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Volunteers help fix research equipment damaged by vandals

By Barcham - 30 August 2013 13

Vandals, possibly in an effort to halt the kangaroo cull, destroyed various devices uses in wildlife research at the Callum Brae Nature Reserve.

Dr Don Fletcher says that the volunteers are helping the research get back up to speed despite the vandals attempts.

During the recent kangaroo cull, vandals destroyed devices used for wildlife research in the Callum Brae Nature Reserve, Dr Don Fletcher, Senior Ecologist from the Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate confirmed today.

“Following the cull, more than 50 students from local tertiary institutions have volunteered to assist with kangaroo counts, reptile surveys and other activities,” Dr Fletcher said.

“The boost we are getting from the volunteers will significantly reduce the impact of the vandals and strengthen our research efforts.”

Tiles recently positioned for spring reptile surveys have been smashed, and mesh ‘grazing enclosure cages’ have been uprooted. Both the tiles and cages are part of kangaroo research based at various reserves including the Callum Brae Nature Reserve.

“It is obvious that the equipment has been deliberately damaged by an individual or group. The damage first came to our attention during the recent closure of the nature park for the annual kangaroo cull, when rangers reported some damage to research equipment in the area.

“This equipment is used for ongoing research on the endangered grassy ecosystems of Canberra and it is important that we restore the damage, as the volunteers are doing, so we can continue researching and monitoring of our local ecosystems,” Dr Fletcher said.

Anyone who witnessed the incident should report it to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Volunteers help fix research equipment damaged by vandals
460cixy 11:29 am 02 Sep 13

Very typical of Eco warrior wankers. however this time it was only some wire and tiles should see the expensive damage they cause to legitimate logging operations and anything else there narrow minds don’t agree with.

vaguely 10:25 pm 01 Sep 13

crappicker said :

I suggest that Dr Fletcher takes care to properly indicate that building materials distributed through nature reserves are part of ongoing research programs and that he takes a deep breath before firing wild accusations to any group of concerned citizens.

I suggest you stop vandalising things; things don’t need signs, they need less d***heads.

MrBigEars 1:40 pm 30 Aug 13

crappicker said :

Roksteddy to quote you” Interesting that you made those assumptions….”

In all fairness, it was Barcham’s fault. His was the only implication of protestors.

We had issues with vandals on a project I worked on. But we had infra-red camera traps pointing at our equipment. It certainly made identifying the culprits easy, although there was a question of legality in their use as evidence, so it went no further.

Roksteddy 1:37 pm 30 Aug 13

crappicker said :

Roksteddy said :

The activists have every right to protest, but it is interesting that they complain about the science behind the cull and they call for alternatives to a cull yet disrupt research that may lead to those alternatives. And cost taxpayers more money.

“I see nothing in the media release that quotes Dr Fletcher as ‘finger pointing to protestors’. He only makes comment about the damage from vandals. Interesting that you made those assumptions…..”

Roksteddy to quote you” Interesting that you made those assumptions….”

I’m not making assumptions. Activists disrupted fertility control research being conducted at Belconnen Naval Transmission Station. That’s not an assumption. Thats a fact.
And Davo101 asked a perfectly vaild question. He wasn’t shooting from the hip. He didn’t accuse you of damaging the equipment. He merely asked if you thought it was ok to vandalaise unmarked property.
Only one person here avoiding the questions and shooting from the hip.

davo101 1:26 pm 30 Aug 13

crappicker said :

Davo101 you are joining Fletcher in shooting from the hip.

I prefer from the prone position.

crappicker said :

Marksmen for kangaroos, for protesters it is just “feu a volonte”.

I think you’ll find that marksmen fire independently by necessity. Anyway, who said anything about protesters? I was just curious about your view that if something is not clearly labelled then somehow this will result in it being vandalised.

crappicker 1:19 pm 30 Aug 13

Roksteddy said :

The activists have every right to protest, but it is interesting that they complain about the science behind the cull and they call for alternatives to a cull yet disrupt research that may lead to those alternatives. And cost taxpayers more money.

“I see nothing in the media release that quotes Dr Fletcher as ‘finger pointing to protestors’. He only makes comment about the damage from vandals. Interesting that you made those assumptions…..”

Roksteddy to quote you” Interesting that you made those assumptions….”

FXST01 1:13 pm 30 Aug 13

Robertson said :

Roksteddy said :

The activists have every right to protest, but it is interesting that they complain about the science behind the cull and they call for alternatives to a cull yet disrupt research that may lead to those alternatives. And cost taxpayers more money.

