What where they protesting about! All I saw was three idiots disrupting everyone else's day. Those poor businesses that lost income.
Matthew Ingram, Wapengo
I am so impressed by the courageous actions of the Extinction Rebellion protesters at Andrew Constance's office. We are in a climate and ecological emergency, and not enough voices are getting through with this message. Amazingly, this action got the message all the way to me in Melbourne!
The consequences of inaction on these issues go well beyond our beautiful native forest and wildlife, and actually threaten our lives and entire civilisation! Increased extreme weather events will create mass displacement of people and crop failure (as we've already seen both happen in Australia in recent times). These two factors alone will cause massive humanitarian crises across the globe.
What these protesters did on Bega's main street, (when scaled up), is the type of action which can create real change, and hopefully mitigate some of the worst effects of the climate crisis we're in.
So I'd encourage every to join Extinction Rebellion and become part of the solution.
Sam Clarke, Beaumaris
Real impact of logging
Nice reporting of event, but what about reporting on the true impact of logging and chipping and the very real climate emergency that is happening right now and will cause more than a mild inconvenience in the high street.
And truly was there a financial impact to the traders? Was this a positive or negative impact? Be honest and compare this impact to the impact the fires had...mild inconvenience indeed.
Further if the dog-walking woman thinks there are real jobs out there and she wants to work why doesn't she go and get herself a job. These protesters are working incredibly hard and, as she points out, dangerous work to make people like her wake up and see that electing and supporting idiots like Andrew who are not working for her and her community or the forests, but working to keep big corporations pillaging our world
Carmen George, Birmingham UK
Alsops bridge a concern
Open letter to Andrew Constance MP. I am writing concerning the bridge at Alsops Creek about 6km north of Bega on the Princes Hwy.
When you first ran for the seat you had your photo taken with the shadow transport minister, I think, at the bridge in question, making the point on your election pamphlet how badly the Labor government was dealing with dangerous sections of roads.
I've lived in the area for over 40 years and have seen a lot of improvements on all roads, yet that bridge, which lately I cross every week day for work, has never changed.
Some of the timber bridges your government is planning to replace are lucky to get 20 cars a day. Surely a bridge on the highway, with thousands of crossings, should get priority.
I invite you to go back there around 3.30pm on a school day and watch as the school busses negotiate a narrow bridge with curved approaches, dealing with trucks, caravans with inexperienced drivers, and speeding cars.
The government appears to have enough money to finance billions of overruns in light rail and so on, but most of the people in this electorate will never see the light rail, let alone use it. Some of those same people put their kids on the bus, expecting them to come home safe. That bridge could easily stop that.
I, like a lot of people who I speak to about that bridge, hope that something can be done soon, it looks like an easy fix.