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Lake George Zebras to be moved – REPRIEVED

By johnboy - 16 July 2010 48

[First filed: Jul 16, 2010 @ 8:22]

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The ABC has a story on threats to the recently beloved Lake George Zebras by the NSW Government.

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.)

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48 Responses to
Lake George Zebras to be moved – REPRIEVED
Erg0 11:15 am 16 Jul 10
nicnacvb 11:14 am 16 Jul 10

Typical Government control freaks. “We didn’t have a say in it so even though they are not doing any harm we are going to make up some phony excuse so we can get rid of them”

I just hope they move them somewhere that people can still enjoy them.

Holden Caulfield 11:09 am 16 Jul 10

How long have these Zebras been in place? I’ve never seen them before, and have quite possibly driven past them at least three times in the past few weeks!

lobster 11:04 am 16 Jul 10

That makes no sense.
However, I thoink they woul dlook good somewhere down Majura Rd

The cat did it 10:48 am 16 Jul 10

Yes, those safety and environmental concerns need to explicitly and publicly stated.

Whichever unthinking bureaucrat signed off on the decision to handle this by demanding removal rather than working it through with the owner has demonstrated an acute lack of judgement. This sounds like the kind of silly knee-jerk bureaucratic reaction that will rapidly be turned into a Ministerial issue. Will the relevant NSW Labor Minister decide to make an example of this person, as a pre-election gesture?

Inappropriate 10:28 am 16 Jul 10

JessP said :

How much damage can 4 fake Zebras cause??

It would be from people trapsing out onto the lake, and people taking their eyes off the road as they drive past.

Sammy 10:08 am 16 Jul 10

I guess one of the safety concerns is drivers rubber-necking at 110kph?

Which then makes one think of the various roadside artworks that adorn our good nation of Stanhopistan.

D999 10:02 am 16 Jul 10

NSW Government…FAIL!!! You’d think they’d have enough internal issue to worry about that they wouldn’t care about artwork in woop woop

p1 9:44 am 16 Jul 10

johnboy said :

….NSW Department of Lands has ordered their removal, citing safety and environmental concerns.

Over grazing?

s-s-a 9:17 am 16 Jul 10

PS. They would look good on some of the paddocks out near Dairy Flat – the ones across the river from the bike path between Claire Holland House and Duntroon…

s-s-a 9:16 am 16 Jul 10

Lands Dept are party poopers!! Boo hiss!!

BundahBoy 9:06 am 16 Jul 10

What environmental and saftey concerns do 4 fiberglass zebras pose?

Are they going to suddenly spring to life and start devouring people?

Please dont say they are required to be removed in case someone crashes their car trying to get a peek at them?

This country has become so freaking PC and we all suffer because a small handfull of people cant obey laws or use their thick heads.

Sgt.Bungers 9:06 am 16 Jul 10

JessP said :

‘safety and environmental concerns’

So we are to assume they have been attacking tourists and eating the native grasses?

How much damage can 4 fake Zebras cause??

Win.

BimboGeek 9:05 am 16 Jul 10

Safety and environmental concerns? It’s art! Are they made out of lead and asbestos???

NSW gov are officially killjoys! Bring them to the ACT, we will show them the love and respect they deserve!

JessP 8:54 am 16 Jul 10

‘safety and environmental concerns’

So we are to assume they have been attacking tourists and eating the native grasses?

How much damage can 4 fake Zebras cause??

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