Rant or rave – your say
I write with reference to articles in recent issues of Newslink about dog attacks.
Firstly, good on the Gore District Council, and the media, for bringing the issue into the open regarding dog attacks in the area. The public need to be informed of what is happening and it is good the GDC will undertake more relevant education around the issue.
Plant it up
Now that there is some resolution to the Coopers Well debacle it is, as Councillor Sharp suggests, time to look to the future.
There must be dozens of compatible, compliant uses to which the restricted zone can be productively put. Secondly, the reality of getting bitten by a dog should not be taken lightly. It can be a traumatic experience for the victim and it would also be traumatic for a dog owner to have their dog euthanised. But the dog owners are responsible for controlling and containing their dogs and for abiding by the relevant rules. To give a picture of what happens after being attacked by a dog, the council may want a statement saying what happened; you may need to
For starters, it could be planted up with wattles and eucalypts and in just three years start coppicing it for firewood that could be donated to the needy through the Sallies.
Or fungus infected oaks for truffles. Organic permaculture perhaps.
Maybe (my personal favourite) the restricted area could be planted up in bird check your tetanus is up to date; there may be a patient report form issued if it is an ambulance call out; the police may attend and you may have to follow up with a visit to the doctor and fill out an ACC form. People report dog incidents because they care about safety. A safer community is a good thing so let’s work together to attain it. Wendy Joy Baker
Fortrose and bee friendly trees and shrubs to provide a rare, precious reserve in an increasingly monocultural and barren landscape, with naming rights to be settled by conducting a fundraising Royal Rumble featuring the mayor and all of our councillors in a jelly filled Mataura pool.
I’d pay to see that.
David N. Hughes