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.

Dogs decimate Bay High’s herd

Two dogs have been blamed for an horrific attack on alpacas and pet sheep at Batemans Bay High School, with the badly mutilated animals later euthanased.It was an awful start to the holidays for staff at the school yesterday morning when two dogs walked into the grounds.No one thought anything of it until sounds of distress were heard coming from the fenced-off agriculture plot where sheep, two lambs and the alpacas were kept.Two staff members saw the dogs attacking a pregnant alpaca’s throat and managed to get the dogs off but her injuries were severe.Other badly injured and mutilated animals lay distressed in the yard.A vet was immediately called to the scene and two sheep, a lamb, and two alpacas were euthanased because of the severity of their injuries.”It’s horrendous. My students will be devastated,” said distressed agriculture teacher Megan Nicholls, as she looked around the yard.The brown-fleeced alpaca named Totally Cool (TC) had been at the school seven years and was a favourite of students, who used to walk him around the grounds.He even attended the Eurobodalla Show.Fergie, whose baby was due within two weeks, was also unable to be saved. Her male friend Rozzi remained on the other side of the fence looking anxiously at his lifeless mate.Nearby was Valentine, now resting quietly after being treated for bite injuries to her face and neck following the frightening and frenzied attack.Dixie, a poddy lamb that was being bottle-fed by the students, also died as did two ewes.A second lamb that was injured but survived the attack has been taken into the home of a school worker to be cared for.General school assistant Mike Terry is disgusted by the attack and said the dogs had to jump a high fence to get into the yard.He saw the pair earlier that morning and they had appeared friendly. There was no indication of the horror to come.”I think they were staffies. One black bitch, one brindle-coloured,” he said.“Staff captured them and put them in a shed. They had collars and had been microchipped.“Council rangers have taken them.“The animals’ injuries were horrendous as they were attacked around the head and throat. They could not be saved.”Mr Terry said he did not know what triggered the attack but dog-owners needed to be more responsible and keep their dogs secured.“I come off a farm and I have not seen anything like this before. It’s awful,” he said.Mr Terry said Batemans Bay police also attended the scene after rangers took the dogs away.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Cullen to lead Aussie cricket’s England revival

THE Australian one-day cricket team may be struggling in its five-game series against England so far, but Carroll College teacher Paul Cullen hopes to buck that trend later this month.Cullen will fly to England on July 13 as a member of the Australian over 60s cricket team to tour the United Kingdom.He described the England over 60s as a “very strong side” and it’d be hard to argue after the Poms clinched a 3-nil clean sweep victory on their tour down under last year.“They have some very good players and I want to do my best to reverse that result,” he said.“But I’m starting to get very excited.“I haven’t been on anything like this before, not for Australia.”As there is no over 60s competition in the Eurobodalla, Cullen spends most weekends in summer travelling to Canberra to play in the zone league against teams such as Southern Highlands and Illawarra.An Australian over 60s selector was in the stands one Sunday earlier this year when Cullen, an all-rounder, had a particularly “good match”.He will be keen to continue that form in England, particularly in the third Test as there is a possibility that match could be held at Lord’s.“That would be pretty special, you dream about that sort of stuff,” he said.The Aussies will only have three days off in the 19-day tour and Cullen is keen to make the most of that time off.“They’ve given us a choice of Wimbledon, the Olympic Games or just to wander around the countryside doing art galleries and markets,” he said.Cullen’s adventure isn’t all about cricket, though.There’s also personal motivation as Cullen and several of his Carroll College students have been using it as a way to raise money for Beyond Blue, an organisation that provides support and information for young people suffering from depression and anxiety.“I’m very keen on alleviating that problem in young people,” Cullen said.The group is well on its way to achieving its goal of raising $3000, however further donations are more than welcome.For more information, or to donate, visit www.everydayhero南京夜网.au and search ‘Paul Cullen’.Cullen said that he also hopes to catch up with some ex-Carroll College students who are now living in London.Follow @Dean_Benson14NoneThis story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Business as usual for unbeaten Dolphins

THE Broulee Dolphins consolidated their domination over the rest of the competition with a nail-biting 28-20 win over the Batemans Bay Boars on Saturday.Chris Prow’s 78th- minute field goal secured the win and local bragging rights after the Boars almost pulled off a thrilling comeback.Broulee was completely dominant in the first half and looked as though it would run away with the match when it led 15-nil at the break.But whatever Batemans Bay captain-coach Dave Silversides said to his players at half-time worked a treat.Tries to Cory Maddison, Matt Absolum and Jim Thomas, as well as five points from the boot of Dave Warner, ensured the Boars outscored their fierce rivals in the second half.However, that second-half burst wasn’t enough to catch the Dolphins who did enough to clinch back-to-back wins over the Boars and maintain their 100 per cent record this season.With several penalties and handling errors slowing play down in the centre of the park, both teams got off to slow starts until Broulee struck in the 19th minute.Back-rower Brad Dunkley somehow barged his way through four Batemans Bay defenders after a well-worked Broulee lineout.Pat McMahon had a rare miss on his conversion attempt and it looked as though the score would remain 5-nil at the break.That was until the 38th minute when the Dolphins extended their lead through winger Justin Austin.McMahon drew his marker and then released Austin, who rounded several Bay defenders with pace to score out wide.The situation only got worse for the Boars in the lead-up to half-time as Broulee added another try just seconds before the buzzer.Prow’s long pass from the base of the ruck put PJ Cullen in the corner for 15-nil.The Boars eventually responded in the 48th minute when Warner slotted a penalty goal before Maddison, who was again brilliant at fullback, showed great determination for the Boars’ first try five minutes later.McMahon’s penalty goal three minutes later extended the Dolphins’ lead back to 10.The centre was in the thick of the action again on the hour mark when he converted his own try from right in front for 25-8.Batemans Bay hit back with two tries in as many minutes to ensure a nervy finish but Prow’s quick thinking 90 seconds from the full-time whistle put the result beyond doubt.Follow @Dean_Benson14NoneThis story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Returning stars help Tigers turn the tables

