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Time2Choose Rally

Join the Nature Conservation Council of NSW (NCC) on the 24th of March in Sydney, one year out from the state election, as they call for the State Government to choose a clean energy future. Lock the Gate, The Wilderness Society, 350.org  and … Continue reading

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Alert! Save the Forests – Donate your lunch hour on 14 February 2018 at Batemans Bay

Dear Coastwatchers Members This is a chance to tell the Turnbull and Berejiklian Governments how deeply opposed you are to the destruction of our native forests by the logging industry. Please put Wednesday 14 February in your diary NOW! The push to lock … Continue reading

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President’s Report to 2017 AGM

President’s Report It is with pleasure that I welcome members and friends today. In the 2016-2017 financial year we have held 6 Coastwatchers committee meetings. Though technically outside that in August, the Moruya Forest Forum was arguably a high point … Continue reading

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NSW Govt Publication – Overview of RFA Renewals

overview-extending-regional-forest-agreements (102KB .pdf)

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Proposed Changes to Rules Governing Environmental Organisations

The Coastwatchers Environment Fund is one of hundreds of environment funds which have been registered on the Commonwealth Government’s REO – the Register of Environmental Organisations. This registration process provides the legal basis for attracting tax-deductible donations. A Commonwealth Parliamentary … Continue reading

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Dargues Reef Mine Gets Final Approval

In April 2017, Big Island Mining received final approval from the Commonwealth Government to proceed with the development of the Dargues Reef Gold Mine at Majors Creek. Big Island Mining had previously received approval under NSW Planning legislation following the … Continue reading

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Victorian Forest Investigation Underway

In February 2017, VicForests began logging an area near Warburton known as the Blue Vein coupe, just a few hundred metres from the famous 350- year-old Ada Tall Trees Reserve. Local citizen scientists from the ‘Wildlife of the Central Highlands’ … Continue reading

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Moruya Forest Forum Success

The Coastwatchers ‘Moruya Forest Forum’, was held on Wednesday 23 August 2017, and was a great success. About 100 people attended the Forum in the St. Mary’s Performing Art Centre, an ideal venue for this type of activity. The meeting opened … Continue reading

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Forest Forum Letter to the Premier October 16th 2017

Dear Premier, Prohibition on the Logging of Mogo State Forest The Coastwatchers Association Inc. opposes the continued logging of State Forests in the Batemans Bay region of the South Coast of NSW, particularly the logging of timber, which is destined … Continue reading

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Moruya Forest Forum Resources – August 23rd 2017

NPA Forests for All Plan   https://npansw.org/what-we-do/our-work/campaigns/end-native-forest-logging/ Great Southern Forest Campaign seeks to protect all of the 430,000 hectares of public native forests of the Southern and Eden Regional Forest Agreement (RFA) regions following the expiry of the RFAs. The GSF is … Continue reading

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Moruya Forest Forum Resolutions- August 23rd 2017

This meeting calls on the NSW Government to: 1. Cease Logging Mogo State Forest Immediately cease logging the Mogo State Forest until a professionally based pre logging review is undertaken and assessed, given the known presence of both the Vulnerable … Continue reading

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Moruya Forest Forum Invitation

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Rabbit Control Continues in Eurobodalla

The Eurobodalla Shire’s Environment Team are commended for their efforts to reduce the numbers of rabbits across the Shire. Rabbit warrens have been destroyed and fumigated in Tuross, Long Beach and South Durras. The new Korean strain of Calcivirus (RHDV-K5) … Continue reading

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Propping Up a Potential Dead Asset – The Closure/Sale of the Heyfield Timber Mill

A salutary lesson in timber resource management Gippsland in Victoria is still reeling from the loss of hundreds of jobs following the closure of the Hazelwood Power Station. And then months later the largest hardwood sawmill in Australia, also based … Continue reading

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Concerned Community Members Find Endangered Greater Gliders, and Vulnerable Yellow-bellied Gliders in the Mogo State Forest

