DSC STEPS UP PAWS BATTLE
ATTEMPTS by senior officials of the Department of Natural Resources and Mines to suggest other sites for Paws and Claws were slapped down by Douglas Shire Mayor Julia Leu during a meeting in Brisbane.
“They certainly were keen to let me know about their socalled alternative sites, one of them was Killaloe, which of course we have previously discounted many months ago,” said Cr Leu at this weeks ordinary council meeting.
“They certainly appeared I think quite red-faced you could say when I clearly pointed out that there had been a very long time in terms of the positive negotiations with our officers and their officers to even identifying a site in the first place.”
DSC has filed Right To Information requests in response to a deafening silence from the DNRM when asked why they have rejected the site.
“Key thing is, we want to know what has triggered their change in support. Once we know that, I think we’re in a much better position to strengthen our objection.”
Both the DNRM and the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection have received RTI’s. They have 30 working days to respond, putting their deadline well beyond the DSC’s own deadline to objecting which is December 20.
Senior DSC staff are meeting with the DNRM today to seek a solution to the issue.
Cr Leu was insistent that more time be given. “We expect being granted an extension beyond December 20.”
Cook MP Billy Gordon is batting for Paws, asking Minister Lynham to set aside the DNRM objection in a letter. “I am concerned that the advice provided by the Department to you may not be entirely accurate and objective. I urge you to investigate this matter and to allow all interested Parties more time to make their case.
“DNRM’s approach in this matter is distressing to many in the community and I will continue to stand for their rights to be heard,” he said in the letter.
Julia Leu at the proposed Paws site at Yule Point