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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche


Wildlife care plan ruined by red tape and bungling

MATTHEW DENHOLM, The Australian, June 29

BUREAUCRATIC bungling scuttled a “visionary” plan, funded by Kathmandu clothing founder Jan Cameron, to create a world-class rescue service for orphaned and injured animals in Tasmania. Documents obtained by The Australian under Freedom of Information laws reveal Tasmania came close to securing a five-year deal with Ms Cameron’s Bonorong Wildlife Centre. But the deal fell over last month, with Bonorong blaming chronic red tape and a “lack of direction” within government. Bonorong, also known as Go Wild Tasmania, is bitterly disappointed, as is Ms Cameron, whose charitable Elsie Cameron Trust purchased the wildlife park with the aim of setting up the proposed service. “Now I’ve got a bloody wildlife park that I don’t really want to have — unless it can be transformed into something more to do with animal welfare, rather than just displaying animals,” Ms Cameron said … But a paper trail suggests Mr Llewellyn’s department struggled to organise these aspects … Mr Llewellyn was also privately under fire from GWT. “Unnecessarily protracted negotiations and lack of direction shown by your department have created havoc and fear amongst the volunteer wildlife carers,” Dr Bryant wrote to Mr Llewellyn on April 7.
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  1. dev

    July 1, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    Ol’ Dave Llewellyn couldn’t find his own backside with both hands and an attending surgeon.

  2. William Boeder

    July 1, 2009 at 3:31 am

    How does Old Dave Llewellyn manage to make such a muck-up out of this simple matter with the RSPCA?

    I believe Dave’s use by date is now upon us.

  3. john hayward

    June 30, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    I was one of the wildlife carers objecting to an abrupt turnover of injured and orphaned wildlife to a commercial wildlife park without explanation of its structure or objectives.

    The fact that it was being overseen by a minister renowned for his ignorance of and indifference to virtually all matters in respect to animal welfare or conservation, and the speed and secrecy of the negotiations with Sally Bryant, inevitably led most carers to fear the worst.

    As it stands, the animal welfare functions of Nature Conservation Branch appears to rely on little more than the smell of personal commitment from a few of its staff. The indifference of RSPCA management to wildlife welfare is legend. Jan Cameron seemed to bring both resources and a pasionate commitment, a godsend to a state with very little of the services and organisation available on the mainland.

    If incompetence were an Olympic event, Llewellyn would be our gold medal favourite.

    John Hayward

  4. David Obendorf

    June 30, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    Jan Cameron, to her great credit, set up a fighting fund of $1 million dollars to support animal welfare standards in this state. The fund offered a reward for information leading to successful prosecution of animal cruelty offences that might fundamentally change this State Government’s approach to the systemic failures in their oversight of animal cruelty in Tasmania.

    Jan Cameron also, to her regret, personally funded the establishment of a veterinary clinic for RSPCA in Hobart. [TT readers may recall the numerous fiascos dogging the State RSPCA that were revealed in the newspapers over recent times.]

    As we found out recently when the DPIW wishes to throw the proverbial legal book at someone then the case is progressed and invariably leads to a prosecution.

    However, when private citizens attempt to provide IDENTICAL EVIDENCE of serial animal cruelty offences to RSPCA and DPIW their cases are dropped or the crown prosecution does not proceed with them.

    This IS the partiality and politicisation that is now systemic in Tasmania.

  5. Jon Ayling.

    June 30, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    Thoroughly agree Richard. Its actually very hurtful to know that even if the noble intent exists, and the finances are certainly available, Llewellyn and his department just arent capable of delivering the goods. I too am going for a long walk. I’m not sure how much more of this I can deal with.

  6. Richard Butler

    June 30, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    What a mess. The state of Tasmania is well known for its view that it has less philanthropy than other larger states. Here we have a magnificent example of what can be achieved when there is vision and a care for the environment – and it seems on the value of this piece to be completely wasted.

    Completely wasted.

    Im not often lost for words, and I dont often shy from using profanity to make a point – but today Im just going for a long walk to get away from the incompetence and the offences at every level on this one.

    Where action is a demonstration of intent – it would seem there is no regard for the philanthropist, her generosity, the vision and strategy, the bush and the animals – and the people who would benefit.

    Is it just that its not about cutting down trees, building roads and dams and looting the state natural assets. Or is it that theyre just to dumb to realise their stupidity.

    They forget – seemingly every day – they represent us – and as representatives of us – we are in turn denied opportunity to engage, to help, to share and to benefit.

  7. Ian Rist

    June 30, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    Sounds a lot like the original 2001-2002 Fox Threat Abatement plan that was badly bungled…except for Jan Cameron(whom I have the ultimate respect for)it appears to be much the same players.

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