Waders and China

To: 'Bob & Trish Sothman' <>, "" <>
Subject: Waders and China
From: Judy Leitch <>
Date: Fri, 25 Mar 2016 02:00:31 +0000
Thanks Bob for this information.

Of course, our Shorebirds are also suffering with constant claims for
development along the Australian coastline.

At Toondah Harbour in Cleveland is one such area.

Unfortunately this area in Cleveland is under threat from the massive
Toondah Harbour development. While most residents agree Toondah Harbour
ferry facilities need to be renovated, this project is much larger than the
2014 plans that included 800 apartments. There will be a huge marina, cars
and multistorey apartments.

The developer is recorded as saying 'it's only 0.13% of the Moreton Bay
Marine Park/Ramsar area' - yes, BUT this represents 1.6% of the entire
feeding grounds of Moreton Bay.

The current proposal covers two and a half times more area, costing $1.4
billion with:

.       A marina for 400 boats
.       3,600 apartments, most on reclaimed land;
.        10,000 more people with probably 7,000 cars;
.        A new suburb in Moreton Bay (Yes, in the bay - they will be
dredging and then building on the dredge spoils in the water.)

The THPDA is predicated on decisions of Government including:
. Approval of dredging to remove 70% more marine material than at Abbotts
Point on the Great Barrier Reef;
. Revocation of part of Moreton Bay Marine Park;
. Amendment to the international RAMSAR agreement (this agreement is to
protect wetland areas)

Birdlife Southern Queensland has more information on the Redlands 2020

Curlew Island in the Gold Coast Broadwater is still under threat from
proposals by developers.

Death by a thousand cuts,


-----Original Message-----
From: Birding-Aus  On Behalf Of
Bob & Trish Sothman
Sent: Friday, 25 March 2016 9:51 AM
Subject: Waders and China

Recent reports indicate that many of our waders are on the move north to
their breeding grounds near the Arctic Circle.  Many will use the Yellow Sea
tidal mudflats to rest & recuperate on their long journeys. Both China since
1970, and Korea have been reclaiming many hundreds of square kms of the
Yellow Sea. The loss of these prime tidal mudflats is blamed for
contributing to the dramatic drop in wader numbers (refer eg to
lines-migratory-shorebirds).  The reclamations continue. Accurate data is
limited.  A number of Australian volunteers have been helping gather data in
China and they must be commended.  Some dedicated Chinese are also involved.
I was recently fortunate to go with Zhang Lin and his colleague on a bird
survey along the coast just north of Shanghai. It is amazing to see the
amount of reclamation that has already occurred. Zhang Lin is doing a great
data-gathering job.  He also is a great bird guide and I would recommend him
to anyone looking for a bird guide in the Shanghai area.  He can be
contacted at  Cheers, Bob Sothman Adelaide

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