Bald Hills wetland reserve

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Subject: Bald Hills wetland reserve
From: "Elizabeth Shaw" <>
Date: Tue, 11 Apr 2006 12:34:26 +1000
Hi all,
I thought I would fill in those who don't know the area about the aera adjacent 
to the proposed Bald Hills Wind Farm.

The Wind farm was proposed to be placed between Tarwin Lower and Walkerville in 
south-west Gippsland.  The site is a kilometre or two inland from Venus Bay 
(the geographic feature, not the township) and between Venus Bay and the Bald 
Hills Wetland Reserve. This reserve was established several years ago in some 
high quality remnant coastal heathland forest and has a rich diversity of 
plants including many orchid species and very mature trees, some with great 
holes for nesting.

WESBOC visit it every couple of years for outings and it is regarded as one of 
our 'favorites'.  A dam wall was put in to create a large shallow wetland area 
which is a popular haven for a range of wetland species, not to mention the 
honeyeateers, treecreepers, sitellas, etc which are found in the forest area.

The location of the (thankfully, now scuttled) planned wind farm is close to 
many routes used by birds between this wetland and Anderson Inlet, Shallow 
Inlet, Western Port, Waratah Bay, Corner Inlet, Wilson's Prom, etc. not to 
mention where the OBP might go in its migration.

I am generally in favour of any project designed to wean our society of fossil 
fuel sources of energy, but the siting of windfarms needs to be very carefully 
considered to reduce adverse environmental effects.  The siting of the windfarm 
near Bald Hills Wetland was totally wrong.  Whatever the political reasons this 
area's environment will be the ultimate winner.

Elizabeth Shaw
Phillip Island

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