Thanks Chris. Has the letter gone? If so, it would be a ‘raising of some immediate concerns’ thing, which would be appropriate.
For myself, the immediate points are:
- Rampant growth of the cumbungi
- Need for installation/replacement of some large (preferably varied) perching logs.
- Removal of fence while not needed for cattle, and reconsidering its siting.
On the willow removal, I suppose the answer will be: “This is to be replaced by carefully chosen native species”. Difficult to argue with that . However there is a question of transition, given that trees do take some time to grow. Wholesale removal of exotics would see the loss of some much-used trees at Kelly Swamp, including the spoonbill tree.
Longer term, another point is management of the Silt Trap Pond. For a large and quite deep body of water this is, surprisingly to me, generally avoided by bird life eg ducks, suggesting an absence of fish, arthropods etc. Is there a contamination issue?
Yours in haste (off to the swamp)
From: Chris Davey [
Sent: Thursday, 5 May 2011 10:58 PM
Subject: [canberrabirds] Jerrabomberra Wetland concerns
Having just returned from a few weeks in southern Queensland I note that there has been some traffic on the Chat-line regarding the Jerrabomberra Wetlands.
Today I attended a meeting of the Jerrabomberra Wetlands Board of Management and took the opportunity to express some of the sentiments regarding the state of the Wetlands.
I have been asked by the Board to express these sentiments in a letter so that the Board can formally respond to some of the issues raised. In the letter I have also requested an outline of the role of the Board concerning management decisions and importantly, to indicate what is happening behind the scenes. On receipt of the Board's reply I will make the letter available by posting to the Chat-line.
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