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Converting Koala habitat to plantations has to stop

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Converting Koala habitat to plantations has to stop

NEFA is calling on the NSW Government to stop the Forestry Corporation clearfelling 68 ha of some of the best known koala habitat in NSW and converting it into a plantation in Wild Cattle Creek State Forest.

At the same time the NSW Government is spending millions of dollars buying private land for koalas and planting trees, on public land they are paying millions to log and clear koala habitat identified as a priority for protection by their own government, NEFA spokesperson Dailan Pugh said.

“This has to stop if we want koalas to survive.

“It is well past time the NSW Government stopped logging koala habitat on public lands and stopped converting it to plantations, if they have any real intent to save them from extinction

In response to the Chief Scientist’s 2016 recommendation that NSW “government agencies identify priority areas of land across tenures to target for koala conservation management and threat mitigation”, in 2017 the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) analysed Koala records “”to delineate highly significant local scale areas of koala occupancy currently known for protection“.

“Across the whole of NSW, OEH identified 100,000 hectares of the most important koala habitat known as Koala Hubs, with 20,000 ha of these on State forests. Since then the Forestry Corporation have been allowed to log 1,000 ha of these identified priority Koala habitats.

“And now they are in the process of clearfelling another 68ha of identified high quality Koala habitat, of which 16ha is part of a Koala Hub, and converting it to a blackbutt plantation.

“Up until 2020 this was classed as native forest, but three years after the Koala Hub was identified, two years after being busted for logging protected Koala habitat in an adjacent operation, and a few months after the 2019 wildfires devastated Koala populations in the area, the Forestry Corporation had this Koala habitat reclassified as a plantation based on a spurious claim that in the 1960s someone scattered some seed around.

“Scattering seed around after logging was a common practice 50 years ago, but scattered Blackbutt seed in a natural Blackbutt forest doesn’t make it a plantation.

“Now they can legally clearfell it, and sell the timber as plantation timber.

“This is next door to where in June this year the Forestry Corporation were found guilty and fined $60,000 for causing harm to a Koala for logging just 4 trees in a 2ha Koala High Use Area. Here they clearfelled hundreds of feed trees” Mr. Pugh said.

 

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Flying high – Redmen selected in Corella’s Squad

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Flying high – Redmen selected in Corella’s Squad

 

By Gary Nichols

TWO Grafton Redmen players have bolted into the NSW Country Corella’s team after impressive debuts for Mid North Coast at the NSW Country Championships in Tamworth over the June long weekend.

Natalie Blackadder and Yuri Fuller have been instrumental in Grafton’s run to a tilt at this year’s Mid North Coast Women’s 10s premiership.

Both players had no idea if they did enough to gain selection in the Country squad, however a phone call from the Corellas’ coach on Friday confirmed what they hoped to hear.

“The coach called me about 10am while I was at work. He asked me how I was going and said he was just giving me a call to inform me I had been selected in the Country squad,” a jubilant Blackadder said.

“He also gave me a few tips on what I have to work on to improve my game which was great.”

It wasn’t so smooth sailing for Fuller who had to endure a nervous ten-hour wait for the call she thought would never eventuate.

“I didn’t get an early phone call because I put down the wrong number on the registration sheet,” Fuller laughed.

“They had to go searching for me and I got the phone call about eight-thirty that night.

“During the day I just excepted my fate and believed I missed out.”

Blackadder admitted she was a bundle of nerves before Mid North Coast’s opening game in Tamworth but added as soon as she ran out on the field the nerves quickly vanished.

“I thought I was going to die when we were warming up,” Blackadder said.

“But once I got out there, I cleared my head, made my first tackle and I was all good.

“It was such a different experience playing fifteen-a-side rugby. You have your role, and you have to stick with it as there is less room than ten-a-side.”

For the rangy Redmen back-rower, it was by chance she even tried out for the representative side.

“I only tried out for Mid North Coast because Tamar (McHugh, Redmen captain) and Yuri did it. I thought to myself, why not give it a go and see where it takes me,” she said.

Fuller, a prolific try-scorer, who can slot into most positions in the backline, said her selection had a lot to do with the improvement of the Grafton Redmen Women’s side and the quality of women’s rugby throughout the Mid North Coast.

“Our team has improved dramatically over the past two years and obviously the growth of Women’s Mid North Coast rugby has produced a higher standard with quality players throughout the Zone,” Fuller said.

 

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GIANTS AFLW return to Canberra for first Community Camp

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GIANTS AFLW return to Canberra for first Community Camp

 

The GIANTS’ AFLW list is heading to Canberra on 4-5 July to meet the footy community and inspire the next generation of footy superstars, as part of the first-ever, league wide AFLW Community Camp program.

Around two months out from its NAB AFLW Round 1 clash at Manuka Oval on Saturday, 31 August, the GIANTS players will spend some time with their fans at their home away from home.

