A win for the birds in northern NSW

Subject: A win for the birds in northern NSW
Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2001 11:01:11 +1000

The latest from that most progressive of shires - Barraba, in northern NSW.

A draft copy of their 2000 State of the Environment Report states:
All vegetated Travelling Stock Routes (TSR's) and road reserves should be 
listed as environmentally sensitive areas because of their value as habitat 
corridors, unique landscape and vegetation features and significance for 
vegetation cover, as well as a refuge for threatened species of plants and 
animals in Barraba Shire.
etc etc etc

Barraba Shire Council can assist in development of a local recovery plan for 
the Regent Honeyeater by considering the following further items in management 
of the shire's environment:
1.  Declaring Mugga Ironbark (Eucalyptus sideroxylon) a protected species in 
the Shire by imposing a tree preservation order the Shire LEP specifically for 
2.  Zoning Woodsreef - Crow Mountain Road, Crow Mountain - Warrabah Road, 
Woodsreef - Bundarra Road, and Gulf Creek Road as environmentally sensitive 
with a tree preservation order to apply to all roadsides and especially to 
3.  Excluding gravel extraction from informal quarries in identified Mugga 
Ironbark sites and restoring old quarries by planting/regeneration of ironbarks.
4.  Investigating the possibility of setting up public woodlots for future 
supply of firewood, using ironbarks, Yellow Box and White Box where suitable.
5.  Investigating ways to encourage private woodlots for future firewood/timber 
supply as well as shelter belts, catchment protection, wildlife habitat etc.

There is also mention of the Barraba Bird Routes project initiated by Russ 
Watts.  I think it is fair to say that the presence of visiting birdwatchers in 
the shire has had quite a lot of impact.  Should you be so inclined, a letter 
of congratulations to the General Manager, Tom O'Connor, would reinforce the  
sentiments being expressed by the shire.  The above issues are going through 
council at the moment.



David Geering
Regent Honeyeater Recovery Coordinator
P.O. Box 2111
Dubbo NSW 2830
Ph. Freecall 1800 621 056 or 02 6883 5335

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