For some years now, there has been much discussion and calls for ideas for the future visitor and tourism potential advancement of our area.
There have been many ideas put forward, some positive and others not so.
In the midst of all this, there has been some quiet discussion regarding the possibility of having one or even two bird hides erected adjacent to or nearby shorebird roosting and breeding areas along the Tin Can Bay foreshore. And of course, being an avid nature photographer, I clearly envisage the tourism and visitor potential that the bird hides would very likely bring; benefitting not only Tin Can Bay but the entire Cooloola Coast. As it would allow those interested, to view or photograph shorebirds or other related coastal creatures in close proximity without bothering or disturbing them.
Now, for all those local members of the community who are not so photographically inclined and saying, ‘Oh, not another wild suggestion!’ All I ask is that I am permitted to have my say and I can assure you, I am certainly not the only advocate of this venture and through research and discussion over the past couple of years, with many naturalist groups, camera clubs and other interested parties, I know the bird hides would be put to good and frequent use.
Such groups are well aware of the many varieties of, not only the plethora of migratory birds that flock to the area annually to roost and nest along our shores but also the great numbers that stay all year round and once established, news of the hides will very soon be passed on to other affiliated groups further afield.
Ultimately, as already stated, the town and the Region as a whole, would surely benefit financially from a second, very unique and natural asset. Tin Can Bay will then not only be famous for its dolphin feeding but also its shorebird watching. Surely taking the town to another tourism level.
Yes, Tin Can Bay is very lucky to have the dolphins as a major tourism drawcard, but why not extend that by allowing visitors and locals alike the opportunity of having the ability to get closer to, what already exists as a major resource for the town and the Cooloola Coast generally.
Please CONTACT me for your thoughts. Thank you.