Curb your dogs
Many of us live on the South Coast because of its natural beauty and wildlife. During lockdown with COVID-19 some residents will have more time to observe and appreciate its attractions. Unfortuantely, wildlife on Jervis Bay is under increasing threat from off-leash dogs chasing favourite birds, such as pelicans, and increased jetskiis running amok driving away dolphins and annoying people. Adequate numbers of marine and terrestrial compliance staff are essentual to protecting the Bay's natural assets.
J. Benson, Callala Bay
Keep the chain strong
Australia`s secure borders can be likened to a chain stretching around our coastline and providing us with a sense of security.
Sadly, the activities of many on Bondi Beach and the latest cruise liner disembarking its passengers with limited health checks demands the critique.
A chain is only as strong as its weakest link and the latest two examples validates the charge of careless and reckless behaviour which could break the chain that provides so much security.
Individual decisions taken in isolation is less risky but combine the risks in the one area and the odds of safety are much lessened.
As the coronavirus spreads more severe restrictions will have to be put in place so keep the chain strong and act responsibly, it`s not that hard!
B. Cumberland, North Nowra
Van owners treated badly
Last Wednesday, March 17, 16 permanent on site van owners were given eviction notices from Lake Conjola entrance caravan park for the purpose of building a play pool for park tourists.
I would have thought that these 16 owners should have been given a letter of thanks for their contributions both physically and economically to the Shoalhaven during the recent bushfires, floods and the years of lake mismanagement when they have uncomplainingly just kept paying fees and visiting the area .
What an unthinking, tone deaf, arrogant and callous way to say thanks and get out. These 16 van owners contribute over $100,000 per year to the Shoalhaven just through their rates.
I wonder if it wouldn't be a better idea to use that money to maintain the lake entrance so everyone can have a clean lake to swim in rather than build a play pool for park visitors only.
If council is so flush with money they can forgo this $100,000 maybe they could put it towards bushfire recovery or the RFS or roads or mental health or something that benefits all residents.
All visitors here agree that a clean lake is the number one reason for their visit to this area and putting in a play pool does not change that. They will still change their holiday if the lake is filthy.
Wake up and stop kicking people when they're down.
N. Warren, Towradgi
Trains lag behind
It was pleasing to learn our hospital will now be able to efficiently test for coronavirus but when will we be able to avail ourselves of an efficient train service to Wollongong? I went there earlier this month from Bomaderry on a lurching bus to Berry and boarded the squeaking rattling train to Kiama where I waited 40 minutes for an efficient electric train. The next day the return journey was repeated with a 20-minute wait at Kiama for the train to Berry, where I again travelled to Bomaderry in the bus. I'd like to think if our health service had improved in efficiency our rail service may also move into the 21st century with an efficient electric train to the end of the line. I recall a better service several decades ago, despite stops between Bomaderry and Berry, but fear our politicians see things differently to train travellers.