Fears for wildlife during Sydney Light Rail construction – Southern Courier

A BABY brushtail possum nicknamed Scratch has become one of the faces of the fight to save trees earmarked for removal for Sydney’s light rail line.

No animals or birds were rescued or relocated from the 40 mature trees chopped down on Alison Rd and Anzac Pde at Randwick, according to Transport for NSW.

But on Wansey Rd a baby brushtail possum and a nest of kookaburras were rescued when work started to remove 23 trees.

Wildlife Carer June Keys with “Scratch”. Picture: John Appleyard
A baby possum was found on Wansey Rd during light rail construction. Picture: John Appleyard

The project ecologist took them to Struggletown Veterinary Hospital Randwick on Wednesday, December 30.

“The possum was found at the base of a tree and it was freezing. I called it Scratch because it had a scratch on it’s head, the poor darling,” Struggletown practice manager, Nicky Ronalds said.

The possum was found near the work site and the nest of two baby kookaburras and one egg — which hatched on the way home — was found in a tree just hours away from being cut down.

Wildlife carer Kate Watson was gobsmacked by the claim only one of the trees removed contained animals.

She called for independent experts to inspect the 700 trees approved for removal along the route as she anticipated up to 1000 possums, birds, bats and reptiles would be affected with tree hollows and natural food supply being removed.

‘Scratch’ when it was found with a scratch on its head on Wansey Rd. Picture: Struggletown Veterinary Randwick
The few-day old kookaburras found in a tree on Wansey Rd. Picture: Struggletown Veterinary Randwick

A Transport for NSW spokesman said “no animals required relocation during the works on Alison Rd between Anzac Pde and Darley Rd earlier this month”.

Ms Watson and wildlife volunteers met with light rail representatives to offer help before works started on Alison Rd on Thursday, January 7, but were told they weren’t needed.

“After the meeting we saw at ground level a little possum asleep in one of the trees on Alison Rd.” she said. “Clearly there were animals where they thought there were no animals.”

The wildlife rescue group WIRES says it was refused entry to assist with the monitoring of fauna during the destruction of the 40 Randwick trees on Alison Rd and Anzac Pde, following public concern for animal welfare.

WIRES volunteer Zoe Harrison was ready with equipment and her rescue van to help monitor wildlife during the removal of trees on Alison Rd, but wasn’t required. Picture: Braden Fastier

Protesters contacted the group to attend on Friday, January 8, after spotting possums in trees that were set to be cut down.

WIRES volunteer Zoe Harrison said a colleague attended on Friday and was told to return with appropriate safety gear on Saturday to assist. But when Ms Harrison arrived the next day she was also ­refused entry.

A Transport for NSW spokesman said work sites could “only be accessed by accredited personnel” and the on-site ecologist was trained in the removal and relocation of wildlife.

WIRES volunteer Zoe Harrison. Picture: Braden Fastier

“I don’t know how an ecologist would monitor all of the trees on their own,” Ms Harrison said.

The NSW transport spokesman said Altrac had “met with WIRES to discuss the process for managing fauna during tree removal”. But a WIRES spokesman said they did not receive any calls from Altrac before, during or after the works.

Land clearing rates in Queensland on par with Brazil, new study finds – ABC

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Queensland has been rated as a “contemporary hot spot” for land clearing and is on par with places like Brazil, a new study has found.

The paper published today has found the parts of Queensland that have been cleared the most in the past, are also being cleared the most now.

Remote areas including the Cape York Peninsula are also being cleared.

Dr April Reside from the University of Queensland (UQ) said drastic changes are needed to save species and protect habitat.

“Land clearing in Queensland is the highest that it has been in the last 10 years,” Dr Reside said.

“We have 95 threatened species of animal, 12 threatened species of plant that are impacted by land clearing.”

Dr Reside said practices such as thinning, where up to 75 per cent of vegetation in an area can be cleared, is regulated by the landowner.

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Land clearing rates in Queensland on par with Brazil, new study finds – ABC

Updated 

Queensland has been rated as a “contemporary hot spot” for land clearing and is on par with places like Brazil, a new study has found.

The paper published today has found the parts of Queensland that have been cleared the most in the past, are also being cleared the most now.

Remote areas including the Cape York Peninsula are also being cleared.

Dr April Reside from the University of Queensland (UQ) said drastic changes are needed to save species and protect habitat.

“Land clearing in Queensland is the highest that it has been in the last 10 years,” Dr Reside said.

“We have 95 threatened species of animal, 12 threatened species of plant that are impacted by land clearing.”

Dr Reside said practices such as thinning, where up to 75 per cent of vegetation in an area can be cleared, is regulated by the landowner.

“It means that the mammals, the birds and the reptiles that are impacted by cat predation suddenly have nowhere to hide so they start to decline,” Dr Reside said.

UQ researcher Dr Leonie Seabrook said Queensland had one of the highest land clearing emissions rates in Australia.

