Birding-ausers will recall that I notified the list of the "Bird kill at
Collinsville" on the 28 May 1999. Bad news continues, for your information a
copy of the Bowen Independent report today, July 2, 1999.
"Birds still dying.
Five weeks after native birds were found dying in Collinsville, not much has
changed with birds still being found distressed and many already dead.
Local people throughout the community are finding the birds in parks, their
backyards and areas throughout the town.
Local resident Mrs Carol Cosentino, who is trying to find out what the
problem is , earlier this week sent one of the birds to the Bowen Shire
Council, in hope of them finding out what the problem was by organising an
When the Bowen Independent contacted Mr Jon Gibbons of the Bowen Shire
Council the following day , Mr. Gibbons said that he would not comment on
the situation to the press.
Following the birds trip to Bowen, it is believed that the bird was then
sent to the National Parks and Wildlife office in Airlie Beach.
In contacting Mr. Steve Pearson at the Airlie Beach office, it was
discovered that the matter has been referred to Shire Ranger Mike Popal of
the Queensland Parks and Wildlife in Townsville.
Mr Pople was contacted on Wednesday afternoon but was not available at the
time of writing, and we are awaiting a reply from Mr Pople which is expected
It is believed that Mr Pople was expecting the arrival of three more
deceased birds found by a local resident which were sent by Mrs Cosentino on
Meanwhile as the mystery continues, Mrs Cosentino has asked the public to
contact her on 07 4785 5497A/H, 07 4785 5347W if any more dead birds are
She would also like to hear from anyone who has found dead birds, and where
they actually found them.
End.Page 11 Collinsville Connection of the Bowen Independent July 2, 1999
The following species have been affected, Ibis, Currawongs, Magpies, Eagle,
Kite, Magpie Lark, Crow and Butcherbirds.
Two dog deaths have occured that were put down to a baiter.
If anyone can provide assistance or information that may assist please
contact the Bowen Shire Council at: or contact Mike
Pople of the Dept of Environment and Heritage at Townsville:
Collinsville is the site of a Coal mine that has had toxic water problems in
the past, could this be a link?
PO Box 868
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