1. Better signs for the Sandgate Foreshore about environmental status and waders. 2. Better signs for the Einbunpin Lagoon about feeding the wildlife. 3. The removal of litter from the Einbunpin Lagoon on a regular basis.

Principal Petitioner Renate Hottmann-schaefer, Sandgate
Date Closed Fri, 31 Jan 2014 This epetition has ended
No. of signatures 36 signatures

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Residents draw to the attention of Brisbane City Council that the Sandgate/Brighton and Shorncliffe foreshore is part of Moreton Bay, which is a wetland of international and national significance and which has been listed, inter alia, under the Ramsar Convention for more than 20 years.

Most people are simply not aware about the requirements of the visiting waders to be able to feed and roost with as little disturbance as possible so that they can recover from their long journey from their breeding grounds or prepare for their return. The lack of information about this issue is most likely due to the fact that there are not enough, and especially effective, signs at the foreshore to inform about this very important issue. If we do not take steps immediately to look after our shore birds, we may lose them completely in the not too distant future. There are a few signs about shorebirds, but they are designed to blend into the environment and are very wordy so that one has to make an effort, not only to find them, but also to read them.

A similar situation exists at Einbunpin Lagoon. Far too many people come to feed, or let their children feed the wild life mostly with large amounts of often stale and sometimes even mouldy bread. The local councillor has recognised that part of the problem with Einbunpin Lagoon is the nutrient load from the birds etc. “Bread is really harmful for them - and encouraging feeding them could continue to contribute to the water quality problems in the lagoon.....” The other significant issue with the water quality of the Einbunpin Lagoon is that the lagoon itself hasn't been cleaned for a long time. Some items have been observed in this area for more than a year now, including decomposing wildlife.

In relation to the litter at the Einbunpin Lagoon, recently Council workers, or contractors, were observed blowing litter into the lagoon with a blower during maintenance work.

We, the undersigned residents and visitors of Sandgate and the surrounding areas therefore request that the Brisbane City Council:

• provide more effective signage to inform residents and visitors of Sandgate, and the surrounding areas, about environmental issues associated with disturbing migratory shorebirds at the foreshore and feeding wildlife at Einbunpin Lagoon.

• ensure that all litter, including the shopping trolley, that has been there for at least more than a year, be removed from the Einbunpin Lagoon ASAP and that this lagoon will then be maintained on a regular basis in a proper way.