ESSA IN TASMANIA
ESSA in Tasmania
We have had many steps to climb before continuing on our project to educate the people of this amazing country to the dangers of many Australian native species (flora and fauna). Recently, this strong nation has overcome bushfires, cyclones, floods, Covid-19 plus ESSA’s Founder’s diagnosis of Cancer, which due to his determination and strength has been overcome.
As we re-launch in Montagu, located in far North-West Tasmania, our main concern is the possible destruction of some endangered species and parts of the local eco-system. This is due to a planned wind farm on Robbins Island. Some of these endangered and migratory species include the Tasmanian Devil, Orange Bellied Parrot, Tasmanian Giant Freshwater Crayfish and many species of migratory Arctic shorebirds just to name a few.
Dr Woehler said, “Its turbines will threaten migratory Arctic shorebirds, some already listed as critically endangered, that make the Robbins Passage-Boullanger Bay wetland complex their southern summer home. It might be windy, but they are not looking at other environmental issues.” (Canberra Times)
PLEASE NOTE: ESSA is strongly in favour of renewable energy projects, however there are many alternative areas that would be more suitable for a wind farm of this magnitude without having the devastating effect on this areas’ rich environment and current endangered species which live in this area.
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This extremely important awareness project will extend over a five year period which will cover many parts of Australia from the coastal areas to the vast desert regions. We will meet with many people from all walks of life who will assist in sharing their valuable knowledge on the local endangered species. This will assist us to share this information, beautiful photos and films with our valued supporters.
Kevin Hughes has had a passion for Australian Native Animals for some years which began when he worked as a commercial pilot for the Wirrimanu Aboriginal Community in Balgo, Western Australia – the base being located at Halls Creek, a few hours drive North of Balgo. The Indiginous Elders of the area where a huge influence on the desire to learn and assist Australian wildlife.
Having serviced in the military within Australia and Overseas, as a Firefighter in Brisbane and a professional pilot worldwide, he has fulfilled many of his goals. In 2017, Kevin was awarded a Bravery Medal (BM) by the Governor General, Sir Peter Cosgrove AK, AC (Mil) CVO, MC (Retd). After 12 months of extensive planning, he formed Endangered Species Supporters Australia (EESA) with the assistance of family, friends and sponsors. This involves travelling to as many parts of Australia as possible over a 5-year time frame to ensure people from all walks of life are aware of the critical numbers of some of Australia’s wonderful species.
Endangered Species Supporters Australia is proud to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respect to elders both past, present and emerging, and are committed to, and inspired by, indigenous Australia. In acknowledging country, we commit to the relentless pursuit of a united Australia.
The conservation of endangered species is important for humans as well.
“Australia should and must strive to be a world leader in the preservation of all native creatures, we must ensure that tomorrow the children of our planet enjoy as rich as inheritance as we received today.”
– Val Lehman
The diversity of Australian wildlife is under threat
Australia is one of the most biologically diverse countries on the planet. It is home to more than one million species of plants and animals, many of which are found nowhere else in the world. Approximately 85 per cent of flowering plants, 84 per cent of mammals, 45 per cent of birds and 89 per cent of inshore freshwater fish are unique to Australia. Scientists have identifies more than 140 species of marsupials.
There are a number of threats to Australia’s biodiversity including habitat destruction and degradation, climate change and ruination by introduced species. More than 310 species of native animals and over 1180 species of native plants are at risk of disappearing forever. (Figures supplied by Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment)