Tathra local Greg Otton spoke out at the recent
council meeting against the fluoridation of the shires water
supplies, but also what he sees is the destruction of the regions
pristine natural gifts. An excerpt of an opinion piece he has
submitted is below. Gregs views do not necessarily represent
those of Fairfax, but we put this forward as a topic for
readers to discuss.
There are so many precious gems that the Sapphire Coast provides
us with. Especially the life giving pristine water supplies of the
Kiah, Tantawangalo, Brogo Dam catchments and the Bega Aquifer. The
many natural gifts of this area are all being destroyed, mismanaged
or are under threat by the bureaucratic decisions usually in the
name of the dollar, progress, growth or just pure greedy
Let me list the gems I have personally seen decimated by
humanitys greed, lust and plain stupidity. I lost over 50% of my
oyster leases to siltation yet my voice went unheard, I was
ridiculed by successive councillors of this shire.
I have worked for over 35 years in the once lucrative abalone
industry. Worth at one time $35million to the Far South Coast. A
line in the sand on Cape Howe divides a 22 tonne Victorian quota
from a 2 tonne NSW quota, same water, same seasons, just different
The tuna industry was decimated in a few years by greed and
The timber industrys once thriving saw mills all but gone. The
chip mill is in its death throws after destroying the south-east
forests and silting up major rivers and coastal estuaries.
The famous Pambula river mouth surf break is all but gone due to
development of its catchment.
The millions of dollars spent by the dairy industry on noxious
weeds and pests within the shire.
The decimation of migrating birds from the other side of the
world by foxes and cats along our local beaches.
How much do we pay for Bega Cheese with irrigation draining our
rivers, nutrient runoff and toxic chemicals used by farming?
The 15km of gravel shire roads that are graded each day using
dubious practices with limited siltation runoff protections.
The wanton development of coastal villages. Do they end in the
next town or the next shire?
What is the exact purpose for the shark buoy in Merimbula bay?
Does the government think this will really help the shark menace
that is rapidly escalating along our coast?
More attacks will come just as I predicted and warned the
swimmer that was taken in Tathra. Do not call her death the result
of a three metre Bronze Whaler. It was an eight to nine metre Great
White that killed....