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WELCOME TO THE OOLONG SANCTUARY NEWS!

Last Update:23 January, 2016

Please note that the URL of our new web site is now: http://www.skymesh.net.au/~gianni/

Latest News: Scientists urge Governments to expand the number of nature reserves. The FOO Fund for Nature Reserves - a solution to wilderness management. More below.

Watch this page to stay informed on details of all events which take place in our very exciting bush! We are a bush organisation run solely by volunteers! Our Web site is updated every time a new entry warrants it. We update our inventory on the fauna and flora also any progress on new initiatives we undertake in cooperation with other organisations and we briefly outline the activities of our volunteers with projects and list the submissions by our Task Force.
The scheduled visitation dates by scientists and research groups are added for the convenience of visitors wishing to participate. The salient points of our conservation program and major topics are listed here with links to speed up your search.
Valuable information and relevant links to other initiatives are also added to assist landholders on how to develop conservation projects on their own land with the use of a very valuable kit, and the communities, who are interested in adopting a program similar to the Oolong program with the aim to reconstruct and revegetate crown roads as major links between remnants on private land to protect our heritage.
We welcome any suggestion to improve this presentation. Please contact us

The Management of the Oolong Sanctuary
The Management of the sanctuary - set on private land - and its wildlife corridors - on crown roads - together with the on-going projects is a cooperative effort and a major contribution by volunteers, government agencies, study groups, and landholders to a community program of national interest. As the volunteers contribution to the Oolong program grows with the community support so does the big saving to governments! This is particularly encouraging considering also the increasing popular and governments concern on the effective management of conservation funds.

The Conservation Program, The Model on Habitat/Remnants linked by wildlife corridors on private land and the Progress Report including the latest on Nature Reserves. For details and Progress Report please click Conservation Program

An Aquaponics system. This project on sustainability is set on 2 ha of the farm proper by Nemrod Guerra Perez to demonstrate how to produce organic vegetables and fish withing a small area. Visitors will be welcome to see the operation which is a corollary to the other projects on private land at Dalton Park.

Education IN The Environment- School Program and its Environmental Syllabus
This very innovative program - devised for schools within 100 km from the sanctuary includes conducted tours with surveys and field work by students.
The program and the syllabus are being developed by: Dr Tony Saunders, Honorary Resident Scientist and the Task Force of the Friends of Oolong, under the patronage of: Katrina Hodgkinson MP State Member for Burrinjuck for the schools in SE NSW Region and Mary Porter AM MLA Member for Ginninderra for the ACT schools. For details on our education program and to help us in its implementation and to download the teachers questionnaire please click: Education IN The Environment - School Program where you will find also the Field Sheets.
Field Sheets are to be used by students when visiting the sanctuary. We suggest to teachers and students to look at them and also print them to get an idea of what can be done in the field. More activity sheets will be added as we get more information on the syllabuses of the schools.

Promotion
We are preparing several logos, related to our programs, to go on our screen printed T shirts and they should be available soon. Which one we should have first? We would like your response by giving a priority number to each selection. Our T shirts will be available only by direct booking with donations. Sizes: child and adult: small, medium, large.
Please go to the index page and contact us with details.
Proposed selections:

  • Friends of Oolong
  • Oolong Sanctuary
  • Education IN the Environment
  • Oolong Challenge
  • Protect Vegetation Remnants and Wildlife corridors

    ABC News on the Need to Expand Nature Reserves:
    A panel of scientists, which includes experts from the Greenhouse Office and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) says climate change is threatening many native species. As a result, animal refuges and wildlife corridors need to be expanded. They have called on the Federal and State Governments to increase the number of Nature Reserves to protect shifting wildlife.
    The report was commissioned by the World Wide Fund (WWF) and is a buster to our program. See ABC News (Posted Wed Aug 8, 2007) at http://abc.net.au

