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Trenches containing relocated services get backfilled with stabilised sand at the Merimbula bypass roadworks.
Trenches containing relocated services get backfilled with stabilised sand at the Merimbula bypass roadworks.


I have been following the comments on fluoridation of water supplies with great interest. 

When I was young I was a patient to dentists who had practiced both before and after the fluoridation of the local water supply in Hobart. They had noticed a great reduction in the occurrence of tooth decay after the addition of fluoride to the water supply,  However, Fluoride can occur in nature in a mineral form and because of this the amount of fluoride in our water and food can vary from place to place.  Whether fluoride is detrimental to our health will depend mainly on its concentration and the amount we ingest.  This is the same for most substances including even sugar.  It is up to the authorities to follow guidelines from such organisations as the World Health Organisation in determining the amount to be added to the water supply.  For those people who are not happy with the addition of fluoride (or anything else for that matter) to the water supply, may I suggest that the Bega Shire Council provide a waterstation(s) of fresh potable water for the use of the general public. I saw such an example last Christmas in Hobart where there was a waterstation at the chalet just before the summit on the pinnacle road to Mount Wellington.  A pipe had been taken off a fresh mountain stream which had a trigger controlled valve. 

Peter McCormick, Merimbula

Buying locally 

After checking Melbourne prices we decided to buy two single seater recliners and one two-seater recliner. locally.

We were a bit concerned that the two seater didn't sit equally in the middle and after checking the setting on the floor at Robert Smith's decided to contact Rebecca for an exchange.

We weren't confident that this would be done but within half an hour of Rebecca receiving our email she was on the phone and agreed to do a full exchange. We were really impressed and feel we had to acknowledge this follow up.

Buy locally. It has benefits. 

Kath Campbell, Tura Beach

Yellow bins

The lack of yellow, recycling bins in public places has been an issue that has concerned me for some time. I can’t comprehend how, in 2017, we don’t have such a system in place, despite having residential bin collections for years! What kind of a message is this failure by our council sending to the public -  adults and children? That buying buildings is more of a priority than efficient recycling and waste disposal.  Obviously, the whole waste issue has not been taken seriously enough, and councils have abrogated their duties in this area.

   On this year’s World Environment Day (June 5) I voiced my concerns on South-East ABC Radio. Furthermore, I recently spoke to both the mayor, Kristy McBain, and councillor Nadin about the need to have yellow, recycling bins in the towns, villages and other heavily used public areas of the Bega shire. To their credit, both recognised this as a necessary measure. The mayor agreed with my suggestion that currently there is a gap in the shire's recycling collection program. Locals and visitors to towns and beaches, for example, are compelled, unless they take items such as plastic and glass bottles and aluminium cans home, to deposit objects that are recyclable in the red bins, therefore wasting resources and contributing to the shire's waste centres filling up sooner than they should be.

   Locals and visitors are familiar with yellow recycling bins. If you attend a music festival it’s a given that yellow bins are provided. In a shire that heavily relies on tourist visitors, the decision to introduce such an extension of the system to towns, etc, and not just residences, would better serve the environment of our shire, place it at the forefront of environmental innovation and provide it with national recognition. Such an extension would provide further pride for residents in their local shire and enhance the goodwill of visitors to our region.

Hopefully, councillors will recognise the need to include the above ideas in their budget. If you agree with my sentiments, please don’t be complacent, but write a letter to our council.

Greg Ferguson, Pambula Beach

Free Spirit Airlines

In response to Mr Badous comments of misquotes from my article  on Free Spirit airlines 7/6/17.

Mrs Symes did not book the original return flight to Merimbula. I had only the booking and invoice numbers, so had NO information regarding conditions and insurance of which you seem obsessed about.  I was not given every opportunity to purchase insurance as I did not speak to your booking clerk or you.

Mrs Symes elected NOT to take out insurance??

The three medical people who were trying on my behalf to change the date of departure to a forwarding one or a refund had letters from the Head Professor of surgery, but to no avail verifying the circumstances and wheelchair access. The people who spoke to your desk clerk all stated how inappropriate his attitude was to them.

I did not elect to have surgery and notify your airline ASAP.

“Rex” showed compassion and were prepared to forward my flight date to when I was medically able to fly if my original booking had been made with them. As it was the only way I could get back to Merimbula.

I thank them for their understanding and courtesy.

D Symes, Pambula Beach


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