Green credentials checked
Are you voting in the Wodonga Council election and want to know candidates attitudes to climate change?
Non-partisan climate advocacy group WATCH (Wodonga and Albury Toward Climate Health) asked all candidates to complete two questions.
Ten of the 19 candidates responded.
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Want to know which candidates want more renewable energy?
Who thinks climate change is the pre-eminent challenge of our time?
When asked to rate climate action on a five-point scale, Kat Bennett, Rupinder Kaur, Andrew Lees, Danny Lowe, Brian Mitchell, Joseph Thomsen and Simon Welsh gave it the highest priority score.
But we urge you to read candidates full responses on our website at watch.id.au.
Lizette Salmon, WATCH, West Wodonga.
Now, hear this
Regarding your article "Contest's the talk of the town" (The Border Mail, October 17).
Public speaking clubs for both women and men have been part of the Albury-Wodonga landscape for many years.
A branch of International Toastmistress Clubs (now International Training in Communication) was first established in Albury-Wodonga approximately 44 years ago.
This was an initiative of a Melbourne club whose member had relocated to the Border are and undertook to be an extension assistant; that is, to assist the club in its establishment phase.
The Albury-Wodonga club commenced with a membership of over 30 women.
The club had a good relationship with the Toastmasters Club in Albury and members of both clubs often visited as guest evaluators for speech competitions held by their respective clubs.
Noelle Oke, Albury
Neglect is inexcusable
The two obsolete signal boxes at Albury railway station, the turntable and the goods yards have variously been vandalised, windows smashed, left to deteriorate unchecked and have been left in this condition for years.
If RailCorp/TAHE has zero interest in their maintenance there is little to dissuade the taggers from spraying their inane scrawl.
This has nothing to do with "graffiti", nor with COVID-19, and everything to do with a careless NSW government over many decades.
John Skillington, East Albury
Dams not the solution
Your correspondent David Everist is in well over his head when he writes about water management (The Border Mail, October 17).
His solution to the over-demand for water is to increase storage of Lake Buffalo and Lake William Hovell, thus falling for a same fallacy that afflicts the National Party, that this somehow increases supply.
Dams don't make any more water; they just shift it. Sure, storing water in Lake Buffalo (rather than Lake Victoria) would reduce evaporation by around 30 gigalitres.
But at the same time it would cause transmission losses of between 30 and 40 gigalitres.
That is hardly a good case for spending millions of taxpayers' money on destroying ecosystems in the catchments.
Everist and his fellow Nationals are behind the times and oblivious to the science.
Graham Parton, Beechworth
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