A few years back The Daily Examiner had a prize (a Lottery/Lotto ticket pack) for the week's best letter to the editor. If such a prize still existed it would surely have to go to John Edwards of South Grafton for his letter in today's Examiner.
Shooters and Fishers Following the announcement of a Shooters and Fishers Party-sponsored inquiry into the management of public land, the Clarence Environment Centre wrote to the Member for Clarence, Chris Gulaptis, posing three questions. One of these was: "Would you support the opening up of national parks to recreational hunting?" On May 22 we received the following response: "There is no proposal for recreational hunting in national parks in the Clarence electorate being considered by me or the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government." Less than 10 days later the Government announced 79 national parks and nature reserves where recreational hunting will be allowed. I'll let readers form their own opinion on their member's response. Among the affected parks that have been reported in the media are Kosciuszko and Dorrigo, which are among the most visited reserves in Australia, and where tourists will now experience the tranquillity of those forests being shattered by the noise of gunfire, and the possibility of being shot. The decision has outraged many in the community, but has been welcomed by hunters who claim they are the answer to feral animal control. However, if there is a serious feral animal problem, it is because successive governments have failed to properly fund control programs. Recreational shooters have been hunting in state forests for over five years, and I challenge anyone to produce evidence that they have had any significant impact on feral species in those forests. In fact last year the national parks service had to run local eradication programs for feral pigs which they believe were deliberately introduced by hunters. In trying to justify breaking an electoral promise, Barry O'Farrell claims it was necessary to balance political expedience with public interest. This isn't the first time this government has sacrificed public interest, and I'll guarantee it won't be the last. John Edwards, South Grafton
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Hi! My name is Boy. I'm a male bi-coloured tabby cat. Ever since I discovered that Malcolm Turnbull's dogs were allowed to blog, I have been pestering Clarencegirlto allow me a small space on North Coast Voices.
A Table of Knowledgemusing:
Clarrie Rivers is so busy trotting up and down the coast that it has fallen on my furry shoulders to pass on snippets from the local watering hole’s infamous famous table. Did you know that the Human Resources Manager at APN Australian Regional Media, Mark Algie, is a Clarence Valley boy who went to Maclean High School? I’m told his old teachers remember him a decent young fella.
A life after politicsmusing:
I have long held the belief that it is a bad idea to let humans near strong coffee and any sort of cream cake. It makes them as hyper as a kitten after its first taste of catnip. Which explains why I found my owner giggling over the second career she gave Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop at http://www.singitkitty.co.uk/play/kME96so that she could be gainfully employed in the pop world after the Abbott Government crashes and burns.
A Shout out to Mac the Scottiemusing:
A new Facebook page Maclean's Active Community has just started up and can be found here.
. Hearing Dates: 14 July 2014. Decision Date: 24/07/2014. Jurisdiction: Administrative and Equal Opportunity Division. Before: Professor G.D. Walker, Senior Member. Decision: The decision under review is affirmed.
A little less than Magnum musing:
So who was the person rumoured to have been lurking in the vicinity of Osprey Drive, Yamba, allegedly keeping tabs on Clarence Valley Council staffer/s?
An it's in the eyes musing:
The Australian media is trying to convince readers that how the Prime Minister looks indicates the degree to which the MH17 passenger plane downing in the Ukraine is affecting him. G'aaarn! This is a man who to win an election put bulking product in his hair and darkened it, used a skin tightening product on his face to get rid of many wrinkles, used enough makeup to make a thespian blush and, barefacedly lied at the drop of the hat. A meeting round the catnip patch has decided 4 to 1 that it would not be beyond the wiles of Tony Abbott to irritate his eyes to achieve a suitably "stressed" look for his many media appearances since the mid-air disaster.
after Clarence Valley Council sacked the operators of the public pool at Maclean – apparently leaving it to a local journalist to tell them they had lost their jobs.
A thought to ponder:
In case of bushfire or flood - do you have an emergency evacuation plan for the family pet?
An adoption musing: Every week on the NSW North Coast a number of cats and dogs find themselves without a home. If you want to do your bit and give one bundle of joy a new family, contact Happy Paws on 0419 404 766 or your local council pound.