MEDIA RELEASE: 300 Waubra voices left unheard
Residents of the small Western Victorian town of Waubra have expressed their disappointment at not getting a formal response to the petition they sent to a group using the town’s name to lobby against wind farms.
A petition containing 316 signatures, including 179 from the local area, was delivered to the Waubra Foundation last Thursday, calling for them to drop the name Waubra from the foundation’s name. While the foundation’s CEO, Sarah Laurie referred to the petition this week on radio, a direct response from the foundation was not received by the requested deadline, Tuesday, 12th November.
“The Waubra community is passionate to have our name back and we’re very determined to see this process through,” said local resident, Karen Molloy.
After such a groundswell of support from the Waubra community, we’re disappointed at the lack of a formal response from the Foundation to our request.
“People in the town have been asking how the petition is going and whether we’ve had any success getting our name back. We’ve even found more people who wanted to sign the petition.
The residents group who collected the petition met this week to discuss their next steps.
“We understand the foundation has their next meeting in mid-December and we very much hope the directors acknowledge the community’s strong concerns about the damage being done to the town’s name,” said resident Margaret McDonald.
“We hope the foundation will respect the community’s wishes and drop our name from its title,” concluded Ms McDonald.