Stoush over animal site continues
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.”