Leadbeater's Pendant - Correspondence with Native Forests Action Council

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Leadbeater's Pendant - Correspondence with Native Forests Action Council is associated with 240 Victoria Parade, Melbourne located at these coordinates -37.80919, 144.979997


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In October 1981, Brad Hooper from the Native Forest Action Council (NFAC) wrote to the Minister for an update on the Leadbeater pendant project and to find out if the Government was going to set aside a dedicated reserve for the conservation of Leadbeater's possum.

Record Citation: PROV VPRS 11544/P1/255
Record URL: http://www.access.prov.vic.gov.au/public/component/daPublicBaseContainer?component=daViewSeries&entityId=11544
Agency: VA 551
Agency URL: http://access.prov.vic.gov.au/public/component/daPublicBaseContainer?component=daViewAgency&entityId=551
Date: 7/10/1981
Record Type: Correspondence
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Language: en
Copyright URL: http://prov.vic.gov.au/copyright
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User Tags: leadbeater's possum, s.j.cowling, brad hooper




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LBP pendant 27.JPG NATIVE FORESTS ACTION COULCIL

Environment Action Centre 118 Errol Street, North Melbourne, 3051 Tel: 329 5519

Patron: Judith Wright.


RECEIVED

IN MINISTER'S OFFICE

-9 OCT 1981

MINISTRY

FOR

CONSERVATION


7th October, 1981


Mr. S. J. Cowling,

Assistant Director,

Field Management

Fisheries & Wildlife Division,

240 Victoria Parade,

EAST MELBOURNE.


Dear Sir,


On the 4th and 11th of September 1980, advertisements and news items appeared in "The Sun News Pictorial", advertising a sterling silver possum pendant under the heading "LET A LEADBEATER LEADABETTER LIFE".

The Advertisement which appeared in "The Sun" on the 11th of September told us that "Victorias own Leadbeater's Possum is under threat......this beautiful pendant could help save it from extinction. The possum nests high in trees such as Mountain and Alpine Ash..... Unfortunately recent studies have shown that many hollowed, dead trees suitable for the possums nesting are collapsing with age. To avert the prospect of the disappearance of the possum, the Fisheries and Wildlife Division is planning to commence a project of mounting artificial nest boxes. A special Trust Fund has been established to donate $5-00 from every pendant sale to the nest-boxes mounting project. Purchases of the pendant will be named in a handsome Book of Honour housed at the Sir Colin MacKenzie Faunal Park, Healesville."

We have a number of questions that we hope you can answer for us relating to this promotion

1. How many pendants were sold by the Queensbury Mint?

2. Can the book listing purchasers names be viewed at the Sir Colin Mac Kenzie Faunal Park?

3. What was the total amount donated to the Fisheries and Wildlife Division for the nest-box mounting project.

4. Has the nest-box mounting project commenced and if so;

5. Where have the nest-boxes been erected and how many?


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Page 1/2 Letter from NFAC to Minister dated 7/10/1981


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Finally what progress has been made towards the reservation of an area (National Park or Wildlife Reserve) specifically for the Conservation of Leadbeater's Possum?

If this reserve has been proposed, what is the locality and total area of the reserve?


Yours sincerely,


BRAD HOOPER

NATIVE FORESTS ACTION COUNCIL


BVH/jg


Copies to

1. Misister for Conservation

2. Shadow Minister for Conservation.

3. Minister of Forests.

4. Shadow Minister of Forests.

5. Director of Ministry of Conservation

6. Director of Fisheries and Wild Life Division.

Page 2/2 Letter from NFAC to Minister dated 7/10/1981


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LBP pendant 29.JPG 16 DEC 1981


Mr B. Hooper

Native Forests Action Council

Environment Action Centre

118 Errol Street

NORTH MELBOURNE VIC.3051


Dear Mr Hooper,


I am responding to your letter of 7 October 1981, addressed to an Officer of the Fisheries and Wildlife Division, (a copy of which you forwarded to me) on the conservation of Leadbeaters Possum.

The answers to your questions are set below.

1. Queensberry Mint has sold 772 Silver Pendants, 8 Gold Pendants and 33 T-Shirts.

2. The leather-bound book which was provided to record the names of purchases was defaced by unknown persons and a replacement book has had to be obtained. The purchasers' names are currently being entered in this new book, prior to its being lodged at the Healesville Fauna Park.

3. The total amount received by the Fisheries and Wildlife Division as a result of the Queensberry Mint promotion was $4,439.50, made up as follows:-

772 Silver Pendants @ $5.00 - $3,860.00

  8 Gold Pendants @ $40.00  - $  320.00

 33 T-Shirts @ $1.00        - $   33.00

 Donations     ...          - $  226.50
                              _________
                              $4,439.50


This is the current balance in the Ministry Trust Account for Leadbeaters Possum.

4. The nest-box mounting and assessment project as it was earlier envisaged was estimated to cost $16,500. obviously, the funds from the Queensberry Mint were insufficient to fund the proposed study. A comprehensive review of the Fisheries and Wildlife Division's budget did not enable us to provide the balance needed in the 1980/81 financial year. In addition, consideration of this as well as other new fish and wildlife research projects had to be deferred as a result of the restructuring of the Fisheries and Wildlife Division, which resulted initially in a reduction of the available wildlife scientific staff.

It now seems that the Wildlife Ecology Unit at the Arthur Rylah Institute (the Research Branch of the Division) cannot conduct the necessary research in the immediate future. However, Dr Andrew Smith who carried out an important study of the Leadbeaters Possum When he was at Monash University wishes to undertake a periodic reassessment of the population at Marysville. The Fisheries and Wildlife Division is


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Page 1/2 Reply to NFAC from Minister dated 16/12/1981


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considering ways assisting him in this aim and has asked him to consider extending his proposed studies to include an evaluation of the nest-box scheme. We are at present awaiting Dr Smith's response to this suggestion.

5. No nest-boxes have been erected in view of the circumstances outlined in the previous answer.

6. The situation with respect to the reservation of an area primarily for the conservation of Leadbeaters Possum has not changed in the past 12 months. The Government of Victoria has accepted the recommendations of the Land Conservation Council, in that whilst no special area has been set aside, the Forests Commission shall provide for the conservation of Leadbeaters Possum in its management prescriptions for certain forest areas in the Upper Yarra region. The Forests Commission has consulted the Division over the past few months, and the two agencies have held a field day for Forests Commission staff to alert them to the needs of wildlife in managed forests.

The Forests Commission has submitted its logging proposal for the next three seasons to the Fisheries and Wildlife Division for comment, and has issued its staff with background notes and guidelines developed jointly with Fisheries and Wildlife, relating to the conservation of Leadbeaters Possum. An examination of the Commission's logging proposals will be made in early December.

Although it has not been possible to allocate a unsubstantial part of the time of any one officer to the continuing development of the Leadbeaters Possum work, the Fisheries and Wildlife Division is wel aware of the need to conserve the natural features of the Possum's habitat, and believes that the nest-box study as originally envisioned could make a valuable contribution to a knowledge of the species, as has been the case with other species which nest in tree-hollows.


Yours sincerely,

Signed W. V. HOUGHTON

W.V. HOUGHTON

MINISTER FOR CONSERVATION


1. Director FWD

Draft reply for signature

A/Director........

Date..........

FWD File No......

2. For return to FWD file.

Page 2/2 Reply to NFAC from Minister dated 16/12/1981
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Latitude-37.809 +
Located in240 Victoria Parade, Melbourne +
Longitude144.98 +
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