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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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Fee Reimbursements and Waivers for Students in 2022 and 2023

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Fee Reimbursements and Waivers for Students in 2022 and 2023

If you studied a full qualification under Smart and Skilled with Byron Community College in 2022, or are thinking of enrolling next year, they’ve got some very exciting news to share.

The NSW North Coast Education Flood Recovery Support Package reveals that new levels of financial support are available, amounting to thousands of dollars in fee relief for students. The aim is to alleviate financial pressures on students and their families coping with flood recovery in the region, while also supporting access to and the completion of training.

Providing student support in the adult education sector has always been paramount given the range of challenges that can already exist, including emotional and social pathways to reengage with learning. The 2022 floods brought devastation that created immense upheaval in obtaining life’s basic needs for food and shelter. The natural effect was that all else receded, sending growth, learning and expansion into the background for a time.

The good news is, this has been recognised. As part of the Support Package, Training Services NSW is rolling out the following initiatives:

  1. Fee reimbursements for students enrolled or in training during the flood period – eligible students should have received an email about this.

 

  1. Fee waivers for new students – all fees for 2023 Smart and Skilled eligible students will be $0 when enrolling next year.

Jack Bennie (pictured) has been studying the AHC30716 – Certificate III in Horticulture at Byron Community College throughout 2022 and will be receiving a full reimbursement of the fees he has paid for this nationally recognised qualification.

For 2022 and 2023 students across the region, this package will amount to thousands of dollars in fee relief. So, if you’re excited by the opportunity of new horizons, get in touch with Byron Community College today to find out more and check your eligibility – www.byroncollege.org.au or call 02 6684 3374.

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Deadline Looms for Native Forest Petition

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Deadline Looms for Native Forest Petition

The future of native forest logging hangs in the balance with an important petition to the NSW parliament fast approaching its August deadline. The North East Forest Alliance has added its voice to environmental leaders from around Australia calling for NSW citizens to sign up and share this vital opportunity to force our government to act on our community’s calls to protect our forests and the koalas and other endangered species who live in them.
“Native forest logging is a sepia toned anachronism. We can no longer afford to support the tiny sectional interests who profit from logging our water catchments, carbon sinks, wildlife’s homes and tourism magnets. Now is the time to act to make our representatives listen to reason and end native forest logging for good.” said North East Forest Alliance spokesperson Sean O’Shannessy.

“NSW people overwhelmingly support protecting our koalas and other endangered critters. This week we have a precious opportunity to force the parliament to debate this vital issue. We must act now or the August deadline will slip past us and our irreplaceable forests will be one step closer to extinction. Please sign and share this petition today. Together we can make NSW a safe place for our forest dependent koalas and their friends” Mr O’Shannessy said

The Parliamentary e-Petition is online at
https://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/la/Pages/epetition-details.aspx?q=quge-8rdRlyn4PTcuMj_PA

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Luke Banitsiotis claims his third REIV Senior Auctioneer of the Year title

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Luke Banitsiotis claims his third REIV Senior Auctioneer of the Year title

Luke Banitsiotis claims his third REIV Senior Auctioneer of the Year title

The Real Estate Institute of Victoria (REIV) is pleased to congratulate Luke Banitsiotis as the winner of the Senior Auctioneer of the Year 2022. It extends further congratulations to Andy Reid, the Senior Runner-Up.

Luke Banitsiotis of Woodards Blackburn claimed his third win after previously being crowned Real Estate Institute of Victoria Senior Auctioneer of the Year in 2018 and 2019.

The Senior Auctioneering Competition presents the opportunity for the very best Victorian auctioneering talent to showcase their skills in a competitive and supportive environment.

The cohort of expert auctioneers were battling it out for the chance to represent Victoria at the annual Australasian Real Estate Institutes’ Auctioneering Championships.

Luke was excited at the opportunity to come back and compete at the REIV Headquarters in Camberwell alongside his peers.

“The REIV Senior Auctioneer competition has helped me develop my auctioneering style, ultimately benefitting the vendors who choose to work with me. Each time I enter, I always walk away a better auctioneer,” said Luke.

“The competition is always fierce each year! As a past winner, I always feel a little bit of extra pressure, which helps me focus and perform at my absolute best. My peers motivate me and I love to watch them improve each year also, they push me to keep training and evolving.”

REIV President Richard Simpson said the competition brings together the best in the business and is big feat for those who participate and make it to the finals.

“Being able to witness these agents, who are the top of their game, kick into action and really showcase their abilities is a great experience,” said Mr Simpson.

“It makes me proud to be in real estate, seeing how much passion these agents have for their profession, how hard they work for their clients, and how much respect they have for each other.

“We look forward to seeing Luke and Andy compete in the Australasian Real Estate Institutes’ Auctioneering Championships and showcase the talent we house within our REIV community”.

By claiming the esteemed title of Senior Auctioneer of the Year, Luke also has the privilege of calling the annual Good Friday Appeal Charity House Auction in 2023.

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