The Birds are Coming

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Subject: The Birds are Coming
From: "Roger Giller" <>
Date: Sat, 2 Sep 2006 14:45:36 +1000
The following article appeared in last Thursday's edition of the St George and 
Sutherland Shire Leader. They don't publish online so I scanned it.

It sounds like a great idea. I am just wondering why, in an article containing 
so many details of the background, funding etc., did they not bother to tell us 
how to find this platform. I'm sure the sponsors who funded it would like 
visitors to be able to find it.

I have contacted the Leader by email and asked if they could publish an 
addendum/clarification in a future issue.

Roger Giller.


By Amanda Carlin

Migratory birds will soon arrive on the NSW coastline for their ver­sion of 
spring break.

Towra Point, near Kurnell, is one popular site and thanks to a new viewing 
platform overlooking it and Quibray Bay, the birds will be able to breed 

 The Quibray Bay viewing platform is the first in a series of decks to give 
students and other visitors a chance to learn about the significance of Towra 
Point Nature Reserve without disturb­ing its flora and fauna.

National Parks and Wildlife Service area manager Christine Hopkins said it was 
important to protect the area from human disturbance and weed invasion.

She said the platform gave visitors an environmentally sensitive access point 
complete with educational signage.

It also closed illegal access for people dumping rubbish or walking their dogs.

"It's great for waders because we do have at least a chance of them being 
undisturbed," Ms Hopkins said.

"They need these mudflats and they've been largely excluded from the rest of 
Botany Bay. That's why it's particularly important for people not to be walking 
their dogs along here or horses."

The Botany Bay Busy Bees removed weeds and regenerated the bush, collecting 
cuttings and seeds from indigenous plants for propa­gation.

The platform cost almost $55,000 and was funded by Caltex Australia Pty Ltd, 
P&O Ports, artist Robyn Collier, the Department of Environ­ment and 
Conservation and the Foun­dation for National Parks and Wildlife.

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