Letters to the editor November 20 2017

PICTURE PERFECT: Coalcliff pool by Anita Pallas. Send us your photos to letters@illawarramercury.com.au or post on our Facebook page.
PICTURE PERFECT: Coalcliff pool by Anita Pallas. Send us your photos to letters@illawarramercury.com.au or post on our Facebook page.


Aussies are besotted with renovating. 

We’re infatuated with DIY lifestyle programs and the plethora of decorator products designed to excite the renovator in us. 

But what happens when we ignore the risks and don’t take the warnings about asbestos seriously? 

We could be risking our lives and the lives of our loved ones if deadly asbestos fibres are inhaled.

Asbestos-related diseases are not a thing of the past.  Every 14 hours, one Australian loses their life to mesothelioma. 

Every 13 hours another 13 families receive the tragic news that a loved one has the disease that will take their life, usually within months. 

All too often I’ve heard people say that they don’t worry about the warnings, that they don’t think it will affect them, that they’re bulletproof when it comes to asbestos. 

Well, with one-in-every-three homes containing asbestos in some form or another, homeowners and tradies could be risking their lives and the lives of families (even their kids) if they don’t take the warnings seriously.

Asbestos could be lurking in any home built or renovated before 1987 including brick, weatherboard, clad and fibro homes.  

Asbestos was used in the manufacture of hundreds of products and if these products are disturbed during renovations, that’s when fibres can be inhaled and can kill.

Death from asbestos is not a thing of the past.

While we don’t know how many fibres it takes, what we do know is that the more fibres inhaled, the greater the risk to our health.

Today, asbestos remains one of the greatest health threats to families and tradespeople who disturb asbestos during renovations and maintenance. 

We must stop the ongoing tragic loss of Australian lives.

Every Australian needs to know that when it comes to asbestos, they’ve got to go slow, because asbestos is a NO GO! Visit asbestosawareness.com.au to learn what you need to know!”

John Jarratt, Ambassador, Asbestos Awareness Month Campaign


Just where do people get off one might ask?

Move into this beautiful area and then deliberately set out to destroy that which makes it so.

Of course I am referring to the gross destruction of vegetation happening in and around Sandon Point/McCauleys Beach area.

The photos published in the Illawarra Mercury (November 16) edition tell a sad tale of chainsaws, poison and fire used by persons with no concern for the greater good and council's response is not much better.

Before the whole area is totally stripped of vegetation how about some shaming signage and electronic surveillance please

Marilyn Hood, Bulli


It appears that 15,364 of the world’s leading climate scientists are at odds with your regular Mercury correspondent, Mr Adrian Devlin.

It’s a shame that Mr Devlin is, as usual, out of touch with reality, and thinks that when it comes to world related events,he believes that the ozone layer is a breed of chicken.

The Hazelwood Brown Coal burning power station, along with many others, were shut down because of excess emissions which were adding to Australia's CO2 pollution.

Clean coal is coal that is never dug up and burnt. Renewable energy is the earth friendly way of the future.

Dave Cox, Corrimal