Ab­so­lutely bark­ing mad

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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 . . .

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