Crack down on owners
Charge all handlers and owners of dogs that severely injure or kill with felony animal neglect and cruelty. Immediately remove all dogs from their possession or property. Found guilty, ban all the humans from any dog ownership or contact for life.
Signs must be posted, "no dogs permitted". Any dogs later found there shall immediately be confiscated.
Publicised and enforced, this affordable breed neutral law will begin to make dog owners care enough to prevent that first attack.
D. Bell, Philadelphia, USA
Trains for recovery
We are hearing how to move this country forward a lot lately during this pandemic. After World War I and the Spanish flu pandemic, to help with employment and also the Veterans, the Great Ocean Road was built and we all know how popular the towns are along the way, it's a main tourist attraction.
Both Federal and State sitting members in the South Coast and Illawarra regions are thinking of ways to rebuild the areas devastated by bushfires and the pandemic.
What a great initiative it would be if they all threw their support now behind the upgrade for the South Coast Rail Line.
Not only to Bomaderry where the line ends, but to create a transport system that supports and connects all the way down the Coast.
We need this now, a fast rail network from Sydney to Bomaderry and better infrastructure to connect beyond.
Think of the jobs and infrastructure this would create for our communities and businesses that would impact for decades.
G. David, Unions Shoalhaven
Guide dog heroes
On International Guide Dog Day (April 29), we at Guide Dogs Australia are saying an extra-special thanks to our wonderful Guide Dogs for the life changing work they continue to do amid unprecedented global challenges.
Guide Dog Day was created to celebrate the important role Guide Dogs play in helping people with low vision or blindness lead safe and independent lives, and this year it takes on a new meaning.
It's clear that the comfort and companionship a Guide Dog provides has never been more essential for, or cherished by Guide Dog Handlers.
The coronavirus pandemic has understandably presented challenges to us as an organisation but the welfare of Guide Dogs Clients and our dogs is always our number one priority, so we've simply had to find ways to solve these challenges.
This has meant supporting Clients through phone calls, video conferences, email and social media, while our trainers have been busy setting up obstacle courses at our campuses, or training dogs from home, so they can continue getting our Guide Dogs-in-training ready to change lives.
It's not been easy, but we've made it work, and for that I extend a heartfelt thankyou to all Guide Dogs team members and volunteers.
Recent weeks have also been a chance to dig into the community spirit we've been building into our organisation over more than 60 years, so I want to thank everyone who has extended their support to Guide Dogs and helped us continue our work during this very difficult time.
D. Cleaver, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT
The best international advice we get about coronavirus, is Test, Test and Test even more!
Is it about time that NSW considers testing everybody? Expensive and logistically difficult. Do we need a sledge hammer to crack this coronavirus thingy? It is proving to be expensive now, in the current manifestation of coronavirus. It is something our medical experts could discuss.