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 July 20, 2005 5:38 PM

I just got a reply acknowledging my submission on this.  [ send green star]
 June 27, 2005 4:43 PM

I'm not sure how to clean it up. I don't want to go deleting half of it.

As for ferals, whether you blame the animal or the people is irrelevant. Either way you end up taking the same action to solve the problem. Blaming the animals would not lead people to put less effort into quarantine.

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Freediver June 27, 2005 6:29 AM

Can you please clean up this thread it is terribly messy...

That said...Can you tell me where all the feral pests come from?  Did they just arrive uninvited or were they introduced?
If the later is true, who introduced them?
If not, how did they get here?
Raising the awareness of people about the risks of animal and plant importation could aid in preventing future problems...
As for the present ones, sure they need some control.  But blaming them is not the solution only a knee jerk reaction to a problem...
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Phascogales June 26, 2005 8:21 PM

Phascogales are another species facing extinction. Again the developers have failed to find it during the three or so times they have looked so it is not listed as occurring on Wallarah North, same as koalas and quolls which are clearly stated as occurring on the site by NPWS. I would say phascogales are probably up there along with the eastern pigmy possum - also not recognised as present on Wallarah North, hopefully there will be enough time for enough species specific studies to be carried out all over this northern area of the central coast.

 I noticed big "For Auction" signs along the link road at doyalson/blue haven in some impressive wetland and old-growth native forest. Mick and I located a nice population of Eucalyptus Propinqua along the north of the link road there a few years ago. I haven't yet seen em anywhere else in such numbers - very nice trees and koalas like em too. This is yet another reason I suspect koalas ( and other significant species including the Central Coast's last remaining coastal population of eastern grey kangaroos) are using this area for access to Wallarah from the mountains and vice versa.

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or -- June 26, 2005 6:46 PM

we could talk about the impact on a fishing company when the value of by-catch [which is used in animal food] decreases due to the lowering of demand by concerned humans who have reduced their domestic pet addiction due to dolphins [and probably whales]and the like in their canned pet food, and what financial effect it would have on the company having to rely on main catch items to stay afloat in business -- but then again, its probably a better topic for the fishing group

food for thought -- 1x400 gram fish product pet meal by 365 days = 146 kilo of bycatch per year

so lets stop cats from taking over wallarah peninsula eh? [and humans]

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ferals June 26, 2005 6:30 PM

any introduced species that, in the course of its impact in non indigenous environments, causes degradation of that environment, or loss of biodiversity within that environment, could veritably be called feral -- you're call if humans fit into that description -- or even the human like status of companies  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 June 26, 2005 5:40 PM

 I was wondering when you would appear Freediver...

Still carrying that dead fish I see

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 June 26, 2005 5:32 PM

Actually, feral animals are just as bad as habitat destruction in their contribution to biodiversity loss on islands.

Brann why are you so worried about shifting the blame from cats to the owners? Does it make any difference to the policies that would result?

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regaining my composure.... June 26, 2005 5:26 PM

Now....where were we?....ah yes ~ saving WALLARAH PENINSULA from greedy people...please resume  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 June 26, 2005 5:22 PM

That's feral with an "a". This was not even a word when I was a kid growing up in the bush on the Central coast. Neither was "STRESS"!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 June 26, 2005 5:14 PM


Thanks for that post about cats Brann

I agree totally and I have a lot more to say about the witch hunt and negative attitude towards cats than I am saying here (this is not the thread and I wish it had not been mentioned here but it was and I have to defend) and cats are way down on my list of threats regarding "the "eve of destruction" that all the world faces

I have great respect for those that are putting their time and energy into stopping greedy ignorant PEOPLE ~developers/councils/governments, from slaying our great Australian bush ~ THAT is what will save and protect most of our native critters as without the bush, there will be NO wildlife. At the same time I understand the need to remove ALL feril animals from the bush, but I do not and never will condone cruelty to any creature at the hand of MAN!