Headlining the camp is the Canberra Girls Footy Festival which welcomes girls aged 5-14 to get involved in a jam-packed night of fun and footy alongside GIANTS AFLW players.

To be held at EPC Solar Park in Phillip on Thursday, 4 July, the Girls Footy Festival is open to local footballers and NAB AFL Auskick participants, as well as anyone wanting to come and try Australian rules football in a fun and friendly environment. In addition to the GIANTS players, there will be activities and games, large inflatables, giveaways and, of course, a barbecue.

As part of the AFLW Community Camp, the GIANTS will also hold a Coach Your Way session featuring GIANTS coaching staff and its star defender and accredited Level 3 coach, Katherine Smith.

On Friday, 5 July the GIANTS players will connect with hundreds of Canberra school children when they visit to schools around the nation’s capital.

AFL NSW/ACT’s Participation and Programs Manager, Dylan Potter, said of the GIANTS’ 2024 AFLW Community Camp: “This is another great opportunity for footy fans in Canberra to meet elite players face to face.

“Auskick and junior girls will be particularly excited with the Canberra Girls Footy Festival kicking off on Thursday. This will be the first time we’ve brought women and girls from across the ACT to meet and learn from the GIANTS’ AFLW team and I can’t wait to see everyone loving the game together.

“Thank you in advance to the community for their support and the GIANTS AFLW program for visiting Canberra in a year when the ACT is celebrating 100 years of footy.”

Canberra Girls Footy Festival details
Date: Thursday, July 4
Time: 4:30pm-7pm
Location: EPC Solar Park, Phillip
Age: 5-14 years

Coach Your Way program
The Coach Your Way Program is exclusively available for women and girls looking to develop their skills in coaching.
Date: Thursday, July 4
Time: 5:30pm-7pm
Location: EPC Solar Park, Phillip
Register: Scan the QR Code

NAB AFL Auskick Burst in Canberra
Participants inspired by the GIANTS will have an opportunity to join the fun weekly, with NAB AFL Auskick opening in Canberra from 21 July, offering participants half a season of the Auskick experience and the beloved Auskick pack.

We call it Auskick Burst, with participants bursting on the footy scene and having a great time.

Auskick Burst will be offered at a greatly reduced price, which will be revealed before 4 July’s Girls Footy Festival.

NAB AFLW Season 9 coming to Canberra
GIANTS fans will get a chance to see the team in action in Round 1 of the NAB AFLW season and again in Round 3.
Round 1
1:05pm Saturday, 31 August
GIANTS v Western Bulldogs
Round 3
5:05pm Sunday, 15 September
GIANTS v Gold Coast Suns

Tickets for these matches will be available closer to the date.

 

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Seniors Urged to Speak Up About Home Aged Care Services

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Seniors Urged to Speak Up About Home Aged Care Services

 

The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission has released its first report specifically for people receiving home aged care services, titled Complaints about Aged Care Home Services – Insights for People Receiving Care. The report highlights several critical issues and offers guidance on how recipients can address their concerns.

Major Issues Identified:

  • Consultation and Communication: The most frequent complaints (15%) relate to poor consultation and communication between service providers and recipients.
  • Fees and Charges: The second most common issue (10%) involves financial concerns, particularly regarding fees and charges.

Despite the high number of people accessing home care services, there are fewer complaints compared to residential aged care. Over the report period (July to December 2023), the commission received 8,021 complaints and inquiries, resolving about 4,800 of them (just over half). The average resolution time was 59 days, with 65% of complaints resolved within 60 days.

Encouraging Feedback and Complaints

The report emphasizes the importance of feedback from the over 1 million older Australians receiving home care services. It aims to boost confidence in the quality and safety of home care by ensuring recipients feel empowered to express their concerns.

Key Messages from the Commission:

  • Choice and Control: Recipients should have choice and control over their care.
  • Raising Concerns: If something isn’t right, recipients are encouraged to speak up.

Aged Care Quality and Safety Commissioner Janet Anderson and Aged Care Complaints Commissioner Louise Macleod both stress the importance of addressing issues directly with service providers. However, if this is not possible or if issues remain unresolved, the commission is available to assist.

How to Make a Complaint

Complaints can be made directly to the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission through the following channels:

Who Can Make a Complaint:

  • Recipients of aged care services
  • Family, friends, representatives, and carers of recipients
  • Aged care staff and volunteers
  • Health and medical professionals

Important Note:

  • Service providers cannot punish anyone for making a complaint.
  • If you’re raising a concern on behalf of someone else, ensure they are aware and involved in the process.

For more detailed information on making a complaint and understanding the complaints process, visit the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission website.

Conclusion

The report underscores the importance of open communication and the need for recipients of home care services to feel confident in raising issues. By addressing concerns directly or through the commission, recipients can help ensure they receive the high-quality care they deserve.

 

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