Black-throated Finches and mining

To: Andrew Bell <>
Subject: Black-throated Finches and mining
From: Allan Richardson <>
Date: Sun, 30 Oct 2011 22:17:00 +1100
Hi guys,

there is a question that never seems to be asked in relation to receding 
populations, but seems to come up in my thinking on a regular basis. 

There is a tendency to write habitat off in relation to development 
assessments, when it is confirmed that a subject species is no longer present 
and hasn't been for some time, Greg Roberts' Eastern Bristlebird habitat may be 
a candidate for such a notion in the future, as an example, as is 
Black-throated Finch habitat.

On the other hand threatened species are subject to recovery actions by 
government departments to promote their return to a more secure status. If the 
southern population of Black-throated Finch is confirmed as not being present 
at this site, should the habitat be rendered unusable? If so, where will the 
proposed recovering populations live?

The writing off of previously occupied habitat, due to a threatened species not 
being present is surely ensuring that the species will remain threatened, 
particularly in that

Allan Richardson
Morisset NSW

On 22/10/2011, at 12:48 PM, Andrew Bell wrote:

> Which I'm sure leaves most of us who are naive to this (which I suspect
> includes most of the general public) totally gobsmacked. I guess one could
> hope for an intervention to maintain the spirit of, as opposed to the legal
> status of, such a reserve
> Andrew Bell
> -----Original Message-----
> From: 
>  On Behalf Of Rita & Ian
> Sent: Friday, 21 October 2011 3:23 PM
> To: Peter Ewin; ? birding-aus
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Black-throated Finches and mining
> Hi everyone
> some comments - mining leases can be issued under the Mineral Resources Act
> 1989 over Nature Refuges.  The declaration of a Nature Refuge, even thought
> it is declared under the Nature Conservation Act 1992, does not preclude
> mining.
> The clearing of vegetation for mining is not assessed under the Vegetation
> Management Act 1999.
> cheers

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