“We spend a lot of money conserving our biodiversity and our Great Barrier Reef but the actions that land clearing has completely undermine those,” she said.

UNESCO has blamed land clearing as a concern for the health of the Great Barrier Reef and says increased efforts are needed.

“In the lifetime of a child born today, we will have no trees left if it continues at the rate it is going and that means no habitat,” Dr Seabrook said.

Statewide Landcover and Trees Statistics (SLATS) show about 295,000 hectares of land are cleared every year.

But AgForce chief executive officer Charles Burke said that data had not accurately measured regrowth rates.

“It only covers one side, it only specifically talks about the vegetation that has been removed,” he said.

“It’s like mowing your lawn — you mow your lawn today, it regrows and then you do it again next week.”

Issue set to be major battleground in state election

Mr Burke is convinced land clearing will be a key issue in the next Queensland election.

Policy expert Megan Evans said it was land clearing by stealth in Queensland.

“We need a long-term incentive to enable land holders to get a financial income from retaining and protecting vegetation,” she said.

The Palaszczuk Government failed to get toughened tree clearing laws through State Parliament last year.

“It didn’t go far enough in terms of providing more rigour and structure in terms of self-assessable codes,” Ms Evans said.

Queensland Environment Minister Steven Miles said he was committed to implementing changes if Labor were re-elected.

“This report serves to reinforce just how disastrous the level of clearing happening in Queensland right now is,” he said.

“We haven’t settled exactly what we will take to the election, we have committed that we will take land clearing laws, sensible land clearing laws, that will drive down the rate of land clearing.”

The LNP declined an interview but said the party’s support for famers on this issue was well known.

In a statement, LNP Opposition natural resources spokesman Andrew Cripps said the SLATS data was not an accurate representation of what was happening on the ground.

“The Queensland Government has already admitted its SLATS data fails to accurately measure the vegetation that regrows every year across Queensland’s farming and grazing land,” he said.

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So, what is landclearing done for? So you can have that little piece of meat, that caffe latte, or that piece of cheese. What the?

70% of Australia’s meat is sent overseas.

Surely its not my piece of meat, my caffe latte, or my piece of cheese that’s clear-felling trees?

Well, if its not your meat, latte or cheese, whose is it?

*Food for thought.

 

NSW government in bid to keep lid on light rail secrets – The Australian

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Why should we continue to waste $3 Billion to kill over 700 Sydney trees, Aboriginal Artefacts, Businesses, Jobs and more? And only to cut public transport?

STATE POLITICS 

NSW government in bid to keep lid on light rail secrets

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NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian inspects progress on the Sydney Light Rail project.

  • ANDREW CLENNELL
  • The Australian
  • 12:00AM October 18, 2017

    The NSW government is pulling out all stops to halt the release of documents that could prove Premier Gladys Berejiklian misled the public over her controversial CBD light rail project and reveal further cost blowouts in the $2.1 billion development.

    Labor upper house leader Adam Searle has won a case in the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal for the release of documents in connection with the project, which stretches from Sydney’s CBD to Randwick and Kingsford in the city’s southeast, with the line due to be finished close to the March 2019 election.

    But the government is appealing to a full panel of the NCAT.

    The NCAT did not accept its argument that the documents could not be released under freedom-of-information laws because of “cabinet in confidence” provisions. In an important precedent, the NCAT found in favour of Mr Searle, saying: “There is a significant public interest in disclosure of information concerning problems the Sydney Light Rail Delivery Office is having with stakeholders and information which contains criticisms of particular stakeholders. This is information which is relevant to the progress of the project and the way it is being managed.

“The public interest against disclosure of this information is that it could be reasonably expected to prejudice the effective exercise by Transport for NSW (through the Sydney Light Rail Delivery Office) of its functions.

“Transport for NSW has not demonstrated in any concrete way how disclosure of the information would make the exercise of its functions less effective.

“I accept, in general terms, that disclosure of the information could damage its relationship with stakeholders, and that this could make the office less effective when managing the project.

“However, without evidence of a more specific nature as to how the office would be rendered less effective in the exercise of its functions, I am not prepared to give this consideration significant weight.”

Ms Berejiklian was found by the Auditor-General in November last year — two months before she became premier — to have misled the public when she was transport minister in 2014 over the cause of a $500 million blowout in the light rail project just before the last state election. However, she has steadfastly denied doing so knowingly.

In a press release dated October 2014, Ms Berejiklian said the project’s cost was increasing because of a “huge win” — a 50 per cent increase in capacity.

But Auditor-General Margaret Crawford’s report found that by October 2014, Transport for NSW knew “omissions and mispricing” caused the project to blow out from $1.6bn to $2.1bn. In December 2014, Ms Berejiklian publicly repeated that “wins” led to the increased price.

Ms Crawford’s report found that “94 per cent of the $549m increase was due to incorrect estimates in the business case”.

Last year Mr Searle sought through freedom-of-information laws and then, once refused, through the tribunal, the documents or reports by former transport department director-general John Murray in relation to the light rail project. These were “expert review reports commissioned by Infrastructure NSW”.

