Native Animal Killing
THE killing of native animals in Tasmania via government permits is just another example of the appalling way the Tasmanian Government disrespects our environment and the species that live in it.
First, we arrive here and kill Aborigines to get them out of the way and now we continue to kill native wildlife that deserves to live here.
The issuing of 12,000 permits in the past five years by the government to kill species such as black cockatoos, wombats, black swans, green rosellas, silver eyes, cormorants, native hens, plovers, black swans, wallabies, possums and even platypus that are in the way of what we want is a total disrespect for the lives of those native species that were here before us.
If landowners such as SST want to grow crops that attract native animals then those animals should not be killed for eating their crops.
Those landowners are attracting the animals by changing the natural ecosystem, then those animals have to pay for that with their lives.
So clearly there are two crimes here; the destruction of a balanced ecosystem where all species live in balance and then the killing of animals that are unnaturally attracted to that new ecosystem.
That is not to mention the other crimes against the planet such as global warming and increased fire risk these ecosystem changes bring about. So let's just carry on wrecking the planet and not think of anything but ourselves and bring on global warming and species extinction.
Bert Lawatsch, Maydena.
St Georges Square Fence
When is this saga going to end, there must be more important matters for the council to deal with. Perhaps well-known fence builder Donald Trump should be contacted to solve the matter?
John Cullen, Launceston.
Sport and politics
I have been pondering over a lot of issues since I retired.
Firstly, the new prison should be between Oatlands and Campbell Town as well as the next AFL stadium and the main Tasmanian hospital.
With all the infrastructure and a railway to this central area of Tasmania, it would help a few struggling farming families to resurrect their land to a prosperous transition for the future.
Let's put Tasmania first and set a standard for our future smart youth.
Bill Fahey, Scottsdale.
The Tasmanian Treasurer Peter Gutwein has instructed the public service to provide substantial savings of $450 million, including a $50 million saving in the health budget.
The instruction has been accompanied by the appointment of a 'razor gang'.
The question is: should all offices and alike funded from the public purse be required to provide an efficiency dividend?
If the answer is yes, the Treasurer should detail the efficiency dividends required of ministerial offices as these are funded from the public purse.
If the answer is no, the Treasurer should list the reasons why these publicly funded offices are exempt.
Graeme Lindsay, Deloraine.
IN response to Dr Michael Powell's concern over the Sideling upgrade (The Examiner, September 3), I reiterate correspondence to him from July:
The Commonwealth will provide $40 million towards The Sideling upgrade, with funding to be delivered through the Federal Department of Infrastructure. Talks to progress the project are well underway between the Dorset Council and the state government and I am in regular contact.
Given the significant nature of the project, there are a number of stages involved before physical works commence, which are currently being progressed.
During the election campaign, I advocated vigorously, in conjunction with the Dorset Council and state government, to see the full funding amount of $40 million committed by the federal government.
As with the extensive election commitments across Bass, I am both excited and absolutely committed to seeing them delivered as soon as possible.
As Dr Powell states, the Sideling is such an important project for the future of the North- East region. As always, I welcome any community feedback on this matter or others. I look forward to updating the community as the project progresses.
Bridget Archer, Bass Liberal MHR.
I think it would be a tragedy if Launceston's Clarion Hotel is pulled down.
It is one of the most beautiful buildings left in Launceston.
The 19th Century architecture is one of the great charms of an otherwise pretty drab city and a major reason why tourists visit.
To develop a five-star hotel is great but not at the expense of losing this building or just leaving the outside shell.
James Moore, Evandale.
Reducing the number of Tasmanian councils from 29 to 10 could be achieved in time for the 2022 elections.
As a historian and researcher, I have determined the laws/bylaws are still in place to effect this strategy rapidly and efficiently.