@ct_bergstrom Beautiful photo! Among my very favourite Australian birds. They come and feed right outside our bedroom window every morning and they are SO NOISY. They continually squabble with the Rainbow Lorikeets, who also forage among the flowers.
They do seem to be seasonal, though, disappearing in the cooler months (Australian 'winter') and returning when it gets warmer. Aggressive and noisy, they're still always welcome in our garden.
Extremely heavy & in some cases record-breaking rain has fallen across NSW in the 24hrs... 351mm falling at one Sth Coast location.
...remarkable..., & not just because of the massive totals in many areas... widespread nature of the falls https://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/phenomenally-heavy-rainfall-across-new-south-wales/1648794 #NSW #NSWWx #OzWx #Wx
#NSW rainfall recorded In the past 22 hours since 9:00am yesterday:
Jervis Bay Airfield: 213mm
Moruya (Burra Creek): 192mm
Point Perpendicular: 176mm
Lake Conjola: 149mm
Mount Darragh: 102mm
Thredbo Top Station: 32mm
"Why can’t Australians enjoy such a pleasant way to travel, given sleeper trains are going through a major resurgence in Europe, partly in response to climate change? It’s a good question, and there’s a simple answer: because the New South Wales government doesn’t want you to."
For Traveller, I discuss the impending removal of sleeper trains between Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane - and imagine what could exist instead, based on the European experience.
NSW sleeper trains: Why the government shouldn’t ditch them https://www.smh.com.au/traveller/reviews-and-advice/sleeper-trains-are-making-a-comeback-why-are-ours-being-axed-20231114-p5ejwl.html
Protesters blockaded the world’s largest coal port for 30 hours over the failure of government to act on climate change, preventing more than half a million tonnes of coal from leaving the port of Newcastle.
“Pancakes were being made, tea drunk, #dolphins swam nearby and people watched the sunset and sunrise. Those involved say it was a magical experience.”
- Rising Tide local organiser Alexa Stuart
Protesters spent the night on the water, rostered in two-hour shifts.
Stop killing koalas - Lower speed limits
Spike in koala deaths prompts call for better road design, lower speed limits in NSW
"We do have an issue that roads are being designed without wildlife mitigation as part of the initial design. We do think that any new infrastructure must have mitigation measures built in from the get-go and that makes people safe too, the people who are stopping and braking and swerving, and the wildlife rescuers who are putting their lives on the line to try and save these animals."
"30 koala deaths have been recorded on a short section of a road outside of Sydney over 12 months...In northern NSW, Friends of the Koala say 120 koala "strikes" were recorded on local roads over the same period with the majority dying."
#Koalas #roads #cars #NSW #GlenifferRoad #SaveTuckersNob #wildlife #crashes #speeding #MobilityDesign #extinction makers
Irrigators in #nsw have withdrawn the equivalent of 16,000 Olympic swimming pools’ worth of #water over their allowed limits from #waterways throughout the state. #waterusage #rivers #cotton #driestcontinent #DriestcontinentonEarth #australia
The seriousness is extreme.
He corrupted the law enforcement process and the legal process and that resulted in an innocent person being jailed.
Thinking around 15 years could be in the best interests of the community in terms of signalling to others that corrupting law enforcement is most serious.
But would not be surprised at non-custodial sentence.
What you reckon for the sentence?
Ruling leaves koala populations exposed but door opens to further legal action
North East Forest Alliance laments Land and Environment Court loss, says koalas will suffer
"The Land and Environment Court has rejected an application to stop logging in two bushfire affected forests in north-east NSW."
"This was our last official legal attempt to try and save the koalas. "They're going to take out most of their feed trees."
#NativeForests #LoggingIndustry #koalas #wildlife #Bushfires #law #lawfare #NSW #Braemar #MyrtleStateForests #NEFA #EDO #EPA #court #vidence #ForestryCorporation #NorthEastRegionalForestAgreement #ClimateEmergency #biodiversity
Since Stormbird and others (Maestro Tree Frog and progeny) have been calling out for rain in the evenings, we took the opportunity to plant out some buddleia plants (butterfly bush), two different types of ginger (native and edible), and some palm trees - to help fill in a pocket of rainforest canopy and provide food for insects and birds.
