Subject: WHAT TO DO
From: "Stephen Martin" <>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 1998 09:10:37 EST+10
I've been stimulated by the recent discussion on the disappointing 
(some say disastrous) rate of land clearing and the very real threats 
to habitats.

Many respondents have listed some positive action. I 
agree that a combination of regulation and financial incentive is 
required to halt land clearing in regions which will not sustain 
agriculture. We also need to put to rest finally the notion that 
Australia is a never ending land  resource just waiitng to be 

I have seen some other postive steps. Red rumped parrots breed in the 
trees of Woolhara golf course (I know golf courses have been fully 
discussed) and for several days I watched a bush thick knees nest 
near the first hole at Port Douglas. The Mirage at Port Douglas has a 
policy of preserving rare plant species in their gardens - obviously 
at no cost to the tax payer. Apparently this is part of a network 
of hotels doing this work. I'm sure this could be extended to some 
bird species.

 (If you're ever up that way you can see some fantastic 
birds in  these - gardens from sunbirds to owls and osprey - also in 
trees in nearby camping grounds)

 I've seen redrumps attempting to nest in the plane trees on 
Fitzroy St Surry Hills, Sydney  (check your Gregorys). They probably 
came across from the Centannial Park population. 

While urban and developed sites are not adequate for a full diversity 
of species, they can be one  of a number of positive responses. 
Encourage urban trees, and private businesses with land to look at 
the possibilities. It is good for their PR.


                        Stephen Martin
                 State Library of New South Wales
                      Sydney, Australia


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