I have lived near Cuttagee Lake for 13 years and during that time I have had repeated interaction with various government agencies regarding the management of this resource.
The lake has been closed for over two years yet commercial fishing continues. The loss of fish is a contributing factor to the massive proliferation of jelly blubbers infecting the waterway which impacts both on the swimming public and recreational fishers.
NSW Fisheries’ current attitude is to do nothing and Bega Valley Shire Council do not respond to telephone calls.
In this instance nature will dictate how the lake will recover in the future but make no mistake, appalling lake management over many years has caused this problem.
Perhaps our local member can provide some positive input into this issue. We do not need another Darling River fiasco on our front door step.
Peter Lewis, Cuttagee
Life saver bashing
I am just about fed up with the bashing of those who wear the red and yellow uniform that has occurred locally recently. Regardless of whether they are a volunteer lifesaver or an employed lifeguard the vitriol that has been directed at these organisations is appalling.
There have been letters to the editor in our local printed newspaper and comments online from tourists that visit our beaches. Not all factual but hurtful none the less.
This morning my daughter got verbally abused by a local older surfer who disagreed with the placement of the red and yellow flags as it was within a good surf break.
This lifeguard challenged with rips, currents and sand banks had to place the flags where it was most safe for the public to swim. That is her job.
I hope he is proud of the bad example he set for the younger surfers in the vicinity with his tirade.
So to those that have an issue with the people that are trying to keep our local beaches safe I say to you, when they paddle or swim out to help you they are risking their own life. When they are directing you on the beaches, answering your questions, watching over you in the surf, remember they are looking after you.
Please show a bit of respect.
Bronwyn Knox, Merimbula
Save the dingo
No-one knows how many pure blooded dingoes there are in Australia, but if habitat destruction and hybridisation haven’t made the remaining few of this vulnerable species extinct, the National Wild Dog Elimination Plan, instigated at the behest of landowners and hunters, surely will.
Death by shooting, trapping, poisoning in order to kill any dingo, wild dog, or domestic dog the farmer believes to be threatening his livestock is the aim of this expensive, coordinated program of killing. In Victoria there is even a bounty system to encourage more amateur shooters to take part in an activity described as fun for the whole family.
The advice and evidence of ecologists, naturalists, conservationists, Aborigines and organisations of support such as The Dingo Conservation Society and the Animal Justice Party, will be ignored until it’s too late. Even after the results of the kill are estimated we will not know for sure how many pure-blooded dingoes there are among the dead. Sad enough if it’s your pet dog that has been eliminated and died an agonising death, but more important for Australia the fact that canus dingo has joined the shameful list of extinctions.
There is still some controversy over whether the much maligned dingo should be recognised a “native” even though it’s a splendid mammal which has survived in Australia for an estimated 4000 years, has special cultural significance to Indigenous people, and has adapted to the environment in ways that makes it behaviourally and physically unique.
For the purpose of the kill it has been declared unprotected in most states. If you care you must urge politicians to give greater respect to our natural environment and the unique wildlife that enriches us all.
Susan Cruttenden, Dalmeny
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