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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : September 3 2008
34 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, September 4, 2008 MB ONE DEGREE OF CHANGE -- IT'S ABOUT EVERY ONE OF US Local heroes Leading lights It's a fact Water-efficient laundry Whirlpool Australia has launched two water-efficient front-loader washing machines, the WFS1273BW and WFS1071BW. Whirlpool's new front-loaders now save over 3000 litres a year more than their predecessors in the 4.5 star range. Threat of extinction The brush-tailed rock wallaby will face extinction if urgent action is not taken to protect its habitat, warns WWF-Australia in the lead up to National Threatened Species Day. National Threatened Species Day is held on September 7, the day in 1936 when the last Tasmanian tiger died in captivity at Hobart Zoo. Turn plastic bags into trees You can help Landcare Australia during Landcare Week by taking part in the Coles Plastic Bag Amnesty. Take all those plastic bags which have been cluttering up your home to your nearest Coles store for recycling and the supermarket chain will make a donation to Junior Landcare for tree planting. Running festival raises funds Enter the Blackmore's Sydney Running Festival, on Sunday, September 21 and you can nominate Landcare Australia as the not-for-profit you would like to raise money for. If you buy a BSRF ASICS Bamboo Running T-shirt, $3 is donated from each sale to Landcare Australia. Join up You can be a local hero simply by joining an urban landcare group during Landcare Week, which runs until Sunday, September 7. Visit www.landcareonline.com/directory to find your nearest group. Bush care A range of events are being held during Landcare Week. These in- clude the Canada Bay Bushcare volunteers doing conservation work on Wednesday, September 3 at Lovedale Place, Concord West from 9am-noon. Contact Canada Bay Council's bushcare co-ordinator Rob Stevenson on 0409 742 835. Trees planted Burwood's Railway Pde, or the Avenue of Nations as it is now known, is continuing to be upgraded and improved for both pedestrians and road users alike. The most recent modifications include the landscaping of the median strip featuring five palm trees. Burwood Mayor John Faker said ''the Avenue of Nations is an ongoing project that is part of the overall beautification of Burwood''. What we are doing: Volunteer to protect the vulnerable one in ten LANDCARE Australia is calling on residents in the Sydney Olympic Park area to volunteer during Landcare Week for urban landcare groups as a new study shows that wildlife species like the grey-headed flying fox, the little tern and the green and golden bell frog are under threat. One in 10 of the city's wildlife species is under threat, according to the Sydney-wide study which was released on Monday to mark the start of Landcare Week. The study was conducted for the Sydney Metropolitan Catchment Management Authority (CMA) by the Department of Environment and Climate Change (DECC) with funding from the Natural Heritage Trust and catalogues over 550 native fauna species of which 53 are identified as threatened. The study lists some of the main threats to wildlife in the Sydney Olympic Park area as: Habitat continuity within the site, Limited habitat link with remnant vegetation in other reserves, Disturbance from high public visitation and artificial lighting, and Frog infections. The study, which was compiled from existing local reports combined with field surveys (some nocturnal) carried out by DECC surveyors with the help of some 40 volunteers, identifies the top 50 wildlife habitat sites throughout the Sydney CMA area and ranks them in order of importance. The Sydney Olympic Park area is ranked as being the ninth most important wildlife site in the Sydney Metro CMA and covers Sydney Olympic Park, including Newington Nature Reserve, Haslams Creek and Bicentennial Park. The study says the Sydney Olympic Park site ''supports a diverse array of wetland, estuarine and remnant woodland fauna, some of which are uncommon within the CMA; including the largest and most secure population of the endangered green and golden bell frog; the only site in which the red- kneed dotterel and red-necked avocet are regularly recorded; one of only two sites within the region supporting a population of the declining and regionally significant white-fronted chat; provides habitat for a range of migratory shorebirds, and is one of the only known white-striped freetail bat maternity roosts within the CMA''. ''This alarming study is a call to arms for anyone interested in preserving our wildlife to volunteer for their local urban landcare group and help protect and restore the natural habitat of our threatened indigenous wildlife,'' Landcare Australia chief executive officer Brian Scarsbrick said. CANADA BAY CIVIC CENTRE www.canadabay.nsw.gov.au And the winners are... Best Conserved Heritage Precinct Best New Development Involving Heritage Award Best Maintained Heritage Property Award Business Access Award Business Recognition Awards Child Friendly Business Award Disability Employer of the Year Award Environmental Citizen Award Environmental Business Award Environmental Community Organisation Award Precinct Recognition Awards Sustainable Cultural Award Special Heritage Work Award AWARDS 2008 Thank you to guest speaker John Fuller, Dedes Restaurant, the Sustainability City Committee and Access Committee. CITY OF CANADA BAY COUNCIL WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE THE 2008 SUSTAINABILITY AWARD WINNERS
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