Ospreys’ new home will have bird’s eye view of bypass
  • Tuesday 07 April 2009

Yes, moving anywhere can be a challenge but when your home is showing the signs of wear and the foundations are starting to get a little shaky, it’s time to look elsewhere – even if the move is only 100 metres away!

In the case of Noosa’s favourite ospreys, their new home will be perched 12 metres higher than their present one in a dead tree on Beckmans Road, Tewantin. These iconic birds have endeared themselves to many local families in recent years and the Sunshine Coast Council is doing its part to make sure a strong environmental approach sees the current nest reach its new location safely.

Council has been working in close partnership with Queensland Department of Environment and Resource Management, Energex, Telstra Country Wide and the Department of Main Roads Queensland to make sure the move goes as smoothly as possible.

Council will be assisted by Energex with the delicate relocation of the metre-deep nest during April. They will also take the opportunity to install a web cam over the new nest site. Once the birds have settled in, vision of the osprey family will be beamed out via council’s website during the breeding months that lie ahead.

Mayor Bob Abbot and Councillor Lew Brennan will meet with Year 7 Noosaville State School students tomorrow (Tuesday) to share details of the move. The students are currently studying the osprey as part of their environmental studies and will also learn more about the birds from Nat Smith, Ranger in Charge at Noosa National Park with Queensland Parks and Wildlife.

Councillor Abbot said the nest’s move was necessary to make way for the Tewantin Bypass, which is currently being designed.

“The Tewantin Bypass is the final link in the upgrade of Noosa’s major arterial road network, with previous major road improvements delivered by council including Eenie Creek Road from Noosaville to Sunshine Beach and Walter Hay Drive connecting Eenie Creek Road to the Sunshine Motorway,’’ he said.

Queensland Department of Main Roads is currently considering funding for the project. Work won’t commence before mid 2010 and will then take about two years to complete.