Winton, Qld

To: Martin Butterfield <>
Subject: Winton, Qld
From: Denise Goodfellow <>
Date: Tue, 7 Aug 2018 12:15:47 +0930
I’ve just filled in a complaints form with the following:

I understand that most of the bullrushes have been removed from the Winton 
Sewage Treatment Ponds.  These, according to my contacts, were a prime spot for 
birdwatchers to find hard-to-see crakes and grass birds.   In case you think 
birdwatching is a small market - there are about 50 million in the USA alone 
(the subject of my PhD) and after the Americas Australia is the place they most 
want to visit.  You've just given them a reason not to visit Winton. 


On 7 Aug 2018, at 11:42 am, Martin Butterfield <> wrote:

> Pending Greg's update perhaps people could call the number listed on the
> website as shown in my post: (07) 4657 2666.!
> Martin Butterfield
> On 7 August 2018 at 11:47, Greg and Val Clancy <> wrote:
>> We were there last week and I photographed the Australian Spotted Crake
>> and a Baillon's Crake.  The others heard a number of Spotless Crakes.  The
>> place was alive with birds.  This is outrageous and I have 'phoned Winton
>> Shire Council.  I am waiting for a response from the person in charge.
>> When I get a name I will post it and others could then also 'phone and
>> protest, unless of course there is a very valid reason, which I doubt.
>> Greg Clancy
>> -----Original Message----- From: Martin Butterfield
>> Sent: Tuesday, August 7, 2018 8:17 AM
>> To: Brian & Meg
>> Cc: birding-aus NEW
>> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Winton, Qld
>> Any idea why they did that, other than "the bulldozer was just sitting
>> there costing ratepayers money"?  Presumably the rushes will contribute to
>> preserving the climate by being set alight.
>> Martin Butterfield
>> On 6 August 2018 at 18:26, Brian & Meg <> wrote:
>> For those who know the ‘old’ Winton W.T.Ponds in central-western Qld, you
>>> will be disappointed to hear that today, council workmen moved in and
>>> began
>>> using a bulldozer to remove the majority of the bullrushes around some of
>>> the ponds. We were there yesterday and it was alive with birds. This
>>> afternoon, it was a sad-looking place with the bullrushes piled up along
>>> the walls and mud everywhere. Obviously, this debris will need to be
>>> removed, probably tomorrow. Many of the birds had already moved out but we
>>> did manage to see a few of the crakes and grassbirds that were struggling
>>> to find somewhere to shelter.
>>> Brian Johnson
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