Letters to the Editor, June 29

John Ramsay fears logging of the Corunna forest will be a death knell for flora and fauna. He created this stark artwork in response.
John Ramsay fears logging of the Corunna forest will be a death knell for flora and fauna. He created this stark artwork in response.

Issue hasn’t flown away

Like many people across this community, we have received a letter from the Bega Valley Shire Council advising that the development application for the Fogs Hollow Flying School is once again open for public comment.

Most people would have assumed that following widespread community opposition, and a unanimous vote against the proposal by councillors, that this unfortunate proposal had gone away. This is not the case!

A quick review of the documentation on council's website reveals a significant amount of material, some old and some new. But at its core we see the same odious plan to inflict hundreds of daily aircraft flights across the Bega Valley. In fact, the revised documentation includes a map that reveals the true scope of daily flights, which will extend to Bermagui, Bombala and past Eden. It will not just affect the residents in the area adjacent to the Frogs Hollow site, it will impact on the quality of life enjoyed by all in this shire, and beyond.

I understand councillors voted in this week's meeting to extend the time for comments until the end of July, and so I encourage everyone to take this opportunity to look at this proposal and lodge an objection with council.

Craig Richmond, Bega

Everyone’s responsibility

May I please say addressing the school bullying issue is not solely a school and teachers responsibility for them to prevent issues and incidents arising in the first place.

All of us, the young and not so young, must share that responsibility for rethinking or learning how should we, and how do we, best handle conflicts before they escalate in our day to day lives.

It’s sad that our TV media that night sought to continually replay footage of the incident. Hopefully it make us all as a community take big steps into the future to continue to adopt the saying, “bullying of any sort is not acceptable” – in our community and in our world.

Lorraine Lewington, Tathra

Questions on Corunna

Why? That is the first question people ask when I tell them Forestry NSW is going to log Corunna Forest. 

We live in one of the most beautiful places in Australia and I think it is fair to say the majority of us live here for its beautiful beaches, pristine lakes, and wonderful forests. It is absurd that we are not able to protect this environment from the devastation of land clearing and logging of our native forests.

I am spokesperson for the Corunna Forest Protection Group and to this day have about 2000 online signatures and nearly 500 signed petitions.

Eurobodalla Shire is all about attracting tourists to the region exploiting its scenic beauty in all of their promotions. Our community is dependent on tourism for economic growth, so why are we even contemplating the destruction of Corunna Forest?

Corunna forest is the gateway to the historic Tilba Heritage Landscape and the historic village of Central Tilba. This forest has cultural significance since it is connected to Gulaga, where the wedge-tailed eagles fly and forage for food.

We have investigated the bird life in this forest and recorded 125 species, including shore birds, several on the threatened species list. Most notably the migratory swift parrot, a priority species under the Australian Government’s Threatened Species Strategy, travels all the way from the Tarkine in Tasmania to feed on the flowering spotted gums in Corunna Forest.

The harvesting of the forest is devastating to the habitat of so many species and the erosion it will cause will create huge problems for the complex ecosystems that keep Corunna Lake a pristine environment.

The reasons not to log the forest by far outweigh the reasons to proceed.

John Ramsay, Corunna