2019 Calendar – The Nature of Georges River

Oatley Flora and Fauna Society, Oatley Heritage and Historical Society and Oatley Lions launched a calendar for 2019 at the Oatley Village Festival on Saturday. The theme of the calendar is the Natural World of Georges River Council Parks and Reserves with photos from local photographers.

There are dates for important events, school holidays, public holidays and dates for various groups in the area such as OFF and OHHS.

The calendars are $10 each, $8 to OFF members.  Calendars will be available at OFF meetings and events.


 Copies are also available at :

Mullane’s Pharmacy – 121A Mulga Road, West Oatley NSW 2223 Ph: 9580 2365

Poveli Café and Deli -15 Frederick Street, Oatley NSW 2223 Ph: 9580 1845

AdventureCo – 18 Frederick Street, Oatley NSW 2223 Ph: 8084 3060

 

 

Streamwatch – Up The Creek?

The future of the long running Citizen science program Streamwatch is in jeopardy.

The local group which includes representatives of the Oatley Flora and Fauna Conservation Society, Friends of Oatley and the Georges River Environmental Alliance. Plans by the Australian Museum to not continue with the community-based Streamwatch program has raised concerns amongst volunteers about the future of Georges River’s water quality.

The Streamwatch program has been going for almost 30 years and is run by 53 volunteer water monitoring groups at 120 sites across Sydney. Streamwatch was established in 1990 by Sydney Water and in 2012 it was transferred to the Australian Museum which runs it under its Citizen Science programs. The groups share free on the Streamwatch website giving a snapshot of the standard of Sydney’s creeks and rivers.

Pollution is extremely common in the creeks on Oatley especially after high rain fall. In addition Sydney Water sewer mains frequently overflow after heavy rain and this ends up in the Georges River and becomes a serious health and environmental issue. It is often volunteers who report these indents. The Sydney sewer system is collapsing under the pressure of growing population. 

The volunteers believe that the Australian Museum should see this volunteer program as part of its core business as it is about the environment, it is about science and has a huge role also in educating the public.

It is believed the Steamwatch program costs around $100,000 a year to run support the entire network of more than 50 Streamwatch groups testing more than 150 waterway sites throughout Sydney. Sydney Water reported a record profit of $447 million in 2016-17. The search is on for a new organisation to host the program from mid-2019.

READ LEADER ARTICLE

READ OFF member Sharyn Cullis letter to The Leader (26 September)

Oatley West Public School Festival

The society participated in the Oatley West Public School festival on the weekend of 25 & 26 August. Our stall was staffed by OFF Committee members. We demonstrated the Australian Museum’s catchment model which shows where the rain and waste water ends up.

Other focuses were recycling, reducing the use of plastics (e.g., cloth bags), and there were brochures available. We also encouraged people to submit photos for our 2019 calendar and even sold a few 2018 ones. There was a lot of interest and participation from the public.

 

Photo Challenge 2019

Challenge is finished Thank You to those who contributed photos.

Calendar will be on sale at the Oatley Lion’s Fest.

For the past few years, OFF has produced a calendar that we normally release for sale at the Oatley Festival in October. The 2018 calendar featured wildlife of the Georges River area, this calendar proved to be very popular with very few copies left. Consequently, we are planning to produce a calendar with a similar theme for 2019. The major difference is that there will not be a competition for the images. However, photographers will get the satisfaction of seeing their images in the calendar.

The criteria for the images are that they must of flora or fauna of the St George area. Entries will close on  Sat 8th  September 2018 in order to make the Oatley Festival deadline. Therefore, all photographs start clicking!

PHOTO ENTRY RULES

Flying Fox Count at Myles Dunphy Reserve

 

The Grey headed Flying Foxes departed the Myles Dunphy camp  between 8.05 and about 8.40 today. Several of us were treated to a spectacular display of about 3400 flying foxes making an exit North /Northwesterly direction from the top green of the former Oatley Bowling club site. Our resident Flying Fox watcher Geoff Francis documented the spectacle. This is the highest count since the all time high of 4170 recorded flying out on 29 March 2011. Residents have seen and heard them feasting on Figs, Palms and Bloodwoods.

Although they appear in large groups, numbers of Grey-headed Flying Foxes are declining because of habitat clearing. These bats are important to healthy forest ecosystems because they pollinate and disperse the seeds of many important tree species.

Read more at Sydney Bats website  

Also read  Sandra Guy, on Flying-foxes role in ensuring the ongoing health of ecosystems

Click here for  spreadsheet of counts from Myles Dunphy Bat Camp 2010-2018

 

 
 15 February 2018

 

 

Georges River Councillors 2017 -2019

Councillor Kevin Greene was elected as the first Mayor of Georges River Council following an Extraordinary Council meeting on 25 September 2017 and will represent Council as the Mayor for the next two years. Mayor Greene will be joined by Councillor Kathryn Landsberry as Deputy Mayor.

For more information on Georges River Councillors please visit Georges River Website:

We have posted successful candidates and their contact details for your convenience.

