Letters to the editor: There’s no time to be apathetic on compost fight, reader tells Howlong

I understand that the powers that be are intending to foster upon the residents of Howlong a composting operation.

Anti-composting site campaigners Mark Shields, Stuart Sizer and Brian Hardidge with placards which have been displayed around Howlong.

Anti-composting site campaigners Mark Shields, Stuart Sizer and Brian Hardidge with placards which have been displayed around Howlong.

We here in Christchurch, New Zealand, have a composting operation, collection of food and garden waste, a very good system, instead of it going to the landfill. 

However, those within an 8km radius, that is over 40,000 workers and residents from 10 suburbs, have had their lives, lifestyles and health turned upside down by such an operation. We suffer from offensive odours, pathogens, bio-aerosols, and black dust that these toxic monsters give off. Pathogens carry virus and the black dust coats everything in your homes.

The problem is exacerbated by hot weather in the summer months, we have no relaxing times on our properties, no BBQs, don’t invite friends round … well they don’t come because of the stench anyway … we live with doors and windows shut and yes, you have guessed it, the authorities close a blind eye because it does not affect them and do absolutely nothing and that includes our elected members of council.

Your properties devalue because no one wants to shift into the areas affected. You need to ask if the authorities would live next to it. The Christchurch City Council commissioned BECA, an infrastructure engineering company, to do a survey because of the many complaints. The result was damning. The outcome was that the composting operation should be shifted out into the country to the centre of a 400-hectare farm where it would not affect human habitation.

Do not get apathetic about fighting the powers that be, keep your voices heard. This is a world-wide problem – just google the subject and find out and learn from others’ misfortunes.

Geoffrey King, Christchurch, New Zealand

We’ve voted for change

The Federation Council election results point to a public who voted for change and a new direction and people who are looking to a better bolder future for us all.

Now, let’s see some brave innovative plans and some creativity with the potential that is all around Federation Shire.

Let’s get some image-enhancing planning that will entice the interests of private sector investment in tourism and retail.

We need ways to make the golf club the vibrant and viable club it should be and have a modern resort style motel and ways to grow membership. The golf club is so important and the course is fantastic.

Let’s hope the energy and excitement flows from the election because the message is clear. The debate and discussion for this election started two years ago and the winners are the candidates who heard/read the public’s mood.

Stuart Davie, Corowa

Venturers’ adventure

VISIT: Fourteen Venturers travelled to Canberra this week, quizzing Cathy McGowan on cross-border issues for learner drivers, education and funding for upgrading their hall.

VISIT: Fourteen Venturers travelled to Canberra this week, quizzing Cathy McGowan on cross-border issues for learner drivers, education and funding for upgrading their hall.

It was a pleasure to meet with fourteen Venturers and their leaders from Wodonga and Baranduda in Parliament House on Tuesday. These young people are committed to service and are leading in their communities. They quizzed me on cross-border issues for learner drivers, education and funding for upgrading their hall. The visit will count towards the Venturer’s Citizenship badge. “Thank you” to the leaders and parents for enabling the visit. It is always good to meet schools and groups from Indi in Parliament House. Contact my office to learn more by visiting www.cathymcgowan.com.au or call (03) 5721 7077.

Cathy McGowan, member for Indi