Friday, December 17, 2010

rabbit shelter a no go

report from the roundtable - 14 dec

This week council had to consider an application for a dwelling and use of land for Animal Boarding up on Mt Dandenong (Olinda).

The application for the dwelling was straight forward, however the same couldn't be said for the Animal Boarding/Shelter which sought to keep 16 rabbits on site (6 as pets and 10 as unwanted rabbit pets).

There were nine objections to the application with a number of concerns around the amenity impacts, obstruction of roadway, blocked and damaged driveways, management of waste and water and more recently black rabbits on the loose.

I seconded the motion to approve the dwelling but refuse the Animal Shelter. The proposed location is what I'd describe as billy goat country on a goat track. The terrain is extremely steep and Stanley Street is unsealed and only as wide as a family sedan. It is completely inappropriate to site any type of business which generates traffic in this location (already Stanley Street has been obstructed many times by people dropping off their pet rabbits for boarding).

It was alarming to hear about the applicants burning the waste generated by the rabbits, which, if true, would be a breach of the Shire's Open Air Burning Local Law.

It was also alarming to hear about the black rabbits being sighted on the loose in the area, we already have an enormous problem with feral animals, we certainly don't need anymore.
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Councillors voted unanimously to approve the dwelling and refuse the animal shelter.

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70 Comments:

At 3:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A little one sided perhaps? You forgot to mention that other rabbit based businesses (breeders etc) have been operating in the area for years.

RabbitRun is a not for profit\donation based organisation, and as such, there are no customers buying products, no storefront etc. Hardly a concern for traffic.

Stanley St, and surrounds, is zoned Green wedge, which to quote the Yarra Ranges own website, "These areas are intended to be protected from urban development and accommodate traditional activities such as farming, recreation, nature reserves and forests." Animal boarding is specifically mentioned in more detailed green wedge documentation.

The organisation in question had already sought to remedy the parking\access issues, but had been held up due to inclement weather.

Ironically, RabbitRun takes in stray rabbits found by the council rangers and local shelters that would otherwise be killed.

How about the council offers some mediation between the objecting residents and RabbitRun to come to some mutual agreement ?

No, I don't work for RabbitRun, I'm just a concerned ratepayer.

 
At 4:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cr Dunn,

It is my understanding that the applicants have been in discussion with the Council at least 18 months prior to occupying the site. The Council were well aware of the business that was to be developed prior to the property's occupation.

If any of these issues you have described in your blog were relevant, why were they not raised by Council during this period?

I have chosen to use this service several times because of the high degree of care provided by Rabbit Run. I have never seen Stanley Street blocked by other cars and have never had to 'block' the road to gain access to the property.

You have chosen an exceptionally bad time of the year to reject the permit application. Christmas is dumping season for rabbits and culling season for bunnies that find themselves in shelters at Christmas.

 
At 5:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I disagree with the council decision and your views. Judith and Bryce are highly intellectual members of our society. Its a pity the council did not hear there side and what the locals around them say. Just round the corner from Stanley street the traffic is chaos from tourists at the weekend. Why is stanley street a unsealed road? Surely the council have a duty to seal it as it is used by the residents and their visitors. It's a shame that fictitous stories have been spread in an area where community and friendship is important. I know that they have made several attempts to prove their driveway the weather has hindered progress. Last but not least Judy has studied nature and how we nurture it she is a specialist in the area with a doctorate. Burning waste in a bush fire zone utter rubbish people please get a more fulfilling life by engaging in important issues. Would not surprise me if a neighbour realeased black bunnies to help their sad case. Scrooge is truly alive at Christmas to those who are more in need sad fact of our socity. Sheila Patel

 
At 9:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am amazed that such a small-minded minority can have such a detrimental impact on the selfless efforts of good people. Even more amazed that council would allow themselves to be seduced by scurrilous meddlers, becoming part of their petty and malicious entertainment. A minority who surely have pets themselves which are non-native, and pose more of a risk to the environment than a desexed, domesticated rabbit. There is no place for the cirumstantial and unsubstantiated claims being bantied about in this matter.
While visiting my friends, I have always been able to park in a manner which does not impinge on the function of Stanley Street, or it's residents. Their leporid tenants are always meticulously maintained, without any signs of impacting their surrounding environment. Only a neighbour with voyeuristic intent would even know the function of Rabbit Runaway Orphanage.
Judy and Bryce are doing what council does not have the human resources, knowledge or funding to achieve themselves. Council would be doing themselves, and their ratepayers, a disservice by allowing this work to cease. Think carefully about who to listen to in this matter.

 
At 9:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is sad news indeed. When people that care so deeply for the helpless creatures abandoned by others are treated thus, another bit of faith in the goodness of humanity dissolves.

I, too, have visited Bryce and Judi on a few occasions (never blocking anyone's path). Each and every time I have found their care of rabbits to be inspiring and I have learned a great deal from them about these beautiful, intelligent animals.

I find it hard to understand how anyone could accuse these people of causing any problems within the community. It is shameful and disappointing that the few people in this world that are willing to work selflessly as they do, are treated thus.

 
At 10:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Cr Dunn
We would sincerely appreciate a positive outcome on the issue of providing a permit to enable Judith and Bryce to maintain the good cause which they provide. Rabbit Run is a respectable and clean operation. They provide shelter to many unfortunate rabbits who have been mistreated or lost. They also educate a wide rage of people on the subject of rabbits and how to take care of them - far more than any pet shop that I know of. They are not breeding rabbits, but actually make sure that all rabbits are vaccinated and desexed. On any one occasion that I have visited their property there is never an obstruction in the road. No one is ever there for long enough. I live in an area surrounded by barking dogs, chickens and noisy neighbours and have no recourse from our council. What is all this fuss about?
It sounds to me, from your letter on the 17 December, that someone is creating an unnecessary complaint about very little. The repercussions for these rabbits and their carers will be very severe.
I would emphatically request that this situation is reconsidered in favour of Rabbit Run succeeding at what they do and better still being supported by the council for the benefit they provide.

Thank You from a Stonnington resident

 
At 10:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Councillor Dunn,

I wish to thank you for opening my eyes to how residents of the Mt Dandenong regions are being 'represented' by yourself.
As someone who is planning a tree-change from the busy metropolis of Melbourne to the Mt Dandenong region in the next 12 months, your contribution to refuting the Inglis' stray animal refuge has shown me your alleged representation of your constituents leaves a lot to be desired.
In light of your vote, it appears to me that you and your fellow councillors possess little-to-no humanity as your rationale for declining the refuge on Stanley St is flawed to say the least.
As a future constituent, you can count on NOT receiving my vote at the next election!
Thank you for making my decision easy for me.
Craig

 
At 12:01 PM, Anonymous Angela Coyne said...

