Re: regent honeyeaters for sale in Qld

Subject: Re: regent honeyeaters for sale in Qld
From: Russell Woodford <>
Date: Wed, 8 Jun 2005 15:07:17 +1000
Hi David

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.


Russell Woodford
Birding-Aus List Owner

Geelong   Victoria   Australia

On 08/06/2005, at 12:10 PM,  wrote:

(in part)

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.

Here's hoping.

David Geering
Regent Honeyeater Recovery Coordinator
Department of Environment & Conservation
P.O. Box 2111
Dubbo  NSW  2830
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