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A management plan for the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary is being created, which will cover:

  • Where the boundaries of the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary and National Park will be, to ensure we are protecting shorebirds while encouraging use and enjoyment.
  • What the management plan should outline, such as public access, recreational use and enjoyment and cultural practices and conservation of plants and animals.

We have been engaging and listening for more than two years on how to create a vision and sustainable future for the Bird Sanctuary and now we’d like to hear about how you want to use the Bird Sanctuary for the things you love.

  • What would you like to see more of?
  • What’s concerning you and your family?
  • What do you think needs protecting?

We want to hear it all. From there we’ll work towards balancing the needs of people and nature through the creation of the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary Management Plan. 

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Nicki de Preu

31 May 2017

The Nature Conservation Society of South Australia welcomes the opportunity to have input to the draft Management Plan for the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary (AIBS). As outlined in the Interim Management Statement for the AIBS, the Sanctuary is a unique and highly significant landscape that is helping to protect more than 23 species of migratory shorebirds and many species of resident shorebirds, several of which are listed as endangered. This area is listed as a wetland of national significance, attracting over 20,000 migratory shorebirds each year, and is the single most important shorebird site in the Gulf St Vincent. It also provides important habitat for the Beaded Glasswort and Subtropical and Temperate Coastal Saltmarsh ecological community that are both listed as nationally Vulnerable under the EPBC Act. We strongly recommend that the Management Plan include specific actions to ensure the long-term protection and conservation of these important environmental assets. It is also critical than management of the AIBS is informed by regular and rigorous monitoring programs to assess the impacts of recreational and other activities on bird populations. We recognise the opportunity that the AIBS provides to connect people with nature, support nature-based tourism enterprises and engage local communities in management of the area. We recommend the Management Plan address the need for public education and community engagement aimed at avoiding and minimising the impacts of recreational disturbance on the important conservation values of the area.

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Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary - Andrew Coulson > Nicki de Preu

01 Jun 2017

Thank you for your comments Nicki. All comments received are logged and passed on to the appropriate team/s as part of the management plan consultation process. The preliminary consultation is now closed and the management plan will be drafted. A draft for formal comment will be available sometime in August. Check back here soon for further updates including a feedback report on what we have heard so far. Thank you for taking time to respond. Andrew@AIBS

Connie Quinn

30 May 2017

There has since been a council meeting and they have removed the limits, now replaced with 14 day limit and I believe a 7 day exclusion before coming back.

Connie Quinn

11 May 2017

Hi, I would like to ask how many people do or intend to use the camping facilities at Pt Parham. Also how many of those would change their minds now that Adelaide Plains council has put a strict time limit on how long one can stay. The council has without local consultation reduced stay times to 3 days during peak periods and 7 days during off peak. Can I please have comments on this change due to locals now arguing with council that restrictions are unfair to users and to local businesses who will potentially lose a lot of custom and revenue. Thank you in advance, Connie

Rosemary Pridmore

17 Apr 2017

Mention was made of migratory birds at the University of Adelaide's "Research Tuesdays" lecture on "Superbugs" on 11 April 2017. Migratory birds and human travel are mechanisms by which superbugs - those that are resistant to antibiotics - can enter Australia. Interestingly, Australian agriculture has a big advantage when it comes to superbugs, due to its strict quarantine laws; import ban on fresh meat and Iive animals; that there is no florquinolone use in animals; and that most animal husbandry is free range in large areas. (Australia has a problem with resistance to vancomycin in hospitals due to over prescription due to patient pressure and expectation). Given the specific mention of the threat of import of resistant bacteria from migratory birds, perhaps the team overseeing the Management Plan could contact the scientists at the University who are focusing on super bug strategy?

Nicki de Preu > Rosemary Pridmore

31 May 2017

There is some useful information on the Birdlife Australia website regarding migratory birds and diseases that can affect humans.

David Muirhead

08 Mar 2017

WRT horses and equestrian access and facilities :
I'm against provision of any manure exchange services anywhere on site.
I'm also of the opinion horse riders and owners should never under any circumstances here in S.A. donate manure whether to local gardeners or visitors to any such sanctuaries.
I'm conscious of the touted benefits e.g. community goodwill however the biosecurity negatives greatly exceed any and all benefits.
While aged animal manure largely but not fully negates my concern about facilitating spread of many weeds some red alert some declared and some yet to be declared, the types of exchange described in this bird sanctuary conversation necessarily involve fresh manure.
Who hasn't seen numerous freshly germinated grass and broadleaf exotics on and at edges of horse droppings after rain?
Unquestionably most perhaps all are from viable seeds contained within the manure and represent transfer of plant species (both native and exotic ) as a direct consequence of equestrian mobility.
Whether the fertilizer properties (undisputed ) of manure have also aided germination and earlier survival of seeds already present on and in the soil directly under and in close proximity to the small mound of dropped manure is of little relevance as they rarely if ever dominate such focal germinations.
Already introduced /exotic /weed species of grasses on average represent at least half of all the grasses established in farming and equestrian areas within our state.
Our (often endemic ) grasses remain in higher proportion in the few ' unimproved' rural land parcels (such as the bird sanctuary in question ), ongoing weedy incursion continues today in most or all such areas.

