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Flora and Fauna

This part of South East Queensland is home to many and varied species of Flora and Fauna. One of VETO's objectives is to help protect and conserve key parts of the natural environment for these native animals and plants.

Power lines a major risk for migratory birds

BERGEN, November 26, 2011 (AFP Pierre-Henry Deshayes) -- When flamingos, storks, pelicans and other migratory birds undertake their long seasonal flights, they risk their lives winging their way through the endless power grids that cover the world. There are some 70 million kilometres (43 million miles) of power lines on the planet. In Africa and Eurasia alone, tens of millions of birds die each year in collisions and hundreds of thousands of others are electrocuted, a study published at this week's Convention on Migratory Species in Bergen, Norway showed.

Alongside hunting, "collision and electrocution are among the most important human-related causes for bird mortality," Dutch ornithologist Hein Prinsen, the rapporteur of the study, told AFP.

Migratory birds have in many cases already seen their habitats destroyed by mankind and global warming. These accidents are pushing their numbers down further, and in some places even putting birds at risk of becoming locally extinct. Each death is a heavy blow for the bigger species who have relatively slow reproduction patterns. For cranes and storks, the death of an adult bird can lead to the death of its young, who depend on their two parents for survival.

 "Today, Eastern Europe is a hot spot for problems, for great bustards and birds of prey for example," said John O'Sullivan, a former member of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

"But the worst situation may well be soon found in India and Africa where vast amounts of power lines are being built and where there are very large populations of birds," he added.

In South Africa, 12 percent of blue cranes (the national bird) die each year in collisions with electricity wires. Collisions are more likely to occur in areas where birds congregate, such as near their watering holes and in flight corridors, while electrocutions are more common in areas with little vegetation where there are few natural places for the birds to perch.

In Logan, we're concerned about the impact the proposed second Loganlea to Jimboomba high voltage powerline could have on local birds, particularly Wedge tailed Eagles and Jabirus regularly seen along the Logan River. 

 

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An electrocurated blue-crane in South Africa- photo AFP

 

Deborah Tabart from the AKF visited VETO on 26 Oct 2010

Deborah Tabart OAM, has lead the Australian Koala Foundation since 1988 and is recognised around the world as an advocate for koalas. Under Deborah's direction, the AKF has grown into an internationally recognised scientific organisation which won a Smithsonian Medal for excellence in mapping koala habitat, has brought 'saving koalas' to the world's consciousness and has funded over 8 million dollars worth of research and conservation projects. Deborah provided AKF produced Koala habitat maps for our area as well as advice on dealing with Energex's planned clearing of 42.5 hectares of Koala habitat. Read more
 

 

Camp Cable Fauna


A recent photo of a Koala at a directly affected property along Camp Cable Road where these Australian icons abound in this sensative Koala habitat.  However Energex want to widen the existing narrow easement where a 33kV line is located on 14 metre wooden poles to 40 metres with 25 metre concrete poles and a dual circuit (6 power cables with 3 on each side of each pole) for 8 kilometres causing the following:-;

  • Loss of Koala habitat - food shelter and rest
  • Restrictions on land use - impacts on amenity, lowering value, and in some cases making front or back yards unusable.
  • Potential Health impacts for residents - prudent aviodance guidelines to EMFs limit exposure to 2 hours underneath the 110,000 volt Power lines.

This will be a signicant impact on the 50 Directly Affected Landowners, not the minor impact misrepresented by Energex !! 

 

Clearing of Koala habitat should not occur
when there are Alternatives!!


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Kangaroos abound in the Camp Cable Road area. Many people have purchased in this area for the peace and tranquility of this country life.

This will all be spoilt if Energex are allowed to construct this dual circuit powerline with 22 meter high concrete poles with a cleared 40 metre easement. 

Many people believe and are of the opinion that Energex are environmental bandits and rather than co-locate this powerline on local roads, prefer to secure exclusive easements across private properties to add to their assets register

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Energex's Safe trees

A lot of questions about the loss of  trees have been asked of Energex, who say they will replant them!

Whilst the Energex statement that they will replant trees may be true, these replacements will be young trees.

The  majestic  old gumtrees that provide food and shelter for eagles, koalas and other fauna will be replaced with immature trees not able to provide the same  food and shelter.

VETO was given the link below about "safe trees" from Energex.

http://www.energex.com.au/safety//asp/safetree_guide.asp

 

Community Wildlife Survey

Between March and June 2010, VETO and LACA (Logan and Albert Conservation Association) conducted a survey of 50 local residents along Camp Cable Rd, Jimboomba and Waterford-Tamborine Rd, Logan Village. This survey revealed 42 property owners had seen or heard Koalas and 32 reported Gliders on their properties. These properties are along the Energex preferred corridor where Energex propose to locate the 110kV powerline and expand the cleared easement to 40 metres. 

