Local artist and environmental defender Troy Robbins wrote this song in response to proposals for a massive residential development at Toondah Harbour.
The first performance of this song was before 250 people gathered at the Welcome Back Shorebirds event on 9th December 2017.
Poignant poetry, emotions and more…
Ramsar Sell-out – by Troy Robbins
I hear the forlorn Eastern Curlew baying
As the mangrove blossom from Cassim scents the air
For me hope springs eternal
From the dreamtime through Toondah’s plight
Grey tailed Tatler’s ascend in flight
RAMSAR sell out, the rooftop penthouse
With views across the Bay
Define the line between cash and crimes….
Against Mother Nature – Today!
Cumulus storm cells wild and foreboding
Pyrotechnics rouse the Bar-tailed Godwit’s flock
The avarious schemers ensconced in boardrooms
Leave Oystercatchers on the rocks
And “Green believers” taking stock
Sun drenched light rays caress the spoil grounds
As Herons, Spoonbills and Egrets greet the day
Commerce cowboys and suitors from the shadows
Plot to trade their feeding grounds away
Politicians peruse five star menus
The economic rationalists, they feast away
On principles, ethics and moral standpoints
As Ospreys circle their unwitting prey
Bramaniy Kites ride the temperate thermals
Will their habitat be entombed under dredging spoil?
White-breasted Sea-eagles soar above casuarinas
While Nandeebi’s ancient gums stand sentinel
To the ecological Apocalypse on the shoreline
Will our community stand undivided?
And oppose this corporate nightmare
I heard the forlorn Curlew crying
Endangered by vested interest who serve?
Toondah’s pristine riparian wonders
Should remain an untouched treasure for this world
Lyrics by Troy Robins
Photos by Chris Walker