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The Coastwatchers Association Inc. is the leading community environmental and conservation group serving the South Coast of NSW, principally in the Shire of Eurobodalla between Narooma and Batemans Bay.

Welcome to our website. We aim to provide information and resources in this website such that it can be used as a significant community resource. We welcome comments or suggested improvements (click the envelope icon on the right to email).

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Press Release April 2019 – Gilmore polling shows environment a big issue.

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Letters from Friends of the Mongarlowe to Environment Minister Upton & Forestry Minister Toole March 17th 2019 and EPA Response

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Marine park advisory body’s independence questioned after NSW minister’s comments made to fishers – ABC News

Doubts have been cast over the independence of a NSW marine park advisory body after a senior Liberal minister appeared to indicate to a meeting of recreational fishers he had influence over the make-up of the committeee.

Read the full ABC News story here.

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Corn Trail Media and Politicians Contacts

Dear Corn Trail Supporters

27 February 2019 News Sent 27 Feb

Stop Work Orders demanded for compartment 517 logging above Corn Trail, Beagle Weekly Feb 26, 2019.

Stop Work Orders demanded for compartment 517 above Corn Trail – Mike Kelly says our precious native forests worth more as carbon sinks. This story has been shared on the Braidwood Bugle Facebook page

Previous Media

Hoofing it to the Coast on Shanks’ pony Riotact John Studholme  16 February 2019

Media Coverage list of National Forest Uprising rally Wed 13 February – 26 articles

Conservationists are battling to stop logging near the Corn Trail Alex Rae 12 Feb 2019

Shameful NS Logging on Famous Corn Trail  FOMR District Bulletin 7 Feb 2019

Shameful Outdated Logging Along the Famous Corn Trail Beagle Weekly 4 Feb 2019

Forest conservationists oppose Corn Trail logging Braidwood Times 3 Jan 2019

Voices For The Forests a short 5 min film featuring Monga National Park and logging compartment 517 next to the Corn Trail filmed in January 2019

Save Monga Video (52 secs) January 2019 

Things You Can Do – Online Actions

PETITION: End Native Forest Logging by 2020 

VOTE FOR DAVID GALLAN’S SPOTTED TAILED QUOLL PHOTOGRAPH

Taken at the top of the Corn Trail in Monga National Park near Braidwood, NSW. Voting open through 2019. Voting will help the campaign to protect quoll habitat being logged next to the Corn Trail near Braidwood just an hour from Canberra.

In October 2018 the photo won the British Natural History Museum, Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Highly Commended Award in the Animals in their Environment category. 

Like Don’t Log the Corn Trail on Facebook

Main Pollies to let know Don’t Log the Corn Trail and add to Monga National Park

Monaro – covers Braidwood and the top of the Corn Trail

NP John Barilaro, Local Member for Monaro, 213 Crawford St, Queanbeyan NSW 2620. 02 6299 4899 monaro@parliament.nsw.gov.au

ALP Candidate bryce.wilson@countrylabor.com.au

Greens Candidate Peter Marshallpeter.c.marshall@bigpond.com

Bottom of Corn Trail where logging happening in Bega

Andrew ConstanceLocal Member for Bega, Vic border up to and including South Durras, Minister for Transport and Infrastructure

andrew.constance@parliament.nsw.gov.au 

ALP Candidate for BegaLeanne.Atkinson@countrylabor.com.au

Greens Candidate for Bega, Will Douglas eurobodallagreens@yahoo.com

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian

willoughby@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Dr Mike Kelly, Member for Eden-Monaro

Mike.kelly.MP@aph.gov.au

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BELOW SENT 17 Feb

Wed Fight for the Forest Night Wed Feb 20, Acoustic Soup Food Coop ANU, 7-10pm

Short David Gallan Films, speakers including Harry Laing from Braidwood and Bands 7-10pm. Facebook invite Acoustic Soup event invite

7pm costs $8 for members and students, $12 for others…

3 Kingsley St, Canberra ACT 2601 Forest Ebassy will also have an O-week stall selling tshirts, petition etc.

Lessons from the Murray-Darling disaster run deeper than waterDr Oisin Sweeney | 15 February 2019,

Hoofing it to the Coast on Shanks’ pony, Riotact, By John Studholme  16 February 2019

Join us at the Eden-Monaro federal election candidates forum Merimbula Fri day 22 February, to hear where the major parties stand on local environment issues and national environment laws.

