Re: regent honeyeaters for sale in Qld

To: "Michael Hunter" <>
Subject: Re: regent honeyeaters for sale in Qld
Date: Wed, 8 Jun 2005 12:10:18 +1000

Michael wrote "80km from Warwick Qld, they want around $1.2 million for it. Not in drought country."

A rather odd remark.  Using this logic you wouldn't buy property in about 80% of NSW at the moment let alone huge slabs of the rest of the country.

The property in question is very, very nice indeed (and not just from a birding perspective).  I've seen it in both very good and very ordinary seasons.  While the property has been on the market for some time it was a case of the right buyer at the right price.  Circumstances of the vendor have unfortunately changed and it is now FOR SALE!  The best offer to date is well short of $1 million and may well be accepted.  My understanding is that if this offer is accepted then the current conservative management of the property will not continue.

I fail to see what Birds Australia could offer - they have issues managing the real estate they already have.  There are other organisations involved in conservation that could buy it but, alas, the time frame would be just about impossible for them.

This sort of thing is happening all the time.  I recently lost access to a very important property (as far as birds go) in the Capertee Valley as it was sold and the current management is about as far from conservation friendly as you can get.  If Glenelg is sold, and it almost certainly will be, we can only hope that the new management is conservation minded (and despite the wide spread, generally city-based, belief that farmers aren't conservation minded, many are just that).  Just as I've recently "lost" an important property in the Capertee Valley, there are others where the management has improved with a change on ownership.

Here's hoping.

David Geering
Regent Honeyeater Recovery Coordinator
Department of Environment & Conservation
P.O. Box 2111
Dubbo  NSW  2830
Ph: 02 6883 5335 or Freecall 1800 621 056
Fax: 02 6884 9382

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