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Safety first

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

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