Letters to the editor - October 18, 2017

BONNETS UP: Just some of the classic early Ford Falcons on display at Narooma's NATA Oval on Sunday, a highlight of the nationals car show. Photo Laurelle Pacey
BONNETS UP: Just some of the classic early Ford Falcons on display at Narooma's NATA Oval on Sunday, a highlight of the nationals car show. Photo Laurelle Pacey

Successful event

The Classic Falcon Owners Club of NSW hosted the 18th Early Falcon Nationals in Narooma over the weekend, with a special show day on NATA Oval on Sunday. 

Most early Falcon models were represented in the 105 Falcons on show. 

Narooma Rotary was selected to cater the event with food and refreshments. 

Narooma was chosen for the club’s national event because we holidayed here a couple of years ago and loved the place.

The event went smoothly and thanks to all the local businesses who supported the event, in particular Club Narooma and Pete from Narooma Motors.

The Classic Falcon Owners Club of NSW caters for people who own and share a passion for the restoration and preservation of the classic 1960-1966 XK XL XM XP Ford Falcon. 

The club is open to owners of daily drivers, concourse quality and modified Falcons. 

We are a family-friendly club dedicated to the enthusiast that enjoys weekend outings to places of interest within Sydney and NSW areas. 

Darren Trew and Narelle Galea

Classic Falcon Owners Club founding members

Pitch for ‘sensible’ camping reform

When we launched our national land-sharing website in the Eurobodalla in 2013 we had no idea it would change the way people enjoy the outdoors.

We hadn’t heard of the share economy. We weren’t tech-savvy city hipsters. We just loved gathering with friends and family beside a fire on our 100-acres.

Our idea was simple – allow travelers to connect with farmers and landholders to camp on private land – some of the most beautiful places in Australia. 

Travelers enjoy the outdoors with less crowds and more flexible rules, such as being able to bring pets and horses. Landholders can drought-proof their properties, earning an income despite the vagaries of the climate.

What we had no idea of was how complex and inconsistent the regulation of private land camping is. 

In NSW, primitive camping legislation gives landholders a framework under which they can apply to their local government for approval to have travellers stay.

There is also an exemption that allows people to camp on private land for a limited number of nights per year, but does not allow landholders to charge fees.

Some councils welcomed Youcamp with open arms, allowing landholders to apply for a permit, and be approved in a sensible and low-cost manner. 

Most, including the Eurobodalla, are still not sure what to do with a website like ours.

Land sharing is a win-win for campers and for landholders. 

It’s an idea whose time has come and it is time for councils and governments of all levels to apply sensible regulation and make it easy rather than hard. 

The worst situation of all is to block their eyes and ears and hope the share economy goes away. 

James Woodford 

Youcamp

Vulnerable drown in debt

More and more Australians are falling into the vicious cycle of debt, feeling forced to max out credit cards, take out very expensive loans or take on consumer leases when they are in financially desperate situations.

These band-aid solutions only exacerbate problem. Housing affordability and cost of living pressures are also having an adverse effect on our clients. It is harder for people to keep their heads above water. Anyone under financial pressure should seek the help of a free and confidential community financial counsellor. This is safer than risky borrowing or seeking help from a commercial provider.

Visit salvos.org.au/moneycare or call 1800 007 007.

Tony Devlin

Salvation Army

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