Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Bird Fanciers All a Twitter about Protecting Site

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Bird Fanciers All a Twitter about Protecting Site

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AS THE Federal Government investigates whether a return to farming would be in breach of environmental laws on the Yandina Creek Wetlands, other environmental and community groups have got behind the push to protect the site.

BirdLife Australia's Southern Queensland convenor Judith Hoyle said the wetlands were some of the most impressive she'd come across in her global bird-watching travels, and believed there was a real ecotourism opportunity.

"There's real potential for these wetlands from the glimpses I've seen with the layout of the land and the ground cover," she said.

She said the fact it was a tidal wetland meant it was more or less self-managing, and thought the preservation of the site could be a boon for the Coast tourism industry, with Australia a hotspot for bird fanciers the world over.

"It's not all about the birds either, there has to be other species in there," she said.

"It's the ideal acquisition under the Environment Levy."

Meanwhile, Sunshine Coast Environment Council liaison Narelle McCarthy echoed the sentiments of Mr Roberts, saying the wetlands held great environmental value, and hoped an extensive environmental survey would eventuate. …

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