BRING ON BOW HUNTING
THE Shooters, Fishers, and Farmers Party has a very sensible idea in their suggestion to allow legal bow hunting of fallow deer, an introduced game species, in the alpine areas of the state.
Bow hunting is a highly disciplined method of take used in many sensitive wilderness areas around the world.
It has very little environmental impact, perhaps as little as a lone angler casting a fly over an alpine lake for that other introduced game species - the trout.
Steven Button, Cressy.
REVERSE BUS STOP DECISION
WELL said, the Baldocks of Queensland (The Examiner, December 28) about the removal of the bus service through Glen Dhu/South Launceston.
How ridiculous that this service was removed, depriving tourists of leaving motor homes in the caravan park and riding the bus into the CBD. Many of these tourists are elderly and simply cannot walk to what is now the nearest bus, which is certainly not close.
This area has the caravan park (which also caters for campers), an eye clinic with cafe, bridge club, several factories, a dance school, after school care, trade supplies premises and tradespeople bases, panel beater, gym, and not to mention Door of Hope with its religious services, café, functions including funerals, and conference rooms.
At times the streets in this area are so blocked with cars residents cannot park in front of their homes, and visitor parking is impossible. Surely circumstances that warrant a bus service. Which we used to have.
Carol Hill, South Launceston.
FLAWED BUSINESS MODEL
The article regarding China's ban on Australian timber imports (The Examiner, December 30) doesn't state whether the timber is from plantation, or old growth/native forests.
If the former, then China's decision is concerning of course, but should hardly be seen as unexpected given the rejection of timber from other states, as well as all the other Australian products China suddenly has issues with.
It's no secret though that our old growth and native forests are still being plundered, which is irresponsible and unsustainable. It's outrageous, and ruinous on so many levels, not least of which is trashing the very environment visitors come to this state to experience.
Tasmania's forestry industry has been found wanting for decades.
The business model is clearly unsustainable, why else has there been a constant need to prop up forestry with taxpayer funds.
Enough has been written and published to show the industry - and successive governments - have refused to acknowledge this. Millions of dollars have been poured into this flawed and failing industry, money that would have been far better spent on schools, hospitals and public housing.