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8 The Weekender, March 4, 2010
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spoiled by ranger
Trials not enough
proof over GM
citizens of Albany
STATE Minister Terry Redman
should be congratulated for dem-
onstrating where we stand when it
comes to Government control of our
Minister Redman in his GM deci-
sion for canola advises us we will
all be better off because farmers will
have a choice after he has handed
control of our canola crop to an
overseas multi-national chemical
HOW much longer can the long-suf-
fering citizens of Albany put up with
such an inept city council?
The revelations of the black hole
cost blow out of "Milton's monster",
otherwise the Albany Entertainment
Centre, is appalling.
It is almost beyond belief that our
mayor, Milton Evans, can have the
effrontery to blandly declare "that
the City has historically been rather
naïve in its financial preparations for
Naïve is certainly not the expressive
word. Incompetent and negligent are
How our tough-sounding but hollow
mayor could refuse to take delivery of
the centre unless the deficit is solved
is beyond me.
Furthermore, we are led to believe
that this blow-out "could be the mak-
ing of the City" is incomprehensible
-- try "unmaking".
I am of the opinion that there must
be some way in which Albany people,
that is, the ratepayers, can formulate
a vote of no confidence in the council
and have the whole mob out on the
Let us do something to stop this
cancer spreading into other pet "vi-
-- Jeffery Kemp, Little Grove.
AS I travel regularly from Bayonet
Head to the CBD, I, and thousands of
motorists like me, must endure 700
metres of Third World road condi-
tions on Lockyer Avenue from North
Road to Minna Street and back.
This is the worst entry to a CBD that
I have ever experienced and I have
been to many cities around the world
This cabbage patch road surface not
only is uncomfortable and irritating
but surely can not be good for any
How are we going to explain this
disgrace of a road to the Ulysses
Club, whose members will traverse
this goat track many, many times
in March? Is the cost exorbitant? I
wouldn't have thought so.
It is up to our council officials to
juggle their budgets around. Forgo
the Moet and the passion pop.
I don't care whether Council begs,
steals or borrows; just fix this 700-
metre abomination, quickly.
Surely it cannot be that difficult,
can it? Come on Milton get the boys
- Manuel Martinez, Bayonet
company with recorded, dubious,
Apparently success, as far as Gov-
ernment is concerned, includes a
few little stuff-ups and who gives a
damn. When they started the trials
we were promised there was no risk
of contamination and CBH promised
they could segregate the crops. What
a load of garbage.
When we take into consideration
last year's trial results that should
have demonstrated squeaky clean
procedures as promised and pro-
The simple questions are: Why is
Mr Redman on a crusade to introduce
GM crops and why does he refuse to
accept the concerns of others and why
does he and our State Government
continue to ignore the future fall out
we all know will happen?
Why does our Premier continue
to treat the rural community with
ignorant contempt when the GM
introduction could split our farming
community? More importantly, is
this a government which should have
control of our future?
-- John Robertson, Bayonet
ABOUT five years ago we purchased
a property in Albany. Since that time I
have become addicted to walking our
two golden retrievers each morning
on Goode Beach.
Rain, hail or shine we set out from
Mistaken Island end and walk about
two-thirds of the way to Frenchman's
Bay end and back -- usually with
some rubbish we have collected
(plastic bags, fishing line, cans, bot-
To have access to such a beautiful
beach is something I treasure.
On Sunday I was approached by a
ranger in a 4WD who had come from
the Frenchman's Bay end. He stopped
and informed me that my dogs should
be on a lead.
As there was only one other person
on the beach at the time I thought
this to be silly. However, the ranger
was so courteous and diplomatic in
performing his duty I voiced my lack
of knowledge -- as I never thought
for a moment dogs would need to
be on a lead in such a remote place.
He stated the council had received
As there is no development or hous-
ing, surely the Mistaken Island end of
the beach could be "off-lead?"
Dogs cannot be on leads all the time,
as it tends to make them protective.
They must be allowed time off-lead
to romp and play they are only hu-
man after all!
-- Murray Colmer, Little Grove.
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