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Fridays4Forests Exposes Logging at Entrance to World Heritage Border Ranges National Park

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Fridays4Forests Exposes Logging at Entrance to World Heritage Border Ranges National Park

Fridays4Forests Exposes Logging at Entrance to World Heritage Border Ranges National Park

On Friday Friday 29th July forest protectors from the Kyogle Environment Group gathered to document industrial style logging stretching for a kilometre along the road just a short walk from the World Heritage listed Border Ranges National Park. Concerned locals are calling for a halt to the logging while a proper assessment of the damage done is made by the EPA.

“While koalas & greater gliders are at risk of extinction – our native forests are being logged and cleared at an alarming rate and our iconic species cannot withstand any further loss of habitat.” said Kyogle Environment Group spokesperson, Tori Bail.

“Kyogle people are justly proud to be known as keepers of the ‘Gateway to the Rainforest’. This reckless damage to our most precious asset is deeply distressing to us all.” she added.

On the edge of the ancient landscapes of Gondwana, butting up against Bangalow palms & rainforest pockets, this razorback of Private Native Forestry logging clearly shows tracks stretching up towards the escarpment.

“The area could potentially be Eastern Bristlebird habitat. The PNF Code identifies that “These birds are very rare, with fewer than 40 individuals known in northern NSW” & there are known records of Koalas on the identified property. Water erosion will flow downslope and it is yet to be shown if the PNF Code has been adhered to with required spacing to mitigate substantial erosion issues should we get a 3rd round of La Nina in Spring.” Ms Bail said

“The NSW State of the Environment reports makes it clear that maintaining native vegetation in good conditions is critical to the survival of the species & ecosystems that depend on it. There has been around 10,000 hectares altered or removed in Kyogle LGA between 2009 and 2019 according to the Regional State of the Environment Report.” pointed out Ms Bail

Private native forestry (PNF) is a form of forestry on private land. Landholders must apply for a PNF plan approval under the Local Land Services Act 2013. However there is concern that there may be breaches on this property and the environmental damage has been reported to the Environment Protection Agency asking them to investigate with urgency to see if the Private Native Forests Codes have been followed.

“If ever there was a case for why the May 2022 PNF Codes need to be tightened not relaxed, this is it. Right here on a popular tourist route, just metres from the Tweed Scenic Rim we are seeing destruction to loss of habitat, & aesthetic values on the steps of the world class Gondwana Rainforest.” said Tori Bail (Kyogle Environment Group)

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Waste levy lifted in Kyogle LGA, saving ratepayers $400,000 a year

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Waste levy lifted in Kyogle LGA, saving ratepayers $400,000 a year

LISMORE MP Janelle Saffin has secured a major win for the residents of Kyogle, who will not have to pay a levy to dispose of waste at landfill sites for the next three years.

The waste levy is being removed from Kyogle Local Government Area, from this Friday (1 March 2024) to 30 June 2027.

“I am proud to deliver on one of my key election commitments to address historic unfairness in who pays landfill charge in New South Wales,” Ms Saffin says.

The three-year exemption, which is part of an Amendment Regulation, will remove the $94 per tonne cost from the disposal of all waste to landfill.

It’s estimated that will save Kyogle Council and local ratepayers about $400,000 a year.

Waste facilities within the Kyogle LGA will still be liable to pay the waste levy on waste generated and received from the Regional Levy Area (excluding Kyogle LGA) and the Metropolitan Levy Area.

Ms Saffin says Kyogle, more of a rural LGA like neighbouring Tenterfield Shire, should never have been grouped in with coastal LGAs within the Regional Levy Area.

“This Amendment Regulation is a win for common sense, but I encourage all Kyogle residents to still think very carefully about what they send to landfill and recycle responsibly whenever possible to help keep our valuable materials in the circular economy and out of the tip.”

The NSW Government is investing $356 million under the Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy to fund critical recycling programs and to help reduce waste that goes to landfill and is subject to the NSW waste levy.

The Environment Protection Authority is undertaking a statewide and holistic waste levy review, approved by NSW Environment Minister Penny Sharpe and in line with recommendations of the NSW Auditor-General.

The review is aimed at ensuring that the waste levy settings remain appropriate and that the levy is achieving its policy objectives.

