Boardriders on board in Fight for Bight: Letters to the editor

Dalmeny Boardriders join Fight for the Bight 

Dalmeny Boardriders is set to join community, environmental and sporting groups from all around the country by hosting a Paddle Out protesting against Norwegian company Equinor's application to drill oil in Australia's Great Australian Bight.

Recently NOPSEMA (National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority) have given Equinor 21 days to answer concerns about its ability to prevent and manage potential oil spills, and how it proposes to protect the diverse marine life in the Bight.

This has left many coast-lovers concerned about the potential environmental impact, should Equinor get the go ahead from the Commonwealth Statutory Agency.

In Narooma many of us have a deep felt gratitude to have such beautiful coastline and oceans, which is why we did not hesitate to jump on board and join in the National Day Of Action to Fight For The Bight.

So many people from our community enjoy our coast, visitors come from all around the world, and many of our community rely on our coastlines for recreation or livelihood.

This is for anyone, you don't have to be a surfer, come out on a kayak, sailboard, boogie board, whatever but keep it safe, or show your support on the beach.

Meet at 9.30 on Saturday morning for a 10am start at Kianga Beach. Look for the Dalmeny Boardriders Tent. BYO signs,T-shirts and something to paddle on. Wear sunscreen, a hat, and bring water

Dalmeny Boardriders

'Last word ever spoken?'

The current disaster events across Australia have brought me to realization that I, like many, have been too complacent about how much trust has been vested in our political and financial leaders, of many persuasions, at the expense of our communities and finite resources.

It is a sad indictment on the legacy that we leave for our children and future generations.

One thing that hit me between the eyes this weekend was listening to a 1960s song by Roger Whittaker - especially: "And the sun's too hot at noon... Will the golden flower wither and die... Will the fire burn out the land ... Will the last word ever spoken be why? ... Someones lost the plan..."

Someone needs to find the plan. Especially when some $27 million of taxpayers' money, and allocation of some 100 personnel, have been spent on re-establishing a refugee centre at Christmas Island to house a family of two adults and two children.

Would not that be better employed providing a refugee centre for genuine and needy refugees from our fire devastated regions, or a mobile refugee centre for future natural disasters?

We could also get lucky and have our leaders address the cause of the dire and disastrous situations faced by so many - climate change is real and is happening now!

John Vilskersts, Tuross Head

'Just get on with it'

Regarding 'Bega not perfect': Planners say they want to get new Eurobodalla Shire hospital 'right', (Narooma News online).

You can't rush these things! Over two years since the ACI review of critical care and perioperative services recommending improvement to these services. Over 12 months since a promise of a new hospital and immediate improvements to Accident and Emergency and Critical Care Services.

The problems with South East Regional Hospital Bega were not due to the Clinical Services Plan, but with documented lack of leadership and governance by executive and management as identified by the Reid report. History repeats when there is no leadership or governance due to the lack of continuity and effectiveness of executive management. As the French say: "Deja vu."

The community of the Eurobodalla has petitioned for delivery of a level 4 regional hospital and immediate improvements in services. Just get on with it!

Dr Michael Holland, Moruya

ON BOARD: A recent Dalmeny Boardriders event. The group has decided to join a protest against proposed drilling in the Great Australian Bight.

ON BOARD: A recent Dalmeny Boardriders event. The group has decided to join a protest against proposed drilling in the Great Australian Bight.