Thanks to the input of Martin, Matthew, Nicki,
Geoffrey, John L and Sandra I will send round the email I devised about the
Gang-Gang logo issue yesterday afternoon.
There has been quite a bit of action and reaction
since and simultaneously from several acknowledged local naturalists and
ecologists and the session on ABC's 666 Drive show after 5pm.
I will also forward a Media release from Shane
Rattenbury of the ACT Greens as it shows another valuable avenue of support for
those who know the Gang-Gang logo must be retained. This forwarding is in
relation to the logo issue and is not intended as a political statement of my
overall views or any intention to influence others.
Another comment that may be of interest &
revealed by Martin's posted link is "each state and territory still retains a
logo for their conservation agencies".
Please don't leave sending your views about
retaining the logo to others. Every individual letter, email or phonecall or
community groups' responses will be vital in this campaign to support the
retention of the Gang-Gang logo and show our support for the Parks
and Conservation Service personnel and their mission.
Biodiversity supporters and volunteers for
Some weeks ago I
mailed to some of you a series of points relating to the ACT Parks and
Conservation Service's Gang-Gang cockatoo logo.
This iconic logo was
under threat because the Hawke Review of the ACT Public Service recommended it
be discontinued as a cost-cutting measure. Most agencies, including PCS, would
instead utilise the TAMS logo.
I've received word
today that the Parks and Conservation Service is NOT listed as an ACT Government
agency that may retain and use its legendary Gang-Gang logo.
Some other agencies,
Arboretum, are allowed to retain their specific
PLEASE WOULD YOU
NOW SWING INTO ACTION BY PHONING-THROUGH YOUR DISAPPROVAL OF THIS DISCRIMINATORY
6205 0000 or email
Rattenbury 6205 0005
The Greens have already heard the news having been 'enlightened' via the
You already realise
that the Parks and Conservation Service and any programs that relate to land
management and the retention and care of the ACT's open spaces and reserves have
borne and continue to bear the brunt of any "cost-cutting" measures that ACT
Governments can get away with. I feel this latest "cost-cutting measure" is also
a direct insult to those who maintain natural areas or volunteer in that role.
The "environment" is once-again being treated with contempt and as
I believe reference
to the loss of the logo will be made on the ABC's Drive show this
afternoon if you receive this in time to
Your phonecall or
email doesn't need to be lengthy. The quantity of calls is
probably more vital than detail at this stage. However some additional points
- The Gang-Gang logo
has been the symbol of ACT Nature Park, Reserve and National Park
management for over 30 years. (The logo's design was altered only a few years
ago when the previous threat of extinction was fought)
- The Gang-Gang logo
is widely recognised throughout the community. This recognition includes
respect, support and appreciation.
- Rangers who wear
the logo have the responsibility of caring for Ngunnawal lands. This factor
adds to the respect that should be accorded.
- The Gang-Gang is
the faunal emblem of the ACT and is widely recognised interstate as
representing the highly-regarded contribution our Parks Service makes
in land-management and wildlife care Australia-wide.
- For years the
advertising industry has successfully campaigned to enslave consumers to their
clients' brands. The move to ban the Gang-Gang logo flies in the face of
established business-logic especially when taxpayers' money has been expended
on 30 years promoting our ACT environment's brand.
- Removing the logos
from rangers' vehicles, signs, equipment, stationery, fire-fighting vehicles
will cost thousands of dollars at a time when such money should be spend on
- The Parks and
Conservation Service needs a distinctive logo in recognition of its role in
managing 70% of the ACT's land area, its being a professional,
essential bushfire management agency, it protects the region's water
security and manages unique ecosystems...with the help of countless volunteers
who also wear the badged-logo with pride and
Sorry this is so
long...my collar is overheated again! Disapproving calls from
over-the-border are very welcome! Please ask a favour of your