I have I alreadfy sent this? Apologises if so?!
> As a once promising golfer (before I became the size of an elephant and
> joined conservation for protection), I can remember the sixties and the
> crises when golf-courses were actually being lost (believe it or not, but
> golf only hit its strokes in the 70s). I distinctly remember an article -
> in about 1967 in an American golfing magazine - titled: "Ecology crisis"
> (quaint how `conservationists' were once called `ecologists'). Surprising
> to us today, many golf courses were lost in that decade to housing
> developments, and industrial estates, because the land was worth more
> that way. Wouldn't it be just a little something if some of those courses
> were still around today in some of those highly developed areas? (sensu
> Nevil Amos's posting).
> If the tendency is towards more manicured courses, this could be quite
> easily changed with a friendly campaign towards golfing clubs and their
> associations. Many golfers view their game as a walk with nature. The
> problem is, as always, who will do the campaign?
> It would be a good one for BIRDS AUSTRALIA.
> Scenario: prepare minimum guidelines and a Certificate for Quality
> Assurance for a "BIODIVERSITY LINKS" (the pun is intended and not
> unattractive). And, each year, with a lot of bell-ringing, give an award
> a links that does an outstanding effort in bird-friendly design.
> But don't put one's nose in the air in reacting to the idea. I too
> a Queensland ALP Government giving Woodwark Bay, a part of a National
> to a Japanese Company for a golf course. And I also remember the sleaze
> deal when a Liberal Brisbane City Council gave Chandler Park to the posh
> Indooroopilly Golf Club. However, I, for one, detest people who let
> sentiment get in the way of winning the next fight - almost as much as I
> loathe developers who build unneeded golf courses.
> Glen J. Ingram
> Brisbane, Australia.
> "He was a bold man that first ate an oyster" Jonathan Swift.