    About Nature Reserves and the FOO Fund for Nature Reserves
    The Friends of Oolong promote to have remnants of high nature heritage and conservation value in the upper Lachlan region recognised and declared Nature Reserves in a solution to wilderness management, by the creation of a Fund for Nature Reserves. The Fund will be used to promote donations towards the purchase of selected vegetation/remnants of high heritage and conservation value.
    To view some examples of corridors and the maps showing the regional distribution of vegetation remnants yet to be linked in southern NSW and the very low number of nature reserves in our region, please browse: Habitat/Remnants

    Save the Tasmanian Devil!
    Please visit http://www.tassiedevil.com.au "About the Tasmanian devil", click "read more", scroll to "Tasmanian devil movies" and view a short movie showing close-ups of the Tasmanian devil and also a long movie on the Tasmanian devil and the race to prevent its extinction.

    The Friends of Oolong support the program and are trying to get involved in the breeding of the Devil supported initially by the Eaglehawk Tourist Park, Canberra.
    A member of our Task Force visited in Tasmania zoos, to familiarise himself with the management of the devil, to discuss the Captive Management Program with the DPIW and to propose the introduction of large fenced-island type enclosures in the program on mainland At Oolong. The proposal has been well received at the meeting with Dr Steven Smith, Program Manager, Tasmanian Devil Facial Tumour Disease, DPIW in Hobart. Plans for the "insurance" population are finalised. The Tasmanian Devil PHVA Final Report was issued on 3-6 July 2008 by the Specialist Group.
    To be a member of the Australasian Regional Association of Zoological Parks & Aquaria (ARAZPA) is a prerequisit to be able to participate in the program. The application for membership has been received but any further action depends on the availability of grants to support the program including the training of the staff.

    Carnivorous Marsupials:
    The family Dasyuridae includes the well-known Tasmanian devil, eastern quolls (native cats), spotted-tailed quolls (tiger cats) and antechinuses (marsupial mice).
    Over forty species have been described from Australia and New Guinea. Six occur in Tasmania:
    Tasmanian devil Sarcophilus harrisii
    Spotted-tail quoll Dasyurus maculatus
    Eastern quoll Dasyurus viverrinus
    Dusky antechinus Antechinus swainsonii
    Swamp antechinus Antechinus minimus
    White-footed dunnart Sminthopsis leucopus

    The closely-related Tasmanian tiger (or thylacine), also a carnivorous marsupial, is classified in its own family: Thylacinidae.
    Some people believe that the Tasmanian Tiger survived the attempts at eradication and continues to exist in isolated groups in Tasmania's rugged bushland. Sightings of this shy and elusive creature persist to this day. This web site is dedicated to the continuing survival of this, one of the rarest mammals on earth. To know more about the tasmanian tiger visit http://www.tasmanian-tiger.com/index.html

    Visits to Oolong Sanctuary, Conducted tours and Bird Walk
    Visitors are welcome to our conducted tours by appointment every day of the week including public holidays on a donation per family and commensurate donations from larger parties.
    Free tours for new active members!
    Donation will go towards some of the most critical on-going projects.
    Please note that visitors interested in research are most welcome to join the visiting parties in their day and day/night bushwalks.
    For any further information, or any booking, please contact the full time volunteer guide: Mr Lewis Merriman on 0434 066 886 or our President Dr Gianni W D'Addario at 0423 200 202 in any emergencies.

    Our ponds are full of life and at Oolong we have all the species of birds breeding in the ACT before the bush fires and more! Also long necked tortoise, several varieties of frogs, including the threatened yellow-groined toadlet, which is very rare and has almost disappeared from NSW. While walking you may cross path with one of our echidnas, a tree dragon, a legless lizards, a hopping roo or a wallaby and many more. Rest near a spring and watch endangered and rare bird species having a bath! Walk to the top of the hill (750 m asl) to admire the 360 degree view and the upper reaches of the Lachlan River. And for any interested bat specialist we have over ten species of them, including one listed as threatened in NSW. Look for native orchids when in bloom at different times in the year (details for each species in FLORA).
    Warning: Look but do not touch please! Many of the several native orchid species, including some very rare are yet to be identified.

