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Hall cash a slap in face for Anzac Day

Funding: John Doull

I WAS appalled to read a story in last week’s Independent announcing that Cr John Doull was proposing use of ratepayer funds to restore Indented Head Hall. The hall is on Crown Land – it is not a council responsibility. This is a real smack in face for residents of St Leonards desperately trying to raise funds for the restoration of their community-

Dam coal mining ACCORDING to Allan Baron (Letters, April 20), coal is our only source of cheap power and thanks to the Greens “the family farm has been decimated by the arrogance of (Bob) Brown and his legion of ecowarriors”. Open-cut mining has destroyed 10 per cent of prime farmland in the Hunter Valley and pollutes the air for surrounding farming families. Victoria’s Liberals aim to expand the quarrying of brown coal in dairy farmland. Coal must be replaced by renewable energy to save the family farm. I would like to know how expanding coal mining won’t decimate farming in the long term. The Greens are right about ending coal. One area where the Greens are hard to understand is their no-dams policy. Dams can provide irrigation for family farms, hydropower for renewable energy, flood protection and environmental flow for rivers in times of drought. Kevin Guinane Gheringhap

Greens fighting CSG I HAVE just come from New South Wales’ north coast where farmers and councils are fighting coal seam gas (CSG) mining. CSG exploration in northern NSW came about because former Labor MP Ian Macdonald gave licences to explore the area. The Greens had nothing to do with it. I was living on the land at the time, had friends affected and went to many meetings about this issue. State and federal MPs were invited but never attended. Councillors and Greens were the only political attendees. Although most of us were National party voters

owned memorial hall. The announcement, in the leadup to Anzac Day, showed blatant lack of respect to the people who built the hall in 1926 as a permanent memorial to those of the district who lost their lives in fields of battle and complete disregard for the community of St Leonards. K Reiter St Leonards

our only choice for representation on this issue was the Greens. What would Alan Barron (Letters, April 20) have had us do? Most of us would rather have “loony Greens” in parliament than no one at all. Our state and federal governments seem no longer to represent the concerns of constituents. The NSW Liberal Government has put a moratorium on CSG mining. But one night after the moratorium I passed 18 trucks transporting mining equipment on the Pacific Hwy. Mr Barron should educate himself and stop blaming the Greens as the problem. Katherine Marchment Belmont

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Courage of Brown IN HIS decades as an advocate for people and the environment, Bob Brown was shot at, beaten up, arrested, imprisoned and endured ceaseless insults and abuse from the ignorant. History, however, will judge him as a man of great conviction and tenacity who gave of himself unreservedly. At one point he stumped up $250,000 to save a man held hostage in Somalia. Under Mr Brown’s leadership the Greens forged a new way of seeing the world; a world where humans may live in harmony with nature and each other. Our world is under attack by the forces of greed like never before. The Greens don’t hold all the answers but more voters are hearing their message. Thank you, Bob Brown, for showing us we can be better people if only we had some of your courage. Leigh Adamson Belmont

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Family Anzac Day: Hughan Kennedy and son Patrick at Ocean Grove, above, and Donald Richardson and daughter Sarah Sacks at Barwon Heads. (wit...

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Family Anzac Day: Hughan Kennedy and son Patrick at Ocean Grove, above, and Donald Richardson and daughter Sarah Sacks at Barwon Heads. (wit...