Christmas tree vandalism
IT is devastating to see the senseless vandalism and theft of items from our beautiful Christmas tree in the Brisbane Street Mall.
For many years Launceston was without such a Christmas tree due to the previous one being destroyed until council and Cityprom collaborated to purchase and install the current one in 2010. It is even sadder that people are calling for higher protective fences or increased security (both at an added and unnecessary financial cost) to keep the idiots out instead of calling for greater respect for public property and to celebrate this special time of year as it should be with care and kindness.
Rob Soward, City of Launceston councillor.
I HAVE owned a farm for over 30 years and the number of deer has increased greatly. They damage paddocks and crops and destroy the bush. Fine in small numbers but that is no longer the case.
They are a feral animal introduced for recreational hunting and I cannot understand why they are protected.
James Moore, Evandale.
North-East heritage railway
IT seems to me that we need to look at the rail heritage of the state as a whole. The other line that is crying out for redevelopment is the line from Hobart to Mt Field.
To utilise this as a tourist heritage train is more viable and valuable, while a rail bicycle trail from near the hub of cycling Derby to Launceston is also a useful and thus valuable acquisition of an old rail corridor.
And yes a portion of this rail could be kept as a railway for heritage use.
Tourist wouldn't want to sit on a train for eight hours to travel the whole of the North-East rail corridor, it must be remembered that tourists only have a short time in Tasmania and so are time poor to engage in prolonged activities. Time to get on with it.
Paul Akerman, Hobart.
OUR restrictions are way too strict.
Dancers and performers have been waiting for too long to be able to perform and compete, while performers and dancers have been unable to dance, contact sports have been able to play for quite some time.
There is no consistency whatsoever.
Not only that, pubs, clubs and business owners have been losing money due to our ridiculous restrictions. Publications about COVID-19 are all catastrophic and have titles that attempt to scare readers.
Chloe Ryman, Riverside.
Swift parrot demise shame
POOR swift parrots, living and breeding in trees that have to be chopped down for wood chips. Much better to be an orange-bellied parrot, peacefully breeding out of the way in the world heritage area. No wonder there are no plans in place to protect swift parrots. Shame on us. Thank you to the Difficult Birds Research Group for all their hard work. You may like to donate to this group to help them with their research and conservation work.