The future jobs are in the zero emissions global economy. The outcome of the recent Federal election may be seen as the result of the conflict between the environment and jobs. The Coalition gained 23 of the 30 seats in Queensland and it looks like they will have a total 77 seats in the new Parliament and the ALP 68 with six independents. The major issue in the seats won by the Coalition in Queensland is the level of unemployment and the Adani coal mining project held out the prospect of more jobs for Queensland. The Coalition expressed support for coal mining.
However, Professor Ross Garnaut, in the last of six recent lectures on Climate Change discussed “Australia - The superpower of the zero emissions global economy” (www.rossgarnaut.com.au). Ross Garnaut is an economist whose career has been built around the analysis of and practice of policy connected to development, economics and international relations in Australia, Asia and the Pacific. This includes being principal economic adviser to the Prime Minister Bob Hawke, producing the Garnaut Climate Change Review in 2008 and appointment as independent expert to the Multy-Party Climate Change Committee in 2010.
In his lecture Ross Garnaut discusses the decline of the coal industry and the opportunities arising for Australia in a global economy which is moving towards zero emissions. Garnaut sets out the industries where Australia, because of its natural and other characteristics will have a competitive advantage. One example included in the lecture is land sequestration. This is essentially revegetation of the landscape starting with arresting current land clearing rates. Ross Garnaut discusses gaining export earnings by selling emissions offsets that could be generated under this initiative.
This, as expected, requires national policy to support rather than hinder a move away from coal. Ross Garnaut points out the success of the national emissions trading scheme before it was dismantled by the Federal Government in 2014. What Ross Garnaut’s lecture shows is that supporting the coal industry is not the way to create jobs. The future jobs are in the zero emissions global economy.
City of Ryde Council’s Works and Community Committee resolved to place their proposal for Wildlife Protection Areas on public exhibition. The proposal includes Field of Mars Reserve, Kittys Creek corridor and Terrys Creek corridor. It is proposed that Field of Mars Reserve be declared Category 1 Wildlife Protection Area (cats and dogs both prohibited) and Kittys Creek corridor and Terrys Creek corridor be Category 2 (cats prohibited, dogs allowed on-leash).
There is extensive community consultation including letter box drops within 250m of the reserve, signage, information online, notice in the Northern District Times and ‘drop-in sessions’ at each area. The Field of Mars ‘drop-in session’ was on the same day as our Birds event.
We urge members to support this proposal for the Field of Mars Reserve. There is no plan to reduce the level of protection. If there are very compelling reasons not to declare Field of Mars Reserve a Category 1 Wildlife Protection Area, there is no possibility that it would be declared a Category 2 Wildlife Protection Area, permitting access for dogs. Regardless of the outcome of the consultation there would also be no change to the current classification as a Wildlife Refuge.
On 22 May, members with email were sent the following:
The City of Ryde is seeking your feedback on the proposal to declare Wildlife Protection Areas in three high conservation bushland corridors, including Field of Mars Reserve, Terrys Creek corridor and Kittys Creek corridor:
Field of Mars Reserve - Category 1 Wildlife Protection Area (will continue to prohibit both dogs and cats from entering the reserve)
Kittys Creek Corridor - Category 2 Wildlife Protection Area (allows dogs to be walked on leash but prohibits cats in the parks and reserves)
Terrys Creek Corridor - Category 2 Wildlife Protection Area (allows dogs to be walked on leash but prohibits cats in the parks and reserves)
What are Wildlife Protection Areas?
Wildlife Protection Areas are declared for the protection of our unique native animals and their habitats under the NSW Companion Animals Act 1998.
Wildlife Protection Areas can be declared as one of two categories:
- Category 1 lands prohibit both cats and dogs (dog walking is not allowed, even on leash)
- Category 2 lands prohibit cats but permits dogs on leash on formed tracks, pathways or roads.
The declaration of Wildlife Protection Areas is intended to promote responsible pet ownership with community education being the main focus.
Why have these areas been selected?
Field of Mars Reserve, Kittys Creek and Terrys Creek corridor have all been identified as a high conservation priority areas with links to Lane Cove National Park. Vulnerable native animals have been recorded in all the proposed areas in Councils recent Flora and Fauna studies, and there has been evidence of cats and dogs off leash.
The proposed areas have all been carefully selected, taking into consideration the adjoining land use and the recreational needs of the community.
Field of Mars Reserve
To better protect the wildlife in Field of Mars Reserve, Council is proposing to declare it as a Category 1 Wildlife Protection Area, prohibiting both dogs and cats from the reserve.
Under this proposal, there will be no change to the existing status of Field of Mars Reserve as a Wildlife Refuge that currently prohibits both dogs and cats. The proposal will provide additional protection and ensure a consistent approach to wildlife protection across the City of Ryde.
Kittys Creek Corridor
Council is proposing to declare Kittys Creek corridor a Category 2 Wildlife Protection Area. This will continue to allow dogs to be walked on leash, however prohibit cats in the parks and reserves. The extent of this corridor includes Portius Park, Pryor Park and Kittys Creek Reserve.
Terrys Creek Corridor
Council is proposing to declare Terrys Creek corridor a Category 2 Wildlife Protection Area. This will continue to allow dogs to be walked on leash, however prohibit cats in the parks and reserve. The extent of this corridor includes Forrester Park, Forsyth Park, Pembroke Park, Lucknow Park and Somerset Park.
This proposal will provide consistency with the City of Parramatta's existing Wildlife Protection Areas on the western side of Terrys Creek.
Have Your Say
Drop in sessions at each location have already been held, but you can have your say on the Wildlife Protection Areas in Field of Mars Reserve, Kittys Creek and Terrys Creek in several ways including online by following the link below:
All submissions must be received by Tuesday 18 June 2019.
For more information on Wildlife Protection Areas: www.ryde.nsw.gov.au/haveyoursay/wpa or call Customer Service on 9952 8222 during business hours.
A draft Camp Management Plan for the flying fox colony above Riverglade Reserve (along Tarban Creek near Manning Road, Gladesville) has been completed and presented to Hunters Hill Council for approval. In addition, Council has applied for LGNSW (Local Government) grant funding to implement some high priority level 1 and 2 vegetation management actions. This Habitat Restoration Program project has produced state-wide mapping of foraging areas for Grey-headed, Black and Little Red Flying Foxes and is being assisted by NSW Environmental Trust grant funding.
While there can be mixed feelings across the community there is no doubt that flying foxes are viewed as essential for healthy flora and forest ecosystems, being keystone pollinators and dispersing the seed of over 100 species of native trees and plants. Listed as vulnerable, Grey-Headed Flying Foxes live in a variety of habitats and reside in large roosts, often taking refuge in highly modified vegetation in urban areas as their preferred habitat is increasingly logged or cleared for agriculture or housing. Recently the Royal Botanic Gardens controversially instituted an ongoing and costly program to remove them from their grounds.
Numbers vary in the camps as flying foxes are influenced by availability of food and move in response to irregular blossoming of certain plant species. They will travel at least 50 km at night in search of a food supply and are an impressive sight when they set out at dusk. A survey at the Riverglade Reserve camp in April recorded 6,630 flying foxes but numbers can be much higher at this site. Let's hope we can learn to live with them in our midst and appreciate them for the role they play in our environment.