FW: [canberrabirds] FW: Protect Kellys Swamp

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Subject: FW: [canberrabirds] FW: Protect Kellys Swamp
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Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2008 21:49:24 +1000



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From: Chris Davey [
Friday, 19 September 2008 9:43 PM
To: 'Alastair Smith'
Cc: Jenny Bounds
Subject: RE: [canberrabirds] FW: Protect Kellys Swamp


Hi Alastair,


COG has written a submission regarding the Plan of Management of the Jerrabomberra Wetlands and is aware of the unfortunate activities at Kelly’s Swamp.  In order that our concerns are heard at the highest level COG ensured that they were invited to the Chief Minister’s Roundtable called to examine the effects of the Kingston Foreshore development on the Jerrabomberra Wetlands.  I, as President, received an invitation to attend the Roundtable scheduled for the 9th September but unfortunately, for reasons unknown, the meeting was postponed the day before the meeting.  As yet I have not been informed when the Roundtable will be rescheduled but I can assure you that when it does COG’s views on the activities will be expressed in the strongest way possible.


For your information the Chief Minister’s Roundtables are special meeting specifically set up to ensure that local expert have an opportunity to express their view to the Chief Minister.  To this end I was invited and participated in the Roundtable on the Central Molonglo.


At this stage I believe that personal representation at the Roundtable will be the best way to go but if there is a change of Government then we will possible need to explore other avenues, including letter writing.


Many thanks for your expressions of concern,






-----Original Message-----
From: Alastair Smith [
Thursday, 18 September 2008 7:54 PM
Subject: [canberrabirds] FW: Protect Kellys Swamp


I am very concerned with the increased visitation to Kellys Swamp and the effect that this is having on the bird life. Quite obviously the development that is going on in nearby Kingston will see much greater numbers of visitors in the future, many of who appear to have no idea that Kellys Swamp is such an important wetland for waterbirds and waders.


In the past, we have seen evidence of canoeing and dog exercising in and around Kellys, and on father’s day Sunday afternoon I was frustrated while birding by people walking in front of the hides and flushing the birds. There was a game of cricket going on in the grass area near the southern end of the swamp and children riding scooters at the north. It would appear that the decision to cut the grass in front of the hides and on the banks of the swamps has meant that people feel comfortable walking right up to the water’s edge, which completely defeats the purpose of the hides and screening plants.


As a conservation organisation may I strongly suggest that COG makes representation to Environment ACT to have them desist from the practice of mowing as this seems to be the major catalyst for people’s behaviour and is only a relatively recent practice. Also could they consider signage to advise the casual visitor to be mindful of the birds and to use the paths when moving between hides. Furthermore, many of the screening trees and plants have died in recent years and I have seen no effort to replace these plants and rabbit numbers are again on the increase with the damage that this brings. To date I have seen no evidence of a baiting program. Perhaps the government's efforts could be better utilised here.


While I am happy to write as an individual, I think that in this case the collective voice of COG needs to be heard.




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