Narawntapu National Park.
It may well be that we’ve been in tasi to long but we found this pretty amusing! A walking track winds its way across a currently grassy flood plain adjacent to a lake in Narawntapu National Park. An area approximately 1 sq K with one track. A single bridge was put in place to allow walkers to traverse a low area when the plains are flooded. Enter the wombat. With a vast area to dig a burrow it chose smack bang in the middle of the track one pace of the end of the bridge!
Our amusement at its position lead to extrapolation into the Parks Wombat Dilemma!
- Health and safety implications for walkers.
- If someone taking the designated path stepped of the bridge, down the hole and snapped something vital. What would the headlines scream? The witch hunt that would follow.
- Insurance implications given they were aware of said hole and did nothing.
- Make a sign. Put up warning tapes.
- What about the guidelines on the parks infrastructure and its impact on the wildlife.
- What to do? Move the wombat. Move the bridge?
- Call a meeting with representatives for the conflicting imperatives. A white paper. Wide ranging discussion on what to do going forward. Copies to all who attend and to various levels of management to spread the blame if disaster happens
- In the mean time the bodies pile up the entrance to wombat house.
A couple of potentially – alleged perpetrators.
The Wombat Federation Members are lock step in opposition to any action to move their house.
Steve Powell: reporting from Wombat hollow Tasmania.
Medication may help if they can catch me!