Birds are predators, too
I wrtie regarding the proposed Wodonga Council 24-hour curfew on cats, reported in The Border Mail.
I have a cat but provide a home for many birds in my garden with many dense bushy plants and trees where they can shelter and nest.
In older areas, there are plenty of similar safe areas for birds, but new developments entirely disregard the need for green space around homes with lots of concrete and a maybe few spiky designer plants which no birds would occupy.
It is also not just cats that prey on birds, but other birds are predators too, so does council intend to put a curfew on them?
It is not just the cats causing the decline of birds, but humans in their complete lack of understanding the need of a healthy habitat to encourage birds to live in our towns. Council should consider this and plan appropriately.
Jill Whitford, Yackandandah
Concept deserves red light
I commend the complete common-sense approach of Councillor John Stuchbery's opposition to the pathetically planned traffic lights installation at the intersection of Elizabeth Mitchell Drive and Thurgoona Drive. I have previously raised opposition to this plan in The Border Mail, together with my reasons for doing so.
If traffic lights are installed at this location, it will be an injustice to the residents of Thurgoona and other local commuters, particularly when you combine this ill-conceived traffic-management plan with the second-time council debacle for the congestion occurring at the entry/exit into the Thurgoona Plaza complex.
Despite constant pleas to rectify this situation, Albury Council has continued to stubbornly ignore the situation.
Thank you Cr Stuchbery for standing up for common-sense.
The Thurgoona people will remember you at the next Albury City Council election and I am sure, in the circumstances, that they will also remember others.
Peter Dent, Thurgoona
This is Australia's shame
This month the Coalition government will be attempting to repeal the Medevac law, thereby denying adequate healthcare to refugees and asylum seekers in PNG.
There have already been thirteen deaths too many, of people incarcerated on Manus and Nauru and now in PNG, which is a very poor country with inadequate resources for its own citizens.
This situation is Australia's shame.
Doctors support Medevac with 11 peak medical bodies joining with the Australian Medical Association urging the government to uphold this law because it has proven to be effective in assessing adequate health care for these vulnerable people.
Healthcare is a basic human right and this Medevac law should remain, in order for that right to be defended.
Rae Quigley, Wangaratta
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