noWAsharkcull crew take it to the EPA #100daysofblogging #day25

#noWAsharkcull crew at the EPA office in Perth.
Image via AAP, that’s me in the green hat and shiny suit.

Some #noWAsharkcull crew today visited the office of the Environment Protection Authority on St George’s Terrace, Perth.

The aim was to deliver a scroll of messages and a book of photos to Paul Vogel. The messages on the scroll came from both here in Western Australia and from others around the world, all calling for an end to the shark cull in WA.

The real aim was to get the campaign back in the media, and combined with yesterday’s media blow-up, it has worked. We got media for what really was just a few people with a desire to see the head of the EPA, who in my opinion absolutely should be meeting with environmental movements.

If the EPA won’t even meet with us, after we break all their records for public submissions, what does that say about them? Maybe they will, we have requested a meeting with Paul Vogel between now and July the 4th, while the Public Environmental Review is still open.

We will see what happens, maybe he will prove open to discussion about alternatives. 

Anyway, here’s a video of a chat we had with a reporter before going up to the EPA offices.

From my point of view, these are the main messages we wanted to deliver today:

1) The public should make their voice heard yet again, and submit reviews to the PER while it is open. The review closes on 7th of July, so get your reviews in NOW!

2) We will continue to fight clean but we want suppliers of bait, equipment or services for the purpose of undertaking the shark cull to know that we will be watching. If you are one of those, ask yourself, do you really want to be associated with the Shark Cull?

3) The gloves are now off. But that was not a threat to the Premier. We are dedicated to legal, non-violent action to stop the Government’s abhorrent cull. But we are not going away either. This issue will continue to follow Colin around until the day he ends it, and probably for some time afterward too.

I was proud of the crew who came down and the progress we have made over the last 5 months. We may not have stopped the cull yet, but we have sure built a movement that is capable of doing so. Just you wait.

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