Letters to the editor

Hannah Hawkes shares a cuddle with her puppy Janis after winning a bodybuilding pro card recently. See sport for more.
Hannah Hawkes shares a cuddle with her puppy Janis after winning a bodybuilding pro card recently. See sport for more.

Civic Centre A Sinkhole

Once again the dead hand of the esteemed General Manager of the BVSC closes off debate and reasoned discussion of suggestions to reduce council debt. Her answer to the suggestion that the under utilised civic centre, library and gallery should be sold off is to advise that council had "a significant funding application for the gallery" and the promise of another workshop.

Please spare us this continued nonsense.

Firstly an application does not mean a grant has been received or any monies even promised. Secondly, why are we trying to burden the rest of NSW tax payers with debt accumulated by the incompetent administration of the BVSC.

The quicker this individual departs the better.

Terry Mellington, Mirador

Danger at Merimbula bar 

Over the last nine months the Merimbula bar, because of depth at half to low tide, has become very dangerous during certain sea conditions. I believe it is only a matter of time before persons will be seriously injured or, worse, could be killed trying to navigate this area.

I have been crossing this bar over the last 30 years, both in commercial and amateur vessels. Larger vessels, like the True Blue and Bubbles, operating out of the Merimbula harbour have ceased. One of these vessels is now operating out of Bermagui, the other from Sydney.

If commercial vessels run aground on the bar and become stuck with passengers on board the master may lose his ticket.

True Blue alone during the 3 1/2 months of whale watching season brings up to 6000 people into Merimbula. The town, in my opinion, is at a standstill with Pambula and Bermagui both booming.

Surely it is up to the Bega Valley Shire Council and the owners of businesses in Merimbula to form a panel of civil engineers marine engineers, marine scientist and master Mariners to generate a report on what, if any, action to overcome the problem can be taken. I have noticed over the last 30 years the tide flow out of the harbour has tended to slow down which may to some degree be part of the problem. Come on Shire and business, take action before Merimbula dies.

Patrick Quigley, Tura Beach

Mural a great reflection of area 

Stan Squire's mural is an excellent representation of the often used slogan for Eden-a natural paradise. It is a welcoming feature on the northern wall of the Eden Scout Hall. This building could tell many stories as it used to be Palestine Public School situated on the corner of the Princes Highway and Government Road. After this one-teacher school closed in 1968, the children had to travel by bus to Eden for their eduction.

Sue Horton, Eden

Battling cancer together

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank our communities for their incredible support of The March Charge campaign. During the month of March, people across NSW contributed to the 745,300kms, equivalent to 18 laps around Earth, clocked up nationally through walking, running, and moving, all to raise funds for people affected by cancer.

Our Chargers took on the challenge of setting their own walking or running challenge over the course of one month, we also saw Chargers trying activities like cycling, swimming, tennis or dance. Whatever the activity, the goal was the same: clock up the kilometres and feel the Charge you get when you tell cancer where to go.

In total, 11,134 Chargers raised an incredible $2.6million, making it the biggest March Charge in history, and the donations are still rolling in! Funds raised from The March Charge will go towards Cancer Council's lifesaving cancer research, support services and cancer prevention programs.

Thank you Chargers for rallying together against cancer.

Tanya Byrne, Cancer Council