Are Your Hazard Lights Flashing?

Are Your Hazard Lights Flashing?

Many of our black cockatoos come to grief on the side of the roads, feeding and drinking. Because they are such a big bird, they face into and take off into the wind – which sometimes means they fly into traffic instead of away from it.

Let’s have a campaign of warning other drivers that the birds are there and get them to slow down as they go by. If you see the cockies on the side of the road ahead of you, put your warning flashing lights on.  As you approach the group of birds, slow down a little.  This will alert drivers ahead and behind who are approaching the group of birds to be mindful of them and take care to watch out for them flying off.

One Black Cockatoo carer wrote this on her Facebook page:

Crap, this is what I hate…well meaning rescuer keeps a black cocky for over a week after it is hit by a car “It had a bad head wound but its come good, I think its better that you release it. It’s been in a small cage but I think it can fly, it flutters about when other birds come near it”.

F#*K…in what state will this bird come to me in tomorrow morning? In person will she listen to me when I say the best chance a bird has at survival depends not only on severity of injury, but also on how quickly it comes to a qualified carer who can get it to the zoo?

Please let this be a healthy bird, minor injuries that the zoo find have healed correctly, meaning release, not over a week old fractures that are now infected and already healing incorrectly with internal bleeding and a suffering Black Cockatoo :'( I just can’t cope with more of that….and having to deal with a well meaning person who has prolonged the suffering of an animal.”

What Kaarakin has found in the past, is that people hang onto the birds until they think that it’s about to die. Then panic! Call the cockatoo rescue people who drop everything to go and pick it up and run it to the zoo, just for it to be euthanized.  They did a trip out to Gidgegannup just like that, the woman had held onto this poor bird for about a week. She was also very hazy about where it had been found (which makes them suspicious). 3 hour round trip for a poor bird that ended up being euthanized. God knows how much pain and stress that bird had gone through in the meantime. She had it in a cage, uncovered, out near the front of the house, by the drive.

(c) Leighton De Barros

 

 

Not all the stories are sad – many have very happy endings. Recently NINE Carnaby’s black cockatoos that had passed through Louise Hopper’s loving hands on their way through rehabilitation at Kaarakin and are about to fly free, we say “Good luck, it’s been an absolute pleasure.
To the bonded couple….we hope you find a nest hollow suitable for you and your future chick.To all the Kaarakin volunteers…be proud and enjoy the moment!”

 

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Forestry Minister, Redman, Confronted By FPC Pictures

The Honourable Terry Redman MLA
Minister for Agriculture and Food; Forestry; Corrective Services
11th Floor, Dumas House
2 Havelock Street,
WEST PERTH WA 6005

Dear Minister Redman,

From correspondence with your office (both electronic and written), you will
be aware that there are deep and well founded concerns in the community about
the current practices of the Forests Products Commission and the Department of
Environment and Conservation, with respect to logging in areas in our forests
selected for “rotational” logging.

This is because the community wants you, as The Minister for Forestry, to
take action to ensure the protection the habitat of endangered and unique native
animal species by addressing the matter with the appropriate members of your
various Forestry services (including the Forest Products Commission) and getting
their absolute commitment to see good practices are enforced.

As you well know,  See what confronts the Forestry Minister

Brendon Grylls Alerted Over SW Regional Challenge

 

Honourable Brendon Grylls MLA
Minister for Regional Development; Lands; Minister Assisting the Minister for State
Development
14th Floor, Dumas House
2 Havelock Street, WEST PERTH WA 6005

Dear Minister Grylls,

From correspondence with your office (both electronic and written), you will
be aware that there are deep and well founded concerns in the community about
the current practices of the Forests Products Commission and the Department of
Environment and Conservation, with respect to logging in areas in our forests
selected for “rotational” logging.

This is because the community wants you, as The Minister for Regional
Development, to take action to ensure the protection the habitat of endangered and
unique native animal species by addressing the matter with your fellow Ministers
about their various Forestry and Environment services (including the Forest
Products Commission) and getting their absolute commitment to see good practices
are enforced.

