IT’S inevitable, as the population of the Hastings continues to grow, that our own activities will impact on local wildlife.
It is happening with koalas and it is happening with other animals – including those in the water.
It is impossibe to say exactly why the loggerhead turtle found in the Hastings River on the weekend died or even where it died.
The fact is, it was found in the Hastings River and it serves as a very morbid reminder of how our own day-to-day lives (and our recreational pursuits in particular) can impact on local flora and fauna.
While there is no reason to start imposing blanket bans on those pursuits which bring us so much joy, it is pointless to disregard their impacts or the need for reviews from time to time.
This is one of those times.
If the answer is as simple as a little education, the price –surely – cannot be considered too much to pay.