Since the logging operation commenced, volunteer members of the community have been surveying the Mogo Forest, searching for fauna that would be adversely affected by the logging activities. They were also noting the presence of habitat and feed trees. The … Continue reading

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Forest Logging Debate Erupts in Eurobodalla

For many years there have been many environmental battles to reduce or halt the logging of State Forests on the South Coast of NSW. They have never ended. The campaigns have been run by dedicated members of the community particularly … Continue reading

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Obituary – Martyn Phillips – 1947 – 2017

In May this year I notified Coastwatchers members of the death of Martyn Phillips, a long serving member of the Association and an extremely capable past President. Martyn died after losing his second battle with cancer. Martyn had a critical … Continue reading

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Farewell to Maureen and Jim Baker

The Association has farewelled two of its greatest supporters and environmental warriors, with the departure of Maureen and Jim Baker in early July, moving closer to Sydney to be nearer to their family. Maureen and Jim have been members of … Continue reading

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CEMAC Report July 7th 2017

To date there has been no update on the new coastal management legislation. The following information is on the Planning website: Thank you to all who have taken the time to provide feedback on various aspects of the coastal reform … Continue reading

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Coastwatchers AGM Preliminary Date: Saturday September 23rd 2017

For those members who plan ahead, the Executive is planning to hold the Annual General Meeting this year on Saturday September 23rd at 2:00pm at the Tomakin Community Hall. This will be finalised at the next Committee meeting on Wednesday … Continue reading

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Scientists Warn Greater Glider is Near Extinction

Written by Adam Morton, The Age, June 2nd 2017 Those who know the greater glider have a vivid way of describing it: like a flying possum crossed with a Koala. About the size of a garden variety possum, but with … Continue reading

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Experts Review the Findings of the “Independent Review into the Future Security of the National Electricity Market” (The Finkel Report)

The final report entitled “Independent Review into the Future Stability of the National Electricity Market”, was handed to the Commonwealth Government in the last week. The Review known as the Finkel Report was prepared by the Review Panel of 5 … Continue reading

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Huge 300MW Solar Farm begins construction near Port Augusta

By Giles Parkinson on April 11th 2017 in Renew Economy The first of two stages of a 300MW solar farm – Australia’s biggest – has begun construction near Port Augusta in South Australia. The first two stages, totalling 220MW, of … Continue reading

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Wharf Road Coastal Zone Management Plan Back for Final Certification with Minister

The submerged and tidal land at Wharf Road Batemans Bay (400 metres from the bridge) has, indirectly and directly, been on Council Agendas for over 30 years. It is shortly to be progressed when the NSW Minister for Planning and … Continue reading

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Solar Panel Installations “Skyrocket” in Australia in March

This is an edited report by the ABC’s consumer affairs reporter Amy Bainbridge from ABC News on April 13th 2017. Key Points: Solar panels were installed on about 15,000 homes and businesses in March 2017 Installations have hit their highest … Continue reading

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Dargues Reef Mine Set to Commence Mining

After nearly two and a half years of inquiries and approvals, the Dargues Reef Gold Mine will shortly commence operation. The timeline of events for the approval process was as follows. As you will see, it commenced in November 2014 … Continue reading

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The Invasive Cassia Weed

Many Landcare volunteers in the Eurobodalla Shire have been targeting the invasive weed Cassia in the past few weeks. The flowers are bright yellow, so they are very conspicuous. If you have them in the garden or bush, please remove … Continue reading

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Eurobodalla Shire Cat Bib Program

Roaming domestic cats are a significant conservation issue because they may hunt, harass and compete with wildlife. They hunt, among other things, birds, lizards, frogs and many native mammals including bandicoots and gliders in the Eurobodalla. There are also concerns … Continue reading

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New CEO Appointed to the Australian Electricity Marketing Organisation

The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) recently appointed (March 2017) Audrey Zibelman, an American, as its new CEO. Zibelman was one of the leaders of New York’s “Reforming the Energy Vision” following the 2012 Hurricane Sandy, in which thousands of … Continue reading

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New Rabbit Virus Released in Eurobodalla