Cr Dunn, I was so surprised to see that your report on this matter stated as 'facts', what were actually unsubstantiated allegations by small-minded neighbours who have an axe to grind. For example, have any traffic counts been done on Stanley Street? No. Has council even attempted to determine what percentage of the traffic is generated by the rabbit orphanage? No. Then why state that traffic is a problem because of them? The humane work done by these people surely merits an extra car or two per day on Stanley Street. Has any non-involved party ever seen these mysterious 'black rabbits'? Regarding Rabbit Run's care of their animals, they are fully secured, desexed and vaccinated, and so IF these 'mystery rabbits' actually exist, chances are they have been dumped by another resident, and do not come from the Inglis's place. I have always voted Green, and this uninformed, one-sided 'report' is not what I expect my vote to produce. Shame on you.

 
At 9:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your reference to Stanley St as "billy goat country on a goat track". and "the terrain is extremely steep and Stanley Street is unsealed and only as wide as a family sedan". It is councils responsibility to make sure this road is safe for residents and visitors. It is in a high bushfire zone and located 30 seconds from the busy tourist town of My Dandenong. How are residents to leave their homes on mass in an emergency?

 
At 7:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cr Dunn,

I cannot believe council's ruling to close down a non profitable, registered organisation like the Rabbit Run-Away Orphanage. I'd have thought it would be of interest to the council to support such a organisation who clearly have a passion for what they do, and what they would like to achieve in the future for our domestic bunnies.

Goodness, what are we teaching our children? Gone are the days of looking after God’s creatures all great and small..

Let’s put thing’s into perspective, and fix the road if the traffic is proving to be such an issue for a small minority!

I hope the small minority don’t have too many people visiting them for Xmas - given Judy and Bryce have to put up with complaints when friends and family visit.

I intend to visit Judi and Bryce over the holiday season, as will many other family and friends. Will we be judged by visiting our friends? Indeed we will - this has turned into a witch hunt, and nothing more!

 
At 9:09 AM, Anonymous Tanya Meldrum said...

Cr Dunn, I am utterly shocked at your lack of insight and research into this issue. As others have already mentioned here, the alleged traffic issues are unsubstantiated, and sightings of black rabbits on the loose have somehow automatically been attributed to the Inglis'. I have sighted black rabbits on the loose around my property in Monbulk, a friend's property in Kilsyth and my husband has sighted some near his workplace in Hallam. Shall we attribute all of these loose rabbits to the Inglis'?? That's how ludicrous the claim is. Judi & Bryce run a secure and responsible facility for unwanted rabbits. I would suggest it is far more likely that these loose black rabbits have been released by or escaped from irresponsible owners. Ironically, this is exactly the type of scenario Judi and Bryce are striving to prevent through provision of an essential community service, education and advocacy for desexing of pet rabbits. Do you really think people who care so deeply for these gentle creatures would be so careless as to allow any of them to escape into the wild?
Regarding the burning of waste, you use the phrase, "if true, would be a breach of the Shire's Open Air Burning Local Law'" It sounds to me like you have already assumed guilty until proven innocent. Again, I ask, have you researched the facts?
I urge you to reconsider your decision to deny the permit application, and see Rabbit-Run for the important role it holds in the community.

 
At 11:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been a volunteer for Judi and Bryce at Rabbit Runaway for sometime now, in all this time i have never encountered any problems with traffic or parking and as for burning of rabbit waste i have been all over the property and not found any evidence of this, i have witnessed Bryce many a time fill his van to take to the tip and i also have taken rubbish.
Judi and Bryce are doing a great community service, they care deeply for these animals and should be left alone to do so..
And as for the small minded neighbours, perhaps they should find something similar to do..
MERRY CHRISTMAS

 
At 10:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Ms Dunn,

I am confused to as why you would oppose the wonderful work that this shelter does based on allegations. Isn't it your role to carefully weigh the facts in order to make a fully informed decision? I cannot see that role played out in this particular decision.
Rabbit-runaway does something special in the community, they take in orphaned and abandoned pets to rehome them into loving families. They ensure the areas are kept clean, that the rabbits are vaccinated and desexed, and that they're not left in parks to become pests.
Surely this merits an informed, non-biased opinion on your behalf, weighing up the benefits of their service to the community against the supposed increased traffic?
I am very disappointed in your lack of professionalism in this matter. Shame on you and the council.

 
At 6:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Three comments:
1.If the road is a problem, perhaps the council might take some responsibility for not improving it.
2. Just how many vehicles a day would be dropping off or picking up rabbits?
3.We are talking about pet rabbits, not wild rabbits.
I think the council is a bit short on understanding of what makes up a community and the importance of welfare activities. I would love to find out what sort of people lodged complaints.

 
At 6:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I doubt that this shelter would be causing major traffic issues. They are more of a rabbit rehabilitation facility that do adoptions as well. Hardly an RSPCA with heaps for adoption.
Shouldn't we be applauding these people. It's not the rabbit's fault they end up homeless. Won't the councillor feel guilty that these rabbits may have to be put down. We adopted rabbits from them on a Saturday afternoon and were the only people looking. So that was 1 extra car in the street at what I would have thought to be the most popular time. These people are dedicated and should be applauded rather than thought of to be a nuisance! A decent council would be taking donations for them!

 
At 6:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Knowing a little about the workings of a rescue service I'm a little confused that these "black rabbit sightings" have been in any way attributed the presence of a rescue service. I am not entirely sure what Cr Dunn is suggesting ...that a rescue organisation focused on reducing the number of unwanted domestic animals through promoting responsible pet ownership and desexing is somehow going against all it believes in and is now releasing domestic animals into the wild?! Hmm...seems like a very tall story based on nothing but a meddling neighbour's petty prejudices...maybe Rabbitrunway couldve assisted you with the feral black rabbit problem you have...why they would want to now is beyond me. Perhaps you need a bit more time in the classroom listening to Dr Inglis!