You’re putting too much thought into it. These people are just morons, plain and simple. They barely understand what they think, let alone why, and they have no rational basis for their own thoughts nor their actions.
They are deeply stupid people, over-cossetted by a society that insulates people from reality.

And watch out if you suggest cutting off their welfare.

crappicker 12:50 pm 30 Aug 13

davo101 said :

crappicker said :

I have been closely involved in the kangaroo cull protest at Callum Brae and can only regard Dr Fletcher’s finger pointing to protestors as a baseless smear.

I have noticed over the past few years the appearance of mesh cages at Wanniassa Hills Reserve. None of the cages that I have come across has been marked clearly as research equipment. Over the past few months piles of roof tiles have been positioned at WHR. Lately tiles have been positioned across the fields. Again none of the tiles that I have seen has been marked clearly as being part of an ongoing research program.

I suggest that Dr Fletcher takes care to properly indicate that building materials distributed through nature reserves are part of ongoing research programs and that he takes a deep breath before firing wild accusations to any group of concerned citizens.

So if something is not clearly labelled as to its purpose it’s OK to vandalise it? Do you apply this rule to the rest of your life?

Davo101 you are joining Fletcher in shooting from the hip. Marksmen for kangaroos, for protesters it is just “feu a volonte”.

Roksteddy 12:35 pm 30 Aug 13

crappicker said :

I have been closely involved in the kangaroo cull protest at Callum Brae and can only regard Dr Fletcher’s finger pointing to protestors as a baseless smear.

I have noticed over the past few years the appearance of mesh cages at Wanniassa Hills Reserve. None of the cages that I have come across has been marked clearly as research equipment. Over the past few months piles of roof tiles have been positioned at WHR. Lately tiles have been positioned across the fields. Again none of the tiles that I have seen has been marked clearly as being part of an ongoing research program.

I suggest that Dr Fletcher takes care to properly indicate that building materials distributed through nature reserves are part of ongoing research programs and that he takes a deep breath before firing wild accusations to any group of concerned citizens.

I see nothing in the media release that quotes Dr Fletcher as ‘finger pointing to protestors’. He only makes comment about the damage from vandals. Interesting that you made those assumptions…..

davo101 12:23 pm 30 Aug 13

crappicker said :

I have been closely involved in the kangaroo cull protest at Callum Brae and can only regard Dr Fletcher’s finger pointing to protestors as a baseless smear.

I have noticed over the past few years the appearance of mesh cages at Wanniassa Hills Reserve. None of the cages that I have come across has been marked clearly as research equipment. Over the past few months piles of roof tiles have been positioned at WHR. Lately tiles have been positioned across the fields. Again none of the tiles that I have seen has been marked clearly as being part of an ongoing research program.

I suggest that Dr Fletcher takes care to properly indicate that building materials distributed through nature reserves are part of ongoing research programs and that he takes a deep breath before firing wild accusations to any group of concerned citizens.

So if something is not clearly labelled as to its purpose it’s OK to vandalise it? Do you apply this rule to the rest of your life?

crappicker 12:11 pm 30 Aug 13

I have been closely involved in the kangaroo cull protest at Callum Brae and can only regard Dr Fletcher’s finger pointing to protestors as a baseless smear.

I have noticed over the past few years the appearance of mesh cages at Wanniassa Hills Reserve. None of the cages that I have come across has been marked clearly as research equipment. Over the past few months piles of roof tiles have been positioned at WHR. Lately tiles have been positioned across the fields. Again none of the tiles that I have seen has been marked clearly as being part of an ongoing research program.

I suggest that Dr Fletcher takes care to properly indicate that building materials distributed through nature reserves are part of ongoing research programs and that he takes a deep breath before firing wild accusations to any group of concerned citizens.

Robertson 12:09 pm 30 Aug 13

Roksteddy said :

The activists have every right to protest, but it is interesting that they complain about the science behind the cull and they call for alternatives to a cull yet disrupt research that may lead to those alternatives. And cost taxpayers more money.

You’re putting too much thought into it. These people are just morons, plain and simple. They barely understand what they think, let alone why, and they have no rational basis for their own thoughts nor their actions.
They are deeply stupid people, over-cossetted by a society that insulates people from reality.

Roksteddy 11:51 am 30 Aug 13

The activists have every right to protest, but it is interesting that they complain about the science behind the cull and they call for alternatives to a cull yet disrupt research that may lead to those alternatives. And cost taxpayers more money.

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