Mangrove Removal a threat to Rufous Owls in Cairns

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Subject: Mangrove Removal a threat to Rufous Owls in Cairns
From: "Alan Gillanders" <>
Date: Wed, 4 Nov 2009 17:00:52 +1000
The following is forwarded from Brian Venables in Cairns. If any one would like a copy of his letter or other info please contact me off line. Basically the Cairns Regional Council is using an old hydrology report and flooding earlier this year to justify the clearing of mangroves where a pair of Rufous Owls are nesting.

I wouldn't ordinarily be writing to all of you like this but things are desperate. "We have a situation in Cairns right now where the City Council is tearing down the Mangroves in Saltwater Creek in the Flecker Botanic Gardens. They are doing this notwithstanding the fact the area is a fish Sanctuary and there is a pair of Rufous Owls with chicks in a nest hollow so close to the work as to be in danger. "Qld Fisheries have given the OK to clear mangroves and a permit to damage can be obtained from EPA with respect to the Rufous Owls should that be necessary. It is all OK in Qld. "Please read the attached Letter to the Mayor and decide for yourself if you think this right. "Please write to the Mayor <> yourself and give her your thoughts and if you feel as strongly as I do contact to your friends and ask them to write as well.
"Habitat destruction has to stop.

Alan Gillanders

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