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Victoria has NO FAUNA Management FRAMEWORK

Conrad Annals, Acting Chief Ranger for Northern Melbourne district has advised that there is no kangaroo cull planned in Plenty Gorge next Monday and Wednesday nights, contradicting what published here on August 9. He could not comment on the lack of wildlife corridors to and from Plenty Gorge in the face of high human economic immigration numbers resulting in rapid population growth and infrastructure expansion in Melbourne and the rest of Australia.

In this article's original leading paragraph, of which this is a rewrite, we said that the growth lobby (of which the organisers and beneficiaries are mainly property developers) is both benefiting from and causing this unnecessary high human population growth. This remains uncontested. We also stand by the statement that Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) protects and advances the costly interests of the growth lobby whilst pretending to protect our wildlife. We maintain that the growth is unnecessary and so is culling - when it occurs. The AWPC promotes another way: Wildlife corridors and relocation as well as stopping high immigration.

We have put the leader which we introduced this story with yesterday at the bottom of this article.[1] In the light of Mr Annal's communication, we hasten to reassure readers that the rumoured cull has been officially denied. We retain the leader below for the record, which documents the fact that our initial information may have been wrong and we thank Mr Conrad for his timely communication, which we will pass on to our readers. We thank them for letting the Department know of their feelings because this may save kangaroos in the future. There have been past culls in this district and further afield in Victoria. The problem of human overpopulation and lack of corridors remains to be rectified. Examples of recent past culling or similar treatment of kangaroos in the same area are to be found here and here. In fact it was the problem of cruel treatment and lack of sensible policies in that area that resulted in the formation of the Coalition for Australian Wildife Corridors.

Translocation is better than killing healthy free animals. Open up wildlife corridors!

Please express your horror and disgust at the make up of Department of Sustainability and Environment, which cares nothing about kangaroos or other native animals. See for instance the recent expose by Skye Brown in "http://www.heraldsun.com.au/opinion/culling-is-killing-not-some-act-of-humanity/story-e6frfhqf-1226443384194" in the Herald Sun Newspaper, for those who retain a passing familiarity with the Murdoch Press.

Know your Department of Environment and Sustainability (DSE) for what it really is

DSE is dominated by property developer interests and has for years been a commercially oriented, outsourcing planning and development department that protects and promotes human population growth. On the 'natural environment side' it retains almost no wildlife protecting staff, and employs mostly people representing the interests of property developers and shooters, hunters, recreational fishermen and farmers and generally promoting the killing and extinction of wildlife through their actions. Actions and policies in DSE demonstrate that real concern about the care and welfare of our native animals is very rare in the DSE Authority that your taxes pay for.

Please email the DSE Secretary Greg Wilson and tell him what you think at greg.wilson[AT]dse.vic.gov.au. Send a copy as a comment to candobetter.net.

DSE: Mass killing of Victorian Kangaroos in Plenty Gorge next Monday, Wednesday

AWPC has heard that kangaroos are to be killed in Plenty Gorge next Monday and Wednesday nights.

Plenty Gorge is located to the North East of Melbourne, in an area where high immigration numbers are resulting in rapid population growth and infrastructure expansion. The growth lobby (of which the organisers and beneficiaries are mainly property developers) is both benefiting from and causing this unnecessary high human population growth. This growth is being conducted in a manner that boxes animals, especially kangaroos, in with new suburbs and roads and then pretends that the animals themselves have become overly populous. We have previously published articles on this devastated area where wildlife have been hanging on as best they can. We in Victoria need to stand up for these gentle fellow creatures.

DSE, whilst masquerading as Victoria's natural environment protector, is really the headquarters of property developers and infrastructure engineers, who call themselves 'planners'. DSE is taking care of dirty business for the growth lobby by cruelly extinguishing the lives of many native animals. Kangaroo culls are the most dramatic of its cruel activities and DSE does not like exposure.

Relocation is the alternative to killing or to living and let living

Professor Steve Garlick and his wife Dr Rosemary Garlick have successfully relocated hundreds of kangaroos, showing that there is no need for killing these beautiful family oriented, social animals, even when their original homes are built over.

