Letters to the Editor

Your front page of last Wednesday’s Bay Post/Moruya Examiner (27/6/12) was eye-catching for two reasons.The positive attraction was the photo and theme, but the negative aspect refers to the unAustralian term “trails”.It is unfortunate that those who are not familiar with our heritage and language have to rely on foreign terms and ignore the language of our pioneers.Perhaps it is the continuing cringe, which believes that we are not as good as the traditions from England or the USA.Americans have great confidence in their heritage and would not use the language of other countries, even for the reason of increased tourism, which Australia does without shame.Most Americans come to Australia to experience our culture, not see it as an extension of their own.Other than for poetic reasons, the word trail did not exist in the Australian vernacular until Australian bureaucrats visited the USA to learn fire control and national park techniques.These people started off with the term “fire trail”. Conversely, while trying to save one part of our heritage they saw no conflict in destroying another, a part of the language that had passed down to us.Having known pioneering stock from the Upper Deua River, and elsewhere, who constantly used bridle tracks as means of transport until recent times, I can assure doubtful readers that the term they used was bridle track.We pay great homage to our fallen in wars overseas, but why not show respect for our pioneers who came before us, who battled the hardships of isolation, drought, bushfire, lack of medical service and other privation? They built this country and gave us our unique and often colourful language.In his 1890 poem A Word to Texas Jack, Henry Lawson wrote: “Where’s my country gone?”.I suspect old Henry would be rolling in his grave if he could see and hear the disrespect shown for our language today.I suggest that if people are interested in the terms track and trail they use the website: http://simplyaustralia南京夜网/article-tracktrail.html.Chris Woodland, TermeilThis story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Bats spoiling people’s lives

The stench, the screeching, and the excrement dumped by thousands of flying foxes roosting in the Batemans Bay water gardens is continuing to spoil the lives of their human neighbours.However, there could be relief in sight.Bega MP Andrew Constance said he would contact Environment Minister Robyn Parker about the problem.He said the flying foxes were not just in Batemans Bay but had also moved in near his home at Lilli Pilli.However a NPWS spokeswoman said a check of the colony last Friday revealed a 60 per cent drop in numbers, with around 2000 bats still remaining around the water’s edge.She said this could fluctuate and it would be monitored.Historical Society president Tony Whelan, whose museum is next to the water gardens, has resorted to playing loud classical music on his radio to try and move the flying foxes away.“They are making a mess all over the place. They shit on the roof, the walls and it stinks,” he said.“They are stripping bare all the trees.“I put the radio out in the yard and play the classical music loudly and they do move away. They don’t like the music.”Mr Whelan said everyone should start doing that.He said museum visitors do comment on the smell,“Every time we go in we have to clean the windows. And the steps and ramp are slippery (from excrement),” he said.Bob Hogan, from Clyde Autos, said the flying foxes had become a terrible nuisance, with staff having to wash the cars every day because of their excrement.“If we don’t then the bat shit sets like cement. It’s disgusting stuff that must be scraped off,” he said.“Unfortunately they are protected. They need to be culled or moved on.”Residents on nearby High St have had enough.Emily Pitt said the problem with noise and the smell had become disgusting over the past four months and “makes it hard to live here”.She said it used to be enjoyable to visit the water gardens and feed the ducks but it was not now because of roosting bats.Keven and Vicky Quinn said it was a disgusting problem, the smell atrocious, and likely to have an adverse effect on elderly residents.Mrs Quinn said a neighbour’s cat at their villa complex had become ill and a vet said a bat, or bat droppings, could be the cause.The couple continually clean their driveway because of the mess from bats.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Second man sought in Tuross shooting

A Tuross Head man, accused of shooting into an occupied home with a high-powered weapon, has been refused bail as police seek an alleged accomplice.Wesley Hayles, 46, appeared in custody before Batemans Bay Local Court on Friday charged with firearm offences with police alleging he fired a bullet from a 6.5mm Carl Gustav Mauser bolt action rifle into the Grenville Ave unit just before 11pm on March 25. Two women were inside watching television at the time.Mr Hayles is charged with firing a firearm at a dwelling house with reckless disregard to safety, firing a firearm in a manner likely to injure, possessing an unregistered firearm in a public place, not keeping a firearm safely, possessing an unregistered firearm, possessing an unauthorised firearm without a permit, possessing ammunition without a permit, and contravening an Apprehended Violence Order.Defence lawyer Jennifer Power, in an unsuccessful bail application, said the police charge against her client was serious but was as yet untested.She took issue with the police assertion that Mr Hayles had made an admission, saying she gave him legal advice (when arrested) not to take part in a police interview.Ms Power said he told her that he would follow her advice but then gave an interview and allegedly made admissions after police told him “to come clean” because it was in his best interests.Ms Power said she had concerns about this then referred to police facts before the magistrate stating that a co-accused had not been charged.She had sought conditional bail of $250 with her client to live at Tomakin.Bail was opposed by police prosecutor Sgt Marc Chaplin, who said there was a presumption against bail (because of the serious nature of the charges and allegations), and there was nothing in the defence argument to rebut that presumption.Sgt Chaplin said there was an alleged co-offender at large whom police alleged used a firearm in an offence involving the accused, and that there would be a risk to the accused and others if he were granted bail.He said it was an extremely serious matter in which a firearm was used to fire into a house when people were inside.Magistrate David Degnan said police facts indicated someone had gone to a neighbouring property saying something was going to happen tonight because “we have had enough of her”.That person was told if they heard something then not to call police “as you know it’s just us”.“The person said these words early in the evening before the offence took place,” Mr Degnan said.The magistrate said he was also concerned that the firearm found by police had been loaded.He said it was a high-powered rifle and consistent with the calibre of weapon used that night.When queried by the magistrate, Sgt Chaplin said no bullet was found at the scene.Police have also seized a telescopic sight and ammunition.Refusing bail, Mr Degnan then adjourned the matter to July 23.Police have confirmed that the arrested man was taken to Moruya Hospital for treatment after his arrest and charged on his release.Police urge anyone with information to contact Batemans Bay Police on 4472 0099 or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

