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.