As you well know, a new Department of Environment and Conservation
(DEC) report prepared by BirdLife Australia revealed Perth’s Carnaby’s Black
Cockatoo population declined by a staggering 37 per cent in just one year (2010 to
2011)

In spite of this, logging in high conservation value forests has recommenced,
causing the destruction of the Marri trees, which are crucial for food and nesting
areas for black cockatoos, in particular. Not just any Marri trees, though! Read the whole story here

Environment Minister Challenged Over Photographs

 

Honourable Bill Marmion BE MBA MLA
Minister for Environment; Water
29th Floor, Allendale Square,
77 St George’s Terrace,
PERTH WA 6000

Dear Minister Marmion,

From correspondence with your office (both electronic and written), you will be

aware that there are deep and well founded concerns in the community about the

current practices of the Forests Products Commission and the Department of

Environment and Conservation, with respect to logging in areas in our forests selected for “rotational” logging.

 

This is because the community wants you, as The Minister for the Environment, to take immediate action to protect … read the whole story here

 

Premier Called To Take Swift Action

 

 

 

 

The Honourable Colin Barnett MEc MLA
Premier; Minister for State Development
24th Floor, Governor Stirling Tower
197 St Georges Terrace,
PERTH WA 6000

Dear Premier,

From correspondence with your office (both electronic and written), you will be aware that there are deep and well founded concerns in the community about the current practices of the Forests Products Commission and the Department of Environment and Conservation, with respect to logging in areas in our forests selected for “rotational” logging.

This is because the community wants you, as The Premier, to take action to ensure the protection the habitat of endangered and unique native animal species by addressing the matter with the appropriate Ministers and getting their absolute commitment to see good practices are enforced.

As you well know, a new Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) report prepared by BirdLife Australia revealed Perth’s Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo population declined by a staggering 37 per cent in just one year (2010 to 2011)

In spite of this, logging in high conservation value forests has recommenced, causing the destruction of the Marri trees, which are crucial for food and nesting areas for black cockatoos, in particular.

 

Read the full letter to The Premier of Western Australia here: The Hon Colin Barnett MEc MLA

Torching Our Forests or Managing The Fire Risks?

As regular readers of this blog will know, Lesley Dewar is helping to campaign for conservation and protection of both our high value conservation forests and their unique native inhabitants.  She is passionate about helping to raise awareness of conservation issues.

This post has on purpose: to provide links to a variety of points of view and people whose opinions are highly divergent.  It is easy:

  • to shout down those whose views do not agree with yours;
  • to deride academics or activists as ” armchair critics” when they may not have had intense physical interaction with bushfires;
  • to ignore the right of everyone to express their point of view;
  • to fail to support the views of others who have a credible story to tell
  • to deny evidence because you do not approve or like or accept by whom it is presented;

Readers are invited to read, review and comment.  The notes in italics have been added by the author or sourced as a quote from the link. The links to the You Tube videos have not been edited for the sake of appearance.

 

Don’t Torch The Tingles.

Uploaded to You Tube by WAforests on May 17, 2011

The last of our pre European Tingle Forest is to be firebombed next summer 2011/2012. This is the last large example of long unburnt OPEN FLOOR Tingle Forest left in the world, solely due to it being without fire for 80 years, allowing the understory to collapse and decompose creating this Park Land Forest with declining litter or fuel levels.

http://youtu.be/yRrFSGt6i30

 At the date of uploading, we had not been able to confirm whether the proposed burning had been carried out. The video offers suggestions on alternative areas to be selected for the proposed burning which may be more effective than the initially selected site.

 

Wildfire WA part 1 (Waterbush)

Uploaded to You Tube by WAforests on May 25, 2011

Controlled forest burning in Western Australia is making the forest more flammable and therefore more dangerous.

http://youtu.be/xFBaOgOgX4g

 A very interesting video on the proliferation of vegetation which seeds well after burning.

Wildfire WA part 2 (Waterbush)

Uploaded to You Tube by WAforests on Jun 5, 2011

The WA government, under Colin Barnett, is encouraging the destruction of native forest animals by destroying their habitat.

http://youtu.be/SxibsGwvDJw

The second video in the series, it offers alternative ideas on proposed burning actions.

