The Albury Wodonga Football Association has been pretty vocal in recent months about improving and promoting women’s soccer, but when it came time to put that into action, they have failed.
Fixtures released for the semi-finals at Jelbart Park have the reserve women’s games scheduled for the very early time of 8am. This is even earlier than the under-12 boys and under-13 girls. Does this show where the women’s game ranks in importance?
The reserve men will play at 12.50pm, right before the senior men’s game. That makes sense. But instead of having the reserve women play before the senior women, that slot has been given to the division-3 under-18 boys. That makes far less sense.
AWFA had an easy opportunity to showcase women’s soccer back-to-back. Instead they chose to hide the reserve women away early in the morning, at a time when very few people will be at the ground. What a shame.
If the association wants to bring more women into the competition, treating them the same way as the men would be a good start.
Bureaucrats run the show
As expected the good Councillors of Indigo Shire “rubber stamped” the economic and tourism strategies as well as the “Ned Kelly Alive” proposal.
These documents consisted of hundreds of pages of “cut and paste” waffle largely plucked off the internet.
This was despite numerous written objections as well as misgivings and questions at so called “community forums”.
Unfortunately consultants were paid tens of thousands of dollars of taxpayers' money to do something any computer savvy child could have done. Perhaps it is time that we considered forgetting about elected Councillors and just let the bureaucrats and consultants run Indigo Shire, something they seem to be doing already.
What ever happened to democracy and free speech?
John Harvey, Beechworth
Carrying capacity key
I write regarding the current drought. There is a concept called 'carrying capacity'. It is essentially the productivity of the land, or the capacity of the land, to carry crops or livestock. And it is used in science, conservation, climate predictions, farming, grazing and more.
To explain it, let’s think rabbits. If there is sunshine when it is needed it, rain when it is needed, the grass will be nice and green. The carrying capacity of the land is high. Let’s say the land can sustain 100 rabbits per hectare. When the amount of rain is reduced, the carrying capacity of the land is reduced. Let’s say the land can sustain 50 rabbits per hectare but when the rain fails, the carrying capacity of the land is 0 rabbits per hectare.
Carrying capacity is therefore fluid. It doesn’t matter if what we are talking about is sheep and cattle, or kangaroos and koalas. Carrying capacity is dependent on the rain.
Farmers and graziers use artificial means like irrigation and fertiliser, water and stock feed, to maintain a high carrying capacity of their land.
But even farmers and graziers cannot control the rain. Especially in the second driest continent on planet Earth. And with climate change.