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Letter to the Editor: Save the Turriff Lodge Wetlands

THERE is only a short time left to save the Turriff Lodge Wetlands in New Norfolk. The closing date for submissions to the Derwent Valley Council is 5pm on March 6, 2023. It would be a shame if this wetland is destroyed.

The Tynwald Park area, especially around the Turriff Lodge Wetlands is a birdwatching hotspot. A total of 74 bird species have been logged for this site on the ebird website by various birdwatchers. Some are migratory species.

The ecological assessment that Taswater is using to justify removing the wetland was too brief. This assessment did not produce the same long list of bird species that amateur birdwatchers achieved through many years of careful observation.

Is there really a need for the additional public space that would be created by the removal of this wetland? Who wants to have a picnic next to the sewerage treatment plant? I strongly recommend that people have a look at the website turrifflodgewetlands.info to get the full story about what is happening with this wetland.

GUDRUN HEINE,
NEW NORFOLK

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One Comment

  1. Di8d the council not learn from community response when they poisoned birds at Tynwald Park? To destroy habit for another green space when neither Tynwald or the Esplanade are hardly over run with people, is absurd justification for destroying even a man made habit.

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