A suc­cess­ful Pink An­gels cock­tail party

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The Edi­tor,

Just a let­ter to put a dif­fer­ent point of view on the Mac­quarie marsh wet­lands.

The Ram­sar con­ven­tion states that their in­ter­est is to pro­tect wa­ter­bird habi­tat and all wet­land bio­di­ver­sity and to pro­mote the wise use of all wet­lands. Wet­lands in­clude swamps, marshes, bil­l­abongs or bod­ies of wa­ter whether nat­u­ral or ar­ti­fi­cial.

Wise use of wet­lands un­der the Ram­sar con­ven­tion is broadly de­fined as main­tain­ing the eco­log­i­cal char­ac­ter of the wet­land and pro­tect­ing wa­ter­bird habi­tat. Does this em­brace the clear­ing of marsh coun­try to ir­ri­gate crops?

Per­haps now is a good time to de­ter­mine if fat­ten­ing cat­tle is bet­ter for the en­vi­ron­ment than ir­ri­gat­ing green crops.

Cat­tle fat­ten­ing in the Mac­quarie marshes is sup­ported by a tax­payer-funded yearly re­lease of en­vi­ron­men­tal wa­ter, this prac­tice con­sumes and de­grades about 70 per cent of the en­dan­gered com­mon reed and couch grass veg­e­ta­tion that sup­ports the wa­ter birds and re­leases large amounts of car­bon.

Ir­ri­ga­tion of green crops con­sumes and ex­ports car­bon and, on most ir­ri­ga­tion farms, pro­vides ad­di­tional refuges and feed­ing grounds for wa­ter birds. Isn’t it time we ques­tioned the ex­perts about their oft quoted “a good en­vi­ron­men­tal out­come was achieved” and ask them how en­vi­ron­men­tal out­comes are mea­sured?

Good en­vi­ron­men­tal out­comes can only be achieved if the land­scape is man­aged as a whole. Wa­ter alone will not gen­er­ate the de­sired im­prove­ments in en­vi­ron­men­tal out­comes and bird breed­ing.

The land, in­clud­ing the veg­e­ta­tion and all its bio­di­ver­sity, un­der­pins the en­vi­ron­men­tal out­comes for birds, fish, plants and those of us who also en­joy these things.

It is worth men­tion­ing that the en­vi­ron­men­tal re­leases cost the state gov­ern­ment be­tween $120 mil­lion to $150 mil­lion an­nu­ally, and the fed­eral gov­ern­ment $2 mil­lion in us­age fees in the Mac­quarie alone – this in a coun­try where gov­ern­ment pol­icy is to not sub­sidise farm­ers in any way. In other words, ap­prox­i­mately 14 land­hold­ers re­ceive $8 to 10 mil­lion an­nu­ally.

Fi­nally, the South­ern Mac­quarie marsh na­ture re­serve is de­stroyed and the only re­main­ing na­ture re­serve is the North­ern marsh and a pri­vate prop­erty called Bur­rima, and both of these are un­der threat be­cause of com­plete lack of con­trol of kan­ga­roos. Micheal Mckay,

War­ren The Edi­tor,

On be­half of Pink An­gels I would like to thank you very much for spon­sor­ing the ad­ver­tis­ing of our re­cent Cock­tail Party in Dubbo Photo News.

The event was a great suc­cess with 200 peo­ple at­tend­ing and the pro­ceeds will be used to buy sur­gi­cal scales for Dubbo Base Hos­pi­tal, and also com­pres­sion sleeves and pe­dome­ters for Lym­phedema pa­tients re­ceiv­ing treat­ment at Lour­des Hos­pi­tal.

Your sup­port is won­der­ful and very much ap­pre­ci­ated.

Sue Gaven­lock

Pink An­gels Inc., Dubbo

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