A new Korean strain of calicivirus virus has been released across the Eurobodalla Shire, and will hopefully result in a dramatic reduction in wild rabbits. This new strain of calicivirus is highly contagious, and can kill rabbits within 24 hours. … Continue reading

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April 18th Newsletter now online

Coastwatchers Newsletter 2017-04-18

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CW Management Committee Meeting April 12th 2017 Draft Minutes

These minutes will remain in draft form until they are accepted at the next Management Committee meeting. CW MC Draft Minutes 12_04_17 (133KB Docx)

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Death of Martyn Phillips

It is with the deepest regret that I am notifying members of the death of the long standing Coastwatchers member and leader Martyn Phillips. Martyn died after another battle with cancer On behalf of the Association I pass on my … Continue reading

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March 21st Newsletter Available

Topics: Snowy Hydro / Islands Around Durras / Koalas / NSW Govt. Biodiversity Offset Policy / Editorial – Energy / Finkle re Energy Policy / Clean Up Australia / Social Media Coastwatchers Newsletter 2017-03-21 (286KB, opens in new tab)

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February 21st Newsletter available

Topics: Kayak 4 Earth / Old Growth Trees / ESC Fossil Fuel Divestment / CW Website / NSW Planning Laws / Dargues Reef Mine / Australia’s Electricity Market / SHASA Solar Bulk Buy. Coastwatchers Newsletter 2017-02-21 (456KB, opens in new tab)

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Welcome!

The Coastwatchers Association Incorporated 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. The Coastwatchers Association Inc (Coastwatchers) is a not-for-profit community environment and … Continue reading

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Statement of Reasons for Approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

I, MIKE SMITH, as the then acting Assistant Secretary, Department of the Environment and Energy (the Department), then delegate for the Minister for the Environment and Energy (the Minister), provide this statement of reasons for my decision of 17 February … Continue reading

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Council Sets Ambitious Renewable Energy Target Media Release

Eurobodalla Council is aiming to source 100 per cent of its electricity from renewable energy by 2030 and reduce its energy emissions 80 per cent by 2030. Council’s new draft Emissions Reduction Plan outlines high-impact cost-effective actions to reduce Council’s … Continue reading

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CW Submission to NSW Dept Planning re Changes to Environment Planning and Assessment Act 1979 – March 31st 2017

The Association opposed the 2010 Development Application regarding the Dargues Reef Gold Mine by Big Island Mining Pty Ltd in 2010, and again opposed the Modification to that Development Approval in 2015. That experience highlighted some major deficiencies with the … Continue reading

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Clean Up Australia

A number of Coastwatchers members participated in the annual Australia Clean Up Day in the Eurobodalla Shire. This day attracts approximately half a million volunteers Australia wide every year, and is the nations largest community wide based environmental event. Australians … Continue reading

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Finkle says Europe, US well advanced on Energy Policy, Technologies

By Sophie Vorrath, Renew Economy, 17 March 2017 As state and federal politicians duke it out over energy policy and investment, the Independent Review into the Future Security of the National Electricity Market, led by Australia’s chief scientist Dr Alan … Continue reading

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Editorial – Thought Bubbles Dominate the Energy Debate

Many Australians are totally disheartened with the political impasse and policy inertia in Australia. In turn this leads to significant disrespect for the elected politicians at both Federal and State level. Talk to them in private and their aspirations are … Continue reading

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NSW Nature Conservation Council Critical of the NSW Government’s Biodiversity Offset Policy

The NCC has just released a report titled ‘PARADISE LOST’. The report shows that, far from ensuring no loss in biodiversity, offsetting rules are pushing the endangered plants and animals they’re supposed to protect, closer to extinction. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY OF … Continue reading

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Coastwatchers Makes Two Submissions on Koalas to the NSW Government – March 2017

Coastwatchers recently made two submissions to the NSW Government regarding the preparation of a “NSW Koala Strategy” and what is known as SEPP 44, a State Environmental Policy covering Koala habitat. Only the “NSW Koala Strategy” is considered in this … Continue reading

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Explore the South Coast Islands Around Durras

