Over the last few weeks, Board staff have been monitoring areas that were treated between October 2012 and May 2013. Results are showing success throughout most of the treated areas, allowing native ant species and other invertebrates to bounce back.
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Up to 362 hectares have been searched and controlled of target weeds. This is a great result as we are on line to hit our goal of 440 hectares by June 30 this year.
"Regional air routes provide a crucial link for communities to access vital services and amenities in Sydney, as well as connecting families that live far distances from each other," the spokesperson said.
The projected total revenue of $7,902,000 and total expenditure of $7,862,000 for the 2012/13 financial year. The budget includes capital expenditure of $669,100 for the year. Depreciation expense in financial year 2012/13 is expected to be approximately $1.4 million.
The Minister for the Environment, Robyn Parker, has awarded $1.5m million to the Board for continuation of the island's weed eradication program. The three year funding agreement through the NSW Environmental Trust will give the eradication program a huge boost and create major employment opportunities on the island.
Regulated routes are generally those routes linked to Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport which have fewer than 50,000 passengers annually. Currently there are 14 regulated routes and the licence period for these services expires in March 2013. The new licences will start in March 2013.
Toys are currently being collected by the Lord Howe Island Playgroup Association to be stored at the Anglican Church Hall for community use. A simple loan system is being coordinated and parents, grandparents, visitors and of course the kids are encouraged to take full advantage of the service.
The program, being run by Sharon Chapman with the support of the NSW TAFE Outreach program provides participants with new computing skills such as emailing and web browsing.
The community conversations conducted in 2010 identified aged care as the second most important issue for island residents with residents identifying the need to "Develop strategies for improving the capacity of the community to care for its ageing population." (Refer Community Strategy pg 75)
Lord Howe Island sits amongst eight reserves in the "Temperate East Marine Region". The proposed Lord Howe Commonwealth Marine Reserve will cover 110,139 km2 of ocean and will further enhance protection of sur-rounding waters from longline and trawl fishing boats.