    The Canberra Ornithologist Group (COG) visited Oolong and Dalton Park and have been so impressed by the abundance and variety of bird species that they compiled a Report - Oolong (Sun 7 September, 2003). The description of the visit is at: http://www.canberrabirds.org.au/Trips/trips2003/sep0703.htm

    For the benefit of visitors we have a note on Oolong Bird Walk, accompanied by a Bird List. The Sketch Map to accompany the note and list is also available in pdf format.

    Visits Schedule (Societies and groups):
    For any information on visiting parties, local weather conditions, or any booking, please contact the full time volunteer caretaker Mr Lewis Merriman on 0434 066 886
    To see the visit schedule please click here

    Camping Information and Restrictions:
    Visiting parties from any member societies, group, schools and researchers are most welcome and camping by small groups restricted within the reserved area in Dalton Park (not in the sanctuary) and by booking only. Rest room, electric cooking facilities, drinking water, toilet facilities and electricity available at Dalton Park. church, hotel and public phone are at the nearby Dalton village with limited shopping at the Post Office.
    Burning of wood is not allowed under any circumstances.

    The Four Main Forest Ecosystems at Oolong:
    Tablelands Dry Shrub/Tussock Grass Forest
    Northern Tablelands and Slopes Dry Shrub/Grass Forest
    Northern Slopes Dry Grass Woodland *
    Tablelands and Slopes Dry Herb/Grass*
    *These two ecosystems are part of the White Box / Yellow Box Woodland which now has a preliminary listing as an endangered ecological community in the NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act, 1995.
    A General Description by Greening, Australia, a Conservation Assessment, and a Preliminary Field Inspection of the properties surveyed by Mr Rainer Rehwinkel, Southern Directorate, NPWS together with a Report on the main four ecosystems and an Appendix with Woodlands surveys; are added at the end of Oolong History. To view please click: Oolong History.

    The Ecosystem in the Wildlife Corridor as a Critical Habitat and its Management:
    The wildlife corridor * linking the Oolong habitat/remnants contains a good sample of the preliminary listed ecosystem White Box-Yellow Box Woodland and has been identified by Rainer Rehwinkel, Threatened Species Officer, NPWS, Southern Directorate as a "Critical Habitat" for several threatened resident bird species: Speckled Warbler**, Diamond Firetail*** and Hooded Robin****. These birds recognised as "Vulnerable" were officially identified and recorded in the wildlife corridor by Tony Saunders, Scientific Advisory Board of FOO. The Superb Parrot and Regent Honeyeater, which are seasonal and opportunistic visitors, have also been recorded there.

    * The wildlife corridor - as a proven Critical Habitat-meets the essential life cycle (eg: foraging, breeding, nesting, roosting, etc) of threatened species. A management plan has been drafted and its progress report is in Projects and scroll to Project No 11 - Stage 1 and 2.
    ** The Speckled Warbler has suffered steady decline throughout the ACT, frequently as a result of fragmented habitat and, as a ground-nesting species, from human disturbance and predation by domestic and feral animals". (The Canberra Ornithologists Group)
    *** The Diamond Firetail is a declining woodland specie.
    **** The Hooded Robin. A recovery plan is in preparation. Reference: Department of Environment and Conservation.
    Note: These birds as well as all other threatened and vulnerable species at Oolong are marked by (*) in the illustrated bird list. To view please click Fauna.

    Bat Survey at Dalton Park and Oolong Sanctuary
    The Survey carried out on 17 March, 2007 at Dalton Park and Oolong Sanctuary, as part of Project no. 21, proves that the mine adits provide habitat for numerous hollow dependent and two cave dependent species, one of them, the Large Bent-wing Bat, is listed in the NSW Threatened Species Act. The author states that: "The Oolong Sanctuary forms a regionally important habitat linkage between other natural areas. Most bats observed were hollow roosting bats, the vegetation corridor along Bush?s Road and mature paddock trees adjacent to the road providing exceptional habitat for hollow roosting microbats. The management of the area as a conservation reserve is highly commended for this reason."
    (Click to get survey in pdf format)

