Potential threat to Significant wetland

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Subject: Potential threat to Significant wetland
From: "Greg & Val Clancy" <>
Date: Fri, 30 Apr 2010 16:09:16 +1000
There is an important egret colony at a wetland at Lawrence, near Maclean, on 
the New South Wales north coast.  An estimated 2,000 pairs of Cattle Egrets 
nest annually with 20-50 pairs each of the Eastern Great Egret and Intermediate 
Egret as well as a small number of Little Egrets.  The Australian White Ibis, 
Straw-necked Ibis, Royal Spoonbill, Yellow-billed Spoonbill, Great Cormorant, 
Pied Cormorant, Little Black Cormorant, Little Pied Cormorant and Australasian 
Darter also nest there in large numbers.  The Whistling Kite and Pink-eared 
Duck are other breeding species.  The Black-necked Stork, Brolga, Pied 
Oystercatcher and Freckled Duck are threatened species that have been recorded 
at the site.  The Comb-crested Jacana and Magpie Goose have been observed at 
nearby wetlands and probably also use the site.

There is presently a development application (SUB 2010/0025) being advertised 
by the Clarence Valley Council for a 35 lot subdivision for land adjacent to 
the wetland.  The land is not presently sewered and urban runoff will go into 
the wetland.  Other disturbances such as dogs and cats and house and vehicle 
lights are likely to disturb the nesting birds.

Emails to the General Manager (attention Patrick Ridgeway) at 
 objecting to the development would be appreciated.  
 Submissions close on Friday May 7.

Greg Clancy
Ecologist and Birding Guide
Coutts Crossing

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