Cat owners should confine pets
THE draft Cat Management Legislation is about to be introduced to Parliament, and while there are many good things contained in it such as compulsory desexing and microchipping, the fact that there has been no provision for cat owners to keep their cats restricted to within their property is deeply disappointing.
Dog owners are required to keep their dogs confined within their property and there is absolutely no reason why this should not equally apply to cats; both are companion animals and should be treated the same. A 2019 survey determined that 67 per cent of cat owners and 83 per cent on non-cat owners supported compulsory confinement of cats; why is the government ignoring this significant statistic?
Jim Collier, Legana.
Recycling plant proposal concern
I WRITE to express my concern about the proposed project to develop a recycling plant at 19-25 Churchill Park Drive. While I am in favour of recycling, I fail to understand the rationale of siting the development adjacent to a quiet residential area. The site will start operating before 6am and will include up to 70 trucks arriving and leaving throughout the day. The site will be used for contaminated and medical waste as well as oil, plus the usual household materials.
In addition to my concerns about the noise, odours, dust and vibrations, I believe that the extra traffic will impact on access to and from the sporting fields, the recreational parkland and the educational and cultural precinct of Inveresk. The project will impact on the social amenities of residents in Bryan, Oswald and Gaunt streets as they live directly beside the site, separated from the workshop, washing bays and storage bins only by a perimeter wall.
The site would be vulnerable to flooding, fire and explosion while the possibility of pollution seepage could result in dangerous products leaching into the river system.
I urge the council to reconsider the application, which surely goes against the ethos and direction of recent developments in Invermay, which has become a pleasant, architecturally and socially diverse, cultural and educational community close to the city’s heart.
Peta Frost, Invermay.
A process of humanity
WHEN our much-loved family dog was in pain from a terminal inoperable tumour, we held him while he was peacefully put to sleep. It was the humane thing to do. It seems strange that our humanity doesn’t extend to humans.
Tony Walker, Dilston.
Well Done Paul Scambler
WELL done Paul Scambler (on 35 years at The Examiner). I have lived a long and privileged life, a lot of it in public life, which has led me to meet and respect the talent of Paul. He is a top photographer with an endearing personality. I also knew his father, also an employee of The Examiner.
I have known editors Michael Courtney, Rod Scott, Dean Southwell, Fiona Reynolds, Martin Gilmour, Mark Baker, Simon Tennant and Courtney Greisbach in various degrees and it has been such a pleasure and an honour to be associated in a small way. This is a great acknowledgement of a fantastic career and talent and the longevity of your pursuance of perfection. Your photography Paul has marked Launceston’s history.