Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Whats On

  • Sunday 11th –Landcare field trip around Carey Bay Wetlands, Burnage andGurranba Reserves, Morning Tea and Lunch provided
  • Monthly meeting of CPPA Monday 12th October
    Agenda items:Community Action Grant- $5,000-20,000 environmental project,Archiving project for CPPA records,Relocation of leash-free dog area from Birraban to Gurranba reserve
  • Lakelands Carp Catch Wednesday 14th 8.30am-11.30am
  • Climate Code Red Emergency Workshop Wed. 14th 4pm-7pm Newcastle Panthers
  • Transition Town Steering Group Monday Oct 19th  4-6pm at 23 Whitelock St.
  • Artists creative and social gathering every Thursday at Progress Hall, 1pm.
  • Toronto & District Garden Club meets at Toronto 1st Scout Hall, 15th  Oct (3rd Thurs) 930-12.30
  • Wangi Men’s Shed Open Day 23rd October 1pm BBQ, French Rd, Wangi
  • Landcare days-Every Thursday somewhere around Coal Point
    *Once a month additional help from the LRO is provided
    • Focus reserves for the month
      • October- Carey Bay Wetlands
      • November Gurranba (foreshore) *5th
      • December Stansfield Reserves –*3rd a the end of Stansfield Close
  • Monday 2nd Monthly Meeting of CPPA
  • Monday 16th Transition Steering Group
  • Coal Point School Fete- Saturday 7th  
  • Historical Film night at Progress Hall Saturday 7th 7pm-9.30pm

Old time cinema coming to Coal Point

The Newcastle and Hunter CineSound Society in conjunction with the Lake
Macquarie Historical Society will be holding a film night at Progress Hall on
Saturday November 7th at 7-9.30pm .
The films will include three historical films about Newcastle from the 1940-50s, a
comedy and Newsreels of Lake Macquarie from 1948.
There’ll be historical displays from the Historical Society and an old fashioned
supper all for $5. There’ll be plenty of seats available at the door.

Our local history trapped in the pages of time

The Coal Point Progress Association has a significant collection of local
documents that tell a tale. The Association recently received a document from
the Federal Member Greg Combet, Preserving Australia’s Documentary Heritage,
A Starter Kit for community groups. The introduction states “Community
organisations play a major role in making Australia such a vibrant and diverse
place to live. There are over 700,000 community organisations in Australia and
over 65% of Australians belong to one or more of them. For that reason archival
records of community groups represent a very significant part of Australia’s
documentary heritage.
Part of this heritage is comprised of records your organisation creates in the daily
course of its business…Such records document the activities and decisions of
your organisation, tell the stories of your community and are usually
unpublished. This means you are likely to hold the only copies of those
documents, and if they are lost or damaged over time, the history of your
community and its contribution to Australian society may also be lost.”
Are you interested in archiving the Progress Association’s records? You can look
over The Starter Kit on the National Library’s website at or contact Suzanne through the
CPPA, come along to Monday’s meeting, 12th October at Progress Hall, 197 Skye Point Rd,  or catch up at the film night and we’ll see how it goes from there.

