Category: General news

  • BIEN Annual General Meeting 2017

    Mark the date: Saturday October 14th, 3pm at the Adventure Bay Hall As usual, we will be seeking nomination for the office bearers.  This year, our inaugural Convenor, the redoubtable Bob Graham will be stepping down, so nominations for Convenor are warmly invited (respond to bien.treasurer@gmail.com), as are those for the other positions (Secretary, Treasurer, […]

  • Cat control Annual Report

    Bruny Island was selected under the Australian Government Threatened Species Strategy – 2015/2016 as one of five Australian islands to progress feral cat eradication, in recognition of the potential threat that feral cats pose to the significant biodiversity values on Bruny Island. A huge thank you to all those partner organisations and individuals that are […]

  • Musings on the power of the natural world

    Greetings folks, I am putting down some thoughts on environmental matters from the perspective of being here in Reddish Vale in Greater Manchester half the year and Bruny for the other half. One of the things that’s exercising my mind is the relationship between environmental conservation and community well-being in the management of local natural […]

  • Media Release – 25 June 2017

    BRUNY ISLAND COMMUNITY GROUPS TO PULL OUT OF GOVERNMENT’S TOURISM PLANNING PROCESS Community groups on Bruny Island have voted to withdraw from the Government’s tourism planning process. The Bruny Island Community Association (BICA) and the Bruny Island Environment Network (BIEN) have taken this stand because they say that the current tourism destination planning process does […]

  • Bruny Island trials world-leading battery storage system to secure energy future

    Tasmania’s Bruny Island community is forging ahead with a world-leading trial of battery storage this weekend.The new system will allow thirty-five residential customers to create a “virtual power plant”, that both supports their own energy needs and feeds back into the grid. Andrew Fraser, Network Innovation Team Leader at TasNetworks, joined Leon Compton on ABC […]

  • Survey of the State of the World’s Wetlands: tell us about a wetland you know

    Why undertake this survey? Knowledge about the status and trends of the world’s remaining wetlands is very patchy and limited. To improve this knowledge, and so as to better inform wetland policy and decision-making, we are conducting a simple worldwide questionnaire survey to gather better knowledge on the state of wetlands. Who is organising the […]

  • Latest on the Battery Trial

    CONSORT are pleased to report that batteries installed under the Bruny Island Battery Trial were used for support for the first time over the Easter and Anzac day period. As only three batteries had been installed and commissioned prior at that stage, they were unable to draw enough energy from the batteries to provide significant support to […]

  • Pressures of increased visitation

    BIEN has participated both in the community consultation involved in the development of the State Government sponsored Bruny Island Destination Action Plan and in the Implementation Group meetings to effect measures in the plan.  We have concerns that this process cannot address the real issues identified by the community consultations, that being to match demands of […]

  • Wildlife Monitoring Field Day and BBQ

    Neck Campground, Bruny Island, 6th May 2017, 11am-2pm Over the past 6 months Bruny Island landholders have been collecting valuable scientific data about native and feral species from all parts of Bruny Island. This is an opportunity to come along and hear about what this exciting citizen science project has discovered! The field day will involve: […]

  • Storm Bay fish farm expansion

    Huon Aquaculture announced an intended extension of their salmon farming lease off Trumpeter Bay. This is in addition to both of the other large aquaculture players – Tassal and Petuna, seeking similar leases. A recent meeting between Yachting Australia and Tasmanian Salmonoid Growers Association noted: “The salmonoid industry wishes to expand and the Huon/Channel area […]