Call for new national park to protect regent honeyeater

In a great step forward for our campaign the NSW Environment Minister has stated publicly she is open to a creating more National Park for the Regent Honeyeater.!  Please sign our petition on the Friends of Tumblebee page.

James Ryan

Call for new national park to protect regent honeyeater

ABC News Friday 11 April 2014

A Hunter Valley environmental group is calling for a national park to be established near Cessnock with the sole aim of preventing the extinction of a rare bird, the Regent Honeyeater.

It is thought there are just 400 of the critically endangered birds left and in the Hunter Valley efforts are underway to try to arrest their decline.

The group, Friends of Tumblebee, has started legal action over the approval of a steel fabrication workshop in an industrial park near Kurri, which will remove more than three hectares of Regent Honeyeater habitat.

It says Cessnock Council approved the development without a species impact statement, which would have given an indication of how the rare bird would be affected.

Friends of Tumblebee has also launched a petition calling on the state government to create a Regent Honeyeater National Park to avoid any further destruction of habitat.

It says the Woodlands site at Kurri is considered by experts to be one of the bird’s two most important breeding sites.

Group spokesman and Cessnock Greens councillor James Ryan says a petition, calling for the creation of a National Park, has already attracted around a thousand signatures.

“As we get more information, it becomes clear that the Tomalpin Woodlands near Kurri are a really important site for keeping this bird alive, from becoming extinct,” he said.

“We’re asking the Minister for the Environment and the Minister for Planning to create a Regent Honeyeater National park on the site, so we don’t have to keep having these battles.”

Environment Minister Robyn Parker has issued a statement saying the National Parks and Wildlife Service is open to expanding the reserve system to further protect the Regent Honeyeater.

Ms Parker says, earlier this year, the state government acquired 342 hectares of land, east of Kurri Kurri, that has suitable habitat.

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