Closed outback areas

Subject: Closed outback areas
From: Frank O'Connor <>
Date: Fri, 29 Sep 2000 21:30:08 +0800
I sent a personal message to Terry Pacey with some suggestions, but perhaps it should go to a wider audience.

I suggested that the owners / managers of Clifton Hill Station become a station stay. This is a quickly growing activity in Western Australia where many farms and stations are supplementing their income with tourism. People like staying on stations for many reasons. My experience is that it is mainly owners who do this rather than managers, but it would be good if this could be done for Clifton Hills. Many of the best birding sites in Western Australia are on stations such as Nallan, White Wells, Thundelarra, Pardoo, Ninghan, Kingston Rest, Muggon, Murchison, etc. The facilities vary from rooms in the homestead, to use of the shearers quarters, to camping.

Then maybe people would not need to camp at Goyders Lagoon / Koonchera but visit it on a day basis (although I must say that sunset over the lignum swamp is spectacular and should not be missed). I find that owners are very interested in the bird list for their station (in fact many keep a list).

Terry said that the operators of Clifton Hills have had problems of having to tow people out who get bogged or breakdown. I suggested that maybe there was a way that they get accredited with the state motoring association (equivalent of NMRA or RAC). Then they could charge people who needed the assistance. Paying for your mistakes is a very good incentive not to repeat them.
Frank O'Connor      Birding WA
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