Con­damine Power nur­tures a new gen­er­a­tion

Central and North Burnett Times - - OPINION -

A clever Cur­ra­wong cou­ple found the per­fect warm spot to raise their chicks this spring: on a pipe rack be­tween the two heat re­cov­ery steam gen­er­a­tors at Con­damine Power Sta­tion. The pipe rack be­came a sta­ble sup­port for the lit­tle fam­ily, which grew and flour­ished be­fore an au­di­ence of ad­mir­ing CPS staff. The nest po­si­tioned three- s toreys up, was clearly vis­i­ble from one of the gen­er­a­tor stairs. “Many of us at CPS have ad­mired her and some of us have been lucky enough to catch her feed­ing her four chicks,” said Com­mer­cial Co­or­di­na­tor Nikki Robert­son,

who snapped th­ese pho­tos. “It’s a tes­ta­ment to how our in­dus­try can op­er­ate har­mo­niously with our en­vi­ron­ment.” The Cur­ra­wong is na­tive to east­ern Aus­tralia and usu­ally nests and hunts in tree-tops. It eats fruit, in­sects and the baby birds and eggs of other species. Chicks are born naked and blind but quickly grow a layer of grey down.

“It’s so nice to see that our power sta­tion can op­er­ate har­mo­niously with this lit­tle fam­ily of Cur­ra­wongs.” Nikki Robert­son Com­mer­cial Co­or­di­na­tor

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