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OL86/140 in September, 2011janinerSun, 12/02/2012 - 8:25pm
OL86/140

The Oyster Industry Sustainable Aquaculture Strategy (OISAS) was gazetted in December, 2006. This document can be viewed on the NSW Department of Primary Industries website. It recommended that a number of leases in North Arm Cove be designated “priority leases”. This designation provides a streamlined approvals process for oyster farm proposals that lie within these areas. It also provides a framework to protect the environment of these areas.

There are several priority leases in North Arm Cove, including the two leases off Cove Boulevarde and East Slopes Way. The priority designation of these leases means that these areas will...

Water Sampling LocationsjaninerMon, 06/02/2012 - 2:01pm
Food Authority Water Sampling Locations

The NSW Food Authority has tested the water quality in North Arm Cove since 2003. When these results are compared to local rainfall data, an estimate can be made as to whether the water is safe for recreational activities.

Hardenbergia violaceadougkSun, 27/11/2011 - 10:29am
purple coral pea

After building our house in 2009 much of the landscape around the house was fairly barren and we made many trips to nurseries acquiring plants to fill out the garden. One of the Australian natives we planted was the purple coral pea - hardenbergia violacea . That specimen has so far struggled to survive let alone flower in some of the heavy clay soil exposed during the building. However ...

Over the past winter season we left the roadside bank unmolested by mowers and line trimmers. When spring came around, emerging amongst the weeds and grass were several self-sown...

Burchardia umbellatadougkSun, 13/11/2011 - 2:12pm
Milkmaid flower

Walking through the North Arm Cove bush is spring is a delight with wildflowers everywhere. Purple flags abound. native orchids, flax lilies, travellers joy, leptospermum polygalifolium, a great many varieties of pea flower plus so many more flowers add their splash of colour to the bush. Pictured here are burchardia umbellata (milkmaids) and calandenia catenata (Lady Finger Orchid). These were found in the northern part of the Cove.

Have you some good wildflower photos from the North Arm Cove bush? Why not submit an article including a couple of your photos.

You can click on these pictures here...

Dimorphotheca ecklonisdougkThu, 10/11/2011 - 12:00am
Purple daisy

Amongst the wonderful wildflowers to be found in our bush are some less desirable imports: Sadly, you may encounter the accursed lantana. The purple daisy, Dimorphotheca (Osteospermum) ecklonis may look fine in a garden but it competes with local flora when it escapes into the bush. Fireweed may be found along roadsides and in previously cleared areas. Bitou bush (Chrysanthemoides monilifera) was once seen as a saviour of sand dunes before it was recognised as a dangerous pest.

Perhaps you have identified areas of infestation from these or other weeds in our bush? Let us know what you have...

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