 
At 10:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cr Dunn,
I find your descriptions of the Rabbit Run-Away Orphanage inaccurate, derogatory and inflammatory. The term "Bunnyworld" implies some sort of amusement park, not a reputable animal rescue organisation, which is what we are discussing here. I find it disturbing that a supposed environmentalist and a Greens Councillor would oppose this facility and I don't believe you have thought this matter through. Have you given any thought to the effect on the environment if the RabbitRun-Away shelter permit does not proceed? Do you realise that this facility takes animals from the local rangers and shelters, including the Coldstream pound, thereby freeing up ratepayer funded Council resources? Where do you think all the unwanted pet rabbits will end up now? Or don't you care as long as it's not on your doorstep? Please open your eyes and see the bigger picture, this shelter is desperately needed and forms part of the solution to the feral animal problem. Dr Judi Inglis has a PhD in Environmental Studies, she is well aware of the environmental issues.
The traffic issues are heresay without evidence - there has been no independent survey to compare the number of visitors to their property and others on the street. This objection gives the impression that there is some sort of 'visitor quota' allowed for each property, which I'm sure is not the case. The most visitors to the property in question in one day is only five? Do none of the objecting residents have family and friends who visit them? I hope none of them ever hold a social gathering or a family Christmas dinner!
As for the black rabbits allegedly sighted in the area, I do hope you are not implying they came from the Inglis property. A more intelligent assumption of their origin (if the black rabbits actually exist) would most likely be illegal dumpings, which is exactly what this facility is seeking to avoid. Anyone sighting them should have immediately contacted the Inglises - I'm sure they would have captured, rehabilitated, desexed and rehomed them - thereby removing any threat to the environment. In case you aren't aware, that's what this service you are closing down is all about.
You and your fellow Councillors should be supporting the Rabbit Run-Away Orphanage and the valuable work it does, not persecuting it. I urge you to rethink your position on this matter. Many other animal rescue organisations and foster carers in this State are watching these developments closely - is it really your intention to send a message that if they apply for permits they will be shut down? This sort of action results in driving animal rescue organisations underground - it won't stop them as the volunteers who run them are too dedicated to their work.

 
At 2:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cr Dunn,
I certainly hope you get proof from the neighbours of these 'black rabbits' running loose on the property. These are clearly allegations intended to harm the shelter.
Bryce and Judi do fantastic work with caring for and rehoming unwanted rabbits, and educating the public.
Please do the right thing, get further information, and reconsider this decision.

 
At 11:48 PM, Blogger btf_drum said...

This ruling absolutely sickens me to my core and as do your narrow minded views on the issue.

Here's a 'crazy' idea for you.

How about getting all the facts right before handing down what is a completely unfair and totally one sided decision.

To further demonstrate how this small minority of ignorant neighbours have clearly falsified their complaints, here is a quote from one of Bryce and Judi's honest neighbours, Mrs Phillips. She posted this on the Leader website in comment to their article about your decision.
Quote:
"As a very close neighbour I can confirm that Judy and Bryce are excellent quiet, peaceful neighbours. They do not make anywhere near as much noise as older stanley street residents. Their property is clean, smell free, and rodent free.They have never caused any trouble to their immediate neighbours. Nor do they have more traffic than any other normal household. Their only mistake was to let people know they care for orphan rabbits ,that are all disease free and fully vaccinated and desexed. Barbara Setchell does NOT AT ALL act as spokesperson for the neighbours, but only for a small group."

People like you just continue to create more problems rather than actually fixing them. I hope you come to your senses and find the decency to admit you made the wrong decision...... but I'm not holding my breath.

 
At 11:31 AM, Anonymous Marylou said...

Ms. Dunn,

Your stance on the issue is deeply disheartening. From where you stand, it seems that animal welfare is not of any concern to you. I hope I am mistaken and that you will reconsider your position. I trust that the spirit of humanity and integrity will help you see the matter in a different light.

 
At 2:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a very close neighbour I can vouch for Bryce and Judi and their Orphans. They are and always have been, very good peaceful neighbours. The property is vermin free, smell free, and so quiet that most of the time i am not sure if they are even there or not. The same can not be said of many of those making unfounded accusations.Rabbit Runaway has on average less traffic than most of the surrounding locals.And please note...to date they have never lost one domestic rabbit.I suggest the "black rabbits " you mention are either totally fictitious or perhaps simply part of the natural population living in the surrounding bushland and nearby creek. Rabbit Runaway is not in any way responsible for Australias general rabbit population.And i suggest its a ridiculous accusation.Their plans for the property's development are in fact very sensitive to the needs of the environment and very carefully thought through. A fact that has been largely ignored.Both Bryce and Judi are highly educated in the care of domestic rabbits and in the care of the environment and their advice is widely respected and sought after in educated circles. How one very tiny group of uneducated, malicious, slanderous troublemakers have gained so much voice with the local council is beyond belief. The accusations they have voiced are full of lies and largely untrue .Not one of those voices have taken the time to ask Bryce and Judi for information. I have taken that time. Its time the council listens to more than one silly old woman’s voice and her followers ...

 
At 4:36 PM, Anonymous Lauren Sun said...

I find it very interesting that one of the biggest voices in this, Barbara Setchell, is also a member of the Invasive Species Council. Cr Dunn, wouldn't you agree that this is conflict of interest? Mmm, enjoy that food for thought =)

 
At 6:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reading all the comments it appears to be a conflict of interest with some of the parties involved. I would think that they council and you would assist someone trying to assist animals with housing and homes. Help them, do not destroy them!

 
At 7:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous

It is disconcerting and upsetting when you hear about shelters being shut down without consideration to the issues at hand nor flexibility and cooperation in dealing with any concerns by those in authority eg Councils.

RabbitRun is an organisation which is doing good by taking in those that need care and rehoming. This type of service is humanitarian in itself and it provides rabbits that would otherwise have nowhere to go to with shelter, love, support and understanding.

In particular,if the shelter was looking to remedy the concerns regarding the parking issues/access why is it the case that it appears this is not being given some serious consideration/contemplation?

Think more about the service and care being provided and take this factor into account before making such a devasting decision.

Anonymous

 
At 8:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

RabbitRun people do amazing work and save the lives of countless rabbits who would otherwise be put to sleep. We have never witnessed any type of offensive odour, or blocking of the roads as has been reported. To shut down the work these people do is cruel - plain and simple.

 
At 8:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you're so concerned about rabbits on the loose then why would you want to stop an organisation taking in these unwanted animals? If there is nowhere for people to take these creatures then more irresponsible people will just let them go in the wild. Why do you think there are so many lost rabbits out there? It's because they have been dumped, they aren't lost

 
At 9:05 PM, Blogger taryn64 said...

wow Victorian councils your compassion on animals has a lot to be desired first it was Pets Haven and now a bunny orphanage SHAME SHAME SHAME on you Samantha Dunn the Christmas Scrooge is alive and well at Yarra Ranges Council, i am sure you could be concentrating on more pressing issues, the world is a better place because of people like the Judi and Bryces of this world who care. Lets hope people vote with their hearts and compassion and my new years wish for miss Dunn is she can understand what this means.

 
At 12:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have heard that you are going to close the rabbit orphanage and I am most bitterly disappointed in such a response from a once progressive Shire Council
The property is vermin free, smell free, and so quiet that most of the time it's neighbours not sure if they are even there or not.
Their plans for the property's development are in fact very sensitive to the needs of the environment and very carefully thought through. A fact that has been largely ignored. Both Bryce and Judi are highly educated in the care of domestic rabbits and in the care of the environment and their advice is widely respected and sought after in educated circles.
How one very tiny group of uneducated, malicious troublemakers have gained so much voice with the local council is ridiculous in very questionable. The accusations they have voiced are full of untrue presumptions. The facts have been largely ignored. Its time the council listened to reason and the voice of the (now) not so silent majority.
Stop the breeders, not the rescuers.

