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Help us celebrate 25 years of Ramsar Listing for Moreton Bay

The 25th anniversary of the listing of Moreton Bay as a Ramsar wetland is 22 October 2018. We will be celebrating this big occasion with two local groups, Save Our Bay - Toondah Harbour and Redlands 2030, on Saturday 20 October.

You will have the chance to learn more about what makes Moreton Bay so special, especially for our birds, and hear about the proposed Toondah Harbour development that proposes to reclaim up to 40 hectares of these wetlands.

We will also be welcoming many of our migratory shorebirds as they have arrived back to our shores from as far away as Alaska and Siberia.

Join us at GJ Walter Park from 10 AM - 1 PM AEST and enjoy a free sausage sizzle, children’s face painting and special birthday cake.

When: 20 October 10AM - 1PM AEST

Where: GJ Walter Park, Cleveland, Queensland

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In case you missed the ABC Radio Brisbane: Focus live broadcast from Toondah Harbour - catch up now.

If you have a favourite photo from Moreton Bay, or any of our other 65 Ramsar sites across Australia, please share them with a message for why you #RespectRamsar.

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The Australian Government has failed to outright reject the latest development proposal of Toondah Harbour just outside of Brisbane.

The proposal will encroach on over 40 hectares and reclaim 32 hectares of Ramsar wetlands and significantly endanger Eastern Curlew feeding habitat.   

The proposal now moves to the next stage of the approval process and is one step away from setting a dangerous precedent for future developments within Australia's 66 Ramsar sites. Australia must #RespectRamsar.

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One of the most important wetlands

Historical development and increasing human population around Moreton Bay, QLD has significantly reduced the availability of undisturbed feeding and roosting habitat for migratory shorebirds in Moreton Bay.

The proposed development for Toondah Harbour will further reduce the availability of feeding habitat of the Eastern Curlew and other shorebird species. Also of great concern, the proposed development footprint includes over 40 hectares of the Moreton Bay Ramsar site.

As the most important wetlands in the world, Ramsar wetlands should never be developed. If the proposed development at Toondah Harbour is approved, it will set a dangerous precedent for future protection of Ramsar-listed wetlands in Australia and around the world.

 

Images from top (C) Chris Walker (Toondah Harbour Sunrise) Duade Paton (Eastern Curlew) Judy Leitch (Toondah Harbour)