Duck shooting disappoints
Having spent much of my childhood in Bendigo, I was interested to read the letter from George Wyatt, (Saturday, May 23).
In Victoria there is now a problem with PFAS contamination of wild ducks.
The chemical PFAS leaked out from fire-fighting drills at the Sale RAAF base.
The EPA has warned against eating duck from Heart Morass near Sale and some other places where testing has been done.
But ducks migrate, so how do shooters know where their bird has been?
Government figures show that only two in a thousand Victorians shot ducks last year.
Yet taxpayers subsidise the state's hunting agency so shooters can dine as they wish for the bargain basement price of a hunting licence.
If they bought their meat like the rest of us, they would be supporting our farmers.
Shooters seem to think they are the only tourists.
Many buy supplies in Melbourne and camp out while shooting, so they spend minimally in regional towns.
I recall staying at a motel in a duck-shooting town, and the operator had a stubby-holder for sale on his counter.
It said something offensive about a veteran anti-duck-shooting campaigner.
That's one business I won't support again.
Scientific surveys show long-term decline in duck populations across eastern Australia.
It's time to end the myth that the bush needs duck shooting.
Chris Roberts, Doncaster
Music makers are tone deaf
Most of the civic improvements Nola Cowled ("How to make a difference", Friday, May 22) suggested for "beautification around town" were laudable, bar one - "piped music".
The breathtakingly dreadfulness that blasts from the speakers at Hargreaves Mall took its toll. Shortly after the "music" infected this concrete mall I farewelled my favourite shopkeepers (some of whom also found the "music" abhorrent).
The crass, tone-deaf people responsible for inflicting this uniformly awful cacophony upon the public should be ashamed of themselves.
Michael McNeill, Bendigo
To the mayor and councillors in reference to the proposed GovHub.
The answer is very simple. Sell $90 million of assets and build this complex.
Become the landlord and rent/lease. It is not rocket science- you have all taken your eye off the ball.
Regards, Richard Penna - born and bred in this lovely and secure city.
Richard Penna, Bendigo
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