Great Barrier Reef: Scientists “exaggerated” coral bleaching

    There is growing scientific conflict over bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef. Picture: Tourism Queensland

There is growing scientific conflict over bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef. Picture: Tourism Queensland

Activist scientists and lobby groups have distorted surveys, maps and data to misrepresent the extent and impact of coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef, ­according to the chairman of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Russell Reichelt.

A full survey of the reef ­released yesterday by the author­ity and the Australian Institute of Marine ­Science said 75 per cent of the reef would escape unscathed.

Dr Reichelt said the vast bulk of bleaching damage was confined to the far northern section off Cape York, which had the best prospect of recovery due to the lack of ­onshore development and high water quality.

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Earthbag Homes: The Ultimate Bullet-Proof Retreat… Cheap and Easy to Build

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Environmentalist’s best kept secret and the concrete industry’s worst nightmare…

… the earthbag method means that you can build a small retreat to withstand bullets, floods, hurricanes, storms and fires much better than a conventional house.

And all at a fraction of the cost!

Earthbag construction is a hot topic in underground circles but has yet to hit the mainstream.

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How to Run and Hide if a Tsunami Hits the Bay Area

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Today the NSW SES has launched new Tsunami Evacuation Maps. These cover the whole NSW coast and show those areas that lie under 10m above sea level, are 1km or less inland and are 10km up an estuary.

IMPORTANT: this message is not a tsunami warning.

In the very unlikely event of a land threat tsunami, the NSW SES will be asking people in the red zone to seek shelter at least 10m up in a sturdy concrete building or to move outside the red zone area to an area of lower risk.

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Most Effective Solutions to Bay Erosion Ignored

Proposed NSW Government changes in coastal management signalled its intention to allow individual landowners the right to apply to protect their properties from erosion. But these proposed changes fail to address the medium-term (~40 years) problem, whilst promoting ad hoc coastal protection measures.

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News Ltd image

Medium-term engineering solutions, including beach nourishment to defend some residential areas, should not be ruled out. Parts of the present coastline may well need to be abandoned as they become impractical and too expensive to protect, but this time has not yet arrived.

Rising sea levels and increased coastal populations will place continuing pressure on beaches, and an integrated approach to managing the coastal zone is called for. Byron Bay was classified as a beach ‘erosion hotspot’ by the Australian Government in 2009.

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Council to Invest $60,000 in Bay Residents’ Ideas

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Placemaking Seed Fund: Council’s Investment in Byron Ideas

Byron Shire Council has embarked on a significant and groundbreaking project over the past 12 months in the development of the Byron Bay Town Centre Masterplan (BBTCM).  The BBTCM celebrates Byron Bay’s unique vibe, eclectic culture and natural character through a bold vision and layering of strategies that frame the centre’s future over the coming 20 years.

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MAYOR SEEKS IDEAS FOR NEW BYRON SHIRE APP

Byron Shire Mayor Simon Richardson has used Facebook to seek input for a new Byron Shire smartphone app.

He invites Shire residents to suggest what they’d like to see in the proposed app.

Possible options might include the ability to pay rates, GPS location of taxis and buses and practical services like pothole identification and notification to Council.

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