Wednesday, 26 April 2017


John Edwards who wrote the April 17 post Fungi in the Clarence Valley   has provided additional photos of local fungi.  Some of these appear  below. 

Photo:  John Edwards

Photo:  John Edwards

Photo: John Edwards

Photo: John Edwards

Photo: John Edwards

Photo: John Edwards

Saturday, 22 April 2017


                                          MEDIA  RELEASE FROM CLARENCE VALLEY COUNCIL
                                                                       17th April 2017
                                 LIVING  SUSTAINABLY AWARDS NOW OPEN
Are you a resident or belong to an organisation that is contributing to a more sustainable Clarence Valley?

Through the Living Sustainably Awards, the Clarence Valley Council is keen to recognise the achievements of individuals, businesses and schools that have made significant contributions to living sustainably and provided an inspiration to others.

Nominations are now open, with four award categories for individuals, businesses, education and community groups who enhance environmental, economic and social sustainability.

Mayor Jim Simmons said council was looking for nominees who excelled in any aspect of sustainability such as those who reduced energy and water consumption, acknowledged the significance of local culture, provided sustainable recreation, environmental conservation, sustainable economic development, showed leadership within the community and developed innovative ideas.

Nominations are due by 4pm Monday, June 5, 2017, and will be judged by council’s climate change advisory committee. The winners will be presented with their awards at a ceremony during Local Government Week, July 30-August 6, 2017.

Nomination forms are available at, or can be collected from council offices at 2 Prince Street, Grafton, and 50 River Street, Maclean.

For further information about the awards, contact Suzanne Lynch, on 6643 0200 or email

Monday, 17 April 2017


For nature lovers, this past summer has been one of disappointment. Prolonged drought and heatwave conditions had resulted in stressed forests, dried up wetlands, and minimal growth of annual flowering plants.

However, with heavy rain followed by high humidity and warm temperatures, nature instantly bounces back through a proliferation of growth, not just the annuals and new leaves on shrubs and trees, but with a sparkling array of fungi.

They come in every form, size, colour and shape imaginable. They grow on trees, rocks, on the forest floor and on rotting logs, even on grasses.

Photo: J Edwards

The more common groups include mushrooms, those with simple gills on the under surface that distribute their spores, while others have pores. There are coral fungi, puffballs, earth stars, underground truffle-like fungi, slime moulds, shelf, jelly and birds nest fungi, and stinkhorns.

These latter, while beautifully intricate of form, live up to their names giving off an unpleasant odour to attract flies to help spread their spores.

Some fungi are barely visible, with heads only 2 – 3 mm across supported on long stalks no thicker than a thread of cotton, while others are immensely powerful, able to force their way through the rock hard surface of termite nests that even a wielded mattock would have difficulty breaking. The variety is endless.

So get out into our magnificent national parks right now and experience the finest of nature.

- John Edwards

This article was originally published in the VOICES FOR THE EARTH column in The Daily Examiner on April 3, 2017.      

Photo: J Edwards