What: Eden-Monaro federal election candidates forum
Where: Club Sapphire, 119 Main Street, Merimbula, 2548
When: Friday 22 February from 6-7.30pm
Light snacks provided and drinks available for purchase at the bar

BELOW SENT TO EMAIL LIST

Protestors march through Wauchope for the National Forest Uprising

Letitia Fitzpatrick, 13 February 2019

The Corn Trail is currently under consideration for inclusion on the State Heritage Register. Up to 200 vulnerable Greater Gliders are almost certain to die as a result of the logging, and the endangered rare Spotted Quoll, recently seen in the area, will also be put at risk. An Aboriginal scar tree has also been identified on the steep hillside up from the trail. Please comment on this article! Braidwood Bugle Forest Embassy The Coastwatchers Association National Parks Association of the ACT Canberra Bushwalking Club National Parks Association Milton Branch ANU Environment Collective ANU Law Students’ Society#2020LogOffNativeforest #NationalForestUprising

Forest Embassy Media Release 12 February 2019 with statements from the speakers at the National Forest Uprising rally on 13 February outside Parliament House Prof Don White, Chair of the Nature Conservation Council of NSW, Peter Robertson, National Forest Campaigner for the Wilderness Society and Senator Janet Rice.

Going Bush – (22 mins video) Take a behind the scenes look at Australia’s forests, the people who work in them and the industry they support.

Dear Corn Trail supporters

There has been steady media following publicity of the logging next to the Corn Trail. Online links plus events and online actions to support the forests follow.

  • forest events coming up this and next week.
  • local film clips released by David Gallan 
  • print media links and attachments including a Greater Glider and Economics Fact sheet by Dr Hugh Tyndale-Biscoe AM   
  • vote for David Gallan’s spotted tailed quoll photo taken in Monga National Park at the top of the Corn Trail.
  • sign the online petition to Stop Native Forest Logging by 2020.
  • media and politicians contact sheet attached.

Events – National Forest Uprising Rally Wed13 Feb Noon (the day after the Stop Adani rally)

Please let your friends and family know about the National Forest Uprising Rally in Canberra this week on a sitting week at noon.  Speakers include Peter Robertson, National Campaign Manager and veteran forest campaigner from the Wilderness Society, Prof. Don White Chairperson Nature Conservation Council NSW and Janet Rice Greens Senator. Friends of the Forest (Mogo) and Braidwood people are attending with a Don’t Log the Corn Trail presence. Organised by the Forest Embassy based at Central Tilba.

StopAdani Climate Action Rally (Parliament House) Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 9AM – 10:30AM

National Forest Uprising Rally (Parliament House) Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 12PM – 1PM

Harry Laing’s letter to the Braidwood Times (attached).

Dr Hugh Tyndale-Biscoe AM  article on Greater Glider’s and economics re Corn Trail logging (attached).

John Studholme’s letter to the Canberra Times last year (attached).

Media and Politician contact sheet (attached) 

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Corn Trail Logging Compartment 517 Info Sheet March 7 2019

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Media Release – Friends of the Mongarlowe River re Logging

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Logging the Corn Trail – Useful Media Links

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Stop Work Orders demanded for compartment 517 logging above Corn Trail, Beagle Weekly Feb 26, 2019. Stop Work Orders demanded for compartment 517 above Corn Trail – Mike Kelly says our precious native forests worth more as carbon sinks. This story has been shared on the Braidwood Bugle Facebook page

Hoofing it to the Coast on Shanks’ pony Riotact John Studholme  16 February 2019

Media Coverage list of National Forest Uprising rally Wed 13 February – 26 articles

Conservationists are battling to stop logging near the Corn Trail Alex Rae 12 Feb 2019

