Threat to Swift Parrot habitat Tasmania

Subject: Threat to Swift Parrot habitat Tasmania
From: Penny Drake-Brockman <>
Date: Thu, 2 Aug 2001 09:59:17 +1100

Dear all

Does anyone know about this threat to an area of native bushland at Olinda Grove on Mount Nelson, Tasmania?

Hobart City Council is planning to sell an area of public remnant bushland so that it can be cleared and an aged care facility built on it. It is a Swift Parrot feeding/breeding ground and has stands of an endangered Eucalypt - E. ovata. I am told that not only will the aged care facility be built on a site that is up a steep hill and out of town, but the fire brigade is insisting on additional clearing around the new facility as an insurance against bush fires. The permissions for this were rushed through Council over Christmas and have caught the locals by surprise.

Many people are spending a mass of time and money trying to bring Swift Parrots back from the brink of extinction a with captive breeding and surveys in Tassie, Victoria and New South Wales. How ironic that the local council should negate these community efforts by such a short-sighted decision which, from what I hear, is also not the best site for the old people who will be stuck out in the bush far from their relies.

Please could as many people as possible write to Senator Hill as apparently the Tassie State Government has tossed the issue over to the Federals. Also send a copy of letters to the Friends of Mount Nelson, P.O. Box 1204, Sandy Bay, Tasmania 7005.

I'm sorry I don't have Senator Hill's email address but maybe someone out there on Birding-aus can put it up on the network.


Penny Drake-Brockman, Examination Recitals Co-ordinator, Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Tel: 02 9351 1254.
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