Having spent much time fishing and camping on Dungowan Creek and Peel River over some 70 years I have never been lucky enough to see a Platypus!
I have enjoyed watching them in rivers on the eastern fall.
I have seen the Peel completely dry... I would like someone to back me up...Who has seen them in our local rivers?
Bladen Brooke OAM, Boambee
Narrabri Gas Project
After receiving evidence at the IPC hearings into the Narrabri Gas Project, the commissioners called a meeting with some of the authors of the NSW government report which approved the project. Some of the items to be discussed were" knowledge gaps in the groundwater model, geology, hydrogeology and seismic activity" as well as the management of toxic waste.
This project is far from not resulting "in any significant impacts on people or the environment" as the government report states and which energy consumer advocate,Christopher Zinn supports.(NDL 30th July).
Farmers with gas infrastructure on their properties will be unable to obtain third party insurance ..Livestock and produce will be unsaleable if there is a possibility of contamination as a result of this project.
Australia is the largest exporter of gas and there is a worldwide glut of gas, yet Australian consumers pay more for their gas than their overseas counterparts! David Kitto, representing the NSW government, said on the first day of the hearings that the Narrabri project would not put downward pressure on the price of gas.
This project is not needed and is not safe for people or the environment.
Written submissions on the project will be accepted until 5pm 10th August . Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Robyn Bird, Calala
Have your say, send a letter to the editor.
Foot in mouth lockdown
Why is it that the Mayor has to be the one to plead our case for water. Where is the jellyfish national party member that moonlights as a politician. While Barnaby is not missing a photo shoot and loving the limelight, photo bomb Kevin has gone missing. He must still be in his self-induced 12 month lockdown for foot in mouth disease after his last effort to impress everybody.
What we are seeing, besides Barnaby's photo everyday, is the result of having a local member who's only contribution to our needs is to be a number for Gladys. She closed the borders around Tamworth years ago because we are a "safe seat". Good for Kevin and Gladys but, as we are seeing, bad for the electorate. Time to go Kevin, we still need help from the NSW state gov but while you are our rep we will keep getting taken for granted and a ride.
Bob Snell, Tamworth
Regardless of paper letters written, l believe the integrity of such should be upheld as through the week on T.V we have seen Mayor Col Murray, Barnaby Joyce in the rain flapping their gums on the upgrade of Werris Creek road, yet to date nothing on the Nundle road. Why is this? Is it because if the so called rail hub fails a decent avenue or are they all waiting for in respect of the Powerhouse Pastrail Coy wishing to put B-Doubles on the road before action is taken.
That brings me back to concerns of letter in the Manilla Express concerning Mr Dutton's sound barrier. Council refuses such because of his objections to route as we all know pushed on by chicken farms.
As residents and voters we all know of hidden handshakes and mates deals l honestly believe it is time for people power. Stop telling me phoning me l agree speak out and let your paper know that we are fed up with mates deals and corruption.
It is admirable that the Rural Crime Taskforce are doing so much work in relation to stock theft. However, the reality is that it is still rife - eg in the Watson's Creek/Bendemeer area where we live, Tamworth Rural Crime are under-resourced and this needs to be remedied. Further, it's too hard to get a conviction, and the thieves know it.
When their modus operadi is to run their dogs in your paddocks in the early hours of the morning under the moonlight, they know you can't get them on camera. We need a change in the law so it's easier to get a conviction, based on the thieves mobile phone records and their tracked movements.
We have local thieves that property owners know are doing it, and they are just getting away with it. Please, we need more police resources, and a change of law to make it easier to convict. It's not fair to be a victim, when the thieves have more rights than honest people.
Catherine Hayne, Manilla
Job well done
The recent photos of Queen Elizabeth, aged 94 and Major, now Sir, Tom Moore aged 100 who raised £32.79 million or $41.60 million for the hospital service present a great example of what service to country and leadership means or should mean.
What a pity these qualities are so rarely obvious with many of the world's current leaders.
Dennis Fitzgerald, Melbourne