If anyone has any queries about the Amendment Regulation, please contact the Environment Protection Authority’s Environment Line on 131 555.

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KYOGLE SEMITONES CHOIR

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KYOGLE SEMITONES CHOIR - THE ENERGISING ELECTRIFYING ENTHUSING EDOARDO RETURNS

KYOGLE SEMITONES CHOIR

 

THE ENERGISING ELECTRIFYING ENTHUSING EDOARDO RETURNS

 After the resounding success of last year’s Italian Song Workshop with the dynamic Edoardo Materassi, the Kyogle Semitones Choir are delighted to announce that he will be returning on February 28 this year.

All singers and choristers and from the region, present or past or just aspiring, are warmly invited to come and join in, to share in his charismatic and inspiring instruction. Participants will take part in the preparation of beautiful Renaissance madrigal, O Primavera by Claudio Monteverdi, which will be available to download on registration, as well as some of his own works.

Eduardo will also work on two charming Italian songs with the Semitones. Registrees are invited to attend the Semitones rehearsal on Wednesday February 28, 2024. February at the Kyogle Memorial Institute Hall (corner of Summerland Way and Stratheden Street) from 11am – 1.00pm to familiarise themselves with those.

KYOGLE SEMITONES CHOIR - THE ENERGISING ELECTRIFYING ENTHUSING EDOARDO RETURNS

KYOGLE SEMITONES CHOIR – THE ENERGISING ELECTRIFYING ENTHUSING EDOARDO RETURNS

There is also a 3 day workshop with Edoardo in Byron Bay, 1–3 March, information at  www.thecreateescape.cobut it is a considerable coup for the Semitones and Director Fiona Kerr to have again tempted the maestro away from the coast out to Kyogle. He must have been impressed with our talent and enthusiasm last year!

The workshop will be held at the Kyogle Memorial Institute Hall (corner of Summerland Way and Stratheden Street) from 11am-1pm. Admission, cash only, will be $20.

ITALIAN SONG WORKSHOP WITH EDUARDO MATERASSI
Presented by Kyogle Semitones Community Choir
Wednesday 28 February, 2024, 11am-1 pm
Kyogle Public School Hall, Groom Street near Roseberry Sreet
Participation cash only $40 at door
Prior registration at mdoley@gmail.com

 

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Landcare and OzFish Team Up for ‘Kyogle Carp Out’ Event at Fawcett’s Creek

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Landcare and OzFish Team Up for ‘Kyogle Carp Out’ Event at Fawcett’s Creek

 

Kyogle Landcare, in collaboration with OzFish Unlimited, is thrilled to announce the ‘Kyogle Carp Out‘, a community-driven initiative set to take place on Saturday, February 10th. The event aims to eradicate the invasive carp species from Fawcett’s Creek, addressing environmental challenges and restoring the balance of the local ecosystem.

Carp, notorious for threatening native fish populations and compromising water quality, will be the focal point of this collaborative effort. Participants can expect a blend of educational insights and hands-on experience in carp removal, contributing to the restoration of native fish numbers and their habitats in the waterway.

Ryan Lungu, a representative from the Richmond River OzFish chapter, emphasised the significance of the initiative in combating the carp issue in the Richmond River catchment.

OzFish fishing day, child holding carp at the Kyogle Carp Out

OzFish fishing day, child holding carp.

“The Kyogle Carp Out demonstrates the power of collaboration, bringing together OzFish, Landcare, and the community through our Driving Fish Habitat Action project, supported by the NSW Recreational Fishing Trusts.” said Ryan.

In a sustainable twist, the event will repurpose the removed carp into local compost systems, underscoring a commitment to environmental responsibility.

The day will conclude with a celebration of community efforts, featuring a lunchtime BBQ and the distribution of prizes generously provided by sponsor BCF – Boating, Camping, Fishing, to recognise the dedication of all volunteers.

Registration for the ‘Kyogle Carp Out’ event on Saturday 10th of February is essential. Visit here to secure your spot.

This project was made possible by OzFish’s Driving Fish Habitat Action partnership with Landcare NSW, with funding support from NSW Recreational Fishing Trusts and BCF – Boating, Camping, Fishing.

To learn more about similar projects or to get involved and become a member, visit here or contact 1800 431 308.

 

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