Islands adjacent to Murramarang National Park coastline are continental islands, created when sea levels stabilised about 6,500 years ago. People can explore them from the water, but landing is prohibited. The NPWS personnel are permitted to undertake invasive weed control, … Continue reading

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Coastwatchers Endorses Calls for Full Environmental Inquiry Before the Snowy Mountain Upgrade Part 2 Proceeds

The President of the Coastwatchers Association, John Perkins, has joined calls from a number of environmental organisations calling on the Commonwealth Government to undertake a full environmental assessment before proceeding with the upgrade of the Snowy Mountains Hydro Electricity Scheme. … Continue reading

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CW Submission to NSW Planning re Sepp 44 Koala Habitat – March 3rd 2017

The Coastwatchers Association has been involved with the development of Koala Recovery Startegies in the Eurobodalla Shire for a number of years. The Association commissioned and funded research through its independently administered ‘Coastwatchers Environment Fund’. The project was led by … Continue reading

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CW Submission to NSW Dept Environment & Heritage Koala Strategy – March 2017

The detailed history of Koalas in the Shire of Eurobodalla is extremely deficient. there was clearly a resident Koala population in the Shire when Europeans settled the South Coast of NSW in the 1800s. It has been reported that there … Continue reading

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Australia’s Electricity Market is Not Agile and Innovative Enough to Keep Up

By Hugh Sadler, Honorary Associate Professor, Centre for Climate Economics and Policy, Australian National University (The Conservation 18 February 2017) On the early evening of Wednesday, February 8, electricity supply to some 90,000 households and businesses in South Australia was … Continue reading

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Dargues Reef Mine Gets Conditional Final Approval from the Commonwealth Government

Most members were under the impression that all approvals for the Dargues Reef Mine were finalised, and that mining was set to commence, as the Miner was saying. However, that was not correct and the Association has been monitoring the … Continue reading

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Environmental Defenders Office Provides Advice on the New NSW Planning Laws

The Environmental Defenders Office has provided detailed advice on the proposed changes to NSW Planning Laws. The NSW Government is proposing to amend State planning laws – updating the Act’s objects and structure, clearer public participation requirements and timeframes, reforms … Continue reading

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The Need to Preserve Old Trees for the Conservation of Wildlife

The NSW Government is still allowing the logging of native forests, including in some areas old growth forests, here on the South Coast of NSW. This article was submitted by John Perkins to remind members of the critical significance of … Continue reading

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Eurobodalla Shire Council Votes to Divest from Fossil Fuel Investments

At the Council meeting on 14 February 2017, the Council in a 5:4 vote agreed to give preference to investing with financial institutions that do not invest in, or finance, the fossil fuel industry. Councillors McGinlay, Brown, Thomson, Constable and … Continue reading

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NSW Planning Law Changes – EDO NSW Key Issues Summary

Six big changes to the Planning Act in 2017 (and three missed opportunities). The NSW Government is proposing to amend our State planning laws – updating the Act’s objects and structure, clearer public participation requirements and timeframes, reforms to state … Continue reading

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Update from NASA’s Newsletter CO2 reaches 405ppm

As you are all aware atmospheric CO2 concentrations are rising at an exponential rate, reaching 405.25 in December 2016. Last Saturday the ‘Friends of the Botanic Gardens’ had a world expert, Tony Haymet, address their meeting. Not only was it … Continue reading

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Things fall apart: why do the ecosystems we depend on collapse?

