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Council reaffirms pledge to protect shorebirds

14 February, 2017

Council reaffirms pledge to protect shorebirds

Brisbane City Council has reaffirmed its commitment to ensuring our city is clean, green and sustainable, with the re-signing of an international agreement to protect migratory shorebirds visiting the city’s coastline.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk renewed the Wetland Affiliation Agreement alongside the Mayor of Narashino, Japan Mr Taisuke Miyamoto, during a special event on 13 February.

“Since 1998, Brisbane and Narashino have had an agreement in place in relation to the protection of migratory shorebirds,” Cr Quirk said.

“The agreement seeks to promote the understanding, protection, and conservation of the Boondall Wetlands and the Yatsu Higata Tidelands located within Japan.

“These two locations provide a critical habitat for the migratory bird species crossing the East Asian-Australasian Flyway, and I am delighted to reaffirm the city’s commitment to this important cause.”

The agreement is a response to the Yatsu Higata Tidelands and Boondall Wetlands being listed under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, which supports the protection of wetlands and their resources.

Cr Quirk said Council continued to work hard to ensure the city was clean, green and sustainable, and Boondall Wetlands was a significant historic and natural environmental area in the city.

“Wetlands are a critical part of our natural environment, supporting a wide variety of plants and animals and providing the Brisbane community with a healthy place to live,” he said.

“The Boondall Wetlands in particular is quite unique, covering more than 1,000 hectares of precious saltmarshes, wetlands, grasslands, tidal flats, mangroves and open forest.

“It’s also an area with rich cultural history, with some of the areas of the Wetlands historically used as ceremonial grounds, where food, fibre medicines and other resources were also gathered.

“Council wants residents to share in this rich history and important natural asset, and has added a number of bikeways, walking tracks, picnic facilities, canoe trails and boat ramps over time.

“The Boondall Wetlands is also home to an Environmental Centre, which is a hub for environmental volunteer groups, and a great destination for school groups, bird watchers and recreational walkers.”

For more information about the Wetland Affiliation Agreement, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on 07 3403 8888.

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