Frydenberg – Conservation study at Seaford crossing

Dear Mr Frydenberg
You may not be aware that the State Government of Victoria has not done an Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation study (EPBC) in regards to the Elevated Rail project over Seaford Road in Seaford. As this planned project is 700 metres from Ramsar Wetlands, which is specifically mentioned in the EPBC act the Victorian Government is required by law to do this. I reiterate it has not been done. Please be aware tenders are out, two contractors have been shortlisted and contracts WILL be signed before the end of the year. Works to begin early next year. I realise you are a busy man but time is of an essence and is fast running out. I respectfully ask you as the Federal Minister for the Environment and Energy to call for an EPBC with expedience. Please find below some information about the bird life in these wetlands.

Seventeen species of migratory birds from the northern hemisphere visit the Ramsar Wetlands in Seaford. Most of them are protected by international treaties.Today they are recognized as precious community assets.Of particular note, the Edithvale–Seaford Ramsar site regularly supports more than 1 percent of the East Asian-Australasian Flyway population of sharp-tailed sandpiper, a waterbird species of international importance listed under both JAMBA and CAMBA. The Edithvale–Seaford Ramsar site also provides suitable habitat for the regularly recorded Australasian bittern, a waterbird species of international significance. The Australasian bittern is listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. The south-east Australian population of Australasian bitterns, supported by Edithvale–Seaford Wetlands, is one of four remaining in the world.

Kind regards …………

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