STH QLD host a mock funeral to protest destruction of Eastern Curlew habitat

The Ramsar-listed Moreton Bay and Pumicestone Passage wetlands are home to the

Critically Endangered Eastern Curlew, a bird on a trajectory to extinction, with more

than 80 per cent of its population having been lost in the last 30 years. The Toondah

Harbour Development would be yet another nail in the bird’s coffin.

“The Eastern Curlew migrates all the way from its breeding grounds in Russia to

Moreton Bay and back again each year. It is an incredible bird, our largest wader,” said

Judith Hoyle BirdLife Australia Southern Queensland spokesperson.

“The $1.39 billion development proposal for Toondah Harbour by the Walker

Corporation would devastate feeding habitats and disturb roosting sites for the Eastern

Curlew and other shorebirds.

“Moreton Bay is one of the most significant Eastern Curlew habitats in Australia with up

to nine per cent of the population coming here. If we lose these wetlands, we will also

lose the birds that feed and roost here.

“If the Toondah development goes ahead it will destroy more than 30 hectares of critical

feeding habitat for at least 30 bird species. These birds are meant to be protected by

several international treaties, the wetlands themselves are protected by the Ramsar

Convention, but Australia is not upholding its international commitments.

“Australia’s environment laws are failing protected species. Current federal laws are

weak, often not properly enforced, and are failing to protect the birds and places we

love,” said Ms Hoyle.

BirdLife is joining forces with other environment groups to hold a mock funeral

procession for the Eastern Curlew in protest of the development. The event will feature

a large black coffin and black crosses with pictures of the Eastern Curlew. The

procession will begin at Queen Street Mall in Brisbane’s CBD and end on the steps of

Brisbane’s parliament.

“We are coming together to show the Morrison Government the real impact of the

Toondah Harbour development. The Eastern Curlews and other birds that live in

Moreton Bay deserve to be protected. We call for this development to be ruled out,

because in its current form it is totally unacceptable,” said Ms Hoyle.