Legal Status

To: "Mark Sanders" <>
Subject: Legal Status
From: "Frank O'Connor" <>
Date: Mon, 22 Jan 2001 23:12:34 +0800
At 07:18 22/01/2001 +0000, Mark Sanders wrote:
In my experience, the listing and legeslation for protection of QLD native Fauna is pitiful. For example, several species that are listed as NATIONALLY vulnerable, are absent from all queensland legeslation (eg The Border Thick-tailed Gecko - Underwoodisaurus phyrurus). Can someone please explain to me how a species that is considered as Nationally vulnerable is not then considered to be even Threatened, Vulnerable or Rare in QLD. They are several examples of this and other flaws...and that is just the tip of the iceburge as far as holes in QLD legeslation. (another eg is that one of the last known population of Greater Gliders within Brisbane/Goldcoast area is about to be cleared for development).

There have been variants on this discussion before. Hooded Plovers are considered threatened in Australia but certainly not in Western Australia where flocks of 100s can be recorded. There are other species with similar distributions.

It of course also works the other way where a species is OK in Australia as a whole but is locally threatened. e.g. Grey-crowned Babbler in Victoria.

Frank O'Connor      Birding WA
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