'Narooma Bridge traffic hazard': Letters to the editor

ACTION NEEDED: An accident at the Centenary Drive turn-off occurred in wet weather in 2015. A reader wants safety changes now. Photo: JoAnne Nitsche.
ACTION NEEDED: An accident at the Centenary Drive turn-off occurred in wet weather in 2015. A reader wants safety changes now. Photo: JoAnne Nitsche.

Narooma Bridge traffic hazard

I am horrified that over the 18 yrs I have lived in Narooma, no action has been taken to resolve the terrible hazard on the north side of the bridge .

There are major hazards in both directions.

Going north, the warning of the right turn just around the bend is pathetic and numerous crashes occur from drivers driving too close and/or too fast. At least limit speed to 20km/h and a few signs all around the corner would massively help. I now drive at 20 to ensure I can stop if a right-turning car has stopped and to ensure some goon on my tail does not shunt me, as obviously happens so often.

Cars going north and turning come straight around the corner and cross the road without any real judgement of risk.

If the authorities cannot or will not cut the hill rise on the western side and straighten the bend and increase visibility then, in the interest of basic road safety, the signage and speed limits are needed NOW.

I would also suggest they should consider eliminating the ability to make a right turn and force drivers to go to the next right at the Kianga turn.

If nothing is done a major horror accident is almost certain.

Neil Ferguson, Narooma

Response to 'illegal bushfire on Tebbs Rd'

When a publication fails to fact-check it diminishes its relevance to its readers.

I am a direct neighbour of this "illegal burn" and at no time thought there to be any irresponsible action by the owner.

These piles had been drying for nearly two years, waiting for a perfect opportunity to be burned.

The recent rain provided this and to wait for "approval" by one of the many self-proclaimed authorities/ experts would have meant missing the opportunity and having the fuel load remain. We were "on our own" when the bushfires were around us, so please don't preach to us when we manage our situations.

As for needing so many resources to put it out? It rained for another two days, which was predicted and the existing containment lines that had already been put in place did their job. Two water carts were available along with a large tractor to push the piles up. Yes, fire control should have been told to avoid confusion, but please don't sensationalise what was a responsible burn.

Craig de Somerville, Narooma

Nothing sweet about a pandemic

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and Diabetes Australia are urging Australians living with diabetes to look after their health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The updated edition of Management of type 2 diabetes: A handbook for general practice (Diabetes Handbook) provides GPs and other health professionals with new information on issues including early-onset type 2 diabetes, the use of technology in helping people with diabetes, how to best to manage type 2 diabetes in older people and the impact of diabetes on mental health.

People with diabetes need to keep a close watch on their condition and should consult with their GP regularly. Anyone with diabetes symptoms, including fatigue, urinating often and heightened thirst, should consult their GP right away.

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in many people delaying or avoiding a trip to the GP. Video and telephone consultations are available.

The number of people with type 2 diabetes is growing and this can probably be attributed to rising overweight and obesity rates and an ageing population. The number of Australians aged 65 and over is expected to more than double by 2057 and about 15 per cent of this population are currently living with type 2 diabetes. Within 20 years those with type 2 diabetes could rise to more than 2.5 million.

RACGP President Dr Harry Nespolon