Public supports Parkhurst
JENNIFER Parkhurst’s phone has been ringing non-stop since she was sentenced to a suspended jail term and fined $40,000 for feeding dingoes on Fraser Island.
Dozens of people have offered support to the 43-year-old photographer, buoying her during one of her most difficult times.
“The penalty was really severe,” she said.
“If DERM wanted to send a message, they’ve really done the trick there. I’ll spend the rest of my life paying it off.
“I definitely need a break. I need a few days to chill.”
Parkhurst said she had been through the most stressful time of her life since her Rainbow Beach home was raided last year and her camera and computer equipment seized.
She pleaded guilty to 46 charges of feeding and interfering with the dingoes, and admits she did the wrong thing by breaking the law.
“It’s not something I would condone,” she said.
“I would never have done it if I hadn’t had that negative influence of my ex-partner.”
But once she had developed what she calls a “deep attraction” for a pack of dingoes on Fraser Island, she found herself in a difficult situation.
Parkhurst believed they were hungry. So she fed them.
“I’ll never be able to see those animals again,” she said, referring to the dingoes who were killed by rangers on the island.
“I miss them. They were like part of my family.
“I wouldn’t want to risk going back during the term of the suspended sentence and coming back into contact with the dingoes.”
Parkhurst plans to do further university study and write a book.
“I will do what I can to support the dingoes and do what I can for the conservation effort on Fraser Island,” she said.
“The last 15 months have been horrific.”