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April 22, 2021

Cur is not a four-letter word

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Cr Duncan Dey alleged on Monday (Letters, October 21) I swore at a councillor at the most recent Byron Council meeting. The word cur is not classified as a swear word. The dictionary defines it as a mongrel dog – especially a worthless or inferior breed, a base person, a person who is not well liked.

My use of it was in response to a councillor who claimed that I had destroyed koala habitat on my land. The statement was made without any proof whatsoever, and was an obvious attempt to create an inflamed situation before I spoke in public access at the council meeting.

Cr Dey, you are only making available to the public a small amount of what actually transpired at the recent council meeting in your letter to suit your interests – which were defeated in a vote 7–2 against your position. The council voted to have the matter further explored and evidence was produced at the meeting where it was decided the draft koala plan of management is seriously flawed and requires more work to ‘get it right’.

This draft report comes from  a committee you have sat on for many months. It’s a pity it got to this under your stewardship and the draft plan was not presented in an acceptable manner to be put on public display.

I also said at the meeting the councillor should put up or shut up. He has a long history of attempting to stop me undertaking legal ventures on my land. His attempts to stop me presenting events there, in the now debunked and discredited Byron Events Policy, are further proof of his crusade against my company.

As the ONLY landowner in our shire who actually has a koala plan of management we presented specialist advice through findings from the Koala Research Centre from the University of Queensland at the meeting to give Council further insight on a scientific – as against emotional – basis in the implementation of the Byron Draft Koala Policy.

These scientific findings need to be addressed if the policy is to have any level of credibility and the council voted 7–2 for that to occur.

Peter Noble, Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm


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  1. I thoroughly recommend some bedside reading for Mr. Noble. It was first published in 1936 and written by Dale Carnegie and has sold 15 million copies world wide. It is titled “How To Win Friends and Influence People” I’m sure Mr. Noble will learn many things from it!


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