I am, as you no doubt realise, an optimist.
I am optimistically confident that we are flushing our environment straight down the toilet as quickly as is possible.
This week the Hancock [HVP] wood chipping company contacted me to explain that soon they would be cutting down the trees alongside Turtons Creek and up the adjacent slopes.
They, being aware of my environment concerns and my attempts to protect this river valley, thought I ought to be aware of their plans.
Well thank you very much, I am sure that helps.
I have had regular contacts with the boss in Churchill. He is a very pleasant person.
He assured me that they would be leaving a barrier to, presumably, protect the view, the tourism needs and in this intelligent society, the wildlife habitat.
Noticeably nothing was said about the water catchment needs.
Twenty years ago, prior to the total sale of our forests to an American economic corporation which has a simplistic agenda, the then forestry group planted these trees to, at least in part, satisfy my worries about the Turtons Creek area and its wildlife needs.
The trees were purposely planted in a random manner unlike the usual regimented fashion.
The visitors today will see the result, including the regrowth in understorey which is so important.
I, unfortunately, suffer from half a brain.
The more aware person would long ago have realised that fighting these anti-social corporations is a waste of time.
However in my sad and futile anger, while I thrash around, the wood chipping praying mantis hovers.
The council, as usual, shows little interest in becoming involved.
The water catchment authority claims, after a long chat, that it has no influence over Hancock’s [HVP] behaviour.
The water board told me they only become involved if water purity becomes a question.
Everyone simply sits on their hands pretending all is right with the world.
Someone should bring pressure to bear on Hancock [HVP] by explaining that they have a responsibility for more than profits.
The wildlife, the tourism potential and not least the water supply into the creek is vitally important to the local society.
Balance is needed; is that too much to ask?
Ron Brown, Mirboo.