NEW – For Sale service

There is a new FREE service available for Lake Clifton and Herron residents. Advertise the things you no longer need on this site. Just leave a comment anywhere on this site including a description, price and your contact details and we will post it on the For Sale page.

Firebreaks

If you are a subscriber to this site, you will have read about the revegetation work done near the lake recently. Coastal Firebreaks undertook the slashing and ripping work and did a great job in very difficult conditions (the paspalum was incredibly thick).
They have asked us to let you know that they will be back to do a final weed spray fairly soon and while they are in the area would be able to do some fire breaks. You would need to contact them soon if you would like them to do yours. Their charges are:
Rural Block Firebreak

  • 5 to 10 acres: $107 inc gst
  • 10 to 20 acres: $137 inc gst

Slashing

  • $105 per hour inc gst

Residential Vacant Block.

  • Slash or Firebreak less than 1000m2 (Oct Nov) $107 inc gst
  • Slash Block over 1000m2 $137 inc gst
  • Full maintenance $375 inc gst annually due in March 2012.

What do you get for full maintenance?
1: Block inspected and slashed at least 4 times per year.
2: Up to one cubic meter of rubbish or trees removed each year.
3: Contact with neighbours or rangers to assist in keeping your block free from rubbish.

 

Contact details:

Michael Fiegert
Coastal Firebreaks and Slashing
3 Rose Street. Halls Head
Mandurah 6210
Email: coastalfb@yahoo.com.au Phone: 0429451434

HERRON QUARRY APPEAL

Hi Everyone

Below is an extract of the report from the Office of the Appeals Convenor to the Minister for Environment dated July 2011.

Our application was dismissed but there was some minimal conditions added to the clearing permit.

If you would like to see the full 31 pages of the report please contact Tracey, 0427 442 781.

 

Taking the above into account, I believe the decision of the DEC to grant the permit was justified. However, consistent with the decision of the State Administrative Tribunal, and noting the important environmental values of the Lake Clifton area, I have determined to partly allow appeals to the extent that:

1.    The area of clearing for the quarry footprint be reduced by approximately one half and limited in time to align with the decision of the State Administrative Tribunal to review the performance of the proposal after four years;

2.    The clearing be undertaken in a staged manner, consistent with the permit holder’s Excavation and Rehabilitation Management Plan, with progressive revegetation and rehabilitation of each stage prior to progressing with new stages; and

3.    Conditions relating to habitat trees and replacement nesting hollows be modified in the manner recommended by the Appeals Convenor, namely:

a.   the requirement to install artificial hollows be triggered for the clearing of any confirmed or potential habitat tree, with the definition of “habitat tree” being reviewed for consistency with other decisions;

b.   ratio of artificial hollows to habitat trees removed be six to one, consistent with recent EPA advice on clearing proposals in Collie;

c.   the specification of the use of PVC for artificial nesting hollows be reconsidered by the DEC in light of recent research findings referred to in the Appeals Convenor’s report;

d.   artificial and relocated hollows be the subject of annual inspection and (where necessary) maintenance for the duration of the permit; and

e.   artificial and relocated hollows to be installed at locations to reduce the likelihood of nest robbing and vandalism.

In relation to ongoing water abstraction relating to dust suppression, this is not a matter that is best considered through the conditions of a clearing permit. Rather, water abstraction is more appropriately a matter for the Department of Water under the Rights in Water and Irrigation Act 1914. In this regard, I have written to the Department and requested that in considering water abstraction applications for the area, it has regard to recent advice of the EPA in respect to the values of Lake Clifton. In respect to dust control, I am satisfied this can be covered the clearing permit.

Thanks to everyone to came to the public meeting,  and those who  helped to put the appeal application to the Appeal Convenors office together, Nancy Fardin, Jenny Rose, Chris Kotz and Tracey Timmins.

Regards

 

Tracey

 

Volunteers sought

We have been asked to distribute the following message seeking volunteers to work with a researcher from University of Melbourne.

COASTAL WEEDS AND BIRDS PROJECT

Volunteers from Western Australia and from Victoria, SA, NSW and Tasmania are needed for a new coastal weeds and birds project.

Over time Australia’s coastal habitats have been altered by weeds, including weeds we introduced ourselves to combat erosion. As a result, dune systems are often dominated by Marram grass, Wheat grass, Pyp grass, Sea Spurge, Sea rocket, Boneseed/Bitou Bush or other weed species.

University of Melbourne researcher Charlotte Catmur wants to find out more about the impact this is having on native wildlife.

• Are birds or insects using weeds for foraging, cover, roosting habitat, etc?
• Are weeds harbouring introduced predators or pests?
• Or are these stands of weeds devoid of life?

Charlotte needs your help to find out! If you live in Victoria, SA, WA, NSW or Tasmania it is as simple as contacting her to request an information package, which includes:

• Instructions on what you need to report
• A weed identification sheet
• An observation sheet to record your findings

And then all is left is to step out onto the beach this spring/summer to spot birds in the weeds. For more information and to receive an information package please email: Charlotte Catmur at catmurc@unimelb.edu.au

Julie Palmer
Biodiversity Project Officer

Working together to make a difference today and develop a sustainable environment for tomorrow

South West Catchments Council Narrogin Office

10 Doney Street, Narrogin, WA. 6312
Phone 08 9881 0223 Mobile 0448 939 306
www.swccnrm.org.au