There is a priority and compared to the irreversible damage that has been done and is STILL being done all over the world by MAN and his toys, cats are waaaay down at the bottom of my list of destructive elements and have become an easy target by some as has anyone who speaks up for them   (that's me ducking for cover)

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brann June 26, 2005 3:03 PM

the due date for that submission has passed, and the second part of the letter is on the post above the first part == but the numbers are incorrect on the second post -- and communication with the general manager must be answered, so if you just inquire re whats happening he must get one of his workers to take the time to reply.

this developmennt will only be stopped by public opinion and pressure on wyong council, and lake macquarie council for the lensworth part of this blatant extinction attempt

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Freediver June 26, 2005 7:31 AM

The biggest problem with cats in any country is the people that own them and the irresponsible attitude they take...I lived in a rural area for many years with 6 cats, all neutered to prevent unwanted breeding and all confined in large runs for most of the day and all night...The native wild life thrived, I was surrounded by birds, bats, lizards and snakes etc.
Cats are natural hunters and to blame them for their instincts is futile...The blame should be on irresponsible humans...
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Boris June 26, 2005 6:11 AM

I am not getting all of your letter to the council.  would be happy to sign and send but you piont out Item 13 but I am only getting 4 items???  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Cats June 25, 2005 12:24 AM

I think the bigger problem with cats in Australia is the number of lizards they kill, not just the birds.  [ send green star]
orchids June 24, 2005 5:34 PM

yep boris , perhaps a survey of Moonee Headland in late august may be an idea , if they will let you in there ! probably all fenced off Concentration Camp Style by now!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
more on endangered orchids June 24, 2005 4:10 PM

yes michael -- tessalata is almost definately on the peninsula somewhere, which reminds be of Diuris praecox an endangered orchid, which has been found along the southern ridges of the peninsula, and probably exists on the northern section -- isaac, could you put up an endangered species list for wallarah peninsula please? [of currently known species?]  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
more on wyong environment strategy June 24, 2005 3:56 PM

 an old press release -- this strategy, as mark noted, has been scrapped by the developer funded council
Central Coast Community Environment Network (CCCEN)
PRESS RELEASE               22nd October 2003

Wyong Conservation strategy - "A Great Document"

One of Australia's leading wildlife ecologists has called for sense on the
Wyong Conservation Strategy.

Emeritus Professor Harry Recher has led the charge on many of Australia's
most significant conservation battles. Today he has stated that the Wyong
Conservation Strategy must not be held hostage by political scaremongering.

Professor Recher now a resident of the Central Coast said the Wyong
Conservation Strategy is vital to create a sustainable foundation for the
region's future. Professor Recher has joined calls by the Central
Coast Community Environment Network (CCCEN) for the state government to
intervene save this important document.

The Wyong Conservation Strategy is the culmination of a decades work prompted
by Planning Minister Craig Knowles in 1995.

Professor Recher concluded by saying; "If adopted, the strategy
would set Wyong Shire apart as a national leader in biodiversity
conservation. This is an unique opportunity we cannot afford to lose."

Media John Asquith 0414-730-032 (CCCEN) or Harry Recher 9985-8502

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Wyong's State of the Environment Report June 24, 2005 3:49 PM

Wyong council's most recent 'State of the Environment' report has showed they are failing in their environmental responsibilities.

The council wrote the report itself, so it goes soft on the real reasons for this degradation and tries to shift the blame to others, but if you've been following this topic you'll have an idea of what the residents that care about the environment and local ecology are up against. The council is totally responsible for the state of the environment and any attempts to shift the blame to others should be treated with the contempt it deserves.

The councillors decided to rip up their 'Conservation Strategy' last year. It has no plan for protecting any part of the environment. It's just full steam ahead with clearing the environment and development of residential areas.

A little bit of public pressure led to the removal of one of the Council's environmental vandals from a management position last year. So I'm encouraging resident to make a lot of noise and complain loudly about individual employees that are destroying our environment.

If Wyong council was a tree, then it'd be a lemon tree and it needs a good shake to get rid of all the lemons.

There is so much degraded land in Wyong that needs redevelopment, yet they want to destroy and develop the almost pristine Wallarah Peninsula and leave these eyesore areas. There has to be some sort of conspiracy happening here.

Make a lot of noise.

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anonymous . June 24, 2005 1:41 PM

I'm not here to take these insults from you. If you want to defend your cat you should be mature about it. Also you  don't know what you are talking about. Cats are a MAJOR problem and have already caused the extinction of many birds and small mammals. Even in Australia they are a big problem and have caused many extinctions.

As far as your claim that cats kill mostly non native birds is incorrect. Just today I chased a cat away that was trying to catch red wing blackbirds, this was in the woods along the river, not someones backyard. I heard the birds alarm call for about 5 min and went to see what it was and sure enough a cat.

"On the mainland, they have probably contributed to the extinction of many small to medium sized mammals and ground-nesting birds in the arid zone, and seriously affected bilby, mala and numbat populations. In some instances, feral cats have directly threatened the success of recovery programs for endangered species."

