I think our only hope here is to identify a few key lobbyists, and
try to use them to put this issue in front of the sort of people who
COULD make a difference. Who are the high profile media players in
the country who have demonstrated a willingness to support
conservation issues? There must be key people in the Greens who
would push for some sort of protection? Or are the Greens not
represented in Queensland?
I can also think of a few public figures who have put their support -
and often large amounts of cash - behind the arts. Do we have any
people like this who are likely to recognise and uphold the
conservation values of a property like "Glenelg"? Surely such a
property must have significant heritage value as well - I wonder if
this can be used to attract the interest of the sort of people who
have the resources to acquire it for their own enjoyment as well as
the "common good"?
Do we cross our fingers and hope that the "right" type of buyer
appears? Or do we try to publicise this more widely in the hope that
we can attract a benefactor? I suppose another option is to dig into
our own pockets - if every birding-aus subscriber put up about $2400
we could buy it ourselves ....
Wishful thinking I'm afraid - probably for all of my solutions.
Birding-Aus List Owner
Geelong Victoria Australia
On 08/06/2005, at 12:10 PM, wrote:
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.
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.
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Department of Environment & Conservation
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