 

Name Party

Phone

Email

Blakehurst Ward

Sam Elmir Liberal

0410 654 310

selmir@georgesriver.nsw.gov.au

Sandy Grekas Independent

0424 617 831

sgrekas@georgesriver.nsw.gov.au

Katherine Landsberry Labor

0419 984 934

klandsberry@georgesriver.nsw.gov.au

Hurstville Ward

Vince Badalati Labor

0411 745 255

vbadalati@georgesriver.nsw.gov.au

Nancy Liu Independent

0400 681 188

nliu@georgesriver.nsw.gov.au

Christina Wu Liberal

0400 241 851

cwu@georgesriver.nsw.gov.au

Kogarah Bay Ward

Stephen Agius Liberal

0419 556 023

sagius@georgesriver.nsw.gov.au

Nick Katris Labor

0419 402 191

nkatris@georgesriver.nsw.gov.au

Leesha Payor Kogarah Residents’ Assn

9330 6296

lpayor@georgesriver.nsw.gov.au

Mortdale Ward

Con Hindi Liberal

0408 383 783

chIndependenti@georgesriver.nsw.gov.au

Lou Konjarski  Independent

0421 188 896

Lkonjarski@georgesriver.nsw.gov.au

Warren Tegg Labor

0427 671 666

wtegg@georgesriver.nsw.gov.au

Peakhurst Ward

Kevin Greene Labor

9330 6020

kgreene@georgesriver.nsw.gov.au

Rita Kastanias Liberal

0416 009 695

rkastanias@georgesriver.nsw.gov.au

Colleen Symington Labor

0409 546 202

csymington@georgesriver.nsw.gov.au

 

Georges River Council Elections

OFF survey results of candidates have been published to help make your decision on your vote. Please read individual responses we have received from candidates to make your vote count. You can follow links (highlighted in yellow) to view their comments

SEE COUNCIL WEBSITE FOR INFORMATION ON WARDS & POLLING BOOTHS

 

 

Oatley Bay Tree Massacre

A tree massacre has been bought to our attention at the Oatley Bay Memorial Boardwalk. A nearby resident was seen removing gum trees, mangrove trees casuarinas and others on the 13th of July.

Council were notified and  on the day visited the site and confiscated a saw and ladder.  Clearing continued on  27th July and 1st August,  this was reported with photos to council.

OFF members have visited this site and seen lots of small trees and some mangrove branches cut down and the stumps pasted in black (?poison).  All the destroyed vegetation still lying on the ground. It has certainly created a ‘water view’ for the occupant of one unit in the Kingfisher block (No. 136 Morshead Drive). 

Some have noted it would seem an ideal place to erect one of those boards that blocks the view from the unit and shames the perpetrator.  It has damaged the ambience of the Memorial Boardwalk; following website says “construction was competed in October 2008 and boardwalk was officially launched by the mayor and representatives from the St George RS.  http://www.kogarah.nsw.gov.au/environment/local-projects/foreshore

Three Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos were seen climbing amongst the casuarinas that were still standing, and a Magpie-Lark was foraging on the exposed mud flat – certainly an area of significance for birds.

 

 

 

OFF Launches Council Election Campaign With Mass Planting

Today, Oatley Flora & Fauna Conservation Society (OFF) members and friends gathered to plant out a small portion of the reserve near Oatley station. The project was started in May with 300 plants and today it was completed by planting 200 more.

At the same time Society President Graham Lalchere announced that OFF has decided to take an active part in the September council elections. However, he said “We won’t necessarily be advocating a vote for any particular candidate. What we are looking for are new candidates who will give the newly merged Georges River Council a fresh start.”

“We are seeking candidates who will support:

  • Council openness and good governance

  • Protection of open spaces like Myles Dunphy Reserve

  • Effective control of developers and development

  • Protection of trees on public and private land

  • Georges River water quality improvement projects and programs; and

  • Climate change policies that enhance liveability and sustainability at the local level.

“With this planting we are putting our money where our mouth is and leading the way to maintaining healthy parks and open space” Mr Lalchere said.

So, what we will be asking the community to do is get to know who they are voting for – It really matters. First and foremost we want the Council to be well governed by ethical councillors who act honourably, fairly and solely in the public interest.

Protection of our local environment underpins the health and well-being of the whole community. Councillors have a key role in ensuring our quality of life is maintained so look for those who will be putting these policies high on the agenda.

To assist with this OFF will be raising awareness by canvassing the candidates’ opinions and positions on important local issues and publicising their responses.

“We cannot afford to sit back and abdicate our responsibility when voting on 9th September.

Show you care for our local environment. Ensure it is protected. Vote 1 for a fresh start” Mr Lalchere said.

Lime Kiln Bay Wetlands in Need of Upgrade

The efficiency of the Lime Kiln Bay Wetlands needs to be re-examined. Management Plan made in 2005 are outdated. It needs to be updated to take account of the higher peak flows and greater sediment load caused by increased area of impervious surfaces in the catchment which has developed through the building of apartments, villas and McMansions. There is a need to stop sediment entering our river. A good example is Parramatta River Catchment Group campaign -  Get the Site Right a soil and erosion control compliance blitz on construction sites around their catchment.

The 2015-16 report card by Georges River Combined Councils revealed “a slight decline” in the ecological condition of the catchment over the previous year. The catchment received a C+ (fair) rating, but water quality in some parts, including Gungah Bay (D-) and Lime Kiln Bay (D+) was rated “poor”. The outlook for the future is not promising with future planned growth according to the Greater Sydney Commission’s draft regional plan for Sydney South projecting at least 23,000 more homes in the next 40 years.

More information on sediment removal from ponds by Geoff Francis (May 2017)

Leader 26 April 2017 – Change of focus on Ponds

Leader 1 Feb 2017 Georges River Health declines as housing numbers surge