NOTICE: Application for Permits at Leanyer Sewage Farm, NT

To: Carl Clifford <>
Subject: NOTICE: Application for Permits at Leanyer Sewage Farm, NT
From: Denise Goodfellow <>
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2011 13:18:21 +0930
Just don't' touch the dirt or water, and wash your hands afterwards!

on 24/9/11 9:56 AM, Carl Clifford at  wrote:

> Denise,
> Should I pack a Bio-hazard suit if I plan to visit Leanyer?
> Cheers,
> Carl Clifford
> On 24/09/2011, at 6:32 AM, Denise Goodfellow wrote:
> Most birders are pretty responsible when it comes to dealing with
> crocodiles
> and other threats, when they know about them.  There is the odd one who
> behaves  recklessly or feels that the natural world should fit in with
> them
> rather than the other way round.  But mostly it's ignorance that springs
> from people coming from a low-risk environment (crocodile-wise, that
> is).
> To give an example  a relative and I took Jonathon Franzen to a
> waterfall in
> Arnhem Land.  To our horror he squatted on the sand a few metres from
> the
> water's edge.  He'd obviously not noted the signs around Gunbalunya of
> the
> "big hungry crocodile" lurking there.  By sitting down he'd made himself
> bite-size.
> Una and I were only a short distance away from Jon,  and we immediately
> raced towards him, yelling at him to get up.
> However, there are other threats at the Leanyer Sewage Ponds such as
> mosquitoes (I caught Ross River there some years ago), and various
> organisms
> in the soil and water eg cryptosporidium and giardia.  So as a guide I
> warn
> people about putting things on the ground there.  I also carry alcohol
> hand
> wash and ask people, to not touch their mouths, and to wash their
> hands well
> on arriving home.


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