Dr Helen Caldicott: “Education is key” to curtailing the nuclear industry
Dr Helen Caldicott, anti-nuclear activist, humanist, physician, returned to Bermagui on 10 February during a week when South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill’s Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission was preparing to deliver its “Tentative Findings”. Dr Caldicott was speaking at the Bermagui Institute dinner; her topic was “Nuclear South Australia”.
The speaker shared anecdotes from her forty years of campaigning, detailed the hazards to human health and the environment presented by the nuclear industry, and advanced three main points: one, that the recent search for a site to store radioactive waste from Australia’s only nuclear reactor is premised on a lie; two, that Premier Jay Weatherill’s pursuit of a nuclear industry for SA is unnecessary and dangerous; and three, that public education and the democratic process are the only means by which nuclear expansion can be curtailed.
Written by Margaret Nance Favelle (nee Hyland)
Submitted to The Triangle by John Favelle, January 2016.
On November 10th, 2012, I was browsing through the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper which my daughter had left with us after a weekend visit.
In the paper was a story about a Conservation Plan for a rediscovered cemetery near the Garrawarra Hospital at Waterfall, near Wollongong.
I have always known that my mother, Margaret “Josephine” Hyland nee Stewart was admitted to Waterfall, a tuberculosis (TB) sanatorium, and had died there. Throughout my life, no one has ever mentioned where she had been laid to rest.
Come and join us on November 7and 8th to explore and record the wildlife in one of our loveliest National Parks. Walk with experts and help us in this challenge to find and record as many species as possible in two days. Mimosa Rocks National Park is a jewel of a location for our third Atlas of Life Bioblitz. The Park stretches along 30km of diverse coastline with rocky coves and headlands, sandy beaches and lagoons all backed by wild bush and forested hills.
These great range of habitats, and diverse and fascinating coastline give an immense variety of species, both botanic and zoological. Add to this all our expert naturalists and scientists and this Bioblitz will be a festival of nature that all the family will enjoy. Our Key ecologist is Steve Sass who is an expert on reptiles and amphibians and a great ornithologist too, so there are lots of opportunities for you to learn about reptiles, amphibians and some of the rarer birds of Mimosa Rocks National Park.
There are flora surveys of the northern habitats and shell surveys along each of the 14 beaches in the Park. Amy Harris a Parks Ranger is leading a great Shorebird survey, hoping to cover all the beaches and estuary nesting sites of our endangered shorebirds. There will be canoe surveys of the lagoons and dusk and night time surveys for possums, frogs and moths. If you would like to expore with experts and learn more about this wonderful Park, join us to look, learn and record as many species as we can for our Atlas of Life. Look on our website for all the details of 40 surveys which you can join from dawn to dusk and into the night www.alcw.org.au
This Bioblitz is a part of the National Parks celebration of the visits of international delegates for the World Parks Congress, this year being held in Sydney. We will be pleased to welcome delegates from Harvard, Senegal and the Netherlands to our corner of paradise. The Atlas of Life was invited by CSIRO to partner with them to run a Bioblitz and we chose Mimosa Rocks. All our record help to build the national biodiversity database – the Atlas of Living Australia and this year we are working with a new data capture tool www.inaturalist.org . Download this app to add your photos and sightings directly from a smartphone or iPad. to the database. Experts will help identify your records. Look for Mimosa Rocks Bioblitz under “Projects” so that during the Bioblitz you can add your sightings direct and get help to ID what you have found. All these records will help build our Atlas of Life.
Put the dates in your diary and keep an eye on our website for details. If you are interested in assisting Survey Leaders or volunteering to help organise, host Basecamp, data input, or take photos, please get in touch with Libby at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: 02 6495