DO NOT Remove Scarness Caravan Park Trees – Create Eco-tourism Lorikeet Feeding Attraction
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To the Chief Executive Officer, Mayor and Councillors of Fraser Coast Regional Council
We the undersigned request the Fraser Coast Regional Council DO NOT Remove any more trees / wildlife habitats in Scarness Caravan Park until they UNDERTAKE FURTHER RESEARCH into an Environmentally & Wildlife Friendly Eco-tourism Solution.
18 trees were removed in 2012 at the Scarness Caravan Park and the lorikeets are still here, removing more trees / wildlife habitats is not a solution, and did not work last time, it just destabilises more erosion prone buffer land.
– Bird faeces, the same as bat faeces, pose no health risks unless a person is playing in it eg. having direct bodily contact with the faeces or ingesting them somehow. To our knowledge there has been no know cases of sickness / illness to humans recorded from the Lorikeets roosting near Scarness Caravan Park. (CEO Lisa Desmond & Fraser Coast Regional Council still to provide their reports on this health issue they have stated as a reason to cut the trees)
– Do the research into a bird feeding station for tourism, as FIVE Councillors stated it’s a great business opportunity; procedures, permits etc. (eg. like Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, O’Reilly’s Rainforest retreat)
– There must be some research done into the feeding station as a tourist attraction, and on record and accessible, as Council have been discussing this since 2012 when they last cut down fully grown trees at the same location, and claimed at the time they would investigate a feeding station and tourism venture as an option, so they must have some data available.
– Council should market Scarness Caravan Park as being Eco-tourism / Lorikeet Friendly.
Offering holistic management of the interactions between their visitors and wildlife.
– Build shade shelters over the caravan lots where the trees are to protect peoples vans from droppings.
This would be a minimal cost compared to the cost of cutting the trees and building another $1.2 Mill rockwall that are proven to wash out to sea.
– How many more visitors would be attracted with nice shady camp sites all year round, especially during the summer heat. This could increase revenue, particularly with rising temperatures and climate change.
– Plant some more Cottonwoods for shade too and enhance the beautiful gardens. Plant spinach in these gardens, see ‘Feeding a Lorikeet’ below.
– Maybe put solar panels on top of the shelters too, free electricity!
– Put is some bird baths to watch the lorikeets cool off.
– Make a lorikeet information wall plus sell toys, bird food, coffee cups, merchandise and t-shirts etc. There’s more to Hervey Bay nature tourism than just the Whales!
– Facebook, Instagram, Twitter #lorikeetsherveybay #lorikeetsscarness
– Have the feeding station where locals can purchase food to participate in feeding and provide photo opportunities for visitors.
– Feeding a Lorikeet:
Lorikeets are one of the few parrots that eat mainly nectar and pollen and therefore need a specialised diet. There are now commercial brands of both wet (nectar) and dry (pollen) lorikeet feeds that have made feeding and nutritional maintenance of the birds easier. (These are easily accessible and quality brands can be purchased in bulk for optimum value.) A daily supply of fruit and vegetables is also important in a balanced, healthy diet and native eucalypt flowers are always well received.
Spinach or silverbeet leaves are important to provide calcium for the bird. Info via – http://birdsville.net.au/birds-for-sale/lori-and-lorikeet/rainbow-lorikeet/
WIN NEWS VIDEO HERE!
Some notes from the Fraser Coast Regional Council Ordinary Meeting 9 November 2015; –
– Removal of trees Scarness Park. Loft, Seymour, Hanson, Light and Everard wanted to lay the decision on the table as good goverence for three weeks till further research into a bird feeding station for tourism can be completed, as it’s a great business opportunity; procedures, permits etc. (eg. like Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, O’Reilly’s Rainforest retreat)
– 5 against / 6 for removal of the trees:
Truscott, Mayor O’Connell , Sanderson, Taylor, Garland & McDonald voted the trees and lorikeets be removed immediately!! (Couldn’t wait three weeks!)
– Trevor McDonald: began by saying he was still to come to an opinion on that, then said “whether cutting down 10 trees is enough to bring about the change that we want”. He then said he “if we or I was going to be unpopular in the community and he wants to deliver a benefit and 10 doesn’t deliver that benefit, then why do it? Financially what do we achieve by cutting down 10, is there a figure that will deliver a greater benefit?”
– James Hansen: When do we stop, do we take out every tree on the Fraser Coast?
– Rolf Light: As Council has now set the precedent we won’t be able to stop people cutting trees on their own land when the lorikeets move there!! I can’t believe we can’t wait three more weeks on this decision, he stated.
– George Seymour: Shouldn’t be any rush to chop down trees solely on the basis they are a wildlife habitat and should wait and do the research.
Gerard O’Connell: Most importantly health issues surrounding this particular matter, so I think it imperative that we deal with it today.
Stuart Taylor: My biggest concern is the health and safety in relation to bird droppings.
– As it was stated the decision was also due to the “health issues” rainbow lorikeet faeces could impose on campers. This has never ever been a problem in the past till today? (I wonder how every other caravan park in Australia manages to control their bird poo?) … and if it is such a concerning & alarming immediate “health issue” perhaps it is imperative the Park should be closed down ASAP, until further investigations are done by an official QLD health inspector for the safety of all?
– How hard would it be for Council to build little shade shelters over the caravan lots where the trees are to protect peoples vans from droppings. This may cost $50K compared to the cost & destruction of cutting the trees and building another $1.2 Mill rockwall that washes out to sea…. and how many more visitors would you attract with nice shady camp sites all year round ….. plant some more Cottonwoods for shade too! …. maybe put solar panels on top of the shelters too, free electricity!
– Fraser Coast Regional Council has been discussing doing something for THREE years in the line of tourism with the lorikeets and yet nothing!
How hard is it??!
They obviously have absolutely no intention to ….. more Whaffle!
Info & images via Fraser Coast Chronicle:
1. O’Connell to make bucks from birds
2. Larrikin lorikeets ‘here to stay’
3. Bay lorikeets get ruffled – “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein