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Frank Seno is looking for the owner of this diver’s underwater camera he is holding up, after picking it
up from the seaweed and debris on Summerland Beach. It was washed ashore, as was the rope and pole
he is carrying, along with balloons, bottles and other debris. Frank and his wife Lisa are keen to reunite
the camera, in perfect working order, with its owner.
Anyone lost an underwater camera
CAPE Woolamai residents Frank
and Lisa Seno are looking for the
owner of a diver’s underwater
camera that they found last week
while walking along Summerland
It was washed up on the sand
and lying in seaweed and debris.
The couple took the camera
home, cleaned the sand from it,
and have declared it as good as
Through the dates on the pho-
tos, Frank and Lisa know approxi-
mately when it was lost and have
viewed the photos on it.
Now they are keen to find its
Frank heard a story recently on
3AW’s morning program about a
marine biologist who had her cam-
era taken by an octopus.
He has no idea of the history be-
hind this find, but would love to
The couple say the camera is
fairly new and is in very good con-
dition and working order, with
pretty much a fully charged battery
Frank and Lisa are regulars on
the beautiful Summerland Beach,
which has yielded the occasional
treasure up to them.
On the same day the camera was
washed up, they found 50 metres
of perfectly good rope tangled up
in the seaweed with a buoy on each
On a previous occasion, they
found a long piece of thick ship-
ping rope, which now hangs deco -
ratively on their front balcony.
The couple are not scavengers,
but often come across interesting
items as they walk to keep fit.
They have picked up countless
numbers of lures, and numerous
balloons, which they are extremely
unimpressed about, because of the
serious hazard they present to ma-
rine life which can mistake them
The couple believe the currents
are responsible for dumping de-
bris on this special beach, as on
other beach walks they enjoy, there
is not such a lot about.
“It’s a lovely walk at Summer-
land. It seems to be an area where
the current washes in a lot of
things,” says Lisa.
Frank adds that they have yet
to find a surfboard with a chunk
taken out of it, thankfully!
“This is our best find ever,” says
“It’s something that needs to get
back to its owner, who no doubt
will be keen to have it returned.”
Lisa has a suggestion for own-
ers of cameras similar to the one
“The first photo to take is one
with your name, country and
phone number on it,” she advises.
Call Lisa on 0419 706606 if the
camera is yours!
ON APRIL 8 the Federal Minister
for the Environment and member for
Flinders, Greg Hunt launched a new
plan for the protection of 35 migratory
seabirds that regularly travel thousands
of kilometres to visit our shores.
That plan, the Wildlife Conservation
Plan for Migratory Shorebirds, was de -
veloped by the Australian Government
Department of the Environment in con-
sultation with interested stakeholders,
and identifies what needs to be done to
safeguard migratory species.
Each year Australia becomes the
home of migratory shorebirds such
as the grey plover, red knot, common
sandpiper and red-necked stint during
their non-breeding season.
These birds rely on Australia’s coastal
and freshwater wetlands as places to
rest and feed, with some travelling up to
11,500 kilometres non- stop to get here.
The new plan recognises that popula-
tions of some of these shorebirds are in
decline, and there is a growing need to
reduce the threats to their habitat. This
is critical for the continued survival of
“We take our global obligations to
these shorebirds seriously” said Greg
Hunt in a media release accompanying
At the national level, the Environment
Protection and Biodiversity Act 1999
(the EPBC Act) provides for the devel-
opment and implementation of wildlife
A wildlife conservation plan sets out
the research and management actions
necessary to support survival of one or
more migratory species listed under the
The plan recognizes that there are
a range of government agencies, non-
government organizations, research
groups, industry, community groups
and volunteers that are promoting the
conservation of migratory shorebirds.
The plan outlines national activities to
support migratory shorebird conserva-
tion initiatives and provides a strategic
framework to ensure these activities
plus future management actions are
integrated and remain focused on the
long-term survival of migratory shore-
bird populations and their habitats.
