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August 4, 2021

Poisoning our creeks with herbicide

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Last weekend myself, my partner and our three young children gathered at Bentley to protest against the drilling and damage that will be done to our waterways, only to read in your latest issue that our own backyard creek is being poisoned.

Surely there must be some other way to remove coral trees without the use of Roundup?

Common sense would be that anything strong enough to kill a tree is going to have repercussions on everything else around it.

I’ve stocked our local waterways with thousands of native fish over the past years, all in the name of trying to rehabilitate Wilsons Creek from years of abuse, and I’m pretty pissed off that Rous would allow council to inject Roundup into the waterways.

For everyone downstream, it’s the water you’re drinking. Maybe we should research if chlorine gets rid of Roundup, because guess what if it doesn’t.

Perhaps council should walk next door into the library and read a book called Uno’s Garden. Even the kids get it.

Corey Numa, Wilsons Creek


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2 COMMENTS

  1. Corey – what you read was an opinion peice that suggested the death of two platypus may have been linked to recent weed control. You’re now presentng it as fact. The whole opinion dressed fact cycle is killing rationale discussion on so many levels. Don’t fall into this trap. Rather lets find out what the story is and then respond. It makes for better reading and much better outcomes.

  2. I have removed 3 of my five coral trees simply by removing all new growth as it sprouts. A very good way too to keep my eye on the ground and to watch and learn how nature adapts. I have left 2 coral trees as nectar sources for a variety of winter birds who have few other sources of food.

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