During late winter, masses of bees and native parrots feed on local palm blossoms (and later fruit) when little else is in flower. And in the long term, cool shade will be at a premium for all living things during the hot summers ahead.
Killing for Country
" ‘I can’t argue away the shame’: frontier violence and family history converge in David Marr’s harrowing and important new book"
"A monumental study of the on-the-ground nature of colonisation in New South Wales and Queensland... His forebears’ role in murdering scores of First Peoples during the land grabs that preceded the creation of Australia."
"At the core of this narrative is a simple truism of colonialism: land is the ultimate commodity, the raw material."
#TruthTelling #colonialism #Australia #frontier #violence #SettlerSociety #FamilyTruthTelling #families #NSW #Queensland #archives #trove #book #FirstNationsPeoples #FrontierWars
The hunger for invasive weeds on the NSW Mid North Coasts
On the Weed Wide Web "we found 155 different declared invasive plants just being sold on one platform, and just in one year...Invasive plants have effectively cost Australia an estimated $200 billion since 1960, and it is becoming increasingly difficult to monitor online trade of species."
#weeds #online #flora #gardens #exotics #NSW #MidNorthCoast #InvasiveSpecies #biosecurity #biodiversity
Why are #nsw trainlink so hostile to #bikes ? I just saw a woman get told off for trying to take a Brompton style fold up bike on-board. They did let her put it on in the checked luggage section but not without some shouting.
For context regular size bikes can only be taken on board if placed in a giant cardboard box.
There is so much scope for rail/bike tourism and ofc last mile bike trips.
It shouldn't be this hard!
Rural Fire Service (RFS) confirms the death of a volunteer firefighter in the Walgett region.
The RFS volunteer was working on the Hudson Fire in the Walgett region when he was struck by a falling tree.
Fellow RFS members rendered first aid until ambulance crews arrived - the patient was then transported to a Lighting Ridge medical facility where he tragically passed away.
Commissioner Rogers has expressed his sincere sorrow at the passing of a dedicated volunteer who was helping to protect the community.
"This gentleman made the ultimate sacrifice. His tragic and untimely death is a solemn reminder about the dangers faced by our firefighters.”
“Our thoughts are with his family, friends and firefighting colleagues at this terrible time. We are offering every assistance to his family and fellow brigade members.”
#RFS #Walget #NSWFires #NSWRFS #NSW #bushfires #Austrailia
Italian confectionery company the Ferrero Group #nutella is giving up on a $70 million #hazelnut farm near Narrandera in southern #NSW, saying the long-term #climate is unsuitable #driestcontinent #globalwarming https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2023-11-16/company-behind-nutella-ferrero-stops-growing-hazelnuts/103103160
⚠️Heroin has been found in cocaine in NSW⚠️
( Repost from ACON and DanceWize NSW)
NSW Health is warning of the potential dangers from heroin being present in the cocaine currently in circulation around Sydney following one death and two hospitalisations.
A single line of ‘cocaine’ powder containing opioids (such as heroin) can kill or cause dizziness, paleness, blurred vision, loss of consciousness, vomiting, difficulty breathing.
What to look out for?
-Difficulty speaking or walking
-Loss of consciousness
-Skin turning blue (if light skinned) or grey (if dark skinned)
How can you protect yourself?
-Don’t use alone.
-Tell your friends what you thought you were taking.
-If you’re using a new batch, start out with a small dose.
-Be careful if mixing different drugs.
Naloxone can be ordered for FREE (+ shipping charge) as a nasal spray or injectable from the NUAA website:
You can also get Naloxone for free from ACON NSPs in Sydney, Newcastle and Lismore. Or use the Your Room website to find your local NSP or pharmacy that stocks Naloxone:
Just got surveyed by the NSW government about what assets I think should be provided for artists working in the inner Sydney area.
Took the chance to whine on behalf of a few people here - I hope my biases (music work spaces + live online with streaming visuals etc.) are in keeping with the omnes. Also some access to Moore Park (Disney/Netflix campus).
