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Journeys : Feb March 2012
Street-smart Opinion We asked: In the past 12 months have you seen more, fewer or about the same number of high-visibility police cars on Tasmanian roads? Do they change your behaviour? Photos and interviews: Margie Law I don’t think I’ve seen as many police cars on the road as you could see two years ago. And as far as radar guns, I know places where they used to be and they’re not now and they are nowhere else either. Ralph Chilcott, Bracknell I think it is less. I travel around Launceston quite a bit, I’m on the road quite a bit including at night. I haven’t been pulled up by a breathalyser for more than 18 months. It doesn’t change my behaviour because I’m always doing the speed limit. Sheryl Bur nie, Youngtown I have seen more, don’t know if there are more but I’ve noticed more. Seeing them does change my behaviour because they make me check my speed and make me more aware of keeping within the law. Malcolm Cowan, Launceston I believe I’ve seen the same amount of police cars. I don’t come into town much and don’t see them much. Probably should see more but you don’t. They do make me a little bit more cautious when they’re around. A few more wouldn’t hurt, especially for these young ones just starting out. George Fewkes, Herdsman Cove They don’t change my behaviour because I’m a driving instructor but yes I’ve seen more around, around the schools mostly. Laurel Parnham, Sandy Bay I ’ve probably seen more, mostly on the highway, but they don’t really change my behaviour because I tend to be fairly consistent with my driving – but I think they would change some. Treen French, Tranmere Adrian Dale and Allegra Biggs Dale What a lot of rubbish! Location : Labillardiere Estate, Great Taylors Bay, South Bruny Island Resources: A boat, a ute, two people, large bags Objective: To clear 700 metres of sandy and rocky shoreline of flotsam and jetsam Results: 200 kilograms of debris were collected, enough to fill 10 large garbage bags, plus long lengths of pipe, buoys, floats, drums and marine wreckage Conclusion: Extrapolated for the approximately 200 kilometre D’Entrecasteaux coastline of Bruny Island, calculations indicate that over 50 tonnes of rubbish could be expected So, where is it all coming from? Talk to anyone and they’ll have an opinion. You’ll hear them roar ‘Fish farms, fishing vessels, commercial shipping, yachties, campers, walkers, picnickers and just about ever yone!’ Our question is ‘If ever yone is so outraged by the quantities, then why does the junk continue to float in our surrounding waters then wash ashore? Accidental loss is always the excuse, but have you looked closely at the breakdown? What about a crushed beer can? Do these simply get blow n off the deck of boats? This is highly unlikely! And what about short lengths of cut rope? Ropes are usually cut to release something, when this happens a short section is discarded and the main length retained. You might argue that this is accidental, but with care, these short sections could be retained along with the main lengths. Then there are the large commercial items, such as fish far m construction plastic pipe. Shouldn’t working practices ensure that such losses are minimised? After all, commercial companies have a Health, Safety and Environmental Policy, so why is so much pipe washing onto the beaches? Drive down Br uny Island Main Road and backyard after backyard sports a fine veggie hothouse made of arched black plastic pipe. In our community 10 February / March 2012
Apr May 2012