Killing is however preferred by DSE and so many pretend-environmental departments because those dictating DSE policy don't want Australia to retain wildlife in any meaningful way. They actually want our whole habitable environment to be turned into an endless suburbia and industrial park. They simply do not care what you and I think, nor how these animals suffer. Extinction is not of concern to them. They are concerned entirely by monetary economics and a growth economy.

Better than murder

DSE uses an inadequate Victoria-wide definition of ‘threatened’ which means that local populations can be extinguished without sounding the alarm so long as some numbers remain for the whole state. Pockets where animals appear numerous, due to fragmented populations trapped in small areas, are not assigned official “threatened” status. In fact little effective tab is kept of numbers.

DSE fails to assign official “Threatened Status” to species under threat

Former Executive Director Dr Ian Miles arranged for DSE Adrian Moores, Project Manager, Actions for Biodiversity Conservation (ABC), Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Division to demonstrate to AWPC the DSE Actions Biodiversity Conservation (ABC) Data Base system.

”DSE uses an inadequate Victoria-wide definition of ‘threatened’ which means that local populations can be extinguished without sounding the alarm so long as some numbers remain for the whole state ; pockets where animals appear numerous, due to fragmented populations trapped in small areas, are not assigned official “threatened” status. Little effective tab is kept of numbers. More and more native species simply vanish!” (
Sheila Newman Land-Use Planner and Environment Sociologist)

Maryland Wilson
Australian Wildlife Protection Council (AWPC)

NOTES

Former teaser, replaced in the light of communication from Conrad Annal, Acting Chief Ranger for Northern Melbourne District.
[1]AWPC has heard that kangaroos are to be killed in Plenty Gorge next Monday and Wednesday nights. Plenty Gorge is located to the North East of Melbourne, in an area where high human economic immigration numbers are resulting in rapid population growth and infrastructure expansion. The growth lobby (of which the organisers and beneficiaries are mainly property developers) is both benefiting from and causing this unnecessary high human population growth. Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) protects and advances the costly interests of the growth lobby whilst pretending to protect our wildlife. The growth is unnecessary and so is the culling. There is another way: Wildlife corridors and relocation as well as stopping high immigration.

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You may add what I wrote to Mr Wilson this morning:

Dear Mr Wilson,

I heard a rumour that the kangaroos at Plenty Gorge are to be culled Monday and Wednesday nights. Another case of DSE and Parks Victoria not have any concern or policies about our wildlife.

Wildlife carers Professor Steve Garlick and his wife Dr Rosemary have successfully relocated hundreds of kangaroos. There must be plenty of grass at this time of the year.

Already there are damning reports of DSE killing wildlife.
http://www.standard.net.au/story/70847/dse-burns-killing-wildlife-says-rescuer/
Controlled burns across Victoria’s public bushland to reduce wildfire risks are threatening native habitats, according to Koroit-based wildlife rescuer Tracey Wilson, in April this year. Ms Wilson said there had been recent cases of animals, including wallabies and koalas having to be euthanised because of severe burning.

Culling is killing, not some act of humanity
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/opinion/culling-is-killing-not-some-act-of-humanity/story-e6frfhqf-1226443384194

During 2011 the DSE issued permits to kill many thousands of wild native animals within Victoria -- including 32,000 kangaroos and wallabies. Other animals killed included wombats, possums, bats, seals and birds such as emus, kookaburras, parrots, galahs, swans, gulls, ravens, magpies and cape barren geese. It appears this information had to be pried out of the secretive DSE, which previously refused Freedom of Information requests in relation to the killing of Victoria's wildlife.

You are probably aware of widespread community anger, protests and current community court case to save the last habitat of the endangered Leadbeater's Possum, Victoria's faunal emblem. These animals occur only in the Central Highlands and were already in serious decline when the 2009 Black Saturday fires wiped out more than 44% of their forest habitat. The total remaining population is likely to be less than 1000, even as low as 500!

