Another similar case (in the same area) is the proposal to put in a
new park on the western bank of the Werribee River - opening up what
is now a very isolated area to anyone and again potentially
threatening valuable bird habitat. At a recent meeting in Werribee
Parks Victoria expressed surprise at any opposition - and assured us
that dogs, horses, trail bikes etc would not be allowed!
> The recent posting about the affects of dog walking on bird populations
> got me thinking about the affect on RAMSAR listed wetlands.
> Does anyone know if there is anything regarding dogs in the RAMSAR
> Its concerning that many new residential developments are being built
> adjoining RAMSAR-listed wetlands, and although the developments are
> percieved not to impact the wetlands, they are magnets for dog walkers and
> other recreational activities by the residence that live in close
> proximity to them.
> There seems to be pressure to put walking tracks past any bodies of water
> these days.
> A local example from Southern Victoria is a proposed walking track along
> the Barwon River all the way to Barwon Heads, which includes through the
> Lake Connewarre system. Lake Connewarre has always been a fairly isolated
> and inaccessible lake, despite being a huge wetland close to a fairly
> major city (Geelong). Even though its degraded due to silting problems,
> its isolation still makes it a 'wild' refuge for birdlife. (including the
> Orange-Bellied Parrot). A walking path will no doubt make people more
> aware of the location and also about its problems that need addressing. A
> 500-lot residential development is also being proposed in Barwon Heads
> adjoining another section of the ramsar listed wetlands. But will the
> positive impacts of exposing the public to significant wetlands outway the
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