Water Flower (Florabase Dept Environment and Conservation)

South West Western Australia on a budget

Uploaded to You Tube by RadioLynxContent on Dec 2, 2011

One of the worries about taking a holiday of a lifetime is that it is going to cost you the earth, but in south west Western Australia that needn’t be the case.

http://youtu.be/3J2ZilRDbNk

With strong calls by the author for more attention to eco-tourism, videos like this help promote the South West as a good tourism destination.

Bush Fire Front:  The Alliance Against Bushfire Damage in WA

The Bush Fire Front is a Western Australian voluntary organisation dedicated to protecting householders, farmers and forests from the ravages of bushfires. Our focus is the southwest corner of WA, where hundreds of thousands of people, valuable property, public assets and priceless forests are threatened by wildfire.

We are practical bushfire specialists, with hundreds of years’ accumulated experience in preventing bushfire damage to people, property and forests. We are a group of West Australians deeply concerned to prevent bushfire damage to people, lives and forests. Each of us has worked in bushfire prevention, bushfire science, fire planning, administration or operations for over 35 years

http://bushfirefront.com.au/opinion/general-fire-management-issues

Quote: We need a return to the sort of fire management regime used by aboriginal people in ages past. The beautiful forests and landscapes that the first European settlers found were the product of frequent mild burning, not of massive high intensity fires which blackened the landscape over millions of hectares, which is what the current approach is doing.

 

South West Fire Services

South West Fire Services is a Busselton based Fire Management Consultancy. Established in 2001, we specialise in management of fire in the natural environment, with emphasis on protection of the biodiversity values, property, and life. With a combined total of over 100 years in practical fire management, we can offer practical advice based on extensive fire and land management experience

John Evans is the director of SWFS, with nearly 40 years experience with DEC in District and Regional Fire Management roles throughout the SW. Primary responsibilities included planning and managing fire management programmes, wildfire suppression operations (Level 3 Incident Controller), fire training, preparation of technical and reference material, liaising with state and local government agencies, and forest management companies etc. Specialising in Karri, Tingle and Jarrah forest fire management, but with a wide range of experience across WA, he is based in Busselton.

http://www.bushfireservices.com.au/about-us/john-evans/

 

DEC: Science Division Research Project:
The impact of wildfire in old growth forest of the Walpole-Nornalup National Park on short-range endemic invertebrates and their forest floor communities

This study, established in December 2001, was designed to involve and educate the local volunteers in the establishment of a long-term invertebrate collection

Profile link for Paul Van Heurck  http://science.dec.wa.gov.au/people/?sid=117#profile

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Arthropods, beetle fire ecology, beta richness, Bushfire CRC, Coleoptera biodiversity, fire mosaics, ForestCheck beetles, rarefaction, structural diversity, trophic guilds, Walpole beetles, Walpole protocol, wildfire impacts

 

At the date of posting, the author had not been able to contact Paul Van Heurck and has not yet accessed any information on the results of the study.

 

The Minister for Forestry – emailed February 11.2102

Subject: Logging of Warrup, near Bridgetown and vandalism of our Forests.

 

Honourable Terry Redman MLA
Minister for Agriculture and Food; Forestry; Corrective Services
11th Floor, Dumas House
2 Havelock Street, WEST PERTH WA 6005

Dear Minister Redman,

In your role as Minister for Forestry, you must be deeply disturbed by the continuing reports coming out of our forests in the South West about the vandalism of both DEC and FPC.  The attached picture is a blatant example of what little regard is being shown for the guidelines and good forestry practices.

In the first picture, you will see a perfect nesting hollow is on the chopping block in Warrup. Worse still, it is in a one hectare area that was closely examined yesterday (wed 8 Feb) in which only 2 trees have been marked for retention. FPC is supposed to retain a minimum of 11. DEC refuses to stop the logging to investigate.

In the second, these two beautiful high quality habitat trees, a jarrah in the foreground and marri behind, are not marked for protection. They will be cut down despite there being only 2 habitat trees marked in the hectare where they stand.

