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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Ayou can run but you can’t hidemusing: In December 2013Clarence Valley Council is settling Smith v Clarence Valley Council out of court. Rumour has it that the fact that senior staff discovered that even as far away as Murwillumbah Court House they could not escape the valley’s eagle eye and, the fact of council's decision not to continue with the matter but move to a settlement, are not mere co-incidence.
A well waddaya knowmusing: Look what the NSW online court lists say is occurring today.
INDUSTRIAL COURT OF NSW and INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS COMMISSION OF NSW:
MURWILLUMBAH COURT HOUSE, MAIN STREET, MURWILLUMBAH NSW, DEPUTY PRESIDENT HARRISON, Court Room 10:00am Hearing, IRC13/308 - Smith & Clarence Valley Council re dismissal.
A Whozat?musing: Which North Coast council manager is not keeping councillors up to speed on the fallout from his paranoid management style. K99 the mixed breed dog from ****** tells me that both indoor and outdoor employees are up in arms.
A don't beat upon insectsmusing: The Australian on November 2 told the world that the Abbott Government was introducingnew ant-bullying laws. It's nice to see the lowly ant receive justice at last.
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.