Public debate was needed on new Sutton bridge
THE Dunedin City Council has avoided any public debate of options for a replacement bridge at Sutton.
The Opus options report, dated March 3, 2018, only became public in the agenda for this week’s infrastructure services meeting. A decision was to be made then.
The original bridge was a fine example of our engineering past. This city needs to better protect all heritage sites. The council must include the public in that debate.
The council’s transport group determined ‘‘no definitive reason’’ for the bridge collapse in 2017. Photographs of the bridge taken in the 1980 and 1993 floods confirm it can withstand such events in the absence of any scaffolding.
The transport group, its consultant and contractor, were all given ample warning of the extreme weather forecast with time enough to mitigate the risk to the bridge. A review of the site evidence will confirm the cause.
A poor showing by the council on both accounts. Rod Macleod
Poisoning with 1080
WHY is the Government at war with nature with its Battle for our Birds project?
A $3.4 billion action to eradicate possums ending with threequarters of the bird population faced with extinction and the rest with depletion. This confirmed by the Minister of Conservation, who finds it acceptable to kill animals indiscreetly with 1080 and leave their toxic carcasses to rot and leach into waterways.
A veterinarian recently stated poisoning was like being exposed to 48 hours of electrical shock before termination.
These actions would be liable for prosecution if committed by anyone other than the State.
The 1080 war is not about conservation but about power. Power to make money.
Most of all it is power over nature. A clumsy attempt to determine what should live and what should die.
The results are all too obvious.
D. L. Langer