birding-aus Lost causes ??

Subject: birding-aus Lost causes ??
From: "David Geering"<>
Date: Mon, 15 Feb 1999 09:05:31 +1000

Nigel Stirpin wrote
"How's this for a tough law proposal...unless you are growing
for commercial or subsistence reasons (eg: herbs, vegetables, etc) you are
only allowed to plant native species on YOUR OWN PROPERTY?
If your argument against this is "that its my property and I'll do what a
like"...well it affects things outside of your own property and you cannot
undertake activities which affect external areas (from simple things such
as incinerator usage to loud music late at night to pumping Benzine into a
local river). Please don't respond with a smart allek comment that we might
as well knock down all the houses Australia wide and replace them with
trees, so as to justify you doing nothing at all.
Furthermore, the native plants planted should be indigenous to that area,
although this could be difficult to implement, unless plants are
specifically labelled as such."
This is all very nice and idealistic but we live in a real world.  There is
no doubt a massive weed problem, particular but not only in urban parks,
that must be addressed. There have been a few positive suggestions about
how this might be addressed.  However I feel that your dictatorial approach
is doomed.  The gardening industry is HUGE.  Where do you propose we start?
The same could be said, and is said, about cats.  Unless you are a
registered breeder you're cat should be desexed.  We are, possibly, slowing
moving down this path and I whole-heartedly support this move.  You can't
ban cats (as much I would like to) because there is just to much support
for them as pets.  You only have to listen to 3LO (Melbourne ABC) on a
Saturday morning to hear Hugh Worth of the RSPCA occasionally ranting and
raving about new cat-free housing developments to realise that this is a
mine field.
I suggest that what you are proposing might be achievable if we were
starting from scratch in a new environment but fear that, even then, you
would fail.  Tis human nature to alter your environment I'm afraid.
David Geering

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