Watch planning carefully
The planning process for this block [on Arthur Kaine Drive, Merimbula sold by council for $2.5m] needs to be watched carefully. The adjacent blocks are zoned for Environment Protection. It is a shame this area was not included when the environmental protection zoning was put in place. The developer should be exercising the greatest care to conserve the dune and the vegetation that stabilises the dune.
Richard Barcham, Candelo
What's around for seniors?
Lots of discussion about new ideas for our town, which is good. However nothing mentions our golden oldies.
Since the January 2020 bushfires then COVID we have been like most of the community and followed restrictions, but now that restrictions have eased find nowhere to go. We mostly still sit in front of the TV, day in day out. A trip to the doctor is considered an outing.
Surely with the number of clubs in the area, plus unused venues there would be somewhere we could have a drop in place once or twice a week to help alleviate the loneliness, particularly for the elderly who live alone.
The majority of us are ratepayers in our own homes, shop locally and still support our town.
Elaine Johnston, Merimbula
I like to support my local newspaper so buy this each week. I am more and more disappointed at the lack of interesting articles to read and the fact that letters to the editor appear to have been discontinued. Most of my acquaintances feel the same. Hopefully you can remedy the situation.
Editor's note: Our apologies for not having a letters to the editor column in the last two weeks. It was simply due to there not being enough submissions from readers, not that we have discontinued running them. We always welcome all feedback and contributions on any relevant topic. Submit a letter using the form below.
Regarding allowing secondary dwellings on some rural properties: I want to congratulate Bega Valley Shire Council for making this change and showing they are being progressive about tackling the affordable housing issue in our shire.
This opens up the way for building smaller, affordable housing options for the Bega Valley's vulnerable. Hopefully there won't be excruciating DA fees and red tape associated and rental stress will reduce, with more families being able to stay in the Valley.
Karen Wright, South Pambula
Job well done
Open letter to the Bega Valley Shire Council general manager:
COVID-19 be dammed. On many past occasions in over 30 years as a ratepayer we have needed council's help to resolve problems successfully. Once again following a process that only local government can provide, we contacted a councillor who advised what department and contact person best to resolve the problem.
The process and communication in spite of staff working from home leaves many organisations "hiding" behind the virus bug excuse for dead.
Please pass on our appreciation to all concerned, a job well done.
Ron and Gwen Douglas, Merimbula
Understand the urgency
People need to understand the urgency of the climate emergency. We are rapidly running out of time and the government is fiddling while Rome burns. The people of Bega had to face terrifying bushfires last year. If we don't take drastic action to mitigate climate change now, those bushfires will just keeps getting worse every year.