Hi everybody -
For your information, the message below from Shirley Cook of Birds
Australia's Northern NSW Group. For further information please get in
touch with Shirley directly (contact details in message).
Most of you will already be aware that firewood collection is a major bird
conservation issue in Australia. It is great to see that so many people
are trying to come up with practical solutions to the problems caused by
removing what is often very valuable nesting habitat and shelter from the
environment to burn in domestic fireplaces.
A Burning Issue for the 21st Century
A Conference to raise awareness and explore solutions for firewood use that
reduces the impact on the environment
Friday 25 - Saturday 26 May 2001
Six million tonnes of firewood
are consumed every year with serious impacts on the Australian environment.
The Commonwealth Government has released the discussion paper, A National
Approach to Firewood Collection and Use in Australia that proposes
strategies to address this issue.
As a result, National Parks Association of NSW is organising one of three
conferences in 2001 in conjunction with other environment groups. The other
conferences are taking place in Tasmania and South Australia.
NPA is a community group seeking protection for national parks and natural
environments in New South Wales
Themes of the Conference are:
· Firewood cutting and collecting - the overall impact
· Woodsmoke and your health
· What are the alternatives to burning wood?
· SOLUTIONS - Towards a sustainable firewood industry
Address enquiries and expressions of interest in attending to:
Shirley M Cook
4 Virginia Close
Armidale NSW 2350
Phone: 02 6772 7262
COST: $50.00 per day ($25.00 Concession) plus $20.00 for Conference Dinner
SPONSORS include, so far, Natural Heritage Trust, Bushcare, National Parks
and Wildlife Service, University of New England Students Association, Birds
Australia-Nthn NSW Group.
415 Riversdale Road
HAWTHORN EAST 3123, Australia
Tel: (03) 9882 2622, fax: (03) 9882 2677
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