NOT JUST HIP­PIES

Wanneroo Times - - Opinion -

IN re­cent weeks many doc­tors nor­mally to be found work­ing the hos­pi­tal wards or con­sult­ing in gen­eral prac­tice have taken time out to protest among con­cerned crowds op­posed to the Beel­iar Wet­lands Roe 8 High­way de­vel­op­ment.

For my­self this has in­volved trav­el­ling a con­sid­er­able dis­tance to Beel­iar from home in Gnan­gara since be­fore Christ­mas most week­days to sup­port the lo­cal ac­tion; mean­ing a 6am start in the morn­ings to get back to morn­ing surgery by 9am.

I am a GP who grew up in the Perth area af­ter my Rus­sian parents ar­rived as refugees af­ter World War II.

Our fam­ily al­ways loved the unique WA bush and our hol­i­days were spent bush­walk­ing and ex­plor­ing wilder­ness ar­eas.

I am greatly dis­tressed when the last rem­nants of old for­est are bull­dozed for “progress”, es­pe­cially in an area as sig­nif­i­cant as the Beel­iar Wet­lands.

I have made a ma­jor effort to go to most protest ac­tion days since the seem­ingly wil­ful des­e­cra­tion of these pre­cious banksia wood­lands and wet­lands by the Bar­nett gov­ern­ment com­menced in De­cem­ber.

I have met many other doc­tors at this peace­ful protest who share my frus­tra­tion.

It is sad that the protests have gone un­heeded by our cur­rent Min­is­ter for the En­vi­ron­ment and the Pre­mier.

Ac­knowl­edg­ing the pro­fes­sional sta­tus and es­teemed wor­thy aca­demic qual­i­fi­ca­tions of many demon­stra­tors tak­ing ex­treme mea­sures, it is ap­par­ent that many law abid­ing cit­i­zens who are not “just hip­pies” are stand­ing up for what mat­ters – an­cient rem­nants of ur­ban bush, na­tive and en­dan­gered species and the right to free protest. DR GREG GLAZOV, Gnan­gara.

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