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FOCUS ON REPEAT OFFENDERS
Group aims to prevent animal attacks
Wildcare macropod co-ordinator Helen Stevens cradles one-year-old orphaned joey Rob, whose mother died
after being struck by a car.
Photo: Kimberley Granger
An echidna was killed in December in
Canberra when a youth attempted to
light it on fire, but it was not the only
victim of native animal cruelty last
A rise in attacks on native animals
in Canberra, Queanbeyan and
surrounding regions has forced
Wildcare to create a register of cruelty
cases to help track repeat offenders.
Cruelty cases often result in the
death of the animal, however it is the
infants left behind that Wildcare is left
Kangaroos with arrows protruding
from their chests is an all-too-familiar
scenario for wildlife carers, as is
finding dead bodies of exhausted or
horribly mauled native animals.
Wildcare communications co-
ordinator Diane Hinton said there was
an implicit acceptance wildlife did not
deserve the same respect other living
"People will put their dogs in
amongst roos and other native animals
intentionally ... people don t consider
that cruelty, but it s most definitely a
death sentence," she said.
Ms Hinton said, in two recent
instances, a red-necked wallaby and an
adult male wallaroo in Jerrabomberra
had both been chased and were taking
shelter in residential backyards.
The male wallaroo died from the
stress of the chase.
"Whether you like wildlife or not,
that would be the most inhumane
death, being chased until you re
Wildcare macropod co-ordinator
Helen Stevens, who owns the
Oolandra wildlife sanctuary near
Collector, has more than 20 kangaroos
on her property recovering from
Ms Stevens said Wildcare was
recently called to two decapitated
kangaroo bodies, found at Royalla.
"There were two bodies but their
heads were further down the road," she
Another case of alleged native
animal cruelty in December occurred
on a property at Womboin, near
A man was chasing a group of
kangaroos around his property in a car,
until one collapsed from exhaustion
and he allegedly ran it over twice.
The group has reminded members
of the public to do their bit to prevent
cruelty to native animals.
With the implementation of the new
native animal cruelty register,
Wildcare carers are hoping to liaise
with police and national parks to
identify hotspots and charge repeat
Contact Wildcare on 6299 1966 to
report injured native animals.
Call ACT Policing on 131 444 to
report any animal cruelty cases.
Barilaro vows to take nurses' qualms to NSW government
Monaro MLA John Barilaro and
Queanbeyan nurses have ended their
stoush over improved staffing and
mandated staffing levels.
Mr Barilaro told ABC 666 last
month nurses were playing silly
buggers in their bid to stamp out
disparity between regional and metro
hospitals over hours of care provided
The comment was cleared up in a
meeting on Wednesday with NSW
Nurse and Midwife Association
Queanbeyan Hospital branch
Secretary Lynne Howell said nurses
had moved on after a positive
"We were offended by his
comments, she said.
We felt they attacked the integrity
and professionalism of nurses.
We did question him in regards to
those comments . . . we are satisfied
with what he came back with.
Mr Barilaro agreed the round-table
was an opportunity to discuss how to
improve nurses situations.
"I have never wavered in my
commitment to fight on behalf of our
hard-working nurses who perform
such an important job in the
community, he said.
They are the backbone of our
public hospital system.
"Like many families, I have relied
upon the health system during times of
need and I am passionate about
continuing to improve the quality and
the delivery of services we have here
in the Monaro."
Mr Barilaro assured the NSW Nurse
and Midwives Association he would
take up the cause of regional nursing
with the NSW government. Ms
Howell said it was difficult to
understand why patients in
metropolitan hospitals received six
hours of daily care, when patients in
regional hospitals are given five hours
of care daily.
"Why should your postcode
determine your level of care," she said.
A petition with 10,000 signatures
will be tabled at the next sitting of the
NSW Legislative Assembly, after
March s state election, in support of
changes to nursing hours.
A university campus for Queanbeyan
was just one of the ideas put on the
table by councillor Jamie Cregan at
Wednesday s Queanbeyan City
Crs Cregan and Sue Whelan moved
a motion that the council consider
establishing an economic development
unit. The initial motion was to
investigate and report on similar units
operated by other NSW local
Cr Cregan said a university campus
would position the city as a
destination of choice .
He said an economic development
unit could come forward with
Eden-Monaro MP Peter Hendy has
defended the federal government s
decision to approve the Canberra
Airport master plan.
The plan outlines the intention to
use the airport s 24-hour status to
become Sydney s freight airport, a
move likely to affect residents in
Mr Hendy said the airport was a
critical piece of infrastructure for the
economic development of Canberra
and the region.
"As I have always said, this
economic development needs to be
balanced against the environmental
amenity of residents as well," he said.
"The master plan, as I understand it,
is set for future developments over the
next few decades. As such the master
plan does not necessarily change
current operations in the near term."
Jerrabomberra residents fear the
master plan, approved on January 22,
underestimates the impact of aircraft
noise on thousands of residents.
Association president Michael Ziebell
said the plan would hamper peace and
quiet as far away as Gungahlin.
GAME, SET, MATCH FOR
TENNIS COURT UPGRADES
Tennis players in Sutton will benefit
from a grant worth $5000, while
Araluen players will upgrade facilities
with a $55,802 grant. The two separate
funding announcements will help
support the maintenance and
improvements needed for public
reserves, in both cases community
tennis courts. Funding for Araluen will
allow replacement of fencing and
resurfacing of courts, as well as the
installation of water tanks and pumps.
Sutton players will use their grant to
build a new hit-up wall at the courts.
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