Thank you to Joe, who stopped and helped me when I had a health incident by Mitre 10 in Bega. To the lady who gave me a seat and the lady who gave me a bottle of water, I give my grateful thanks.
June Shuttleworth, Bega
Begs the question
On Monday morning ABC Radio, Mike Kelly, our Labor Member, implied that carbon dioxide was not plant food because “The atmosphere of Mars is 97% CO2 and there are no trees there.”
Perhaps he is unaware that there is no free water on Mars, and the average temperature is minus 60 degrees, which might also have something to do with the lack of verdant forestation.
This prompts the question that with all that carbon dioxide what happened to their global warming?
As for plant food; Mr Kelly seems ignorant too of the IPCC research of 2014 admitting that, with the increase in CO2 over the previous 30 years, the earth had seen an increase in green vegetation of 14%.
Perhaps a more informed discussion from Mr Kelly might be helpful.
Alan Burdon, Dignams Creek
Turning our back on the back country
There’s so little grass in the eastern parts of Kosciuszko National Park like Byadbo and Merambego many more horses are going to unfortunately follow those now recognised as having died from starvation.
If a private landholder had treated brumbies this way, the RSPCA would surely prosecute. Any farmer with a heart would put starving stock out of their misery.
But also the native flora and fauna are suffering grievously from the competition for grass.
I know we have people with a grudge who because of the politics will never acknowledge the agony of the starving horses.
It’s the nature of our environment and its cyclical weather patterns.
The extreme drought is going to take a great many more horses in a lingering slow motion death that we could call nature’s cull of the un-adapted.
For the sake of all the other plants and animals that are feeling the results of the over-population of horses, we need to assist the species that cannot regulate its own numbers.
In dread I think of the other carcasses that will keep appearing. But must we turn our backs on the back country?
Given we haven’t had drought-breaking rains in Kosciuszko National Park, what happens if we start getting fires when the weather warms up? Will the fate of surviving brumbies be cooked?
Surely it’s time the professional park staff were allowed to do their duty and implement the 2008 Wild Horse Management Plan.
John Blay, Eden
While travelling along Sapphire Coast Drive on October 3 at approximately 10pm, I came across a complete mess just on the Bega side of Bournda Rd, strewn across the entire road.
It appeared that someone had smashed into two full otto bins, scattering all the contents, including many glass bottles, which were broken, across both lanes of the road, causing a dangerous issue.
Why did you do this, why didn’t you bother to clean up the mess you created? This could have caused a major accident, but you obviously didn’t care.
However, I do want to give a big thank you to the electrician from Tathra who stopped to help clean up the mess and to the nurse who also stopped after a long hard day to assist any injuries that she thought may have happened (my bad, I forgot their names).
There are still some great people around, thanks again to them, but not to the idiot that did the damage.