Browsing: letters to the editor

Shire should disclose answers to Potter questions Mornington Peninsula Shire’s transparency surrounding Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience at The Briars has again come under scrutiny, and so it should (Events denied sanctuary at The Briars, The News 16/4/24).Heavily redacted minutes have been added to the shire’s website. Councillors who vote one way or another should not be redacted from the minutes, and they must have the courage of their convictions made known.The website also fails to publish the cost to the shire – us the ratepayers – so what is the use of an expensive website that provides no…

Need to protect the ‘gem’ that is Western Port I was shocked to read that “the Ramsar information sheet for Western Port has not been updated since 1999” (“Forum a chance to protect Western Port’s future”, Letters, 9/4/2024). In that 25-year period, climate change has worsened considerably, and several species have moved from vulnerable to endangered, even critically endangered – the step before extinction.Growing industrial pressure, all energy related, has also increased the threat to the internationally acclaimed wetlands and heightened the need and urgency to conduct new “baseline environmental studies”.I sincerely hope that the Planning Minister Sonya Kilkenny has…

Removing seastars to help the bay’s health On Saturday 16 March, 25 residents, ecologists, ecology and marine biology students gathered on Mothers Beach, Mornington to do what they’ve been trained to do. That is to identify and remove as many northern Pacific seastars as possible from Mornington harbour.These invasive pests are decimating parts of the bay where they aggregate in their thousands. They have a voracious appetite, especially for small marine organisms which would ordinarily be the food source for many other marine creatures.In the absence of these seastars, the bay has a healthy, biodiverse ecosystem which is what helps…

Shire’s advertisement lacked information It should be noted that Mornington Peninsula Shire Council had a full page ad in this newspaper only a few days before the free green waste weekend (News dumped, Letters 12/3/24). This ad raved on about all the services the shire had to offer and all that it was doing, but not a hint of the approaching “freebie”. The council never mentioned its previous free weekend either, so I’ve been monitoring its home page on the internet ever since.The lack of the normal traffic congestion made it easy to get to the check-in point but you…