The plan outlines a series of statutory
elements as legislated by the EPBC Act.
Migratory shorebirds are mentioned
in the Bass Coast Shire Planning
Scheme, and are listed in the Phillip
Island Nature Parks Environment Plan.
The media release by Greg Hunt
states, “S horebirds such as the female
bar-tailed godwit match the incredible
long-haul range of an Airbus A380. We
want to be there for the long-haul too,
supporting their conservation”
The EPBC Act listed migratory shore-
bird species found on Phillip Island,
including Bar-tailed godwits and Red-
necked stints, are also listed under in-
ternational treaties, and require active
Dogs, jet- skis and cats
The plan identifies unleashed dogs
and jet- skiing among known sources of
disturbance of migratory shorebirds.
Evidence in the plan suggests that in-
dividuals of migratory shorebirds are
taken as prey by invasive animals such
By Maurice Schinkel
These Bar-tailed godwits, photographed on a Phillip Island beach, are among
the federally protected birds covered by the Wildlife Conservation Plan for Mi-
NYORA, Loch, Korumburra and
Poowong will be connected to Victoria’s
water grid for the first time ever, provid-
ing greater water security and quality
drinking water in South Gippsland.
A $30 million investment in the
2016/17 Victorian Budget will signifi-
cantly improve water security for the
towns, which are currently on stage two
water restrictions due to ongoing dry
It will also underpin the future of food
processing in the region by providing
companies such as Burra Foods and GBP
Exports – who currently employ 165 and
180 staff in the region respectively – with
supply security and the confidence to fur-
ther invest in their businesses.
These communities currently rely on
water from small, rainfall-dependent lo-
cal dams, but the project will change this
by linking the towns to the Lance Creek
supply system, which provides access to
Melbourne’s water supply system.
The Lance Creek system incorporates
existing infrastructure that connects to
the Wonthaggi Desalination Plant pipe-
line, meaning that water can be sent
from Melbourne’s Cardinia Reservoir to
the Lance Creek water treatment plant
via the pipeline.
The project, to be delivered by South
Gippsland Water at a total cost of $43.39
million, will therefore significantly re-
duce the likelihood of any future water
restrictions while also improving drink-
ing water quality.
The project will consist of two pipe-
line sections – Lance Creek to Korum-
burra ($28.7 million) and Korumburra
to Poowong ($8.24 million) while South
Gippsland Water will construct a new
dosing plant ($0.845 million) and de-
commission some dams ($5.6 million).
Water security for
The latest art work for Cowes
THE latest and possibly the larg-
est cartoon to be produced for
the Cowes Community Commit-
tee (CCC) as a series of art works
placed around Phillip Island fea-
tures the island’s sportsmen, wom-
en and children, and focuses on the
Cowes Recreation Reserve and the
host of activities that can be played
and engaged in there.
Artist Darren Marks is leaving it
up to community members to de -
cide if they can recognise any of the
You’ll see basketballers, foot-
ballers, netballers, tennis players,
cricketers and skateboarders on
the colourful creation and some
look very familiar, we must say.
Of course the obligatory dog is
running around the oval, which is
instantly recognisable through its
distinctive line of trees.
The mural is soon to be placed
in a prominent spot at the Cowes
Recreation Reserve, to be enjoyed
by everyone who plays there.
CCC president Peter Paul said
that there has been a great re -
sponse to the series of cartoons
and art works placed strategically
around the town, and that he is
sure that the community will be
extremely interested in this one as
“It’s a delight to have murals,
painted by locals, that bring a lit-
tle history colour and fun to our
streetscape, ” Mr Paul said.
“We thank locals, Curl mMarks
and Dogga Luke for their great ef-
The creation of the murals have
been funded by the Cowes Commu-
President of the Cowes Community Committee (CCC)Peter Paul, and his wife Glenyce (left) and local artist
Darren (Curl) Marks, are pictured with the latest piece of public art commissioned by CCC.
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