15. 796LETTERSA batty idea
HOW will a $30,000 buggy kill bugs? (Voice, August 31, 2013).
I suppose by gaining access to mozzie breeding grounds abutting the Swan River and spraying one of DDT’s siblings.
Is this part of the City of Bayswater’s environmental or ecocide strategy? I recently read in the Voice’s sibling newspaper (the Fremantle Herald) that down Bibra Lake way  small indigenous bats were being bred in captivity and released into the wild in order to eat mozzies.
This would seem a far better strategy that spraying more poison into the wetlands with concommitant impact upon the food chain…dolphins in the river. Have we learnt nothing since Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring”?
PS: On the matter of amalgamation, I object to the City of Bayswater spending our dollars on the pro-amalgamation cause; it has no mandate at all. The Maylands portion of the city has greatly benefited by the past work of the City of Stirling’s heritage list and being treated as a spoilt child by the City of Bayswater (even though it has only two councillors).
Meanwhile, Rose Avenue Park (named after the first white woman born in Bayswater) cannot get a sign or a fence to stop people dumping rubbish on the park, and or parking on the park and this more than 10 years after The Friends of Rose Avenue Park made a written request to the council for these very minor inexpensive works.
Greg Smith
Rose Ave, Bayswater

Go small
AM I the only odd-bod left around to scream decentralise!?
It just shows the conditioning power of the media when people are resignedly prepared to endorse the government’s local authority amalgamation plan, without giving them the right to vote on the issue.
And how ironic the only voice raised against it (according to the Voice, August 24, 2013) is the mayor of Stirling, whose area is far too big for his administration to respond effectively to the needs of widely dispersed communities.
Looking at the small City of Vincent, it is evident this small local authority has, over its 20-year history, been more effective in providing services, and promoting a community spirit. There, unlike Stirling, you do not see piles of discarded rubbish laying on road verges for many weeks. As you go through Leederville, Mt Hawthorn and Beaufort Street you see the pavements alive with locals enjoying themselves in a relaxed conviviality, having a drink or some nibbles, something noticeably lacking in Stirling.
And when it comes to greening Australia, Stirling lags far behind, not only with its tree planting program, but the quality of the trees, such as planting mere saplings whereas in Vincent they put in trees three to five metres high. As far as I am concerned the road verges and back lanes of Osborne Park were far better kept before the shire was merged with the City of Stirling.
Really, what is at stake is: do we want to be managed by professionals who deem themselves to be highly competent to the point of dictating council policies, or do we want to be governed by well-known and readably accessible locals?
In the first case you can rest assured the main concern of your managers will be cost-cutting—bar their own perks and salaries. In the second instance you will be rewarded by an administration receptive to the needs and wishes of ratepayers. What better example of the evils of centralisation than the proposed imposition of a parking fee for train commuters, where cost-cutting turns out to be a cost-shifting exercise.
Thanks to centralisation people have to travel further from their place of residence to secure a job at their own expense in terms of cash and time, mostly in overcrowded and unpleasant conditions.
Pity the commuting motorists to whose expenditures take up a substantial slice of their budget, and just imagine their frustration at being caught in long, slow-moving queues of vehicles at the end of the day when they are eager to relax.
By sheer coincidence, Garth Kearwell reminds us our smart modern cost-cutting managers show too little consideration to the workers who actually create their profits. Given the tremendous increases in productivity which have taken place over the past 70 years it is obvious all workers get nowadays is the smell of their own sweat.
F Schenk
McDonald St, Osborne Park

Law’s fine
MR BOUZIDIS (Voice Mail, September 7, 2013) I think you need to reassess your ideas regarding fine defaulters.
Yes, fines are excessive but only because the speeding idiots are not listening. The government thought that by increasing the amount it would deter them.
Unfortunately it hasn’t, as WA has the worst drivers in the country. It doesn’t matter how well off you are or how poor, it’s the same law for all.
As the saying goes “If you do the crime, you do the time”. In this case it’s pay the fine. Let’s hope the name and shame works—it will be surprising to see how many defaulters are quite well off. If you can’t afford to pay the fines, slow down.
Sue Trewick
Wolseley Rd, Morley

A downside
SHOULD the Dockers win the flag there will be a downside to the triumphalism.
The definition to the word empty will lose its eloquently descriptive phrase—as empty as a Dockers’ trophy cabinet.
Jeffrey Nelson
West Pde, Perth

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