Over 300 friends and supporters of Mikey the Powerful Owl and his friends turned out at Sunday’s public rally at Byles Creek Valley Beecroft, pictured above. They included Epping MP Damien Tudehope, Hornsby Deputy Mayor Clr Michael Hutchence and Greens MP David Shoebridge. They resolved to request Hornsby Council and NSW State Government to “acquire and protect in perpetuity the iconic bushland of Byles Creek Valley at 79-87 Malton Road” Beecroft. TWT on-the-spot PHOTO. 

Large crowd at Help Save
Mikey & Friends habitat

Over 300 people attended last Sunday’s Help Save Mikey & Friends habitat public rally at Byles Creek Beecroft.

Epping MP Damien Tudehope attended but declined to speak although Greens MLC David Shoebridge spoke in favour and a letter was read from Shadow Minister for Environment and Heritage Penny Sharpe.

Hornsby Deputy Mayor Michael Hutchence and Councillors Tilbury and Browne also attended but did not ask to speak although numerous other community group representatives and residents spoke including Michael Bianchino who gave an impassioned speech and song and former resident James Stanton-Cooke.

Emma Heyde was a competent master of ceremonies.

Byles Creek Valley Union secretary Robyn Smith said she was disappointed Mr Tudehope declined to speak and state publicly that he will support the community in working with Council to ensure maximum penalties are imposed if breaches of LEC orders have occurred.

But she hoped he and the Councillors will support the push to both Council and State  Government to acquired the disputed land “as it appears now to  be blatantly clear this is the only way this precious parcel of bushland can be conserved and protected as has been the recommendation from numerous experts for 60 years”.

Robyn Smith has written to The Weekly Times to “again say thank you for your front page cover story concerning the clearing and last Sunday’s public meeting degrading 78-87 Malton Road Beecroft”.