Questions on rates hike
Is the 2.6 per cent figure a "recommended" increase as quoted or is it the maximum increase that councils can apply to its basic rates and other charges subject to state control?
Neither the mayor nor any other councillor pointed out that there are many other fees and charges that are not limited and these are the ones that can be "played" with without state level scrutiny.
Nor did this article offer any of our elected representatives' explanations of why the council's water fund is able to give seven figure dividends back to council's general fund each year simply by charging much more than the true costs involved.
How come some neighbouring councils, also affected by the fires and more the impacts of the COVID virus, are able to offset the financial impacts of rate increases by giving a rebate/discount on the bill?
We shouldn't hold our breaths waiting for answers to these questions, eh?
Jeff de Jager
Unafraid to be named
It was disappointing to see in the last 'Letters' section (Bay Post/Moruya Examiner, June 24) a political and biased letter, with many inconsistencies, simply signed 'Name and address supplied'.
I would hope that the local papers are not going to go the way of the gutter social media pages and the even more execrable 'online newsheets' which publish almost all comments under a pseudonym, defamatory or not.
For many years newspapers required a name and suburb for a letter to be published. In particular a letter attacking a political candidate of any colour should have the name and suburb supplied.
A letter to the Merimbula news on May 6 is a case in point. It was short, to the point and the name and address WAS supplied: "Congratulations to our Mayor Kristy McBain on receiving the endorsement of Anthony Albanese as the Labor candidate for Eden-Monaro. They make a perfect fit. Ms McBain has been the leader of our profligate and inept council with Mr Albanese the leader of the profligate and equally inept ALP. T. Mellington, Mirador."
Editor's note: We prefer letters to be published with names and suburbs. Provided a name, address and contact number is provided for verification purposes, we will publish letters without those details. During an election campaign, members of political parties are asked to declare their memberships. We are advised that was not relevant in this case.
Eurobodalla Walkers, formerly known as Eurobodalla Walking for Pleasure is back.
From the 1st July, we will resume our walking program on our spectacular Eurobodalla coast.
Our name may have changed, and we will be following the COVID19 protocols, but we are still the same friendly, welcoming group.
So, come walking with us, make new friends, and enjoy yourself.
Phone Margaret Fletcher on 4472 4886 or email email@example.com or phone Carol D'Evelynes on 4472 3504 or email her on firstname.lastname@example.org for details of how to join our next walk.
Anyone 18 years or older, and who feels well is welcome to walk with us, but only if agreeing to participate at their own risk, and to abide by the protocols.
Sorry, no dogs on our walks, which begin at 11am sharp and last about 1 hour, followed by a BYO picnic lunch (BYO chair).
Good walking shoes, water and protection from the weather is all that is needed.
Please note that the walks are never cancelled due to the weather, because, though it may be raining at your place it frequently is not raining at the walk venue.