Friday, January 23, 2015

Land release concern revisited

The next few postings will go back in time to 1982 and 1983 when land north of the then Fitzgerald River National Park (FRNP) was under consideration for release for agriculture. Previous postings dealing with this period were 17 January 2014, 25 January 2014, 1 February 2014 and 7 February 2014.

R.A.O.U. (WA) was the Western Australian branch of the organization now known as Birdlife Australia.

Below is the draft of part of the first letter from B. Newbey, a member of the R.A.O.U., advising the organisation of the proposal re the land north of the FRNP. Ken Newbey also wrote with further details about the natural values of the North Fitzgerald, an area he had studied with particular regard to vegetation and geomorphology. (These letters pre-date the personal computer.) 

Draft of part of second letter to RAOU (WA) expressing further concern.


RAOU (WA) suggested to the Director of the Department of Conservation and Land Management (CALM) (now the Department of Parks and Wildlife) that the land should be surveyed for gazetted rare birds - especially the Ground Parrot and the Brown (Western) Bristlebird, 'so that a reasonable assessment can be made of the value of the land for agriculture as against its value for fauna conservation purposes'.

RAOU offered to organise, under contract to CALM, the requisite survey. 

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