As a long-term resident of South Golden Beach, on first arriving we had wildlife and greenery abound. Frill-neck lizards sharing with water dragons. Small skinks darted about fossicking for insects. Gekos in the evening clicking and catching bugs in the lamp light. Echidnas and bandicoots scurrying about in the garden.
Not to be any more.
Over the past three or four years I have seen an increase in domestic cats roaming at will in the neighbourhood. At the moment there are up to six regulars prowling the community. My fears are for the king parrots and lorikeets that frequent our verandah.
Going through Shara Community Gardens today, there was a birdkill on the path.
So I speak in support of the views of J Rose on vermin and make a plea to cat owners to keep them indoors or in cages.
So sad to see wildlife disappearing at such an alarming rate with no apparent care or awareness. It seems to me that domestic animals have set the precedent over native wildlife. And as for the turtles nesting at New Brighton Beach: dogs have won over there too.