Friends of Grasslands
supporting native grassy ecosystems
PO Box 987
Civic Square ACT 2608
Phone: 02 62.. ....
From: Kimberi Pullen
Sent: Wednesday, August 01, 2007 10:59 PM
Subject: Letter to the editor
John K. Layton (The Canberra Times, 1 August) is entitled to feel outraged that 'some rare reptile or precious plant' could threaten a new housing estate. To him they are obstacles, but their plight is genuine. Whether we 'discover' them at West Macgregor now, or already knew they were there, does not change that. Native grasslands have been built upon, grazed out, ploughed under, sown over or become covered in weeds, leaving only remnants intact. If some of us say those remnants, and their native grasses, flowers and small creatures really are precious, we are not being sarcastic.
President, Friends of Grasslands