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Reminder About Snakes

Reminder About Snakes

It is the season when snakes are noticeably active. Being aware of these facts may help you if you encounter a snake.

Snakes are more defensive and territorial during the spring so giving them a wider berth is a good idea. Many people pass close to snakes every day but because snakes are so afraid of us and prefer to stay out of our way, we never notice. Snakes know where to find the food, water and shelter in their territory and learn the daily movements of the resident humans.


Help Count Koalas for Conservation

Help Count Koalas for Conservation


The annual Koala Count initiated by the National Parks Association of NSW in 2013 will be held again from 7-22 November 2015.

In its third year the Count is bigger and better than ever, extended to all four states where koalas are found in the wild plus the ACT. A new, GPS-enabled smartphone app, Nature- Mapr, has been developed especially for this year’s count, making it easy for koala sight- ings to be recorded directly to your phone. Of course you can still enter them at the Koala Count site:


Fight for the Reef!

Fight for the Reef!

Turtles. Beaches. Tourists with sunburn. These are the things that spring to mind when I think of the Reef. Not a Reef-wrecking mining project.


But that’s what could happen because Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt has just granted a new approval for the Carmichael mega-mine and railway project that’s driving the expansion of the Abbot Point coal export terminal beside the Great Barrier Reef.

Despite millions of Australians saying they want to keep the Great Barrier Reef beautiful and protected for years to come, the government has gone and delivered the mining industry exactly what they wanted. Six weeks ago the project hit a hurdle when the Federal Court ruled that Environment Minister Greg Hunt didn’t follow environmental laws when he approved the mine. But that didn’t stop them.

Now, Minister Hunt has turned around and issued a new approval to allow the project to proceed. This decision will mean more dredging, industrialisation and shipping on our Reef.

And as if that’s not bad enough - the new Turnbull Government is now considering using your money to pay for it.

We know this project doesn’t stack up and has been plagued with problems. Globally, coal prices are falling, making new coal projects unprofitable and the mine’s owner Adani is struggling to secure international and Australian funding.

It seems the LNP government are the only ones willing to support it.

Prime Minister Turnbull needs to rule out any public funding to prop up this damaging project up through the North Australia Infrastructure Fund.

Fight for the Reef team

New Weed in Town

New Weed in Town

Mickey Mouse Plant

Mickey Mouse Plant (Ochna serrulata) is a native of South Africa which produces 5-6 berries per flower head. It has been widely planted as an ornamental in our area. Unfortunately an insidious invader hides behind the cute common name. The name refers to the black fruit which could be mistaken for Mickey Mouse ears. The fruit is popular with all frugivorous birds - honeyeaters, currawongs, pigeons, etc. A small bush can produce hundreds of seeds and most geminate. They throw down a root system so tenacious that even a small seeding is difficult to hand-pull. Ochna is most commonly found in full sun but happily grows under canopy. It is a serious threat to biodiversity since it can become dominant in the shrub layer in a natural forest and has done so on some local private properties. There are 3 species of moth caterpillar known to eat plants of the family Ochnaceae in Australia but they don’t seem to like this plant. [Photos courtesy of NSW DPI]


Mullum Music Fest - Lineup 2015

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Mullum Music Fest - Lineup 2015

Ron Sexsmith (CAN), Trinity Roots (NZ), Ben Ottewell (UK), Robert Forster,

The California Honeydrops (US), Harry James Angus, 

Hauschka (Ger), We Two Thieves

Arte Kanela Flamenco, Emma Donovan & The Putbacks, Tinpan Orange,

Jenn Grant (CAN), Hat Fitz & Cara, Brian Nankervis, Anne McCue, Suzannah Espie,

Tora, Jones Jnr, Hein Cooper, Mt Warning, Montaigne, Raised By Eagles,

Cornerstone Roots (NZ), The Jazz Party, Estère (NZ), Bullhorn, Captain Dreamboat,

Festival of Small Halls with Irish Mythen (Ire) & Starboard Cannons, Jojo Smith,

Microwave Jenny, Sweet Jean, James Cruickshank, Singh & Blanes, Arakwal Dancers,

Yeshe & Kurai (ZIM/AU), Thomas Oliver (NZ), Majiwa (KEN), The New Buzz, The Cactus Channel,

Vardos, Madre Monte, Transylvanian Gypsy King, Loretta Miller Sings Patsy Cline,

All Our Exes Live In Texas, Walrus and the Carpenter, Warren Earl Band, Lez Karski Trio,

Juzzie Smith, Chris Tamwoy, Lucie Thorne & Hamish Stuart, Hue Blanes, Oh Pep!,

Fred Smith, Greg Sheehan, Loren Kate, Dan Hannaford, Allensworth (US), Northern Rivers Uke Orchestra, 

Kyle Lionheart, Cheap Fakes, Two Lions, Bethanie Jolly, The Button Collective, Grace Turner, 

Megan Donnelly, Mali, Luke & Paddy, Jarryn Phegan,

Comedy: Mandy Nolan, Ellen Briggs, Greg Sullivan, Theatre: Hooting & Howling, How Deep Is Your Love?, Amazing Drumming Monkeys, Round About Theatre, The Spaghetti Circus, Dance: The Bollywood Sisters, Latin Dance,


Choirs: Dustyeski, The Biggest Little Town Choir, Raise the Roof Choir, St Johns Choir, Street: c.a.s.e. pop up cocoon, The Magic Bus, The Red London Bus, Sunday Street Parade, music workshops, Mullum Farmers Markets Free Concerts, food & craft stalls,

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