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August 3, 2021

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Rod Murray, Ocean Shores

Now that the local election is almost over and we have endured the endless rhetoric about compromise, balance and sustainability, I look forward to advice from Byron’s elected councillors on the way ahead for our koala population in the north of the shire. How will the koalas be encouraged to compromise and balance their needs with the interests, activities and a number of 20,000 watt PA systems of the Splendour music festival adjoining their habitat at Yelgun?

To wait for the outcome of studies on the koala population after the fact is akin to a scientific experiment on sleep deprivation and sound torture on animals. Most people have nothing against festivals in the appropriate location but the Yelgun site is totally inappropriate for such a massive, greedy, over-the-top undertaking, where once again the endless desires of a few look set to win out over long-term values. If we can’t save a koala population we have nothing.

Will the councillors have the guts to defy the state government and demand that our values stand for something besides making money? Because, get ready, this is not going away any time soon.


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