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Collapse Issue 469 - 13 May 2019Issue 469 - 13 May 2019
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Fish kills could come with seismic testing - Abrahams
Dead fish came from commercial fishing
Councillors inspect Farnell Rd site
Public transport scores 65/100
Precinct committees suggested at residents' meeting
Fran turns 101
Ribbon awarded to cookery judge
Fire station opens its doors
Liberals promise $22M in road upgrades
Promises targeting the Peninsula
History of Robertson electorate
Polling booths
Mehrtens concerned about short-term accommodation
Nine-unit proposal referred to Ausgrid
Brewery proposal 'referred to applicant'
Aged care building construction 'on schedule'
Townhouse comment period still open
Approval for five townhouses
Capital works significantly over budget
Council to demolish after-school care building
Council abandons attempts to trap foxes
More attend Anzac events
Children at Anzac service 'encouraging'
Anzac service at surf club
Community association attends Anzac service
Rotary members attend dawn service
In-house Anzac commemoration
Rotary club honours final wishes
Soup and bread night for Rotary
Children learn to swim
Morning tea at Hardys Bay
Program for parents of adolescents
Trash and treasure raises $5000
Rotary hears about men's shed activities
Collapse  FORUM FORUM
PUDS aimed to balance growth with infrastructure
Time to think about a different society
Recycling machine - traffic, rubbish, noise and graffiti
Treat wetlands with more respect
Declare property portfolios
Collapse  HEALTH HEALTH
Breast screening available until July
Volunteers sought by dementia services provider
Collapse  ARTS ARTS
Woy Woy could become gay-friendly arts precinct
Folk club anniversary attracts 100 guests
Author to speak at Umina library
Arts grants close at month's end
Little Theatre presents Priestley classic
Workshop held for Flash Festival
Greeting cards donated
Artists open new exhibition
Troubadour to host gypsy jazz-makers
Collapse  EDUCATION EDUCATION
Parents raise $29,000
Rewards for readers of fiction stories
Students offered a taste of beauty therapy course
Parents asked to be considerate
Anzac assembly at Umina campus
School crossing is upgraded
First place at Performing Arts Challenge
Campus shows support for farmers
Donations sought for Junkyard Playground
Parents asked to keep assembly area clear
School oval re-turfed
Aboriginal education worker starts
New gym program at Woy Woy South
Anzac Day special assembly
Collapse  SPORT SPORT
Semi-finalists not recorded in official life saving results
Woy Woy beaten in 'most exciting' rugby union match
PCYC boxers win medals in Warsaw
Both parties promise new netball clubhouse
Two flags for Ettalong women bowlers
Floorball women are national champions
Women's soccer teams leave opponents pointless
Joshua wins nine medals at Arafura Games
Long-time member wins first major singles title
Surf club holds Nipper presentations
Favourites defeated in bowls singles championship
Swans to hold Pink Socks Day

Time to think about a different society

I suppose it is not amazing that many visitors to the Bays over the past 50 years have exclaimed at the beauty of this area.

Some of these visitors have then moved here and then, as we all do, set about transforming their blocks to their own desires.

Perhaps it is not until you reach retirement that you can find the time to consider just what it is that makes places like this so beautiful.

Surely it is the other myriad of animal species beavering away all the time that have something to do with it?

Over the years, we have noticed changes to our area.

Possums of all sorts used to be here in abundance, sometimes driving us mad as they danced on the roof at night but now they are rarely seen.

We no longer have water dragons basking in our garden, probably due to the dogs which roam freely.

It must be great to zip around the Bays on a motor boat but I wonder what effect this has on the marine animals and the sea grasses in the waters beneath those vessels?

People think that fish cannot hear because they have no ears but in fact their ears are within their heads and they use their acute hearing to find a mate or food, as do the other larger marine animals out in the ocean, where seismic testing is expected to begin soon.

Sea grasses are thought of as just weeds and yet they play a very large part in collecting CO2, much more than mangroves do.

They both help to combat climate change and help to provide us with our seafood, which is also diminishing in this area.

These plants are often illegally removed from our foreshores for a view, or a sandy beach.

Insects are an essential part of our eco system.

Do you remember when a car excursion resulted in a filthy windscreen full of insect bodies.

This no longer occurs and scientists are very concerned about this loss.

Termites are a nuisance to us if they get into our homes but they are important vacuum cleaners in the bush, even providing us with new soil, as do worms which provide us with fertilizer as well.

Trees are home to so many species as well as lowering the temperature that it is amazing to see so many being felled.

So how much of our planet is left as really wild?

I read recently that 65 per cent of the animals using the earth are domesticated animals that were invented to serve us.

Thirty-two per cent of the planet is taken by the human animal, which leaves just three per cent for really wild animals.

Most wild animals today are just logos which we use to sell things, like the jaguar or the polar bear.

Is it perhaps time for us to think about a different sort of society, for surely, we cannot go on as we are?

Capitalism is failing us with its constant cries to grow the economy, grow the population, grow the housing market etc.

This constant growth is bound for failure because we live on a finite planet.

I don't know what other system but surely we should start thinking about these matters.

We cannot keep on improving our standard of living - when do we know that we've "got there"? Where is there?

Consider our overflowing bins each week.

We cannot go on collecting stuff just to fill holes in the ground.

We are supposed to be intelligent, so let's start a discussion about our one and only planet.

What can we do to retain the remaining beauty around us?

Let's think before it all disappears and our descendants are left in the resulting chaos.

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