The Wombat dilemma!!!

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.

Wombats Photo by Stephen Powell

A couple of potentially – alleged perpetrators.

Wombats Photo by Stephen Powell

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!

About Stephen Powell

Stephen has been an active environmentalist working in, field work, public speaking and lobbying at all levels of government. He has spoken at school and community gatherings as well as on radio. His comments on environmental issues have appeared in newspapers and newsletters. His work has attracted a number awards, which include Wildlife Art Society of Australasia & Best Flora or Fauna-Moomba Art Show. His passion shows in his works which are in demand for galleries and as private commissions. Training: Watercolour: ‘The Botanical Art School of Melbourne’ under the internationally acclaimed Jenny Crompton (Phillips) Oil: with the gifted wildlife artist Krystii Melaine. Drawing and field sketching: with Steve Morvell He takes classes and travelled to Mitchell School of Arts to take wildlife art workshops. And the Murrumbidgee School of Creative Arts in Wagga Wagga. McGregor School Uni Southern Queensland Toowoomba. Grafton to be added in 2011.
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