Bicentennial Park (Sydney) has sacrificed bird habitat for an electricit

To: Alistair McKeough <>
Subject: Bicentennial Park (Sydney) has sacrificed bird habitat for an electricity substation
From: Andy Burton <>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 10:20:56 +1100
I regularly drive past here on my trips to SOPAC and have been horrified at the 
siting, and sighting, of this concrete monstrosity.


> On 27 Oct 2014, at 9:43 am, Alistair McKeough <> 
> wrote:
> I used to get to Bicentennial Park (BP) regularly, but haven't visited for
> a while.
> On the weekend I was disturbed to see a new building being constructed
> adjacent to Lake Belvedere, in the corner of Bennelong Parkway and
> Australia Avenue. It seemed to be an over-development and poorly situated
> close to the spill off areas from the Lake (which is often too full,
> forcing waders into the spill off zones or on to other nearby wetland
> areas).
> On closer inspection there is now a mound of dirt stockpiled on top of what
> was previously a small wetland area and reed bed that served as overflow
> from the Lake and was a small but excellent habitat for birds, at which I
> had regularly observed interesting species including, for example, Latham's
> Snipe.
> Apparently the new building is an electricity substation, being installed
> "to meet the increasing electricity demand from the area's growing business
> and residential community":
> The habitat at BP has supported some interesting species in recent years.
> It is seriously disturbing to see good habitat being chewed up my an
> unsympathetically placed electricity substation.
> I am extremely disappointed that SOPA has allowed this. Hitherto, I had
> thought SOPA a reasonably sympathetic manager of the habitat under its
> charge but the placement of this substation adjacent to the Lake and the
> allowing of stockpiling of building waste on good bird habitat is hopeless.
> So, next time you're enjoying a spot of birding around BP you can scratch
> this site of your list of places to check for interesting species. It's now
> yet another place where you can soak up a bit of extra electromagnetic
> radiation and observe the accelerating march towards an urban environment
> with negligible biodiversity but lots of pretty playgrounds surrounded by
> buffalo grass.
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