Letter: Convert Nambucca's blank spaces to tell our heritage

Silo art, like this 40 metre-high mural at the Barraba Silos by Finlan Magee in NSW's New Englnad region, is drawing people to a new kind of road trip. Picture: Destination NSW
Silo art, like this 40 metre-high mural at the Barraba Silos by Finlan Magee in NSW's New Englnad region, is drawing people to a new kind of road trip. Picture: Destination NSW

I NOTED your item on silo art (www.nambuccaguardian.com.au) and am in awe of some of the art work around the country.

Most have rural themes that show local history, and I for one would like to see something on the water tower at the junction of Taylors Arm Rd and Wallace St, Macksville, with a mural of the Taylors Arm Pub as it is an international icon and landmark that attracts many tourists.

Also the stables at the Showgrounds along Rodeo Dr would be an ideal place for a rural farming theme, horse and plough, bullock team, old dairy theme etc.

The water tower at Nambucca Heads would be a great place to have either dolphins or a large koala.

Just my thoughts, maybe some others might have similar thoughts and I would think that there would be grants that would be available to help with costs.

Elaine South, Macksville

Let forest be

IT IS a great sorrow and amazement to hear that the Nambucca State Forest will soon be intensively logged by the Forestry Corp. This beautiful mature forest has been found to be the home of many creatures including the koala, yellow bellied gliders and some endangered flora. This is a forest that escaped the devastating fires in the valley and is now one of the few remaining mature forests on the coastal plain that surely is a valuable wildlife refuge.

2019 was an unprecedented year of fires. Currently climate scientists are warning that, with the current rise in temperatures and increasing number of dry days, this fire danger will be greatly heightened. We need to do all we can to reduce fire risk in our community.

Professor David Lindenmayer, Fenner School of Environment, ANU, warns that logging mature native forests exacerbates fire risk. This is caused by creating regenerating vegetation of fire prone species (usually eucalypts), opening up of the canopy to drying, destroying wet pockets of rainforests, and build-up of heavy fuel load from logging waste left on the ground.

Surely the community and council should be concerned about the increased flammability of a forest near built-up areas. As we have seen fires can move at remarkable speed endangering not just nearby areas.

The Nambucca council however has rejected a moratorium on logging. Tourism and recreation are important industries to this area employing many more people than the logging industry. This forest is in an ideal location so close to towns where residents and visitors can enjoy its natural beauty.

Cycling is becoming more and more popular the world over and Jacks Ridge track could become a major attraction if extended through the forest. Why would the council not try to protect its aesthetic natural backdrop. Visitors would instead view adjacent intensive industrial scale logging.

Come on, Nambucca council, call for a moratorium on logging.

Wendy Kaczan, Grassy Head

Fear misplaced

IN THE national press there are periodic articles engendering a fear and distrust of China.

I checked the number of wars China has started compared to the US. China nil, and the US seems to be still at it - George started three on his own. The Howard Government spent $260 billion on the Iraq War and what do we have to show for that?

Allan Green, Mylestom