At the last Tweed Shire Council community access, former councillor Dot Holdom was supposed to give a presentation on the draft Koala Plan of Management (KPOM).
For inexplicable reason she was given two consecutive spots, something I have never seen happen before. Normally only one person can speak on a certain subject for five minutes for the entire community access. Was this favouritism by council?
However, when she failed to stick to her topic, the mayor requested she do so, but she refused.
She also breached the rules for presenters by attacking the mayor for improperly handling the November community access meeting in Pottsville.
Then she launched into a full scale attack on supporters of Black Rocks koalas, minimising the importance of protecting this fragile cell of koalas that are critical to the survival of Tweed coastal koalas, now hanging perilously on the brink.
She also denigrated the work of these protectors, imputing there were no koalas (she ‘hadn’t seen any’), no hoons stressing them (‘so what, hoons are everywhere’) and that off-leash dogs walked at Black Rocks oval never left their owners’ sides (since she ‘witnessed it once’).
She also referred to the koala protectors as hypocrites for dictating to others what they should do (as council also did with their no-dog/no motorbike/no golf and ‘lock the gate’ signs).
You wonder where is her scathing vitriol coming from? What is her agenda? It’s certainly not pro-koalas!
The Tweed Coast Koala Habitat Study 2011 says the No. 1 thing to guarantee the survival of koalas on the coast is to protect existing koalas, otherwise all the corridors and tree plantings in the world won’t save them. Perhaps she should read it?
Menkit Prince, Uki