The state government has made two bad decisions in the past few days. Two unfortunate very bad decisions!
The government has funded the light rain extension from Lilyfield to Dulwich Hill, but has not gone ahead with the associated Greenway – a walking path and cycleway that would connect the Cooks River to Iron Cove. A missing link in the cycleways of Sydney. It is a very worthwhile project and has a lot of local public support. It is a “no brainer” to go ahead with its construction at the same time as the light rail is being built.
The other terrible decision is the one that will allow hunting into a lot of of NSW’s National Parks. The Fat Canyoner has a good summary of the arguments against allowing hunting on his blog. It is worth reading and taking some of the suggested action. An easy thing to do is to go to Wild Walks page and send off automated letters to politicians.
I’m sure most bushwalkers will feel insecure with hunters shooting in National Parks. A few years ago, some of my friends witnessed a party of shooters releasing a pregnant sow feral pig into the Kanangra Boyd National Park. The sow’s ears had been cut off – to make is harder for pig dogs to bring it down. This way it would have a good chance of giving birth to its litter of piglets and provide more sport for the shooters in the future.
Another hunter I talked to once was complaining about a lack of feral pigs and goats to shoot and admitted – “we had to shoot kangaroos!”. Now this was not in a national park but it doesn’t sound too good.