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Barking dogs leave them sleepless in Blairgowrie So Ron Moore thinks that if we don’t embrace every dog out there, then we non-dog owners are worthy of great scorn (“Dog walkers are also beach cleaners, come and see” Letters 20/6/17). While he writes, that “dogs are wonderful creatures who bring joy and happiness to millions of people” he forgets to mention the misery that they bring to many others. Since my new neighbour moved across the fence with her two dogs, I have not had a quiet day or night. One of the dogs is a non-stop barker and is especially barky when the owner decides to go out for a quiet day or night with friends, while depositing the pooch in the backyard, where it proceeds to howl non-stop for the entire time that she’s gone. It also has its regular daily bark at 2am. How do I know this? Well, my bedroom is only a few metres from her house and her dogs. And it’s not only me that the dog annoys, my immediate neighbours are also sleep deprived and stressed out. Our quiet days are gone, but the dog owner could not care less. Instead of doing something about the barking dog, she chose instead to put earplugs (anonymously) in my mailbox. At the next major barking episode, I’m planning to walk over to her place and install those earplugs where they belong. The council has been contacted and has advised that the owner has agreed to put a citronella collar on the barker. To date, the collar has not worked and the barking continues. So Ron, while you’re making your sweeping endorsements on the joys and happiness that dogs bring to people’s lives, spare a thought for the rest of us who have to endure this “joy and happiness” on a daily basis. Christine Fry, Blairgowrie

Apologetic excuse What are we to think about the contretemps between the Supreme Court of Victoria and the man we send to Canberra to represent us in the national parliament [Flinders MP Greg Hunt]? That he is a man of principles and calls out something rotten in the courts when he and his ministerial colleagues see it? That he melts under pressure from unelected judges appointed, so they say, by his political opponents? That we can, or may we can’t, believe anything or everything he says in the future, or has said in the past? Or perhaps more hopefully, when he next has a “look at me” photo opportunity in one of our schools, he explains to the children that when you are wrong and the teacher tells you to apologise, you apologise. Look at me. Don Juniper, Bittern

Mail review I submit Mornington Peninsula Shire’s draft special charge schemes policy has not been fairly submitted for comment by all the shire’s ratepay-

ers and land owners (“Shire seeks easier path” The News 20/6/17). The proposed policy will have both legal and financial implications for all ratepayers and landowners and the review is now being conducted in such a manner that many, if not the majority, will be unaware that the review is being undertaken. The profile of ratepayers and landowners within the shire is such that many have no access to the local press. Furthermore, the notification on the shire’s website is not readily visible to any casual visitor to the website. The MPSC should immediately rescind the review and directly mail all parties that will be affected by the implementation of the policy. Bill Holmes, Sorrento

Path cash for dogs Mornington Peninsula Shire officers’ dismissal of the fact they got it terribly wrong when trying to push the unsympathetic design of the Somers footpath past residents wishes, just shows how out of touch they are. We really don’t need more concrete in our coastal villages. Simple crushed rock paths in these environmentally sensitive parts of the peninsula should be sufficient. These permeable paths will also benefit the vegetation and trees in these areas. Instead of spending extra money on concrete, maybe the shire could fence in strategically scattered areas around the peninsula for off-lead dog exercise places? This would make the current demand by some dog owners to exercise their pooches on the foreshores of the peninsula an ambit claim. Off-lead dogs should not be on our foreshores because native wildlife and birds don’t go together. Rupert Steiner, Balnarring Beach

Helpless homeless I am a volunteer mental health worker and advocate and want to share an experience with readers to underscore the issues with homelessness. I was asked to help with a homeless and extremely vulnerable 25 year old woman who up to that time had been resident at a DHHS (Department of Health and Human Services) house with a friend. The house was taken over by dozens of ferals dealing in drugs and criminal activity, so they were given no option but to leave. The police were unable to help and she was very fearful about returning to the place anyway. DHHS housing policies and procedures dictate that she join the other 400 on the waiting list. We went to Community Service Support in Frankston who gave her two supermarket vouchers (and a hug) and two nights in a motel; Centrelink was marvellous and gave her a cash advance (and a hug); one of the church peak bodies confronted her and she broke down and refused communication. We then went to the community house in Orwil St Frankston where a psychologist was in attendance. He said she was

History hunt: Eileen Murray and Murray Grey. Picture: Yanni

Rescue squad’s milestone A DISPLAY of early photographs, newspaper articles, equipment and stories will help mark the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Southern Peninsula Rescue Squad. During its 50-year history the squad has provided aerial and marine search and rescue services free of charge to the community. All its members are volunteers. “We are particularly looking for photographs of early SPRS rescue boats and would also be pleased hear from anyone who was a member in the early days,” president Eileen Murray said. “We are also looking for previous members’

names and contact details so that we can send them an invitation to our function later this year. “Perhaps some of them may be able to share a story or two.” The squad sold its rescue helicopter in 2010 and, after being based at Sorrento for 43 years, accepted a generous offer to relocate to a new building at the Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron in December 2012. It now operates two purpose-built rescue vessels which are berthed at Blairgowrie marina. Those with memorabilia are asked to call Ms Murray, 0458 143 041.

in shock so I got an ambulance which took her to Frankston Hospital where she was eventually admitted to the psychiatric assessment unit. Services for the homeless in Frankston are overwhelmed and so are the Salvos, which would be the normal course for dealing with such a situation. I am inspired by the women who work in the area and wonder why men don’t offer their services? I think they would if there was some formal process to do so, perhaps in mentoring? The young lady concerned is now in crisis accommodation. Perhaps the outstanding Peninsula Voice forum group may be able to help here? Tony Nicholl, Mt Eliza

Cat killer ‘a bad joke’

Concern over Hanson What a pity the ill-informed Senator Pauline Hanson doesn’t use her position to lobby the federal government for more funding for schools dealing with much needed extra resources for teachers educating young people with autism and other disabilities. I am positive schools and teachers would welcome the extra funding to employ more teachers’ aids and equipment. Senator Hanson seems to enjoy dividing our country and seems to deliberately cause anxiety within the community. First it was the Asians, then First Nation people, Muslims and now children with autism and other disabilities. Who is next on her list? Senator Hansen’s nastiness needs to be condemned. Denise Hassett, Mt Martha

It sounds like a bad joke. The woman who boasted on Facebook that she had killed three kittens with a bow and arrow called herself a “cat lover”. These cats, according to the RSPCA, would have suffered severe pain over several minutes due to the high level of tissue trauma and damage to organs. Shooting animals with a bow and arrow is unethical, and also an ineffective method of limiting populations. In fact, culling has repeatedly been shown to lead to an increase in the number of animals present, as it creates a more suitable habitat for increased reproduction. Humane, long-term population-control techniques such as immunocontraception do exist. Injuring and killing animals will never restore balance to the natural environment. The only reasonable solution is either to make the land itself inhospitable to the animals or to work on controlling animal populations by reducing their fertility. Cats become feral because lazy humans fail to desex them and then dump them when they get pregnant. Compulsory desexing of companion animals is the first step to solving this problem. People getting their kicks with lethal weapons is not the answer. This “cat lover” should be charged with aggravated cruelty under the Victorian Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. Desmond Bellamy, special projects coordinator, PETA Australia

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