NSW GOVERNMENT HISTORY/CHRONOLOGY OF ABDICATED RESPONSIBILITY AND FAILURE TO RESEARCH ACCRUING LONG-TERM ECOLOGICAL IMPACTS DUE TO INVASIVE TOXIC WOODY WEEDS IN NORTH-EAST NSW (1901 • 1001) scientific chronology OF inaction AND culpable ignorance BY NSW government departments OVER known FAUNA deaths AND research findings IN NSW AND INTERNATIONALLY ... TO 2004
1901 - 1939 No branch of NSW Government takes any notice whatsoever, including Medical and Health Department Authorities, of Over-ton's (1901) brilliant, published (in German, in Germany) textbook research proving that CAMPHOR is a narcotic compound, NAPHTHALENE is a narcotic and fish poison, and that both compounds are cumulative toxins which are 'not native' in NSW flora, but arise from leaf, bark and wood deposition and degradation in NSW rivers and streams, whereupon (on river banks) these trees begin to gain ascendancy.
1941 NSW Government takes NIL-NOTICE of published Toxic Plants of NSW publication of its own Government clearly stating that Camphor laurel is a poisonous plant, toxic, and capable of killing farm livestock.1944 NSW Department of Agriculture takes no 'research or extension' action to warn landowners across NSW of the reported (to their Lismore/Wollongbar officers) multiple deaths of farm horses around Lismore in Autumn-dry after consuming Camphor laurel bark and leaves, AND for consistently displayed nil research/interest in (or letting universities know of) the reported sterility and inedibility of farm chooks reported by telephone to their offices between 1946 and 1970.
1944 -1986 NSW Department of Agriculture fails to sample blood or an other body parts of cows and numerous native birds that were observed to all die on the same day, under and around a Coraki (flood plain) Camphor laurel infestation, following their consumption of the trees' leaves and berry-fruit/s; dead cows are merely 'bulldozed and buried' and Nil Report is kept.
1955 NSW Government and Department of Agriculture take absolutely 'no notice' of ornithological news that a first, observed mass Native Pigeon death event is reported to Sydney, from Bangalow, where hundreds of pigeons were seen dead under and around Camphor laurel trees/infestation of old dairy farm/s near Bangalow the first year Native Pigeon species were seen 'moving on to' consume Camphor laurel fruit (ripe. Autumn 1955).
1961 - to date NSW Government takes no notice of Watt & Beyer-Brandwijk's textbook review of research from Southern African countries, proving that Camphor laurel trees are a 'health risk* to children, who have died as a result of consuming the berries (and seeds?); Government continues to allow NSW Forestry to keep selling the trees, fails to declare them 'Noxious' and continues to issue no warning about the tree's clear and observed link/s with disappearing and dead native bird species; NSW Department of Agriculture not informed to stop recommending Camphor laurels as a tree-species-of-choice for shelter belts in 'Farm Forestry and NSW Northern Rivers'.
1991 NSW Department of Environment takes absolutely no notice of and shows nil initiative to 'do anything whatsoever' about narcotic compounds proved by Overton (1901, translated* 1991, U.S.-EPA) to be capable of narcotising frogs and killing soft-bodied fauna in-water, especially CAMPHOR known to be rich in and volatilising from Camphor laurel trees. [^Translated into English, including the chemistry of how narcotic toxins 'numb' then kill off brain cells.]1993 NSW Fisheries and Department of Land & Water Conservation (DLWC) takes 'absolutely NIL ACTION' or response to Bishop, Limnologist's published (Coffs Harbour Council) statistically-verified research proving that (even) Camphor laurel leaves in water can quickly kill small native NSW fish (Orara River).
I996 2000(NSW Agriculture and other Government scientists fail to show up or to show any interest in the first three Camphor laurel (scientific reports included) Conferences, held in Lismore, at which Dr A. Floyd (1996) first confirms the 1955 occurrence of NSWs first Mass Native Pigeon Death Event (MNPDE); likewise 'SCU' - Lismore scientists 'fail-to-show'.1998
NSW Department of Environment takes no steps whatsoever to research or develop collaborative research effort/s with independent scientist/s (Friend, 1998, published c DLWC Alstonville) who corroborate that fresh extracts of Camphor laurel berries, roots and leaves kill NSW frog species (and Cane toad/s!) tested in-vitro, hence showing this problem also extends to the field situation. NSW Agriculture advises' that it will no longer perform "any more Camphor laurel analyses" at its Wollongbar oils laboratories, absolving all (further?) responsibility/ies to be seen to be responsibly researching this region's critical ecological demise. NSW Agriculture Veterinarians 'refuse point blank' to co-operate on fauna autopsies of native animal specimens found dead under "suspicious circumstances" (NPEWS Act 1974) by community action group. NSW-NPEWS refuses to autopsy dead fauna killed by Camphor, breaching their own Act.