    Recovery Plans on Crown Roads as Critical Habitats for
    Speckled Warbler, Diamond Firetail, and Hooded Robin.
    The feasibility of Recovery Plans for these birds is pending a review of a new set of draft guidelines produced by the Department of the Environment and Heritage. The Friends of Oolong have made a contribution to the review of these guidelines to the Director, Legislation Policy Section, Approval and Wildlife Division, Department of the Environment and Heritage.The submission refers to a particular section of the Act.
    To see details of the submission please click here.
    The Friends of Oolong in conjunction with the Dalton Park landholder are to extend the protected area of the critical habitat into a portion of the Park. The management, including the fencing of it, is supported by the Department of Lands. The critical habitat to be declared as such is to include the crown road and a portion of the Park. The NPWS will process the application.

    National Threatened Species
    There are currently 1547 species and 29 ecological communities listed as threatened under the Commonwealth's Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), and 115 species are listed as extincts. These figures include 50 additions to the list since last National Threatened Species Day.

    In FAUNA - BIRDS we illustrate all bird species recorded and present at Oolong but to know where and how birds live, why they are threatened, and what we can do to help bring them back from the brink of extinction please do a profile search by linking to:
    http://www.threatenedspecies.environment.nsw.gov.au/index.aspx

    Task Force One
    The Task Force One is composed of volunteers selected from the Research Team. They make submissions in the national interest and coordinate some of our programs.

    Members: Gianni D'Addario, Tony Saunders, Calvin Trinth, Oscar Violante, Tony Yan, Theo Moody, Frances Nguyen, Kath Kovac, Diwani Velasquez, Graeme Bradburn, Anthony Foo.

    Submissions:
    To see the list of submissions please click here

    Task Force Two
    The Friends of Oolong have reached a stage in which large funds are requested to fulfill the programs. The Task force Two is composed of specially selected volunteers to undertake the major task of fund raising. They will select the organisations to targets and prepare the applications.

    Members:Serene NG, Catherine Martin, Christopher Weaver, Sharon McDonell, Dylan Roberts.

    Research Team
    The Research Team of the Friends of Oolong have dedicated active volunteers trained to assist not only with various aspects of the conservation program and the management of some of the projects (to view please click Projects) but also with other numerous tasks, including fund raising and the promotion of our programs regionally and state-wide.

    Research Projects:
    To view please click: Research Projects.

    New Research Project:
    Statistical Model or Analysis of Habitat/Remnants Linked by Wildlife Corridors at Oolong.
    Project Leader: Tony Yan, Research Team.
    To view progress on the analysis please click Statistical Model.
    (Results briefly summarised in Projects, Part two, please scroll to Project No 37)

    Honorary Editors: Kath Kovac Meryl McQueen,

    New Applicants For volunteer's positions : Sonia Roberts, Amanda Tissen, Sharon McDonell, Chris Weaver, Rebecca Bush, Dylan Taylor Roberts, Kerry Oddy, Kathrina Furniss, Anne Sancez Lobato, Cassandra Gadd, Danyka Sherrin, Ashish Soni, Chris Malam, Michelle Samson.


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  • Friends of Oolong Annual General Meeting,on Sunday 13 December 2015.
    at 7.PM at 3 Dinah Street, Gungahlin ACT and by Skype.
    A Newsletter prepared each year by the President at the AGM will be tabled as the Annual Report of the Committee to adopt. At the top of this page please click Newsletter No.15 to read the latest report by the Chair of the Friends of Oolong Committee.

    Testimonials.
    We proudly show extracts from some of the numerous testimonials we receive in response to our program, recognised as of national interest, from governments, universities, agencies, societies, groups, associations and individuals. Please click Testimonials

    Tours, Field Days and Proposed Major Events.
    As part of our educational program we conduct tours 24/7 as well as organising special events for the community and schools.

    Two major new events have been planned and are to be proposed under the New Event Funding Policy to the Upper Lachlan Tourist Association for approval: Sunday October 17, 2010 and Sunday October 16, 2011.
    These events will coincide with the annual get together of our members with tours conducted by Dr Tony Saunders, Honorary Resident Scientist.

