Killing of rare parrots - charges to be heard in Robinvale maistrates Co

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Subject: Killing of rare parrots - charges to be heard in Robinvale maistrates Court (Vic) on May 22
From: "Sandra Henderson" <>
Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2007 12:17:46 +1000
Embarrassing too that SelectHarvest, who run the almond orchard where
this occurred, mention their environmental projects, including support
for regent parrot habitat and corridors, in some of their recent annual
reports, and the 2005 report has pic of the regent parrot on title page

Sandra Henderson

-----Original Message-----
From: Robert Gosford 
Sent: Thursday, 26 April 2007 8:43 PM
To: Birding-Aus; COG list
Subject: Killing of rare parrots - charges to be heard
in Robinvale maistrates Court (Vic) on May 22

Dear all,

Can anyone attend and give a report - and more generally, should we (or
is anyone already doing so? keep an eye on these, and similar,
prosecutions over time?

Cheers and it would be good if we could arrange for someone to attend
and report back. Is there anyone with further knowledge of these

Bob Gosford
Yuendumu, NT

*Charges laid over killing of rare parrots

April 26, 2007 08:33pm
Article from: AAP

TWO companies and two almond plantation workers have been charged over
the shooting of more than 40 rare parrots in Victoria's northwest late
last year.

The 40 regent parrots were shot in bush near a large almond farm near
Robinvale, on the Murray River 470km northwest of Melbourne, in November
last year.

The regent parrot is a nationally-threatened species, with only 2400
left in the wild.

The birds are protected under Victoria's Wildlife Act.

The maximum penalty for killing a single bird protected under the
legislation is a $5350 fine and six months' jail, with additional fines
for each subsequent bird killed.

Two men, one from Robinvale and one from Swan Hill, have each been
charged with taking protected wildlife.

They work in orchards run by Select Harvests Limited and Kyndalyn Park
Pty Ltd at Robinvale.

The companies have each been charged with single counts of taking
protected wildlife and giving false or misleading information to an
authorised officer and two counts each of failing to comply with an
authorisation to control wildlife.

DSE biodiversity and ecosystem executive director Ian Miles said
wildlife officers on a routine patrol found regent parrot carcasses and
those of other species hidden in fox and rabbit holes.

The case is listed form mention at the Robinvale Magistrates' Court on
May 22.*


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