A press release on Bimblebox

Subject: A press release on Bimblebox
From: Grahame Rogers <>
Date: Tue, 08 May 2012 07:44:32 +1000
Sorry if I am annoying you, but the issue of mining on Nature Refuges is critical to the future of the conservation of Australian birds in Australia




BirdLife Southern Queensland Convenor Grahame Rogers is concerned about recent misinformation being circulated in the mediaabout sightings of the endangered Black-throated Finch in the Galilee Basin.

"Allegations that aviary-bred Black-throated Finches were released so that sightings could be reported are not only untrue but a mischievous and ridiculous comment", Mr Rogers said. "It is hard to imagine how this could be done. The members of the team are in no doubt that they saw birds from wild populations. "

A seventeen-strong contingent of experiencedmembers of BirdLife Australia visited the coal exploration area of the Galilee basin in the last two weeks of April. Black-throated Fincheswere seen and photographed in 5 separate locations, in most cases by 5 or 6 members of the team.

The records have been accepted by the Black-throated Finch Recovery Team, and submitted to the Atlas of Australian Birds. In four of the locations the Finch has been seen repeatedly over many years, and the landholders have noted their presence. It is a last bastion of this endangered species.

These sightings were all in a particular kind of regional ecosystem (10.5.5) which also occurs on the Bimblebox Nature Refuge, where the finch was recorded in May 2011. "Even if the Black-throated Finch is no longer present on Bimblebox itself, the Refuge is worth preserving because of its unique biodiversity", said Mr Rogers. "The owners have spent much time restoring it since they purchased the property with Federal funds, removing many of the introduced weeds and grasses."

"BirdLife Australia is not opposed to mining, but is opposed to mining in inappropriate places", Mr Rogers said. "Adani claim they have enough coal to last a hundred years in the Carmichael mining lease in the Galilee Basin. The 8000 hectares of Bimblebox are a drop in the ocean of coal in the basin. It's time Clive Palmer looked somewhere else."

BirdLife Australia is a well-respected national organisation formed this year by the merger of Birds Australia and Bird Observation and Conservation Australia. Both organisations have been strong advocates for research and protection of Australia's rich heritage of many bird species for over 100 years.

Grahame Rogers
BirdLife Southern Queensland

Additional material from

   Bimblebox <>

May 5th, 2012

Clive Palmer has again come out in the media trying to diminish the conservation values of Bimblebox Nature Refuge (you can listen to his interview on the Steve Austin show here <>). He has a clear vested interest in casting these aspersions given that he intends to destroy the property through open cut and underground mining as part of his proposed China First thermal coal mine. You can hear a response to Clive Palmer's comments on the Steve Austin show here <>.

The problem for Clive is that he appears to have little idea about the nature refuge, which he has never set foot on. Below are a few simple facts to set the record straight:

 * The property was bought in 2000 by a small group of concerned
   landholders and residents to save it from being cleared. The
   previous landholders continue to be well respected graziers in the
 * In recognition of its high conservation values, the National Reserve
   System program (at the time of the Howard Liberal Federal
   Government) contributed around $300,000 towards the purchase -- see
   the documentation here
 * A 'perpetual' Nature Refuge Agreement
   was signed with the State Government in 2003 which is the highest
   level of protection that can be afforded to private land in
   Queensland. Bimblebox also forms part of the National Reserve System
   of Protected Areas <>
 * Bimblebox is situated in the Desert Uplands bioregion, considered a
   biodiversity hotspot, but where less than 5% of the area is held is
   conservation reserves
 * Bimblebox Nature Refuge consists of over 95% remnant woodland
   (woodland that has never been cleared) with an understory made up
   predominantly of native grasses and shrubs
 * There is abundant wildlife on the property, with around 150 bird
   species counted so far
 * Bimblebox is widely regarded as supporting one of the highest levels
   of native plant diversity in the region. Qualified botanists
   who recently visited the property made a list of at least 220 plant
 * Bimblebox currently serves as an outstanding example of the
   coexistence of cattle production and biodiversity conservation.
   Private productive lands are increasingly recognised for their
   important role in contributing to landscape scale conservation in
   Australia and form a major part of theNational Reserve System
 * A number of long term research projects are conducted on Bimblebox
   that will contribute towards better land management outcomes in the

This isn't the first time that Clive has tried to peddle the same lies about Bimblebox, which we responded to with this simple youtube clip <>.


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