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Welcome to the Ryde - Hunter's Hill Flora and Fauna Preservation Society.

The Society has been active in local conservation issues since 1966 and is well networked with the broader conservation movement across NSW.

The Society's Constitution states its Aims and Objectives as:

a. The education of the members and the community, particularly in the local area, in nature conservation and protection of the environment;

b. To promote ecologically sustainable land use and development;

c. To promote nature conservation including an adequate system of national parks, wilderness areas, nature reserves, wildlife refuges and corridors and urban bushland reserves; adequate protection measures for native wildlife;

d. Achieving satisfactory measures to safeguard the environment from all forms of pollution to ensure clean air, clean water and a healthy environment;

e. To work for the permanent retention and conservation of all natural areas in the local district and an increase in the area set aside for nature conservation and

f. To undertake the management of the Field of Mars Reserve with Ryde City Council as a major conservation project

We have a regular newsletter Wallumetta which is issued six times a year which attempts to update members on both local environmental issues and issues of wider impact. Our volunteer members keep the Visitors Centre open each weekend. Please contact us if you have concerns about threats to our local natural areas and the precious native fauna which depend on our sensitive bushland areas and waterways.

What's on

LANE COVE COAL AND GAS WATCH

At the recent RHHFFPS Annual General Meeting it was resolved that the Society support the work of the newly-badged group Lane Cove Coal and Gas Watch. This group has evolved from the highly successful Lane Cove Land Water Future which has been active within the electorate of Lane Cove for some years.

LCC&GW is now a sub-group of our “sister” conservation group, the Lane Cove Bushland and Conservation Society. The purpose of the new sub-committee is to campaign in NSW for no-go zones for coal and coal seam gas mining in water catchments, prime agricultural land and special wild places and the protection of public health and community rights.

A community forum is being hosted by LCCC&GW, in conjunction with the Lock the Gate Alliance:

HELP STOP COAL MINING IN SYDNEY’S WATER CATCHMENT AREA

WHEN: Sunday April 03, 2016 at 2pm - 4pm

WHERE: GREENWICH COMMUNITY HALL - 46 Greenwich Road, Greenwich, NSW 2065

At the community forum there will be an opportunity to hear from international environmental campaigner Ramesh Agrawal, winner of the 2014 Goldman Environment Prize.

Mr Agrawal will provide first-hand experience of the misdeeds of Jindal Steel and Power, which is the parent company of Wollongong Coal. Wollongong Coal wants to push its operations further into the Lake Cataract catchment — one of the key water resources for the Illawarra and Macarthur, and one of the three back-up reservoirs for Sydney which supply around 20% of the drinking water in our local area. Concern about the riskiness of the proposed extension of mining by Wollongong Coal has been expressed by many, including WaterNSW which has warned that 7.3 million litres of water per day could be lost. Cataract Dam

Above: Cataract Dam, largest of the four Upper Nepean dams contributing to Sydney’s water supply; reservoir capacity over 94,000 million litres.

Other speakers at the forum include

* Julie Sheppard, Rivers SOS and Protect Sydney’s Water;

* Kaye Osborn, Illawarra Residents for Responsible Mining;

* Sue Higginson, CEO and Principal Solicitor for EDO NSW.

Local State member, Anthony Roberts is also Minister for Industry, Resources and Energy. He has the discretionary power under the Mining Act to revoke a mining licence if a company is deemed "not fit and proper". The Environmental Defenders Office NSW has sent Minister Roberts the relevant paper work outlining community concerns with Jindal Power in three major areas - its financial viability, technical competence and history of non-compliance, all of which suggest that it is not “fit and proper” to be mining under Sydney’s precious drinking water catchment. No formal response has been received from the Minister. The fit and proper person legislation was added to the Mining Act after the ICAC coal mine corruption findings.

For further information about the forum or how to get involved with Lane Cove Coal and Gas Watch – contact Cathy on 9817 4935.