Mooloolaba magic

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Subject: Mooloolaba magic
From: "Robert Inglis" <>
Date: Tue, 1 Nov 2011 09:31:28 +1000
Trevor Ford asked: “have we managed to extirpate Wandering Tattlers from the 
SEQ coastline?”.

My response:
Perhaps, perhaps not.
I was unable to find any Wandering Tattlers at Caloundra (SE Queensland) last 
Friday (28th Oct) but I didn’t check the Mooloolaba area that same day.

On a previous trip to Pt Cartwright (the most accessible Wandering Tattler spot 
near Mooloolaba) on 19th Oct no Wandering Tattlers were seen by me. I was not 
surprised by the lack of Wandering Tattlers on both occasions: Wandering 
Tattlers are notorious late arrivals in that area but I am expecting them to 
start arriving any day now.

On that visit to Pt Cartwright I noticed that the “dogs on leash” signs have 
been changed in the area where the Wandering Tattlers are usually seen. It now 
appears that dogs are allowed “off-leash” at all times in that specific area 
whereas previously they were allowed “off-leash” only between the hours of 4:00 
PM and 8: AM. 
It was obvious that many dog owners struggled with understanding that 
requirement and naturally assumed there had been a “typo” in the instructions, 
so, perhaps, the change in regulation will not change conditions for the 
Wandering Tattlers. One can always hope.

But it would not be unreasonable to expect that Wandering Tattlers will soon be 
extirpated from that area in the near future.

Bob Inglis
Sandstone Point

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