Your say: Letters to the editor

‘A waste of money’

I support the environment levy though I think it should have remained in five year periods, being voted on to ensure it remained true to its reasons for being.

There are signs in numerous places pointing out things being done. At hundreds of dollars I query if they have a worthwhile purpose. There is one on Bowral Street, where the bike track crosses, which points out that the creek between there and Shepherd Street is having environment levy money spent to clean out several types of noxious weeds including blackberries.

Just upstream is a fine stand of blackberries, part of the enormous amount of blackberries on council land. So they will clean up this section costing many dollars. Then it won’t be long before the creek comes down and carries a new batch of blackberries.

What a waste of money! Someone must have enough common sense to know it is ridiculous. If you want to clean a creek of noxious weeds, start at the top.

Nick Campbell-Jones

‘Clear evidence’ of change

The Bureau of Meteorology’s annual report showed Australia posted its third warmest year on record in 2017, with NSW enduring its hottest year since records began. NSW is now experiencing climate disruption with more heatwaves, bushfires and rising sea levels on the way.

There is clear evidence that changes in our climate are happening more quickly than previously thought and there is increased urgency for climate action. The recent heatwave is what our future feels like if we don't stop burning coal and move rapidly to 100 per cent renewable energy. We’ve seen this State Government move rapidly and decisively when it’s acting in its own interest to build a new motorway or privatise yet another state asset. We need the same sense of urgency and purpose to restore a safe climate.

Justin Field

Greens MP

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