Plastic a Danger to Wildlife and City Image

BRAD Capes’ letter in last week’s edition regarding plastic menace is a warning to all of us.

On the Thursday after the Crab Fest, I sent a photo to the council to alert it to hundreds of plastic ties still lying on the ground and the danger they posed for our wildlife, on land and sea.

On Thursday, those same ties are still there… now not only a danger to wildlife but also a bad image for our city.

IRENE WILSON, Dudley Park.

n City of Mandurah chief executive Mark Newman wrote in response:

The Channel Seven Mandurah Crab Fest was a fantastic event that the people of Mandurah could be proud of.

It is an enormous undertaking to run an event of this calibre which saw close 120,000 people enjoy WA’s largest free regional event.

Additional cleaning arrangements were implemented throughout the weekend and on the Monday following the event that covered the 1.2km event footprint.

Rubbish in our waterways is not acceptable and our teams work hard to return the area to its original state after the festival. The City will undertake another check of the area to ensure any remaining waste is removed.

THIS Thursday, April 7, is World Health Day and this year’s theme is diabetes. People with the diabetes and those close to them understand the severity of the condition, but many others do not.

Every day 28 West Australians are diagnosed with diabetes and, by next year, the condition will overtake heart disease as the leading cause of disease burden in Australia.

Sufferers face life-threatening complications such as heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure, blindness and limb amputations. One-third of WA’s hospital beds have patients being treated for diabetes-related complications.

The good news is that everyone can do something to help reduce his or her risk. Even better, it is simple.

For example, go for a walk during your lunch break instead of sitting at your desk. Pick up a piece of fruit instead of a chocolate bar for afternoon tea.

Just a few small steps daily to help maintain a healthy lifestyle is all it takes to reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes by up to 60 per cent.

ANDREW WAGSTAFF, CEO,

Diabetes WA, Subiaco.