Tathra Land Care (TLC) completed its ninth working bee for the year last weekend. We have had to vary our working bees this year because of the fire and so instead of removing bitou bush we have been involved in cleaning areas of rubbish on four occasions in the burnt out areas of Tathra.
We have also replanted burnt out areas with native grasses , shrubs and trees. We have done this on four occasions in cooperation with Michael Fielder, environmental officer of the BVSC, who supplied the plants and covers for the plants.
Last weekend 18 TLC volunteers planted 110 rainforest trees in the wet gully behind the bowling club between Sanctuary Place and Bayview Drive. We did this in cooperation with BVSC and the assistance of Paddy Farrell.
TLC will continue its protection of Tathra's environment next year by removing bitou bush and four other weeds as we have done for the last 26 years. We were very pleased to have recently been given the Coastal Council's Community Involvement award for our environmental control work
It has been a very different year for TLC and we have been very pleased that we have been able to assist the lovely people and environment of this beautiful town.
Jim Kelly, Tathra Landcare
Pictured are: Back (from left) Aaron Baxter, Mark Darby, Mike Stove, Stig Vertinen, Ken McCloud, (middle) Jim Kelly, Peter Howe, Helen Stove, Sylvie Mester, Mark Oakley, Janet Howe, Ken Garner, Dave Greenland, Carla Gray, (front) Kerry Brogan, Nancy Brunton and Marie Oakley.
No means no
The Frogs Hollow flight school debacle has dragged on for years .
At a meeting some months back with the Regional Planning Panel and many residents, not one resident spoke in favour of this ludicrous proposal. The panel heard heart-rending stories about the impacts this development will have. I am starting to think the whole panel needs a heart transplant or to be thrown out completely
The CEO of Bega Cheese also damned it as bad for the Bega Cheese brand. Remember they are the biggest employer in the Bega Valley – any losses they sustain will severely impact on the very little employment here already.
We were told at this meeting by the representatives of the Regional Planning Panel they were coming back to us in December with a determination. This was stated emphatically by Pam Allan.
Why then is there an advertised determination meeting on December 13 at which people are invited to once again speak before a decision is made? It’s like groundhog day. Does the panel then go away again for an indeterminate time to deliberate again?
They are just trying to wear us all down. But for me that will never happen. What about you?
Frank Pearce, Bega
Who is listening?
David Attenborough has described climate change as mankind’s “greatest threat in thousands of years”, warning it could lead to the collapse of civilisations. But who is listening?
The Liberals have their heads in the sand and their hands in the pockets of the coal lobby. Their acolyte voters, who read inaccurate rubbish published by fossil fuel promoters, have no interest in learning the facts endlessly produced by scientists.
Children, the next generation, are screaming for their future to be protected but no-one responds. Soon it will be too late.
Olwen Morris, Tura Beach
I would like to register my dismay and opposition to the prospect of drumlines being used on the Sapphire Coast. The risk of entanglement and subsequent death of sharks and many other marine animals is far too great. Given the occurrence of shark attacks in this region are rare, it would seem completely unnecessary.
This proposal is simply an exercise in politicians grandstanding and covering their backsides leading up to the next state election. The $16million earmarked for this would be far better spent on the Bega hospital or other health services for the region.
Thank you for the opportunity to comment.