Letters to the editor

PIC OF THE DAY: Trevor Smith snapped Callala Creek in all its beauty. Submit entries via nicolette.pickard@fairfaxmedia.com.au

PIC OF THE DAY: Trevor Smith snapped Callala Creek in all its beauty. Submit entries via nicolette.pickard@fairfaxmedia.com.au

Let go of false hope 

Councillor Gash and Greg Watson have successfully pushed through a motion for council to take a huge risk in revamping the DA for a Motorsports Complex to be built at Yerriyong, the same DA which has taken the Motorsport NSW over over years before conceding in March this year to environmental obstacles. 

I totally agree with Mayor Findley who said the councillors were giving the community false hopes, promising jobs and huge returns while ignoring the reality of environmental barriers under the Federal government Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Act.

Under this legislation, if the proposed site were to be cleared, council would have to purchase biodiversity offset credits. Council's General manager Russ Pigg has estimated this to be over $10 million.

Mr Pigg also estimated the purchase of the site from Crown Land would cost around $600,000 and the cost to council in survey and consultancy was estimated to be around $300,000.

The seven councillors who voted in favour of this has a lot to answer for. 

They have chosen to ignore the general manager's report on cost and risk involved for council to take on lodging a DA for a Motorsports complex on this site.

They have ignored the Federal Government environmental legislation and the advice of OEH a state government body.

The clearing of over 40 hectare of Crown land with threatened species, whether you believe in conservation or not, has to comply with Federal and State government environmental legislation. But the seven councillors have chosen to ignore this. 

We, the community, and rate payer of Shoalhaven call on Councillor Greg Watson, Councillor Joanna Gash, Councillor Mark Kitchener, Councillor Patricia White, Councillor Bob Proudfoot, Councillor John Wells and Councillor Mitchell Parkes to be accountable to the community, to examine the cost and risk you are putting the council in and to do a survey for an alternative site.

N.Urquhart, Nowra 

NRL’s poor decision 

Politics and sport go head to head (SCR, September 29) this was the headline but this is the reality.

Politics and leftist ideology is much evident in the selection of rapper Mr Macklemore. Sport, success and their effectiveness is usually decided on ability and measured belief.

With Mr Macklemore, his form guide should read, travels well, can show inconsistent behaviour during the running and at times can demonstrate dubious behaviour.

His CV is reported as indicating indifference to rational behaviour which is indicative of too many of the NRL players.

The NRL has sanctioned such behaviour by Mr Macklemore`s selection. When you are reported as having to give away so many free tickets to your grand final to guarantee a good crowd, I say, let this be a barometer of the standing of their game in the eyes of the general community.

B.Cumberland, North Nowra 

A load of rubbish

I dumped some rubbish at white gully tip last weekend and was charged $53.00.

The chap noticed I had a mattress and said there’s a charge of $35. I took it home. 

Now I'll ask for the rubbish to be picked up free of charge. It’s ironic that if you're prepared to take the rubbish yourself you have to pay yet you can put it out the front and it gets picked up free (but is it free?) Council would have to pay the company and or council to pick it up.

Why don't the rate payers get free tickets to dump rubbish the same as Shoalhaven?

M.Schouten, Dapto

Congratulations in order 

Hey Bran, congratulations on your 50 years! (page 3). It seems like only yesterday. Best wishes to you. 

R.Jennings, Port Macquarie