With roots in 2016, a small band of interested people are developing an approach to accounting across environmental, social and economic indicators for Bruny Island.
Bruny Life , a survey funded through Kingborough Council to assess peoples’ attitudes and desires for the future of Bruny Island, recommended that such an approach be developed, and the Bruny Island Environmental Accounting proposal has been given the thumbs up from both the Bruny Island Advisory Committee and BIEN to date.
As it is critical that the island community feel ownership of the process, this will be developed over the coming months.
The proposal has also attracted interested from the University of Tasmania, where workshops have been held to assess how researchers there can best contribute to the ideas.
For the latest information about the various activities happening on Bruny Island in relation to feral and domestic cat management see the document here by Kaylene Allan, Cat Management Officer at Kingborough Council.
Topics covered in this update are:
Control of stray and feral cats
Management of domestic cats
– Bruny Island Cat By-law to be introduced June 2019.
– Bruny Island Aboriginal Community Ranger program
Monitoring and research
– Surveys of Short-tailed Shearwaters, Little Penguins and Hooded Plovers
– Investigating feral cats and other predators at the Neck
– Tracking feral cats at the Neck Game Reserve and feral cat density and distribution on North Bruny
– Investigating the diet of feral cats at the Neck
– Cat management feasibility study
– Future research.
The Bruny Island Cat Management Project is
generously supported by many partners
As part of the Bruny Island Livability Study being conducted at the moment you are invited to attend a special workshop for BIEN members to discuss and raise observations in relation to the environment and possible actions and solutions.
A great opportunity to have a collective input into this important issue.
There will also be Community Survey forms available to complete if desired, for those who have not yet completed their personal survey.
To RSVP or more information please contact E:firstname.lastname@example.org or
Bruny Island Liveability Study 2017-18
P: 0427 400106
As part of the Department of State Growth’s Bruny Main Road upgrade project, seven under-road culverts and associated penguin fences were installed before the 2017/18 Little Penguin Eudyptula minor breeding
season at the Neck colony. As the numbers of returning penguins increased as the breeding season progressed, so did their adoption and use of the culverts, so that by the end of the season in January 2018, very few birds were recorded with cameras along the fence line on the roadside.
Inside with Cats is a partnership between Kingborough Council, Ten Lives Cat Centre, Tasmanian Conservation Trust and the Bruny Island Environment Network.
This series of 5 videos introduces six Kingborough cats (along with their humans), who are embracing life on the inside. Inside with Cats is not just about containing cats inside a house, it also explores the various options these owners have used for outdoor enclosures or walking harnesses, and how they keep their cats safe, happy and healthy.
Three community groups on Bruny Island joined to call for a moratorium on proposed expansion of finfish farming in Storm Bay.
Friends of North Bruny Inc. (FONB), Bruny Island Comm-
unity Association (BICA) and the Bruny Island Environment Network (BIEN) today announced they are joining forces to demand a moratorium on expansion of finfish farming in the waters surrounding
Bruny Island including Storm Bay. The moratorium objectives are included in their joint submission regarding Huon Aquaculture, Tassal and Petuna’s expansion plans in Storm Bay lodged on Wednesday 17th .
Spokesperson for the groups Mr. Gerard Castles Vice President of FONB said,“We are NOT trying to stop fish farms, but we want a truly sustainable approach to finfish farming in the Bruny bioregion.” What we are calling for is a moratorium until such time as finfish farming is considered in relation to all other uses and users of resources in the waters surrounding Bruny Island and across Storm Bay.
“Our own research has shown that what is planned around Bruny is a massive expansion and we are calling on Minister, Jeremy Rockliff, to put a moratorium on finfish farming expansion until community concerns are addressed” The argument is not about marine farming per se. It is about the use, development and management of all resources in the Bioregion.
The article here highlights the many benefits of keeping your pet cat confined. As the author states
“Cats have contributed to the extinction of dozens of Australia’s native mammals and birds, and are listed as a key threat to many currently endangered animals. Due to these devastating effects, there have been calls for pet cats to be permanently confined to their owner’s property. Cat owners might be surprised to find that their smooch puss is a highly effective killer: according to research in Canberra that followed cats for 12 months, 70 per cent of cats were bringing home prey monthly, and 6 per cent of cats were bringing home prey weekly. And that’s only the prey they decided to share!”
So if you have a pet cat have a look at these great suggestions.
It was with great pleasure that I presented the Shaun Bromfield Environmental Champion Award to Felix O’Meara at the Bruny Island District School Final Assembly on Dec 18th. This is an annual award donated by BIEN in memory of founding member, Shaun Bromfield.
Felix is a fine young champion who at a very young age has displayed a passion and regard for the environment. He is a keen participant in school environmental activities and has assisted in wider community events such as the annual gull count.
The awards states that the recipient has
Outstandingly displayed the value of caring
Excellence in the skills of awareness and observation.
Has researched around an environmental issue.
Has used these skills in a practical way to inspire others, or to achieve a better outcome for the environment.
Felix not only received a cash prize for himself but also two books donated for the school library in honour of his great work. Well done Felix!