Letters to the editor

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LETTERS: Send letters to the editor to olivia.barnes@fairfaxmedia.com.au.

Share the road

To the gentleman who told me to get on the footpath on the Verran Terrace, Mortlock Terrace railway crossing, you obviously need to pay a lot more attention to your driving and perhaps a quick trip to Specsavers. 

MEL MORTIMER

Port Lincoln

Looking forward to cheaper rates notice

Port Lincoln City Council will soon be posting out the rate notices for the 2018/2019 period.

Hopefully by the issue of the 2019/2020 notices ratepayers will have the benefit of rate capping and any spurious charges by councils will come under scrutiny by the South Australian government umpire. 

Certainly there are two charge items included in the 2017/18 rates that should be deleted from future rate charges.

Namely; the recycling service charge of $53.55. Recycling is no longer happening, so one can assume all our collected recyclables will go into landfill – hence no need for a recycling charge on top of the waste service charge of $252.10.

Second, Eyre Peninsula Natural Resources Management board (EPNRM) $74.20.

My understanding is the above board will shortly cease to exist, so rate payers should see their next rate bill be reduced by at least $127.75. 

Certainly if the above charges are still on my 2018/19 rates notice, I will consider deleting the amount from the payable rate notice unless I receive a written explanation from the council why I should pay the charges.

Your court, council. 

IAN BISHOP

Thanks to Lower Eyre council

Sheoak Road at Tulka has recently  been transformed from a dusty, pot-holed track to a fully formed and sealed thoroughfare.

This is due to the efforts of the Lower Eyre Peninsula council workers who were also most thoughtful regarding residents' access to their houses during the whole operation.

This was most appreciated.

RON CASANOVA

Tulka

Alarmed by drop in fish numbers

A new study has found excessive fishing has caused numbers of Australian fish, like bream and snapper, to decline by a third.

The 10-year study published in Aquatic Conservation, looked at nearly 200 species at 544 sites, and found the main cause for decline was overfishing and climate change.

The research confirmed there is an "urgent need" to declare more marine reserves.

"Despite public desire for marine protected areas … [they] cover less than two per cent of global marine waters."

Whether they are plentiful or not, all fish feel pain and suffer horribly on the journey from sea to supermarket as they are hauled up in commercial fishing nets that have been dragged along the ocean floor, tearing up whatever stands in their way.

These sensitive animals are crushed to death, suffocated or thrown overboard to succumb to their injuries in the water.

More than one trillion fish and other sea animals die at the hands of humans each year.

That's about 143 sea animals for every human on Earth.

Deep-sea trawling is also responsible for widespread damage to coral reefs and underwater mountains, and as a result, the ecosystems that depend on these habitats are crumbling. 

This reckless destruction of the ocean is cruel and unsustainable.

The good news is that delicious cruelty-free options – such as fish-free fish fingers, faux-fish cakes and mock prawns – are delicious, affordable and easy to find.

DESMOND BELLAMY 

PETA Australia