Greens Senator for Victoria Janet Rice has joined community groups to blockade race horse training on the breeding ground of vulnerable Hooded Plover on Belfast Coastal Reserve.
“It’s unacceptable to see the commercial interests of a few cowboys in the horse training industry take over these pristine Victorian beaches, and trump the survival of the Hooded Plover,” said Senator Rice.
“In the lead up to Derby Day on Saturday and the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday we are asking for the racing industry to be responsible and not compromise a sensitive natural area in their horse training activities.”
Under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, the Federal Minister for Environment is the guardian of this bird, listed as vulnerable to extinction under both state and federal law.
“I have written to Federal Minister Josh Frydenberg on two occasions asking whether he has approved the impact of horse training operations on the habitat of the Hooded Plover and have received no response,” said Senator Rice.
“The Belfast Coastal Action Group’s (BCRAG) requests for information have also been met with silence, so they have been left with no choice than to blockade in a last ditch attempt to protect their beach, to save this bird and its habitat from destruction.”
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