Transition Steering Group Update

The Transition Steering group has been meeting regularly and discussing the
process and making plans for the next few months. The group has met with
LMCC’s Sustainable Neighbourhoods Program and deliberated upon their
program and possibilities.
A movie ‘In Transition’ was purchased and reviewed and the logistics of having a
community viewing are being worked upon.
The group went to the Sensible Transport Forum held in Newcastle recently and
learnt that CSIRO projects petrol to be $8/L within the decade, Australia’s oil
production peaked in 2000-01 and since then it has been getting more expensive
to extract the oil, with only 40% of our oil currently supplied domestically.
Some other interesting bits of information were the uncertainty of the OPEC Oil
reserves as they have been overinflated to allow for increased production, OPEC
providing 40% of the world’s oil supply, and 60 of the 90 oil producing countries
already having peaked in their oil production.
The forum highlighted the impact increased oil costs will have on out-lying
suburbs that don’t have adequate public transport infrastructure or pedestrian
options, with the proposition that car travel will become the realm of the
exclusive and air travel very expensive once again.
One of the exciting options for the future was to revise the way we view roads,
not just as car places but also people spaces, where all modes of mobility are
accepted and accommodated, making it safer to ride bikes.
Another speaker provided a perspective on Council operations and how some
Councils have already started planning for oil depletion as an imminent threat, as
‘leaving oil before it leaves us will maximize resilience and liveability’. The
cost of service provision will affect the whole community, especially waste
services. Garbage trucks are big, heavy and do a lot of start and stopping which
uses a lot of fuel.
An option that could be easily adopted even here at Coal Point is to put your bin
out next to your neighbours. If your bins are next to each other the truck doesn’t
have to stop/start so much. It might seem like a small thing but it all adds up.
If your interested in thinking about how a community adapts to a changing world
and what it would have to do the Transition Steering Group meets monthly, 3rd 
Monday of the month. We are meeting in group member’s homes, the next
meeting is at 23 Whitelock St, 19th October 4pm-6pm. All are welcome. If you
can’t make a meeting but would like to follow the discussion there is an online
discussion group. Send an email to and the details
can be forwarded.

Living Greener

Are you looking for ways to reduce your planetary impact, cut your energy costs
or retrofit your house for eco-efficiency but don’t know where to start and how
you’ll finance it?
There is an Australian Government program about at the moment called Green
Loans that can help you to assess your options and fund their implementation.
The three easy steps are 1.apply for a sustainability assessment, 2.get your
report, 3.apply for a Green Loan to fund the action that suit your needs and
budget. The Green loans can be upto $10,000 over four years.
The local Green Loans Sustainability Assessor is Russell Wilcox mob 0488 690
777. Ring for an appointment to start the process.

Feeling inspired to be more sustainable, but not sure where to start looking for
useful tips? The LivingGreener portal ( was
developed to provide a single starting point for Australians to find information
and inspiration on how to live greener. This government site is the perfect
stepping stone to sites detailing energy-saving programs, water and waste
reduction plans and hints on how to choose low-emission transport.
LivingGreener also includes information on the range of assistance and rebate
programs provided by the Government for things like insulation, solar hot water,
and rainwater and greywater tanks.
There are plans to progressively expand the scope of LivingGreener to include
state and territory government rebate information, local government initiatives
and information for schools and businesses.

Climate Code Red Emergency Planning

The Society for Sustainability & Environmental Engineering,
Lake Macquarie City Council and Newcastle City Council
invite you to a workshop on Climate Code Red Emergency Planning
If Australia declared ‘Code Red’ status on climate change and had to reduce
carbon emissions by 50% immediately and at all costs, what would we do? Come
and contribute your ideas in a national series of workshops, taking a fresh look
at options to combat climate change using a light-hearted approach to explore a
serious situation.
Keynote Address by Professor Ian Lowe
Professor Lowe will present a clear and balanced explanation of the current
scientific understanding of global warming, and its effects on Australia’s climate,
land use, energy and water consumption, and on our economy, industry,
agriculture and daily life.
Professor Lowe will also challenge us to address the changes brought by global
warming, and to accept responsibility for planning and creating a sustainable
When: Wednesday, 14 October 2009
4.00pm – 7.00pm
Where: Newcastle Panthers
King Street, Newcastle West
RSVP: Essential by 10 October 2009
Katrina Baker Ph: 02 4926 4440
There is no charge to attend this workshop

Coal Point Public School Fete – Sat 7th November 2009

Coal Point Public School will be holding it’s biannual fete in November. Anyone
wishing to prepare plants for the plant stall, or crafts, including Christmas
themed crafts, may wish to start preparations now. Anyone who may wish to
donate a prize for the raffle, or prizes for the chocolate wheel should contact
P&C representative Kylie-Ann on 0438662484 or phone the principal Ms Kim
Creswell at the school on 49591374

Men’s Shed in the making at Wangi

A get up and go group of men have got together to form the Wangi Men’s Shed
They are having an Open Day to showcase their tools and talent and field any
questions from potential participants on the grounds of the Uniting Church,
French Rd Wangi on  Friday  23/10/09  at 1pm with a BBQ.

