Have you heard about the Queensland Trust for Nature QTFN?
TANYA PRITCHARD QTFN CONSERVATION MANAGER will be our guest speaker
The Queensland Trust for Nature (QTFN) is an independent not-for-profit organisation working to achieve enduring conservation outcomes on privately-owned land. QTFN focuses on protection and restoration of ecologically important areas and critical wildlife corridors. Their Trust Deed confirms the principal purpose as the protection and enhancement of Queensland’s natural environment. They also prioritise the provision of information, education and research on Queensland’s natural environment.
Visit their website http://qtfn.org.au/ to find out more about them and the places they have protected.
Come along to LACA's AGM Thursday 26 July 2018 to hear more from Tanya and the valuable work the NFP organisation does.
Spotted tail quoll have recently been found in Scenic Rim and evidence ie latine scats were found in Logan. These are two of wildlife threatened by changes to legislation by Newnan government which have potential to destroy most of our natural bushland areas in SEQ South east Queensland and without their habitat our wildlife will not survive. All bushland areas provide valuable food and shelter for species listed as threatened, those that are vulnerable and those regarded as 'common'. Unfortunately with reduction of 'green tape' even common species could disappear and these are also food sources for the predators higher up the food chain.
Our organization is regarded by some as extreme and anti-development, however we do support ecological sustainable development, and accounting for the value of natural capital. Many scientific studies and reports - peer reviewed and published - support our concerns. It is extraordinary that scientists with expertise in biodiversity conservation and sustainable development have publicly expressed grave concerns about the future impacts of proposed changes to Queensland's Vegetation Management Act and the Water Act. See their website http://concernedqldscientists.wordpress.com/.
Vegetation Mananagement Framework Bill - passed State Parliament Tuesday 21 May 2013. Natural Resources Minister Andrew Cripps said in a statement issued to Queensland Country Life that the passing of the Vegetation Management Framework Amendment Bill 2013 marked the beginning of a new era of sustainable agricultural production in Queensland
In addition World Wildlife Fund have produced WWF Report – Bushland at risk of renewed clearing in Queensland. Read it here.
Prominent among threatened species are the koala, Glossy black-cockatoo, Spotted-tailed and northern quolls. Many of us "do the right thing" but equally we are not necessarily well informed. What do farmers understand by sustainable agriculture?
The traditional big agribusiness is not sustainable when all costs are accounted. Dollars certainly count but who will pay long term when land becomes desert - as has happened.
The long volcanic activity has given us more fertile soils than most of the continent, and we also have some of the older sedimentary soils dating back to before the days of the dinosaurs. Different kinds of volcanic soil supports different kinds of vegetation (broadly speaking, basalt supports rainforest and rhyolite supports some of our eucalypt forests), and other soils support other vegetation. This provides a diversity of habitats.
The topography gives us different climatic conditions and further habitat types. The mountains to the east catch the moisture-laden clouds from the Pacific Ocean but areas to the west are left in what we call a 'rain shadow', the annual rainfall gradually decreasing towards the west, but with another pocket of relatively high rainfall as we reach the Main Range. The altitude varies from about 300m to about 1500m, allowing us to move from warm subtropical rainforest up to cool temperate rainforests, and from eucalypt forest and riparian sheoak vegetation on alluvial soils up to mountain heaths. Even just the combination of low-lying, gently undulating land, creeks and rivers, steep rugged gorges, cliffs, small caves and high plateaux provide many habitats and microhabitats.
We are near the edge of two climate types - the Mediterranean climate of wet winters a d dry summers that the southern coasts of Australia experience are not too far away, but here we have the tropical pattern of wet summers and dry winters. Many southern species reach their northern limit here or not far from here, and many northern species are close to their southern limit. Thus we are getting diversity from both directions.
Migratory birds, bats and insects pass through here (or settle for breeding or non-breeding seasons) on north-south journeys, and nomadic birds from the west head our way when droughts are bad.