    Dates of Local Events:
    Saturday 25 March and Sunday 9 April, 2006.
    Morning: "Birdwatchers tours" conducted by Dr Tony Saunders, Cumberland Bird Observers' Club and Alistair Bestow, Canberra Ornithologists Group (COG)
    Note: Dr Saunders was able to compile a list of 56 resident bird species during the tour regardless of the very dry conditions. From November 2006 Dr Saunders is also our Honorary Resident Scientist.
    Afternoon: "Introduction to wildlife in woodlands tours" conducted by Dr Rebecca Montague-Drake, Centre for Resources and Environmental Studies, ANU.

    Friday 15 September, 2006,
    Tours conducted by Dr Tony Saunders for the Gunning and Dalton Primary schools.
    Morning: Dalton Primary.
    Afternoon:Gunning Primary.

    9.30, Saturday 14 June, 2008
    Guided Walk for Jerrawa Creek Landcare Group.
    Conducted by Dr Tony Saunders, Honorary Resident Scientist, FOO.
    During the visit a new species of bird has been sighted: The Brown Tree Creeper.

    Saturday 7 November, 2009
    A campout organised by Dr Tony Saunders for the Sydney bird club took place. It has been a while since a survey has been done and it is likely that more species have arrived since the last. A survey report is to be produced soon.

    November - October, 2014
    Our specialists: Dr Tony Saunders, birds and Mr Graeme Bredburn, orchids inspected the Land for wildlife to assess any variation in fauna and flora and to prepare a report.

    We advertise our event in The Chronicle and in the local Lion Notice Board. We expect mixed groups from interstate but including local landholders and members of local communities. We will be also advertising with schools, Post Offices and shops.

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    Affiliation Overseas
    We are seeking actively to affiliate with an organisation in the USA. This is a requirement by the Internal Revenue Office, Dept of Treasury, USA for recognition of Tax-Exempt Status for the Friends of Oolong to receive tax-deductible donations from the USA.

    The Friends of Oolong Landcare group with The Oolong Challenge* and CarbonSMART support the following major plans on reforestation on private land:

    The Southern Wilderness Protection Plan 2005, which covers 313,000ha of the SE NSW. (For further information on this major project, which is supported by the Colong Foundation, Total Environment Centre, National Parks Association of NSW, the Nature Conservation Council of NSW, and the Wilderness Society, please contact: Keith Muir, Colong Foundation for Wilderness, Suite 201, Fortuna House, Level 2, 332 Pitt Street. Email:keith@colongwilderness.org.au: Phone (02) 9261-2400).

    The Lachlan Catchment Management Authority Action Plan.

    Bush Heritage and its Anchor Region.

    The Grassy Box Woodlands Conservation Management Network.

    A 2800km Long Coastal Wildlife Corridor Development.


    To read more about these major developments please click:
    Strategic Direction and Initiatives To Preserve Our Heritage - The Oolong Challenge* and CarbonSMART

    To view relevant maps and how they relate with each other and with our program please go to: Habitat/Remnants.

    *The Oolong Challenge project is under the patronage of Katrina Hodgkinson MP State Member for Burrinjuck,

    Volunteers Needed!
    We welcome local, interstate and overseas volunteers but please note that the Oolong Sanctuary is not a touristic venture and working in it is a privilege we proudly wish to share with people dedicated to conservation and - while we appreciate the in-kind contribution from our volunteers - no remuneration is offered in return.
    However at present accommodation is provided and we have vacancies for about four volunteers: men and/or ladies to concentrate at present in the removal of sifton bush and reforestation. We have a 4x4 vehicle to move volunteers between places of work within the sanctuary to remove woody weeds, patrol electrified fences and wild cats and foxes trapping.

    Volunteer Small Equipment Grants (VSEG) 2007.
    In response to the immense contribution that volunteers make in our community the Australian Government has announced the Volunteer Small Equipment Grants (VSEG) 2007.
    Preference is given to organisations with a larger volunteer over staff ratio.
    Since our organisation is entirely managed by volunteers we welcome this government initiative. These grants are only for the purchase of necessary equipment that support volunteers in making their valuable contribution on their local communities and exclude any permanent improvement to accommodation.