I will not waste my time in this group I will spend my efforts elsewhere.
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Indian myna: Acridotheres tristis June 24, 2005 7:02 AM

Bud (the eco threat) has slain 4 birds (all during the day). he brought them to me alive and they died afterwards. 3 were the ravenous pest bird the Indian myna: Acridotheres tristis, which is having a great time on the central coast (and the world) by out-competing native birds - they love newly cleared housing estates , and one was a native noisy miner. So on record he has been a net-benefit in eradicating feral species. I appreciate your love of birds but blaming one species of feral all the time bores me. I am more concerned with protecting ecosystems from anialation (In this case by bulldozers - with the word CAT spelled on them lol). I wish there were so few problems faced by us that cats were a worthy scapegoat but in my opinion Jim, there are not.

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anonymous Cats kill during the day too June 24, 2005 6:25 AM

Here where I live many thousands of birds die from cats, I work closely with a bird rescue centre. Birds are being brought in everyday from cat attacks, many managled, most die. Also cats in my yard are a constant pest, most mornings I have to get up very early to chase away cats that are hiding under a bush or tree waiting to catch a bird. I already spent a couple thousand dollars to build a high fence, 8 feet. Then I had to fench off under the back steps so the cats couldn't hide under there. but the cats still come. Any cat that I catch I will take to the pound. They killed a mourning dove not too long ago in my yard, they also kill songbirds and sparrows.   [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
ferals June 24, 2005 5:31 AM

Jim, whilst I support the sterilisation and containment of cats from the aussie bush and eventual eradication from Australia as a whole, I have a pet one next to me as I type. He was rescued from a nearby neighborhood where he was destined to become a stray. Careless humans and a Government which encourages feral animals as pets and makes it very difficult to be allowed to keep a native animal as a pet make this situation so bad. I accept my cat is a brilliant hunter and so when the light begins to fade he is locked in house for the night - every night without fail. I confirm that I have a very healthy population of ringtail possums in my yard which are much safer from my desexed and locked-up cat than from the many dogs that roam the area, not to mention the many surrounding residents who outwardly claim they hate trees and leaves etc.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
G'Day Jim June 24, 2005 5:09 AM

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anonymous Pigmy Possum June 24, 2005 5:02 AM

That is great news! They are so small.But not so great news if they go ahead with the development.What is it with people and cats? These people make me angry, they think they are animal lovers but let their cats outsiode to finish off all the native wildlife the cats can catch.

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Wallarah Species June 24, 2005 4:41 AM

thanks Boris. Hey Mick  The bat records were consolidated from npws and the developer's record. There are lots there hey I doubt any mist net was used as you said they prob sent a frog dude in to find the mammals. I just noticed a typo error in my list the species at top of list is a Chocolate Wattled bat (not rat as in post) i have fixed this in my records. sorry all  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
orchids June 24, 2005 4:26 AM

As well as the two undescribed orchids on peninsular ,you would think that there would be a very high chance of finding Caladenia tesselata , which was growing in Munmorah state rec area until NPWS spayed em !

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eastern pigmy possum June 24, 2005 3:53 AM

Cercartetus spp  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
rare species at wallarah June 24, 2005 3:50 AM

yes isaac, it was Thyogale thetis -- and the only unrecognisable macropods i have ever seen were roadkill -- lazy survey probably, or a fauna survey conducted by a frog expert and the bats are difficult to identify from anabat recordings alone -- did they mist net for bats?  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 June 24, 2005 3:36 AM

Boris, is the redneck pademelon you saw a separate species to Macropus rufogriseus: Red-necked Wallaby, which has been declared all over Wallarah. Should I add Thyogale thetis to the species list? I note the developer's ecologists located evidence of an unrecognisable macropod (Macropus Sp.1.), any ideas what that could be? I have found lots of information on extinct macropod species in Australia and I fear this one could be gone before it is ever properly found. Same with a species of Bat (Mormopterus Sp.1). Could these be new species or ones previously thought extinct?  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 June 24, 2005 2:37 AM

Hey Mark, Boris, Jim etc. So what species of Pygmy possum is it? Is it a type of Cercartetus? There is no recognition of any species of Pygmy Possum in Lensworth's Wallarah North development(now Stockland after sale by Forsters brewers)  LEP and Masterplan (except feathertail glider), nor countless others and they either ignore/sidestep or deny occurrance of most of the significant species NPWS has informed are present. Jim earlier pasted from the lake mac council website, they go on and on about the development's ecological sustainablilty, don't believe it Jim - this development will kill half the wildlife on Wallarah Peninsula and significantly rob the other half of it's long term ecological value also.