Professor David Lindenmayer, ANU (The Conversation 23/01/2016) People collapse, buildings collapse, economies collapse and even entire human civilizations collapse. Collapse is also common in the natural world – animal populations and ecosystems collapse. These collapses have the greatest impact on … Continue reading

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Sea Spurge Still in the Eurobodalla

The Eurobodalla Shire Council has nearly completed a project, which maps, using GIS mapping, weeds along the coastal zone of the Shire. From this survey priorities are determined and appropriate management procedures introduced. Sea Spurge is one of the weeds, … Continue reading

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Tasmanian Volunteers receive FROGGATT AWARD for removing Sea Spurge Weed

When bushwalker Jon Marsden- Smedley first started telling people of his plan to rid southwest Tasmania’s coast of Sea Spurge (Euphorbia paralius) an invasive weed—he was told he was dreaming. Last week the Sea Spurge Action Teams SPRATS which was … Continue reading

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Coastwatchers Submission to ESC on Amendment to the Broulee Residential Zones DCP – Jan 27th 2017

Submission to ESC re Broulee Residential Zones DCP (100KB PDF, opens in a new tab)

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Chief Scientist Alan Finkel’s Preliminary Assessment of Renewable Energy

The Commonwealth Chief scientist Alan Finkel who chairs a five-member panel, presented a preliminary report to the Commonwealth Government on renewable energy, in early December 2016. He outlined the need for serious and urgent market reform in Australia’s energy markets. … Continue reading

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Closing Down the Hazelwood Power Station

It was a surprise to many in the community in early November 2016, when the French energy giant Engie (one third owned by the French Government) announced the closure of the Hazelwood Power Station in Victoria. The power station was … Continue reading

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New NSW Coastal Management State Environmental Planning Policy (MC SEPP)

Earlier this month the Association made a detailed submission to NSW Planning, regarding the Department’s recently released draft MC SEPP. The Association supported the thrust of the SEPP, along with a number of recommended changes. The draft MC SEPP is … Continue reading

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National Parks & Wildlife Service Senior Staff to be Downsized

Over the past few years the NSW Government has embarked on a significant reduction in staff levels of the NPWS to achieve budgetary savings. The latest annual report for the Office of Environment and Heritage (which includes NPWS) shows the … Continue reading

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Pied Oyster Catchers Traditional Nesting Site at the Batemans Bay Marina About to End

The resident Pied Oystercatchers (Haematopus longirostris) at the Batemans Bay Marina, have nested on the sandflats for many years. The species is on the NSW endangered species list. However, their welcome is about to finish, because of their exposure to … Continue reading

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CW Submission re Coastal Management SEPP – Jan 12th 2017

Coastwatchers submission of 12th January 2017 to NSW Govt re Draft Coastal Management State Environmental Planning Policy CW Submission CMSEPP 2017-01-12 (147KB PDF, opens in a new tab).

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CEMAC Report October 12th 2016

CEMAC Report on Coastal Management Progress Coastwatchers Committee Meeting October 12th 2016; written by Reina Hill The new Coastal Management Act 2016 communicates the NSW Government’s vision for coastal management. It reflects the vital natural, social, cultural and economic values … Continue reading

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CW Presentation to ESC re Dargues Reef – Aug 25th 2016

Clean water is a fundamental right in Australia, and cannot be compromised for the profits of a mining company. The existing fresh water supply must be secured and maintained, not just for today’s community, but for future generations. Presentation to … Continue reading

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CW Submission to Commonwealth Department of the Environment and Big Island Mining – Aug 17th 2016

In 2010 and again in 2015-16 when the miner was preparing its environmental assessments, the NSW Government only required an assessment covering the impacts and consequences in a small immediate area around the mine site. No consideration was required of … Continue reading

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CW Presentation to NSW Planning Assessment Commission re Dargues Reef – July 26th 2016

The major concern of the Association with the Dargues Reef mine is with the integrity of the tailings dam, now, in the future, and when the mine is no longer operational. Irrespective of the cause, many mining tailings dams worldwide … Continue reading

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Dargues Reef Gold Mine Next Stage – NSW Planning Report Referred to the NSW Planning Assessment Commission

Background Recap In July 2015 the Department of Planning and Environment (Planning) exhibited for 6 weeks Unity Mining’s application for Modification 3 and Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Dargues Reef Gold Mine at Majors Creek. This resulted in 417 submissions, … Continue reading

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CW Submission to NSW Dept Planning & Environment re Dargues Reef – Jan 3rd 2016

