Do we lose another Wader roost?

To: Burnice Starkey <>
Subject: Do we lose another Wader roost?
From: Andy Burton <>
Date: Sat, 4 Jun 2016 07:43:09 +0000
Are these people aware of the numbers of birders who travel (fly) to Cairns, 
whose primary or secondary reason for travelling to the area is to observe the 
fauna, particularly its birds.

These travellers provide significant income to the area, its airlines and the 

Our business leaders and politicians don’t seem to understand. How are the 
corporate business models going to look for instance, if the coral reefs of the 
area die or if the migrant waders disappear. Probably no need to expand the 


> On 4 Jun 2016, at 3:17 PM, Burnice Starkey <> wrote:
> In a recent newsletter from the Cairns Bird group I was extremely alarmed to 
> read an article by Brian Venables titled: Institutionalised Environmental 
> Vandalism.
> He wrote a report about a recent meeting with Cairns Airport with regard to 
> the environmental impacts for a proposed expansion.
> Those present were listed as:
> Peter Hitchcock (Environment and Heritage Consultant)
> Brian Venables (Bird Life Australia)
> Darren Crayn (Australian Tropical Herbarium, JCU)
> Bess Murphy (Cairns and Far North Environment Centre)
> Kevin Brown (Cairns Airport Pty. Ltd)
> Ian Maltmann (Cairns Airport Pty. Ltd)
> Helen Laird (Cairns Airport Pty. Ltd)
> Birders both Australian and international should be aware that these 
> intentions would impact on the salt marsh, mangroves and boardwalk  locally 
> named Jack Barnes Boardwalk.
> In view of the plight of the Eastern Curlew's ever declining numbers and the 
> importance of Wader roosts I am shocked to read that:
> "the Airport was only vaguely
> aware of its importance as a roost for waders (some of which are on
> the brink of extinction) they were completely unaware of its importance and 
> place in the ecosystem. They were also unaware of the species diversity and 
> age of the surrounding forests..."
> Whether these mangroves were de-listed from the National Register by some 
> past government or not, our present State and Federal Environment Ministers 
> should intervene.
> Sadly Brian Venables surmised that although alternative suggestions were 
> discussed: "Surveys were proposed and a further meeting, but it would seem 
> that the loss of our beautiful mangrove forest is a fait accompli and 
> although the Cairns Airport Pty. Ltd. (a multinational company) has said they 
> will not proceed immediately they have the option to do so at any time.
> Legislations can be re-written.
> How can we let Cairns Airport Pty Ltd blunder ahead?
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