The Scenic Rim branch site has lots of information about the variety of wildlife that co-exist with human settlement and businesses in that region. Eco tourism and nature based businesses support the large numbers of visitors - local national and international who come to experience what can only be provided by healthy natural environments - where there is harmony between nature and man. Wilderness experiences are available for adventurous within the Scenic Rim.
Click on image to see FAUNA OF THE CSG PIPELINE ROUTE.
What is it that we value most? Those among us who have a closeness to and affinity with the natural environment certainly value a NATURE REFUGE over an OPEN CUT COAL MINE. How will our new Queensland government decide? We in Queensland will not benefit from the coal mine - not even jobs are certain as large mining companies seek to reduce human employees and replace them with automation. Coal is responsible for loads of climate damaging carbon pollution - whether it is burnt here or in CHINA. The impact of mining in Galilee Basin was prepared by the INSTITUTE FOR SUSTAINABLE FUTURES. It can be read or downloaded here.
As if the climate pollution is not enough the potential for futher harm to our WORLD HERITAGE Great Barrier Reef with expanded ports is unavoidable with our current development processes. A report about the Industrialisation of the Great Barrier Reef is available here
The proposed new mines would destroy two invaluable areas of our natural heritage. Bimblebox and Great Barrier Reef. Why would any Australian contemplate allowing that to happen? Is the economic imperative so great that we will sacrifice and cause to go extinct the small group of black-throated finches listed as endangered both in Queensland and nationally. Click on image to go to the National Recovery Plan.
It would seem that although we might believe that a REFUGE which shelters or protects from danger or calamity; a sanctuary inaccessible to an enemy is only so at the discretion of our environmental ministers.
New Premier Campbell Newman has stated he would keep his promises. This will be a test case. The LNP have already committed, in a statement to Lock the Gate, that they will protect areas with high conservation values from mining - does that include Bimblebox, and other nature refuges?
A refuge is either a refuge or it is not. It's simple. Unless people bombard the minister at Tony.Burke.MP@ environment.gov.au and the new state Environment Minister, saying "Don't Even Think About it'', then in the case of Finch versus Noisy Miner, the bird is cooked.
The offer to buy adjacent land to offset may be nice in theory but in practical terms does not work. There have been 1800 submissions to Queensland Co-ordinator-General. Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke has the power to intervene and veto the mine.
The Australia Institute reveals Queensland's mining boom will destroy 20,000 non-mining jobs. One non-mining job lost for every two mining jobs created, says senior economist Matt Grudnoff. Mostly in manufacturing and international tourism.
As concerned citizens we nned to be making our values known.
The Gondwana Rainforests of Australia represents over 50 separate reserves ranging from southern Queensland to Barrington Tops near Sydney. First listed in 1986 this World Heritage Listed property of sub tropical and temperate rainforests has been extended in recent years. It is an outstanding record of flowering plants, true songbirds and other rare and threatened animals of the most ancient lineage.
According to community representative Richard Zoomers, “What makes it so special is that it is a record of the past and a window into the future. New discoveries continue to be made as we better study the mysteries of these unique habitats of conservation.”
“And we have this in our own backyard. The Scenic Rim is at the heart of the Queensland section and is a hotspot of biodiversity in Australia. However huge pressures are constantly being exerted requiring careful monitoring,” he said.
The management of Gondwana is overseen by both the Queeensland and NSW Wildlife services. Two advisory committees of scientific and community representatives also make significant contributions to decisions affecting the future of this remarkable wonderland.
“These committees provide the chance for the community to have their input on a whole of property scale to deal with threats, day to day management, community engagement and promotion.”
Richard will be giving apresentation on Gondwana, itsvalues, threats and management
Logan and Albert Conservation Association’s monthly meeting
The press is reporting that global climate talks are in a shambles and the UN summit on Tuesday is the only hope to revive them. This Monday, 21 September 2009, citizens globally are flooding media and government office phone lines worldwide with a wake up call for leaders to act -- with phone calls being made from over 2000 rallies, marches, meetings and "flashmobs" in public places across the planet, and by hundreds of thousands of us from home.
