Letters to the editor

With thanks

My wife and I would like to thank the ambulance officers, the attending police officer and funeral staff for their efforts and professionalism last Wednesday after the sudden loss of our longtime friend.

Their sensitivity at a difficult time was greatly appreciated.

Doug Pearson, Dalmeny

Dogs on beaches

Government is bureaucratic by nature, which means most important decisions are taken by employed officials, rather than elected representatives.

That is the case with the proposed amendments to the Eurobodalla Animal Management Plan. At the consultations it was clear the bureaucrats had adopted the traffic light system:  a green sign would mean dogs could roam free 24 hours per day. Amber would mean they were banned from 9am to 5pm from November until the end of April, but could have access between 5pm and 9am during those months and from May to March. Red would mean dogs were banned entirely.

This system was promoted by consultants, retained at great expense, and accepted because it is easy to manage. That it takes no account of the amenity of an area area is irrelevant. Why would Rosedale be treated the same as Batehaven, Denhams Beach or Surf beach? Rosedale is deserted for 10-and-a-half months of the year, apart from the few permanent residents.

The bureaucrats recommended banning dogs from half of Rosedale’s combined beaches year round and effectively banning them for six months of the year for the remaining half - despite the opposition of 83 per cent of Rosedale respondents. In Rosedale, amber signs are all that are needed and should only apply for the summer holidays and Easter. Red signs are draconian and unnecessary. I’m sure the same applies to Guerrilla and Mystery bays.

The council charges some of the highest rates in the State for areas such as Rosedale, because of the amenity it offers, yet does its best to reduce that amenity.

Councillors: you are elected to preserve our amenity. If you fall at the feet of the bureaucrats you do so at your own political peril. Let us enjoy our home with our dogs.

Patrick Williams, Rosedale

Forest of fish?

What’s fishing got to do with forestry?

The logging of Corunna Forest is not just about trees removed for timber and woodchips exported to Japanese paper mills.

Scientific studies including the Eurobodalla Shire Council Coastal Lakes Enquiry, the Healthy Rivers Commission by the NSW Government, and PhD research by Daniel Spooner indicate restrictions on Forestry won’t protect the fragile ecosystems in Corunna and Tilba lakes.

A quote from Daniel Spooner: “Coastal lakes are considered one of the most highly productive systems on earth, and both Corunna and Nangudga Lake have relatively high TN and TP concentrations that are commonly associated with relatively high phytoplankton biomasses. During summer 2002,Tilba Lake (10 km from Corunna Lake) experienced fish kills that were attributed to a three-month long algal bloom that consisted of blue green algae (Anabena sp.) and unidentified green algae. More recently, (autumn 2003) various agencies have revealed the algal species Prorocentrum cordatum (potentially toxic to shellfish and the species has been linked to human symptoms such as gastrointestinal disorders, headache, feebleness and dizziness) and Hetenosigma akashiwo (potentially toxic to fish causing gills clogging and damage) were present in Wallaga Lake.”

The reasons not to log Corunna Forest outweigh the reasons to log. Can we afford to allow this habitat to be logged when we are experiencing climate change and losing our bio-diversity at a rate greater than most countries?

John Ramsay, Corunna Forest Protection Group

BEACH BARNEY: The issue of dogs on beaches polarises residents. Now is the time to have your say.

BEACH BARNEY: The issue of dogs on beaches polarises residents. Now is the time to have your say.