Bungowannah farmer David Dunstan (a licenced firearm owner) defended his family from an armed intruder (already on the run from a previous local home invasion) with an unloaded rifle and now the police have seized his licensed firearms!
Who are our police protecting by doing this? He lives on a remote property and as a farmer, his firearms are part of his "tools of trade".
His ability to protect his stock from feral animals and to euthanise injured/sick stock is now compromised. He has my sympathy and support.
David Miller, West Albury
It’s time we took a leaf out of Wagga’s book
I commend the editorial in Tuesday’s Border Mail and agree with the letter from David Rickertt. I have travelled around Australia and there are many towns that have adapted to the travelling Australians and tourists with free camping facilities, adding value to their town.
Wagga Council has made use of what was a flood area in North Wagga, a free camp with BBQ facilities and toilets. Just a short walk over the river into the city centre.
Perhaps Albury and Wodonga councils should join forces and provide an area on the Lincoln Causeway, which could include Weatherall’s Masonry site.
The site should be a free camp and would resolve the issue at the Albury Showgrounds and would be a great joint venture between the two councils. In the event of a flood, as a free camp, it would not take much to cordon off the area and restrict use during the flood times, but in the dry times it would be good use of the area and good access to both Albury and Wodonga city centres, further adding value to both cities.
Peter Hood, Albury
You don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone
I have just read Sarah Ning's letter in The Border Mail regarding the so-called strategy for the seven hills in Wodonga (or is it the 'seven pillars of non-wisdom', with apologies to TE Lawrence!).
I concur with all she says; however, my main concerns, as a relatively new resident of this wonderful place with so many parks and trees, are:
- The risks of fire if BBQs are going to be installed. We have been reading about the 70 fires in NSW, I am sure we all realise the weather is becoming warmer and our own fire season is nearly upon us.
- Who is going to police all these venues and how much is the cost to be to the ratepayers?
- Who is going to clean the toilets, dispose of litter and rubbish, and generally maintain them, on a regular basis?
I firmly believe that mountain bikes and walkers do not mix. There should be paths for walkers exclusively, and areas for mountain bikes.
We are all so fortunate in Wodonga to have these beautiful hills, which have not been spoiled. Everyone and anyone can access them, for walks or picnics, and bikes as well.
Perhaps some more comfortable seating could be introduced for rest and enjoyment. Just remember people, you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone!
On another note, the council could be better employed devising a new and interesting Tourist Information Centre. When I first arrived here, the person I saw was extremely helpful and informative. I thought this was a go-ahead town, but it seems not.