Crocs and cassowaries haunt DSC
THE trouble with living in paradise is sharing it with a lot of other things that lived here before you did.
The environmental credentials of the Douglas Shire has been questioned from outside and within. First on cassowaries and then on crocodiless.
The DSC came under attack last week with the Queensland Conservation Council bursting onto the scene (thanks to the state government) as the defender of cassowaries against Mayor Julia Leu, who happens to be a Cassowary Ambassador. The manner in which the council was revealed as an opponent to an animal shelter at Yule Point smacks of indecisiveness on the state government’s behalf or even a delay tactic. The council has yet to say yes or no.
Cassowaries or not, that the DSC would have to explain itself to an unelected, non-government environmental body headed by a doctor of urban sociology based in Brisbane is confusing to say the least, especially when they have so far done everything the state government has asked. Then there are crocodiles. The estuarine reptiles frayed nerves at this week’s ordinary council meeting.
The sole dissenting vote on requesting changes to the shire’s zoning — Cr David Carey — spoke almost as long as the other four councillors combined and then went on to take a dig at the DSC’s environmental fortitude long after he lost the vote. For Cr Carey the battle was lost, but the war is far from over as we wait for the state government’s response.
Crocodiles may well become a political point of difference in future local elections. They are recognised as the apex predator of the Far North. They are not going to go away without human assistance.