Yes it is a good article and yes it is shame about the laxed response.<quoted text>
Very interesting article, thankyou. Shame it took so long before any investigations took place.
I have a Duranta bush in my courtyard which is a designated pest out west and it causes mess in the courtyard too, but I won't cut it out and I rarely prune it either. Because after a few years of it being there, finally a few bees have found it and just two lonely Bumble Bees constantly hang around the yellow berries and lavendar flowers. I haven't seen Bumble Bees here for many many years. Possums visit it at night and some species of birds love it.
I even had a tiny Native Bee's nest appear too but they haven't come back since the flood in 2008.
I don't use any Pesticides ever and the only fertiliser I use is natural Seasol and Power Feed - plants love it. Even had a few frogs and large Skinks appearing too. When I moved in here there was nothing like that at all, not even little garden lizards and it's taken years to get the few I've got now. Heaps of worms in the soil now as well.
But, the people next door used Weed and Feed on their lawn and after that I found a few dead Skinks and have only seen one big frog since. Unthinking idiots! If they'd mowed and watered their grass more they wouldn't have had a weed problem in the first place - how lazy can you be, it's only a courtyard!
It sounds like you have a green thumb. We essentially do what you do in our garden. Don't use pesticides etc, the garden is very much alive in certain parts of the year....Mulch, Mulch and Mulch and companion planting.
Thanks for the heads up. Cheers.