Letters to the editor - August 9, 2017

BOWLS DAY: Members of the Dalmeny Deviates are keen to hear your stories as a 40th birthday looms.

BOWLS DAY: Members of the Dalmeny Deviates are keen to hear your stories as a 40th birthday looms.

Deviates celebrate 40 years!

The Dalmeny Deviates are creaking back into action with their big bowls day coming up on at Club Narooma on Sunday, September 24. But the big news is that next year will be the 40th anniversary of the fateful day when they laced on the Dunlop volleys for their first game of touch football.

Lots of interesting things have happened in those years and to celebrate them, the Deviates will be having a 40th Birthday Ball at Narooma Golf Club next October.

In preparation, an attempt is being made to record the history of the team. All the football, fun runs, cricket matches and bus trips to distant pubs need to be recorded or no-one will believe it 20 years from now.  In addition there are the charity evenings, working bees and golf and bowls days which have helped out many organisations around town and raised many thousands of dollars for clubs and town projects.

Various plans are afoot, but the Deviates need all past players, supporters, friends and even enemies to help us record what on earth actually went on.  Many memories are blurry at best or enhanced by years of retelling so we would like all Deviates with something to say, which is most of them, to meet at the Dalmeny Bowling Club on Monday, August 28, at 7pm, to help sort out the truth, or at least a passable version of it.

Please bring along your favourite events or memories, if possible written down, spelling doesn't matter much. Also bring along any good photos that have survived, preferably scanned onto a USB stick – look it up if needed.  Spread the word to other Deviates and bring them along. 

Bob Burnside

Dalmeny Deviates

All about equality

Surely, equal people, equal rights, equal love - is not all that hard to understand? 

As Oscar Wilde said: "Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and a richness to life that nothing else can bring. Who, being loved, is poor?" 

I ask everyone of those Members and Senators of the Parliament who are opposed to granting equal marriage how they'd feel if they were not allowed by law to marry the person they love.

Andrew Catsaras

Narooma

Recycling – does it work?

The Boomerang Alliance of 47 groups has called for three urgent reforms following revelations in last night’s 4 Corners program on the waste and recycling industry. The combination of the absence of support for recycled content in products; slack enforcement by regulators and no landfill levy in Queensland – has created a perfect storm threatening the crucial environmental and economic gains from recycling.

Environment ministers and regulators need to be far more effective in the use of their enforcement powers.  NSW in particular moves too slowly and appears to tolerate shoddy practices for far too long.  They allow cheap dumpers to push recyclers out of the market and this prevents the rapid transition to reuse of resources and results in lost opportunities to create jobs and environment protection. NSW has the legal powers and the Minister should order an urgent review of how they are being applied. 

It is essential that government and businesses require recycled content in their purchasing contracts for roads, construction materials, packaging and other items.  Australia could be far more self-sufficient in resources and have a bigger manufacturing sector if we had a stronger domestic market for recyclables.  There would for example, be a larger market for recycled glass in roadworks and construction sand. Container deposit schemes will improve the quality of glass drink bottles in the recycling stream and open up more conversion to bottles. 

Jeff Angel

Boomerang Alliance director

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