Letter to the Editor - July 30: Berry farms an eyesore

I AM overwhelmed at the number of blueberries being planted in the Coffs Harbour North Coast region - blueberries to the north, south and west. It wasn't long ago you could drive from south of Coffs Harbour to Grafton and all you would see was beautiful green hills of bananas.

Now all you can see are bare hills or ugly white nets. They look atrocious and spoil our once beautiful area. Every week you go to Coffs Harbour there's another lot gone up.

The Woolgoolga area is now so unappealing it would frighten most tourists away. I think the netting over such large areas is unsightly, and it should be camouflaged somehow.

Black or green netting ought to be used and I have seen some farmers using it. Also surrounding the BB farms there should be some type of vegetation to make them less conspicuous.

In the Woolgoolga Advertiser (letters 3/5) B. Buckless stated black netting was almost invisible to the marauding fruit bats (pests), but I don't agree because they have a sonar mechanism to be able to see in the night, and a few less bats would be great for the farmers and everyone else. Our night skies are so black with masses of bats.

SL



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