Thank you for your time

JJ.Miller

 
At 9:44 AM, Anonymous Sarah said...

Cr Dunn
This is an absolute disgrace.
Where are the facts?
The traffic to Rabbit Runaway orphanage has to pass by my house -there has been no increase in traffic since the Rabbit Run Away Orphanage has been located in Stanley Street. I walk my dog regularly along Stanley street and have never sighted a "black rabbit". If there is an odour it probably comes from the many residents on this street who keep chickens.
I find it difficult to accept that there would be 9 residents of Stanley Street objecting to this. I expect it is just one resident with signitures from other residents of the hills (who are not directly impacted by this) with nothing better to do with their time than to cause grief for others.How carefully have these objections been examined.
Barbara Setchell attends the local primary school from time to time to teach the children about environmental impact of weeds. My children will often say hello to her in the street.They have always believed that she was a "good" person. What sort of example does this teach our children.The plight of animals at the hands of man is also an important lesson to learn. They are now learning this from Barbara also.
This situation requires urgent review.

 
At 1:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I cannot believe your attitude and your ignorance surrounding this issue, do you really sit as a councillor or a paid voice from who gives you the most bribes. You have not even allowed Dr. Judi and Bryce Ingliss to have their input into this matter, and you stating to be a GREEN candidate, WHAT A JOKE, you do the green party a major disservice, you have obviously no idea of what really is going on here. You seem to let the many illegal Rabbit breeders continue without a problem yet when people like Judi and Bryce (of which Judi has a doctorate yes a PHD) in this area. I might add in this area), try to establish a highly sought after service to the community in the Yarra Ranges, you would rather listen to some malicious gossip which has gained momentum from neighbours who have nothing better to do than snoop and spy on the Ingliss's property. Yes I am a friend who visits my friends and I am disgusted to hear what has been happening, yes it is a narrow unsealed road, yet come bushfire season this road according to council is wide enough, and safe enough,( which it is not) to evacuate the people living in Stanley st. but not ok for a rabbit shelter which I can tell you has far less traffic going in and out than many neighbours across the road. These malicious gossipers also selfishly think that the road belongs to them and people cannot park off the side in some areas. This is public land and ANYONE can park there!!!!
They have spent many thousands of dollars to have their driveway repaired only to see it wash away after heavy rain mainly because of the run off from the neighbour above their property.
Dr. Ingliss and Bryce are providing a much needed service to your area you say you are part of the Green Party, this land is zoned Green Wedge and this states that they should" accommodate traditional activities such as farming, recreation, nature reserves and forests". Animal boarding is specifically mentioned in this documentation, so DO YOUR JOB COUNCILLOR stand for what the green party represents not what a bunch of neighbours want, these neighbours have harassed, bullied, trespassed on their land cut off amenities nearly every day to try to bully them to leave. I wonder is this what your GREEN PARTY stands for??? ... I wonder and so do a lot of other people and so do the innocent bunnies that will be put to sleep thanks to these malicious neighbours.
And yes I am a bunny owner whose two bunnies live in my home. They have the freedom to go where ever they like. Judi and Bryce rescued my little boy who has an ongoing medical problem and now lives a lovely life with his girlfriend who is 7 years old, I would not have my little boy if Judi and Bryce did not have their orphanage. My little boy was rescued from a breeder who had over 30 bunnies living in filthy conditions they were so badly neglected only two survived, my little boy Piro and another bunny. Why can't you see what Judi and Bryce want to do??? They do not want to set up bunny farming and breed thousands of rabbits, they want to care for and re home bunnies on death row who don't have a chance. Rabbits by nature are extremely clean animals as they are vegetarians their pooh is not smelly at all, so all these lies about the smell from their property is not true. I use my bunny pooh on my garden as it makes a fantastic fertilizer. I live in Melbourne and in close proximity to my neighbours and not once have I had a complaint from anyone in the last 10 years that I have owned bunnies, about the smell.
Judi and Bryce are actually helping shires such as yourself by rehoming these bunnies that would normally be put to sleep by councils such as yours, Judi and Bryce make sure that these orphaned bunnies face a future with a loving family.
Madonna.

 
At 1:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1/3

I cannot believe your attitude and your ignorance surrounding this issue, do you really sit as a councillor or a paid voice from who gives you the most bribes. You have not even allowed Dr. Judi and Bryce Ingliss to have their input into this matter, and you stating to be a GREEN candidate, WHAT A JOKE, you do the green party a major disservice, you have obviously no idea of what really is going on here. You seem to let the many illegal Rabbit breeders continue without a problem yet when people like Judi and Bryce (of which Judi has a doctorate yes a PHD) in this area. I might add in this area), try to establish a highly sought after service to the community in the Yarra Ranges, you would rather listen to some malicious gossip which has gained momentum from neighbours who have nothing better to do than snoop and spy on the Ingliss's property. Yes I am a friend who visits my friends and I am disgusted to hear what has been happening, yes it is a narrow unsealed road, yet come bushfire season this road according to council is wide enough, and safe enough,( which it is not) to evacuate the people living in Stanley st. but not ok for a rabbit shelter which I can tell you has far less traffic going in and out than many neighbours across the road. These malicious gossipers also selfishly think that the road belongs to them and people cannot park off the side in some areas. This is public land and ANYONE can park there!!!!
They have spent many thousands of dollars to have their driveway repaired only to see it wash away after heavy rain mainly because of the run off from the neighbour above their property.

 
At 1:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

2/3.

Dr. Ingliss and Bryce are providing a much needed service to your area you say you are part of the Green Party, this land is zoned Green Wedge and this states that they should" accommodate traditional activities such as farming, recreation, nature reserves and forests". Animal boarding is specifically mentioned in this documentation, so DO YOUR JOB COUNCILLOR stand for what the green party represents not what a bunch of neighbours want, these neighbours have harassed, bullied, trespassed on their land cut off amenities nearly every day to try to bully them to leave. I wonder is this what your GREEN PARTY stands for??? ... I wonder and so do a lot of other people and so do the innocent bunnies that will be put to sleep thanks to these malicious neighbours.
And yes I am a bunny owner whose two bunnies live in my home. They have the freedom to go where ever they like. Judi and Bryce rescued my little boy who has an ongoing medical problem and now lives a lovely life with his girlfriend who is 7 years old, I would not have my little boy if Judi and Bryce did not have their orphanage. My little boy was rescued from a breeder who had over 30 bunnies living in filthy conditions they were so badly neglected only two survived, my little boy Piro and another bunny.

