Letters to the editor - October 25, 2017

Dancers support

Djaadjawan Dancers at the traditional Aboriginal dance competition held in Sydney at the Opera House. Photo courtesy of Joseph Mayers

Djaadjawan Dancers at the traditional Aboriginal dance competition held in Sydney at the Opera House. Photo courtesy of Joseph Mayers

The Montague Art and Craft Society (MACS) has been very supportive of Djaadjawan Dancers, the well-known, all-women's traditional Aboriginal dance group based here in Narooma.

We were established in 2014 and have traveled interstate exhibiting artworks and showcasing song and dance from the Yuin Nation.

In the past two years, the dancers have entered a traditional Aboriginal dance competition held in Sydney at the Opera House.

MACS has supported us through projects,creative art, work placements and with the designing of the dancers’ outfits for the internationally known Dance Rites competition.

We are aware that there might be some amalgamations between MACS and the Men’s Shed in regards to productive space.

We proudly support MACS. They are all very talented artists and having this opportunity to utilise the space at the men's shed, they will be very productive and gain business growth.

Djaadjawan Dancers has several major projects coming up and we will be needing the assistance and creativity of MACS, as we have in the past.

Sharon Mason

Djaadjawan Dancers artistic director

Fresh quotes please

The mayor has a video on Eurobodalla Shire Council’s Facebook page, attempting to justify her position in the face of growing opposition to the proposal for a second-rate aquatic centre without a 50 metre pool.

Why would the council want people to travel to Narooma for carnivals and events when the opportunity exists to build a fantastic centre in the Bay for generations to come? The draft Aquatic Strategy says the life of the six-lane Narooma pool is problematic, yet it is to be the chosen venue for carnivals. What size will it be replaced with in the not too distant future?

The council has relied on the advice of one interstate consultant. Please insist on competitive quotes before committing us to an inferior and overpriced development.

Jeff de Jager

Coila

Narooma – Nature Coast or outpost of the NRA?

Eurobodalla residents may think of Huntfest as a local event, but it actually links Narooma to the ever-growing financial and political interests of powerful national and international gun lobbyists.

Huntfest is now advertised as the “SSAA NSW Huntfest”.

The SSAA (Sporting Shooters Association of Australia)  has strong links to the National Rifle Association (NRA), which wields enormous political power in the United States.

In August the SSAA said: “As the firearms amnesty continues, our counterparts at the NRA Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) have put together a piece on Australia’s “gun turn-in”, reiterating our claims that criminals do not hand in their illicit wares. The NRA-ILA also credited the SSAA for securing the ability to register or sell firearms as part of the amnesty, in turn saving many firearms from the scrap heap.”

On October 20, NSW Police released the findings of the recent gun amnesty. Nearly 10,000 firearms and items were surrendered. Also, 13,729 firearms were handed in for registration and 2101 were acquired by dealers.

There are 15,830 firearms in circulation that, theoretically, should have been destroyed, thanks to the influence of the SSAA.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald (October 7, 2017) in 2015, the SSAA in NSW reported an income of $2.4 million, with assets of $7.2 million. Some of that wealth supported the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party at state and federal elections.

The party now holds three NSW Parliamentary seats and has significant leverage over the state government.

Do we want them on our Nature Coast?

Stop Arms Fairs in Eurobodalla Inc

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