Shame Eden Shame
After travelling some distance with our three grandchildren to whale watch from a spot recommended by friends, in front of the Eden Maritime tower, it was a sorry disappointment to find the place totally covered in dog faeces.
Initially we thought the place well maintained, mowed grass, picnic tables, sealed path, but as little kids like to run around and play it was only minutes after arriving at said place that we had a three-year-old slip over on some the stuff and was well covered by it.
Even while we were busy cleaning up the little one, a local appeared with a dog that did its job not five metres away from us making no attempts to clean it up. Comments to some locals about the problem were met with rude remarks like “don’t bring your kids here” or “it’s not locals causing the problem but more from tourists”.
Maybe the council should get signs to warn the public that this area is a dog poo affected place. Is this the image Eden residents want the tourists to see of Eden? Maybe Eden as a community should do something to clean up the problem that a better image of their town be portrayed to others visitors.
So it’s approaching that time of year when council, in their wisdom, is having fireworks at Fishpen to celebrate the end of 2018.
For those of us who live close to Fishpen and feel like a dose of lithium, strontium, barium, sulfur dioxide, heavy metals, nitric oxide, toxic chemicals and the fallout for days afterwards, we have our council to be proud of. We pay our rates and then volunteer to be poisoned under the banner of fun. By all means, let’s have live music, food stalls and the like.
When one realises the cost of fireworks to our environment, water quality, wildlife and our beloved pets, then one can only despair at the logic behind such an irresponsible event. Animal shelters dread these times as many of our innocent animals are exposed to these stupid, mindless games that humans play. Roads become more dangerous with wildlife fleeing in panic. And the cost in money terms? How can any local government actually justify this?
Marianne Kambouridis, Millingandi
Build a community
The Nethercote Community Hall was a derelict building not so very long ago. Over many years of fundraising and voluntary labour, together with federal grant assistance, it reopened in 2008.
The process also helped to build a community. People came together to help at fundraising events and got to know each other during the rebuilding weekend working bees.
The hall is home to highly popular and well attended regular events including the Nethercote Music Factory, Seasonal Produce Markets and yoga classes, as well as being the most regularly rented out hall in the shire for special occasions.
However, the hall always was and will remain a council asset. Community and council working together.
This made me remember that when the Australasia was first for sale and community meetings were held, Nethercote was held up as an example of what could be achieved.
Now it is back on the agenda perhaps council would revisit that.
Grants are now available - please let’s see community and council work together to achieve another wonderful community asset.
I would urge everyone to sign the petition – www.change.org/p/seek-grant-funding-to-complete-the-works-on-the-hotel-australasia-building-in-eden
Karen Lott, Nethercote
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.