Response to Proponent’s response to August 2015 Submissions The proponent’s “Modification 3” application to the NSW Department of Planning fundamentally changed the original 2010 development approval of the project. As a result of these changes, environmental risks were significantly increased. … Continue reading

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Submission from South East Land Services re Rural Lands Strategy Proposal – Dec 9th 2015

South East Local Land Services (724KB .pdf)

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Submission from NSW Rural Fire Service re Rural Lands Strategy Proposal December 4th 2015

Rural Fire Service (851KB .pdf)

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CW Submission to ESC – Eurobodalla Draft Rural Lands Strategy – Nov 27th 2015

You can view a PDF of the submission using this link Submission to the ESC pdf or read below: ——————————————– Submission to the Eurobodalla Shire Council Eurobodalla Draft Rural Lands Strategy 27 November 2015 Background In a submission regarding an earlier version … Continue reading

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Submission from Office of Environment and Heritage re Rural Lands Strategy Proposal – Nov 27th 2015

Office of Environment and Heritage (903KB .pdf)

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Presentation by Dr Emmett O’Loughlin to Coastwatchers AGM 2015

PRESENTATION BY DR EMMETT O’LOUGHLIN to the COASTWATCHERS ASSOCIATION AGM, Saturday 31 Oct 2015 Title: THEY’RE NOT REAL! (An acknowledgment to Roger Hosking, the Braidwood weather observer.) HISTORY In September 1851 gold was discovered at Araluen, NSW and in October … Continue reading

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Braidwood Times Article “Sayonara Cyanide” September 16th 2015

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CW Submission to Federal Dept of Environment re Dargues Reef Mine 3rd Modification – Sept 4th 2015

The Coastwatchers Association Inc. requests that the Dargues Mine proposal as modified by Modification 3 be assessed as a controlled action under sections 18 and 18A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 because of likely significant impacts … Continue reading

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CW Submission to NSW Dept of Planning and Environment re Dargues Reef Modification 3 August 26th 2015

The Coastwatchers Association Inc. OBJECTS to the NSW State Government approving the construction of a cyanide treatment plant at the Dargues Reef gold mine at Majors Creek, by Unity Mining Limited through its subsidiary Big Island Mining Pty Ltd. CW … Continue reading

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CW Presentation to ESC August 25th 2015

“This cyanide processing plant must never be approved and the toxicity it will harbour must never be allowed to hang over this community.”

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Batemans Bay Post Article – Dargues Mine – March 4th 2015

Risk too high, Roberts tells shire councillors, by Emily Barton

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CW Presentation to ESC re Dargues Reef – Feb 24th 2015

This application by the gold mining company Unity Mining Limited is to obtain permission to process gold on site at Majors Creek, using cyanide. Previous development approvals for the mine, provided for the processing of the ore off-site at Parkes … Continue reading

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CW Submission to South Coast Regional Sea Level Rise Policy Sept 24th 2014

Coastwatchers Submission to the South Coast Regional Sea Level Rise Policy and Planning Response Framework – REF: E13.7268 Coastwatchers is strongly supportive of the Precautionary Principle and its relevance to the issue of climate change and sea level rise in … Continue reading

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CW Submission to ESC re Huntfest – Feb 9th 2014

Firstly thank you for the opportunity to contribute to a formal public exhibition of a proposal on this issue. It is a long overdue chance for formal input which we have been seeking for over two years. CW Submission HuntFest … Continue reading

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Bendethera Koala Habitat Survey Report

Coastwatchers’ long-term vision is the re-introduction of Koalas into suitable South Coast forest ecosystems. Long standing Coastwatchers member Keith Joliffe has produced a report into the feasibility of such a long-term reintroduction into part of the Deua National Park (available … Continue reading

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Eurobodalla Koala Recovery Strategy – 2014 to 2026

The Final Eurobodalla Koala Recovery Strategy (41 pages) in now published, coinciding with news of a confirmed koala sighting near Nerigundah on November 13th 2013. Final Eurobodalla Koala Recovery Strategy (1MB PDF)

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NSW Govt Media Release Amateur Hunting to be Allowed in National Parks 2013-07-04