Shameful NS Logging on Famous Corn Trail  FOMR District Bulletin 7 Feb 2019

Shameful Outdated Logging Along the Famous Corn Trail Beagle Weekly 4 Feb 2019

Forest conservationists oppose Corn Trail logging Braidwood Times 3 Jan 2019

Voices For The Forests a short 5 min film featuring Monga National Park and logging compartment 517 next to the Corn Trail filmed in January 2019  Save Monga Video (52 secs) January 2019 

Corn Trail Compartment 517 harvest plan and maps

Things You Can Do – Online Actions  

PETITION: End Native Forest Logging by 2020 

VOTE FOR DAVID GALLAN’S SPOTTED TAILED QUOLL PHOTOGRAPH taken at the top of the Corn Trail in Monga National Park near Braidwood, NSW. Voting open through 2019.  Voting will help the campaign to protect quoll habitat being logged next to the Corn Trail near Braidwood just an hour from Canberra. In October 2018 the photo won the British Natural History Museum, Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Highly Commended Award in the Animals in their Environment category. 

Like Don’t Log the Corn Trail on Facebook

Main Pollies to let know Don’t Log the Corn Trail and add to Monga National Park

Monaro – covers Braidwood and the top of the Corn Trail

NP John Barilaro, Local Member for Monaro, 213 Crawford St, Queanbeyan NSW 2620.  02 6299 4899 monaro@parliament.nsw.gov.au

ALP Candidate bryce.wilson@countrylabor.com.au

Greens Candidate Peter Marshall peter.c.marshall@bigpond.com

Bottom of Corn Trail where logging happening in Bega

Andrew Constance  Local Member for Bega, Vic border up to and including South Durras, Minister for Transport and Infrastructure andrew.constance@parliament.nsw.gov.au 

ALP Candidate for Bega Leanne.Atkinson@countrylabor.com.au

Greens Candidate for Bega, Will Douglas eurobodallagreens@yahoo.com

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian

willoughby@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Dr Mike Kelly, Member for Eden-Monaro  

Mike.kelly.MP@aph.gov.au

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Dargues Reef Gold Mine Community Information Meeting Jan 30th 2019

DARGUES REEF GOLD MINE

MINER’S COMMUNITY INFORMATION MEETING

When 6.00 pm Wednesday 30 January

Where Majors Creek Hall

The operators/owners of the Dargues Gold Mine, Diversified Minerals Pty Ltd, will be holding a community information session to provide:

  • an update on the current status of the project,
  • milestones achieved and
  • future activities over the next 12 months.
  • The project update will cover
  • mill construction works,
  • finance and
  • introduce members of the construction and management team.

Questions will not be taken during the session, however discussions will be welcome after the formal talk. The meeting will break for tea/coffee and participants are encouraged to approach company members of the construction and management team with questions.

Richard Roberts

Member, Dargues Reef Community Consultative Committee

18 January 2019

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Update on the Dargues Reef Mine November 2018

Background: Gold was discovered at Majors Creek in 1870. Mining commenced in 1871 and lasted until 1890. It recommenced during the First World War from 1914 until 1916.

Reopening the Dargues Gold Mine at Majors Creek was again proposed in 2009. Approval was granted in 2012, after an unsuccessful appeal to the Land and Environment Court by Coastwatchers and others. Initial site works were completed in late 2013, and the mine was then placed into ‘care and maintenance’, while further development approvals were sought by Unity Mining Limited, including the on site processing of the gold using cyanide.

Following a major campaign by local environmental groups (including Coastwatchers) and the public, the miner removed the application for the use of cyanide. Approval to mine was granted in 2016 by the NSW Planning Assessment Commission. Unity Mining was then acquired by Diversified Minerals Pty Ltd, a private company based in Orange NSW.

Construction of surface infrastructure commenced in early 2017 and continues to this day. Work on the mine proper commenced in May 2018, and will be ongoing for some time. A cylindrical road will progress downwards to a great depth, and all ore will be trucked to the top along this spiralling road.

The ore will be semi processed in a processing plant, with construction of this plant commencing in January 2019. The ore was to be then finally processed into ingots at Parkes, but that was not approved. The gold concentrate will now be shipped in containers to Port Kembla and taken off shore for processing. This is years away and apparently China has withdrawn agreement. The option of final processing at the company’s Henty mine in Tasmania, may still be considered.