AFTER more than two months of frustration, the Batemans Bay Tigers are finally back to winning ways.Deryck Fox’s men snapped a six-game Group 7 losing streak in sensational fashion on Sunday with a 50-10 demolition of the Nowra-Bomaderry Jets.Representative stars Grant Roberts and Willy Newton made unexpected returns from injury to give the Tigers a major pre-match boost.Their inclusion proved telling in the Mackay Park match – Roberts scored twice while Newton crossed once and slotted seven of his nine conversion attempts.“This result has been coming for a couple of weeks but we just haven’t had the rub of the green,” Bay Tigers coach Deryck Fox said.“Today we had our two gun players back and their presence lifted everybody.”Tigers’ halfback Rhys Burazor had his best game of the season and Mat Hensley was near unstoppable on the left wing as the hosts posted 34 first-half points.After a slow start from both sides, the Bay opened the scoring in the 10th minute when Roberts crossed out wide after some neat work from Adam Stone.Hensley then had his first of the afternoon a minute later when he flew through the air to score from Burazor’s high kick.Eight minutes later it was 16-nil when Newton scored under the posts after yet another piece of Stone magic.The Tigers’ rampage was far from over, though, and Burazor went from provider to scorer in the 24th minute when he stepped his way over the line.A thrilling passage of play six minutes later had the Tigers 28-nil up and in dreamland after six consecutive defeats.Roberts barged his way into space and after he was eventually brought down, Burazor’s grubber kick bounced awkwardly for Jets’ fullback Ben Wiringi.Young Bay winger Adam McCann pounced on the situation and forced the ball loose to leave Marcus Golman with the simple task of scoring the Tigers’ fifth try.Hensley caused more trouble for the Jets right on the half-time buzzer when he tapped Jared Wood-Johnston’s kick back for Ricky Leighton to dive over and score.The interval did little to slow Hensley down and he secured his double in the 54th minute before Roberts scored for a second time four minutes later for 46-nil.Nowra-Bomaderry eventually found a response in the 66th minute through Wiringi before Kurt Quinlan made it back-to-back tries for the visitors.But Michael Tadich scored a well-earned try in the final minute to cap off a memorable afternoon for the Tigers.Follow @Dean_Benson14NoneThis story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Bug spray blamed for bee kill

The police investigation into the mass slaughter of millions of apiary bees in forests around Batemans Bay is expected to ramp up after an examination of dead bees and hives revealed insecticide.The Environmental Protection Agency confirmed the chemical Permethrin, a common household insecticide, was used and the information has now been given to police.More than 1200 hives containing between 50,000 and 70,000 bees have been destroyed in what has all the hallmarks of industrial sabotage against seven major beekeeping operators.EPA southeast region acting manager Julian Thompson said the agency tested samples taken last week from affected hives located at three different sites in the national parks.Dead bees, hives and honeycomb material swabs underwent chemical analysis and many tested positive to Permethrin.However a couple of samples had not tested positive, possibly because the chemical spray had not landed where the swabs were taken.Mr Thompson said it was a common insecticide found in fly and bug sprays, as well as head lice scrubs, and was likely be difficult to trace.“It is registered for use in over 100 products, common, off-the-shelf products that can be purchased at supermarkets and hardware stores,” he said.“We presume this has been the cause of deaths of the bees.”Mr Thompson said the indications were that the chemical had been intentionally sprayed on the hives.The EPA provided the testing service to help police with the investigation.Beekeeper Laurie Kershaw, who lost a load of 131 hives off Clyde Road, said the DPI had also confirmed the poison used was Permethrin.John Casey, who lost an undisclosed number hives at two sites off the Western Distributor and Old Nelligen Road, like all the keepers is mystified by who would commit such a crime.He said the people would have to know what they were doing and, even at night, wear protective gear to avoid being stung because the bees would have reacted angrily to the spray.Beekeeper Pat Roberts lost 240 hives and said it would be a slow process to rebuild bee numbers.“We don’t know if these people will strike again, that’s our biggest worry,” he said. “Obviously there had to be more than one person.”Police have formed an operation named “Barragoot” to investigate the case and are interviewing witnesses and victims involved in the incident.Police ask anyone who has information that may assist the investigation to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.