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OPINION

Letters to the editor: bad cats, surfing history and locals keen to support North Narrabeen's Moonlight Social House

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Roaming cats

With regard to the impact cats are having on our wildlife, nothing will be achieved unless the NSW Government and/or Northern Beaches Council introduce a financial penalty against owners who allow their cats to stray, especially at night. Owners of dogs are penalised in this way if their animal is even off-leash let alone out and prowling the streets. Current council rules are that if a cat is deemed a nuisance the owner will receive warnings from the rangers. I doubt that anything stronger happens after that. My neighbour had two cats which would be allowed to roam at all hours despite our requests to have them locked up at night. We often found bandicoot bodies, a headless baby brush turkey and other animals on various mornings. The last straw was the discovery of the body of an endangered sugar-glider possum. All this in our front yard. One of his cats ended up drowning in someone's fishpond and the other moved away when he and the wife separated. I wasn't sad to see them gone. I've written to the NSW Environment Department as well as all councillors on the Northern Beaches Council about this issue over the past years. I received the usual 'government speak' reply from then Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton. Thankfully the current NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean seems genuinely interested in what his portfolio means. So I was full of praise for the initiative taken to solve this problem. However as I said, unless you hit people in the pocket habits won't change as many think 'it's just nature taking its course'. I have friends who have refused to change their cat habits despite all logic and argument. Education alone will be a slow process and it may be too late for the animals and birds in our very special part of Sydney. Tina Butler, Bilgola Plateau

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  DAMAGED: The Moonlight Social House fire started next door. Picture: Geoff Jones

Rising from the ashes

In response to the Moonlight Social House fire story, lots of readers wrote to express their support. These included:

I am so sorry what has happened. You are both strong people - you WILL get through this. It may take time, but you can do it. Colleen Black

Wow, what a shame for this family. Good on you Rory Amon for helping them out. Hope the locals support this business whilst they recover. Catherine Sheppard

That restaurant has amazing food, especially the crab pasta (you wanna lick the plate)! Barbara Dobson

This is so horrible for them but we'll be back for sure, love their pizzas! Suzanne White

Smoke woes

Once again we need to close doors and windows in order to keep out the smoke haze from necessary backburning by the fire authorities, to prevent asthma and heart attacks, amongst other health issues. However, we should not be forced to do so throughout the year because of tobacco smokers and wood smoke from indoor wood heaters in our immediate neighbourhood. Marianne van de Voorde, North Narrabeen

Surfer rights

It's a shame that Mary-Louise Parkinson from Freshwater SLSC (NBR Letters, Sep 15-21) is unaware of the fact that the first person to ride a surfboard in Australia is thought to be Tommy Walker, a member of the Manly Seagull and Lifesaving Club. Walker bought a surfboard back from Hawaii in 1909 and it was recorded that he rode it at the 1912 Freshwater surf carnival, more than two years before the Duke. Mary-Louise's letter highlights the need for a surf museum to be established on the northern beaches, the birthplace of surfing in Australia. The people of the northern beaches need to get behind candidates at the forthcoming council elections who will support the establishment of a surf museum. If we don't move now some other suburb will take the glory and the commercial success of such a venture. Brian Dunphy, Museum of Australian Surfing Heritage

Young smarties

We love doing the quizzes each week. Thank you so much for making them! We always look forward to receiving the Northern Beaches Review in our letter box. Have a great day! Coco, 11 and Daisy, 8, Bayview

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