The O’Farrell Government has today confirmed it will roll out its amateur hunting in national parks program from October – despite abolishing the Game Council which was supposed to oversee the dangerous policy. Media Release Luke Foley 2013-07-04 (45KB PDF)

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CW Submission to NSW Govt. re White Paper and Draft Planning Bill – June 27th 2013

Submission to NSW Govt 27th June 2013 Members of The Coastwatchers Association take a keen interest in how development in the Eurobodalla Shire is planned and carried out. They are particularly keen to see ecologically sustainable development implemented here and believe … Continue reading

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Eurobodalla Koalas Project Pilot Study Report 2013

The report and appendices are available for download below. Eurobodalla Koalas Project Pilot Study Report (1MB PDF) Koalas Project Appendix 1 – Theoretical Tests Schematic (18KB Microsoft Excel Worksheet) Koalas Project Appendix 2 – Sources and Classification of Low Density Eucalypt Browse … Continue reading

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Coastwatchers Respond to Local Environment Plan (LEP) Campaigns – April 4 2012

YOU have probably read leaflets, or articles and letters in the local paper criticising the Local Environment Plan (LEP) from groups such as Hands Off Our Homes (HOH) who are running campaigns to persuade the NSW government to reject the … Continue reading

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Shore Birds

 This photo was taken in early November at the Durras Lake entrance. At some stage every day the Pied Oystercatcher parents and chicks return and stay in the fenced off area, “returning to their place of birth.” It has now … Continue reading

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Coastwatchers Submission to Senate Inquiry into the status, health and sustainability of Australia’s koala population – February 7th 2011

You can view or download the report below in pdf format: 858kB (16 pages)

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About the Charcoalition and the Proposed Mogo Charcoal Plant

In 2001 Australian Silicon Ltd. lodged a development application with the NSW Government for a charcoal plant near Mogo, Mossy Point and Broulee on Eurobodalla’s Nature Coast. The plant would consume 200,000 tonnes of South East NSW forest timber annually … Continue reading

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Bengello Bounty – A study of the Eurobodalla coast between Broulee and Moruya River – October 2005

The Bengello sandplain between Broulee and the Moruya River is one of the mostvaluable natural assets in the Eurobodalla Shire.Its geology is fascinating. The sandplain is one of the largest and most extensivelystudied beach-ridge plains on the eastern seaboard of … Continue reading

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Charcoalition Gallery

Here is a small collection of photos taken during the Charcoalition campaign (in chronological order). Click on the images to see in full size.

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Winding Up the Charcoalition Fighting Fund

Coastwatchers CharcoalitionMEDIA RELEASEMonday 2 December 2002Winding up the Charcoalition Legal Fighting FundMany of you may have been wondering what is happening with funds generously donated by the community for Charcoalition legal fight. Here is an update on the winding-up of … Continue reading

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Bracks’ Forest Announcement: Environment Groups Respond

THE WILDERNESS SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT VICTORIA AUSTRALIAN CONSERVATION FOUNDATION MEDIA RELEASE 6 NOVEMBER 2002 BRACKS’ FOREST ANNOUNCEMENT: ENVIRONMENT GROUPS RESPOND The Forests and National Parks policy released by Victorian Premier Bracks today is a major improvement in the Bracks Government’s environmental … Continue reading

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It’s Official – Charcoal Free Victory for the Nature Coast

Issued 3 October 2002Media ReleaseIT’S OFFICIAL – CHARCOAL FREE VICTORY FOR THE NATURE COASTThe Charcoalition appeal in the Land and Environment Court, against the NSW Minister for Planning’s decision granting an approval to build a charcoal factory near Broulee, was … Continue reading

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Court Order Upholds Appeal Against Consent for Mogo Charcoal Plant

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Timber Communities Australia Looks Closely at Opposition

TIMBER COMMUNITIES AUSTRALIA Media Release ~ New South Wales TCA Looks Closely at Opposition…September 26 2002 Timber communities across the state of New South Wales will seriously have to look at ‘How to Vote’ in the next State Election after … Continue reading

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