Should you wish to take part in this global day of citizen action you can find all the information you need about the great Global Wake-Up Call events and phone-calls on the hub page at this link http://www.avaaz.org/en/sept21_hub/, including photos, video and a liveblog for us to share our experiences of the day -- make a phone-call from home or work and tell us how it went at this link, or find an event near you to attend.
First Australians image from National Museum of Australia website
The Logan and Albert Conservation Association acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the lands where we work with others to restore.
We pay respect to the Elders, past and present, and extend that respect to other Indigenous Australians.
Our work involves the lands of a number of peoples including Yugarabul, Yuggera, Jagera, Turrbal , Yugambeh, Kombumerri and Quandamooka peoples.
The Logan and Albert Conservation Association embraces the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, identity and knowledge.
A significant event is the annual Drumley walk to honour Billy Drumley who was a local hero who worked to make his community a better place. The walk follows the footsteps of Billy Drumley in the early 1900s as he regularly set off on a 60km journey to check on his sister and her family. His trail takes us from the country centre of Beaudesert, up through the forests of the Gold Coast hinterland, and down along the Nerang River to the coastal centre of Southport. Drumley, at the age of 86 completed the walk in a day.
A group of eight aboriginal young men and women began a 16 week paid work and training program on Tuesday 1 July 2009 with the launch of the Mununjali Green Army Teamat the Bilarabyn Reserve, Gleneagle. The project, lead by Mick Morris from BoysTown is the first team funded under the Queensland Government's 'Queensland Green Army' election commitment. Funded by the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation (DEEDI) the initiative is a joint project between the Mununjali Elders of Beaudesert, the Logan and Albert Conservation Association (LACA), South East Queensland Traditional Owners Alliance Limited (SEQTOA), BoysTown and the Scenic Rim Regional Council.
Aunties Nannette (Bene) Currie and Bonny Currie were also present for the first day of the project to support the young people.
Nannette said "It is so important to give our young people the chance to learn how to work on country and give them a better chance of getting local work".
Lyn Schonefeld from BoysTown and Carla Parker and Andy Grodecki were also there to wish the team well.
The Mununjali Green Army Team will undertake work at the Bilarabyn Reserve which contains endangered Veresdale Scrub vegetation. The project will follow the Bilarabyn Reserve Restoration Management Plan as part of the "Rescue Action for the Veresdale Scrub Strategic Plan 2006 - 2016" under the oversight of the LACA Veresdale Scrub Project Manager Carla Parker and Officers from Scenic Rim Regional Council.
Visit Share Our Prideto learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. The site provides introductory cultural awareness training content as well as listings of events in your State and Territory, book reviews and useful links.
Share Our Pride is the perfect place to start your cultural awareness journey.
Reconciliation Australia acknowledges the traditional owners of country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land and community and pays respect to them and their cultures, and to the elders both past and present.
Reconciliation Australia has launched a national study that looks at the relationship between Indigenous and other Australians. Designed to be repeated every two years, the Barometer explores how we see and feel about each other, and how perceptions affect progress towards reconciliation and closing the gap.
NAIDOC stands for the National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians.
The protection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage is in the interest of all Queenslanders, and effective legislation is central to ensuring that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, traditions and customs are celebrated and protected.
The Department of Natural Resources and Water (NRW) is reviewing the performance of the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2003 and the Torres Strait Islander Cultural Heritage Act 2003. Submissions must be received by 28 February 2009.
NAIDOC celebrates the survival of Indigenous culture and the Indigenous contribution to modern Australia. All Australians are encouraged to participate in NAIDOC Week activities. NAIDOC Week celebrations for 2008 will be held from 6 to 13 July and in 2009 will be held from 5 to 12 July.