The Gold Coast Bulletin - - OPINION - WRITE TO: P0 Box 1, South­port 4215 EMAIL: edi­to­rial@gold­ FACE­BOOK: face­­coast­bul­letin

IN­STEAD of keep­ing trees on new es­tates, de­vel­op­ers and coun­cils seem de­ter­mined to bull­doze ev­ery­thing to max­imise re­turn on their in­vest­ment by putting build­ings on the now de­nuded land.

These homes rely on air­con­di­tion­ers to make them hab­it­able.

The Gold Coast ur­ban sprawl is a prime ex­am­ple of the mad­ness and greed that has over­taken en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly devel­op­ment.

It ap­pears those we elect all too of­ten are more in­ter­ested in de­stroy­ing the frag­ile en­vi­ron­ment to max­imise profit. D.J. FRASER, CUR­RUMBIN SPRING has sprung and birds are nest­ing – but not all birds.

Bat­tery hens con­fined in small wire cages can only dream of build­ing a nest. And the mil­lions of baby chick­ens locked away inside grim broiler sheds will never get a chance to build a nest be­cause they will be dead by the time they are six weeks old.

“Breeder” hens will never be per­mit­ted to build a nest or see their fluffy chicks.

As you revel in this won­drous sea­son with its myr­iad colours and fra­grances, please spare a thought for the mil­lions of piti­ful birds who will never know a spring. JENNY MOX­HAM POOR for­mer Ip­swich mayor Paul Pisas­ale. Now he’s charged with the pos­ses­sion of a male sex drug with­out a pre­scrip­tion (GCB, 11/10).

Now that’s a hard charge to ac­cept. After all, many men ob­tain Vi­a­gra sub­sti­tutes on line and, re­ally, where lies the crim­i­nal­ity in that? Yes, it is a drug but I doubt if the charge will stand up in court. KEN JOHN­STON, ROCHEDALE SOUTH IS AUS­TRALIAN skip­per Steve Smith re­ally in­jured or re­called to ex­plain his and his team’s pa­thetic per­for­mance on this tour?

The union backed de­mand of “no tour un­less more money” for him and the other mem­bers.

Maybe his $1.2 mil­lion salary is un­der re­view – plus ex­tra bonuses. PAK WIL­LIAMS, NERANG MO­TOR­ING up the Gold Coast Hwy, I glanced out the win­dow at the park in front of the build­ings just south of Aus­tralia Fair.

I saw two curlews sur­vey­ing the pass­ing traf­fic. They were stand­ing among the tea trees, no doubt stand­ing guard over their nest.

I live in Broad­beach and of­ten hear them call­ing to each other at night but have not been lucky enough to see them dur­ing the day.

If Mayor Tate has his way and builds a casino and ho­tel on this site no doubt it will mean the evic­tion of this lit­tle fam­ily.

Are these birds pro­tected? LOR­RAINE HO­GAN, BROAD­BEACH GROW­ING up, I don’t re­mem­ber any­one com­plain­ing about elec­tric­ity costs but along came re­new­ables, clos­ing of power sta­tions, agree­ments with coun­tries who have no coal, and a lot that rely on nu­clear power.

Since this oc­curred our cost of elec­tric­ity has sky­rock­eted; does not seem too hard to work out why. ROD WAT­SON, SURFERS PAR­ADISE

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