[First filed: Jul 16, 2010 @ 8:22]
Mr Aston did not seek permission from the relevant Government department, and the NSW Department of Lands has ordered their removal, citing safety and environmental concerns.
“I did get a call from the NSW Department of Lands,” he said. “They said they have to be removed forthwith.
“They are really popular and I’m a little bit disappointed with that.”
He says the herd will soon migrate to a new Canberra location.
We look forward to future sightings.
UPDATED: The ABC reports that the NSW Government has not liked the look of the growing PR surrounding this decision and is gently walking it back:
The department says it ordered the herd’s removal after a complaint from the grazier who leases the land. However, Mr Aston says the department has changed its mind.
“I don’t think it is a backdown. I just think it is different people in the department are having different views,” he said.
He has been advised to lodge a development application with the local council, improve fencing, signage and provide public liability insurance.
(RiotACT was this day approached for help to move the unwanted Zebras to Port Kembla.)