And yep Zoe Russel told me and Mick Price how Rafferties resort (in cahoots with Stockland) dude had a "furry animal problem" way up in the trees that they were attending to- same dude spraying and mowing the tetratheca told her this. He is still doing it as you will see on a vist to the lake sector of Wallarah North. I also believe the koalas on nearby Pulbah Island were probably put there as part of this same operation.

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Pigmy Possum June 24, 2005 12:48 AM

This is a very significant species. It is the pollinator of a couple of East Coast Banksias that are endemic on the Wallarah Peninsula.

My experience is that domestic cats hunt out these Pigmy Possums soon after people take up residence in an area and once the possums are gone the Banksias never get pollinated again. I've observed this in other areas of Wyong that have been developed and elsewhere.

The vulnerable Banksia speciea are Banksia ericifolia & B.spinulosa.

Banksia erciifolia is the floral emblem of 1 one the eastern suburb councils in Sydney. This area has been settled for a long time and the Banksias haven't been pollinated for just as long. Most of  the old banksias died without producing seed or seedlings and the floral emblem has to be bought in from other areas for replanting now. I think it was Randwick council?, anyway about 15 years ago they were spending a small fortune looking at this problem with their floral emblem.

Just another reason to stop development of this beautiful, ecologically rich part of the world.

There are plenty of eyesore areas in Wyong that need redevelopment.

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endangered pigmy possum found on wallarah peninsula June 23, 2005 11:52 PM

a national parks and wildlife survey in munmorah state recreation area in the south of wallarah peninsula has located a rare pigmy possum within wallarah peninsula.

it is not much bigger than a thumb, and is only found on the coast south of newcastle.

they are nectar eaters, and the main threats are removal of trees with hollows, and attacks by feral  animals.

there is a strong likelyhood this species is within the area flagged for development.

photo ian mc.cann

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animal cruelty June 18, 2005 7:57 PM

yes there are laws to prosecute anyone found to kill native wildlife, but no one has seen anyone kill these animals, or no one is admitting seeing anything -- i have had calls from the threatened species unit in national parks and wildlife re this issue, but the old woman [a neighbour of the developer] who originally reported these incidents to the authorities now will not talk about it.

some years ago, one of the rangers working for lensworth deliberately poisoned hundreds of Tetratheca juncea, an endangered plant on the development site, apparently under orders from the company, and was caught out and admitted his deeds, but as far as i am aware, nothing happened to either him or the company.

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anonymous billionaire developer near Boris June 18, 2005 5:57 PM

 'he stabs wombats and baits quolls (true). The Lorax in real life.'

Is there no laws to protect wombats and quolls from this cruel person?
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anonymous About the development June 18, 2005 5:51 PM

Wallarah Peninsula, Lake Macquarie


The Wallarah Peninsula project, south of Newcastle and approximately 125 kilometres north of Sydney, covers 605 hectares of land, bounded by the Pacific Ocean and Lake Macquarie.

Over the next 10 years, a community for all age groups will be established on Wallarah Peninsula to integrate the concepts of conservation with sustainable urban development.

Already Stockland has dedicated 180 hectares of sensitive ecological habitat known as Wallarah National Park. The community will be able to enjoy the surf beaches, Lake Macquarie and expanses of the protected bushland, wildlife habitat and open spaces through a system of walking and biking trails.

Stockland is working together with the local council, government authorities and the community to create a Masterplan that will guide the development of this special landscape for the benefit of future communities in this high growth region of New South Wales.

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more on wallaby roadkill June 18, 2005 4:27 AM

wallarah peninsula is not covered in kangaroos or wallabies as is much of the country west of the ranges, and road kill here is causing rapid depletion in numbers, that cannot be replaced thru migration if wallarah peninsula is developed -- it will become an island surrounded by houses.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
on zoe russel June 18, 2005 4:23 AM

this woman is one of the most dedicated conservationists i know -- i bumped into her today on top of wallarah peninsula, and she informed me of rampant tree removal under the guise of 'community safety' on the north of wallarah penninsula in lake macquarie caravan parks. -- needless to say, the trees were discovered to be healthy when cut down.

these trees were the homes of hundreds of local residents.

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wallarah road kill June 18, 2005 4:17 AM

today, whilst driving over the ridgeway on wallarah peninsula, i saw a rednecked pademelon killed on the road.

This road has national parks on both sides in places, and no safe animal transit sites available, as a consequense, animals from koalas to pademelons get killed there almost daily by cars.

rednecked pademelon

rednecked pademelon

Scientific name: Thyogale thetis

Size: 800mm

Status: Common

Diet: Grass, leaves, roots and bark.

Habitat: Coastal forest areas.

