Focus must turn to protecting the environment
I WAS shocked to see James Purcell’s support for commercial racehorse training at Killarney Beach. This is a place for public enjoyment and environmental conservation. The very limited interests of an industry group should not outweigh those for which the reserve was created and has been cared for by landcare groups, conservationists and general public who just want a peaceful place for quiet recreation and wildlife.
Mr Purcell’s position would lead to the extinction of the Hooded Plover at Killarney and probably the same for all beach nesting birds there. His suggestion of a boardwalk is unworkable.
I ask him: Have you ever stopped, looked and thought about the Port Fairy and Warrnambool area that you represent? It is among the most environmentally damaged in Australia, with only the tiniest percentage of native fauna and flora remaining and very fragile habitats for wildlife. His position would see more destroyed.
The commercial racehorse industry should not be built on the bones of our natural environment or on the loss of our quiet recreational places. This industry should invest some of its own spoils in suitable training facilities on its own land, not the public’s.
Bruce Campbell, chairman, Warrnambool Coastcare Landcare Network