In 1978, an area of bushland in South Turramurra was threatened with destruction by plans to build a netball complex. Residents were galvanised into action to try to save this natural area and so STEP was formed. That particular fight was lost, but from this small beginning STEP has grown to become a vital force in conservation in northern Sydney. Click here for more information on our history, aims and achievements.
STEP questions the conventional wisdom. Urban environmentalism is much more than fighting against loss of natural areas. It is essential to look many decades ahead and to educate and inspire the community to appreciate what we have if the battle against the unthinking and destroyers is to be won. Natural areas may be maintained by regeneration and maintenance but they can only be saved if they are not lost, piece by piece, to our ever increasing need for housing, schools, roads, playing fields, hospitals and all the other developments our governments are imposing upon us.
By joining STEP you will demonstrate that you are concerned about retaining the local environment for the future. We draw our members from far and wide but we are primarily concerned with Ku-ring-gai, Hornsby and surrounding suburbs. Each year we organise walks and talks, produce newsletters, make submissions and support environmental education. We've published position papers, books and maps of walking tracks.
Issue 173 (November 2013)
The Science of Climate Change
Click here to see Dr Andy Pitman's PowerPoint presentation (STEP's Third Annual Lecture, 22 October 2013, St Andrews, Turramurra)
Lane Cove Bicycle Plan (November 2013)
Proposed amendments to:
- Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Plan of Management (July 2013)
- Marramarra National Park Plan of Management (July 2013)
- Garigal National Park Plan of Management (July 2013)
Biobanking Agreement at Sheldon Forest, Rofe Park and Comenarra Creek Reserve, Turramurra (November 2013)
Review of Environmental Factors for the Construction of a Mountain Bike Track at Bantry Bay, Garigal National Park (July 2013)
Draft Sydney Metropolitan Strategy (June 2013)
White Paper – New Planning System (June 2013)
Draft Ku-ring-gai Local Environment Plan 2013
Understanding the Weather: A Guide for Outdoor Enthusiasts in South-eastern Australia by Dr John Martyn
This book will help you understand and identify the weather phenomena that may have the power to enhance, undermine or totally derail your planned walking, camping trip or short outing. It is chock-a-block full of photos of spectacular, beautiful and portentous skyscapes. CLICK HERE OR ON THE COVER TO VIEW SOME PAGES.
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Ian Lowe at the National Press Club
After a summer of record temperatures, bushfires and floods, on 29 May 2013 ACF President Ian Lowe addressed the National Press Club and asks what it will take for Australia’s leaders to see through the myth of endless economic growth and start to tackle the ecological credit crisis.
Read a transcript of his speech at www.acfonline.org.au/news-media/news-features/ecological-credit-crisis
A video may be viewed at www.abc.net.au/news/programs