A koala sanctuary!
I recently met with the Labor member of Capalaba to discuss the present scenario where without action the Redlands will lose all of our Koalas within a very short period of time.
I brought to his attention the program now underway by Bob Irwin where he has fenced off a large area, made animal proof to harbour billbies that at the moment are under threat of extinction. I also brought to his attention a visit Redlands to council from an environmentalist who address us wearing a feral cat skin hat with the tail hanging down his back. He was from South Australia.
The member for Capalaba did not consider this to be appropriate as he had meetings with Koala people and accepted their submission that Koalas love to roam. Roam and be eaten by large dogs and run over by cars. I have so far seen 2 koalas along the walk-way through the showground that had their faces eaten off by dogs.
The faceless koala was a sight that I will never forget. One wonders when and where common sense will prevail and all of our remaining koalas live in a secure area. Fenced in and protected from the roads and large dogs.
(1) Warrawong Sanctuary opened in 1985 as a wildlife reserve. It is near Mylor in Adelaide. Warrawong was established by Dr John Wamsley (the cat hat man) to conserve endangered Australian wildlife. He eradicated all feral plants and animals from the sanctuary and erected a surrounding fence to preserve the sanctuary’s feral free state.
The business was listed on the stock exchange in 2000 but was undersubscribed. After a number of attempts by different owners to keep the business alive the sanctuary closed after Zoos South Australia withdrew financial support.
At the time Dr Walmsley said “the sanctuary had succeeded in boosting some endangered species. There was about 10 species of mammal we actually saved from extinction because of what we did so I think that part of it was over anyway and I think the Warrawong was just a remnant, a reminder of how it all started”.
(2) Bob Irwin is the father of Steve Irwin (Crocodile Hunter) who died in 2006. Bob Irwin runs the Bob Irwin Wildlife & Conservation Foundation Inc
Toondah Clean Slate planning forum
I heard about the 2030 workshop held earlier in June. It seems a comment was made by one well credentialed speaker about the density of the Toondah residential development being Hong Kong like…I dismissed it as scare campaigning. But after thinking about it … I think it is about right. The same presenter pointed out that the population of the development would require two State schools to service the new population. That to seemed ridiculous at the time but having looked a bit closer it too seems a reasonable assessment.
I am now much more concerned about the Toondah scheme – I can see that there are many more questions than answers on the public record.
Jackie Trad should at least explain how she came to support this scheme that is 450% bigger than the LNPs Geoff Seeney. I can’t see how she could possibly say that the new scheme was ever available for public consultation.
I went to the forum a sceptic of the claims by R2030…I want to see the harbour fixed but the costs look more and more a contrivance to get development in the Bay. I hope I am wrong.
Secrecy is a new fad
I am amazed at the secrecy being shown by the Redland City Council with reference to the proposed development at Toondah Harbour.
During my time as a Councillor of the Redland shire there was never a display of secrecy about the progress of any development.
After all the council that we voted for at the last election has the numbers to stop the secrecy and the commercial in confidence deals.
Finally, I may have missed something but I thought the Councillors of this shire were elected by us to oversee such discussions about our shires assets and ensure the use of these assets benefit all of us, not just a chosen few.
Editor: Keep your opinions flowing. Letters to the Editor (Redlands2030) help expand the community participation in the issues concerning residents and ratepayers. Some what surprisingly, there have been no comments about the Council budget. Can it be that everyone is happy?