Jo-Anne Lewis

02 Mar 2017

Hi I am the President of Gawler River Pony Club, a zone delegate for the Lower North Zone of Pony Club SA,the Vice Chairperson of Munno Para Equestrian Center and the mother of a young horse rider.
We often have many riders from all 6 clubs in our zone and at my agistment complex regularly go to Pt Parham and Webb Beach to ride their horses. It is a favourite among them all particularly in the summer months of Jan, Feb and March and then later in the year of Nov and Dec.
We find most of the locals to be very warm and welcoming with the exception of a few who find our presence to be annoying (which I can understand due to a very few riders not doing the right thing by being respectful and cleaning up after themselves). As a club we always make sure we take any horse manure and leftover hay home with us unless asked by the locals if they can have it for their gardens.
It would be great to see better parking down there for floats along with a dedicated area to dispose of manure / hay so that locals can use it as mulch for their gardens. I have also recently heard of other areas like this interstate where they also provide a wash down area where you can hose down your horses (or yourself) after they enjoy their splash/swim. Also a public toilet block not far from this area would be appreciated. At our recent beach ride with our club we also did a Breakfast BBQ so providing public BBQ'S would also be great.
Most horse owners are animal lovers at heart and respect the abundant birdlife down there and is another reason why a clubs go there
I have to agree with one of the posts above about the bike riders, they are noisy and show no respect for the enviroment around them and only use the area for free riding track.
I think with the right infrastructure catering for the many varied groups that use these areas that it could become the envy of many.

Kind regards Jo-Anne Lewis

Carley Robery

22 Feb 2017

I live on Shellgrit road, port Gawler. My road goes straight down to the port Gawler conservation area. Myself and daughter often rid our horses down there, it is beautiful and peaceful and to see all of the birds down there is wonderful. I think the conservation of the bird sanctuary is great and would love to continue to ride our horses down there and be able to enjoy what the sanctuary has to offer. The only thing that really ruins it is the dirt bikes down at port Gawler. Public that do not want to pay to use the dirt bike park at port Gawler, will ride illegally and dangerously on the beach area. They also go onto the quieter tracks and ride wherever they want, tearing up the ground on their bikes. They are not only noisy but very polluting.

I would like to see stricter rules on dirt bikes down there, and for better patrolling of th area, to keep it safe for others and peaceful all of the time for the wildlife.

Carley Robery > Carley Robery

03 Mar 2017

Hi Andrew,
Often, I ride at Port Gawler with just a few friends and we see others there also riding, I don't see many trainers down there, training their horses, it's more usually owners taking horses for a swim or a walk along the front, when there aren't dirt bikes speeding up and down.

We also use Webb Beach and Port parham a lot, for beach ride with our horse club, Adelaide Plains Equestrian Club. We are respectful of the area making sure our members clean up after themselves and many residents also ask us for horse manure for their gardens, with the exception of a few residents who clearly do not want us there.

Regards Carley

Alex Wilson

22 Feb 2017

I would love to see access to these rich and diverse areas retained and welcomed by having designated camping areas. This would be great for those passionate about our local fauna and environment. Vehicle access into these camp sites would be ideal, even if it was 4x4 only.

Catherine Cox

14 Feb 2017

Thank you for the work done so far on the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary. This is a fantastic resource and so good that the area has been set aside. It is very important for the protection of migrating birds. I also enjoy the lovely mangrove board walk and I think of all the areas as connected together - all up the coast to Port Wakefield - congrats to the Salisbury Council for their work in wetlands etc. I would like the boardwalk to be more accessible - having to get a key from the store is a problem. All of this work is also an opportunity for greater education about predators such as domestic cats and better legislation to control them. Lots of good work already being done on this by local Councils and others. I would also like to see many of the drains (former creeks) remediated; these are the drains which run mostly from east to west across the plains and end in the gulf. For example there is one just to the north of the salt flats. Many of the drains are lined by concrete and although this is a practical solution I wonder if there could be some sections un-lined or broken out into further wetlands? All of this area is a great visitor resource and encourages many international visitors who come here to see unique wildlife. There might be some options for BirdCam sites set up with live coverage on a website (perhaps someone has already thought of that). Thanks for the opportunity to comment.