Wednesday, 9 February 2011

February 2011 Newsletter


Friends of Stradbroke Island
Feb 9, 9:34 PM
An analysis of the words and actions of successive Governments over the past 20 years unfortunately reveals hypocrisy, political spin and deception. Instead of ‘protecting and preserving the Island for future generations’, there has been an expansion of mining and the destruction which it causes.WordsIn 1990, the then Labor Government led parliament and the public to believe that half of North  Read more…
Friends of Stradbroke IslandFeb 9, 9:25 PM
Female Leaden FlycatcherLittle Wattlebirds and Noisy Friarbirds  Read more…
Friends of Stradbroke Island
Feb 9, 9:22 PM
In December 2010 the court rejected a UNIMIN challenge to the current charges (taking the sand without permits).Last month the charges were adjourned to 14 June 2011. This is an unusually lengthy adjournment,  apparently sought by both UNIMIN and the Government. UNIMIN intend to make another legal challenge to the charges on 14 June 2011.FOSI and others continue to press the Government to charge  Read more…
Friends of Stradbroke IslandFeb 9, 9:22 PM
PLEASE SEND DONATIONS TO FOSI FOR THE SAVE STRADDIE, END MINING CAMPAIGN.We can’t afford a multimillion dollar advertising campaign but our efforts have gained us good media and much public support. Courier Mail polls show 80% want mining to end now. Help us get the message out.Email  emcphee@westnet.com.au for the account number or cheque to FOSI PO BOX 167 Point Lookout  Qld  4183  Read more…
Friends of Stradbroke Island
Feb 9, 9:20 PM
Although Southern Moreton Bay may have experienced less impact from the flood plume there is still a big question mark over the health of the marine life. There is a blanket ban on fishing in Moreton Bay and oysters are not being harvested. This is obviously affecting livelihoods on North Stradbroke Island.CSIRO ocean engineers, Rob Gregor (left) and Lindsay MacDonald, with the glider in Hobart  Read more…
Friends of Stradbroke Island
Feb 9, 9:17 PM
The Stradbroke Chamber Music Festival returns with the whales August 2011Winter brings whales to island waters and the sparkling Chamber Music Festival to its shores. The program for 2011 promises fine music and zesty performances delivered by a merry band of virtuosi. Mozart’s Gran Partita, Schubert’s Trout Quintet, a Debussy string quartet, Misinterprotato jazz trio, an intimate evening with  Read more…
Friends of Stradbroke Island
Feb 9, 9:15 PM
Despite rain, wind, rain, storms, and rain for days previously, the NSI Urban Koala Survey 2010 was blessed with a day of sunny skies (and brisk breezes…and a bracing water taxi ride!). Certainly nothing to deter the 50+ volunteers who appeared at Dunwich Cemetery (or Point Lookout) on Saturday, October 16, with hopes of spying some of the local fauna, koalas in particular.We divided into groups  Read more…
Friends of Stradbroke Island
Feb 9, 9:13 PM
It was disappointing to read in the Baycare News (the newsletter of the Moreton Bay Environmental Alliance, of which FOSI is a member) that a new high speed power boat service around Moreton Bay is commencing. The twelve passenger, rigid inflatable power boat will travel at speeds of up to 106km/hr but will reduce speed in ‘areas with endangered marine life’. High speed power boats, through  Read more…
Friends of Stradbroke Island
Feb 9, 9:11 PM
Recently this serious and notifiable fungal disease has been detected in Queensland commercial plant nurseries. The rust poses a threat to some of Stradbroke’s dominant plant species, particularly bottlebrush (previously callistemon spp.), tea tree (melaleuca spp.) and eucalyptus spp. The rust is a distinctive egg-yolk yellow colour.Myrtle rust on Melaleuca linarifolia (Angus Carnegie, Department  Read more…
Friends of Stradbroke Island
Feb 9, 9:09 PM
Concerned Stradbroke Islanders are taking action to try to stop the establishment and spread of the pest Common Myna (also know as the Indian Myna or -by some detractors -as “flying cane toads”) on the Island. Submissions have been written to the Redland Shire Council calling for integrated action and some trapping is taking place. Three main groups of mynas exist on the Island: a large group at  Read more…
Friends of Stradbroke Island
Feb 9, 8:44 PM
Recently many  of us were distressed by the sight of large numbers of dead and dying birds on Main Beach. They were short tailed shearwaters often known as mutton birds. Local naturalist Michael Hines and Dave Stewart from Queensland Parks and Wildlife had been observing this event and noted carcasses every 5m for at least 5km, so there were considerable numbers of dead and dying birds.  Read more…