ADRAIL vs Gouldians

Subject: ADRAIL vs Gouldians
From: Joyce Harding <>
Date: Thu, 25 Jul 2002 17:02:28 +1000
This co-operation is good news indeed.



>ADrail the Joint Venture responsible for the design and construction of the
>Alice Springs - Darwin Railway emphatically denies that earthworks
>operations in the region between the Edith River and Fergusson River have
>put the Gouldian Finch in jeopardy. It is important to note that the
 The plan then evolved as follows:
>Extensive liaison was undertaken with Dr Lewis, including sending an ADrail
>Environmental Officer into the field with Dr Lewis for three days to observe
>the habits of Gouldian Finches in the Yinberrie Hills well to the east of
>the rail corridor and seeking his advice on the best means on minimising
>detrimental impacts resulting from construction activities on the designated
>rail corridor. 
>ADrail voluntarily rescheduled its construction activities in the 20 km of
>corridor during the Wet Season 2001/2002 to avoid disrupting Dr Lewis'
>Construction foremen and managers were thoroughly briefed on the
>significance of the area and the restrictions that had been placed on the

>The incident was voluntarily reported by ADrail to the liaison officer for
>NT Parks and Wildlife so that the impact could be assessed by experts
>appointed by the NT Government. 
>The experts have undertaken an assessment of the area and have recommended
>remedial measures, which ADrail will implement.
>The extra clearing has not been detrimental to the habitat and there has
>been no report that it was devastating to the survival of the species.

>TUESDAY 23 JULY 2002-07-23

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