Randwick City Council has unveiled a recently updated mural that honours Australian aviation legend and Kingsford namesake, Sir Charles Kingsford Smith. Read more >
Following Council’s consideration of the Mayoral Minute, Mayor Owen Hasler emphasised the significance of the Gunnedah communities’ involvement in preparing submissions in support of the recommendations.
“It is essential that as many interested people as possible write in support of the six recommendations of the draft report.
“There is likely to be considerable organised opposition by Green groups determined to ‘lock-up’ the whole Brigalow Bio region despite considerable evidence which suggests that it is being further degraded by lack of active management of the areas.
“We continue to risk losing the things we value, such as threatened species, with the current ‘business-as-usual’ approach.”
The draft report makes the following key recommendations:
Implement active management such as ecological thinning and targeted grazing in combination with controlled burning and pest control in the State Conservation Areas, to maintain and improve environmental outcomes.
Where appropriate, seek cost recovery and cost sharing opportunities to offset management costs and deliver benefits to local industries and communities.
Develop and implement an adaptive management plan for the State Conservation Areas and make the plan a requirement under legislation.
Review governance arrangements in the State Conservation Areas to reduce duplication and develop better cross-tenure collaboration between land managers in the Brigalow and Nandewar region.
“What needs to happen is a pro-actively managed approach including ecological thinning with the residue products, which is the logged timber, made available commercially in order to recover the costs of the environmental management,” said Mayor Hasler.
“Such changes in the management of the Conservation Areas will allow local timber mills to maintain sustainable commercial operation while the priority is the improved environmental and ecological outcome for these important community assets, a “win-win” for the local communities and the environment.”
City of Ryde Mayor Councillor Roy Maggio was joined by a committed number of residents who participated in the Mayor’s Winter Sleepout on Saturday 19 July as part of the Mayor’s fundraising effort for Australia’s homeless.
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E-Waste is waste that results from disposing electronics, which can be highly toxic if left in landfill.
Items that can be recycled such as televisions, mobile phones and computers are often disregarded as waste.
This type of waste contains useful resources such as glass, copper and aluminium that can be reused multiple times.
The free E-Waste recycling program saves toxic waste and chemicals being left in landfill and reuses the valuable resources so that raw materials in the ground can be left for future generations.
Baw Baw Shire Council’s program is run in partnership with TechCollect, one of the three free national E-Waste recycling services.
All Transfer Stations located at Trafalgar, Erica, Lardner and Neerim South have been collecting and recycling E-Waste since 2008.
Baw Baw Shire Mayor Councillor Murray Cook was excited that the program is making a difference to the environment and has been well adopted by the community.
“Baw Baw Shire Council is committed to reducing pollution and promoting recycling, so it is great to see that the community are taking action to prevent unnecessary waste ending up in landfill.
“By reusing these valuabe resources rather than having to mine for raw materials we are capable of creating a sustainable environment for future generations to enjoy.”
Bass Coast's Enviroment Team,
Bass Coast Shire Council, Victoria Read more >
Martin Fidler, Manager, Community Wellbeing
City of Greater Dandenong, Victoria Read more >