National Parks office closure makes no sense
I refer to your letter "Parks service" (Wollondilly Advertiser, June 11) on the National Parks and Wildlife Service proposal to shut down their office in the shire.
It is no wonder that the management of national parks often comes under scrutiny.
You don't have to travel far into our local national parks such as Thirlmere Lakes and Little River to realise how grossly underfunded and under-resourced they are.
One thing is clear, that this deterioration of these and other local parks will only be compounded if they were to close down.
I am appalled that the management of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area is not enough reason alone to warrant keeping the office within the shire.
The management and promotion of the world heritage area along with the role it plays in tourism and socioeconomic value to the surrounding communities should be one of the shire's highest priorities.
Closing down the parks service office within a shire that is almost surrounded by national parks does not make any sense and poses questions and concerns around the longer term future of these areas.
However, it is important to point out that Office of Environment and Heritage will still have statutory responsibilities they can not walk away from within the shire:
■ A requirement to control bushfires within their reserves and to ensure their fire trails are maintained and not left overgrown and derelict;
■ A requirement to undertake hazard reduction burning close to communities bordering the parks;
■ Accountability for controlling noxious weeds and pests within their parks stopping the spread of these to neighbouring landowners;
■ Ensuring threatened flora and fauna are protected.
I fail to understand how removing local regulatory officers from the shire will assist in protecting these areas.
Undoubtedly it will promote a culture of unregulated access to these sensitive areas and the ramifications of this will be enormous.
Valerie Barrett, Thirlmere
Leave us alone
We might be on the outskirts of Sydney, but we can still be rural.
That is the way we should stay.
Make us urban and that will be the end of all the fruit and vegetable growing as the city folk will complain about the smell and noise from the farms.
That would mean no more farm gates.
Les McMahon leaves shortly so what is he so worried about? Leave it alone. We like Wollondilly as it is.
Dianne Irwin, Picton
Road is no horror
I wish to comment further to your recent article regarding Appin Road ("Demand for safety work on Appin Road", Wollondilly Advertiser, June 18).
I live in Appin and definitely agree that Appin Road needs upgrading to help with the increasing traffic flow. I do not agree it's a "horror road" as Fred Borg called it; there are worse roads.
The politicians stand near Rosemeadow end of Appin Road and talk about the safety but most accidents that have occurred in the past few years occur on the south side of Appin Road, south of the town around the Cataract Dam area.
The details should be given correctly. The recent accident where a lady died was near Cataract area.
Cars speed in this area and the road dips different angles which drivers are not aware of.
Maybe a barrier in the centre of the road on the bends in this area (like Picton Road) would stop the head-on accidents.
On a different subject, many of the roads in the town of Appin need resurfacing for the safety of cars, bikes and pedestrians due to all the digging up of roads when the sewer was connected.
Karen Foreman, Appin