Wildlife needs protection
This article alone shows why the wildlife in Victoria is in such a parlous state.
The native species that were once plentiful are now approaching endangered, and those that were endangered are functionally extinct in many cases.
It would be easy to tar all landholders that this councillor represents with the same brush, showing they have no concern for wildlife whose land was usurped, and altered to the point where it supports very few wildlife species. Certainly few who require tree canopy for shelter and a suitable food source.
However, there are enlightened landholders who realise the importance of wildlife, apart from the intrinsic and unique qualities that make Australia something more; better than just an agricultural nation. The same as any other such clone in the world.
When the numbers of individuals of a species were greater, in the past, they were instrumental in reducing fire risk, frequency and threat as well as all their many other attributes. Sadly though, this has not been recognised until too late.
Reasonable landholders make provision for the wildlife on their properties with wildlife corridors and original local flora forested areas, for surviving numbers of native animals.
There are still far too many landholders who believe they "improved" the land, and the practices employed to do this, since white settlement, has nothing to do with climate change? So these types of landowners apparently want these archaic, brutish rites and practices to remain.
It's obvious we need to step back and think about what problems have been caused, and at least get real about slowing down the problems that have been created, by halting bad practices.
One way is protecting the land, and native species of flora and fauna that remain upon it, so the situation does not get drastically worse.
Protecting wombats over all Victorian parishes and shires is one step forward in the long journey of redemption, which is a legacy our children and grandchildren will need to continue and hopefully complete, so they have a rich life.
This is something that should be embraced by all Victorians, especially those fortunate enough to own land.
Charlie Schroeder, Snug Wildlife Centre, Omeo
Bridges will fall
The ARTC are in charge of the Inland Railway which is going to use all of the existing rail line between Melbourne and Junee to carry double stacked containers on a one-kilometre long train traveling at 80 km/h with no track upgrades.
But they have $10 billion to destroy any heritage registered bridge that stands in the way, which includes the bridge over the Murray, the 100-year-old footbridge at Culcairn and all bridges at Wagga.
I hope this will make your next trip better.