Thursday, August 28, 2014

Angry resident dropped off dead koala at council offices

A resident has sent Redland City Council in Queensland, Australia, a gruesome message after dropping off a dead koala to its offices. Thornlands resident Darren Mewett warned council it was in danger of losing its reputation as a koala safe haven, after scraping up the dead animal from where he had found two other dead koalas in the past year.



Mr Mewett blamed the animal's death on the council for failing to put in place permanent measures to save wildlife on the 80km/h rat run. He said he took the bloodied carcass of the mature male koala in to council on Tuesday to highlight the lack of adequate action, which he said was the result of lobbying from nearby residents wanting to sub-divide land in the area.

"This time, I decided to take the koala in to council because no action was taken the last time I reported a dead koala and my comments were not taken seriously," Mr Mewett said "This council operates under a fallacy, spruiking there are koalas here and they are protected but it is all just talk."



Council said it put two temporary flashing signs for two months from June 2013 warning drivers to slow down to avoid hitting animals and koalas near Eprapah Creek, where the koala was killed. It also put two temporary flashing signs nearby but said all had to be removed after they were all damaged by motorists. A permanent sign advising motorists of wildlife in the area was also erected. Council said it would investigate what could be done to make the road safer for wildlife after Mr Mewett's most recent complaint.

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