Letter to the Editor | The lost value in knowing what you’re looking at

Congratulations to Tony Worland on the modification of his EK Holden Ute.

Recently the world’s oldest Ferrari was found in a shed.

How fortunate both vehicles, and their possibilities, were recognised for what they were by people who knew what they were looking at: they might otherwise have been sent to the metal recyclers.

No doubt, the once potential ‘scrap metal’ is now stored and protected from harm.

Within our region we have an area, even more unique than the one surviving Ferrari, that is currently protected from harm by virtue of being a State Conservation Area.

Unfortunately, it is at great risk from those who, in not recognising its true value, seek to develop mountain bike tracks throughout its boundaries.

CWD correspondent, Denis Gregory, referred to the battle between Council and Greenies (aka those who strive to protect areas of ecological importance) as a ‘bunfight’.

Some might take to be a trivialisation of the battle but there is nothing trivial about it.

Those who ‘know’ recognise the ecological, and environmental tourist value, of the Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area.

Mountain bike tracks don’t need to be in Conservation Areas.

Any bike rider taking their eyes off the track to look at the wider surrounds is likely to need an ambulance.

There is territory, outside its boundaries, that will provide the thrills and challenges sort by riders, without sending the unique Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area on the road to the scrap heap.

Sandra Chrystall

Published in ‘Your Say’, Central Western Daily, 10 August 2021