On Saturday, 7th January I received a distressed phone call from an Elermore Vale resident who wishes to remain anonymous for obvious reasons, namely due to possible retribution for coming forward with this shocking information.
In the early hours of Saturday morning, fire fighters rushed to Elermore Vale Shopping car park to extinguish a car fire. The fire brigade stumbled across a mutilated brushed tailed wallaby. The disfigured Wallaby had its throat cut and also had its tongue cut off. The mutilated wallaby lay near a loading dock of Elermore Vale shopping centre.
Word spread quickly throughout Elermore Vale about the mutilated wallaby found in Elermore Vale shopping centre car park. Even though the attack took place in the early hours of the morning many curious residents went to the car park to verify this most heinous act of cruelty.
I have also received other phone calls verifying this most cruel act. The residents I have spoken to believe the mutilated wallaby was a possible revenge attack for the recent attack on the Wallsend mosque by drunken teenagers however there is no evidence to support this claim.
Tensions are high in the Elermore Vale community due to the mega-mosque proposal. Local residents have consistently opposed construction of the mosque in Elermore Vale. So far the Newcastle Council has received over 1,390 submissions and ALL were opposed to the mosque proposal.
In August 2011 the JRPP decision refused a development application for the construction of the mosque. The main reasons for refusal of the proposed development were traffic congestion, insufficient car parking spaces and noise. It is obvious it is not only traffic congestion that worries the local community.
The JRPP decision will be challenged in the Land and Environment Court on the 23rd and 24th February in Newcastle.
Many Elermore Vale residents allege those who seek revenge motivated this act. Some residents went further and said the mutilated wallaby and in particular cutting of the throat and tongue could be seen as a sign to the local community to ‘shut up’.
The vocal Elermore Vale residents’ opposition to the foreign funded mosque encourages us all to remain resilient in the face of violence and intimidation.
According to reliable local sources the Newcastle Police have reviewed CCTV footage. Hopefully the footage will be made public and reveal the perpetrators of the heinous act of butchery of an Australian native animal.
Police are investigating the gruesome crime. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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