If there are connotations of racism or 'blame' in this article, I guess it's
got nothing to do with birding or birders. So putting those other matters aside
and just looking at it's mention that the indigenous community has lost out -
isn't this interesting to birders?
Since the Princess Parrot debacle, this is the first time that anyone in the
Australian media has questioned whether banning birders outright was actually
the best option. That would seem to me, to be a very reasonable hypothesis. So
on that point, I think this should be of interest to birders and at least
someone has had the gumption to mention it.
Remember, this article was written by a journalist ... not by Bird-O - so don't
shoot the messenger ; ) ... this is me ducking!
All the best,
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> Date: Tue, 5 Oct 2010 07:31:15 +0930
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Ashmore Reef information
> To: ; ;
> If the NT News really wanted a more accurate target they should be looking
> towards the government department that helped sink my relatives' tourism
> project on Baby Dreaming. For example, elders were told (as was I) that
> they needed a "Certificate 4 in training" (cost - several thousand dollars
> for each person), to teach particular skills to others.
> Also, a Scandinavian birding tour operator offered the community a donation
> of a couple of thousand dollars to train residents to show visitors
> sandstone birds. My relatives were very excited. But the money had to go
> through a birding or conservation organisation. A Birds Australia spokesman
> told me it was 'too little' to be worth their while. And then there's the
> debacle of the latest effort to train Indigenous bird guides in Kakadu.
> There's plenty of blame to go around, but very little of it should be
> directed at Aboriginal people.
> on 5/10/10 7:15 AM, Bill Stent at wrote:
> > Simon, I'm not sure that "useful" is quite the word that I'd use to describe
> > the NT News article.
> > "Racist" might be closer. Possibly "patronising" if I were feeling more
> > conciliatory.
> > Not a good hook to get readers to Bird-o.
> > Bill
> > --------------------------------------------------
> > From: "Simon Mustoe" <>
> > Sent: Tuesday, October 05, 2010 8:28 AM
> > To: <>
> > Subject: [Birding-Aus] Ashmore Reef information
> >> Hi,
> >> ASHMORE REEF
> >> Ashmore reef trips are nearly upon us so we've put together information
> >> for you, on this remarkable place. If you visit Bird-O and go to "Birding
> >> REGIONS" in the top menu, you'll find access to a page about Ashmore Reef
> >> and the NW Shelf. You can see images from past trips, read about its
> >> history and the birds that have been seen there. There's also new article
> >> which summarises the birding highlights from the last 14 trips and
> >> information on how you can plan your trip to Ashmore Reef next year.
> >> CENTRAL AUSTRALIA
> >> There's another regional page set up for Central Aus. This is a way to
> >> support our growing birding tour industry so email us if you're interested
> >> in being part.
> >> OUTBACK HAS UNSEEN BUCKS
> >> Also of interest, an article in NT News titled "Outback has Unseen
> >> Bucks" - a useful follow-up to the recent Princess Parrot debarcle.
> >> http://search.twitter.com/search.atom?q=%23birdonews
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> >> Happy birding!
> >> Simon.
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