- Minister Pavey’s new regulations on floodplain harvesting were disallowed. The NSW Upper House voted to reject new regulations that would see irrigators divert billions of litres of floodwater away from natural waterways and into private dams. If they had remained in place, these regulations would have also let irrigators take up to 500% of their annual allocation in a single year! The changes would have been disastrous for river ecosystems and downstream communities.
- Yes. The bright pink to dark red fruit of the Lilli Pilli tree (Syzgium species) are very tasty though quite tart. They can be eaten fresh from the tree, or used to make jams, cordials, pie filling, sauces, ice cream and sorbet and flavour gin and vodka. The limit is your inventive cooking skill.
- The equinox is when the length of daylight equals the length of darkness. There are two each year. One in the middle of winter and one in the middle of summer.
- The Opal.
- The USA received three times the number of convicts compared to Australia, though different data bases differ in numbers. Before 1776, all convicts sentenced to transportation were sent to North America and the West Indies. Few records of these individuals survive. It is estimated at 50,000. After 1776, all criminal transportation was to modern-day Australia, specifically New South Wales and Van Diemen’s Land (modern-day Tasmania).