[no subject]

Date: Mon, 16 Oct 2000 11:03:47 +0800
Following on from the message from Phil Maher, I sent the following 
message to the Shire of Derby   My Cc:s failed so here 
is the separate message.  This is a site that I know well, and I urge you 
to support it.


Attn : Philip Andrew
Shire of Derby West Kimberley
PO Box 94
Derby  WA  6728


I write to you in regard to the future of the overflow marsh area of the 
Derby sewage works.

I am a very experienced Western Australian birder.  I have developed my 
own web pages for birding in Western Australia at  I have a page for Derby because of the 
sewage overflow area and the mangroves at the wharf.

Through my web pages a lot of birders who plan to visit WA contact me 
about the best places to go.  If they are in the Kimberley, then I tell 
all of them that the sewage overflow area is an area that they should make 
every possible effort to visit, even if it is just a day visit from Broome 
over 200km away.  In the wet season especially it is one of the best 
birding sites in Australia.  Every one that I know who has visited the 
site easily remembers it as one of the highlights of the Kimberley.  I 
have personally visited the site on six different visits to the Kimberley 
and I have never been disappointed.

I could name 20 or 30 of the highly sought after species that have been 
recorded there, but the individual species themselves would probably not 
mean much to you.  These are species that many birders would make a 
special trip to see.  The high diversity of the species, and the fact that 
so many of the rarer migrant species turn up there strongly illustrate the 
importance of this wetland.

I understand that there is a plan to divert a significant amount of the 
treated water that currently flows through to the marsh, so that it can be 
used to irrigate the nearby golf course.  I ask that the effect on the 
marsh is strongly taken into account when making this decision.

Certainly this site is man made.  But is now a birding treasure and should 
be promoted.  Please don't make any decisions that will adversely affect 

Yours sincerely,
Frank O'Connor

8C Hardy Road
Nedlands  WA  6009

Birding-Aus is on the Web at
To unsubscribe from this mailing list, send the message
"unsubscribe birding-aus" (no quotes, no Subject line)

<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>
  • [no subject], foconnor <=

The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely a compilation of material sent by many people to the birding-aus mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way. If you wish to get material removed from the archive or have other queries about the archive e-mail Andrew Taylor at this address: andrewt@cse.unsw.EDU.AU