At last I have some news about the Hospital Ducks.
Today I opened email correspondence from the office of the Chief Executive Officer of the local 'Health Network'. The reply was a PDF document dated 10 October 2014.
It does not shed any new light on the issue but repeats the words quoted in the newspaper* a month ago, the main points being:
"The courtyard has been drained due to safety reasons, similar to those associated with an unfenced swimming pool."
"The ducks that were previously located in the courtyard were safely transported to another location."
"There are plans to modify the courtyard environment to ensure it is safe and accessible …"
"… (the) Health Network Executive is committed to retaining this area as a therapeutic space …"
I do hope that the 'relocated ducks' included the family of ducklings that I met because they need a pond!
My next question will be about the proposed environmental modifications.
*For background information (and duck-related crochet patterns) please refer to the related post "Hospital Ducks", 24 September 2014: http://www.lupeyloops.blogspot.com.au/2014/09/hospital-ducks.html