IT WAS great to see the AFL and all clubs embrace Mother’s Day as an opportunity to acknowledge the contribution mothers and women in general make to the success of the AFL by incorporating pink into uniforms and promotional material. The AFL has come a long way from the days when game days were considered a ‘boy’s day out’ along with all the connotations that it brings. I’d like to suggest one further symbolic enhancement to the day and that is the use of pink Sherrin footballs for all AFL games played on the Mother’s Day round of games. In the US, all major league baseballers bat with pink bats on Mother’s Day and I can say from personal experience that the pink Sherrin would be an absolute hit with fans. I was in recent past GM of Sportsco, and can say that the limited-offer pink Sherrin was always most in demand and sold out in advance of delivery to stores. Women and girls of all ages are taking an increased interest in the AFL as spectators, administrators, officials and players. I believe the use of a pink Sherrin on Mother’s Day would be a fitting tribute to the increasing contribution and involvement of women in Aussie Rules football. Cr Stretch Kontelj, Geelong
A victim of climate THE EXQUISITE orange bellied parrot, a species unique to our corner of the planet is about to become extinct. Where is the outcry? Where is the outrage as a whole species is snuffed out on our doorstep in this, the eighth richest country in the world. We should hang our heads in shame for not protecting it better. It should be noted that the longest and most intense drought in living memory sounded the final death knell for this wonderful creature. A drought made worse by climate change and our woeful mismanagement of this country’s environment. I hold climate skeptics and Tony Abbott and his ignorant cronies responsible, not for the loss of this species but for slowing down progress towards a carbon-free economy, thereby placing in jeopardy more of our
unique wildlife and ultimately our future on this planet. The best hope we have is a Labor victory in the next election with the Greens in the senate forcing the government to strengthen their previously weak emissions trading scheme. Let’s hope it’s not too late. Leigh Adamson Belmont
Live sustainably CLIMATE deniers try to quote impressive sounding figures or new theories to cloud the issue. Mr Watson has cited a baffling combination of volcanoes, earthquakes, and a solar heliosphere reversal to explain the climate change. In reality there is a simple theory which explains climate change. Humans burning fossil fuels (coal, oil and natural gas) and carrying out other activities (agriculture, deforestation) have released large enough quantities of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere to trap extra heat and warm the planet. Mr Barron contests that the carbon dioxide has come from volcanoes, despite volcanoes releasing less than one per cent of the carbon dioxide released from human activity. If volcanoes were causing a rise in carbon dioxide levels there should be spikes in the record after major eruptions, rather than the smooth gradual rise that has been recorded with detailed measurement. And by the way, Himalayan glaciers are still melting, and nearby residents are already having to deal with glacial lake outburst flooding. It is clear that humans are responsible for the enhanced greenhouse affect. Evidence to explain this has been clearly put forward and rigorously tested in peer-reviewed scientific journals. The tragedy is while some people spread misinformation and confusing figures, the world loses time to take action. We know what we have to do - gain our electricity from 100 per cent renewable sources, transform our modes of transport, and reduce our resource use. We should not see this as daunting rather as an opportunity for Geelong and an exciting challenge to live more sustainable and fulfiling lives. Dave Campbell Hamlyn Heights
Changing climate IN REPLY to Thomas Watson (Letters, April 30), I do not fear but I do reason and I understand the scientific data that mankind has been existing in a way that is anything but ‘normal’ since the industrial revolution. The burning of fossil fuels, which releases carbon dioxide, has accelerated with population growth and increasing demand on resources. Carbon dioxide has built up in the Earth’s atmosphere and is slowly changing our climate. This is indisputably due to man’s recent activity. The world’s leading scientists and political leaders have agreed that the current climate change is not a natural occurrence. They are instead, seeking to reverse this trend. Cleaner, more sustainable, less polluting sources of energy are possible and action needs to be taken to avoid or reduce the known detrimental effects of global warming. Alan Barron’s letter (Letters, April 30) “Volcanoes cause global warming because they emit carbon dioxide, which hangs in the atmosphere,” also claimed that the influence of man is “insignificant compared with the mighty forces of nature”. True in terms of instant impact but long term I would dispute this. Our exponential population growth has impacted on fauna and has destroyed most of the forests which would otherwise have sequestered some of the carbon dioxide. Immediate action needs to be taken to mitigate or avoid further damage to our life sustaining ecosystems. Jacinta Stephenson Geelong West
Victorian’s health RECENTLY Premier Brumby was shown lamenting the fate of Victorians’ health particularly the diabetes sector and obesity. Mr. Brumby, why not allow all Victorians to be tested for chemical sensitivity and toxicity and let us start from there? A simple blood test. I think you would be very surprised at just what such a fact- finding mission might show up. Sandra Camm Highton
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SCOTT MCLENNAN MARINE CONTROLLER Scott McLennan, 34, completed VCE at Norlane High and after a short stint as a barman at the Norlane Hotel, began a seagoing career in 1995 with BHP. After completing a four year cadetship, he worked his way through the ranks to gain his captains qualification in 2005. Although the time at sea was enjoyable for Scott, he was keen to get a position ashore to be at home with his wife Kelly and young son Sam. Three years ago, he was appointed marine controller with GeelongPort Pty Ltd. DO YOU MISS BEING AT SEA? It is a fantastic life for a single person, but I am happier with a job on the land now so I am not away from my family. The best part of being at sea is driving the ships – you know the old saying “boys and their toys”. To be in control of a vessel twice the length of the MCG is unbelievable - a huge buzz! WHAT DOES YOUR WORKING DAY INVOLVE? We are responsible for the coordination of ship movements from pilot stations to berth and we liaise with all maritime industry participants – anyone with an interest in the ship. We are a 24 hour operation as there are ships coming in to port seven days a week, 365 days a year. WHAT DO YOU REGARD AS THE GREATEST CHALLENGES OF YOUR JOB? One of the biggest challenges is coordinating interested parties such as linesmen, tugs, pilots, agents, customs and quarantine. IS THERE ANYTHING THAT COULD BE DONE TO MAKE YOUR JOB EASIER? A permanent Water Police presence would be fantastic. They have powers to enforce laws and issue infringement notices. WHAT IS THE MOST INTERESTING THING YOU HAVE SEEN COME IN TO THE PORT OF GEELONG? I was on board the Helix and we were coming in on low tide. There was a fisherman who had rather foolishly parked his 4WD on a sandbar off Point Henry right on the water’s edge. He had all the doors and boot open and as we sailed past, the wake from the ship filled his car with water! Shows how you need to be careful around the bay!
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