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Koala nomination

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One speaker said they were considering placing a large advertisement in a local paper close to September, informing residents how various councillors have voted in the last four years, in relation to koala motions. This would help koala-lovers vote at the next election

Mayor Barry Longland scoffed at this idea, giving the impression he thought this was unfair. Clearly he missed the point made about how passionately residents do indeed care about koalas and that this is an election issue (no laughing matter).

Jenny Hayes from Team Koala read out several impassioned online comments. One comment referred to Kings Forest as a future slum, where koalas would be wiped out.

Cr Joan van Lieshout asked why would Kings Forest be considered a slum. Does she not realise when you cram 15,000 people together in lot sizes less than half the minimum, you could end up with a slum situation?

Cr van Lieshout was very concerned that, if councillors voted for koalas being listed as locally endangered, it might threaten Kings Forest. While Ms Hayes denied this, it showed the gallery that Cr van Lieshout appears to care more about developers than koalas.

Jim Warburton pointed out that while the general concern of councillors was that development would be threatened by an endangered koala nomination, the reverse was true; koalas were being not only threatened, but also killed by developments.

Coastal koalas number fewer than 130 and there needs to be 175 of them to survive on the coast.

Elizabeth Jack

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    TEN little koalas sitting in a line
    in ran a dog, and then there were nine
    NINE little koalas pondering their fate
    along came a cruel man, and then their were eight
    EIGHT little koalas in a gum tree close to heaven
    one caught a bad disease and then there were seven
    SEVEN little koalas trusting council’s tricks
    along came a developer and then there were six
    SIX little koalas, surviving, just alive
    along came an arsonist, and then there were five
    FIVE little koalas, protected by a law
    along came a gas mine, and then there were four
    FOUR little koalas, came to visit me
    one died of exhaustion, and then there were three
    THREE little koalas on a treed hill with its view
    along came a bulldozer and then there were two
    TWO little koalas, they’ve not hurt anyone
    a “committee” came and took the trees
    and then there was one
    ONE little koala running round in loops
    to dotti fiddlers, lies and shouts
    He died…. and THEY said

    ten koala spirits, shining bright with GOD
    living in their eucalypts that grow from heaven’s good
    ten koala spirits join a million more
    watching mankind wreck the earth by breaking nature’s law.

    **”oops : Used to express acknowledgement of a minor accident, blunder, or mistake.”

  2. Great letter written by Elizabeth Jack, and thank you Elizabeth.
    I believe advertisements as mentioned in Elizabeth’s letter are an excellent idea and I would gladly offer a donation to the cost of these letters after a legal opinion regarding the content of the letters was sought, thus preventing any recourse by a Councillor.
    Accountability for their time in office should be something every Councillor should be proud to see in print….therefore they should applaud such advertisement or they should never have been in Council in the first place!!
    Jo McPherson


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