Letters to the editor: Fruit stall and tree chop a shame
Double chopping a shame
I WANT to voice my total disgust with the Tweed Shire Council chopping down the fig trees along the pathway at Casuarina, it is nothing short of vandalism.
Surely they could have found some way around chopping out much needed, perfectly healthy trees.
We need more greenery on the coast, not less.
People who complain about the roots of trees making the walkway uneven should just start taking responsibility for themselves and look where they walk.
Furthermore, this council should hang their heads in shame stopping farmers from selling their products at roadside stalls.
Visitors and locals alike enjoy buying these fresh products at the stalls.
Give the farmers a break where and when we can, their work is tough at the best of times.
Leave things alone, let people choose for themselves, we don't need councils making decisions like this for us, they should use their time and effort on things that are important to the community, who after all are the ratepayers.
Sylvia Wylie, Kingscliff
Wake up to local changes in Tweed
LOCAL produce on offer draws lots of visitors to Tweed Shire and is a feature of council's aim to foster local agriculture and tourism.
But when a mindless bureaucrat on secure public salary prevents a local farmer from following his years-long established and accepted practice of selling his fruit by the roadside during the mango season we have a problem.
With this treatment of hardworking people following just one, possibly vexatious, complaint we do not deserve to prosper.
What an encouragement!
Wake up to what is happening everyone, while there is still time.
Jim Berting, Burringbar
Fighting for a safe electorate
IN response to Labor's ongoing law and order scare campaign, your readers should be reassured to learn that the NSW Government has agreed to increase North Coast police numbers by 90 officers as a result of representations from me and other local Nationals MPs, as previously reported in your paper.
Twenty of these officers are already on duty including five extra in the Tweed Byron Local Area Command.
This is, according to the Police Association of NSW, the biggest increase in a decade.
Under the previous Labor Government in which (now MLC) Mr Walt Secord played a key role, police resources were disproportionately and unfairly allocated to Sydney Labor electorates.
With respect to bikie gang issues, Mr Secord should report any intelligence he has to the police, but senior officers confirm he has so far failed to do so.
This confirms Labor allegations on law and order are all about trying to scare people.
There is no evidence for Labor's police claims, quite the opposite.
I will continue to fight for a safer Tweed and I encourage readers to be very cautious about anything Labor says about law and order.
Geoff Provest, Member for Tweed
Following the proper protocols
RECENTLY the Tweed Shire Council installed a new water meter in Pottsville at a duplex 2 x freestanding homes at the request of one of the owners.
Neither the owner, the owner's plumber or the council followed the recommended protocols or showed the other owner any consideration and did not consult, resulting in one owner invoiced for all of the water for a period of three weeks.
When the bill was questioned the spokesman for council said after three days looking in to what happened we did not issue 2 x special bills because they were small amounts and it was not cost effective.
Yes ratepayers, it would seem we have more money and ethics than council management.
I would like to hear from our elected councillors if they would be happy with this sort of rip off.
Very unprofessional folks, sack the whole council I say.
Gabe Horwath, Pottsville
Drought support is available
AS the drought tightens its grip on a vast area of New South Wales and many commodity prices continue in decline, it is important that the farming community knows there is financial and other support available.
The Australian Government is supporting producers suffering hardship with programs such as the Transitional Farm Family Payment, Farm Finance Concessional Loans, Rural Financial Counselling Service, Farm Management Deposits and a range of assistance through the Departments of Agriculture and Human Services.
I urge primary producers to inquire if they are eligible for assistance by visiting humanservices .gov.au/rural or daff.gov.au/farm-finance.
Alternatively you can contact my office on 1300 301 816.
John Williams, Nationals Duty Senator for Richmond
Losing the battle on a global scale
WE are losing, inexorably, Australian industry.
It was a tyre manufacturer a few years ago, Holden, SPC Ardmona, Arnotts ... those are now owned by overseas companies.
The political brouhaha going on at the moment is deceiving the Australian voter.
Both major parties know the score.
It is the most serious manifestation of globalisation and Labor and the Coalition have gone along with the whole damned cruel thing.
And we hear daily the euphemism 'Free Trade' which is only 'free' for producers overseas but it is death for our wonderful local industries.
Right now we are seeing a pandemic.
Vale Australian manufacturing.
Warren James, Tweed Heads