LETTERS 11.8.18

Motor mouth
VINCENT council is misleading its citizens again.
A “trial” has been announced.
This one is to lower speed limits to 40kmh in a swathe of minor streets in the south-east section of Vincent.
The evidence to justify this “trial” is thinner than someone wanting to share a bank account windfall in Nigeria.
Like the Nigerian scheme there is an absence of detail on which a sound judgement could be made.
There is a complete lack of hard evidence that the scheme is necessary.
I call upon the Vincent mayor to provide ratepayers with the criteria on which the proposed trial will be judged a success or failure.
If you can’t do that; then drop the idea.
Tom Goode
Harold Street, Vincent

Have your say
THE city of Vincent is seeking community feedback on the proposed trial of a 40kmh speed limit on residential streets in the southern area of the city.
This initiative is very much welcomed and we thank John Carey MLA and mayor Emma Cole for their efforts to progress this important initiative on behalf of our community.
The negative impacts of vehicles travelling at high speed on our residential streets is experienced by residents throughout the city of Vincent.
As such, this community engagement opportunity will also enable all residents of the city to express their views on whether there should be a 40kmh speed limit trial in the whole of the city – not just a section of the south ward.
Your feedback can be submitted through the city’s website at https://imagine.vincent.wa.gov.au
The consultation period closes on September 5.
We encourage you to have your say.
Gerri Box and Andrew Main
Our Streets @ 40
Alfonso St, North Perth

Light sentence
PEOPLE in Murray shire and throughout WA are rightly dismayed at the light sentence handed out in the case of a Waroona woman who was convicted in the Mandurah Magistrates Court of animal cruelty.
Rangers who visited the property, which is an hour south of Perth, found a dead mare named Ally, an emaciated foal named Rosie, and a horse named Patch in a malnourished condition.
Rosie was in such a poor shape that vets decided they needed to end her suffering. Patch has since made a slow recovery.
The RSPCA stated that the property’s owner had failed to take steps to relieve the horses’ suffering even though their poor condition was very apparent, and she was aware of it.
However, the woman was sentenced to just 100 hours community service and banned from having horses for three years, as well as being ordered to cover costs.
This sentence in no way reflects the severity of the abuse proven in this case.
Penalties for cases of cruelty are rarely imposed to the full extent of the law. Under the WA Animal Welfare Act, animal cruelty can result in fines of $50,000 or imprisonment for up to five years.
At the very least, cases of neglect should lead to a lifetime ban on the offender having animals.
It’s time that this country started to treat cases of cruelty to animals as the serious crimes that they are.
If you suspect someone of abusing or neglecting an animal, report it to authorities right away
Desmond Bellamy, PETA
Byron Bay, NSW

A for effort
EXCELLENT news regarding the creation of an A Class conservation reserve around North Lake, ultimately saving this part of the Beeliar Wetlands and ensuring the protection of this “environmental jewel in Perth’s metropolitan region”.
Now it is entirely within the grasp of the two ministers involved in this decision—planning minister Rita Saffioti and environment minister Stephen Dawson—to protect another jewel in our crown.
A proposal to build an artificial wave park adjacent to the Alfred Cove A-class nature reserve has been under review by the Environmental Protection Authority.
Their decision has just been released and they have decided that the proposal will not be assessed under Part IV of the EP Act.
This is appealable and will then be put before the two relevant ministers to make the final decision.
It is now up to the many hundreds of people who have been fighting very hard for a long time to not only send in their appeals to the EPA but also to write to the two ministers and their own MPs.
There is only a tiny sliver of the original fringing vegetation along the Swan River Estuary remaining, so we must protect and enhance what is left. The facility will come within five metres of the wetlands at various points of its footprint.
Robin Napier

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