by 2024 to prepare for the climate emergency Rest in Peace State of the Environment Report, by Meredith Stanton Small actions count; saving part of a population of the threatened pea Tephrosia filipes beneath powerlines. By Clive Barker Microbats still thriving at Shannon Creek Requesting a further chang
In conclusion it seems that, given the modern genetic testing that is available, perhaps some effort could have been made to determine if those other populations are in fact B. hapalophylla, or possibly even an undescribed species, before proceeding with the delisting.
We found the endangered shrub Grevillea masonii, Caladenia fuscata, or Dusky Fingers orchid, a Black She-oak, Allocasuarina litoralis with a mass of freshly chewed cones, a sure sign of the endangered Glossy-black Cockatoo, a spectacular flowering Boronia chartacea and the biggest cane toad ever!