Clifton Hills update

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Subject: Clifton Hills update
From: "Terry Pacey" <>
Date: Mon, 2 Oct 2000 15:38:14 +1000

Over the last two weeks I have had several telephone conversations with the
management of Clifton Hills about the exclusion of visitors to popular
birding sites.  Things do not appear to be as bad as we thought.  At the
present time, Clifton Hills is busily mustering.  The areas that are causing
the most angst are in an area where the bulls are being  mustered.  Because
of the size of the property and the food sources available, the stock is
spread out and the mustering is taking a long time.

The best season for many years has meant that huge numbers of tourists, both
birders and non-birders are putting pressure on the available resources.
Unfortunately, many of those visiting the area are not doing the right thing
and it has been decided that the best way to handle the situation is to take
the action which is causing so much anger among birders.

The management is not anti birding or tourist.  At present there are at
least two ongoing research projects on Clifton Hills.  One is a study of
flora and fauna by a group of government and non-government scientists
funded by government.  The second is a joint project between the Queensland
Department of Primary Industries  and a number of SA departments.  They are
studying the flora of the floodplain.  The management is giving them as much
help as they can.

When mustering is completed and the land has had a chance to dry out a
little, the present situation will be re-assessed.

Terry Pacey

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