Forestry Corporation handed an EPA penalty over clear-felling near Coffs HarbourPosted yesterday at 1:27pm PHOTO: The EPA has fined the Forestry Corporation over a Coffs Coast logging operationMAP: Coffs Harbour 2450The Forestry Corporation has been fined thousands of dollars over erosion caused by clear-felling near Coffs Harbour.The EPA conducted an investigation and has recently issued Forestry Corporation with a $15,000 penalty noticeBrett Nudd, EPAThe Environment Protection Authority (EPA) said harvesting of a native forest plantation in the Tuckers Nob State Forest saw a huge amount of sediment wash into the Never Never Creek.The EPA’s regional manager Brett Nudd said not enough attention was paid to likely rainfall and soil loss during the logging, which ran from September 2014 until February this year.”That activity involved whole scale removal of the vegetation, and exposed 95 hectares of land,” he said.”There was a significant rainfall event that resulted in a significant volume of sediment being discharged into the Never Never Creek.”The EPA conducted an investigation and has recently issued Forestry Corporation with a $15,000 penalty notice.”The EPA investigation concluded that the erosion controls that were implemented were inadequate and that there was inappropriate or insufficient attention paid to the level of risk posed by the works at that time of year.”Obviously significant rainfall events happen on the coast quite often at that time of the year.”‘A slap on the wrist’ is how the North
Mac has been in the Opal game for over 25 years and has built up a reputation as one of the leading opal experts & designers in Australia.
You can find him in the small picturesque town of Bellingen at his shop:
Macs Rock Shop
2 Cahill Street
Bellingen, NSW, 2454
Owner: Ian ‘Mac’ Macarthur
Ph: +61 (0)2 66 552 588
Exhibition at my Gallery, opening tomorrow night ……… The Ho Ho Ho Show …… group show, with some FABULOUS local artists. It is a MUST see. Opening at 6pm @ ‘everything that’s beautiful’ 2/1 Church Street Lane. Bellingen. Thank You.
OPENING 2 DECEMBER 2011. That’s this Friday Night. 6p.m.
That’s my IGA BENCH they’re standing on. Who says Young People don’t care? Take a look at these Kids !
I went to Crazy Day on Saturday and I LOVED it. Back to roots size festival. Got me thinking once more of the small fund raisers and the small festivals like my beloved AZALEA Festival and the URUNGS SPORTS WEEK.
Then I figured there must be even older celebrations and fund raisers in my equally beloved HISTORICAL NEWSPAPERS ONLINE from the NATIONAL LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA so I am going for a hunt this morning and see what other ideas we can come up with for raising money for the BELLO HOSPITAL and other worthy causes. See what Ideas we can come up with for simple pure FUN.
FUN IS NOT A FOUR LETTER WORD.
Okay then, Back into the bowels of the NLA Historic Newspapers and lets see what ideas we can reclaim from the past.
IDEAS FOR FUN AND/OR FUND RAISING IN THE BELLINGEN SHIRE.
|A steamer ride to the North Beach|
|A Cricket Match with Deep Creek.|
|A day at the Races|
|Novelty Flower Show.|
|A Scottish Fair|
|Belgian Day on the Bellinger|
The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), Wednesday 18 April 1900,
The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), Friday 22 September 1950,
Clarence and Richmond Examiner (Grafton, NSW : 1889-1915), Saturday 20 May 1911,
Location Bellingen, Australia
Description Weekly fruit and vegie boxes filled with fresh, local, quality, organic produce.
General information Bellofoodbox Launching April 2011
A North Bank Community Garden Inc initiative.
Mission To provide a local, cost effective, food source that contributes to a fair, connected, sustainable and resilient community in the Bellingen Shire.
In several minds about the Jazz Festival. Jazz and Blues as it is now called. I might give it a second go tomorrow and see what happens. They scored good weather today, combined with Federal Elections and Showground Markets. The only music I heard on the streets in town was the MOJO BLUESMEN. I like them. They busk on the corner of Hyde and Church from time to time. But – that seemed to be it.
We went on to the Markets and were able to park without any more difficulty than the usual Market Day. We parked in the new YOUTHSPACE area round the back of the courthouse. The Jasmine is in bloom.
THE JASMINE IS IN BLOOM.
The jasmine is in bloom and the verandah that overlooks the river is also well underway. Part of YOUTHSPACE it is. There was QUILTING in the CWA Rooms and ORCHIDS down at the UNITING CHURCH. The OPSHOP was open and everything was half price.
IT’S the time of year to boogie. The Bellingen Jazz Festival is under way again this year after yesterday’s kick-off with some romantic accordion at Maam Gadyung (Council) Park.
