Superb Parrot - COG Submission to Commonwealth Gov re proposed downgradi

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Subject: Superb Parrot - COG Submission to Commonwealth Gov re proposed downgrading
From: "Jenny Bounds" <>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 13:17:33 +1100

Greetings:  Im circulating this link (to COG website) for those interested in reading the COG submission we have sent to the Commonwealth Gov, in response to their consultation document proposing that the Superb Parrot be downgraded and lose protection under the Commonwealth's EPBC Act. This is an important conservation issue for COG as it would essentially mean lessening of protections on mature trees across the landscape in ACT and NSW, affecting many species of birds, not only the parrots.  We may not have been able to save the Superb Parrot breeding trees on Throsby Ridge in Gunghalin in 2013, if a downgraded status had been in effect then.


If you are able to register your personal  protest at the Commonwealth's proposal to downlist Superb Parrot without any new information or survey data, please refer below to our email campaign message to various environmental networks.  Please send an email with the suggested text to the Commonwealth Gov by 9 January.


Happy Xmas and new year to all


Jenny Bounds

Conservation Officer

Canberra Ornithologists Group 




Keep our Woodlands Superb
To those concerned about the welfare of the Superb Parrot
You are being contacted because you or your organisation may be interested in conservation actions to protect the Superb Parrot throughout its range and to assist long-term survival of this enigmatic species. We are asking concerned individuals and groups to inform themselves about the new listing assessment for the Commonwealth’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act.
·         Are you aware that the Superb Parrot is in danger of being removed from the protection of the EPBC Act?
·         Are you aware of the possibilities of downlisting the status of the Superb Parrot from State and Territory legislation?
·         Are you aware that this will greatly undermine all of the work on the protection of trees in the rural landscape?
·         Are you aware that this could affect funding available for tree planting programs?
·         Are you aware that this proposed downlisting is despite no changes to the threatening processes?
·         Are you aware this proposal is due to information contained in the Action Plan for Australian Birds-2010 produced by Birds        ​ Australia, now BirdLife Australia? 
To find out more go to
For those interested, see an article titled ‘A Superb Outcome?’ in Australian Birdlife Vol.1, No. 2, pp 34-37, June 2012.
If you object to the proposed downlisting of the Superb Parrot then please cut and paste the following statement into an email to m("","species.consultation");">
‘I object to the down-listing of the Superb Parrot from the EPBC Act on the following grounds:
·         Complete lack of data to suggest any change in status.
·         No indication that there have been any changes to the various threatening processes.
·         The removal of a flag-ship species used to protect aged hollow-bearing trees in the rural landscape.
·         Downlisting based on altered criteria rather than survey data.
·         Other unknown impacts from loss of habitat.
Please note that submissions need to be in by 9th January 2015.

Thank you for your support  
​Chris Davey and Jenny Bounds
Conservation Officers           
PO Box 301, Civic Square ACT 2608

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