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Fireshed Winter Dinner - Italian Feast
DUE TO TECHNICAL ISSUES - The Union Game WILL NOT be
broadcast prior to the dinner as previously advertised.
Fire Brigade Training - All Welcome
Sunday 7 August
Fire Brigade training, as usual, will commence Sunday 7
August from 9am.
If anyone is interested in seeing what happens on training days please
feel free to pop in.
Wood Collection from Elizabeth Park
Just to clarify the issue, it can seem rather simplistic - banning of
collection for firewood, but there is a body of evidence that shows
regular removal of dead wood from bushland reserves can have ongoing
impacts on the health of the ecosystem for both native animals and
Collection of firewood from any of the bushland reserves is not allowed
as dead wood in all its sizes is an important part of the natural
Collection of wood from native bushland areas has been identified by
the Office of Environment and Heritage as a 'Key Threatening Process".
What this means is that the impacts of regular wood collections from
bushland have an incremental and domino effect on the native plants and
animals within that community to the point where species can be
threatened to potential extinction within that locality.
Often residents don't realise that their small collection of firewood
is only the tip of the iceberg, that their neighbours and others are
also collectively having a major impact on the local bushland by each
regular collecting what appears to be a relatively small amount of dead
While I concur that an area burn will reduce the amount of finer fuel
on the ground, a hazard reduction burn is only undertaken on a periodic
basis and would occur only within a particular time frame for that
vegetation community. For example within the Spotted Gum Forest, area
burns are only undertaken within a minimum of a 15 year period, as
anything more frequent can reduce the diversity of plant species on
site. However, some manual hazard reduction usually weed control and
small pile composting or removal of finer fuels off site can also be
undertaken when the fine fuels (flash fuels) increase to a degree that
they are considered to be a potential hazard.
Irregular fire wood collection on a small basis would probably have
very little impact, however, it is the management of such collection,
by many individuals that can have a combined overall impact with a
negative result for the biodiversity over a period of
Again dependent upon the fauna in the area, even lighter kindling and
branches can be significant if reduced, to various fauna species within
Removal of larger timber including logs with hollows can have a major
impact on a wide range of native fauna as these provide many options
for habitat for species from insects up to the larger marsupials.
I would suggest that you only collect kindling within your property or
on the road verge outside your property.
The Three Lookouts Walk in Ku-ring-gai
Chase National Park.
When - Sunday,
14 August starting and finishing at Morning Bay Wharf.
- 10.00 am.
about the walk.
This walk takes in the three major lookouts for the Bays and Scotland
Island. The total length of the walk is about 16km., but there is a
number of places to shorten the walk to just 8km.
This is a wonderful time of the year to catch the wild flowers.
To do the whole walk plan on 4-5 hours. Some of the walk is
cross country so good walking boots and long pants are desirable. The
walk is planned so the group can wade across Towlers Bay at low
tide. This means that you need to wear shorts or bathers
under those pants.
So take the ferry to Hall's Wharf or kayak or row to Morning Bay Wharf
(there is very little room for power boats). Bring a lunch
and some water if you want to do the whole walk.
This walk is only suitable for people in moderate physical
condition. Because of its length and the bay crossing I
believe it is unsuitable for anyone under high school age.
Paul Kinnison 999760127 or 0403144608
Note - This walk will be canceled if the forcaste is
Check the PON or call Paul if you have doubts.
Can anyone help?
My family having a place on the island from the 50's till it was sold
in mid 1980 I have always wandered about a certain aspect of the island
that no one could explain and I was hoping you could help.
We spent a lot of time playing and pumping for yabbies on the mud flats
between Bell and Carol's and I remember that as the path ran along side
the old oyster lease at the Bell's end of the flats there was a large
rock with faces carved on it and what looked like a name under one of
them. I am going back a lot of years and I hope it is still there and
Can any of your readers advise me of the origin of the carvings, who
did them and when etc etc.
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Scotland Island Residents Association (SIRA), or
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