Roost enhancement at Toorbul, SEQld

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Subject: Roost enhancement at Toorbul, SEQld
From: "Jill Dening" <>
Date: Mon, 5 Sep 2005 17:46:59 +1000
Hi All,
South-East Queenslander birders who visit the Toorbul roost might get a bit of a shock at the changes; I thought it wise to forewarn you, as the informative signage has been delayed. The Toorbul roost is located at the southern end of the village of Toorbul, on the Pumicestone Passage a couple of kms north of the bridge from the mainland to Bribie Island. It's a little to the north of Brisbane, for those who are still lost.
This is an undertaking of the Pumicestone Shorebird Management Group, funded by the federal goverment and matched by private enterprise contributions. Our roost enhancement project has been underway for some long time, but the earthworks have only taken place during July. Unless the plantings and placement of bollards have been done in the past few days, they are still to be completed. All works were to have been completed by July, but delays have meant we are still dealing with on-ground matters.
You might recall that a few years ago we built an artificial roost, now known as the Kakadu Beach Wader Roost, on Bribie Island, as compensatory habitat for the loss of the critical Dux Creek roost. At the time I believed that Kakadu would accommodate fewer waders than the old roost, and Toorbul was always my next project.Toorbul lies about 4km across the Passage from Kakadu Beach, and lies within a network of roosts.
The problem was that waders had to leave the Toorbul roost when the tide reached a certain threshold. In the old days they used to go from Toorbul to Dux Creek. Our aim was to extend the Toorbul roost so as to enable the waders to remain roosting at Toorbul on almost all tides - thus adding to the available roosting space in the southern Pumicestone Passage.
It took forever to gain all of the permits. We are all busy people, and once lodged, permits took time to be assessed. The most difficult was the permit to remove mangroves, but we got it eventually. The old roost has not been interfered with; we have cut the mangroves behind it to root level, taken the top off the grassy esplanade behind the mangroves, and moulded it into a gradient suitable for roosting, and surrounded by a mound to deter potential disturbers.
The achievement to date is a monument to compromise. It is too small, too steep, not enough mangroves were removed. The concerns of residents had to be satisfied. We had to work with what was possible, and forget dreaming about the perfect roost. But I believe it is viable, and hope that it will be used by waders when the summer high tides come. We did our best.
Jill Dening
07 5494 0994
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