Letter to Minister Marie Price re. train Stabling Facility in Seaford

Dear Minister

I write today, to bring to your attention The Plight of the Migratory Birds flying to the Ramsar listed Edithvale Seaford (ES) Wetlands, in Australia. As you know Australia has an agreement with China (CAMBA) Japan (JAMBA) and Korea (ROKAMBA) to protect migratory birds. Australia is in danger of breaching those treaties.

Camba

Specifically Article 111 clause 1, Article 1V clause A and B (i)

The birds that Migrate between China to the ES Wetlands and will be impacted are the Sharp Tailed Sandpiper, Great Egret, White Bellied Sea Eagle, Wood Sandpiper, Lathams Snipe, Caspian Tern, Red Necked Stint, Curlew Sandpiper, Eastern Great Egret and Australian Painted Snipe.

JAMBA

Specifically Article 111 section 1, Article 1V clause 3 and Article V1 clause A and article V11.

The birds that Migrate between Japan to the ES Wetlands and will be impacted are the Sharp Tailed Sandpiper, Cattle Egret, Red Necked Stint, Curlew Sandpiper and Eastern Great Egret.

ROKAMBA

Specifically: Article 3 clause 3, Article 5 clause A.

The birds that Migrate between Japan to the ES Wetlands that will be impacted are the Sharp Tailed Sandpiper, Common Greenshank, Wood Sandpiper, Red Necked Stint and Curlew Sandpiper.

The Victorian Government of Australia is planning to build a Train Stabling Facility a mere 870 metres from the ES Wetlands. It will be 75,000 square metres. It is a stabling facility with storage, maintenance, train washing machines and cleaning. The site will be actively operational 22 hours a day and will be brightly lit all night.

As you know migratory birds migrate at night. It is well documented and supported by studies that they fly towards large masses of light. They become confused and fly around calling out in distress and use vital energy stores needed to fly to the very close by wetlands. For birds in the nearby ES Wetland, reproduction will be affected by the noise of shunting the trains all day and night. They become stressed, stay close to their nest, and have fewer, smaller chicks. Also birds use their hearing to detect predators. Being unable to hear because of the noise makes them easy prey to predators.

The Victorian Government have refused to do an Environmental Effects Study (EES.)

I call on you as theFederal Minister of the Environment to launch your own investigation into the breach of these treaties .

regards

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