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Council is preparing to build a two lane highway through a very important wildlife corridor in my local area. The road, which will involve cutting down two of the largest fig trees I have ever seen(they must be ancient) will absolutely decimate the local koala population as well as that of a range of other native species including gliders. This option is neither the most ecologically or economically salient--in fact it will do more harm and cost more, and was not recommend by council planners. It is essentially a blown raspberry by the moreton bay regional council mayor Allan sutherland, who is a corrupt nepotist and current land and property developer who does not live in the district through which the option G road will run. He was heavily lobbied into office by David Trask, another developer, to the tune of 300,000$. Both conspired to entrap a mayoral candidate during the local election, via the cheesiest and dirtiest coup de etat imaginable, which you can read about here: http://www.cqnews.com.au/news/moreton-mayor-plot-set-rival-money-trap/1861371/

Please sign the petition in the link below, and give some of our native flora and fauna a chance.

If you need some inspiration, please peruse the following quote below:

“We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. Remote from universal nature and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate for having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein do we err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours, they move finished and complete, gifted with the extension of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings: they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the web of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth"--Henry Beston.

Please sign the petition below.

http://www.communityrun.org/petitions/no-to-option-g-west-petrie-bypass

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lenn says...
I fully support the excellent thing you are doing; but please be careful of the defamation laws in our litigious society . Some of these developers have deep pockets and tame lawyers.
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30th September 2013 12:25pm
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Diego says...
Land developers shouldn't be in government. Corruption and nepotism should be left to third world countries (like Cambodia where they admire and foster such practices).
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30th September 2013 1:07pm
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starling says...
Lenn,

it is only defamation in the instance that the accusation is not: a)substantially true b)does not qualify as contextual truth C)can be proven beyond the qualifications of honest opinion and causes specific harm to the victim after the event--that is, the impact must be causal and absolutely defined as such beyond the general or non-specific.

And that's before innocent dissemination.

No lawyer on the face of earth would touch a defamation case with a 20 foot electrified pool scoop based on what I have posted, anonymously, unless they were a masochist. To win that case, you'd have to be so epistemologically gifted so as to make Socrates himself look, by comparison, like a shoe horn. And frankly there just isn't much of that sort of talent around.

Hope you signed the petition. It probably won't amount to much, but miracles have been known to happen.

S
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Anonymous says...
Whats the "Other" option ?
No road? Cities grow mate, Look at Sydney maps one hundred years ago.
Then go to google maps and zoom out 13 ks, You will be hard picked to see a pin prick of a city in a mass of forest and rural land. A road somewhere makes no lick of difference
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starling says...
I agree anonymous. However, since we are talking about a semi- rural area as opposed to the CBD, the point is moot; option G neither has the potential to inhibit or accelerate the growth of the surrounding area.

The other option is another road, which will do the same thing as the planned road.Except it will cost less. And isn't environmental vandalism. And won't incur destruction of several small businesses. And obliterate the native wildlife population.It will run through a redundant pine plantation which is about as hospitable to native wildlife as the moon. In logistical terms, the option G bypass will separate adjacent forestry; without going into detail, it will essentially create a trap, a sort of bowling lane, which wildlife will have to navigate--literally, they will have to run a gauntlet of traffic flowing ceaselessly at 80k's, constantly, in order to move to traditional foraging areas.

In any case, I'm not here to debate the point. Sign, don't sign.In either case I'll still retire this evening to a bowl of cereal and a pirated copy of Breaking bad. My one suggestion is that you might want to see a doctor about your blood pressure.

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JakfruitEttiquette says...
Diego, corruption and nepotism is just as prevalent here as anywhere else, the difference it seems to me is that in other places everyone is allowed to know who exactly to bribe, wheras here you have to be in the secret club first.
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Diego says...
There's some truth in what you say JE but let's not underrate ourselves. Here corruption is not a way of life like other places and in my view certainly not as prevalent. We do have democracy, free media and enough good people determined to keep government honest and accountable. My point is that governments can't be seen to be honest if they have developers in their midst.
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Jason says...
Why would Morton bay cut down the only things its well known around the world for, not very smart.
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