Jeez it’s easy to feel conflicted when you live in the Byron bubble. Here we have our well-intentioned and hardworking Landcare group getting a grant of $99,800 to inject glyphosate (Roundup) into coral trees along the watercourses of Huonbrook and Wilsons Creek.
After the last injection trial a couple of dead platypus turned up on the causeways and since dead catfish and even a dead pademelon. It’s impossible to know if and how these things are related. Nobody loves coral tree infestations, but we don’t like killing animals either – and nobody likes drinking creek water that kills animals. Didn’t 99 per cent of us reject fracking for what it does to the water?
At the meeting last Wednesday night in Wilsons Creek Hall, the Landcare crew swore by the safety of injected glyphosate. Half the people went home feeling righteous, and the rest went home feeling a bit disheartened, uncertain and unheard. At least they should hang a sign up when they’re doing the poisoning, but apparently they don’t even have to do that.
Sam Brown, Upper Wilsons Creek