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Greater Glider uplisted to endangered status just 6 years after it was declared as vulnerable

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Greater Glider uplisted to endangered status just 6 years after it was declared as vulnerable

The federal Environment Minister has today listed the Greater Glider as endangered under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act just 6 years after it was first listed as vulnerable. The Greater Glider announcement follows the uplisting of the Koala from vulnerable to endangered in February of this year and is an indication of the precarious state that Australian wildlife are in following decades of habitat destruction and compounded by the 2019/20 bushfires.
NSW Greens MP Sue Higginson and spokesperson for the environment said “Today’s announcement is a warning siren for the NSW Government that iconic and ecologically vital animal species are on the verge of extinction following years of logging, land clearing, predation by feral species and of course the catastrophic bushfires,”

“In NSW alone, annual land clearing rates are up 47% since the Coalition Government announced new land clearing codes in 2017 that equates to a shocking 224,700 hectares of woody vegetation being cleared. On agricultural lands, 52% of this woody vegetation clearing is classified as unexplained and shows that habitat loss is not being regulated by this Government,”

“The situation in our public state forests is even more dire where requirements for the retention of hollow bearing trees, the vital homes for the nocturnal Greater Glider, cannot be met because there are not enough hollow bearing trees in many areas slated for industrial scale logging operations,”

“Last year the Natural Resources Commission recommended to the Government that logging operations in burnt forests be changed to retain more hollow bearing trees and other large trees that would likely form hollows to replace older habitat trees. The Government has now sat on that report for almost a year without publicly releasing it or acting on the recommendations,”

“Koalas and Greater Gliders both rely on mature trees and abundant sources of eucalypt leaves for food, Koalas and Greater Gliders have been pushed to the brink of extinction through logging and land clearing,”

“The NSW Government should act immediately to transition out of native forest logging and fix the unexplained land clearing in NSW to ensure that our unique and iconic species are saved from extinction, we are in an extinction crisis and we need to respond accordingly” Ms Higginson said.

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New development planned for Woolgoolga Retirement Village

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New development planned for Woolgoolga Retirement Village

 

Woolgoolga and District Retirement Village Ltd are taking steps to add a collection of modern retirement residences and amenities to their village in High Street. They are in the early phase of planning a new development to be called Callisto Coastal Retirement.

Sasha Andrews, Chief Executive Officer of Woolgoolga and District Retirement Village Ltd is excited about the plans. “We are very proud to be adding Callisto Coastal Retirement to our community.” Ms Andrews said. “We are part of a great community in a fantastic location and aim to set the benchmark for premium retirement living in Woolgoolga.”

At this early stage, they are keen to get input from the local community of future residents to help create the perfect coastal retirement. A Feedback Forum is being offered to eligible potential residents aged 55+, providing an opportunity to learn more, convey their thoughts, ideas and insights around design and services, features, amenities and priorities.

The new development has the support of the Board of Directors of the not-for-profit, community owned organisation. Chairperson, Ian Wade said “Woolgoolga and District Retirement Village has played an important role in the community for many years and we want to ensure that it continues to meet the needs of our seniors for years to come. We have a great opportunity to provide quality retirement living, built with future residents in mind.”

A community Feedback Forum is planned for Tuesday 7 May. For details and to register to attend, go to the website here. For more on the Woolgoolga Retirement Village, visit here.

 

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Memory Run Walk Jog – My Way Lismore

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Memory Run Walk Jog – My Way Lismore

Albert Park Baseball Grounds

Keen Street Lismore
8am Sunday 19th May 2024

Join a fun community activity to fundraise and raise dementia awareness. Last year, more than 10,000 people walked, jogged and ran in cities and towns across Australia for people impacted by dementia. Dementia awareness

Lismore events include a 10km run, a 5km jog/walk or a 1km walk so that the day is inclusive of all levels of physical ability.

There will be information stalls providing details of supports, local resources and services to help those impacted by dementia, as well as food and drinks.

Form a team from your workplace, local club, friends or family (dress up to make it fun!) and enter the 1km walk, 5km jog/walk or a 10km run. Get lots of sponsors!

To register a team or take part as an individual go to:
www.memorywalk.com.au/event/lismore-myway

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Currently, dementia is the leading cause of death in women and overall, it is the second leading cause of death for all Australians. In 2024, it is estimated that more than 1.6 million people in Australia are involved in the care of someone living with dementia.

Dr Jones says ‘The ageing population in the Northern Rivers is growing at an exponential rate. Our region is one of the highest ageing communities in NSW and this comes with increasing rates of those impacted by dementia in our community. I’m quite keen to see that we adopt more preventable approaches against dementia in our region’. Dementia awareness

Dr Jones says ‘There are many things we can do to prevent dementia or delay your risk of developing dementia. Adopting healthy lifestyle habits, in particular regular exercise can make a significant difference’.

“We encourage the whole community to come together, not only to raise money for
Dementia Australia, but also to exercise together and to fight this disease” says Dr Jones.

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Man charged following alleged stabbing – Campsie

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Man charged following alleged stabbing – Campsie

 

A man will face court tomorrow (Friday 12 April 2024) charged over an alleged stabbing in Campsie in Sydney’s southwest yesterday (Wednesday 10 April 2024).

About 8:45pm yesterday, emergency services were called to a unit at Ninth Avenue, Campsie, following reports of a stabbing.

Officers attached to Campsie Police Area Command attended and found a 53-year-old woman and a 46-year-old man with multiple stab wounds.

Both were treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics, with the woman taken to St George Hospital with stab wounds to the thigh.

The man was taken to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in a critical condition with stab wounds to his face, arm and chest.

A short time later a 25-year-old man, was arrested and taken to Concord Hospital.

Police established a crime scene and detectives commenced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Following the 25-year-old man’s release from hospital, he was arrested and taken to Campsie Police Station.

He was charged with two counts of attempted murder and break and enter dwelling and assault with intent to murder.

The man was refused bail to appear at Bankstown Local Court tomorrow (Friday 12 April 2024).

 

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