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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