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'Typically, the trails see the removal of the rail, negating any possibility of tourist rail ever coming back.' File photo
'Typically, the trails see the removal of the rail, negating any possibility of tourist rail ever coming back.' File photo

Strong rail heritage, enthusiast groups

I hope that if the Goulburn-Crookwell Rail Trail proposal gets supported, they allow for both rail and trail modes side by side.

Typically, the trails see the removal of the rail, negating any possibility of tourist rail ever coming back.

There is strong rail heritage and enthusiast groups at both ends of this branch line, which means a rare opportunity to attract both forms of tourism in a single build.

It has been extremely viable in other parts of the world and this is a unique and viable opportunity to do it in Australia.

Ron Sommer, Tumbarumba

Lowest public funding for ag R&D in OECD

Thanks for your article re how federal funding should be allocated.

The allocation of drought funding to ULSC by the Federal Government is welcome.

However, a whole of government response to climate change is required.

Australia has one of the lowest public funding for agricultural R&D in the OECD.

Restoration of adequate ongoing funding to agencies such as the DPI and LLS to support farmers to transition to climate smart agricultural practices is vital.

Farmers can be part of the solution by transitioning to practices that sequester carbon in soil and it would be great to see this more widely appreciated.

Support to enable farmers to be rain-ready would also be welcome.

As Chair of the Upper Lachlan NSW Farmers' Association, we hope to facilitate discussion and action on this topic over the coming months.

Robyn Alders, Fullerton

A significant place in visual amenity

The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage lists the Crookwell Courthouse Group, which includes the Courthouse, former magistrate's residence and lock up on its web site.

The statement of significance describes the buildings as "an important element within Crookwell's civic precinct".

"The building occupies a significant place in the visual amenity of Crookwell's main street and makes an important aesthetic contribution to the Crookwell townscape."

How these statements can be made when the Courthouse and surrounds look so shabby.

A hedge up to the height of the gutter completely hides the magistrate's residence.

At present there is little or no aesthetic contribution to the townscape from these buildings.

It's a disgrace.

Lynne van Veen, Crookwell

Planned upgrade useless without doctors

The planned upgrade [to Crookwell District Hospital] will be useless unless you can get doctors!

Locums are being employed, which is not satisfactory.

Gail Carson, Crookwell

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