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I find it distressing to see one of our beautiful treasured assets dead at Yelgun.

It seems that the governments of today don’t give a rats as to the conditions that these animals will have to tolerate during the multiple mega festivals that will be held at Yelgun for the next five years, it also seems that the same can be said for Tyagarah.

At the council meeting where the decision was made for limited festivals, Peter Noble in his address said that Southern Cross University had some ‘ground breaking’ results on a koala study done on his site but he was not going to tell us what it was (but he will tell us eventually, when? who knows).

Well, that was a selfish decision not to share this information, as the koalas are now ‘threatened’ and dying in this shire.

I would have thought that if you shared that information the residents of this shire would think a little more highly of you and perhaps, if you are correct in what you say about this study we may be able to do something to help our local koalas, perhaps the Splendour consortium, BluesFest, Mr Noble and Byron United (the Byron Bay Chamber of Commerce) could finance a ‘Koala Refuge’ in this shire, heaven knows they must be raking in the money!

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