The popular annual musical extravaganza resumes at 10.30am today at the community markets with Glenn Heath and the Deep Purple Sea, while the Bellingen High School Jazz band will entertain crowds at Maam Gadyung 11am.
You’ll also find jazz and blues resonating from the walls of the Bellingen Memorial Hall, the Golf Club and the Federal Hotel from 11am – between the countless venues there’s sure to be something to your liking.
On Sunday, there’s a stellar line-up at the Jazz by the River at Jarrett Park.
A TOPIC I HAD HOPED WOULD NEVER AGAIN APPEAR ON ANY OF MY SITES.
I thought it were sorted. I thought the Facebook friends who complained were simply whingers and/or inefficient in their dealings with Net Providers. And yet – and yet – I have grown accustomed to their ways. Their cuttings out – and cuttings in. Their wiles, their deceits – are second nature to me now. Like breathing out – and breathing in,
This week I breathed in, just a little and dagnab it, I am over my usage quota – inexplicably. I cannot buy my way back in. That’s not allowed. I am to wait for 16 days till the ‘month’ is complete. I apologise to all I silently slandered with a satisfied smirk while I sailed along at top speed and paid highly for mega data.
Now I cannot watch youtube or open yahoo mail. I cannot live as other people do.
And yet I have found it so hard to leave. Thanks to Mary Brennan who shared her story with me. It took her years to leave but leave she did and went into the arms of Westnet where she has been happy ever since. Thanks to Robert B – one word said he – WESTNET.
We need a Cult rescuer and debriefer. Someone who will go in and rescue those trapped in an unhealthy ISP situation. Young Josh from Westnet warned me – DO NOT LET TELSTRA KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING or they will make your life a NIGHTMARE. Wait till you are safely with us. Well I am not safely quite out yet and I don’t quite trust WESTNET either. I have been in the arms of Master Deceivers and am only going on the promises of others. OSHO said something to the effect of “you don’t trust them. So what ? “
But trust has never cheated anybody, it cannot. And I am not saying that through trust people cannot cheat you. Remember, I am saying trust never cheats anybody.
Don’t waste your life for that which is going to be taken away. Trust life. If you trust, only then can you drop your knowledge, only then can you put your mind aside. And with trust, something immense opens up. Then this life is no longer ordinary life, it becomes full of God, overflowing.
When the heart is innocent and the walls have disappeared, you are bridged with infinity. And you are not deceived; there is nothing that can be taken away from you. That which can be taken away from you is not worth keeping, and that which cannot be taken away from you… why should one be afraid of its being taken away? It cannot be taken away, there is no possibility. You cannot lose your real treasure.
Osho The Sun Rises in the Evening Chapter 9
One other curious story I heard this week re ISPs, was that OPTUS, who is advertising all manner of marvels, cannot actually offer ANY services to ANYONE on the Bellingen Exchange because they do not have any more ‘space’ to offer. Ah Well. Luckily I am in my OSHO mood.
Next week, then, I may well be on fast internet and cheap phone rates. I may well be able to call my long distance loved ones anytime of the day and speak to mobiles for less than $1 per minute. Ah! And I shall Blog and make websites and play Scrabble online and chat idly with friends and look up Internet Archive and the HISTORIC NEWSPAPERS. I shall research and I will NOT see the spinning wheel of eternity.
Letter published today in The Bellingen Shire Courier-Sun: Sir, Almost nobody ever wants to enter the Bellingen Courthouse, excepting perhaps officers of the court, and I have my doubts even about their enthusiasm. Most reasons for a person to enter our courthouse involve stress, troubles, and sometimes tears, and this has been so for just on 100 years. For more than a third of the life of our courthouse, my foundations, too, have been in Bellingen clay and loam. I feel that our courthouse is part of me. I’m sure others must feel this way, as well. Under the building’s rusty roof, on the beautiful brickwork (good bricklaying being almost a lost craft in our shire), is the date ‘1910’.
Bellingen Courthouse is one of our shire’s most beautiful buildings, and oldest. We commemorate its centenary this year — or at least, I think we should commemorate it — but, sadly, as far as I know, no commemoration is planned.
Due only to my good fortune, I’ve never been required to sit in Bellingen Courthouse, but that’s not why I love it so. I love it because it is a jewel in our main street, and because it is redolent of a rich history of Bellingen Shire’s legal charges, disputations and fearsome fights, exoneration, hand-shaking and making up, and making amends; a long history of convictions, imprisonment, probable errors of judgment, and many dealings — sometimes acrimonious, sometimes friendly — between a century’s worth of local citizens and pioneers, most of them now dead. I love it because it is a beautiful building, and its brick walls speak to my heart. I love it for its beautiful construction, its history, and its flowering trees in springtime. I love it because local churches provide free tea, coffee and biscuits to anyone, on Court Day (Thursdays). I love it because as I pass by on a Thursday, I see friends and strangers, miscreants and pillars of the society, waiting, smoking and drinking cups of tea while waiting to hear what His Honour will order them to do, or not to do.
