Letters to the editor

Roos on death row

INTERACTION: Visitors feeding and photographing kangaroos in the grounds of Morisset Hospital. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

INTERACTION: Visitors feeding and photographing kangaroos in the grounds of Morisset Hospital. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

THE kangaroos at Morisset Hospital (‘Roo lockout rankles’Lakes Mail, December 6), like kangaroos everywhere, are on death row. They would have been shot long ago by the usual kill-everything morons if not protected by the hospital staff who have cared about them for so long. 

As soon as the last of the profoundly disabled and mentally ill patients can be removed, I believe developers will take possession of this valuable lakeside land and the beautiful kangaroos will be “humanely culled” and the Aussie bush bulldozed. No forests, no rain, no wildlife, just shame.

Some on this page have bewailed the danger to tourists of these ferocious kangaroos. These are peaceful herbivores, not crocodiles. Of course, with no supervision you will get the occasional scratched visitor.

Others have bewailed the poor kangaroos getting bothered by visitors, but these roos have plenty of room to stay away from the tourists if they wish. 

They seem to enjoy the attention and varied, mostly healthy foods offered.

Be glad there are these overseas visitors who value our kangaroos, for their unique qualities, not just for their skins and meat. Animals Australia states that in 2016 1.34 million kangaroos were killed for the commercial industry. 

Despite denials, they are being hunted down and murdered.

Before we wake up to the great tourism drawcard and learn to manage this happy interaction, there will be no more kangaroos left alive outside of zoos. We are a nation of incompetents who cannot protect and preserve our wildlife treasure and remnant forests.

- Les Hutchinson, South Maitland

Positions vacant

WANTED: Intelligent hard-working politicians. Job entails the following: Referendum on the sale of lands in Australia to foreigners; development of infrastructure such as dams; sending home immigrants who have acquired criminal records. The above needs to be addressed today, not  tomorrow. All applicants apply in person at Canberra.

- James Dalgleish, Bonnells Bay

Charge visitors to see roos

WE went to Morisset Hospital on Sunday to see what's happening with the tourists and the roos. The only thing I saw anyone feed them was carrots and, when I said it's best not to feed them, they happily stopped.

I told some of them that authorities are going to close the gates to stop the visitors (which won't work as most of them walk in) and I asked if they would pay to go see them, and all said yes. Instead of trying to stop it, why not charge people to enter and have a ranger there to explain about the roos, and to stop visitors feeding them and getting too close? It would mean money for the area and a win-win for everyone. They could give out pamphlets and maybe allow locals in for free. It’s better than stopping everyone.

- Paul Smith, Cooranbong

Nuclear power solution

FINALLY, recognition that hydro pump electricity uses more power (about 20 per cent more) to operate than it produces.

To spend billions on each hydro pump unit (almost as much as required to build a real power station), and yet still needing extra power supplied by real power stations so that these hydro pumps can operate, all to make believe it's saving the planet, borders on insanity. Those who believe renewables and batteries will power these pumps, pushing hundreds of tonnes of water up hill at night, must be dreaming.

It’s time all governments stopped pandering to minorities and built nuclear power stations, as the rest of the developed world has. Otherwise we will be discussing better ways of using candlelight.

It’s time to start planning for a dramatic increase of energy needed for an increasing population. Nuclear is the only practical solution that works, all the time, every time, without harming the environment.

- Carl Stevenson, Dora Creek