Access to the Western Treatment Plant

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Subject: Access to the Western Treatment Plant
From: Ed Williams <>
Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2011 07:13:13 +0000
John, et al.
At the risk of stirring up a (litigious) hornets' nest here, sometimes I think 
it would be fantastic to "name and shame" individuals that put everyone else's 
access to fantastic birding sites at risk.  
If people are caught trespassing such as in this incident I would like think 
there were repercussions - banned permanently from the WTP, thrown off the 
Birding-Aus list, and suspended/expelled from BOCA, BA, etc.  
For the WTP all you need to do to get access is a quick induction and pay $20 
for a two year access.  It's hardly the biggest hassle in the world - and at 
the end of the day it's private property that we should be very thankful that 
we have such fantastic access to.
Cheers all - and have a good evening,
Ed Williams
Kingsville VIC

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> Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2011 09:35:35 +1100
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> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Access to the Western Treatment Plant
> Melbourne Water has given me notice of what they regard as a serious breach
> of access arrangements and asked me to remind birders of those arrangements
> and that the Western Treatment Plant is a hazardous site. 
> Following the recent & extremely unfortunate death of a worker at the
> Eastern Treatment Plant, Melbourne Water has been reviewing its procedures.
> During this process, when Head Office personnel were making a tour of the
> Western Treatment Plant, they discovered two birders on foot (because they
> did not have a key they simply walked in), who did not have a birdwatching
> permit (but knew permits were required), and had not been inducted. Their
> excuse was they had been brought into the Plant before by other birders who
> had a permit and thought it would be okay. It is selfish actions like this
> that could spoil access for all other birders. Given the tremendous effort
> by both BOCA and Birds Australia to maintain access for birders some years
> ago, no-one wants this issue to be reopened.
> Could I please implore everyone who visits the site to take the trouble to
> get a permit, do the simple one hour induction (which gives you access to
> areas east of Little River and is therefore of benefit to your birding) and
> always act in a way which is responsible and reflects well on birders.
> Surely it is not much to ask to ensure we can continue to enjoy the best
> birding site in Victoria.
> John Barkla
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