Kind­ness was shown af­ter suf­fer­ing a fall

Joondalup Weekender - - Opinion -

I AM writ­ing to say a big heart­felt thank you to the woman shop­per who com­forted me when I fell at Coles Wan­neroo on Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 19.

I did not get her name, so I do hope she sees this let­ter.

In ad­di­tion, the staff at Coles were so kind, es­pe­cially the staff mem­ber who as­sisted me to my car.

I ar­rived home safe. BEV SIMP­SON, Pearsall. While re­turn­ing to Hil­larys Boat Har­bour from a scuba dive we chanced across the amaz­ing sight of a pod of about 12 dol­phins swim­ming in front of the ma­rina en­try. Pad­dling along with the dol­phins was this sea kayaker com­plete with a hel­met cam. There were sev­eral baby dol­phins in the pod and in this pic­ture one can be seen sur­fac­ing for a view of our world. One of the adult dol­phins was sport­ing an old in­jury with the top por­tion of the dor­sal fin miss­ing. Af­ter spend­ing sev­eral min­utes watch­ing this en­joy­able sight we headed back into the ma­rina. Later on the pad­dler made him­self know as Glen Colledge, from Green­wood. Glen was in a group of reg­u­lar Wed­nes­day pad­dlers who are part of Sea Kayak­ing Club WA. An­other amaz­ing ex­am­ple of our beau­ti­ful West Aus­tralian bio­di­ver­sity on show for all to en­joy! Gary Tate, Green­wood tinc­tion cri­sis in our own Joon­dalup bush­land, but not just from feral cats. In far larger num­bers, do­mes­tic cats roam our bush­land re­serves, hunt­ing and killing wildlife.

Un­der the Cat Act, it is not an in­fringe­ment for do­mes­tic cats to be al­lowed to wan­der un­con­trolled in bush­land, and there are no penal­ties.

This is a se­ri­ous weak­ness of the present leg­is­la­tion.

The Cat Act is a rel­a­tively new piece of leg­is­la­tion, with no teeth, un­like the Dog Act, that man­dates heavy penal­ties for al­low­ing dogs to roam out of con­trol or for dogs that kill other an­i­mals.

Dogs are also pro­hib­ited from be­ing present in most bush­land re­serves, un­less on paths and on a leash.

Cats in a one-kilo­me­tre stretch of the Iluka fore­shore are hunt­ing birds, small lizards, young mar­su­pi­als. An­other thing noted is that the same cat re­turns to pa­trol the same area for weeks at a time.

Some cats wear col­lars with no tag; with oth­ers, we can’t get close enough to check. Th­ese cats are well fed and in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion. Some will ap­proach peo­ple for a pat.

The re­sults of their hunt­ing have in­cluded a dead ju­ve­nile quenda (brown bandi­coot), with its back legs crip­pled by an at­tack from an an­i­mal that was not hun­gry enough to eat it and a dead bird, de­cap­i­tated.

We also have a photo of a live adult bandi­coot, which we are priv­i­leged to have liv­ing in our coastal re­serve.

How­ever, we won’t have them for many more years, un­less we can keep the do­mes­tic cat pop­u­la­tion from killing them, which now the law gives do­mes­tic cats com­plete free­dom to do.

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