 
At 1:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

3/3.

Why can't you see what Judi and Bryce want to do??? They do not want to set up bunny farming and breed thousands of rabbits, they want to care for and re home bunnies on death row who don't have a chance. Rabbits by nature are extremely clean animals as they are vegetarians their pooh is not smelly at all, so all these lies about the smell from their property is not true. I use my bunny pooh on my garden as it makes a fantastic fertilizer. I live in Melbourne and in close proximity to my neighbours and not once have I had a complaint from anyone in the last 10 years that I have owned bunnies, about the smell.
Judi and Bryce are actually helping shires such as yourself by rehoming these bunnies that would normally be put to sleep by councils such as yours, Judi and Bryce make sure that these orphaned bunnies face a future with a loving family.
It really seems to me and a lot of other people that these so called "neighbours” are vexatious, malicious, trouble makers, who are so ignorant about what Judi and Bryce stand for, and it certainly is obvious to many, that you and the GREEN PARTY you represent, and your council, aren't any better. Madonna.

 
At 9:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What an absolute disgrace. Judi and Bryce do a fabulous job re homeing these abandoned bunnies, you as a council should be supporting their efforts and working with them in this valuable community service they are providing not closing them down due to unproven hearsay. I would like to know what proof you have to back up these complaints or does proof not matter it's just who does the complaining. Very very disappointed you've lost my vote.

 
At 9:35 PM, Anonymous Stephanie said...

Dear Cr Dunn,

I wish to express my deep disappointment that Rabbit Run has been closed.

I would appreciate a positive outcome on the issue of providing a permit to enable Judi and Bryce to maintain the rescue facility.

I could understand the Council's stand if Rabbit Run was a bunny making factory designed for profit.

Do the neighbours think that is what Rabbit Run is?? Is that the reason for their vindictiveness??

All of their rabbits are vaccinated and desexed.

They provide excellent education on the caring of rabbits.

Judi's understanding of rabbit behaviours and illnesses was an overwhelming comfort to me recently when my pet died.

The repercussions of the Council's actions is very grave for these animals.

I strongly suggest that the decision is reconsidered in favour of Rabbit Run.

Please reconsider.

 
At 10:41 PM, Blogger Kerrie said...

How do the people involved in the closure of Rabbit run sleep at night is what I want to know? Oh sorry thats right,they don't. They run around Stanley St, turning off peoples power and water instead. Nice.... very nice.
To these people I say grow up, you should be ashamed of yourselves

 
At 1:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have correctly identified that you are not doing your job as a council - fix the road, rather than picking on a charity.

 
At 5:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

RabbitRun has been treated very unfairly. I wont repeat points that have already been discussed but just say that due to the shelters permit being rejected i now have a Rabbit with an uncertain future on my hands. He was found under a car yesterday and i was hoping he could find safety at the shelter but now my options are the larger shelters who struggle to re-home Rabbits to good homes and get in-undated and therefore alot of Bunnies get put to sleep. We need private shelters like RabbitRun to take the pressure off the larger shelters and give these Rabbits a real chance at having a happy future. Please allow RabbitRun to continue to operate. The nummbers they are operating with hardly seem unreasonable and the road issue is something that can be addressed so i see no valid reason for your decision to deny these wonderful ppl their great work and denying the beautiful Rabbits. I certainly wouldnt object to the running of this shelter if they were neighbours of mine.
Thanks for your time....

 
At 6:04 PM, Blogger Rabbit Rescue Sanctuary Australia said...

There are so few shelters that take in rabbits. This is a crying shame. http://www.rabbitsanctuary.com.au

 
At 1:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find it difficult to believe that an unbiased decision has been made here when I read the comments attributed to council members. Then you seem to conveniently ignore the support these rescue services give to your own council shelters by taking excess animals from you to increase their chances of rehoming without the stringent timelines imposed in your facilities. You should be thoroughly ashamed of yourselves Yarra Ranges Council!

As for black rabbits on the loose - I have kept horses in the Lilydale surrounds for over 15 years now, I see black rabbits in the paddocks quite often, babies included. Aside from those dumped by irresponsible owners, I actually suspect that black is a natural mutation in rabbits.

My own 2 pet rabbits are the offspring of a pregnant domestic rabbit dumped at the property! They live indoors in a roomy hutch & the smell is non-existent as the hutch is kept CLEAN, as I'm sure is the case with rabbits in care of the Inglis'.

Time to reverse your poor decision councillors - admit your lack of good judgment and fairness in dealing with this matter & start your New Year on a good note!

 
At 10:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cr Dunn,

In fairness to you I suspect you have only been given selected facts, provided to you by Rabbit Runs detractors.

To be fair to Rabbit Run I think you should visit at Stanley Street and inspect the premises yourself and get their point of view.

Bryce and Judi are not misguided do gooders, they are recognised authories on rabbits.

Judi and Bryce deserve the right of reply and should be able to address the next council meeting.

Surely the right of reply is a basic democratic right ?

 
At 11:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cr Dunn,

I am very disappointed that a "witch hunt" continues on a couple that are attempted to provide a positive and responsible message to the public.

As for the "loose black bunnies" in the area, blame the irresponsible person who refuses to care for their pets, not Rabbit Run. If you choose to visit any suburb in Melbourne, you would be surprised to know just how many people abandon their rabbits or dump them to avoid their responsibility of care.

 
At 12:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rabbit's should be appreciated for what they are. One of the most loving intelligent and lovely animals you can have as a pet. When things go bad for them, they are certainly an animal that deserves every care and support they can get. Imho anyone that doesn't understand rabbits doesn't deserve to call themselves human. Being humane or having humanity is the most important quality of our species. If this local council can not start with the small simple step of helping these rabbits it doesn't bode well with what other things they are capable or not capable of.

Honestly things like this just make me sick in the guts with the frustration of how limited some people are

 
At 10:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What your post and the Council's action prove is just how horrid it is to have to 'live' under a Green Council.

This will be a lesson to everyone WORLDWIDE as to why NO ONE should EVER vote Green!

You have proved to the world how small minded you and the Greens really are. And to think, Cr Cliff once gloated that this Council will be an example to the rest of the world - an example of what not to elect, more like it.

Everyone who reads your post will begin to understand just how totalitarian this Council is and will pity the residents of the Yarra Ranges Shire who are living under the thumb of a repressive regime.

I hope people note that all councillors voted with you. This highlights the fact that you rule supreme in this Council as all the other councillors are afraid to raise their voices against you. Your earbashing has paid off. Proud of yourself?

Even if you reverse your decision, which you should do, I pray it is too late for you all and all of you are thrown out next election, if not before.