Hot and windy conditions are forecast across the state, increasing the fire danger, with several areas forecast to experience high fire danger.
visit the #RFS website: www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fdr
Sounds like the landed gentry of Gleniffer is practicing for the hunt or war. Some baron of the bush has been shooting around for an hour at 32 C. It has the sound quality of an elephant killing machine, a 44 Magnum? Wildlife are in hiding.
#WildWest #Bellingen #NSW #LandedGentry #Gleniffer #GunCulture #pollution #SoundScape #wildlife
After years of lobbying the state government, traditional custodians have gathered to celebrate the removal of the name of Scottish #slave trader Ben Boyd from a #nationalpark on the #NSW far-south coast. #firstnations
Hot, dry and windy conditions are forecast with high fire danger.
Landholders undertaking harvest operations should stop harvesting regularly to check the weather conditions against the Grain Harvesting Guide before deciding whether to continue due to the increased risk of fire.
For information on Harvest Fires and the Grain Harvesting Guide check: https://brnw.ch/21wEjT6
Why are dead and dying seabirds washing up on our beaches in their hundreds?
"Millions of short-tailed shearwaters (Ardenna tenuirostis), commonly known as muttonbirds, return to southern Australia from the Arctic each spring – a round trip of up to 35,000km.Muttonbird wrecks have happened on rare occasions since time immemorial, but are becoming more common.The many ideas about what is causing wrecks range from storms and overfishing to plastic, blue-green algae and irradiated water from Fukushima."
"When muttonbird wrecks occur, the casualties are starving. These birds weigh only half their healthy body weight. The factors leading to this starvation start before they reach Australia."
#birds #seabirds #muttonbirds #wreck #NSW #migration #starvation #MarineHeatwaves #salmon #overfishing
Looks like the cops are using the dogs to justify fishing expeditions.
In #NSW fishing expeditions would not be lawful.
(#Queensland on the other hand ... )
We are currently monitoring a large number of lightning strikes caused by storm activity that is stretching across the entire length of the state and into Queensland. These lightning strikes can start new fires and with the fire danger likely to increase towards the weekend, it's important you report all unattended fires to Triple Zero (000) immediately.
I'd love to get up to the Warrumbungles #NSW before summer so if you can help I'd appreciate it, otherwise fingers crossed the bushfires stay away this fire season and I can go next year once I have a job again.
Re-establish koala populations on fragmented habitats
"Where you've had a population grow from a small number of individuals, there's always potential for inbreeding."
"Drones with thermal cameras have been used to count the koalas and sound recorders are being installed in national parks, and on Crown land and farms along a 100-kilometre stretch of the river. We put the data through a computer and it takes hours and hours and hours of recording and just chops out the little snippets where it thinks there's a koala — then those little snippets get manually verified."
Best practice would be to refrain from logging koala habitat in the first place.
#StopLogging #NativeForests #biodiversity
#koalas #wildlife #telemetry #habitat #fragmentation #NSW #technosphere #SoundEcology #TheGreatKoalaGhetto #SaveTuckersNob
Greenpeace offices and activists worldwide have worked to protect whales and the oceans they call home for decades. We’re also massive fans of renewables, which we need to build a tonne of to phase out gas and coal and tackle the climate emergency.
So when we started seeing posts online claiming offshore wind farms were killing whales, we decided to investigate.
The short answer: no, offshore wind farms aren’t killing whales.
The longer answer is a little bit more complicated – but building offshore wind is way, way better for ocean wildlife than fossil fuels, especially offshore gas and oil.
As of 5pm, there are 67 fires burning across NSW, with 30 not yet contained. All fires are currently burning at Advice level, with over 600 firefighters and incident management personnel working to contain these fires.
Though there is still a large amount of fire in the landscape, milder conditions have allowed firefighters to establish and strengthen containment lines before elevated fire danger returns next week.
Overnight more than 350 firefighters continued to strengthen containment lines on many large fires burning in the north of the State, particularly around Tenterfield. Firefighters supported by aircraft and heavy plant will continue to establish and strength containment lines, taking advantage of the milder conditions today.
Fire affected landholders can call the Agriculture and Animal Services Hotline on 1800 814 647 to request animal assessment and welfare assistance, veterinary advice and if required, euthanasia and burial.
