Monday, November 29, 2010

flora and fauna strategy out for comment

report from the roundtable - 23 nov

This week's council meeting saw council endorse the release of the draft Flora and Fauna Management Strategy for an 8 week public comment period.

The strategy has been a long time in the making. It's an important document as it will provide guidance for the protection, management and enhancement of flora and fauna in the Shire of Yarra Ranges.

We're very fortunate in the shire, we have some areas of immense biodiversity with great natural assets and are custodians for a number of endangered species. It's important that we have a strategy that provides an outline of the broad ecological principles that underpin flora and fauna management in the shire and highlight the importance of healthy ecosystems in maintaining biodiversity.

It would be great to hear your views, for more information on how to submit click here.

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At 5:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Samantha. I posted this on Jim Childs blog today and thought that while you probably aren't terribly keen on it's content, I humbly submit it for your perusal.

Cheers Ross

While I'm sure the proponents of the FFS are well meaning and have their hearts in the right place, there has been this extraordinarily blinkered response from the Greens to the dangers of living in a fire zone.

They just don't get it. The fire dependent eco system we inherited from the aborigines is not conducive to our way of life and no amount of motherhood statements about the primacy of biodiversity is going to change that.

Conservation is about preserving the status quo, but the reality is that that changed forever when Captain Cook set foot in Botany Bay.

There is no going back. We need to make our environment safe. Making evacuation your central plank in a catastrophic fire plan is a very poor second to managing your environment sensibly. It's what sane, well balanced humans do.

Regards Ross McLeod


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