Short-tailed Shearwaters on King Is

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Subject: Short-tailed Shearwaters on King Is
From: Dr Mark Carey <>
Date: Fri, 27 Sep 2013 15:38:38 +1000

 Does anyone have any more details on this? Regards,  Mark Breeding colony 
cleared for
golfers, Australian,
27/09/2013, Matthew Denholm


Aboriginal groups and bird
experts are demanding federal intervention after a golf course developer on
King Island bulldozed part of a breeding colony, displacing thousands of
protected seabirds. The developer of a links golf course on the Bass Strait
island yesterday confirmed it had destroyed the sand dune burrows of up to
10,000 short-tailed shearwaters, also known as Tasmanian mutton-birds. Last
night, federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt was taking urgent advice on the
matter. ‘‘This is the first the minister has heard of this issue — he is making
immediate inquiries for more information,’’ his spokeswoman told The
Australian. Darius Oliver, representing Lighthouse Properties Australia he
developer of the course at Cape Wickham told The Australian the burrow
destruction was carried out under permit and met all regulatory requirements.
However, BirdLife Tasmania and the state’s Aboriginal Land Council said the
actions could displace up to 24,000 of the protected birds, in breach of
international obligations, and demanded that the federal government intervene.


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