Breeding: Breeds all year round.

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Pacific baza June 15, 2005 5:03 AM

yeah i noticed that wobbly thing -- i didnt put it there lol -- and last year we had a pair of bazas nesting here -- its a stunning bird to see  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 June 15, 2005 4:38 AM

Thanks Boris for transferring the previous post. I see your gif where Pacific Baza is listed. Myself and Mick P saw a Pacific Baza whilst checking out the forest on the lakeside beach (in peril) north of Cams Warf. Only second time I have seen one ( 1st out front of Marks place at budgewoi remember?) Impressive bird eh.

We also GPSed some Koala scats in the same area that day and it was obvious multiple roos had been lazing by the blue lake in true aussie style. It will be a sad day if and when the dozers move in to this area that is for sure.

Wallarah Peninsula Species List continued.


Chalinolobus morio: Chocolate Wattled Rat
Trichosurus vulpecula: Common Brushtail Possum
Trichosurus caninus: Mountain Brushtail Possum
Pseudocheirus peregrinus: Ringtail Possum
Isoodon macrourus: Northern Brown Bandicoot
Scotorepens orion: Eastern Broad- nosed Bat.
Piteous poliocephalus Grey Headed Flying Fox (v)
Vespadelus pumilus: Eastern Forest Bat(v)
Mormopterus sp.1
Chalinolobus gouldii: Gould's Wattle Bat(v)
Eastern Free-tail Bat: Mormopterus norfolkensis(v)
Chalinolbus dwyeri: Large-eared Pied Bat(v)
Saccolaimus flaviventris: Yellow -bellied Sheathtail Bat(v)
Miniopterus schreibersii: Common Bent-wing bat (v)
Scoteanax ruepellii: Greater Broad-nosed Bat(v)
Vombatus ursinus: Common Wombat
Petaurus breviceps: Sugar Glider
Acrobates pygmaeus: Feathertail glider
Dasyurus maculatas: Spotted-tailed Quoll (v)
Dasyurus viverrinus: Eastern Quoll (e)("extinct" species. According to NPWS a baited specimen was declared via autopsy. Found South Wallarah in 2004, )
Phascolarctos cinereus: Koala (v)
Petaurus norfolcensis: Squirell Glider (v)
Chelonia myrdas: Green Marine Turtle (v)Macropus giganteus: Eastern Grey Kangaroo(last Lake Mac/Central Coast coastal population)
Macropus rufogriseus: Red-necked Wallaby
Wallabia bicolor: Swamp Wallaby
Macropus Sp.


Tachyglossus aculeatus: Short-beaked Echidna

Please Email Premier Bob Carr and request more protection for Wallarah Peninsula (including North Wallarah) from Developers Rosecorp and Lensworth. Just a few lines will do, he will be getting a bit of pressure on this issue now so hopefully we can tip the balance.

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Species Occurring at Wallarah Peninsula June 14, 2005 2:54 AM

26 new, 26 total8 total Isaac R.
Species Occurring at Wallarah Peninsula Monday, 11:22 PM
Wallarah Peninsula Bird Species. This list is uncomplete and more species are to be added. It is still being prepared to submit to relevant authorities as the records are all over the place I am consolidating these records and this is what I have so far. Many are endangered species, some of which are marked (v):


