environment

Sea Grasses on the way back
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mpicklesTue, 27/10/2015 - 4:36pm

Sea grass beds are slowly making a come back at North Arm Cove after the damage caused by flooding and silt in 2013.

A rare opportunity was had this week with an extra low tide to capture the small grasses. Sea Grass beds play an important role in providing a habitat and nursery for numerous vertebrates and invertebrate species, some of which have yet to be named. The grass beds are an essential part of the whole ecosystem of the bay, for fish, dolphins, turtles, crabs, shell fish and birds.

The best way to reduce our impact on...

Alan and Bob finding the way
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mpicklesFri, 02/10/2015 - 10:40am

North Arm Cove Wildflower Walk 6 September 2015 - watch this space for more wildflower pics in the coming weeks

A great walk with 13 North Arm Covers was lead by Bill Mollar around the Bulga Creek area and identified many flowers along the way.

The walk started at the Hall with a few minutes remembering Mel Jackson an active member of the NAC Garden. Mel had was a treasure on the wildflower walks with her knowledge and sense of humour. Unfortunately she passed away in 2013 with kidney cancer leaving her two young children Callum and Darcey....

habitats for wildlife
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mpicklesWed, 02/09/2015 - 5:06pm

The local Land for Wildlife group with Great Lakes Council and North Arm Cove Community Garden have organised a workshop for the community on what is our backyard.

9:30 - 1:00 PM Saturday 24 October 2015 starting at the community hall.Matthew Bell senior ecologist from Great Lakes Council will be the main speaker and will answer questions from the audience.

Residents of the Cove and surrouonds enjoy the natural environment and wildlife and would like increase thier knowledge of animals that live in the area and how we can protect thier habitat.

Matt will take us journey...

New and emerging weedmpicklesWed, 02/09/2015 - 4:48pm
Raphiolepis indica

Weed Bulletin Number 5 describes Indian Hawthorn and what to plant in its place.

Indian Hawthorn is classified as a new and emerging weed as it is currently in limited distribution in the natural environment, but shows great potential to become a serious problem.

This species is actively controlled in natural areas by community groups in New South Wales and appears on several local and regional environmental weed lists (i.e. Far North Coast, Mid North Coast, South Coast, wider Sydney basin and Blue Mountains). Local Dunecare volunteer groups are managing Indian Hawthorn within the natural environment...

mpicklesSun, 30/08/2015 - 3:34pm

Enjoy Native Bees in your Garden.

Last year North Arm cove Community Garden hosted a workshop lead by Megan Halcroft on native bees and how to encourage them into your garden. Many people from the cove made a native bee nest with reeds and bamboo to create a place for solitary bees to nest. Now is the time that bees are again active and people with nests may see some of the offspring in their garden.

Last year in the Community Garden we identified a wide range of the 16,000 species in Australia. My favourite is the Teddy...

News
janinerSun, 23/08/2015 - 9:28pm

Councillor Len Roberts has reported that two fines have been issued to North Arm Cove residents for allowing the contents of their septic tanks to overflow.Council recently appointed a temporary full time Plumbing Inspector to inspect all high risk systems and North Arm Cove and Bundabah are high on the list for periodic inspections.

Council in conjunction with the University of Newcastle continues the water quality monitoring and sampling program in the Cove. This monitoring is in addition to the testing carried out by oyster farmers for the NSW Food Authority. Septic systems at North Arm Cove have been...

Blue Lady Finger OrchidmpicklesThu, 13/08/2015 - 9:13am
Blue Lady Finger Orchid

Our forest is home to some rare orchids, and other flowers. Caladenia Carnea Pink Lady Finger and also the Blue Caladenia (Cyanicula caerulea).

Join the North Arm Cove Wildflower Walk on Sunday 6th September.

Lead by Bill Mollar and Tony Stokes experts in ID.

Meet at the Community Hall at 8.30 am and we will walk along the flat towards Bulga Creek.

Back at the hall for morning tea.

On the walk we will be taking photos for the North Arm Cove Wildflower web page.

Hope to see you there.

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janinerTue, 11/08/2015 - 3:33pm

NSW Oyster Industry Strategy

A report has been prepared for the NSW Oyster Strategy Working Group by Acil Allen Consulting. The report, “NSW Oyster Strategy”, was was released in June 2015, and has been published on the DPI website: go to http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0018/563004/nsw-oyster-...

Basically, the government acknowledges that the oyster industry in NSW faces production and market pressures that continue to drive structural change. There is wide spread concern about the future viability of the industry. The strategy outlines the steps that need to be taken by government in partnership with industry to improve the outlook for...

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mpicklesTue, 11/08/2015 - 6:41am

The Forster Backyard Bushcare Program has launched a Weed Bulletin with great pictures and information highly relevant to North Arm Cove.

http://us10.campaign-archive1.com/?u=32255d63870b6878d1e1393da&id=213f38a02f&e=13bfc096fc

Click on this link to see the bulletin and join the subscribers.

Report
janinerMon, 10/08/2015 - 8:15pm
Department of Primary Industries

Oyster production Figures for 2013/2014

The annual Aquaculture Production Report 2013/2014 was released by the NSW Department of Primary Industries in February 2015- go to http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fisheries/aquaculture/faqs/aquaculture-product...

I have analysed the section relating to the oyster industry, converted the figures to bags instead of dozens and summarized the results for the last 5 years- see production table below.

The figures show an increase in production in Sydney rock oyster both in Port Stephens and state wide. This increase is countered by a dramatic drop in Pacific oyster production. The...

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