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About the Emus at Cardinia Reservoir

 
 

Saving The Emus At Cardinia Reservoir From Needless Destruction

These web pages have been put together to assist interested parties keep up-to-date with the activities concerning the emus living within the Cardinia Reservoir Reserve.

There have been numerous telephone conversations that have taken place and although I have thorough notes of the discussions it would be too much work to put them on this website in a format that would make sense to the reader.

My thanks to all of the people who have taken the time to read and consider the correspondence offered by Melbourne Water in regard to the emus in the Cardinia Reserve. The response has been an overwhelming What?? Please read on and make your own decision.

If you would like to be kept up to date with the topic. Please register your interest here. News bulletins will be distributed when there is a change in the situation.

Cronological History

18th May 2005, Melbourne Water Notifies Residents Of Their Plan To Kill The Emus

As a resident adjacent to the Cardinia Reservoir I first became aware of Melbourne Water's intention to kill the birds on the 18th of May 2005. Two representatives of Melbourne Water delivered a comunity bulletin that outlined a management program. Although not mentioned in the written communication the Melbourne Water representatives told me that they had a permit to kill the 20-30 emus living in the reservior. View Scanned Image of the original Community Bulletin.

I could not sit back and see these native animals be classified as "pest" and "introduced" and then be killed under the pretext of causing erosion and damaging the native forest. I had to follow up. Below is a cronological record of the documents that have been generated by myself, and Melbourne Water.

Click Here to view scanned image of the first Communication from Melbourne Water. It is dated April 2006 and was hand delivered to my door 18th May 2005.

Click here to view my letter to Rob Skinner, the General Manager of Melbourne Water. Dated 6th May, it was delivered by registered mail.

Click here to view my letter that accompanied the petition to Rob Skinner, the General Manager of Melbourne Water. Dated 15th May, it accompanied approximately 250 signatures and was delivered by registered mail.

Click here to view the response from Rob Skinner, Managing Director of Melbourne Water. (This was only sent to me after I complained to Ben Pratt that I thought it was poor form that I had had no formal reply to my letters.)

Click here to view the scanned image of the second Communication from Melbourne Water. Click here for Page 2 of the second Communication. Dated June 2005, this was hand delivered to myself and other interested residents at a meeting held on 3rd June 2005.

Click here to view the notes of the meeeting between Melbourne Water and the Residents Group. Dated June 2005, this was hand delivered to myself and other interested residents at a meeting held on 3rd June 2005.

 


Contact Details

Residents Group
Linda Hamilton
0417 346 399
linda@webassets.com.au

Melbourne Water
Ben Pratt
Community Relations Coordinator
03 9325 7178
ben.pratt@melbournewater.com.au

What The Victorian Department Of Primary Industry Has To Say About Emus

Taken from the departments website on the 2nd of June 2005: "On most properties and when not disturbed, Emus cause little or no damage."

A paper on Emu farming on the departments website states: "... stocking rates from 18 per hectre for dry or bare conditions to 24 per hectare for lush or irrigated conditions."

Cryptosporidium

The threat of Cryptosporidium was highlighted as the primary reason for the birds destruction by Melbourne Water Scientist Ms. Melita Stevens during a telephone conversation. I was surprised that something as serious as this was not mentioned in the community bulletin. Cryptosporidium is a parasite discovered in the 1980's it is found in water, humans, domestic and wild animals.

Links to Cryptosporidium Information

Link to html article Cryptosporidium; a Waterborne Pathogen

Download 5 page PDF document Cryptosporidium; a Waterborne Pathogen

Download 1 page PDF document Cryptosporidium; a Waterborne Pathogen

BTF Precise Microbiology website (Australian company that provides testing equipment for Cryptosporidium.)

Survey of Australian Waters for Cryptosporidium and Giardia Report No WSAA 128, September 1998

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