E-Newsletter – May 2016

E-Newsletter – May 2016


May 2016

Welcome to the first edition of the HCCREMS E-Newsletter, where we will keep you informed of the most recent happenings, current issues and organisational priorities of the HCCREMS Team.


  1. New Website
  2. HCCREMS Program Report
  3. NSW Biodiversity Reforms
  4. Flying Fox Management
  5. EECs on Roadsides – community Information Day
  6. Beat the Heat – Community Resources
  7. Contaminated Land Capacity Building Program
  8. Charitable Recycling Illegal Dumping Program
  9. Love Food on Campus Project
  10. Regional Litter Management Plan
  11. Nine Valleys Wildlife Trail – Pilot Project
  12. Need Help with a Project?

New Website Launched!

Our new HCCREMS website was launched in April and provides a simplified user experience, streamlined resource library (making finding what you want easier), a secure online council staff information portal, and online event registration system for HCCREMS courses and events.

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HCCREMS Program Report

We are now producing a quarterly report on our most recent activities and current priorities. The first report covering February – May 2016 is now available.


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NSW Biodiversity Reforms

On 3 May 2016, the NSW Government released the Biodiversity Legislation Reforms Information Package which includes a draft Biodiversity Conservation Bill and draft Local Land Services Amendment Bill 2016. The two Bills are designed to replace the Native Vegetation Act, Threatened Species Conservation Act, the Nature Conservation Trust Act and parts of the National Parks & Wildlife Act. The legislation package is on public exhibition until Tuesday 28 June 2016.

We will be compiling a regional submission on the reforms in conjunction with Councils.

Bradley Nolan | Director Environment Division
P (02) 4978 4024
E envirodirector@huntercouncils.com.au


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Flying Fox Management

Australian Research Council Project HCCREMS and the majority of our member Councils are partners to a newly awarded National ARC grant, being led by the University of Melbourne.

The project seeks to:

  1. Quantify the cost-effectiveness of management techniques to mitigate human-flying fox conflicts
  2. Create models to understand how climate change will impact on the range of flying-fox species’ and the resources upon which they depend
  3. Develop an understanding of the mechanisms underpinning human-flying fox conflict
  4. Measure the social acceptability of management alternatives

Regional Flying Fox Management Strategy We have accepted an invitation to be part of a Regional Flying Fox Working Group for the Hunter and Central Coast, convened by OEH. Along with local councils and other key public land managers and stakeholders, this group will develop a Regional Flying Fox Management Strategy to protect flying foxes, conserve and restore habitat and manage community – Flying Fox conflict by managing impacts and increasing understanding and knowledge within the broader community.

Bradley Nolan | Director Environment Division
P (02) 4978 4024
E envirodirector@huntercouncils.com.au

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EEC’s on Roadsides – Community Information Day

A community information day to raise awareness of threatened and endangered animals will be held on 18 June 2016 at Clarence Town.

This project is being delivered as part of our EEC’s on Roadsides project, which is providing ecological restoration works at 15 roadside reserves containing remnants of the Endangered Ecological Communities  “Lower Hunter Spotted Gum Ironbark Forest” and “Hunter Lowland Woodland”.


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Beat the Heat Next Summer – Communication Resources Now Online!

Heatwaves or long periods of extreme heat can have serious impacts on community health. They are a major cause of health problems every summer in Australia. Local Health Districts, Primary Health Care providers, Councils, Community Service Organisations, and community volunteer groups and networks can all play a key role in promoting heatwave preparedness in ‘at risk’ communities.

To assist this task a range of resources including  posters, flyers, webpage content, social media content, newsletter articles, scripts for Community Service Announcements, e-mail alerts and text alerts to promote heatwave awareness and preparedness are now available on our website.

To order your FREE printed copies of these resources, please contact us.

Steve Wilson | Deputy Director Environment Division
P: (02) 4978 4026
E: stevew@huntercouncils.com.au


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Contaminated Land Capacity Building Program

Information and draft resources recently distributed to participating Councils include:

  1. Legal advice addressing the legislative requirements of councils for managing and disclosing contaminated land information, and the potential use of property covenants for managing contamination issues.
  2. A draft Contaminated Land Policy template designed to assist councils meet their legislative obligations for identifying and managing contaminated land.
  3. Draft regional conditions of consent to assist in determining development applications involving contamination issues.

Briefings will be delivered to participating Councils during May – June to review and facilitate feedback on these resources.

Steve Wilson | Deputy Director Environment Division
P (02) 4978 4026
E stevew@huntercouncils.com.au

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Charitable Recycling Illegal Dumping Project – NSW Best Practice!

Juliana Cain (Regional Waste Education Coordinator) recently presented on our Charitable Recycling Illegal Dumping Project and Toolkit (now adopted as a ‘best practice’ resource by the NSW EPA) at the NSW Local Government Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Conference in Coffs Harbour.

Juliana Cain | Regional Waste Education Coordinator
P (02) 4978 4028
E julianac@huntercouncils.com.au


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Love Food Hate Waste – Love Food on Campus Project

We have secured $60,516 to implement a food waste avoidance program in partnership with the University of Newcastle. The project will work with students living on campus to better understand the barriers and benefits of food waste avoidance among young consumers. Project activities will include focus groups, cooking demonstrations and support networks. At the conclusion of the project a series of food waste avoidance and healthy cooking resources will be produced that target 18-24 year olds.

Emma Grezl | Regional Waste Project Officer
P (02) 4978 4022
E emmag@huntercouncils.com.au

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Regional Litter Plan

A Hunter Region Litter Plan (RLP) and Hunter Region Litter Implementation Plan (L-RIP) have been drafted in consultation with Council officers and submitted to the NSW EPA. Funding of $99,730 is now being sought from the EPA to fund the implementation of litter reduction activities in 2016/17.

Leanne Sanderson | Regional Litter Project Officer
P (02) 4978 4042
E leannes@huntercouncils.com.au

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Nine Valleys Wildlife Trail – Pilot Project

The Hunter Region Landcare Network (HRLN) has provided seed funding to pilot the 9 Valley Wildlife Trail initiative.  ‘9 Valleys’ aims to improve the extent and connectivity of native vegetation and fauna habitat unique to the Central and Upper Hunter areas of our region, including establishing key stepping stones (through native regeneration, weed control, restoration planting and fencing for habitat protection). Work will soon commence in one of three target areas – Jerry’s Plains, Martindale or Sandy Hollow.

Eva Twarkowski | Senior Ecologist
P (02) 4978 4029
E evat@huntercouncils.com.au

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Need Help with a Project?

In conjunction with specialist consultant partners, we can directly assist Councils and other organisations research, design, manage, deliver and evaluate environmental projects across a range of topic areas. Services include:

Strategic – Research and Information; Professional Facilitation; Policy / Strategy Design and Development; Community Consultation, Engagement, Awareness and Education; Decision Support and Prioritisation; and Project Management

Ecological – Ecological Assessments (including independent third party reviews); Ecological Surveys, Mapping and Monitoring; and Land Management Planning, Restoration and Mapping.