Martin O'Brien states that
have just been listed as
'threatened' under the FFG Act for Victoria
and that now 'management plans' must be developed for them.
I assume that the parrots are occasionally observed in the far
north-west corner of the state and that the sandpipers turn up as vagrants on
Victorian coastline from time-to-time.
I wonder what conceivably useful 'management plan' can be devised for
these species in Victoria
(conserve mallee, conserve tidal mudflats?) and what the payoff from such
effort might be. I guess that preparing such
plans might give some consulting work for out-of-work birdos
and that it almost certainly gives paper-shufflers in the bureaucracy something
But given the very real conservation problems facing mammals and
various bird species that do normally reside in the state one wonders if this
isn't just a ludicrous waste of resources.
It also suggests that the FFG alone is blinkered and inflexible when it
comes to sensibly prioritising conservation efforts.
To be clear I am not criticising Martin’s report – he has
been providing lots of info in this thread that really interests me.
I am just surprised that things are being done as simplistically as they are
being done. There must be a better approach.