Stoush over an­i­mal site con­tin­ues

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

THE Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil’s stoush with the Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources and Mines has con­tin­ued with Mayor Ju­lia Leu telling the the depart­ment’s ac­tions last week were the re­sult of mis­in­for­ma­tion.

“I met with the Deputy Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral (of DTRM) and a se­nior ad­viser to Min­is­ter Lyn­ham in Bris­bane last Thurs­day,” Ms Leu said.

“While, the meet­ing was pro­duc­tive, I re­main of the opin­ion that the depart­ment and the min­is­ter’s of­fice are mis­in­formed about the pro­posed lo­ca­tion of the Paws and Claws shel­ter (at Yule Point) and the fact that it does not in­clude any ar­eas of rem­nant rain­for­est or es­sen­tial cas­sowary habi­tat, con­trary to their be­liefs.” Ms Leu said she had re­newed her in­vi­ta­tion to the depart­ment and the min­is­ter to see the site, “so we can clearly demon­strate that their con­cerns are not valid.”

While, there is a will­ing­ness to take up her of­fer, Ms Leu said there was no ar­ranged time.

She also hit back at the Queens­land Con­ser­va­tion Coun­cil’s Dr Tim Seelig, who last week op­posed the coun­cil’s plan, say­ing “clear­ing rain­for­est habi­tat for a dog and cat shel­ter is to­tally un­ac­cept­able”.

She said she met him for “frank con­ver­sa­tion.”

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