Mr Searle said yesterday: “The government has fought tooth and nail to keep these documents secret — to protect the Premier from having to take responsibility for her actions on the light rail project when she was transport minister. If she has nothing to hide, why won’t her government hand over the information?”

A spokeswoman for Transport for NSW said: “Transport for NSW is seeking to appeal this decision because we believe the relevant documents contain confidential commercial information about the CBD and southeast light rail. If released, this information could disadvantage us in our commercial dealings with the private sector and hinder our ability to achieve value for money.”

Cruelty Free Festival This Sunday!

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Cruelty Free Festival

The Cruelty Free Festival provides a full day of activities and entertainment to delight everyone who loves animals. We showcase the groups giving a voice to animals, alongside inspiring advocates and innovative businesses creating inspiration and options for vegan and cruelty-free living!

ONLINE TICKET SALES: Early bird online ticket sales are now available! Only $5 + booking fee ($2.50) via MOSHTIX. Children 11 years and under free! Otherwise, tickets for everyone 12 years and over are $10 on the door.

When: Sunday 22 October 10am-5pm
Where: The Cutaway, Barangaroo Reserve, Sydney CBD (Main entrance is at Nawi Cove)
Getting there:
 Download Barangaroo site map (the Cutaway is clearly indicated), with public transport routes
The 311, 324 and 325 buses go to and from the Nawi Cove entrance. There is a ferry wharf at Barangaroo. Closest train staions are Circular Quay and Wynyard. For information about travelling by public transport, including timetable information, call the Transport Infoline on 131 500 or visit www.131500.com.au

Doggie visitors are allowed: MUST be on leash at all times. PLEASE be responsible and respectful by cleaning up after your friends. Water bowls and bags will be available, but we advise visitors to also bring their own for immediate clean ups as required.

More information: http://www.crueltyfreefestival.org.au/

Vegan Picnic Tomorrow – All Welcome!

Weather is looking great for our very first Vegan Picnic tomorrow! What better way to save Sydney’s Trees And Animals by not eating them?

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Vegan Picnic to Save Sydney’s Trees And Animals.

Date: Sunday 6th August 2017
Time: 1pm-4pm
Place: Belmore Park, Eddy Avenue, Sydney. (Next to Central Station)

All inclusive event – kids welcome! Family Friendly.

Bring: Vegan Food and Drink Only.
Picnic Blanket.
Friends, Family, all welcome.

No Smoking, Drugs or Alcohol onsite thanks.
No dogs onsite, thanks.

More information phone John 0414 755 621

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One Week To Vegan Picnic!

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Hope you can make it along next weekend to the Save The Trees And Animals Campaign Vegan Picnic! Found this great website for inspiring picnic recipe’s : Hot For Food, Cooking Up Vegan Love! (Picture from their website)

You are invited to the Save The Trees And Animals Vegan Picnic!

DATE: Sunday 6th August 2017

TIME: 1pm-4pm

PLACE: Belmore Park, Eddy Avenue across the road from Central Station, Sydney.

Bring vegan food only.

Smoke, drug and alcohol free.

No dogs on site thank you.

RSVP to John 0414 755 621 or 02 8958 3783

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One Week To Vegan Picnic!

Hope you can make it along next weekend to the Save The Trees And Animals Campaign Vegan Picnic! Found this great website for inspiring picnic recipe’s : Hot For Food, Cooking Up Vegan Love! (Picture from their website)

You are invited to the Save The Trees And Animals Vegan Picnic!

DATE: Sunday 6th August 2017

TIME: 1pm-4pm

PLACE: Belmore Park, Eddy Avenue across the road from Central Station, Sydney.

Bring vegan food only.

Smoke, drug and alcohol free.

No dogs on site thank you.

RSVP to John 0414 755 621 or 02 8958 3783

 

I just signed this petition — will you?

Dear Friends,

I just added the petition “Stop The Light Rail Project”.

It would mean a lot to me if you took a moment to add your name because:

We believe cancelling the light rail project will:

Save 200 trees (some, 150 year old).

Save endangered wildlife in the trees.

Save Aboriginal Artefacts.

Save Shade for Sydney People.

Save 37 million Customers that will be lost to Sydney per year.

Save Sydney Businesses.

Save NSW $3 billion by having Electric Buses.

http://www.communityrun.org/petitions/stop-the-light-rail-project

Real change happens when everyday people like you and I come together and stand up for what we believe in.  Together we can reach heaps of people and help create change around this important issue.

After you’ve signed the petition please also take a moment to share it with others.  It’s super easy – all you need to do is forward this link by email, or share this link on Facebook or Twitter:

http://www.communityrun.org/petitions/stop-the-light-rail-project

John Bellamy

Composer

Save The Trees And Animals Campaign.Com

Mobile: 0414 755 621

Work(02) 8958 3783

International: +61 2 8958 3783

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