Naming rights and gun control: this week's letters to the editor

Alby’s son humbled by naming suggestion

I refer to the proposed motion by Cr Gil Kelly regarding Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council meeting room be re-named after my father, the late Alby Schultz.

My father worked across all three levels of government for more than 34 years and was a highly respected and fierce advocate of his community.

His love of the bush and rural and regional communities drove him to be a strong and determined advocate.

I have always been proud of his achievements and of his steadfast representation of rural Australians.

I was both humbled and touched by the news that Councillor Kelly was proposing a motion in honour of my father.

On behalf of my dear mum Gloria (Glo) Schultz and myself, I would like to express our deep appreciation and thanks for Councillor Kelly’s motion to Council.

Can I also thank all those in the Cootamundra Gundagai Regional Council area who have voiced overwhelming support in this proposal.

I am sure that dad would have been touched by this motion and pleased to see someone so in touch with his community. It seems we may be seeing a rising star in local politics.

And I wish him well.

Grant Schultz

Milton NSW

Alternative naming for Council Meeting Centre

Councillor Gill Kelly Is well intentioned in proposing to name the new Cootamundra - Gundagai Regional Council Meeting Centre after state and federal politician Alby Schultz. 

However, an ideal opportunity now exists to consult with the local community to choose a name that reflects the  Aboriginal cultural heritage of Cootamundra and Gundagai in the spirit of Reconciliation and Recognition. 

Bill Godman

Cootamundra 

Emerging after the shocking murder-massacre in Margaret River last week was that the killer had a licence for three rifles - all approved by the police! Why on earth did he need just one rifle?

In Geraldton, Western Australia in March, another farmer shot his accountant.

Farmers seem to have the right to own rifles while townspeople can't, and the licences are portable!

The usual line from police is "they have to control feral animals."

Baits control foxes  and calisivirus has eliminated rabbits.

Kangaroos could be culled by police shooters, not farmers, who should have their gun licences rescinded immediately while the gun amnesty is current before more tragedies occur.

A.J.East

Cootamundra

Sporting shooters support amnesty

The Sporting Shooters Association of Australia (NSW) Inc. “SSAA NSW” has welcomed the NSW Police Minister’s announcement of another firearm amnesty which will run from 1 July to 30 September.

The SSAA NSW supports any measures that aid in the combat against illegal firearms and the reduction of gun-related crime in Australia, however a firearms amnesty will not resolve the real issue of career criminals and their use of illegal guns.

We must focus on the criminals with illegal firearms as criminals by their very nature do not abide by the law, so it is unlikely that they will front up to their local dealership or Police station to hand in their ill-gotten firearms.

No one wants illegal guns off the streets and out of our community more than licensed, law-abiding firearm owners."

Diana Melham 

SSAA NSW Executive Director