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A Community Determined to Win; Sacred Gravesites and Sacred Land Worth Saving

By Vicky Smith Last week I wrote about the upcoming Saturday rally at the Huskisson Holy Trinity site: Dead and buried. In that article I stated: we are not planning to go away and we certainly reinforced that message on Saturday 12th November. More than 100 attended our rally at the corner of Hawke and

NSW Police ‘Strike Force Guard III’ Silencing Threats to Fossil Fuel Driven Political Order

By Mark Conroy In NSW a special task force, Strike Force Guard III, has been established to target environmental groups in a concerted state attempt to silence anyone they view as a threat to the prevailing fossil-fuel driven political order. Conditions imposed on activists are now more severe than those meted out to some perpetrators

Dead and Buried Street March

By Vicky Smith Sacred gravesites within the old Huskisson church site are again at risk as its developer-owner ignores Shoalhaven Council advice and goes direct to the state government for an excavation permit. When a developer fails to listen to the voice of the community, it’s up to us to speak up. This sacred land

Confusion or Clarity Over Ukraine War

By Stuart Rees Cascades of commentary about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine give no clear vision of how to end the carnage. Instead, pundits and politicians repeat points about NATO and the US provoking Putin, about the supply of arms to Ukraine as the way to achieve victory. In Australia, news readers display pride in their

Rosemary's Way

Rosemary’s Way is a celebration of life, women’s lives, migrant women’s lives. Helping new arrivals from far away Africa to escape loneliness, language barriers and in some cases domestic violence. Without Rosemary Kariuki’s warm kindness these women would be isolated and having a very difficult time adapting to their new life in Australia. Bay and

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Environment

September 22, 2022

The Passing of a Matriarch

By Roger Hart This is the story of the felling of a forest giant in our neighbourhood at Woollamia. I estimate this tree was 50 metres tall with a girth (diameter at breast height) of well over two metres. It was our matriarch tree. In the year 2000, after tree felling commenced at the nearby […]

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September 10, 2022

NSW Biggest Native Forest Logger Loses Sustainability Certification

Pentarch Forestry, the biggest native forest logger in NSW and one of the biggest in Australia, has lost its Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) sustainability certification and has been required to remove the FSC logo from its website.A renewal audit found that Pentarch’s due diligence system was out of date, native forest and plantation wood were […]

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September 2, 2022

The NSW Government Puts South West Sydney Koalas on Pathway to Extinction

By Merrill Witt The first sightings of koalas in NSW by white settlers were just south of Campbelltown. Subsequently they were all but wiped out by the lucrative Koala pelt trade and only ‘rediscovered’ in the area in 1986. Their return to the rural areas of Campbelltown appears to have been an accidental side effect […]

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August 7, 2022

People Power Brings Native Forests One Step Closer to Protection

In an act of solidarity for our forests, an enormous number of people acted to force a discussion on the ending of native forest logging. The NSW Parliament is now compelled to debate the future of native forests logging after more than 20,000 people signed the parliamentary e-petition. The petition calls for an end an end to […]

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Community

November 18, 2022

Small Win, Big Relief for Sacred Land

Jerrinja Local Aboriginal Land Council has welcomed today’s decision by Federal Minister Tanya Plibersek, to issue an emergency protection declaration for the Huskisson Burial Grounds. “This ruling proves both the significance of the site, and the imminent risk of harm”, said Jerrinja LALC Deputy Chairperson Delia Lowe. Under section 9 of the Aboriginal and Torres […]

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November 16, 2022

A Community Determined to Win; Sacred Gravesites and Sacred Land Worth Saving

By Vicky Smith Last week I wrote about the upcoming Saturday rally at the Huskisson Holy Trinity site: Dead and buried. In that article I stated: we are not planning to go away and we certainly reinforced that message on Saturday 12th November. More than 100 attended our rally at the corner of Hawke and […]

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November 8, 2022

Dead and Buried Street March

By Vicky Smith Sacred gravesites within the old Huskisson church site are again at risk as its developer-owner ignores Shoalhaven Council advice and goes direct to the state government for an excavation permit. When a developer fails to listen to the voice of the community, it’s up to us to speak up. This sacred land […]

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November 4, 2022

Rosemary's Way

Rosemary’s Way is a celebration of life, women’s lives, migrant women’s lives. Helping new arrivals from far away Africa to escape loneliness, language barriers and in some cases domestic violence. Without Rosemary Kariuki’s warm kindness these women would be isolated and having a very difficult time adapting to their new life in Australia. Bay and […]

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October 24, 2022

Ideas, Inspirations and Incites - with Phil Smith

A response for one. And more? In the first half of 2022, I ran a public speaking course for staff of an education company in Vinh Yen, a city about 30 kilometres north of Ha Noi. What I hadn’t expected was how passionate the participants would be in taking the opportunity and use their new […]

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Politics

Shoalhaven #Stand For Sanctuary

Following a call from GetUp for snap rallies around Australia, a group of Shoalhaven locals gathered on the door step of Federal MP Anne Sudmalis’ office in Berry Street, Nowra on the night of 6 February, 2016.  Over 160 locals sent Ms Sudmalis, the Government and the opposition a message that a great number of […]

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November 14, 2022

NSW Police ‘Strike Force Guard III’ Silencing Threats to Fossil Fuel Driven Political Order

By Mark Conroy In NSW a special task force, Strike Force Guard III, has been established to target environmental groups in a concerted state attempt to silence anyone they view as a threat to the prevailing fossil-fuel driven political order. Conditions imposed on activists are now more severe than those meted out to some perpetrators […]

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November 6, 2022

Confusion or Clarity Over Ukraine War

By Stuart Rees Cascades of commentary about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine give no clear vision of how to end the carnage. Instead, pundits and politicians repeat points about NATO and the US provoking Putin, about the supply of arms to Ukraine as the way to achieve victory. In Australia, news readers display pride in their […]

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October 14, 2022

Russia-Ukraine: For Humanity’s Sake, Turn Down the Heat

By Stuart Rees The gas fire burners have been turned full on, no-one turns them down, the heat increases, surrounding material is inflammable, the house burns down.  In fits of anger over Ukrainian destruction of a bridge, Russian leader Putin directs missile attacks on several cities, killing hundreds of Ukrainians, destroying homes and energy supplies. […]

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