Photo Challenge 2019

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 Saturday 1st 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

 

 

 

OFF Photographic Competition

Scroll down to read Terms and conditions

Download pdf of competition details

 

Guide to Trees of Georges River Council Area

Historically, the tree cover of Georges River has been the result of a complex interaction between soil types and topography.

Ridge Top – The higher ridgetops which dominate the former Kogarah and Hurstville Local Government Areas have soils derived from the Wianamatta Shale group which break down to clays and thin beds of shale-sandstone soils. Here most of the land has been cleared for housing, leaving only remnants of the previous tree cover. Scattered throughout this area are tall Turpentine (Syncarpia glomulifera) and occasional Woollybutt (Eucalyptus longifolia), Broad-leaved Ironbark (Eucalyptus fibrosa) and Mugga Ironbark (Eucalyptus sideroxylon). It was forests of these trees which attracted early loggers who used Forest Road as their access. 

Turpentine

Woollybutt

Broad-leaved Ironbark

Mugga Ironbark

01 Syncarpia glomulifera 03 Eucalyptus longifolia 05 Eucalyptus fibrosa 07 Eucalyptus sideroxylon
02 Syncarpia glomulifera 04 Eucalyptus longifolia 06 Eucalyptus fibrosa 08 Eucalyptus sideroxylon
Syncarpia glomulifera Eucalyptus longifolia Eucalyptus fibrosa Eucalyptus sideroxylon

Georges River Shoreline – The indented shoreline of Georges River and the steep slopes running down to the shore consists predominantly of the Hawkesbury Sandstone group, with the soils a mixture of skeletal sands, blocks of weathered sandstone and some small shale lenses. Here the tree cover is more intact. On the upper slopes there is often a woodland with taller trees including Smooth-barked Apple (Angophora costata), Red Bloodwood (Corymbia gummifera) and Sydney Peppermint (Eucalyptus piperita ).


Smooth-barked Apple
Red Bloodwood
Sydney Peppermint 
09 Angophora costata 11 Corymbia gummifera 13 Eucalyptus piperita
10 Angophora costata 12 Corymbia gummifera 14 Eucalyptus piperita
 Angophora costata  Corymbia gummifera  Eucalyptus piperita

 

On the protected slopes there is a richer vegetation and more varied large tree presence. The dominant species are Smooth-barked Apple, Grey Gum (Eucalyptus punctata) and Blackbutt (Eucalyptus pilularis). Extensive Grey Mangrove (Avicennia marina) forests occur in sheltered areas of the Georges River but only a few individual plants (chiefly in Lime Kiln Bay) grow to tree-like size.

Grey Mangrove Grey Gum Blackbutt
23 Avicennia marina 15 Eucalyptus punctata 17 Eucalyptus pilularis
24 Avicennia marina 16 Eucalyptus punctata 18 Eucalyptus pilularis

Avicennia marina

Eucalyptus punctata

Eucalyptus pilularis


Oatley Park

One area of special interest is the sandstone-shale interface which occurs near the entrance to Oatley Park. Here there is a very localised stand of the large Scribbly Gum (Eucalyptus sclerophylla), some on the margin of Oatley Park Avenue. Nearby on the slopes, benefiting from the richer soils, is the tall Brown Stringybark (Eucalyptus capitellata).

Scribbly Gum

Eucalyptus sclerophylla

 

19 Eucalyptus sclerophylla

 

 

20 Eucalyptus sclerophylla

Brown Stringybark Eucalyptus capitellata

22 a Eucalyptus resinifera

21 Eucalyptus resinifera 22 Eucalyptus resinifera

 

Guide and photos by Alan Fairley author of Native Plants of the Sydney District

 

Tucoerah – Georges River Bushcare Volunteers Newsletter

DSC01423Tucoerah – the quarterly newsletter of the Georges River Bushcare Volunteers (GRBV) will now be available on the OFF website under Newsletters

Tucoerah is the traditional Aboriginal name for the Georges River and it is appropriate to acknowledge the original custodians of the land and waterways in the area.

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