Letters to the Port Stephens Examiner: October 24

Plant trees elsewhere

The planting of koala food trees along the foreshore of Tanilba Bay (Peace Park conflict is averted, Examiner, News, October 10) will, in my opinion, hasten the demise of these lovely animals in our suburb.

Little consideration has been given to the dangers of enticing koalas into this area.

To believe the line that koalas will compulsively follow the food-tree trail from one end of Tanilba to the other is an exercise in naivety.

The Tanilba foreshore is thick with cars, bikes,dogs and constant activity that koalas must avoid.

The study that produced figures which support the planting of food trees along the foreshore should be questioned.

Let's call a truce and ask the Landcare [volunteers] to pick a more appropriate spot to grow food trees and protect the koala population at the same time.

NOT HERE: Mike Berriman believes there are dangers in enticing koalas to the Tanilba Bay foreshore.

NOT HERE: Mike Berriman believes there are dangers in enticing koalas to the Tanilba Bay foreshore.

Mike Berriman, Tanilba Bay

Japanese on point

I am writing in response to Dean Cox's letter 'Just follow the rules' (Examiner, October 17).

This letter immediately recalled memories during a visit to Japan a year ago - we visited a number of parks that encouraged picnic goers to relax, have their lunch and leave in due course.

What absolutely confounded me was that there was no evidence anywhere of rubbish receptacles and yet the grounds were pristine - no rubbish to be seen!

I asked some Japanese people just how was this possible - and the simple response was that all their rubbish was taken home to be disposed of - such is the community pride and responsibility to which they all respond.

Mr Cox's letter aptly described the viewpoint that is a natural in Japan - so please fellow Australians, adopt this admirable attitude.

Peter Cowling, Soldiers Point

Pet names not an issue

I am writing in response to the letter 'Refrain from Pet Names' (Examiner, October 10).

I fail to understand how the author can claim that we should be offended by people being friendly and calling others by 'pet' names. I cannot see that the names he quoted are actually disrespectful, and they are certainly not derogatory.

I say to him, 'Come on mate grow up'. Oops, should I now be concerned that he will be similarly upset with me for using the term 'mate'.

Perhaps that too should be added to his list of disrespectful and derogatory names. Perhaps he would also argue that we ban terms like "Gooday" from our vocabulary whilst we are at it.

Living in such a great area, as we are fortunate enough to do, I suppose it is really a symptom of our good life that the worst thing to happen to this bloke is that somebody called him "Darl".

Thank heavens he doesn't have things like climate change or rising sea levels to write about.

Jim Chapman, Corlette

Rules don't apply

I thought that when Hunter Water instigated the latest restrictions, they were meant for everyone?

Apparently not so for our council. I drove past the almost completed Medowie Sports and Recreation Club at noon today and low and behold there were sprinklers going on the recently planted gardens. I was under the impression that sprinklers were a no-no?

Yes, we want the newly planted garden to survive, but shouldn't the same rules apply to all of us?

Surely there is time before ten in the morning to give plants a good drink, maybe not so in the arvo because I believe most council workers knock off at 4pm, when more watering is allowed.

Oh well, same old same old. Rules for them and rules for us apparently.

Cath Rollason, Medowie