Monthly Archive: July 2015

An Important Local Initiative: RNP Video

Many discussions within Sutherland Shire Environment Centre have led it to the conclusion that a worthwhile contribution to arousing public interest in global warming would be to produce a short but incisive VIDEO that would inspire public appreciation of nature and wild places. With a focus on Royal National Park, the video will be 8-10 …

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Recipients of SSEC Community Scholarship

2015 Alicia Cronly

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Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR)

The term ‘electromagnetic radiation’ (EMR) is often used to refer to different types of electromagnetic signals. The first is high frequency radiation, radiofrequency radiation or wireless radiation that is commonly used in communications technology.  It is emitted by cordless phones, mobile phones, phone towers/antennas, TV, FM and AM broadcast antennas, WIFI networks, microwave ovens, televisions …

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West Menai (Heathcote Ridge) development

In December 2012, Gandangara Local Aboriginal Land Council announced their desire to rezone 865-hectare of land for new homes, employment and conservation in the West Menai area in the Sutherland Shire. The Land Council proposes to develop 2,700 new homes, 70 hectares of employment land and 514 hectares of conservation areas on a site it …

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Speaking 4 the Planet

Speaking 4 the Planet (S4P) is a public speaking and drama competition run in secondary schools to recognise and celebrate World Environment Day, a day which is endorsed and supported by the United Nations Environment Program. World Environment Day is 5 June, and each year, the UN designates a theme for attention and action. This …

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Take Action: for a Fair Deal or No Deal in the TPP

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) is a free trade agreement being negotiated between Australia, the US, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia, Japan and Vietnam. Details of negotiations are secret, but we know from leaked documents and limited public information that this agreement is not mainly about trade in goods. The agenda …

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Sandmining

Sandmining on the Kurnell Peninsula has changed the landscape of Kurnell dramatically. The following extracts from Kurnell: Birthplace of Modern Australia by Daphne Salt reveals just how the transformation of the dunes came about following European settlement: “According to the handwritten 1868 Sutherland Estate Report, Kurnell at that time was still mostly virgin land covered …

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Oceans and beaches

Sutherland Shire is blessed with many beautiful beaches and swimming spots, from the Cronulla coastline, Royal National Park, secluded swimming holes, ocean baths and public pools. Sadly, these places that we all enjoy so much, are constantly under threat, from pollution, inappropriate development, over-use. The oceans, beaches and estuaries of New South Wales are home …

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Towra Point

Towra Point Nature Resevere comprises 286.4ha of on Towra Peninsula and Weeney Bay, on  the forshores of Quibray Bay at Kurnell. It is a major breeding, feeding and roosting site for threatened bird species. 34 migratory bird species have been recorded using the Reserve including the Japanese Snipe. Three Aboriginal sites have been recorded within …

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Port Hacking and the Hacking River

The Hacking River, with a length of 42 km from its most distant source (2 km west of Stanwell Tops) to Port Hacking Point, drains an area largely occupied by the Royal National Park to the south and the suburbs of the Sutherland Shire to the north. Port Hacking proper is the estuary from the …

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