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)
Lismore Organic Farmers Market (LOM) was the first weekly farmers market in the region and the very first farmers market dedicated to supplying organically certified farm produce direct to the public in Australia.
Market places are as old as mankind and no doubt the earliest traded commodity would have been farm fresh foods surplus to the growers needs. Before the industrial age, market places were found in every community and provided for the day-to-day needs of families. They rapidly went into decline as market gardens and family farms were swallowed up by development. Grocery stores and then supermarkets mushroomed and the idea of the local market became obsolete. The emphasis seemed to be on optimizing the consumer experience, while alienating it further from production.
VJ: Carolyn can you please describe your relationship with the VJ and explain the individual significance of the various elements, landscapes and animals featured in your artwork for the VJ masthead?
CR: As a local artist, environmentalist and self-confessed lover of the VJ, I've always valued the community spirit, I found voiced in the VJ. From within its pages, I found out so much about the long history of my local area and adjoining villages and how we are all connected to a very special region.
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