Calidris tenuirostris: Great Knot(v)
Charadrius leschenaultii: Great Sand Plover(v)
Sterna albifrons: Little Tern(v)
Ptilinopus regina: Rose-crowned Fruit Dove(v)
Haematopus fuliginosus: Sooty Oyster catcher(v)
Haliae leucogaster: White Bellied Sea Eagle
Ninox strenua: Powerful Owl(v)
Tyto navaehollandae: Masked Owl(v)
Columba leucomela: White Headed Rainforest Pigeon (in large flocks up to 300)
Calyptohynchus lathami: Glossy Black Cockatoo(v)
Lathamus discolor: Swift Parrot(v)
Xanthomyza phrygia: Regent Honeyeater(v)
Lopolainus antarcticus: Topknot pigeon
Gymnorhina tibicen: Australian Magpie
Grallina cyanoleuca: Australian Magpie-lark
Corvus coronoides: Australian Raven
Tyto alba: Barn Owl
Manorina melanophrys: Bell Miner
Coracina navaehollandiae: Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike
Acanthiza pulsilla: Brown Thornbill
Phaps elegans:Brush Bronzewing Pigeon
Ninox novaeseelandiae: Boobook Owl
Sythrops novaehollandiae: Channel Bill Cuckoo
Anas castanea: Chestnut Teal
Eudunamys scolopacea: Common Koel
Sternia hirundo: Common Tern
Eurystomas orientalis: Dollarbird
Platcercus examinus: Eastern Rosella
Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris: Eastern Spinebill
Psophodes olivaceus:Eastern Whipbird
Cuculus flabelliformis: Fan Tailed Cuckoo
Cacatua roseicapplilla: Galah
Pachycephala pectoralis: Golden Whistler
Phalacrocorax carbo: Grey Cormorant
Rhipidura fulignosa: Grey Fantail
Colluricincla harmonica: Grey Shrike-thrust
Dacelo novaeguineae: Laughing Kookaburra
Myiagra rubecula: Leaden Flycatcher
Meliphaga lewinii: Lewin's Honey-eater
Phalacrocorax melanoleucos: Little Pied Cormorant
Trichoglossus haematodus: Rainbow Lorikeet
Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus: Scaly Breasted Lorikett
Glossopsitta pusilla: Little Lorikeet
Glossopsitta concinna: Musk Lorikeet
Aviceda subcristataacific Baza
Neochmia temporalis: Red-browned Finch
Pachycephala rufiventris: Rufous Whistler
Chrysocccyx lucidus: Shining Bronze-Cuckoo
Zosterops lateralis: Silvereye
Malurus cyaneus: Superb Blue Wren
Anthochaera carunculata: Red Wattle Bird
Cracticus torquatus: Butcher Bird
Platalea regia: Royal Spoonbill
Threskiornis molucca: Australian White Ibis
Anas Superciliosa: Pacific Black Duck
Larus novaehollandiae: Silver Gull
Cacatua galerita: Sulphur Crested Cockatoo
Podargus strigoides: Tawny Frogmouth
Hirundo neoxena: Welcome Swallow
Haliastur sphenurus: Whistling Kite
Elanus axillaris: Black shouldered kite
Sericornis frontalis: White brown Scrubwren
Egretta novaehollandiae: White Faced Herron
Cormobates leucopheus: White-throated Treecreeper
Rhipidura leucophyrs: Willie Wagtail
Lichenostomus chrysops: Yellow-faced Honeyeater
Falco peregrinus: Peregrin Falcon(v)  [ send green star]
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gas bubbles June 11, 2005 4:00 PM

thats interesting free -- the water along wallarah peninsula from munmorah state rec reserve to caves beach looks very clean from the cliffs these days --but it probably deserves further attentio considerig your observations.

some yrs ago, when a forested block near fathaven was being investigated for development, one of the geotech holes got filled by water from beneath, and had bubbles coming out of it for over 2 weeks -- i tried to light the bubbles without sucess, advised the local council, and took a ranger to the site.

nothing further eventuated.

this ocurred above the wallarah coal seam which had been longwalled yrs ago.

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 June 11, 2005 5:13 AM

The water always seemed to be slightly 'milky' in the area, but you would only notice if you went diving. I also came across a place where there were bubbles coming up out of the sand in about two meters of water. Never seen that anywhere else.  [ send green star]
powerful owl June 10, 2005 3:13 AM

powerful owl

powerful owl with possum prey --on a wallarah peninsula track

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wallarah petition June 10, 2005 2:36 AM

I would like to thank all that have responded to this petition. The submission time has closed for this part of the campaign, and further submissions might have to follow.

a little bird told me that corporate services in wyong shire council was rushed off its feet today dealing with incoming submissions, and the system actually jammed up during the day. - i think thay might have got the message -- again, thanks all.


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Seepage and water quality June 10, 2005 2:20 AM

I surf Catho and nearby beaches and I haven't encountered murky water except during occassional natural algal blooms that move in from way out to sea in the warm currents. Perhaps in the early days seepage from mines may have been more likely to occur and this D.A proposal if approved will only disturb the old mines and potentially create seepage. The water is blue, clear and appears clean. There are no sewerage outfalls along this stretch of the coast which makes the water quality superior to that of central coast and Newcastle beaches.   [ send green star]  [ accepted]
YEP June 09, 2005 5:00 PM

Sent. Thanks Boris.

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 June 09, 2005 4:54 PM

I've spent a lot of time at Catherine Hill Bay - under the coal loader in the bottom of the last aerial picture and around that headland. It's a beautiful spot. The local pub is fantastic too.

Someone once told me that seepage from the coal mines makes the water a bit murkier in that area. Anyone know if this is true?

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Signed and sent June 09, 2005 3:51 PM

Thanks Boris for the info...
Great work.

