Category Archives: ENVIRONMENT

KOMBU WEBCAM

Kombu Floodcam: Flooding is a fact of life in Bellingen – and one of the key bits of information many of us in town need to know is if the main bridge through town is open. The close up image below updates once per minute. The timelapse updates from 45 minutes before sunrise until 45 minutes after sunset. You can use the time lapse feeds to check if the river is going up or down. If you spot any problems please let us know.

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Forestry Corporation handed an EPA penalty over clear-felling near Coffs Harbour – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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

Source: Forestry Corporation handed an EPA penalty over clear-felling near Coffs Harbour – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)