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Ryde Flora and Fauna Study 2017

The encouraging Autumn findings by Anne Carey and Meredith Brainwood from Applied Ecology were presented to Ryde Council’s Bushland & Environment Advisory Committee in June. Study sites included upper Buffalo Creek, Kittys Creek and Terrys Creek bushland reserves. Here is the link to check out the findings: flora-and-fauna-study-presentation-by-applied-ecology

Major threat to future of Australia’s marine parks:

SOS Green Spaces campaign:

The Commonwealth Government has recently announced plans that, if implemented, would make Australia the only country in the world to wind back its protection of the oceans.

In the Coral Sea alone the area placed in Marine National Parks would be halved. The same goes for Marion Reef. Even Osprey Reef, described by David Attenborough as the perfect reef and one of the top dive sites in the world, has had half of its area removed. Shark and Vema Reefs have been taken out of the Marine National Park area altogether under the proposed cutbacks.

Mid-water trawling is to be re-introduced and it will now be possible for long-lining to start at the southern tip of the Coral Sea reserve and continue all the way to the northern boundary.

Five years ago the Gillard government put in place this impressive national network of marine parks. There is still time to persuade the Government to resist this proposal to step backwards so drastically. Urge them to adopt their scientists’ recommendations and retain all the existing protected areas. saveourmarinelife-cutbacks

An Update on #5 for Ryde

It’s been a busy 8 weeks!

Since the #5 for Ryde campaign officially launched, Corina and Jo have:

● Held two community stalls in the Field of Mars Reserve for Earth Day and National Tree Day.

● Registered 50 local businesses as part of the Responsible Cafes movement. These cafes will now offer a discount for customers who buy a take-away coffee and bring their own reusable cup.

● Received the inaugural 2017 Kazzie Award from The Karen Curnow Women in Environmental Protection and Litter Prevention Memorial Fund. The award was presented at the NSW EPA Litter Congress.

● Been successful with their City of Ryde Small Grant application. The money will be used to continue to spread the waste reduction message to the community.

5 For Ryde

You can help to support the community education campaign by liking their Facebook page and inviting friends to like the page. Social media support is helpful as it demonstrates to cafes and businesses the reach of the campaign message which, in turn, encourages them to participate.

If not on social media there’s still plenty we can do! It’s time to promote widely the behaviour changes we want to see. So, reduce the waste stream and say NO to the single use plastic coffee cups, straws, shopping bags and water bottles and find a reusable alternative. Thanks, Jo and Corina

RHHFFPS members, Joanne Taranto and Corina Seeto have been working on reducing their family's waste after learning about the Great Pacific garbage patch and the impact of plastics on wildlife. Encouraged by the differences they noticed in their homes since making small lifestyle changes, #5 for Ryde: "simple steps to waste less" was born. We’ll keep you updated as the community continues to take the lead in tackling control of plastic pollution in our local waterways, parks and neighbourhoods.

Meanwhile, the NSW government has so far failed to support a state-wide ban on single use plastic shopping bags despite Boomerang Alliance’s ongoing campaign, supported by 47 groups, and the commitment by the major supermarkets to stop using the light-weight plastic bags in 2018. This first step in reducing disposable plastic use is significant but the data shows that at least 10 million bags will continue to pollute the state’s environment each year, according to the Alliance.

Over three million tons of plastic is used every year in Australia with much of it ending up as litter, landfill or polluting our oceans. It is estimated that more than a quarter of all fish now contain plastic. Fish and even zooplankton (some of the smallest creatures on earth) are eating more microplastic every year. At this small size, it’s potentially even more dangerous than larger pieces, poisoning our fish and sea life with hazardous chemicals and pollutants. As marine litter is passed up the food chain, there is real danger that these plastic pollutants are ending up right back on our plates.

HOW TO MANAGE OUR HOUSEHOLD PROBLEM WASTE RESPONSIBLY

The Community Recycling Centre at Artarmon was officially opened by Minister Anthony Roberts, in mid April. This is a great collaborative initiative by Willoughby, Hunters Hill, Lane Cove, North Sydney and Ryde Councils with assistance from the NSW EPA to reduce and manage Household Problem Waste.

Paint (oil and water based), gas bottles, fire extinguishers, fluorescent light globes and tubes, electronic Waste (eg. computers, TVs, electronic equipment and small electrical appliances but not white goods such as washing machines etc.), household batteries, lead acid batteries from vehicles, motor and other oils (including cooking oil), smoke detectors, mobile phones and X-ray films are all accepted for free at the CRC at 8 Waltham St, Artarmon which is open on Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 8am to 2pm and at weekends from 8am to 4pm.

Household chemicals such as cleaners, motor fuels, acids and alkalis and garden and hobby chemicals cannot be accepted at the CRC and must be taken to a Household Chemical Clean Out event, the next local one being on 21 and 22 October at Bicentennial Reserve Car Park in Willoughby.

“In addition to conservation issues, the Society staffs a visitor centre on weekends at the Field of Mars Wildlife Refuge. All welcome.”