Correspondence from Minister Vassarotti

To: 'Philip Veerman' <>, "" <>
Subject: Correspondence from Minister Vassarotti
From: Alan Ford <>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2021 08:42:10 +0000

There are a number of situations around the City where Government activity has wiped out habitat.  This affects a number of creatures, not just birds. This affects the food chain and has meant the decline of smaller birds throughout certain areas.




From: Canberrabirds [ On Behalf Of Philip Veerman
Sent: Saturday, February 6, 2021 5:05 PM
Subject: Re: [Canberrabirds] Correspondence from Minister Vassarotti




I read this and am not sure that describing this as “just another example of the Government’s appalling record on the environment” is helpful. Not likely to promote appreciation to them for their efforts. I think the responses - and there were three of them, so they certainly did put in the effort, including consulting and visiting the site-  are likely to be reasonably accurate. Are positive as for the work they are doing likely to have a good prospects for the Reed Warbler into the future, whilst assisting other priorities. I don’t see anything in the responses that I would dispute on available information. Is there any evidence that Reed Warbler are at any threat here or wider geography (that is beyond the fact that everything is from general habitat loss and global warming). Threats to this species are far more likely to be due to habitat loss along the way they migrate, once they leave the breeding area, than the environment here. I think there is a lot of new works around the Canberra waterways that give a lot more habitat for this species than it had in otherwise sort of recent history. I have not directly surveyed that species but my impression is that they have been pretty stable in their summer Canberra population over the 30+ years I have lived here. They are very mobile and reed beds can change very quickly by natural causes, so the birds are surely adapted to that.


It is nice that Amanda asked the question. It is good that the politicians remain aware that conservation issues are important. Yet I suggest there would be few places in the world where you could do this and get three nicely done answers to a little issue like that, about a bird. There are any number of environmental issues to address, some broad and some based on single species.





From: Canberrabirds [ On Behalf Of Alan Ford
Sent: Saturday, 6 February, 2021 9:17 AM
To: 'Amanda Colemen'; 'COG Chatline';
Subject: Re: [Canberrabirds] Correspondence from Minister Vassarotti




Thank you.


This is just another example of the Government’s appalling record on the environment.




From: Canberrabirds [ On Behalf Of Amanda Colemen
Sent: Saturday, February 6, 2021 7:35 AM
To: COG Chatline;
Subject: Re: [Canberrabirds] Correspondence from Minister Vassarotti


Hi all


Not sure if anyone’s interested, I’m follow up from email an email I sent out late last year about the reed at West Basin (where they are filling in some of the lake for building works)


I have been contacting ministers and the city renewal people asking for some clarity.


Please see attached responses I’ve had. Not sure if it will make any difference to the plight of this small group of reedwarblers.


Thanks again, I’m new to COG’s but I am loving hearing the devise knowledge the members have about birds.


Thank you 😊





Date: Friday, 5 February 2021 at 4:58 pm
To: "" <>
Subject: Correspondence from Minister Vassarotti




Dear Ms Coleman


Please find attached correspondence from Rebecca Vassarotti MLA, Minister for the Environment.


Kind regards


Emily Bird

Office of Rebecca Vassarotti MLA | ACT Greens Member for Kurrajong | Minister for the Environment; Minister for Heritage; Minister for Homelessness and Housing Services; Minister for Sustainable Building and Construction

t: (02) 620 57584 | e:

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