Not available: It is becoming too hard, a reader says, to get in contact with an animal ranger in Wodonga when required.Ranger frustrationCould someone explain why we have a council ranger that does not seem to be able to perform all requests for assistance, with reference to roaming or injured animals, when most of us who pay two or more animal registrations do not see any value for our money.
I have on many occasions contacted Wodonga Council to alert the council ranger of a roaming or injured animal only to be told that they are out of the area or otherwise occupied.
Unless the animal has bitten someone or is seriously injured, you are expected to leave the animal which may cause an avoidable accident or contain the animal yourself and contact a local veterinary hospital. If the council ranger cannot perform all their various duties then I would expect that we see dedicated animal rangers whom are contactable directly by a mobile phone.
I am not sure if we have one or two employed at present, but Wodonga Council should be ashamed of collecting our yearly animal registrations along with no longer providing a council pound facility that would also save valuable time with the return trip to the other side of Albury.
Not good enough.
Liz Wilson, WodongaParks just for wealthy?Parks Victoria has been promoting “healthy parks for healthy people”. With its plan for the Falls Creek to Hotham walking track, the “low yield” visitor is seemingly now a low priority to keep healthy.
The report acknowledges the proposal will displace many current hikers, who won’t be able to afford the proposed camping fees, want to avoid the extra congestion or will be forced into less appealing camping areas. This will increase the impact on the park. And how much investment in trail maintenance and basic camping amenities will this group get?
The relevant departments seem to have forgotten that “low yield” visitors are often locals who have been attracted to the area for outdoor recreation and contribute to the regional economy in many ways. Furthermore, Victorians who enjoy hiking and skiing visit this area numerous times and while their “yield” per visit may be low, their total contribution over many years is considerable.
Evelyn Feller, HealesvillePriorities wrongI read with concern about glamping (glamorous camping) over the Falls Creek to Mount Hotham track. Mymain concern is that people with money to spend on a cosmopolitan lifestyle and wealthy tourists are wanting a place to stay to view, but not truly appreciate nature, and are pushing out people who want to experience and appreciate nature through more traditional camping. I would like to echo the editorial (The Border Mail, December 28) stating that this idea is prioritising the economyand, in my view, cashed-up people with cosmopolitan lifestyles and wealthy tourists over everyday campers.
Geoffrey Butt, WodongaAccountability pleaseI have a lot of respect for independent politicians, much more so than mainstream, who seem to have lost touch with the electorate, intent on pursuing their policies, rightly or wrongly at anyone’s expense except for theirs.
It does seem to be a growing phenomenom which should bring at least a “hint” of the meaning and the word democracy back into our lives. These people are willing to stand up and say what they believe in, or believe what they say which is far more than you get from the clamped mouths of the two major parties, apart from the rabid vapourings of extremeists who, unfortunately, still exist on the right and left.
It’s a good time for politicians as they are really feeling the heat, and so they should. About time they were all brought to account.
Derek Robinson, WodongaThis story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.