Who’s making the fishy mistakes?

Cr Michael Lyon, The Pocket

It saddens me when well-respected figures resort to misinformation and misdirection to make their point. Dailan Pugh’s letter of last week is guilty of this and it does him no justice, nor did his presentation to Council about the fish kill when he called for the prosecution of staff for the tragic event.

When will certain people in the ‘green’ community learn to work together and support each other to achieve better outcomes? We are all human and susceptible to making mistakes under pressure, even if our intentions are good.

Dailan, I didn’t praise staff for their actions at the time as you seem to claim in your letter. Indeed, as you disingenuously requested at the end of your letter, Council acknowledged the failings that led to this event at the last meeting, and we published the monitoring reports as per your request. What I praised staff for was their diligence and effort in analysing what went wrong and coordinating with all relevant agencies and research partners to come up with a much more robust process to minimise the occurrence of these events in the future.

Rather than blaming well-intentioned people for mistakes we do better to focus on getting things right which is exactly what Council has done.


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One response to “Who’s making the fishy mistakes?”

  1. So Mr Lyon, obviously there’s no need to hold anybody to account for the death of thousands of animals?
    Or for acting contrary to licences and established best management practices?
    It should never have happened. It should never happen again. Staff don’t get to pick and choose what laws, policies and conditions they will apply… they must apply them all. Have any disciplinary actions, penalties, pay cuts or demotions been handed down to the responsible staff? Extremely doubtful given our councillors’ vigorous defence of their monumental stuff-up. Again.

    What these pseudo Greens & Council “Planners” (planners? hmmm!) don’t seem to understand is that with their consistent approach over the past 4 years the environment loses every time – and worse than that, it is the threatened ecosystems and threatened species supposedly under the highest level of environmental protections that are constantly losing – just in the past few months we have lost littoral rainforest, wetland, Mitchell’s Rainforest Snails, koalas, and ancient tallowwood koala habitat trees in what used to be known as “Tallowwood Ridge Estate”. Let’s not even mention development height limits, housing density, visual amenity, traffic flows and parking – all of which are caused by Council ignoring their own strategies and policies with massive development-friendly loopholes.

    When you’re in a hole stop digging. When it comes to credibility on matters environmental Dailan Pugh has credibility to burn. Council has none. I know who we believe.

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