Councillor Antonella Celi
|Posted by antonellaceli on October 7, 2012 at 9:25 AM|
"Caring for Our Environment"
Recommendations put forward by Cr Celi about raising awareness of the Tootgarook Wetlands on behalf of the Community was a significant achievement for the Truemans Ward Councillor and was supported by fellow Councillors. Working together with interest groups such as private landholders, SPIFFA, Friends of Chinamans Creek, Friends of Tootgarook Wetlands a complete S.W.O.T analysis was requested to be done by Shire Officers. A Community Information Gathering session was held seeking contribution from the local and wider community.
As a result of the Information Session, a Discussion Paper was presented to Council and recommendations to set up a Local Area Catchment Reference Group and to send correspondence to Federal Ministers seeking a RAMSAR site listing for the Tootgarook Wetlands area were passed by Council.
Details of the recommendations passed by Council are as follows:
With unamimous support from fellow Councillors and community interest groups the following Council Decision was carried at the Ordinary Council Meeting of 27th August, 2012. A significant decision for the Tootgarook/Rosebud West community that works towards increased protection of the wetlands the flora and fauna found in this area of environmental significance.
Moved: Cr. Celi
Seconded: Cr. Pittock
1. That the report titled ‘Tootgarook Wetlands Discussion Paper’ is received and noted by Council.
2. That Council invites the Department of Sustainability and Environment, Department of Planning and Community Development, Department of Primary Industry, Environment Protection Authority, Melbourne Water, Southern Rural ater, South East Water and VicRoads to a joint working party tasked with the preparation of a Strategy for the Tootgarook Wetlands. The purpose of the Strategy is to develop a comprehensive plan and actions which will ensure the vitality and sustainability of the wetlands is rotected from inappropriate development and use.
3.That a Local Catchment Reference group for the Tootgarook Wetlands be established by way of Expression of Interest that invites statutory and local community representatives and the Western Port Biosphere Foundation to apply to contribute further input towards the TootgarookWetlands Strategy.
The Council sends a letter to The Hon. Tony Burke MP, Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water Population and Communities seeking his consideration and assessment for the nomination of the Tootgarook Wetlands, as detailed in this discussion paper, for a Ramsar listing in accordance with the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act
The Council sends a letter to The Hon. Bob Carr, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, seeking his ssistance to correspond with the countries we are known to have Migratory bird agreements with to raise awareness of the Migratory bird species known to migrate to the Tootgarook Wetlands. Species under the relevant agreements known to frequents the Tootgarook Wetlands are:
1. Eastern Great Egret (Ardea modesta) under the China-Australia Migratory Bird Agreement (CAMBA), and Japan-Australia Migratory Bird Agreement (JAMBA);
2. Sharp Tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminate) under the CAMBA, JAMBA, Republic of Korea-Australia Migratory Bird Agreement (ROKAMBA) and Bonn Convention;
3. Latham’s Snipe (Gailinago hardwickil) under the CAMBA, JAMBA, ROKAMBA and Bonn Convention;
4. White-throated Needletail (Hirundapas caudacutus) under the CAMBA, JAMBA and ROKAMBA;
5. Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) under the CAMBA, and Bonn Convention;
6. Greenshank (Tringa nebularia) under the CAMBA, JAMBA, ROKAMBA and Bonn Convention;
7. Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis) under the CAMBA, JAMBRA, ROKAMBA AND Bonn Convention; and
8. Cattle Egret (Ardea ibis) under the CAMBA, and JAMBA.
The Council sends a letter to the Convention of the Conservation of Migratory Species, United Nations Environment Program/Convention on Migratory Species (UNEP/CMS) Secretariat, United National Premises in Germany introducing the Tootgarook Wetlands to them and asking that they note the Migratory Bird species known to migrate to the
Tootgarook Wetlands as per the listing in Part C.
That Council seeks support from the Western Port Biosphere Foundation for the creation of the Ramsar area to be included as a new core area in the submission to UNESCO for the Stage 2 expansion of the Western Port Biosphere.
For the full report click on this link:
Written & Authorised by Antonella Celi 7 Jennings Court Rosebud West 3940