The government appears to want to scrap vital habitat corridors planned for the endangered Southern Brown Bandicoot in Melbourne's rapidly expanding south-east region. Growling grass frogs, once common, are disappearing. Plans for these corridors were developed under national environmental laws. But it seems the Baillieu Government won't let a threatened species stand in the way of new houses. Urban sprawl is locking wildlife out of Victoria, and there are no wildlife corridors to allow them to traverse the State into national parks. Fragmentation of habitats, and the many threats to their ongoing existence, is limiting their chances to survive in the long term.

The DSE need to be more accountable, not just trigger happy and using "culling" as a quick and easy solution to any wildlife issues.

Victoria has NO FAUNA Management FRAMEWORK, only for native vegetation. They are taken for granted and easily eliminated as of no consequence.

Killing kangaroos in a state park does not make sense.

Please reassure the public that this won't happen

That our State government, under the umbrella of wildlife "management", continue to recklessly distribute permits to kill thousands of native animals. That permits were given out to kill black swans, kookaburras and more than 1500 wombats and 32,000 kangaroos and wallabies last year, exposes their inherent corruption and Colonial attitudes.

Never before in the history of our planet have non-human species been under so many threats to their long-term survival. Australia has the infamous reputation as the biggest exterminator of mammals in the modern world. Continued urban sprawl will eventually eliminate Victoria's once common growling grass frogs and southern brown bandicoots.

Population growth is placing undue conflicts and demands on our ecosystems, our environment, natural resources and wildlife. With heavy competition for limited farming land, Australia - one of the mega-diverse nations in the world - is undergoing rapid species depletions. Economic growth, and demand for resources, overwhelms any concern for the well-being of animals and habitats. Our indigenous fore bearers, the original custodians of this land, managed to live sustainable for over 40,000 years, largely in harmony with the seasons and only used what they needed.

Since European settlement, the greed has brought devastation to native animals, that they are seen as the "enemy" and still "vermin" to be eradicated. It's evolutionary to lose species, and natural to have population controls, but humans have wreaked havoc on numbers, and our extinction rate is one of the highest on the planet.

The DSE, instead of representing the interests of "sustainability" and the "environment", has been infiltrated by the interests of farmers and land-holders, and corrupted by a government that came to power devoid of environmental policies.

As Greens leader Greg Barber says, this all happens under the cloak of secrecy. The DSE have their own code of practices devoid of transparency and respect for native animals. Slaughter is the no-brainer, gun-driven way of eliminating any wildlife management issues.

Efforts to protect native animals are stonewalled by bureaucrats, but obtaining a permit to "control" (ie kill) wildlife are handed out without the landowners even getting a visit from DSE officers, or advice on alternative methods of managing any wildlife impacts.

Ignorance an intolerance prevails, with colonial and red-neck attitudes deeply embedded in government departments and agencies. We were never meant to be a bit nation, but a small country on a vast landscape.

The DSE need to be closed and replaced by genuine ecologists, zoologists, environmental managers and indigenous experts.

The thing to do is to take your protests against these culls to outside DSE. Just a few people, even only one, with a sign saying, "Get rid of DSE; it is just a front for developers and is culling our wildlife" PLUS a picture of the Minister's face, will help.
And protest outside any functions the Minister is attending and outside his office.

Role Occupant The Hon. Ryan Smith, MP
Phone 03 9637 8890
Fax Number 03 9637 8880
Email Address ryan.smith@parliament.vic.gov.au
Website www.parliament.vic.gov.au...
Portfolio Minister for Environment and Climate Change
Minister for Youth Affairs
Other Roles Member for Warrandyte
Minister for Youth Affairs
Address
Level 17
8 Nicholson Street
East Melbourne
Victoria, 3002
Parliamentary Party Liberal Party
Electorate Warrandyte

When will we ever evolve as a species? Notice how these blood-lusting knuckle-draggers only come out at night to perpetrate their disgusting acts. Politicians only pander to these rednecks for votes (and probably 'donations' as well). Until we get people of integrity and fortitude in positions of authority these horrors will continue. I'm ashamed to be Australian.