Around the reserves

It’s a sign!
It has finally happened…the signs for Threlkeld, Gurranba and Burnage Reserves
are up and awesome. The signs tell a tale of the Landcaring that has been
happening for over a decade on these reserves. The Landcaring journey has also
been about learning about these special places and now that knowledge can be
shared. Many thanks to all the contributors who provided photos, information,
proofing and putting up with a big thank you to Lake Mac Print for making them
look so lovely.

Lake Macquarie Landcare is organising a Field Day around Coal Point Landcare sites on  Sun 11th October 9.30am - 12.30pm
Join us for this exciting field day visiting several of the Coal Point Landcare Groups wonderful sites and learn about weed treatment and creek stabilisation in an urban
environment. Meet at the Carey Bay Wetlands at 9.30am, then to Burnage
Reserve at 10.15am (morning tea) and to Gurranba Reserve at 11pm (lunch at
12pm). Contact the Landcare Resource Office on 4921 0392 or for more
details or to register for catering purposes. See you there!

New additions at Birraban
If you don’t get out to Birriban reserve much you’ve missed the installation of the
fabulous Fish Cleaning table. It shimmers and shines and is big enough to share
a dugong on. Installed along with the pristine piscine piece was a bubbler to
satiate the thirst of the park users. The fish cleaning table was funded from a
Recreational Fishing Community Grants Programme which LMCC applied for on
behalf of the Progress Association. Sincerest thanks to LMCC and the locals who
kept an eye on the progress.

What’s Going on at Gurranba
Apart from the new sign there is lots of activity in the ‘lower 40’ redressing the
insufficient capacity of the stormwater water pipes that became obvious in the
storm of 2007. LMCC are relocating the detention pits, installing larger pipes and
relocating the outflow of the stormwater to prevent flooding of the adjacent
properties. Some of the Casuarinas on the waterfront will be removed to
accommodate the changes and LMCC will replant the site when they’ve finished.

Wild-thing you make my heart sing

The change of season is a reminder to take care when in the bushland. We have a lot of high quality bush about and with it comes a range of native animals.
Living in a bushland suburb has lots of advantages if you're a nature lover and enjoy the birds a-chirping, the bees a buzzing and the possums a-pounding on the rooftops. Whilst the friendly faces of the mild marsupials are cute and adorable, spying a reptilian lovely sunning and slithering can promote a range of feelings from awe to fear.
All wildlife deserve respect and our bushland suburb is also their home. Recently there have been sightings of a Red-belly Black Snake around Threlkeld reserve. “This snake is dangerously venomous but bites are rare because it is usually a placid and fairly docile snake, preferring to enact a lengthy bluff display with flattened neck and deep hisses rather than bite. It is a very distinctive snake because of its simple and unvarying coloration. The upper surface of this snake is glossy black while the belly is light pink to brilliant red.” (
If you know of young people who like to play in the bush some timely advice may be to wear sturdy shoes and long pants, do not reach under logs or stones ‘cause they’re animal homes and do not provoke or threaten wildlife. It may even be worthwhile to go over an emergency response to a snake bite…not to panic, keep as still as possible, get help ASAP.

The Native Animal Trust Fund are the local wildlife carers if you come across an injured animal or need some advice- 0418628483 (0418NATIVE).

Bush dance Bites

The Bushdance was lots of fun and a resounding success with lots of dancing and a swag of supper delights. Many thanks to Bakers Delight for providing a fine selection and also to the local Ladies who cooked up a storm. One of the favourites on the night was the Muesli biscuits.
Mmmm Muesli Biscuits- from Barbara
1 cup muesli
1 tablespoon golden syrup
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons boiling water
1 cup plain flour
1 ½ teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
125g butter
Set oven temperature at slow (300degF -150degC). Combine muesli, sugar and sifted flour in a bowl. Melt butter with golden syrup over a very low heat. Mix boiling water and bicarbonate of soda and combine with butter mixture. Stir into the dry ingredients in bowl.
Place teaspoons of mixture on to greased baking trays and bake in a slow oven for about 20 minutes until golden brown.
Leave on baking trays for a couple of minutes before removing to a cake rack to cool. Makes 4 dozen.