How dismayed I am that, in the centennial year of a magnificent Bellingen landmark, the NSW Department of Justice and Attorney General (which administers the courthouse), and the Shire Council, have chosen not to repair the rusty, disintegrating roof, nor repair the water leaks that trouble this magnificent building, nor even to celebrate in any way, even with a simple Devonshire tea, an important local centenary of our community. Surely it is not too late for those with more authority than I to correct this oversight.
Pip Wilson, Bellingen
AH THE COURTHOUSE:
Lets see what we can find about it.
My sister and her husband were married out the back in 1979. I might have some photos of the wedding someplace here.
Yes, That’s one – a classic. Photographer’s shadow in the pic. Bride with long dress and her daughter as flower girl.
The wedding was held out the back where the toilets are now. It was a the CourtHouse in Bellingen that I first discovered, thanks to the very excellent Clerk, that a woman wishing to use her ‘maiden’ name does NOT have to pay to do so. Marriage does NOT eliminate her right to her birth name whether or not she has been using it.
I can find very little online about the Court House. Best retreat to my NLA Historic newspapers and see what they have.
|Its cold as well. 14 degrees C at 9.30a.m. Not COLD in Southern Terms but chilly enough for me.|
|EVENTS THIS WEEK.|
THURS OPEN MIC.
That’s 9th Chapter at the FLAME TREE MUSIC FESTIVAL in Grafton in April.
Izzy MCed the Flame Tree and thought they were pretty good.
Back to my scrutiny of the Paper. More write ups about the Hospital
DO NOT BE DISCOURAGED, BELLO!
Pat Oakman passed away at 92 years of age. and there is a MASTER TREE GROWERS COURSE on.
Down on the Highway at Urunga, is LINDSAY’S OYSTERS AND SEAFOOD. Next to the BP.
Some such photos are welcome at the Rainbow Archives, which we started 1985 at Sydney’s Mitchell Library. World’s largest repository of alternative Australiana. They pay freight & copying charges. Paul Brunton ( 9273 1504) is the bloke to speak to if you’ll share what u have. Tell him Pip sent you. Kindly spread the word.
I lifted this message from Izzy Foreal’s Facebook page. What better place than Bello to look for alternative Australiana.
|As I mentioned, I am AT HOME for the weekend. I like staying AT HOME. Lets my mind wander rather than my body.
I was busily exploring the Clarence when affairs in my life shifted and brought me home. I have come Home with a Man who doesn’t know the area at all so we can explore open-eyed and open minded and open ……
Years before meeting me, he wrote a song with the Zarsoff Bros Writers and insisted on one change of wording which was “Uncle Joe, Down from OHIO” and Iz insisted on a change to “ Uncle Joe , down from DORRIGO “ Sealed his fate right then and there methinks.
I put the song on the SAVE BELLO HOSPITAL PAGE. Reminds me of a lot of homes I have had here in the Shire.
VIEW FROM BOATHOUSE IN CHINATOWN URUNGA ON ATHERTON DRIVE.
SHAME ON YOU DEPT OF LANDS FOR DESTROYING THIS UNIQUENESS AND SHAME ON YOU COUNCIL FOR NOT SEEING THE POTENTIAL IN OUR OWN CHINATOWN.
SAILING ON THE RIVER AT URUNGA PAST CHINATOWN
MAP OF URUNGA
|I didn’t know about this one. Wish it still existed.
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Come on a thrilling and chilling ride and meet Bellingen’s past inhabitants – rub shoulders with the most famous and infamous characters haunting the town. Hear some of the unspeakable acts and debaucherous happenings on a night ride through the quiet streets of Bellingen.
Back to Raleigh and Saturday. A lot can happen when you don’t leave your home. Next door, I can hear drums and bass. A young lad lives there and we have been told he is a drummer.
I discovered that the dog I have been calling Blaize is actually called BALI and her mate is CHARLIE. The little dog who lives here is called Scooby Doo and has recently been groomed and clipped and is looking smart.
Down in the bottom paddock next door, the garlic growers are at work and right here in my own backyard, the chooks have begun to lay. I have fresh eggs.
LUNCH AT THE COTTAGE WITH THE WILD HIBSICUS ICE CREAM FROM BELLO IGA.