Victoria’s RSPCA has responded to a Kinglake Ranges News report regarding the illegal shooting of wombats at Dude Ranch, Murrindindi.
On 6 August, Victorian Minister for Energy, Environoment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio was contacted by Kinglake Ranges News for comment regarding the alleged illegal shooting of wombats at “Dude Ranch” (also known as “Balaclava” or “Yujiu Villa” in Mandarin) .
Another media outlet claims that Murrindindi Shire has had extensive communication with Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change and Solar Homes , Lily D’Ambrosio regarding wombat shooting at “Dude Ranch.”
Whilst Murrindindi Shire – and councillors – can not comment on a planning application before them they can still represent the community to State and Federal authorities. They appear to have chosen not to.
The Government has issued permits to cull 200,000 kangaroos, wallabies and wombats, reports The Weekly Times today.
Murrindindi Shire – as the saying goes – is responsible for “rates, roads and rubbish.” The Shire isn’t responsible for, and has no legislative power to enforce, State or Commonwealth law. The issue stretches well beyond local government to State and Commonwealth authorities.
Over 71,000 concerned Victorians have now signed a change.org petition calling on Premier Daniel Andrews to make changes to state legislation to prevent the hunting of wombats throughout Victoria.
The revelations about Tom “Mr Chinatown” Zhou’s wombat-hunting tours in Murrindindi for Crown Casino’ s Chinese high-rollers leave more questions than they do answers.
In a touch of irony not lost on many the once Kerry Packer owned Nine Network and it’s now Nine Newspaper stable – The Age and Sydney Morning Herald – refused to run an ad from James Packer’s Crown Casino.
Whilst Murrindindi Shire can not comment directly on a planning application before it is heard before council they can provide a statement to the media, such as “We are unable to comment.” Council has chosen not to and questions need to be asked as to why.