Eden Letters to the Editor, August 8

Fossil beds and amazing geological features as seen along the Light to Light Walk. Photo: John Blay
Fossil beds and amazing geological features as seen along the Light to Light Walk. Photo: John Blay

Already a great walk

The Light to Light walk is already one of the great walks. Its stunningly beautiful glimpses into our geology alone make it one of the great stories of the continent.

This is a walk I've done dozens of times, both in itself and as part of very much longer walks along the coastline. It's an experience that should be open to all.

Although well-intentioned, many of the proposed changes to the walk by NPWS are unfortunate and deserve to be relegated to the waste bin. National parks are there to conserve special places, not to mount destructive business enterprises.

Should we really divert people from a stable, historic route that's been walked for thousands of years just in favour of a view? What is the point of destroying vegetation along the immediate coastline when it means the burning salt winds will be allowed under the canopy of heath and forest?

My suggestion is that we do not waste good money on activities like relocation of the track to the immediate ocean front and clifftops, but rather keep the current ancient route and use the millions of dollars left over to connect L2L to the Bundian Way.

Aboriginal land at Bilgalera (Fisheries Beach) can provide the missing northern camping ground to the walk, and then allow walkers the option to walk on to Eden and give them an even greater walk.

John Blay, Eden

Proposal has faults

The proposed accommodation at Green Cape Lighthouse, with the walkers taking the existing facility, has its faults.

Why not leave the site as is, for overnight visitors, and build, as has been proposed for Hegartys/ Mowarry, separate eco-friendly style cabins close by?

Kevin Anderson, Millingandi

Filthy and disgusting

Upon going into Merimbula today, Thursday July 24, I was absolutely disgusted when I needed to use a bin outside Horizon Credit Union.

The thing we all seem to be hearing so much about lately is the spread of diseases, virus and infections. This so-called bin was filthy dirty as most bins tend to be, but my concern was the bin in question had no handles!

How do we stop the spread of infections (other than hand sanitiser) when we are expected to touch such filth! Right at the traffic lights where many people cross the road and use the bin.

Who is the person responsible for leaving such a bin for the public to use, especially when so many bins have been taken away from public areas in the Bega Valley Shire?

I refused to use the bin and held on to my rubbish until I got home and I'm sure I wouldn't be the only person to do so. Great pride some people have in our region - if I were a tourist I'd also be disgusted.

Kim-Louise Barron, Pambula

Revamp required

Most rural roads are narrow and big trucks of many kinds use these roads that are not suitable to cater for big trucks. Widening is needed if it's to continue. Speed limits need to apply in areas where corners are many and the road narrows, as weather and driver ability impact on a safe or unsafe drive. A revamp and change of the road is needed.

It's a lovely drive through here and many cyclists use this road and are cautious at all times. All road users need to be diligent of bikers and be aware the road is just not for vehicles, but people walking the road, and cyclists too.

Government dollars are needed for this section of the road with appropriate speed limits and yellow side bar arrows.

Heather Compton, Wolumla

Revenue raising

Just an excuse to raise revenue.

Peter Brownlie, Milton