True interests of farmers betrayed
Barilaro and the National Party have again betrayed the true interests of long-term family farmers, the science, and ecosystem understanding.
Survival and sustainable farming is strongly focussed on conservation of soil, water, trees essential to the water cycle, mulching, and diversity of plant, insect and animal life.
Ripping out tree cover, short-term agri-business, chemistry from multi-national corporations, does not work long-term.
That approach yields degraded soils, failed product, gully erosion, and rotting fish in dry rivers.
The Nats sold-out to big-cotton, to strip miners, climate-wrecking coal mining and gas-frackers.
Many Nats and Liberals, state and federal, are sponsored agents of "extraction industry", giving failing artesian water to fossil fuel mining, which destroys sustainable farming, brings climate chaos.
NSW Lib-Nat land clearing policy changes have accelerated the destruction. The numbers are clear. Morrison's government wants to dump federal protections.
Now, after wildlife died by millions in bushfire carnage, Barilaro speaks for trashing the last remaining koalas. The population at large says "enough", in fact "too much".
The whole community has a right to a healthy landscape, bio-diversity, sustainable water cycles. Every mine and every farm has impact beyond its borders.
Farmers and all citizens deserve policies that sustain the whole landscape and save them from the excesses of nearby greedy short-sighted "extractors", from chemical farmers, frackers and miners who destroy and poison land systems.
We need MPs who are environmentally informed and committed to support sustainable land use, respecting the natural systems and conserving the life-giving resources.
D. Marshall, Callala Bay
Our daughter makes us very proud
As parents of case worker Kate Child, who last week was recognised as an outstanding worker who makes a difference in a child's life, we would just like to say that it is totally deserved.
Kate has always been a person who cares passionately about people, animals and the environment. She will go beyond the norm to help someone and try to make a difference in their lives.
DCJ are extremely lucky to have her as an employee as we are to be her parents.
J. & K. Child, Bellingen
Harry Sawkins Park needs CCTV
I live in Nowra and I walk through the park several times a day, as I use the underpass which is right near the skatepark.
Every part of Nowra is almost covered by CCTV cameras, except Harry Sawkins Park and especially the skate park and the pond.
Every day there are kids stoned or drunk spraying graffiti all over the underpass, they smash bottles all over the path, they terrorise the poor wildlife, they vandalise anything they can (the pond gates, seats etc.)
At night people fish in the pond and catch beautiful big pond fish and then they leave these poor fish to slowly die on the footpath or they throw them around the skate park ... it is revolting.
There are no lights at night so they run amok.
I finish work occasionally at 11pm and walk home through the park and underpass. Almost daily they are smoking marijuana and on two occasions I've seen two boys and one girl all having sex, other times I've seen a young girl performing oral sex on another boy.
Adults sit there and do drug deals. Harry Sawkins skate park area has no lights, no cameras and currently no repercussions for horrendous behaviour. Cameras need to be installed immediately.
Something has to be done about this extremely bad behaviour.