But never did I realise the extent of the iconic status these birds had developed both within our community and visitors. The outpouring of dismay locally and from all over Australia via various commentary and the over 6000 signatures collected online (all available on record, but not accepted for tabling by HSC), all attest to the fact that this was a much-cherished and enjoyed flock.
Perhaps it was hoped that if the decision was pushed through, the deed expedited, officers instructed to not answer questions from community on timing, the destination of the geese and certainly not on the possibility of any delay or compromise, perhaps it would all just run its course and everyone would just move on. I would like to hope that ours is not a community for whom that is in any sense resolution.
I’ve done a fair bit of grieving over the past two weeks — primarily for the geese of Lake Daylesford who were friends to me and my family for three generations, as well as to much of the local community…
But probably my grief is fuelled even more by the associated loss of trust over a decision so hastily pushed through, with no transparency, no opportunity for input, a lack of respect for the local community and a clear lack of natural justice.
Meanwhile, feral foxes and cats roam, glyphosates continue to be used in the region and our creeks are overwhelmingly lined and in some cases are completely overgrown by noxious gorse and blackberry.
But these hapless geese, friends to many, not needing to be “rescued”, not listed as pests, nor as feral on any government lists, not mentioned in the HSC “biodiversity” plan, have gone…