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I wish to register my disgust at what took place in and outside the Tweed Council Chambers last Thursday, January 22.

A whole bunch of dirty unwashed tree huggers exercised their undeserved democratic right to try and protect a few fleebaggy, pissant koalas that hang around the Black Rocks Sports ground at Pottsville. This last bastion of so called ‘Iconic’ pests have been known to terrorise numerous packs of feral dogs, convoys of this towns’ finest, fun loving, upstanding HOONS and occasional platoons of armed crusaders mercifully using air rifles. The koalas rub salt into their own wounds by not welcoming these jolly visitors who actually pay rates, unlike these diseased critters. All they want to do is eat loads of eucalyptus leaves and get stoned. Do they really deserve to reside and prosper in our beloved recreation park? Well, thank the Lord (aka GOD), there are four democratically elected souls warming their backsides on their council benches who think not.

Bravo councillors Longlegs, Byrne Baby Byrne, Polyglaze and Colonel Bloodknock for voting wisely against locking the gates of the park at night.NO!NO! NO! NO! Not on their watch. I felt so bloody proud when Bloodknock referred to the other councillors (who voted FOR a night gate as ‘you people’). I admired his manly restraint.

Such a brave man standing up to councillors Milne, Armstrong, and Mayor Bagnell. Those representatives of the great unwashed, dole-bludging, jobless socialists (aka communists). The hide of them trying to prevent honest and peaceful hooners, hunters and hounds from exercising their God-given rights to ride rampant through this park and make life a living hell for the pests that trespass there. I’ve still got some firecrackers left over from new year celebrations.

Can’t wait to get down to the park. HAW HAW HAW!

The other brave action I witnessed occurred in the foyer outside our sacred council chamber: an eighty year old lady tried to walk into the council meeting carrying a filthy, dirty obscene looking thing resembling a toy koala. The silly old bat wearing a Greens badge, had the temerity to argue with a security officer (who we shall call Jobsworth) that it was harmless and that there was no bomb hidden inside the toy. But he was not going to let her get away with this.

He bravely raised his voice to about three hundred decibels and politely screamed at the potential terrorist.

‘NO NO NO NO NO ! You can’t bring that animal in here. Naturally the silly old witch shook with fear, when he raised his voice yet again and repeated his missive. The toy beast had to stay in the foyer and bullyboy pushed his chest out further. I marvelled that all was good in the Neo Con world whilst we had men of Jobsworth’s calibre on the job.

Geoff Morley, Tweed Heads South

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  1. Council’s decision to remove the gates at Pottsville Sports Oval is another example of the lack of intelligence that characterises local government’s approach to the environment. First they install a gate, then they administer its locking incompetently, then they vote inexplicably to remove the gate. Just why Cr Longland proposed this last motion will remain unclear as he did not even bother to engage in the debate that preceded the vote, leaving many to wonder what cesspit of resentment is bubbling away in his person as a consequence of not winning the mayoral seat.

    Intelligent management should consist of long term thinking that is informed by the best evidence. This evidence tells us that koala survival on the North Coast of NSW is in crisis. The development of wildlife corridors and the preservation of habitat are required if they are to survive. Dr Steve Phillips, Australia’s leading koala scientist has stated that the revegetation of the Black Rocks field is necessary to this strategy.

    Are council listening to the best evidence? Apparently not. Not the councillors and not, it appears, the scientific and environmental officers employed to advise council either. These officers, charged with developing the Koala Plan of Management are, inexplicably excising Black Rocks koala populations from effective management.

    Might this have to do with the three developments slated for Pottsville, of which only one, Dunloe Park is well known to ratepayers. How are these developments affecting environmental policy without our knowledge?

    None this is OK with ratepayers. We want smart, long term transparent planning underpinned by good science and lots of community consultation, not a “gates in/gates out”, no evidence needed approach initiated by a councillor in a snit!

    Lewis Rassaby

  2. ” A FEW FLEEBAGGY PISSANT KOALAS” Well thats highly descriptive isnt it Geoff. Don’t you get it one day they will all be gone, like the Tasmanian tiger and so many other species. Don’t give up that bookshop now, & by the way is Bennie still around? All the best……………………….

  3. Dear Geoff. I could not beleive this letter until I saw your signature on the bottom….Made me lough….Yes , Us , using ONLY natural soap are often described this way….and u only repeated what we are used to have yelled at us “DIRTY HIPPIES [OR WORST] GET A JOB ETC” YOU ALMOST TRICK ME .
    WE HAVE A RALLY TODAY AT UKI AT THE PARK NEAR THE BUTTERY AT 5 30 TO 6 30 [SHORT AND SWEET ] IT IS A RALLY TO SHOW THAT WE CARE ABOUT OUR ICONIC ANIMAL….the koala is representing a lots of other species at risk from developments ….not all the developments have to be bad but those who put lots of dollars in rich men pocket must be challenged ….SO GEOFF BE THER WITH YOUR CLEAN FRIENDS . DANIELE


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