Letter to the Editor - October 15: Let’s see compromise
I HAVE been reading with much interest the letters regarding the issue of white netting in the Woolgoolga and other areas of our beautiful coastline. I agree that Shirley Lloyd (Advocate 11/11/14) made a valid point for the case against white netting. There is, I believe one word that could solve this bitter argument - compromise. It's a tool used regularly to solve two sides of an argument.
May I offer a compromise.
For the farmers: yes, you may continue to plant and harvest your blueberries. For everyone else concerned: your compromise is that the farmers use black netting.
Everyone is fully aware farming is an important part of our area. It helps the economy, and brings in workers during picking time, and they spend money in our town. From the other side, we are still an important tourist destination; local businesses need tourists to spend money in our town, keeping local businesses viable.
Unfortunately, as the white netting takes control of our area, tourists will turn away. It is already a detour from the main highway. No longer is a drive through the hills a pleasant experience.
The farmers say white netting ripens their fruit by two weeks. Two weeks? Is that enough of a benefit to ruin a countryside.
A blueberry farmer near us uses black netting and I have never heard him complain that his blueberries take an extra two weeks to ripen.
In the overall scheme of things, if a compromise is to be reached, then surely a two-week span should not stand in the way.