Email from Anne Bondin

From: Anne Bondin
Sent: Saturday, 21 July 2007 11:03 AM
To: Heppell, Lynn
Subject: RE: powerline upgrade

Hi Lynn,

I have heard about a proposed powerline to be build between Albany & Kojonup, but have no idea where exactly it will be erected.

Birds no doubt do collide with powerlines. I would suspect though that it doesn't cause a huge number of bird deaths in WA as compared to North America.

In North America it is considered to be an issue. Because of harsh winters a large number of their bird population is migratory. Here in WA only the waders are migratory plus some small numbers of other species. That said, waders are protected under international treaties.

Locating a powerline close to a wetland is not a good outcome. As a minimum the power company should be asked to carry out an environmental impact assessment to determine what impact their transmission line might have on local fauna.

Kwornicup Lake Nature Reserve was identified as an area of international importance for Banded Stilt in the National Plan for Shorebird Conservation published in 1993 by the Australasian Wader Study Group.

Link to the document below:
http.//www. environment. gov.au/biodiversity/migratory/waterbirds/pubs/natplanshore.pdf

The wetland is also heritage-listed. Link below:
http://www.aussieheritage.com.au/Iistings/wa/Moonigurrup%20via%20Kendenup/KwomicupNatureReserve/20753

I'll see if I can come up with some more information.

Regards,

Anne