Absolutely barking mad
IT seems a lame decision.
Paws and Claws can’t have its preferred site for a new home because of environmental concerns, according to the Department of Natural Resources and Mines.
The minister, Dr Lynham, has written to Douglas Shire rejecting the application for ownership of the land in order to use it as a site for the Paws and Claws animal shelter, citing an opinion that it is environmentally sensitive.
Well yes, it’s not the site for a big bunch of houses or anything, but one dog and cat home? Seriously?
The animal shelter would be a modest addition to the site.
The land is not a noted home of cassowaries or indeed anything of great note, though serves a good purpose as a relatively undeveloped spot in a locale that is much the same and deserves to stay that way.
So it’s hard to see the stated reasoning for the minister’s refusal.
In any case, the battle is really on now. It is up to the community to rally to change the Minister’s mind.
Time is short. If we fail, then that is the end of the line for Paws and Claws.
The Yule Point site was the last in an exhaustive search of the shire’s more adequate spots.
If the animal shelter closes then the problem washes up entirely at the council’s door to solve, with all the attendant drain on ratepayers’ money and council time and effort.
Now is the time to speak up, support Paws and Claws and Mayor Julia Leu in the battle to change the Minister’s mind. At the Gazette we will campaign on this for a proper outcome.
THIS week the LNP got fired up about the croc issue here in Port, various conservation efforts on the Great Barrier Reef, and the need to get rid of plastic shopping bags. The next election is ages away but one gets the drift . . .