GRESSWELL LAKES - URGENT
Brian Fleming <>
Fri, 07 Feb 2003 10:26:48 +1100
On Jan 21st local Leader papers carried a story with coloured photos of
birds and birdwatchers at Gresswell Lakes (Bundoora, Vic.)with a
'GRESSWELL A NEW HAVEN FOR WILDLIFE'.
Not for much longer!
All those who have been to to the Lakes to see Little Bitterns,
Garganey, Bluebilled Ducks and Baillon's Crakes - to say nothing of the
other species which have found it such a refuge from the drought -
will share my outrage at the news I have just received from Gayle
McDonald. The lakes are to be drained and dug up in a fortnight or so,
in order to enlarge them to take the extra drainage from a new housing
estate called Lancaster Gate.
Will the Little Bitterns' first recorded breeding event in Victoria for
about a century fall victim to bulldozers?
This makes Darebin City Council's plan to install a bus-stop (with
associated litter problems) just beside the Lake in Main Drive, and the
damage and disturbance committed by uncontrolled dogs and cats, pale
If any reader has any skill in effective agitation, please act NOW!
The Urban and Rural Land Authority has apparently collected data on
trees in the area but no faunal data...
and a a very bad temper.
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