New mural at Batemans Bay skate park

The new mural at the Batemans Bay Skate Park will incorporate the previous memorial to the late Trent Budinsky, even if the words “RIP Trent” are a lot less prominent.The new mural will incorporate previous ones, and the mural featuring the words “RIP Trent” will be replicated in a 1.2 metre wide section of it.The previous mural was painted in 2006, the year after 13-year-old Trent was killed by a car in Batehaven.Reflecting Trent’s love of skateboarding, the “Shred for Trent” skateboarding competition was held at the park in 2008.Council has been planning for the past few months to work with the community to create a new mural at Hanging Rock. Workshops to develop the design with a Eurobodalla artist were held last weekend in Batemans Bay, with everyone in the community, including friends of Trent involved in painting the previous mural, invited.“The invitation to get involved in the new design has been on Facebook for three months,” Eurobodalla Shire Council facilities management co-ordinator Chris Tague said.“It is time to change the mural to reflect what is happening now.”However Mr Tague said that he had encountered some opposition to replacing the mural, much of it from friends and family of Trent.Trent’s sister Natalie expressed her dissatisfaction on Facebook on Monday.“Something I don’t understand is the council wants the community to get involved in redesigning it yet no one in the community wanted it changed? The council clearly doesn’t take anyone’s thoughts into consideration.”However Mr Tague claimed Natalie had expressed acceptance of the changes. He has also been in contact with Trent’s father, Vlado Budinsky, about the decision to replace the mural, and Mr Budinsky has mixed feelings about it.“When I spoke to Chris about six months ago, I told him that I would really like to keep the same memorial, and that I was surprised that those who built the memorial would then want to destroy it, but I understand Chris’s point of view,” Mr Budinsky said.“I am happy that a memorial to Trent will be included in the new skatepark, and that his school friends, who helped to paint the original mural, are involved again.”Mr Tague said that council was looking at providing another memorial to Trent at Caseys Beach, where he and his father used to walk.The new skate park will be open this Saturday, the new mural finished soon after, and the grand opening held on July 14.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Moruya’s first female Rotary president

Women are putting their mark on Moruya, according to Clare Hack, who is the first woman to take the reins of the town’s Rotary club.With the local government elections looming and more women being encouraged to stand for council, the Bingi resident has been elected as Moruya Rotary Club’s first ever female president.Heading up the once all-male club, Ms Hack says women are now putting “their stamp on history”.“In Moruya, we’re making our stamp as well,” she said.Ms Hack took over aspresident last week, after being elected at the club’s annual general meeting late last year.She has been the club’s secretary for three years and found it hard to hold back her excitement at being the first ever female president of the club.“I was surprised, I never expected it!” she said.Ms Hack is one of five female Moruya Rotarians, who work alongside about 50 men.However, this doesn’t faze her in the slightest.“The role of women has changed so much in the community,” she said.“When my mother was a young girl, women didn’t go to work. But now we have a woman Prime Minister, and we have women in very important roles in Australia.“I think women are the backbone of every community and you have to promote yourself.”She said more women were needed in leadership roles, including on Eurobodalla Shire Council.“Women think differently to men and I think they’re more flexible on some issues, and sometimes they’re a little bit more driven,” she said.“I think it’s because women have had to fight to get to where they are.“I think they value the role that they’re in, I certainly do! I never dreamt I would be doing what I’m doing today.”Ms Hack has a list of goals for the year ahead for the Rotary Club – the biggest is attracting some new members, including younger men and women.“We would like to invite more women into the club,” she said, “but finding women to join Rotary is difficult.“There is a perception that it is a men’s club.”However, she says this is not the case.When she joined in 2009, there were only two other women in the club but it didn’t feel strange.“They’re a very friendly bunch of people,” she said. “I was made very welcome and I was included in everything.”Ms Hack joined the club two years after her husband, a former Rotarian, passed away.“I used to be a partner of a Rotarian,” she said. “The club gave me so much support at a time when I really needed it.”When she joined, she was determined to give something back.“I have found this whole process very stimulating and it has made a difference in my life.”While she doesn’t have a “favourite” Rotary project to focus on during the next 12 months, she does have a soft spot for the Shelterboxes, which Rotary sends to disaster areas around the world.The club is also in the process of getting a “wishing well” people can use to donate to local projects, including the refurbishment of the Moruya Oncology Ward and scholarships for local youth.However, she said local help doesn’t stop there.“If people in the community are aware of a need in the community, they should contact the Moruya Rotary Club and we’ll look at it,” she said.“Sometimes we can [help], sometimes we can’t.”This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.