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Guling Orchid Season [Aug]

Cold weather is coming to an end. Guling (orchids) are flowering.

Ae-noke (caterpillars) of Common Brown butterfly feed on grasses at night.

Muyan (Silver Wattles) are flowering.

Bulen-bulen (Superb Lyrebird) males perform the last of their courtship displays.

The star Arcturus is seen on the northwestern horizon soon after sunset.

Gurrborra (Koalas) begin mating. Males bellow at night.

Seven Seasons of the Kulin People

Artist - Karina H McInnes
Source - Museum Victoria

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North Cape Proposed Development - Community Consultation

processA second community consultation was held regarding the proposed development to the north of Seaward Drive was hels on 21-Feb-2012.  The stated purpose of the meeting, which was attended by about 25 Cape residents, was to "to give the residents of Cape Paterson a final opportunity to discuss their concerns regarding the Wallis Watson development to the north.”

 

 

process300Planning Scheme Amendment Process

However, at the meeting Council Planning officers (Jeff Nottle and Martin Gill) presented the new Council process which they are continuing to pilot - see image right (click on it to see an enlarged version).

 

This process was originally trialled on a Newhaven West development and yielded very good results.

 

They further explained :

  • what the current situation with respect to the proposed developments of North of Cape and

  • what the current Council process is and where this Community input fits in.

 

process2-300Working toward a Council decision to prepare the amendmentThey also noted that, in the process of "working towards a Council decision to approve an amendment", we were at the first step - the middle orange ellipse in the diagram right (click on it to see an enlaarged version).

 

Therefore, the Planning Officers needed the Community to assist Council to clearly set out to the developer:

  • What the community expects any new development to achieve

  • How the expectations  of the community will support, oppose or reinforce the current Council guidelines/regulations/policy

To see the slides used at the community consiltation meeting, click here.

To see the input provided by the CPRRA to Council on this development, click here

 

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Whale Watch

There are many whales seen in our area but few sightings are formally recorded - so there is no evidence of these. So, if you see a whale, please:

- Take a photo and/or note the fin and tail shape, plus any markings

- Note the time/day/location

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    Our Hoodies

    Hooded PloversWe have two valuable Hooded Plover breeding sites at Undertow Bay and 2nd Surf Beach.  Hoodies are endangered species with breeding success currently very low.  To protect them you must:

      - Read and follow signage

      - Only observe them from a distance of 80-100m

      - Keep your dog on a lead and well away from the birds.

          To find out more about our Hoodies, click here