The ABC local news has just posted this:
- “When the 1.8 metre fence is completed it will run for 11.5 kilometres and enclose 484 hectares of rare yellow box redland forest on the doorstep of the new suburb of Forde.
It will also provide protection to the endangered burrowing bettong by keeping out the foxes and cats that have decimated its population.”
Which is delightful.
The weirdness is twofold:
- the Burrowing Bettong has been extinct in mainlaind Australia since the 1960s [according to the CSIRO] and the Heirison Prong Threatened Species Project [which started with the CSIRO] suggests that the Bettong has never been indigenous to the Forde locale and reintroduction to the mainland has only occurred in WA and SA;
- what invaluable recreation space is going to be created by a 11.5 kilometre fence given the enclosed space MUST provide a haven for endangered flora and fauna? Sounds to me that Canberrans are going to have be excluded from the space.