 
At 5:59 PM, Anonymous Claire said...

Did you even 'research' anything at all?

To close this charity will be a disgrace and you should be ashamed - both you and your colleague Cr Cliff.

It disgusts me that you can shut this place down due to a few whinging neighbours and without doing your due diligence.

I have visited Rabbit Run a number of times and have never blocked a driveway, hindered anyone or had parking issues. I've never even met another car on Stanley Street.

Judi and Bryce are in the process of fixing the drive way. By the way, it was partly done at one point when it got washed away by flooding at a neighbour's property. Harldy their fault.

With regards to neighbours going out and taking photos of lots of cars trying to leave the property, if you had asked any questions at all, you would know that these people were friends and relatives visiting after Bryce was very ill and had just come out of hospital.

It seems, again, that the Greens are bending backwards to appease the minority. Why not prove us all wrong and leave this charity to operate and take the burden off council departments to deal with these stray and adandoned animals?

You should be supporting their work, not trying to shut it down.

Shame on you all for what you are trying to do. It is disgraceful.

 
At 8:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello - I am a local resident, and have just now been reading of this unfolding issue, and feel motivated to comment.

Firstly, myself having some experience with the Australian environment, and with rabbits too, and having studied in these areas for a time as well, may I note that I recall a study focussed upon wild versus domesticated rabbits in the Australian environment - this study concluded that domesticated pet rabbits will only survive in the wild for an average of four hours.

In other words, this unfounded accusation of 'black rabbits' roaming around? Were the accusers suggesting these are domesticated rabbits? And - from these people's rescue? Ahm - evidence, please? And, as mentioned above - domesticated pet rabbits cannot survive in the wild in the same way that feral rabbits can - this is a fact - and thus a red herring.

Secondly, it appears obvious to me that these two caring people are being victimised by a few malevolent neighbours - has the council demanded that these neighbours provide solid evidence to prove all their outlandish accusations? I think it is a damn, despicable shame that the Yarra Ranges Council is allowing itself to be used by a few people intent on victimising these two, who are making the effort to take action to make the world a little bit of a better place for dumped pets. I hope that Yarra Ranges Council will reconsider just which neighbours deserve to be chastised here. And I think all caring human beings will agree.

 
At 5:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, let's get this straight.

My complaint to your council about a guy breeding and selling rabbits for "food" (about 60) was checked out & allowed to continue.

However, rescuing, desexing, vaccinating and rehoming pet rabbits must stop?

You guys really have lost the plot.

 
At 11:16 AM, Blogger Roxylolxiox said...

Once again this sort of BS comes about because of neighbours who have nothing better to do than cause trouble for generous, caring & kind people who are trying to make a difference by helping wildlife especially our precious little Bunnies who are often written off as rodents which they ARE NOT! Bunnies have been put into a category in which they do not belong simply because people have been misled and are extremely uneducated about them. This organisation operates out of the kindness of their hearts with no financial gain to them which is way more than I can say for our councils. This organisation rescues rabbits and actually removes them from the wild to rehabilitate them & then home them to people who can properly care for them. So if these simple minded neighbours would stop & think about it there will be way more bunny's roaming the landscape in Olinda if they are to be closed down. Why can't you just call the centre & inform them that there is a bunny loose & they would come and rescue it as that is what they do. Heaven’s that would only take a few minutes of your time. It sounds like they are those typical nosey, negative, grumpy people who seem angry at the world and just like to complain because they have nothing better to do. They all need to get a hobby & put their energy into something more productive. One more thing the traffic, I used to live in Ferny Creek & the most annoying part of the traffic was the ridiculous roads that had been built around those areas. Who is responsible for the planning, upkeep & repairing of these roads, mmmmmmm I wonder. Why don't the neighbours complain about that? Every weekend you would get stuck behind old people crawling up these un-kept dangerous roads all heading up to Olinda which is a known attraction. I witnessed a number of fatalities on those roads when living there so it amazes me that these people are complaining about a few bunnies who have not yet on record killed anyone. Maybe the council could be putting the rate payer’s money towards upgrading the roads & parking around that area, now there’s a thought. How can you blame a small residential rescue/adoption centre for the bad planning of road layout & parking facilities? Now as far as rabbit waist they are more easily toilet trained than dogs and cats and they will always go in the same place so the areas are easily located & cleaned. Before these people make all these accusations where is the hard evidence & proof? It seems extremely unfair to me & I am so cross & disgusted!
I do not work at the centre but I have had a bunny & have bunnies roaming where I live and they are not any trouble at all and we need MORE places like this centre. I hope the council can redeem themselves by allowing this centre to continue & instead of closing it maybe assist in rectifying the issues & settling these silly neighbours down. They are only going to find something else to complain about no matter how many places they close down. They should not be living in Olinda if they did not want to see wildlife living out in the wild, simply absurd, move and leave the helpless little creatures alone after all it is actually you have invaded their territory!!!!!!

 
At 11:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once again this sort of ignorance comes about because of neighbours who have nothing better to do than cause trouble for generous, caring & kind people who are trying to make a difference by helping wildlife especially our precious little Bunnies who are often written off as rodents which they ARE NOT! Bunnies have been put into a bucket in which they do not belong simply because people have been misled and are extremely uneducated about them. This organisation operates out of the kindness of their hearts with no financial gain to them which is way more than I can say for our councils. This organisation rescues rabbits and actually removes them from the wild to rehabilitate them & then home them to people who can properly care for them. So if these simple minded neighbours would stop & think about it there will be way more bunny's roaming the landscape in Olinda if they are to be closed down. Why can't you just call the centre & inform them that there is a bunny loose & they would come and rescue it as that is what they do. Heaven’s that would only take a few minutes of your time. It sounds like they are those typical nosey, negative, grumpy people who seem angry at the world and just like to complain because they have nothing better to do. They all need to get a hobby & put their energy into something more productive. One more thing the traffic, I used to live in Ferny Creek & the most annoying part of the traffic was the ridiculous roads that had been built around those areas. Who is responsible for the planning, upkeep & repairing of these roads, mmmmmmm I wonder. Why don't the neighbours complain about that? Every weekend you would get stuck behind old people crawling up these un-kept dangerous roads all heading up to Olinda which is a known attraction. I witnessed a number of fatalities on those roads when living there so it amazes me that these people are complaining about a few bunnies who have not yet on record killed anyone. Maybe the council could be putting the rate payer’s money towards upgrading the roads & parking around that area, now there’s a thought. How can you blame a small residential rescue/adoption centre for the bad planning of road layout & parking facilities? Now as far as rabbit waist they are more easily toilet trained than dogs and cats and they will always go in the same place so the areas are easily located & cleaned. Before these people make all these accusations where is the hard evidence & proof? It seems extremely unfair to me & I am so cross & disgusted!
I do not work at the centre but I have had a bunny & have bunnies roaming where I live and they are not any trouble at all and we need MORE places like this centre. I hope the council can redeem themselves by allowing this centre to continue & instead of closing it maybe assist in rectifying the issues & settling these silly neighbours down. They are only going to find something else to complain about no matter how many places they close down. They should not be living in Olinda if they did not want to see wildlife living out in the wild, simply absurd, move and leave the helpless little creatures alone after all it is you have actually invaded their territory!!!!!!

