The State Government needs to focus on the ever-growing problems of deer in the Nerang State Forest rather than side-swiping the issue, according to Gaven MP Dr Alex Douglas.
“To throw in incorrect accusations against me of making comments about deer affecting bilbies and blaming the media for wrong reports and confusion about deer is not doing anything about the increasing problems,” he said.
Dr Douglas asked the Environment Minister a question on notice in Parliament about the government’s plans to remove deer and could she guarantee they would be removed as a matter or urgency.
“The Minister’s statement grossly under-estimates the true problem of deer in Nerang State Forest and she is now blaming the media and myself for incorrect reports about deer.” he said.
“This is reckless and just not good enough in an answer to a legitimate question.
“It is reflective of not just a failed government but one that needs to ridicule anyone who dares challenge them.
“There is no doubt it has lost its ability to be proficient in responding to everyday issues.
“She also claims the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service has never received a single complaint from park neighbours or visitors including mountain bike riders and horse riders regarding deer in the park.
“This is nothing more than a convenient excuse for the Minister’s inability to handle a situation which is getting worse each week and one which I aired with an officer from the QPWS.
“The Minister should have listened to my speech in Parliament when I raised this problem.
“The Minister is now saying there have been no promises to remove deer and is also blaming landowners who are not committed to eradication.”