Rufous Owl, and habitat destruction

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Subject: Rufous Owl, and habitat destruction
From: Mick Jerram <>
Date: Thu, 24 Mar 2016 15:53:39 +0000
Hi Folks

I was asked to survey a small block in Palmerston in the Buscall Ave drainage 
channel from Sanctuary Lakes. It is a really nice bit of habitat, especially 
for a Rufous Owl I found enjoying some prey (Bar-shoudered Dove possibly). Sad 
thing is that this small amount of land has a proposal for development/clearing 
for an Optus/Vodafone tower.  Its the last option from 3 proposed sites, the 
others discounted because of what seems like access issues, i.e. no-track! The 
submission period has expired, as usual, the development sign put up with less 
than 2 weeks for people to notice and make submissions.  Some submissions were 
forwarded, but there is a hope of community meetings occurring soon.
I don't know about everyone else, but I am concerned about how easily we are 
succumbing to the destruction of of our local green belts?  If you are a 
Palmerston resident or share the same concerns, Id be happy for you to contact 
Sorry to make this great sighting quite a negative report.
Sincerely  Mick

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