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IT'S 6am and Dianne Hausler is pulling on her boots and
heading into the winter chill to check on her latest
conservation experiment in the muddy waters at
The winter sun hasn't yet touched the shores of Wellington
Point but that doesn't deter the environmentalist Wonder
The mild-mannered 43-year-old who lives by the motto "this
planet is under our protection"
, has a lot on her plate.
Protecting ill koalas, inventing a cure to heal sick local
waterways, promoting a major environmental festival in
Brisbane and monitoring the health of Moreton Bay -- her super
powers know no bounds.
And, let's face it, she has to be up early if she's going to help
save the world, a vow she took when she was a seven-year-old
growing up in the Bayside area.
She remembers splashing around in the local creeks and
bushland as a child, catching insects and watching tadpoles hatch.
In 2003, when Dianne and her 10-year-old son, Stephen, were
walking in the wetlands, they witnessed pollution in the area
destroying the Tarradarrapin ecosystem.
From that moment on, Dianne, the daughter of an Anglican
minister, became a devoted wetlands warrior and has spent the
majority of her spare time protecting the waterways and wildlife
around her Wellington Point home.
"Illegal dumping and pouring contaminants into the
waterways is the worst possible thing that can happen for the
local flora and fauna, let alone Moreton Bay.
"It's important that the waterways remain healthy as water
from Tarradarrapin goes directly into the bay, where pollution
affects a range of species.
"All sectors of the community -- residents, business and
government -- need to pull together to stop the degradation. "
Last year, Dianne waged war on rubbish being dumped into
local waterways after Moreton Bay received a"D"in its Ecosystem
Health Report Card, a drop from a B.
She took on Redland City Council after high concentrations of
contaminants such oil, detergents, and household rubbish were
found in the wetlands.
She blamed the introduction of council tip fees in 2008 for
encouraging people to dump household waste illegally in the
"The saddest part is seeing the toll it takes on the ecology in
the area, in particular the animals," she said.
But unlike other environmental crusaders who fall foul of the
council, Dianne has managed to cultivate strong friendships
within local government.
Mayor Melva Hobson recalls fondly the first time she met"The
Wetlands Wonder Woman"
"I first met Dianne when she was named as a finalist for the
individual Waterways Champion Award at the 2009 Healthy
Waterways Awards,"Cr Hobson said.
"This achievement reflects Dianne's absolute passion and
commitment to the preservation of our wetlands and
community education about such matters.
"Dianne founded the Tarradarrapin Wetlands Bushcare Group
Adventures of the
Continued page 7 Dianne Hausler
Dianne Hausler is the Redlands' own Wonder Woman. She spoke to
reporter JUDITH KERR about her mission to save the world.
Protecting and rejuvenating Tarradarrapin is a major
task and success is not guaranteed but that hasn't
deterred the wetlands warrior who has harnessed
council support for her environmental crusade.
In many ways, Dianne is like a
superwoman and has proved to be
able to leap through council red tape
in a single bound. -- Environmental
scientist Jennifer Miller
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