Some of you may have read my articles on the Southern NSW town of Finley and the war memorial hall threatening, puppy factory loving council they are unfortunate enough to be a part of, Berrigan Shire Council. If not, I have dedicated a category to them on my site now as there appears to be a never ending stream on controversy surrounding them.
Well, the carry on regarding the War Memorial Hall continues unabated.
Before I come to that however, a word of warning to anyone planning on visiting the town, you may want to take some bottled water.
You see the puppy farm being operated by Pam Edwards without any kind of council permit sits right next to the water channel that is a town water supply. With approximately 40-50 breeding dogs plus any puppies all that dog waste invariably ends up somewhere. With no adequate means of disposing such a large amount of dog faeces there are legitimate concerns that particularly in heavy rain that contaminants could end up in the water supply. I have queried this matter with Berrigan Shire Council and as of publication they have failed to respond.
I have also queried Berrigan Shire Council on why Pam Edwards has been able to have significantly large sheds constructed with dog runs clearly to house dogs without any kind of building permit as others are expected to do. Council so far have also refused to respond to these queries. It would seem a free pass is given to puppy farmers in Berrigan Shire.
However a free pass is not given to all in the Shire, oh no.
One such person is John Carr, who is the owner and manager of the local Betta Electrical store, a well-respected, above-board, tax paying, local employing, registered and legitimate business unlike the one mentioned above.
Mr Carr is also the owner of the building that you may have seen me post a picture of previously, if not here it is again below.
Mr Carr received a letter from Berrigan Shire Council claiming that the painting on the structure was akin to environmental damage and the structure should be repainted.
Excellent environmental standards in Berrigan Shire:
Dog faeces washed into water supply = environmental tick
Painting structure to protect memories of fallen soldiers = environmental havoc
Mr Carr was threatened with a fine of up to $110,000 if he refused to paint over what was there.
Mr Carr has a democratic right to protest and Berrigan Shire have chosen to breach this well-respected local’s human rights by forcing him to alter the face of his property. There is no doubt that this was a peaceful protest, the only hand raised in this protest was holding a paint brush.
The letter came from Berrigan Councils Development Manager Laurie Stevens who has been one of the most vocal from council’s management seeking to make Finley’s War Memorial Hall nothing but a memory.
As for the man who heads the committee to look after the hall, Ross Whittaker, he is also the man leading the charge for its destruction, which some may see as a conflict of interest, not Rossco though.
Whittaker on his Facebook page had two women make comment when he made a comment re one of my articles. One woman wanted to have a shot at how “discussing” my article was, which is great because a discussion is what I was hoping to start and the other claiming I was paid to write it.
Firstly I don’t receive a cent for writing these articles, I occasionally receive a donation but have certainly not received one from anybody in Finley or Berrigan Shire. I made the six-hour round trip on my own finances.
The only ones being actually paid to write articles are your local paper, and funnily enough they always back what is probably their largest advertising client, Berrigan Shire Council. As we’ve seen, the cadet reporter Sophie Burge couldn’t be arsed making a five-minute trip to ensure her facts are straight. She’d rather just take the word of council who we can see are less than transparent.
As for the woman making the comment, Sarah Gleeson, she is the daughter of the aforementioned puppy farmer Pam Edwards.
One again I’d like to thank Matt Hams from the puppy factory Banksia Park Puppies for bringing his family and this council to my attention by his actions.
These people and their council truly have no shame.Follow @madwixxy