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Controversial development & the threatened Wallum Froglets- Long term repercussions
Environmental Compliance & Monitoring - Why does it matter?
2013 Fire Australia Conference & Exhibition

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Ecological values recognised - Koala habitat

Koala habitat on private land will be purchased by the NSW State Government in a scheme that will prioritise the purchase of properties, or parts thereof, that support priority Koala habitat.  Koala priority localities include areas of the Northern Rivers, and initially will target the purchase of suitable land adjacent to the conservation reserves. 
Criteria for considering a property include:
  • presence of koala habitat
  • evidence of use by koalas
  • good connection to surrounding native vegetation

Controversial development & the threatened Wallum Froglets- Long term repercussions

In a long running dispute lasting over a decade, a developer has been ordered to pay Tweed council $600,000 (Tweed Daily News).  The developer who had been awarded hefty compensation over drain works that encouraged a family of the threatened Wallum Froglets to move onto a block of land at Kingscliff, has been ordered to pay back more than $600,000 to Tweed Shire Council. 

crinia-tinnula.wallum-froglet.crintin2-ilThe Wallum Froglets (Crinia tinnula) is listed as a vulnerable species under theThreatened Species Conservation Act 1995

Environmental Compliance & Monitoring - Why does it matter?

Compliance & monitoringOften enough the carefully planned for environmental mitigation measures proposed for a given development are never implemented.  Such measures remain part of voluminous recommendations, which once the project is approved are promptly forgotten. This is particularly true during the construction phase.  Unless environmental management plans such as Construction Environmental Management Plans (CEMP) are prepared & effectively implemented, most of the environmental mitigation measures proposed at the planning stage are lost.

2013 Fire Australia Conference & Exhibition

The 2013 Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA) conference was held on the 20 & 21 November 2013 at the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre at beautiful Darling Harbour.  The conference focused on the The Journey to Professionalism- specifically in regard to enhancing professional standards across the fire protection industry-

The NSW Rural Fire Services (RFS) Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons opened the conference and he spoke of his 20 years experience in the field and the changes in the level of professionalism and continual improvements in training and standardised procedures within the RFS.