 
At 5:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The greens party has lost my vote. Cr Dunn should be putting effort in to sealing the road on Stanley Street, to make it safe for all. Judith & Bryce do great work taking in so many neglegted rabbits.
As any rabbit owner would know, it doesn't matter how many rabbits you have, so long as the rabbit area are kept clean it will not smell, & this is just as Judith & Bryce do.

You definelty are hartless, maybe you were the former owner of Chloe or Lani (Orphans)

In todays society there is all ways the "too hard attitude", so when you have people like Judith & Bryce doing so much to help these Bunnies, take notice, don't close them down.

 
At 7:23 PM, Anonymous Dr Judi Inglis said...

Cr Dunn, this is an email sent to the orphanage today - what are you going to do about it, now that you have closed us down, it is your responsibility?
Jenny wrote: I have several bunnies I have rescued and Im looking to rehouse them. I have 2 female Albino lops x flemish 1 year old sisters who were going to be traded at a pet shop as meat. The most upsetting story was my to bino sisters who didn't sell in the pet shop so the owner just swaps with a meat breeder for different babies.
A large female lop (buddah) who I have had for 2 years, I think she would be at least 4 years old I rescued because she was going to be dumped in a paddock because she was aggressive. She was only aggressive to the previous owners because they miss treated her.
A dwarf lop male (napoleon) who is an escape artist, he would be about 2 years old. He kept getting out and mating with their female rabbit so they didn't want him anymore. He has torn up ears and a scared nose.
A one year old boy farrah, he has the sweetest nature and would be perfect for a young family.

Unfortunately none of them are desexed, and thats a condition I put on them being rehoused. The bino sisters were alright for a little bit but as they got bigger I had to separate them.
I had 2 males that were so aggressive I thought they were going to have to be put down but I thought they deserved one last chance and got them desexed. I now use them for pet therapy at a nursing home and take them to crache for the kids.
If you could help me out and give me some advice I would greatly appreciate it.

 
At 3:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cr Dunn,
Who is picking up stray rabbits let loose by irresponsible owners now? The RSPCA and council will not go out to pick up these stray domestic animals. You have closed Rabbit Runaway Orphanage and stopped them, from doing this. They are the only ones that respond to calls from concerned people and will collect these animals, and desex and rehome them. You are leaving these domestic rabbits to breed in the wild and also condeming them to be fox food.

 
At 7:54 PM, Anonymous Angela Reeder said...

Hmm, kill a load of defenceless rabbits, close down a not for profit charity, take away someones care and love for animals OR fix a crappy road that needs some work? Is it that hard a decision?
I voted Greens because they care for animals and the environment. Apparently, they do not.

 
At 11:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The World is ruled by dogs!!! How can there be complaints about smell when rabbits are among The Earth's most heavenly scented animals. Their poo is even on the menu in Vietnam! Says a lot about dogs and their owners - who absolutely stink and whose shit has been causing more grief and more bad days than any other animals'. I noticed the dreadful noise, of those wretched neighbours' (a dog of a woman) wretched dobermans barking at any passer-by. How dare they - in their stink and threat to human life - be granted right of way, to finish the life of many lovely, harmless, sweet rabbits. I have suffered a horendous life-threatening bite from a dog just like those near the rabbit run. And nothing but care and humourous joy from the beautiful rabbit. The world is ruled by the ugly canine!! Rabbits don't make any noise; dogs do. Although if they're really frightened they scream. How disusting of the council, to propose rabbit run be turned into a farm!!! What a horror story. Then there really will be noise, from the frightened rabbits screaming. This is nothing but a conspiracy against rabbits and their keepers - led by dogs and dog owners and humans that probably stink like dog shit!

 
At 12:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was once a Greens Party supporter; and never will be again. Keeping rabbits is harmless and wise as they are not a danger to human life, and they demand less of the eco-system as small herbivores. When an affordable and safe shelter is shut down, where are rabbit owners to find help when they are unable to look after their pets? I made the mistake of leaving mine with my parents - who then passed them onto a farmer. I have been under psychiatric care since and will probably never be able to function in the common world again: that is how much the psyche of my rabbits and I were intwined.
I have left my new pets at the lovely Rabbit Run once before and they enjoyed their stay. I was told to only stay on the main road and did. The only noise generated was from the neighbours' two nasty rotweilers (or dobermans); such dangerous dogs, I know, I've been bitten by one, under the gaze of their owner. And they are given right of way?? Big dogs are hungry for meat and feeding them is a much greater cost to the eco-system than feeding a rabbit. They are a threat to human life, they stink, and their poo is germ-ridden, putrid and the cause of many bad days. Rabbit poo is good enough to eat in some countries, smells like pine needles, and at the worst, they smell like fish grilled in batter. It is an absolute disgrace that a Greens Party member wants to rid the world of such subtle, aromatic, graceful and endearing creatures, that can only peacefully and sustainably co-exist in this country, in safe environments controlled by people. Rabbit Run is so well-supervised that it cannot be assumed that a pair of black rabbits escaped and are now generating offspring. Rabbit Run is set up to avoid those siutations happening. Rabbit Run requires desexing of its customers.
Luckily I forgot to vote this year, and have not given a vote to someone who takes so much joy from my life by supporting the eradication of bunnies. I am seriously doubting the competency and wisdom of The Greens if they support big people-eating, meat-fed dogs over rabbits. As I said, the only noise from the area was from those vicious, barking dogs who probably bark at any passer-by.

 
At 4:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just to clear up any accusations that Rabbit Run was running a profit-driven business - my pets were only given two nights' stay; a very cautious and hesitant decision made by Judith. She did not encourage business in anyway, and was sheltering only my two rabbits from outside the shelter. All other rabbits lived there permanently, and looked happy and grateful to be alive and looked after. All were fed a proper diet, given exercise, friendships, and very clean living areas. There was absolutely no smell, other than the faint smell of roses. Rabbits live silently but communicate telepathically. They are very funny creatures, that can always make me laugh. I have never found my Dad funny. I spoke to Noel Cliff today and found out he is a total patriarchal nazi. I mentioned that I couldn't care if my parents died tomorrow and he refused to talk further with me, rudely ending our conversation. My parents gave my three, beautiful, large rabbits to a man who owned a farmlet and chickens. That was three years ago, before I knew about Rabbit Run, when I could not find anyone to mind my rabbits safely. I continue to be under psychiatric care and may need to take tranquilisers for the rest of my life.
Raquella

 
At 4:33 PM, Blogger Plan B Rabbits said...

