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July 14th, 2018 by admin

Letters to the editor

Fines for foolish behaviourAs a former paramedic I fully agree with Mary Fraser’s comments (TheBorder Mail, October 5)calling for fines for ignoring safety directives.
Nanjing Night Net

Once again I see a lack of political vision in safety legislation and for personal responsibility which is putting emergency service workers at risk.

OBEY OR PAY: A reader who is a former paramedic says people who enter floodwaters and need to be rescued should face some form of punishment. Picture: KURTIS HICKLING

This has been demonstrated during recent flooding in our region by fools entering flooded areas by foot, vehicles and other means against experienced advice unnecessarily creating a rescue situation for emergency service workers.

Laws should be in place to endeavour to prevent such stupidity and carry penalties as in road traffic breaches. Our emergency services are always fully extended, particularly in natural and other disasters and can do without the burden of irresponsible actions of morons absorbing additional resources.

A monetary fine or financial contribution to their rescue may be a wake-up call generally.

Peter Dent,ThurgoonaMore dams, and biggerThe current flooding of the Ovens River is unnecessary. It could have been prevented by building the Big Buffalo Dam, which would have removed 800,000 acre feet, or 1 million megalitres from the Ovens River. For comparison, Lake Hume holds 3 million megalitres.

Some people don’t understand that removing the water anywhere in the catchment area helps the whole catchment area. By removing that water from the Ovens, and then the Murray, other catchments can drain more quickly into those rivers without getting backed up and flooded.

If elected to Wangaratta Council, I will continue to push for more and bigger dams for the Ovens and Murray River systems in order to stop unnecessary flooding. I will work with other Councils up and down the Ovens and Murray Rivers in order to present a strong, united case to the state and federalgovernments.

Now is a good time to press the Victorian government for some of the proceeds of the sale of the Melbourne Ports. It will never be cheaper to build, and a properly built dam can provide electricity, irrigation and promote a healthy river for 100years or more, as well as preventing floods like this one.

Dr Julian Fidge, candidate for Wangaratta CouncilTurnbull a let downDuring the last six months, we have heard numerous exhortations from Malcolm Turnbull, urging Australians and others to embrace innovation, jobs and growth, but taking no concrete action to carry out his ambitions.

He is urging every one else to act, whilst he sits on his hands, or wanders around floating and withdrawing ideas.

It’s about time the Australian government invested in power, water and land security, and replaced the capital city-based planners in control of those areas, with people who understand the problems facing the battlers in capital cities and citizens living in regional and rural areas throughout Australia, and are prepared to plan and act on their behalf.

It is over 50years since the commencement of the Snowy Mountains Scheme, and there has been no action taken to encourage people to move into the regional and rural areas through provision of jobs, accommodation and services in those areas, and protect farmers and those dependent on them, from the vagaries of weather and the rules introduced by bureaucrats.

Governments have failed to protect the people they claim to represent, from floods, droughts, bushfiresand power blackouts.

MrTurnbull has become so unpopular because he raised the hopes of the community and has failed to live up to those hopes.Never has a politician promised so much and delivered so little.

Bill Buckpitt, WodongaThe Border Mail’s community diary returns SaturdayThis story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.