Thought I’d try another slant on responsible pet ownership. This comes after continuing complaints about cats & dogs roaming along Fox, Maso & Baldwin Rds in Rosebank. I target this area because over the past few months domestic dogs have been responsible for a calf death, bailing up people & livestock, continual raiding of neighbours garbage & compost bins and persistent barking. Cats have been seen roaming into neighbouring properties & chasing & eating defenceless wildlife. Our Lyrebirds & Pademelons are at risk from cat attack along with our Gliders, Frogs & nesting birds. Many of these species are threatened with extinction and while most of us appreciate how special it is to live amongst these critters, obviously some do not.
Friday 25 September was National Koala Day. It didn’t get much of a guernsey. After all, Friends of the Koala’s members have been battling to conserve koalas every day of the year since 1986.
This year however, we took the opportunity to announce that we’ve received a grant of $12,000 from the NSW Environment Trust through its Lead Environmental Community Groups Program to develop a Communications Plan.
The Plan aims to increase FOK’s footprint in the digital realm by skilling 10 ‘Koala Champions’ in using social media platforms to disseminate FOK information and to produce a short humorous ad for distribution through television and the net.
Welcome to the 2015/2016 fire & storm season. If the BOM’s forecasts are correct we are in for the biggest El Nino on record & that should make for a very exciting time ahead. So, Ready, Set, Go – Prune your trees, keep grass & paddocks mowed, clean out gutters & get fuel (combustible material) away from your home/sheds.
As from September 1st, fire permits are required. ‘Permitted’ burns require the landholder to be well informed as to the Fire Danger Rating on the day you wish to burn, as this can change overnight & fire permits can be cancelled or suspended dependant on conditions. So it is up to you to check. This can be checked online at the BOM or at MyRFS or by ringing the fire control centre in Casino on 666 30000. Be careful & be prepared.
Rosebank Rural Fire Brigade held its annual Open Day (Get Ready Day) in September at the Fireshed. A good day was had by all where many Bushfire Survival Plans were distributed along with loads of other informative fire advice & information. Many thanks to those who attended & the donations received from the Community. We gratefully appreciate your support.
Over the past month we responded to powerlines down near the shop, several motor vehicle accidents (no-one hurt) & a pile burn that got away. The Brigade is now readying ourselves for the oncoming Summer. So stay vigilant, please don’t be complacent & report any fires or smoke plumes to 000.
Yours in Community Safety,
Eric Kinchin (Rosebank RFB Captain)
In addition to the two native passionfruit species, there are four American species naturalised in our area, the most invasive being the Small Passionfruit and the White Passionflower. Mulberry-leaved Passionfruit (Passiflora morifolia) had only been recorded in Sydney suburbs, until now. It is establishing itself in Dunoon Rd, probably courtesy of Currawongs. It seems that some local has planted it on their property. It has white flowers and medium-sized dark purple fruits. The seeds are in a bright red-orange pulp. If you see it, please bin it, we really don’t need another exotic in our forests.
by Alan Watterson
September 7 was Threatened Species Day which marks the anniversary of the death of the last Tasmanian Tiger in 1936. On that symbolic day a new environmental initiative began called ‘New Deal for Nature and aims to influence the Baird Government away from destructive business practices to a more balanced approach focused on sustainability and environmental conservation.
Please...Everyone Go to This Link and pledge your support for a New Deal For Nature
Nature Says Thanks
I pledge my support for a New Deal for Nature that:
- Recognises that the wellbeing of humanity relies on the health of the natural world
- Acknowledges nature’s intrinsic value beyond the value placed on it by people
- Retains and protects our natural landscapes, and restores them to health;
- Halts the extinction of our native plants and animals;
- Responds to the threats to nature posed by climate change;
- Empowers communities to protect their landscapes, plants and animals;
- Results in a strong new Conservation Act for NSW that embodies the above principles