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March 6, 2021

Knox Park plan not so ‘user friendly’

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Tweed Shire Council wants to make Knox Park more ‘user friendly’ by reconfiguring the little island on the pond where birds live and roost so that people can access it.
How long before people walking to the island start complaining about ibis crapping on them? Or ibis crapping on the seats or handrails? And then what will Council do, cull or relocate the birds?
Wildlife have the right to live undisturbed by humans yet their habitats are dwindling everywhere.
Clearly Council is not thinking about what is ‘user friendly’ for the birds or they would not disturb their existing habitat but perhaps improve it naturally for them.
Why can’t Council follow Cr Gary Bagnall’s ecologically friendly idea to create an urban wildlife sanctuary by joining the existing rainforest planting to the pond instead of destroying homes for all those birds, because their focus is not on wildlife protection?
People are drawn to the pond feature to watch the birds and to reconnect with nature. As Chief Seattle said, ‘What is man without the beasts? If all the beasts were gone, men would die from great loneliness of spirit.’
And for those who don’t care about the birds, consider this: the money Council spends on this upgrade will contribute to the next rate hike.
Unless Council slows down spending when they are already $10 million in debt they will become bankrupt.
What a bitter disappointment that mayor Barry Longland and Cr Michael Armstrong voted for pond reconstruction. You can see their history of blocking environmental motions by voting pro-development on http://northernriversguardians.org/?page_id=4229.
I have no objection to the youth space, new toilets, picnic shelters, barbecue, skate plaza, adventure playground and basketball court, but leave the island and the birds alone!
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  1. Three cheers for Gary Bagnall and the author of this letter.
    As Joni Mitchell sang 33 years ago “They paved paradise / And put up a parking lot”.
    Tweed council will need to buy a time machine to keep in touch with some of their councillors who seem to be living in the 19th century.
    Capitalism, the free market and pay per view democracy has not just failed, it will kill us if we don’t start fighting.


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