Letters

Reader David Evan wants the state government to save what is left of the creeks around Thirlmere Lakes and ban future underground mining of the area.
Reader David Evan wants the state government to save what is left of the creeks around Thirlmere Lakes and ban future underground mining of the area.

Environmental disaster

Mine subsidence has dried Redbank Creek between Thirlmere and Picton. Longwall coal mining has cracked its sandstone bed so the creek flows underground, bringing up rust, salts and heavy metals.

When you see my photo (at right), I think you’d agree such damage to the natural environment should not be allowed to happen. 

Tahmoor Coal is about to mine under the next downstream section of Redbank Creek. State Parliament can save what is left of the creeks around Thirlmere Lakes by prohibiting mining under valuable natural water resources. 

People whose houses crack over subsided mines have some of the damage repaired. Farmers who have their paddocks drained and cracked have their complaints ignored. The wallabies in Redbank Creek now move downstream to drink, even though the water is polluted.

If the mining is not stopped, the few native animals left will soon be drinking from Picton Swimming Pool.

David Eden, Oakdale

Look at all options

I write with regards to recent comments made by Troy Grant MP, NSW Minister for Police and Emergency Services.

I in no way wish to belittle Mr Grant’s experiences as a serving police officer in dealing with the consequences of illicit drugs, particularly on young people.

However he makes a number of statements that give the impression that harm minimisation policies “turn a blind eye to the evils of illegal drugs” or “make drug culture socially acceptable”. Nothing could be further from the truth.

We must look at all policies that aim to reduce the terrible toll that is taken by illegal drugs and drug dealers.

We have seen so much death and long term sequela from the use of illicit drugs that society must look at all options that could offer some help. Pill testing is one of these options that needs to be seriously examined.

I know that present policies don’t work and banning dance festivals as has been suggested by Premier Berejiklian will also not work. It is time for sensible discussion of all options.

Dr Mike Freelander, Federal member for Macarthur

Faithful portrayal of past

A few days ago I had a delightful time at the film Ladies in Black with my wife and a friend. We enjoyed  a faithful portrayal of life in the 1950s.

How wrong we appear to have been!  The latest issue of our local paper tells us, ‘Aussie  flick fails to charm’ – the writer, Jess Layt, giving it a rating of 5.5/10, it being neither “classic nor particularly charming”.

She finds the film “touches on racism but not enough to really make a point … It also delves into feminism, but, again is just skimming the surface.”

The reason is simple: that was how things were in those days. Australians were thankful to have left WW II behind, aware of a bright future beckoning us and realising that this would take solid community spirit to achieve.

Like many others of that generation, I can assure your reviewer that although we might be considered to be wearing rose-tinted glasses, the Australia of those days presented a much greater attraction than the one we now find ourselves occupying today.

Donald Howard, Elderslie

Wonderful re-enactment

I thoroughly disagree with Jess Layt’s film review  of Ladies in Black – a wonderful 1950’s re-enactment of life as it was in this country for those who grew up at this time.

The buzz words ‘feminism’ and ‘racism’should not have been used in the review for this movie, as this was a different time to now. The acting was in no way forced or unrealistic in my opinion.

Rather than reading such reviews, just go and see this movie, you will enjoy it as much as I did.

Lorraine Mansell, Glenfield