Saturday, November 14, 2009

The next day

I just posted a little while ago about the recent flooding in my area. Well I also said I was waiting for my batteries to recharge so I could get pictures today. Well here they are. These are about 28 hours later.


Sonja Newcombe said...

Looks familiar - we've had flooding in northern NSW this year. It has been bad enough to cut the Pacific Highway, which runs up the east coast from Sydney to Brisbane.

I noted you said the media weren't talking about it, and I'd be happy for that. They'd just turn it into some giant hoopla about climate change and the Greenies would get on their high horses and you'd never hear the end of it.

Danny said...

You may have a point about the Greenies.

Sonja Newcombe said...

They've been known to put fire hazard material (undergrowth, twigs, dead leaves etc) back onto cleared fire trails after the Rural Fire Service have been through here in Australia. It's part of why the Victorian Bushfires last year were so deadly, along with the horrid conditions.

I've also heard a lot from activists (not sure if the Greenies are involved or not) about culls of kangaroos here in Canberra in the past 18 months or so. Most recently, we had a cull of about 7,000 kangaroos from an area known as Majura. The road that runs through the valley (formerly a bombing range, now containing a vineyard, cattle properties, military live fire range, rifle range and pistol range) is known for the number of 'roos killed on it.

They often die horrid deaths as they tend to break their back legs or tail in the impact, leaving them unable to move, but still alive. I've also heard from several military men about how the kangaroos are accidentally killed when they arrive on the live fire range during training in any and all types of weapons. Being used to the loud sounds, they don't flee, and wind up getting hit before the order is acted on to halt firing (or in the case of the machine guns, it's usually already too late).

The area was estimated to be capable of sustaining some 3,000 kangaroos and estimates put the population at close to 9,000 and were threatening another endangered species.