This video of FPC deliberately poisoning Marri trees is being widely circulated on the Internet and it is the Ministers of this Government who will have to take responsibility for their actions. Not just those directly responsible for those departments, but all associated Ministers who were made aware and did not cry out for it to stop. http://youtu.be/ItILkPwGQYE

Minister Redman – as the Minister for Forests, you have a direct responsibility to speak up and have an immediate end to logging in high value conservation forests UNTIL demands for proper habitat and wildlife surveys have been completed to ensure we do not continue making our unique wildlife extinct.  There is a huge market for Eco-tourism and our South West Forests should be at the forefront of this, along with our winery tours and surfing.

Yours faithfully

 

Lesley Dewar
51 Beatty Avenue
East Victoria Park  6101

http://storiesmynanatells.com

The Minister for Police and Road Safety – emailed February 11.2102

Subject: Poor Use Of Police Resources Angers Citizens

Honourable Rob Johnson JP MLA
Minister for Police; Road Safety
20th Floor, Governor Stirling Tower
197 St Georges Terrace, PERTH WA 6000

Dear Minister Johnson,

In your role as the Minister for Police and Road Safety, you must be deeply disturbed by the continuing reports coming out of our forests in the South West about the vandalism of both DEC and FPC. We see police resources being used over and over again to allow the FPC to engage in practices which their own guidelines clearly tells us are in breach of forest management requirements. This is a matter which will continue to be of high priority for voters who do not want our Government to stand by and allow our unique native animals rendered extinct nor do they want to see valuable police resources being used to prevent citizens like myself being able to protest against the vandalism of our forests.

Having spent a short time at Warrup last week and met the officers charged with issuing move on notices to protestors, two things were very clear to me.  The local police do not like being the instruments of poor political practices and were very polite in dealing with the protesters because they are charged with doing their job.  Secondly, the use of move on notices appears to have been perverted from their original intention and are now a tool for infringing on civil liberties – with substantial financial penalties attached if the order is ignored.

The protestors at Warrup Block 6 were in no way violent nor did their protests take any kind of physical action against the police – while they did maintain their right to physically be present for as long as possible.  There are good reason why this has to be done.

Australia has a history of allowing indigenous wildlife to be killed, through the destruction of habitat, and it appears we have learned little from the past. Why is the current Government not taking every step within its power to secure the future of our numbats (the State Fauna Emblem) and the iconic Black Cockatoos? The electorate is crying out for conservation and strong leadership from Ministers like yourself – who can get our native animals and birds protected and saved for future generations.  Interview With Ben (age 10) About Saving Forests

The attached pictures are blatant examples of what little regard is being shown for the guidelines and good forestry practices.

In the first picture, you will see a perfect nesting hollow which is on the chopping block in Warrup. Worse still, it is in a one hectare area that was closely examined yesterday (wed 8 Feb) in which only 2 trees have been marked for retention. FPC is supposed to retain a minimum of 11. DEC refuses to stop the logging to investigate.

In the second, these two beautiful high quality habitat trees, a jarrah in the foreground and marri behind, are not marked for protection. They will be cut down despite there being only 2 habitat trees marked in the hectare where they stand.

Minister Johnson, there are literally hundreds of these photographs, evidence of terrible breaches of forestry guidelines and arrogant disregard for quarantine practices, now being circulated on the Internet – so the witnesses are there. This Government will be held to account.

This video of FPC deliberately poisoning Marri trees is being widely circulated on the Internet and it is the Ministers of this Government who will have to take responsibility for their actions. Not just those directly responsible for those departments, but all Ministers who were made aware and did not cry out for it to stop. http://youtu.be/ItILkPwGQYE 

Minister Johnson – in particular as the Minister for Police, you have a direct responsibility to speak up and have an immediate end brought to logging in high conservation value forests UNTIL demands for proper habitat and wildlife surveys have been completed to ensure we do not continue making our unique wildlife extinct. We need our police on the roads and in our communities – not being wasted in the pursuit of quiet protestors who seek only to have FPC and DEC fulfill their own obligations to the community and the forests, along with the unique wildlife that lives therein.

