Residents fear lake?s demise

By TAMARA KEMP

LONG-TIME Bungundarra resi- dent Evelyn Carte worries for the future of where she lives.

She overlooks the lands from Blue Knobs Range to Rossmoya including the Green Lakes Lagoon.

She is among many concerned lo- cals and environmental conserva- tion groups seeking answers to the use of the area by the Department of Primary Industries and Forestry and private plantation company In- tegrated Tree Cropping (ITC).

"We want to know why the two groups were undertaking earth works to drain the natural wet- lands,'' she said.

"There's not one local who wants to see Green Lakes gone.''

Mrs Carte said the land was "too precious'' to be touched.

"With the work being done, we and the other residents will end up with no water,'' she said.

Department of Primary Industries and Forestry forest manager An- drew Dunn said the DPI bought about 1000 hectares of land in Janu- ary this year.

"The previous owners, who used the land for grazing, put pond pas- ture banks to capture the water on sight,'' he said.

"We plan to knock those banks down, restore the land to its original and natural land flow and grow our pine plantation from there.''

Livingstone Shire Council Mayor Bill Ludwig said he had spoken with Mrs Carte and the DPI on the issue. "We would certainly oppose any- thing that upset the natural wet- lands there because that area has birdlife at different times of the year equal to Kakadu,'' he said.

ITC declined to comment yes- terday.



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