In the midst of wanton destruction by large corporations, a ray of hope.
The following are quotes from an article in last Saturday's Advertiser.
"Rugged bush, scrub and sand dunes in the state's north -an area twice the size of Adelaide -has been set aside for conservation. The former sheep and cattle station, Witchelina, is home to rare and threatened birds, mammals and reptiles. When scientists survey the site in October, they also expect to find new species. South Australia's largest conservation charity, Nature Foundation SA, bought the 4200sq km property."
"Witchelina is the largest property bought to date for the National Reserve System through the Government's Caring for our Country program."
"Environment minister Peter Garrett yesterday launched the new conservation reserve on the eve of World Environment Day. "This is about getting into partnership with Australians to acquire parts of our great country which we want to look after for all time," Mr Garrett said. "We know that places of this size are absolutely crucial to maintaining the protection of the environment in Australia."
Conservation champion, Barbara Hardy, 83, who founded Nature Foundation SA almost 30 years ago, travelled to Witchelina for the announcement. "It's one of the best days of my life," she said. "This is absolutely wonderful, seeing this ancient land and we are saving a bit of it."
Nature Foundation SA will manage Witchelina Reserve under the National Reserve System. The property has been cleared of stock and roads upgraded.
This is good news, yes?
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