    Owing to the high price of petrol and depending on availability of funds, we sponsor ACT and NSW volunteers and in special circumstances we may refund some of travelling costs.

    Training of Volunteers
    Volunteers - within our members - or recruited from outside - participate in several research projects and are instructed and guided by our specialists, including our Honorary Resident Scientist.
    To contact the Honorary Resident Scientist please click Scientific Advisory Board and look for the last entry.
    Support and guidance is given also whenever possible by visiting specialists and/or members of the Scientific Advisory Board.

    Some of these volunteers are in our Task Force to take up some of the extensive research work associated with state-wide and national conservation activitie. They prepare applications for grants, and submissions.

    How and where to apply to volunteer? Wish to volunteer? Positions offered by the Friends of Oolong are listed with "GoVolunteer". Please visit:
    http://www.govolunteer.com.au

    Overseas Rostered Volunteers
    Nemrod Guerra Perez, Spain.
    Jenny Bolles-Duke University, North Carolina, USA.
    Caroline Fallourd, France
    Nicolas Ciolek, Germany
    Pfenningschmidt, Germany
    Kristen Wesenberg, Germany
    Tete Awotedu
    Ana Brasil, Azores
    Babu, Thailand
    Amanda Tissen, Johannesburg
    Pankaj Sharma, New Delhi
    Overseas volunteers please note that you have to find your own way to come to work with us at Oolong where we provide accommodation and cooking facilities. Oolong is situated on the Southern Tablelands between Sydney and Canberra. See below how to get there!

    To get information on Australia, interstate and overseas volunteers and visitors please link to and browse: Road to Australia and discover premier guide for travel in Australia. A travel guide to Australia with info for tourists, businessmen, students and more...

    About the support and contribution by the Lachlan Catchment Management Authority (LCMA) for joint projects with Landholders to the benefit of the Lachlan catchment
    One of our landholders has been successful in his application to obtain funding through Round 3 of the Lachlan Catchment Management Authority (CMA) Incentive Funding for his sediment and Nutrient Control and Riparian Revegetation project under the Water Quality and Vegetation Management Programs.
    Owing to the high value score of the project, the Lachlan CMA contribution for this project will be $21,801 out of the total project cost of $28,985 with the difference born by the landholder.
    Quoted here is a portion of the letter received by the landholder on 9 February 2007 from Mr. Rob Gledhill, Chair of the LCMA on the partnership agreement:

    "Your project will improve water quality/soil quality/vegetation and the health of the Lachlan catchment and help to ensure the economic and environmental viability of our community. We greatly appreciate your willingness to work with the LCMA to achieve these objectives. I am especially pleased that this Agreement has been developed in an environment of negotiation between yourself and the LCMA staff."

    The works include reforestation with planting seed germinated in tubes and direct seeding to facilitate the establishment of a wildlife corridor to link the western portion of the property to the sanctuary. And this is an example to be followed by other landholders in the region and the Friends of Oolong will support and promote the cooperation with the LCMA and will contribute with the supply of native seeds under the Oolong Challenge.
    A survey of the adjacent areas to the north and to the south will determine what is needed there.

    Dalton Park together with the Oolong sanctuary is a recognised Wildlife Refuge.
    Because of its assemblage of White Box Woodlands and fauna habitat the sanctuary is of national significance.

    Threatened species conservation in NSW. Reform proposal - August 2004
    More than 80 species of native plants or animals that used to exist in NSW are now extinct, and over 800 more species are on the path of extinction. In 1995, the Government introduced threatened species legislation. While there have been significant increases in our knowledge, and many important conservation gains, more powerful tools are now required to better integrate conservation with mainstream decision-making about how we use land and build our economy. These reforms address six key areas.

    We welcome the reform that fully supports and facilitates the adoption of our program by identifying it as one of the more powerful tools needed by the government to implement the reform.

