Letters to the editor September 21 2016


As a victim of a deer running into to my car I endorse Keira MP Ryan Park’s comments that we have to consider both environmental and economic viewpoints with respect to the deer population (Illawarra Mercury, September 16, 2016).

Travelling west toward Helensburgh along Lawrence Hargrave Drive at the Stanwell Tops intersection at 5 am while it was still dark, a large male deer ran into the side of my car.

I was only travelling at 60 kmh, and I had not captured him in the headlights when he crashed into the front passengers door and seriously damaged the whole left side of the vehicle.

The deer did get up and walk away.

I accept that Ryan Park is referring to the residential suburbs to south of his electorate and that Helensburgh is on the southern edge of the Royal National Park.

However as reported, the NSW Natural Resources Commission has identified the Illawarra as requiring urgent attention in wildlife management.

One would expect that this introduced species with a growing herd population is causing erosion problems as well as habitat destruction and endangering native vegetation.

The male deer will grow to a sizeable animal and when roaming across major roads is likely to cause serious damage to both vehicles and human life.

The issue is urgent and needs to be addressed in a prompt and humane manner.

Ray Robinson, Corrimal


As if the 20,000 people devastated by the loss of greyhounds wouldn't be enough, horse racing would be 10 times that.

These extremists from animals australia need a watchdog of their own.

They're seemingly a law above themselves.

They are very open about trespassing and setting spyware up on private properties.

These people must be prosecuted to end this attack on law-abiding citizens.

When Animals Australia  start sending police to raid private properties, greyhound trainers and citizens looking for any minor infringement, they have well and truly crossed the line with me.

Matty Ryan, Fairy Meadow


Ex-British Prime Minister David Cameron has made a sensible move, retiring from parliament.

He had not been deposed, but had resigned as PM, so he retires with dignity, and probably a great deal of relief at not having to deal with the mess of Brexit.

His action should be emulated by all prime ministers who have been deposed, and who then have to sit embarrassingly on the back benches.

Kevin Rudd, sat mute and tight-faced on the back bench until another position was found for him.

Tony Abbott, whose facial expressions (which usually number two), were at first of dumb disbelief, then,  as he chose the role of verbal “knee-capping” of his successor from the sidelines, changed to smugly grinning self-satisfaction.

Internationally, heads of state have made come-backs, but as Kevin Rudd found out, it sometimes doesn’t last long. It would be wise to heed an old saying, “once a rooster, now, a feather duster”.

Barbara Cattunar, Wollongong


After the participating in yet another Council election I'm convinced that first past the post voting would be far preferable than the present system of preferential voting.

Rather than the antiquated above and below 'team' type voting which in reality does not really Does not allow the people to get the counselor of their choice.

Warren Steel Deputy Mayor Kiama Councilor

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