Play ball, not candidate
Driving north over Batemans Bay Bridge it was disappointing to see two election corflutes for the Country Labor candidate for Bega Leanne Atkinson were vandalised.
Someone had sprayed grey paint over Leanne’s face. People may have different and strongly held views about public policy, the different priorities and values of a political party, but to resort to vandalism reflects on the vandals not, in this case, Leanne Atkinson or Country Labor. Let’s play the ball, not the woman/man!
ALP Batemans Bay Branch
What about us?
Children all over the world protest to display their disappointment about the governments' lack of action against climate change.
On March 15, thousands of students across the globe, including many from Moruya High School will leave the classroom and make those in charge listen their demands on climate change.
“We are doing this because nobody else is doing anything’’ said Ella Wilden, of year 8.
At 1:35 the young protesters will be accompanied by concerned members of the community. Together they will walk down to the council chambers and present a letter with a list of important demands.
“It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment,’’Ansel Adams said.
As students we are all very concerned about what our future holds. The problem is that we don’t get to vote but we have to live with the consequences. The IPCC report states that “every bit of warming matters” and, like it or not that includes you.
Moruya High School
Andrew Constance campaign launch
I was shocked to see Mayor Liz Innes launch Liberal MP Andrew Constance's campaign for the NSW State election.
Councillor Innes was elected as an independent.
Since when do independents launch campaigns for major political parties?
Councillor Innes must be honest with rate payers and voters about her political allegiances.
We have a right to know.
Road issues in Eurobodalla Shire
My family and I are still on our L plates as members of the local community; having moved here 15 months ago.
The beautiful environment, the people and country way of life are all things we have quickly fallen in love with.
One dark cloud hanging over this area is the state of the Princes Highway.
My concerns are for all road users, but particularly my family as we regularly travel from Berry to Eden for sport, to my students who drive to school and to all those students on buses.
Like the Pacific Highway and Hume Highway required in the past, the Princes Highway today urgently needs attention, from Ulladulla to the border. An improved road will open up business opportunities, be so much safer and efficient movement of people and goods is considerably more environmentally friendly.
I applaud the strong position taken in this space by Bega MP Andrew Constance. After writing this letter I will write to both federal parties urging them to get behind the 80/20 funding model for the Princess Highway. I just hope that it won’t take many tragedies for the politicians to move. Please join me and send a letter to Canberra.
Fishers welcome news on ‘no take zones’
It is with great relief that fishers received the news from Bega MP Andrew Constance's media release of February 28 which indicates several "no take zones" at the southern end of the Batemans Marine Park have been fast tracked for consultation and hopefully reclassified to allow recreational fishing in two months or so.
These zones were originally adopted in 2006 when the Labor Government, aided by the Greens, simply drew lines on maps to satisfy their requirement of 20 per cent fishing closures for the Batemans Marine Park. In particular the Nangudga Inlet "no take zone" has banished prawn fishing for families for the past 13 years, with absolutely no scientific or conservation outcome.
Those with a long memory may remember the huge fish kill in January 2010, simply due to the intransigence of the (then) Marine Parks Authority that was extensively reported in the Narooma News at that time.
It is pleasing to see the government is following principles laid out by the Marine Estate Management Authority’s pursuit of identifying, and rectifying, sources of pollution and environmental damage to the marine environment. Amongst many examples, surely fishers would know of the pollution issues that occur in Wagonga inlet after any significant rain event, where the inlet is closed to oyster harvest for a time and in Sydney harbour, west of the Sydney Harbor bridge, where no fish or prawns are recommended to be eaten.
"No take zones" as proposed by the Greens and so-called conservation groups will never rectify these issues.
Further, Mr Constance is proposing that divers be allowed to remove sea urchins from "no take zones", a highly commended action that is known to help the biodiversity loss caused by these creatures moving south due to warming sea temperatures