Letters to the Port Stephens Examiner: February 25

Gas prices don't make sense

MAKE SOME NOISE: Tom Lanko, from Corlette, is urging people to keep the conversation regarding jet skis in the public forum.

MAKE SOME NOISE: Tom Lanko, from Corlette, is urging people to keep the conversation regarding jet skis in the public forum.

If I fill my nine kilogram barbecue gas bottle, it costs about $20, which is approx.$2.35 per kilo of usable gas.

Now if I apply this pricing to filling a 45kg domestic gas bottle, it should come to about $105.

My last year's invoice charged me $130 for the gas refill and as always, there are extra fees. One company charges $33 for the bottle as a rental and another claims it as a service charge.

Our gas prices are excessive and the extras are, in my opinion, a price gouge.

At the price Australian gas comes out of the ground, consumers should be enjoying the price benefits of our natural and cheap resource. Consumers should pressure the supply companies to charge realistic prices and ask the government to act in consumers interests.

Mike Berriman, Tanilba Bay

Keep up the noise on jet skis

It feels like every week for the past couple of months, maybe even longer, someone has sent a letter to the Examiner to complain about jet skis.

I wholeheartedly agree with all of the published letters. The problem is, the conversation stays on the Letters to the Editor page. How do we take the conversation further? How do we turn this into something bigger?

Can the Examiner write an article to reach out to the authorities and the local community?

Let's not be afraid to lose a few tourists; other tourists will come. Tourists who are interested in protecting our beautiful part of the world. It has been said many times that jet skis are a selfish pleasure; they're loud, they're dirty and they're dangerous. Our economy does not need them.

It does not annoy only a handful of local residents. In fact, I don't remember ever hearing anyone saying 'it's so good to have jet skis in the bay, isn't it'. If most people don't want them, why do we tolerate them?

There's only one way to know: Let's make the conversation louder than jet skis.

Tom Lanko, Corlette

Helping hands appreciated

Last Sunday I was dropping off my green waste and unfortunately my car broke down in the line of traffic.

I was so grateful to the lady in the car behind who helped to move my car out of the way. I was so impressed with the assistance I received from two gentlemen who worked there. Mick, who not only helped me with my green waste but he and Keith also got my car started.

Now that is what I call service. Thanks again it was such an act of kindness.

Christine Hogan, Soldiers Point

Common Dolphins a local beauty

I agree with David Armstrong's comments (Letters, Examiner, February 11) about the visual and auditory ugliness of jet skis in Port Stephens, as well as their danger to dolphins.

My response, however, also regards the photo accompanying this letter, which is of Common Dolphins (Delphinus delphis). Common Dolphins are one of the most beautiful of all dolphin species, with broad, cream-coloured side thoracic patches, a white Nike-like 'swoosh' along their flanks and up onto the tailstock, and light pigmentation on their dorsal fins and pec flippers. All these features can be seen in the photo, but these animals never enter the bay, which is the exclusive home of our better-known grey Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus).

If you're lucky, you might see Commons during offshore whale-watching tours in winter. As with all dolphins, they may not be approached within 300 metres by jet-skiers, 50 metres by boaties and 30 metres by swimmers. The only way to get close to them (under two metres) is with Dolphin Swim Australia, which holds the only permit in NSW to take people swimming with wild dolphins.

Dr David Scott, Medowie

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