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A photo taken by a delusional man


This photo was taken by a delusional man, who obviously thought he saw a helicopter spraying near a river. The men from DPIW have the results of the investigation in a large blue book and have explained that we never say such a thing, we did not get sick, and that neurotoxins do not affect concentration. Obviously we all saw Marsh Gas or a Weather Balloon. Funnily enough 6 people who were there and got sick from being poisoned disagree.

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  1. brian davis

    June 7, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    Ok Pete ok we believe you…..
    I don’t think you should be embarrassed by what you did though – do whatever is necessary for the end objective i say.

  2. Pete Godfrey

    June 7, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    To Shane Weatherall 4 obviously you have not looked at the APVMA spray drift charts closely, if you did you would notice that they charts are for a 1.2 metre release height for ground based spraying and a 3 metre release height for aerial based spraying. The APVMA recommend 15 metre height for forestry spraying but give no charts about how much further the drift would go. In all 20 metre buffers are definitely not enough for a class 1 river.
    On the matter of what was found on my shirt,I have no explanation of why our tests showed “alphacypermethrin” on the leaves in the coupe and on the leaves taken from the river bank dogwood trees and “permethrin” on my shirt.
    I do not use sprays, neither do my friends whose house I was at. The permemthrin on the shirt makes no difference to the facts that we have positive samples for leaves adjacent to the river.
    We were contaminated from an earlier spray operation on that day not the one up river, so there is also the possibility that permethrin was used there but that is irrelevant/
    This was no beat up, sting or whatever you want to call it. We were poisoned and so was the river.
    We never saw any drums of chemicals we only trusted the spray notification and DPIW on what was sprayed.

  3. Peter Rundall

    June 7, 2009 at 3:41 am

    I’m horrified by the inhumanity of people who not only deny the suffering and fears of others, but go on to sneer at them and call them liars. Statements that might show ignorance are finally revealed as callous mob-talk with vested interests. Then more of the mob joins in to kick dirt. Any but fellow rednecks are fair game. Is this what is meant to be Tasmanian?

  4. brian davis

    June 6, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Good sting guys – keep up the good work.
    Just one small tip though – if spraying clothes make sure to use the exact chamical being used by the chopper – i think that modern test labs can tell the diffrence.
    Keep it going though.
    B. Maloney

  5. Tony Saddington

    June 6, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    More photos Shane,


    I understand that empty spray containers were photographed or identified.

    Confirmation Peter?

  6. Valleywatcher

    June 6, 2009 at 2:50 am

    Get real, Shane Weatherall. Fool.

  7. Shane Weatherall

    June 6, 2009 at 12:20 am

    Hey everyone – to me these photos just add to the weight of the newspaper article – that the spraying was a acceptable distance away from the waterways. Anyone that understands photography will attest to that. And furthermore, as far as I can tell from the articles, that stuff on your tee-shirt was not what was sprayed. Also, from what I can see from the net, the effect you people experienced is basically not possible from the dose you say you recieved – it may pay to look fro another cause as it certainly sounds as though you were affected by something. Also, also, the person that states wind at 57 kphr should contact the met service as even they reckon that you are dreaming (why lie about something like that?)

  8. Pete Godfrey

    June 5, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    To Salamander post 2 , the helicopter is not spraying near a creek, the eucalypt trees are the riparian vegetation either side of the Mersey River a class 1 stream under the Forest Practices Code that would have a 40 metre buffer zone if it was native forest but as there is a plantation there established on previously cleared land we only have a 20 metre buffer zone, The Mersey River is also habitat of Astacopsis Gouldii (giant freshwater crayfish)protected under the EPBC and a threatened species.
    Humans also pump water from this river to use for domestic water, stock and crops.

  9. salamander

    June 5, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    The government denial of this is stupid. The helicopter is there, spraying near a creek. Do they think by some magical reversal of nature, that the spray didn’t travel with the wind? It would be funny if not for the fact that people have been made ill as a result.

    This government manages so successfully to deny whatever it doesn’t like. The real problem is there are still people who believe everything the government says. They apparently have nothing else to base their belief on, other than total blind faith in every word that is against the Greens and is pro-forestry.

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