    The Reform Proposal is provided to assist stakeholders who are interested in the Threatened Species Legislation Reform Bill tabled in Parliament on 1 September 2004. Available as PDF (248kb) from the Department of Environment and Conservation (NSW):
    www.environment.nsw.gov.au/resources/tsreformprop.pdf

    The Effect of Bushfires on Wildlife and the need for Artificial Hollows:
    The latest bushfires in the ACT have decimated wildlife and destroyed their habitat. This will have a lasting effect also on the breeding of several species, who need tree hollows for their nests. Preliminary results indicate that about 70% of the ACT forest has disappeared and so did almost all native endemic faunal species. No natural hollows for wildlife will be available in the ACT new forest for many, many years.

    It is reassuring to know that the birds survey at Oolong has already demonstrated that all bird species previously present in the ACT are surviving, thriving and breeding at Oolong. Our program is giving also to all other creatures a chance to repopulate the region.
    The FOO have several on-going R&D projects, including a study on the usefulness of artificial nests for wildlife. Donations help to support these vital projects. To see the list of projects please click: Projects.

    Communitybuilders.nsw: A Community Volunteers Success Story at Oolong.
    To find out please click:
    www.communitybuilders.nsw.gov.au/builder/volunteering/cvs.html

    The Australian Government Register of Environmental Organisations (REO). Facts and Figures:
    The Friends of Oolong listing in 2003 on the Register was established under the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (The Act). Under this Act, the Minister for the Environment, along with the (Assistant Treasurer), is responsible for the adminstration of the Register.
    To February 2005, the environmental organisations in the Register were 317, as well as 13 organisations listed specifically in the Act. The Register continues to grow, with 39 organisations added in the previous twelve months.
    Combined financial and property donations by the Australian public exceeding $72 million. This represents an increase of $18 million from the 2002-03, and an overall increase of nearly $60 million over the term of the present Government. The Government's continued support for the Register is in addition to its own spending on the environment, which in the financial year 2005 has been in excess of $2.4 billion.

    Farmers changing attitude:
    Are you a farmer looking at ways to improve conservation on your land? Please go to Farmers changing attitude and browse that page to find details on how to get the 'Save the Bush Toolkit' and much more!

    Management Strategy and Recovery Plan for Grassy Box Woodlands: Yellow and White
    To propagate native deep rooted perennial and shallow rooted annual grasses, local understorey and tree species. Seed collection for germination of native grasses in trays and trees and shrubs in tubes by Friends and Volunteers. Trees in tubes will be propagated in the Dalton Park greenhouse. They will be available for collection each Spring to participating parties in the Oolong Challenge combined with Landcare CarbonSmart in revegetating wildlife corridors.
    Project Manager: Stephen Selden, Seed Specialist. Further details in Projects, Part one, please scroll to Project No 16

    The Friends of Oolong and the Landholder of Dalton Park participate and contribute in the collection of seeds in the sanctuary also for: The Seeds for Survival Project.This Project is funded by the ACT Government and the Australian Government through the Natural Heritage Trust and is a partnership between Environment ACT, Australian National Botanic Gardens (ANBG), CSIRO Plant Industry, Canberra Urban Parks and Places and Greening Australia ACT & SE NSW.


    Wildlife Carers Group Inc. Canberra, Australia
    More than 7000 native animals are killed by motorists on NSW roads every year. The most common victims are swamp wallabies, brushtail possums, ringtail possums, Wombats and including some endangered species of small birds, parrots and Kookaburra. Warning signs are not effective.
    A Group, supported by our Organisation is promoting the general welfare and continued survival of native fauna and flora as an essential element of the environment. One of the main objectives of this group is to undertake the specialised care necessary for the rehabilitation of orphaned, sick and injured native birds and other animals.
    To support or join this group please link to:
    http://wcg.awardspace.com

    Cameraman Work
    To find the photos please go to Fauna and click: "Frogs" and "Reptiles".

    Shots by Mick Hines, FOO
    Shots by David Nelson, FATS


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