Should we be allowed to feed the city's ducks?
Council, leave the ducks alone at the botanical gardens.
Don't take away the simple pleasure of feeding the ducks.
They have been fed for years and generations of the public have enjoyed taking their children, grandchildren to especially feed them.
In the world we live in at the moment let us enjoy some pleasure in feeding the ducks.
Diane Mugavin, Warrnambool
Need to be 'smarter, more effective'
The ever increasing amount of tree and bush plantings around Warrnambool is creating its own set of problems and challenges for the community.
While it is one thing to go 'green' and I applaud those volunteers who give their time to work at such projects, there is also a substantial loss of our natural views across our rivers and ocean.
It's one thing to plant items but then who maintains these plantings? Certainly the council workers can't keep up with the required work, and the volunteers can't either.
Not only have we lost many views of the ocean along the foreshore promenade because of the ugly ti-tree and saltbush plantings, another example is the loss of the view of the Merri River from Harris Street. Why?
Planting gum trees next to the road is a recipe for disaster, the prime example again in Harris Street next to the bridge.
At the other end of the scale, we now have a flurry of footpaths being built in Lake Pertobe, over the grassed areas.
Why? What a waste of money. In summer people love to sit and walk on grass, not on hot concrete.
We can be smarter and more cost effective.
Tammy Good, Warrnambool
Penalise those responsible for fires
I read the article in The Standard (Farmer calls for fire safety, Thursday, November 19), where a farmer calls for savage penalties for people found guilty of starting bushfires. Rightly so Mr Robertson.
But he never mentioned Powercor. On March 17, 2018 a rotten pole owned by Powercor snapped off and started a vicious fire that devastated The Sisters/Garvoc farming communities.
In the article assistant commissioner Michael Grainger states anyone found guilty of reckless and intentionally causing a bushfire faces a maximum penalty of up to 15 years jail.
Powercor's asset started the above mentioned fire, yet approximately 990 days later there has been no official action after years of fighting by the Porter/Kenna families. Powercor has offered a miserly 23-35 per cent compensation. Their asset started the fire and now they make an insulting offer like this to people whose livelihoods have been decimated. Perhaps we should jail the big fish first?
Paul Bourke, Noorat
Funds needed for fire tower
At the same time the Premier is spending tens of billions of dollars in next week's 2020-21 Victorian Budget, he has failed to find $300,000 to keep a critical fire viewing tower operational at Mt Gellibrand. The CFA has indicated the tower will be closed due to engineering and structural concerns despite the Government being aware of the issue for three years. The outrageous decision comes two weeks out from the start to summer and exposes gaps in the detection system.
Bev McArthur, Western Victoria MP
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