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petition June 09, 2005 7:02 AM

did copy, did send. thanx for making people aware of this topic.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
anonymous Sent June 09, 2005 6:59 AM

I sent the letter and added a paragraph of my own to it.

What a shame if that paradise is lost.

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amost extinct - powerful owl June 09, 2005 6:07 AM

from isaacs album again

powerful owl

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more from isaacs album June 09, 2005 5:39 AM


Catherine Hill Bay is a Heritage listed town. The Developers don't care about that or the natural environment

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endangered owl June 09, 2005 5:36 AM

masked owl

[from isaac's album]

Tyto novaehollandiae, threatened species which faces extinction soon, is living just up the road from me. My neighbor the billionaire developer is pushing for the habitat to be destroyed. He plots and plans from his mansion on acres where he stabs wombats and baits quolls (true). The Lorax in real life.

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more June 09, 2005 5:21 AM

Since the compilation of the Wallarah Catchment Bio-diversity proposal, in 1998, there have been many events that have had an impact on the remaining native bushland in the north of Wyong Shire.

Wyong Council has commissioned some studies, notably, an orchid survey, a Squirrel Glider survey, and a survey on Angophora inopina.. These surveys have only opened more windows in the lack of knowledge of the Bio-diversity of the area.

The Wyong Shire Orchid survey has indicated that the areas north and east of Wallarah Catchment have greater significance than earlier thought, as further new species, as well as new locations for endangered species have been located.

Even though there has been much more data gathered, the total bio-diversity of the area is still unknown, and obvious gaps exist in the gathered information. Species that are endenic to the north of this shire have been mis-identified, and in some cases, ignored.. The acceptance by Council that these species exist, and are rare, and eligible for  Threatened Species Conservation Act status, will prevent the development of hundreds of hectares of land that is currently either zoned, or planned to be zoned for housing and industrial construction..

Policies for development for the north of the shire, to be implemented over the next 20 years are currently being made by Council Strategic Development staff, and is expected to be completed in 12 months.

The decisions they will make will be based on the data that they have collected and collated.

But data on the species endemic to this shire are not even being acnowledged.

Species, Communities, and geological phenomena that only occur in this shire, no where else in the world,, are now in immenent danger of becoming extinct in the world, due to failure to initiate a complete bio-diversity study of this globally unique area.



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further notes on wallarah June 09, 2005 5:17 AM

Interim report into orchard distribution in the Wallarah peninsular region.

Wednesday 27th August 2003

B.B and John Asquith.

Location North of the Big Prawn, (western side of the highway)

all species noted are either endangered, or of special conservation significance

Tetratheca Juncea

370.409E 632.9556N Also 50m to west and 100m north.[ extended colony]

Diuris Praecox (vul.)

370.624E 633.1078N 10 plants, not flowering.

1 plant flowering 370.641E 633.1073N 8 plants known

Eucalyptus. camfieldii 370.480E 632.9696N Colony [operculum rounded]

Wombat evidence 370.677E 633.1088N

Echidna (holes) 370.609E 633.1111N 94m elevation

Friday 29th B.B Don Owers

Location. near the access road to Nords wharf.

Thelymitra aff. Nuda Sun orchid. 370. 214E 633.1899N 58m elevation not flowering.

Diuris Praecox donkey orchard flowering 2 plants in area burnt aprox. 6 years ago. 370. 228E 633.1827N 64m elev. 10m east of steel post.

Star Trees.

370.283E 633.1582N 31m elev. 2m bark removal subsequently burnt and hollow. Must investigate for burial site. Also male marker 3-4m high initiation site marker.

370.282E 633.1570N bark removal

370.290E 633.1510N Shelter removal at base female site marker 4m up tree on north side.

370.337E 633.1546N Burnt out dead tree, remains of shelter bark removal. Will not survive another fire.

370 .238E 633.1662N Angophra Costa burnt out and collapsed. Large area of bark removal, possible for a canoe. Will not survive another fire.

Caladenia Aff catenata (red banded) unnamed rare musty fragrance fire burn about 8 months previous. 370.284E 633.1543N 10m north of a gully a colony of Acianthus some with double flowers 3 specimens taken for Canberra botanical gardens. 15 plants in total.

