Destruction of bird habitat Pacific Highway upgrade Clarence Valley NSW

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Subject: Destruction of bird habitat Pacific Highway upgrade Clarence Valley NSW
From: "Greg and Val Clancy" <>
Date: Wed, 9 Jan 2013 13:47:29 +1100
The Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has adopted a preferred option for the 
Pacific Highway upgrade through the Clarence valley, North Coast NSW that 
involves the destruction of large areas of natural vegetation, cuts across 
wetlands and places a barrier through the habitat of the endangered population 
of the Coastal Emu.  Proposed ameliorative measures are at the best hopeful and 
at the worst farcical.  The EIS has been released and submissions are due by 
February 4.  In excess of 80 threatened species of flora and fauna are to be 
impacted including the state listed Black-necked Stork, Brolga, Australasian 
Bittern, Eastern Osprey, Square-tailed Kite, Spotted Harrier, Little Eagle, 
Bush Stone-curlew, Glossy Black-Cockatoo, Masked Owl, Eastern Grass Owl, 
Powerful Owl, Black-chinned Honeyeater, Grey-crowned Babbler, Diamond Firetail 
and more, and the federally listed Rainbow Bee-eater, White-bellied Sea-Eagle, 
Latham’s Snipe, Australian Painted Snipe, Fork-tailed Swift and White-throated 
Needletail, as well as numerous mammals, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates 
and flora species.

There is an alternative route but it has a greater social impact.  Money can 
address the social impacts but no amount of money can bring back the ecosystems 
once they are lost.  The orange option, that approximates the existing highway, 
is a less ecologically destructive route.  We are calling for it to be the 
preferred route. 

People that want to prepare a submission can contact me directly on 
 and I will send a package of material to assist with its 
preparation or people can follow up the issue directly at (click on Woolgoolga to Ballina).  I would 
appreciate hearing from anyone who does send a submission.


Dr Greg. P. Clancy
Ecologist and Birding-wildlife Guide
PO Box 63 Coutts Crossing NSW 2460
0266493153 0429601960


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