We were reminded by your Friday headline about not being prepared could mean lots of damage by storms which threaten us all.
However, the blame for the state of ‘unpreparedness’ was laid firmly with the home owner.
How about the Cotamundra-Gundagai Council sharing some of the blame.
We went to council after the storm last Friday week, to speak to the relevant person about trees on their property, which if toppled, would threaten life and property here in Cootamundra.
We live opposite three huge trees.
They are a continuing worry as branches often fall during windy days.
The gentleman responsible for an answer was not available but we were promised a return phone call the next day – we are still waiting.
Lopped to a safe height would be the request – not removed altogether.
These trees in particular are a disaster waiting to happen – we love trees, but not at the expense of life and property.
Barry Donnelly and Jim Nicholson, Cootamundra
SUGGESTIONS FOR THE FORMER AMPOL FUEL DEPOT
We would like to pass on our thanks and congratulations to the hard working group of volunteers who gave up their time to clean up the disused former Ampol fuel depot on the southern entrance to Cootamundra.
We would just like to add a suggestion, that perhaps the disused petrol tanks could be painted with a "Wattle Theme"and a "Welcome to Cootamundra".
Phillip and Julie Moon, Cootamundra
PARKS SERVICE RESTRUCTURE THREATENS JOBS
Since 1967, the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has looked after our National Parks, their precious wildlife, worked for the conservation of native and threatened species, educated generations of school children and played host to countless camping holidays and bushwalks.
Their ability to perform these essential public services is now under threat from a restructure by the NSW Liberal/National Government, which will result in a series of cuts and job cuts and loss of expertise.
We love our national parks.
They receive more than 40 million visits in New South Wales each year, and an overwhelming 94 per cent of visitors describe themselves as satisfied or very satisfied with their experience.
Parks like Ulandra Nature Reserve and Jindalee National Park are an important part of the community, environment and public space.
If the NPWS restructure goes ahead, the NSW community will soon notice the consequences of the Government’s reckless approach to parks management.
Fewer rangers, closed tracks, less maintenance of visitor facilities and encroaching invasive species will become the unfortunate norm.
There will be a knock on effect on local jobs, tourism and the local economy.
I urge readers to contact the NSW Government and ask them to stop their war on National Parks and treat rangers and all staff with the respect they deserve.
Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC, Greens NSW MP and environment spokesperson
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