Read more...>koala sightings

Also, if you have Koala sightings on your property, we recommend you report and register them with the Australian Koala Foundation map.

 

Reporting your local Wildlife Fauna & Native Flora

Energex have been conducting ecological surveys of the proposed route. They did not bother to survey ANY of the river area, which is a bit of a worry since it is designated on State and Local Planning documents as an important bioregional corridor.

(I guess if we were supposed to be looking for Paris Hilton, we COULD try just looking for her at the Marsden shops- but perhaps we'd have more luck if we looked in her actual habitat -Rodeo Drive in Hollywood.)

Logan Village and surrounds are known as significant koala habitat areas , and for other important native species of flora and fauna.

Please click on the a map for Koala sightings.

laca2400The koala sightings in the map shown have been reported to WILDNET (Department of Environment and Resource Management) by the community and other scientific experts, and are current to June 2009 and include historically observations as well. The koala population in the Mount Lindesay North Beaudesert area have NEVER been properly surveyed by any local council or by state government and these WILDNET sightings provide very valuable information for the local area when no other detailed studies have been undertaken.

 

Observed Fauna from Field Survey Studies

Summary of Observed Fauna from Field Survey

Scientific Name

Common Name

Anas superciliosa

Pacific black duck

Anhinga melanogaster  

Darter

Ardea alba

Cattle egret

Cacatua galerita

Sulphur-crested cockatoo

Cacatua roseicapilla

Galah

Colluricincla harmonica

Grey shrike-thrush

Coracina novaehollandiae

Black-faced cuckoo-shrike

Corvus orru

Torresian crow

Cracticus nigrogularis

Pied butcherbird

Dacelo novaeguineae

Laughing kookaburra

Egretta novaehollandiae

White-faced heron

Elanus axillaris

Black-shouldered kite

Geopelia humeralis

Bar-shouldered dove

Gerygone olivacea

White-throated gerygone / bush canary

Grallina cyanoleuca

Australian magpie-lark

Gymnorhina tibicens

Australian magpie

Haliaeetus leucogaster  

White-bellied sea-eagle

Haliastur indus  

Brahminy kite

Lichenostomus chrysops

Yellow-faced honeyeater

 

Malurus lamberti

Variegated fairy-wren

Manorina melanocephala

Noisy miner

Merops ornatus

Rainbow bee-eater

Myzomela sanguinolenta

Scarlet honeyeater

Ochyphaps lophotes

Crested pigeon

Oriolus sagittatus

Olive-backed oriole

Pachycephala pectoralis

Golden whistler

Pachycephala rufiventris

Rufous whistler

Pardalotus striatus

Striated pardalote

Phalacrocorax melanoleucos

Little pied cormorant

Philemon corniculatus

Noisy friarbird

Platycercus adscitus

Pale-headed rosella

Porphyrio porphyrio

Purple swamp hen

Rhipidura fuliginosa

Grey fantail

Rhipidura leucophrys

Willie wagtail

Threskiornis molucca

Australian white ibis

Threskiornis spinicollis

Straw-necked ibis

Trichoglossus haematodus

Rainbow lorikeet

Vanellus miles

Masked lapwing plover

 

Amphibians and Reptiles

 

Lampropholis delicate

Grass skink

Litoria fallax

Eastern sedge  frog

Physignanthus lesueurii

Eastern water dragon

                                                                           Blue Tongue Lizard

 

 

Endangered Koalas

Koala Sightings in Logan City  and SEQ.

 Tlaca2400he koala sightings in the map shown (click to enlarge) have been reported  to WILDNET (Department of Environment and Resource Management) by the community and other scientific experts, and are current to June 2009 and include historically observations as well.  The koala population in the Mount Lindesay North Beaudesert area have NEVER been properly surveyed by any local council or by state government and these WILDNET sightings provide very valuable information for the local area when no other detailed studies have been undertaken

koala01 Here are some Koala photos which VETO and other Koala orientated organisations are trying to save in this their natural habitat area, rather than have their habitat destroyed or being relocated.

Koalas generally do not survive well once out of their original habitat area.

Energex, Project Manager Anita Sietas has indicated to the VETO president on the 3rd March 2010 that they will replant some natives around the lines, however the presidents reply was "Koalas prefer tall trees to hide in, and keep away from predators and they are also territorial animals, small trees and shrubs do nothing for the Koalas"

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 I can't live on Energex's structures

I can't eat their poles

Energex's structures make a terrible and dangerous home

My family does not want to be electrocuted

Will those terrible EMF's affect me?

HELP ME A FELLOW

AUSSIE

 

PLEASE