There is a huge market for Eco-tourism and our South West Forests should be at the forefront of this, along with our winery tours and surfing. Rather than subsidizing an industry that is long overdue to be phased out completely, we should be doing everything we can to support tourism in a healthy and well managed forest. While our Museums, Zoos, Local Councils and wildlife groups do everything they can to engage the community in conservation, the Government is sitting on its hands and ignoring the most horrendous forest practices which can and must be brought to an end, immediately.

The benefits for your local police staff would be great, because bringing healthy economics into small country towns increases local employment and helps reduce local crime. Improved police morale is good for the whole community and their  not having to engage with protestors whose only aim is to protect our unique wildlife and its habitat will go a long way to improving the overall quality of life for them and those they protect.

Yours faithfully

Lesley Dewar
51 Beatty Avenue
East Victoria Park  6101

http://storiesmynanatells.com

 

 

The Minister for Finance, Commerce and Small Business – emailed February 11.2012

Subject: Small Business Suffers From Government’s Short Term Vision

Honourable Simon O’Brien MLC
Minister for Finance; Commerce; Small Business
13th Floor, Dumas House
2 Havelock Street, WEST PERTH WA 6005

Dear Minister O’Brien,

In your role as the Minister for Finance, Commerce and Small Business, you must be deeply disturbed by the continuing reports coming out of our forests in the South West about the vandalism of both DEC and FPC. This is a matter which will continue to be of high priority for voters who do not want our Government to stand by and allow our unique native animals rendered extinct.

Australia has a history of allowing indigenous wildlife to be killed, through the destruction of habitat, and it appears we have learned little from the past. Why is the current Government not taking every step within its power to secure the future of our numbats (the State Fauna Emblem) and the iconic Black Cockatoos? The children of Western Australia are crying out for conservation and strong leadership from Ministers like yourself – who can get our native animals and birds protected and saved for future generations.  Interview With Ben

The attached pictures are blatant examples of what little regard is being shown for the guidelines and good forestry practices.

In the first picture, you will see a perfect nesting hollow which is on the chopping block in Warrup. Worse still, it is in a one hectare area that was closely examined yesterday (wed 8 Feb) in which only 2 trees have been marked for retention. FPC is supposed to retain a minimum of 11. DEC refuses to stop the logging to investigate.

In the second, these two beautiful high quality habitat trees, a jarrah in the foreground and marri behind, are not marked for protection. They will be cut down despite there being only 2 habitat trees marked in the hectare where they stand.

Minister O’Brien, there are literally hundreds of these photographs, evidence of terrible breaches of forestry guidelines and arrogant disregard for quarantine practices, now being circulated on the Internet – so the witnesses are there. This Government will be held to account.

This video of FPC deliberately poisoning Marri trees is being widely circulated on the Internet and it is the Ministers of this Government who will have to take responsibility for their actions. Not just those directly responsible for those departments, but all Ministers who were made aware and did not cry out for it to stop. http://youtu.be/ItILkPwGQYE 

Minister O’Brien – in particular as the Minister for Finance, Commerce and Small Business, you have a direct responsibility to speak up and have an immediate end brought to logging in high conservation value forests UNTIL demands for proper habitat and wildlife surveys have been completed to ensure we do not continue making our unique wildlife extinct. This Government not only allows this vandalism but underpins it with financial agreements that protect commercial operators in the event of their financial failure!

There is a huge market for Eco-tourism and our South West Forests should be at the forefront of this, along with our winery tours and surfing. Rather than subsidizing an industry that is long overdue to be phased out completely, we should be doing everything we can to support tourism in a healthy and well managed forest. While our Museums, Zoos, Local Councils and wildlife groups do everything they can to engage the community in conservation, the Government is sitting on its hands and ignoring the most horrendous forest practices which can and must be brought to an end, immediately.

The benefits for small business would be great, if we were less concerned with propping up a dying industry and used those funds to create new jobs in eco-tourism.

Yours faithfully

Lesley Dewar
51 Beatty Avenue
East Victoria Park  6101

http://storiesmynanatells.com