Waste message dumped
WHEN tip fees were first introduced in Redlands, I whinged a bit like a lot of other people.
As I got used to the idea I recognised the imposed fees made me think twice about taking rubbish to the dump. I soon found other ways to use or recycle the waste that I previously may have taken to the dump.
Our dump trips had been few but since fees were introduced, we've had none.
It appears that some people are just stubborn and slow to change and they're the ones who are probably making the most noise, it's not necessarily the majority of us who asked for dump fees to be abolished.
Every forward-thinking community in Australia is now trying to decrease its waste by making people responsible for their own waste, and imposing fees to dump rubbish is one way of doing that.
Redlands has taken a step backwards by removing dump fees, which encourage people to not bother to think about reducing their own waste, now they can just dump as much as they want without thinking of the consequences for the future.
We now need wisdom in our leaders to make policies to lead us through the complicated times ahead, not policies to please those among us who make the most noise.
Lorraine Griffiths, Capalaba
Bridging the gap
FRIENDS of ours, on a recent visit from Germany, were politely amused at the continuing controversy over services to our Southern Moreton Bay Islands.
"What is this. You still don't have a bridge?" they shrieked
Some want it, some don't, economics of scale etc . . . I told them.
"In Germany, we would have this 100 years ago," Manfred says. "Two narrow little ditches to cross. What is all the fuss? It will be short and then all the problems will be solved."
After watching a recent doco on Greece's magnificent Corinth bridge, spanning two kilometres of water 200 feet deep, I could hardly disagree.
It's the 21st century, folks.
Bob McLachlan, Ormiston
Quarry expansion opposed
IT is sad to see so soon after the council elections, and a change of mayor, that the Barro Group Pty Ltd is back before the council, again applying for permission to set up yet another quarry on Mount Cotton.
We don't want nor need another mine on Mount Cotton, or anywhere else for that matter.
Why can't these people take no for an answer? It's goodbye to koalas and much more.
O. Knox, Macleay Island