Cats and bats
Carlo Sartori (Letters, 26/2) makes some fairly alarming claims about Bendigo's native bat population without providing any facts. I do know, however, that Mayor Alden has provided evidence-based ecological imperatives for council's protection and support for this endangered native species. His claim that the bats are universally unwelcome in Bendigo is also clearly spurious.
I do empathise with Carlo on one point, albeit circuitously: the noise, health risks and filth visited upon my property by an uninvited, imported, prolific and pampered population. Neighbourhood cats. I wonder how many anti-bat folk have cats which they allow to roam wild and free to wreak havoc upon native species and to foul their neighbours' properties? I feel council could look at enforcing a 24-hour cat curfew, fining irresponsible cat owners as a means to off-set the cost of the protection of our bats.
One more suggestion for Carlo: how about simply getting your washing in before the bats arrive? I know I need to do this before my magpie family arrive to make use of my clothesline.
Michelle Goldsmith, Eaglehawk
Tourism industry doing best it can
Bereft of any ideas, all they can say is 'let's have another inquiry'.
While it's clear that the entirely appropriate lockdowns in Victoria have had some effect on tourism, everybody (except the Liberal party) knows other factors have had a huge influence.
The obvious one is no overseas tourists have been permitted to enter Australia, which is a federal government responsibility. Secondly, all states and territories at various times have forbidden travel to or from their state unless they have the appropriate permit to do so.
In an effort to promote tourism, particularly in regional areas, state governments - including Victoria's - have been offering travel vouchers on a regular basis. As reported in the media, these have been hugely popular. If the traffic jams at the end of the Labour Day weekend were any indication, Victorians are doing their bit to help the tourism industry recover.
As a footnote, the b&b in Harcourt that my partner and I stay at occasionally has been almost fully booked for March.
Kevin Ward, Preston
The political sewer of our nation
A very simple statement to our Prime Minister on a very vexing subject.
If you believe the Attorney-General is innocent then say so. If not, stand him down.
Another thing: how can you or anyone form any opinion without reading the allegations?
Another very simple question to the Defence Minister. Your language was totally out of line, to the victim of an alleged rape, and deserves the condemnation that it has received. Furthermore, instead of apologising to your staff, what about doing the right and proper thing and apologise to the " victim" of this grubby exercise?
What we have seen over the past weeks is a damning indictment, not only on our political system, but our treatment of people who are seen as "disposable" by their peers, and treated likewise.
Cannot see anything Christian about this?
Ken Price, Eaglehawk
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