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Quote of the week … upon the removal of homeless people from the World Youth Day venue locations.

“I know some of them were moved in order to ensure the privacy of those homeless people so they’re not surrounded by pilgrims, so they can eat their soup in privacy” … WYD coordinator Bishop Anthony Fisher

Read the ABC Online article here …

Tasmanian Devil fights back

THE Tasmanian devil has started having teenage sex to try to save itself from extinction, scientists say. The research shows that nature fights back against extinction through the species reaching sexual maturity at a younger age. Is that why our kids are growing up younger?

… and you thought your teenagers were just having a bit of fun!

Whitfield Community Meeting

I have just received a flyer for a meeting to discuss Whitfield’s future direction. It will be held next Sunday (20 JULY) in the Swinburne Pavillion at the footy ground. The meeting, convened by Wendy Wilson (0407 270 694), will run from 2.30 – 5.00pm with a free Bar-B-Q and locals are invited to have a voice, get involved and play a part in the town’s future.

In my days of community involvement, I learned that public meetings are rarely organised unless the outcome has already been determined. If I am up to it, I will be there to find out if there is a hidden agenda. Who knows, with an active ‘slow food’ movement in the King Valley, we might be headed for the next level … a Cittislow!

Written by Greg Naylor

15 July 2008 at 10:59 am

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  1. It’ll be a terrible indictment on Tasmania if the devil becomes extinct, both terrestrial apex predators wiped off the face of the planet.
    Shameful. Nothing short of shameful.


    15 July 2008 at 1:49 pm

  2. They appear to have been working on the devil cancer for years with no real result. What else should the experts be doing, AWOL?

    Greg Naylor

    15 July 2008 at 1:55 pm

  3. I thought Whitfield already was a Cittaslow, Greg. Isn’t it in ‘the lost valley that no one can find’? Maybe we should send a delegation of SaveBrighters down to your meeting to get it organised for you then. Problem is, they can’t even find their way out of the Ovens Valley, let alone into the King.


    15 July 2008 at 2:23 pm

  4. Greg I guess the absolute first priority is to find out what is causing it, as far as I understand, there’s a genetic link to the tumour, establishing a safe population in captivity or in isolation in the event of an extinction event is priority number 2.

    As long as that is done, even if the mainland Tasmanian population becomes extinct (a terrible outcome, but possibly unavoidable) a safe, unafflicted population can be re-introduced to the wild and the species can be saved.

    Tasmania has a number of islands around it’s perimeter, finding one that can sustain a safe population of devils without detremental effects to the local fauna and which is isolated enough that they can’t interact with the affected wild population on the main island may well prove the key to saving the species.
    Unless of course a cure can be discovered before that becomes a necessity.


    15 July 2008 at 3:31 pm

  5. AWOL, I’m sure I have seen a TV program where they are already trying to establish an unaffected population in an island environment because they still have no understanding of the cause. I hope that is right.

    Greg Naylor

    15 July 2008 at 3:59 pm

  6. It’d be completely negligent if that hadn’t already or wasn’t in the process of happening already.
    I guess the Tasmanian devil has one advantage over the Thylacine, it doesn’t have every red neck with a gun out blasting away at them trying to “shoot one before they become extinct”.

    You know I heard an account of one sighting (after they had formally declared extinct) by a hunter of a female thylacine with pups.
    He turned his dogs on them.

    Most Tasmanians are still in denial that the thylacine is actually extinct, they won’t even accept the magnitude of what they have done, much less accept responsibility for it.

    For the most part, Tasmanians are an absolute pig of a people.


    15 July 2008 at 6:51 pm

  7. Two-headed pigs?


    15 July 2008 at 9:49 pm

  8. I thought Razorback Mountain was somewhere between our two valleys.

    Greg Naylor

    15 July 2008 at 10:16 pm

  9. I thought it was near Wandi – there are more than a few Tassie types over there.


    15 July 2008 at 10:57 pm

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