We encourage you to continue monitoring the situation around you using the Hazards Near Me app and the NSW Rural Fire Service website – https://brnw.ch/21wE2gy
Please note the above hotline is for fire related requests only. Drought affected landholders should still call Local Land Services on 1300 795 299 for assistance.
If you are feeling distressed, Lifeline is available to support you by calling 13 11 14.
The Bush Fire Danger Period is now in place for all local government areas around New South Wales, including along the southern border. If you’re planning on using fire on your property, you’ll need a permit.
Permits are free and help to ensure fire is used safely, minimising the danger to you and your community. You can get a permit by contacting your local Fire Control Centre or RFS Brigade.
Don’t be the fire risk to your community. For more information on the Bush Fire Danger Period and Fire Permits, visit the #RFS website: www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/BFDP
As of 8am, there are 89 fires burning around the state, with 27 not yet contained. There are currently nine fires burning at a 'Watch and Act' level.
Throughout the night, crews continued to undertake property protection as fires threatened numerous properties, particularly around the Tenterfield area.
Today, while the conditions are easing, the forecast is for high and moderate fire danger across the state. Firefighters, supported by aircraft and heavy machinery, will spend the day working to slow the fires spread and establish containment lines.
We had somewhere between 180 and 200 kids past our place for Halloween today, and every single one of them was incredibly well mannered and lovely.
I've done Halloween in the US before, but this was the first time I decorated here, and it was fantastic. The kids and teens who visited were SO happy and grateful, and it made the whole experience amazing fun.
(the cobwebs were taken down as soon as people stopped coming past)
The detailed daily case data for NSW has been updated, up to October 18.
The Illawarra region stands out, with the highest cases per capita (284/M) combined with the highest Reff (1.34) for the week.
Interactive Australian outbreak dataviz, code, acknowledgements and more info here:
I've been following this wombat rescue group for years and have given to them several times. They do good work, and their planned sanctuary will save a lot of wombat lives. I know that there are lots of places that need money right now, but a little cash here will go a long way and do much good.
Most of Warrumbungle National Park will be CLOSED between 8am Monday 16 October to Friday 5pm 20th October 2023. This is because NSW National Parks is conducting an aerial pest control operation during this time.
Camp Blackman, Camp Walaay, Camp Wambelong, Visitor Centre, Whitegum lookout, and Wambelong nature track will remain OPEN.
#AllTrails is pissing me off this morning, and not for the usual reasons. The website doesn't respect CTRL+Click to open in a new tab, and so much of the text I want to copy I either can't select or is inappropriately hyperlinked, and maintaining context as I drill into details and click back out is not easy. #NSW #Warrumbungles
☠️ On Saturday 14 Oct, I will be on a panel with @pirateradiomap and Stephen Dunifer:
Walking the Plank in the United Stages: Stories of Un/lawful Radio Transmission
I have just driven north from #Sydney on the M1, listening to “Into the bloodstream” by Archie Roach, and for at least 40km south of the Sparks Road exit, every single 110km/h sign has been altered to read “NO” - on both sides of the north bound lanes (maybe south bound as well?).
I wonder how long this has been the case.
Nearly 40 years ago I moved to #Australia from NZ and felt that I had gone backwards 20 years in terms of #Racism. (Not saying NZ was even near perfect) I thought we had progressed but the response to the #VoicetoParliament suggests it is not so. ☹️😞😕
#Yes23 #Referendum2023 #NSW
A growing number of Australian households are ditching cars for e-bikes but there are hardly any bike lanes.
"Cycling groups criticised the investment in active transport in the recent New South Wales budget, noting it was dwarfed by the broader infrastructure spend and under Climate Council recommendations."
#cycling #infrastructure #NSW #CoffsHarbour #FossilFuel free #mobility #ActiveTransport #ClimateEmergency
The main thrust of this front has moved over Canberra but we'll continue to get some patches of rain as it rotates around. #NSW
Bathurst, Mudgee, Orange, and Perisher Valley in #NSW all recorded over 30mm of rain so far today. 47mm at Mount Ginini and 50mm at Thredbo Top Station.