370.340E 633.1551N 370. 238E 633.1611N 370.227E 633.1737N

370.233E 633.1684N Caladenia aff catenata Colony of 14 plants red striped type unnamed

Tetretheca Juncea, leafless black-eyed Susan. 370. 266E 633.1708N

370.216E 633.1717N


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 June 09, 2005 4:57 AM

Catherine Hill Bay  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
one of the orchid species June 09, 2005 4:35 AM

rosecorp is planning on extinguishing

new species

btw, there are 18.5 hours left to submit your response to wyong council --

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Wallarah June 09, 2005 4:34 AM

I thought I should add that the homes proposed for the Wallarah Peninsula will be million dollar plus properties and will not house any poor people whatsoever.    [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Save Wallarah Peninsula June 09, 2005 2:55 AM

I have a picture of one of Australias largest forest owls, The Masked Owl (Tyto novaehollandiae) in my picture album. The pic was taken right in the middle of the proposed development site comprising 200 HA between lake and ocean. Boris was present when the pic was taken. This species is so rare that the National Parks Department has recently launched a program to prevent this species from extinction, which at present it is disturbingly very close to such a fate. Koalas inhabit this land as they look out to sea from the eucalyptus tree tops. Kangaroos and rainforest still touch the Pacific Ocean on the vast unspoiled areas of Wallarah Peninsula.

Everyone conscious of the best of Australia's Coastal bush and beaches should sign and send the submission Boris has put up, as it is of global concern that the Wallarah Peninsula be saved from Rosecorp in its entirety.You can check out some of my pics (continually added to) of Wallarah Penisula on this link.

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 June 09, 2005 1:12 AM

done  [ send green star]
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the point numbers in second post are incorrect  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 June 09, 2005 12:51 AM

  1. RoseCorp has not consulted with the community. There are no Wyong residents living in the area and the site is more appropriately regarded as of regional importance. The Community Consultation Report in the DA is worthless and misleading for Council’s assessment because it was conducted for a different DA in Lake Macquarie LGA.

  2. It is misleading for RoseCorp to assert that it wants to develop despoiled lands when these lands are being comprehensively rehabilitated under a statutory Mine Rehabilitation Plan.

  3. Council should not accept the Contamination Reports in DA. The Stage 1 assessment is “based on a recreational and ecological land use” as the end result, not residential uses of the land as proposed.

  4. I strongly object to the proposal that Stage 1 or any subsequent stage  be permitted to operate on a pump out sewerage system.

  5. I oppose additional traffic through Catherine Hill Bay. The DA takes no account of addition noise impacts on the village’s houses which are required by the LMCC LEP to be built close to the road to protect heritage streetscapes.

  6. The DA is misleading in its presentation of the developer’s heritage Conservation Management Plan for the site, which has been heavily criticised as misleading and factually wrong and which, as a result, has not been endorsed by the Heritage Office of NSW. The so-called “heritage” buildings on the subject site date from the 1960s or later.

  7. The proposed development between the Catherine Hill Bay Heritage Conservation Area and the Munmorah SCA is inappropriate to these important public purposes and would degrade both. Additionally, it would have a visual impact on the Munmorah SCA.

  8. I strongly object any consideration of a single stage in a 13-stage development. The impacts of this development can only be adequately assessed under a masterplan.

  9. there are 2 new species of terrestrial orchid on the site that exist only in wyong shire/wallarah peninsula that will be extinct if rosecorp's developments in and around wallarah peninsula are approved.

I request that Council rejects this development application

Yours sincerely







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wallarah peninsula in peril June 09, 2005 12:49 AM

please copy and send to

The General Manager

Wyong Shire Council

PO Box 20

Wyong NSW 2259.

RE: OBJECTION TO DA/734/2005 – RoseCorp at Catherine Hill Bay.

I object to the proposed development on the following grounds:

[please note  ground number 13]

  1. The proposal is incompatible with the State’s long term planning objective for a conservation area stretching from Lake Munmorah to Swansea. It undermines the objective of the Hunter Region Environment Plan No 1 (1982) for an Inter-City Conservation Zone. Wyong Council was advised by the NSW Minister for Planning in 1995 of the need to recognize the environmental importance of the area and create protective environmental zonings consistent with those of with Lake Macquarie Council.

  2. The proposal is for a new town of 3000 people in the isolated north-east-corner of the Shire and is neither appropriate nor permissible under the current zoning, Council’s residential/community/conservation strategies and relevant State planning instruments and policies.

  3. There is no public benefit for the Wyong Shire community as the proposed development would divert scarce public resources (water, community services etc) which could be better placed to serve the interests of Wyong’s existing population, It would degrade current and potential natural areas which enhance the Shire’s social amenity and environment.

  4. The DA relies on “existing use rights” even though the mine closed three years ago; all subsequent activity on the site relates to rehabilitation and removal of some material to return the land to natural forms, not “extraction”. Council should reject the application because of its lack of merit. Testing RoseCorp’s “rights” at law will be a different process which is not part of the formal approvals process.



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