Please reconsider your vote and the overall decision of the council. You could do FAR worse than to support the efforts of animal rescue.

You could do far worse than to approve a permit for a rescue/shelter operation. Rescuers are typically much more concerned about the impact of their charges on the environment, as well as overall cleanliness which only benefits the animals.

As to the complaint about burning rabbit waste, what is the approved breeder doing to mitigate his waste situation? Assuming there's even any clean up taking place -- many breeders can't be bothered and don't care if their animals live in squalor.

If the road is a dirt track, then isn't there some incumbency upon the council to see to maintenance and safety of public roads?

 
At 10:11 AM, Blogger Rabbit Rescue Sanctuary Australia said...

Dear Cr Dunn,

Will you reconsider the decision and allow the rabbit shelter to continue its wonderful work for the community?

Kim Cooney
The Rabbit Sanctuary
http://www.rabbitsanctuary.com.au

 
At 5:02 PM, Anonymous Hannah deutscher said...

Dear Dunn,
Having seen you speak on several occasions, I must congratulate you. You put Palin to shame. I have never seen anyone speak with such conviction, and such little evidence. I refer of course to your recent decision regarding the closure of the rabbit run organization. Now I understand that you refer to youself as a deeply caring and sympathetic person, and that the current situation is such a "shame", so let's stick to the hard facts, shall we?
1. Surely if you have an issue with the road, this is your (ie the councils) issue. Countless people have mentioned this point, but you seem to have missed it, so I have re-iterated.
2. When a new large driveway and parking space is constructed, the so-called "high traffic" on the road will be cleared. Wow, maybe you won't even have to bother about fixing your road!
3. I severly doubt that black domesticated desexed rabbits have escaped to form a wild colony. I also doubt that this would happen in the future. I repeat the desexed part.

Clearly your intense concern will see you lobbying for the registration and control of rabbit breeders in the next election.

Dunn, you are an uneducated 1950's housewife, standing on a chair and screaming for her life... because there is a rabbit in your house.

 
At 7:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cr Dunn and fellow councillors,
Do you and your colleagues even read these comments or is it your way of appeasing the masses? We would like some acknowledgement that council has read these comments and also the comments on the local leader site. People that care about this issue demand a response from council.

 
At 1:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cr Dunn - get your facts straight - my car was featured in the slideshow objection presentation submitted by the neighbours and i certainly was not dropping off a rabbit!!!!! Surely these neighbours have visitors occasionally im sure no one hides in the bushes and takes photos of them! This is an invasion of privacy and im disgusted in this.

 
At 1:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You will definately never get a vote from me - you should be ashamed!!

 
At 2:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cr Dunn

Please let these incredibly kind people continue to treat domestic rabbits humanely. It is exactly these type of people that I introduce to my 10 and 9 year old daughters as inspirational and as those we should aspire to be like.

 
At 2:49 PM, Blogger btf_drum said...

Cowardly Cr. Dunn,

Not ONE single comment from you to try and justify your decision. Not surprising though. Just bury your head and hope it all goes away.
I am writing to make a promise today. That I will NEVER vote for the Greens AGAIN, nor will anyone associated with me, and I will be campaigning to spread the word about you and your party.
After this issue is resolved at VCAT (and it WILL be resolved) I hope your position on the council and with the Greens goes down in smoke.
You are a pathetic excuse for a human being. Come on! Surprise us all and say something back you gutless coward!

 
At 1:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have always been a Greens voter, but I've never felt so betrayed or let down. What Cr Samantha Dunn stands for is in its entirety - ANTI-GREEN. Cr Dunn has forgotton all about Greens values of HUMANITY and COMPASSION. Playing politics with the matter of the Rabbit Orphanage is disgusting, it really is. I won't repeat what other people have said on this site about bunnies, except that they are the best pets, and run circles around dogs and cats as home pets.

Another aspect of Cr Dunn's ignorance is confusing wild rabbits (which didn't come to Australia by choice) with pet rabbits. There are millions more irresponsible cat and dog owners than rabbit owners. We should instead go an a dog and cat cull since they damage more native animals in comparison to vegeterian rabbits. I could go on but clearly Cr Dunn is not interested in logic, Greens values or humane treatment of living creatures.

 
At 6:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where did you get your information from for your blog? It is a complete misrepresentation of the permit that was applied for and the activities of the orphanage. Think if you can!!! I knnw this will be difficult for you... but have you considered what commercial enterprise (which it is not) would bother boarding as well as running a "shelter" which it is not, with a sum total of only 10 rabbits - utterly rediculous. Check your facts next time and get your information from the people themselves instead of from the mouths of these bigoted neighbours. This whole thing is an absolute disgrace and shame on you for not stepping away from the pack of wolves to investigate further.

 
At 9:53 PM, Anonymous Rabbit Run-Away Orphanage said...

Cr Dunn,
This email came today...we receive many like this each week asking for advice and help. Will your council deal with this as you have stopped us from doing anything?
The email read...My sister caught her neighbours rabbit today, she was in a cage in the front lawn and the door was open, I think she was purposely let out as they probably had enough of it and let it go.And My sister then gave her to me.The cage had no shelter, filthy water and no food.There is currently a baby rabbit in another cage still there, in the same condition, I am hopefing to get that one tonight.The bun I have here with me is very skinny, has feas(I already put flea treament on her).The problem is I cant keep them, I have 2 rabbits already and 2 is the limit for my parents, so I am hopeing you can take them in and find them a new home.They're beautiful bunnies, and have been very neglected and its just so sad, they dont deserve it.

 
At 10:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is Yarra Rangers Council refusing to pick up stray rabbits and instead referring callers to Rabbit Runaway Orphanage? Is it because they need to pay a fee to the pound? Yarra Ranges Council is surpossed to be working for the community...

 
At 2:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find it really disheartening to witness the number of government actions that distinctly go against animal welfare. It's not as though they are asking you to lift a finger for funding or any help. If you have a family pet and know what it is to care for an animal, if you witness the love of your children for their pet, then SHAME ON YOU!

 
At 11:03 AM, Anonymous celia harris said...

I totally agree with one person's comment "How about getting all the facts right before handing down what is a completely unfair and totally one sided decision"
You should be ashamed of yourself and you should correct the inaccurate information you have published. If you have actually read all the comments posted you would have to be pretty obtuse to continue with your stance. You are supposed to represent the constituents and the best interests of the community.

 

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