|Subject:||QWSG wins PM's Award|
|Date:||Fri, 10 Aug 2001 14:11:23 +1000|
A couple of weeks ago I collected an award on behalf of the Queensland Wader Study Group, and I want to share our pleasure with you. Jointly with Pacific Harbour, we won the Prime Ministers Award for Excellence in Community Business Partnerships for the state of Queensland within the medium-sized business category. This has relevance to this birding list because we subscribers had quite a robust discussion a few months ago about the artificial wader high tide roosts we are building, and the merits or otherwise of working with developers. Some list members regard developers as vermin. I don't. We all live in houses, but we can always do things better.
The project of our award is that of jointly preparing a management plan for migratory shorebirds in the central and southern Pumicestone Passage, SEQ, and the building of artificial high tide roosts within the Passage to replace a major roost which will shortly be lost to development. I really mean major when I say that, because we have had up to 1000 Eastern Curlew using the Dux Ck roost on peak passage. We have a hell of a lot of birds to relocate. Although we have received an award, it is for the partnership process above the project itself, and we still have a lot of roost work ahead of us.
The Prime Minister's Awards go to partnerships which demonstrate that they have worked together on a project which has benefit for each party. The partnership must be between a business and a community group, not necessarily environmental. A few people from each partner organisation, as well as other consulted groups and departments, have invested hundreds of hours of time in this project, even before we mention Pacific Harbour's hard money.
QWSG's benefits are obvious -
Pacific Harbour's (PH) benefits may seem vague, but they are mighty -
PH is about to launch the next phase of its multi-staged development, and has the roost as the cornerstone of this upmarket, waterfront development. They are aware that shorebird education is the key to success with the residents. I give them enormous credit for taking an entrepreneurial approach by making a feature (a roost) of what has been seen by other past developers as something to get rid of as quickly and quietly as possible. Whereas PH might otherwise have been selling a waterfront beach, they are now selling a waterfront bird sanctuary. The bulldozer goes in this week to begin work.
If anyone would like to offer congratulations to Pacific Harbour on their win, they can be reached at the following email address:
Sunshine Coast, Qld
26º 51' 152º 56'
Ph (07) 5494 0994
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