The Dargues Reef Community Consultative Committee was formed in 2011.  It meets quarterly at Majors Creek and comprises an independent Chair, the miners, local government and members of the community. The CCC works well principally because the Chair is truly independent and highly professional. The Minister for Planning makes all committee appointments and the Chair is the only one remunerated.

Changes: The miner is in the process of submitting a new amendment to the existing approval (Modification 4). It is in 3 parts, two of which are administrative, and one which theoretically impacts on ground work.

The first matter is that the miner has acquired an adjoining farm and that addition has to be added to their overall holdings specified in the existing DA. It may have been acquired to reduce noise complaints.

Secondly, the company structure of the Miner altered when Diversified Minerals Pty Ltd (unlisted) purchased Unity Mining Limited (was ASX listed- not now). A new company has been added to the mix called Dargues Gold Mine Pty Ltd, which is the operator of the project. This may present another legal impediment in the event of noise or other problems, particularly a massive spill into the Deua National Park and the Deua River.

The third issue involves the relocation of the proposed new vehicular crossing over Spring Creek, to remain at the existing creek cross over point. Spring Creek is the initial tributary of the Deua River. This appears to be preferable in all regards, especially environmental degradation, and may have been over-looked when Modification 3 was considered.

It is proposed that this new Modification 4 will be lodged with NSW Planning by 30 November 2018 and placed on public exhibition from 3 December for 2 weeks to 17 December 2018. The CCC next meets on 18 December. There has been strong objection to this timing, expressed with the opinion that it should be exhibited until the end of January 2019. It is not the substance of the modification proposed, but an abuse of the public scrutiny process, which includes the CCC.

26 November 2018

Our thanks to Richard Roberts, a Coastwatchers member and former Secretary, who is currently a member of the Dargues Reef Mine Community Consultative Committee.

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SHASA Media Release – Nature Coast or Developers’ Coast?

Media Release –

Broulee Meeting – Rural Lands Strategy 18 November 2018

A public meeting will be held on Sunday 18th November at 2pm at Captain Oldrey Park, Broulee to raise awareness and engage with the community about the effects of the proposed Rural Lands Strategy (RLS). This meeting follows on from that held at Mossy point and the recent meeting at Mogo which was facilitated by the shadow Minister for Primary Industries Mick Veitch and the ALP candidate for Bega Leanne Atkinson. The Eurobodalla Shire is pushing on with its contentious RLS with Mayor Liz Innes repeatedly assuring residents that “it’s a done deal” and no further action from the Public will make any difference. In fact the changes require sign off by the NSW Planning Minister, Anthony Roberts and with a state election coming up in March there is plenty that can be done.

People concerned about the nature of development in our shire are welcome to come along to this public meeting. Speakers, community group stalls and maps on display will help the public identify the areas concerned and what’s being proposed.

In a nut shell – the proposal will open up land to development across the whole shire and will impact adversely on coastal land, wetlands of national significance like Waldron’s Swamp and areas known to contain threatened species like the Yellow Bellied Glider. The RLS proposes to change the zoning, watering down environmental constraints important for protecting these wetlands and other areas of high conservation value. It will open up land for development which may significantly change the character of many areas of our shire. Many businesses that rely on the natural part of the Nature Coast could be adversely affected.

Many of the areas that will become open to development are sites that back onto our waterways. This will affect water quality, fish stocks, oyster beds, and adversely impact our estuaries and beaches.

Oyster growers are also very concerned about the impact of the proposed changes, noting that the pristine waterways of the Shire are of utmost importance to their businesses, and that increased development along creeks, rivers and lakes will endanger this multi million dollar Eurobodalla industry.

The cumulative impact of this RLS together with other proposed developments will adversely affect the nature of the Nature Coast.

The meeting is on Sunday 18th November at 2pm at Captain Oldrey Park, Broulee

Media Contact: Kathryn Maxwell, Chair Southcoast Health and Sustainability Alliance,

0467 558 645 or contact.shasa@gmail.com

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