Letters to the editor 22/07/21

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Dear editor,

I am appealing to all residents of Coolum and particularly those who live on the hill on or near Grandview Drive, to assist me in identifying a very long term and habitual environmental vandal.

For over 15 years I have been collecting litter from the streets on my morning exercise and a few years ago started to notice the same type of discarded drink cans lying just off the street in the bush in Grandview Drive near the top of Scrub Road, Lang Street, Godilla Street and more recently in the forest reserve opposite Godilla Street.

In the period since this vandalism started I have picked up literally hundreds of empty cans of “Woodstock Bourbon” and “Smirnoff Black Label” and on my most recent outing collected six.

Worse still I can see as many as 25 to 30 more which are out of reach in the bush.

My plea, therefore, is to see if anyone can identify the perpetrator of this reckless activity so that he or she can be warned off.

Sam Halvorsen,

Coolum Beach.



Dear editor,

In response to Tony Gibson’s: “Observations”, (Advertiser, July15) I quote Albert Einstein: “A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success with constant restlessness.” 

This is the modus operandi of our first nation people, who work diligently at preserving the environment and their heritage with respect and resilience, without blowing their own trumpet. While Richard Branson’s invention of space ship “Galactica” enabled him to reach the edge of space, indigenous people here on “Terra Australis” are more about protecting “Country” and its future.

It’s phenomenal how different peoples’ values and priorities affect outcomes, which may benefit one pioneer, or benefit a whole nation. Branson’s pursuit of space travel is juxtaposed with the sacred love of “Country”, endowed upon its traditional custodians, after thousands of years of protecting and preserving the land they valued.

“Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” It is a constant battle between ambition and what is expedient.

While planets in space are now reachable, our planet’s health is in our hands, working in concert with the proven priorities and principles of our first nation people.

E. Rowe,




Dear editor,

Race of the Century? Who said, “When it comes to technologies we should be getting a lot of horses into the (climate change) race”? Cantering towards the 2050 goal post, the winner will be –Vaulting horse, Rocking horse, Saw horse or Horseradish? Makes horse sense?

Margaret Wilkie,

Peregian Beach.

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