Bruce Stadium is cold and old, but it seems that not even cheaper pies and chips will lure Canberrans back to watching the footy live, according to our latest poll.
The government has dropped food prices all round by $1 with some fanfare, but readers were more convinced about staying home in front of the widescreen TV, with a beer or a takeaway pizza close at hand.
We asked Will cheaper food lure you back to live footy? 658 readers voted.
Your choices to vote were No, I’ll watch from the comfort of my sofa, thanks. This was a clear winner with 80 per cent of the total, or 525 votes. Alternatively, you could vote Yes, that makes it much easier to take the family. This attracted just 20 per cent of the total, or 133 votes.
This week we’re wondering how you feel about the latest moves to get rid of wood heaters across Canberra. There have been concerns for some years, particularly in the Tuggeranong Valley, where the lay of the land means that smoke lingers for much longer, causing problems for people with asthma.
Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment Sophie Lewis says there is an “urgent need” to build on the Bushfire Smoke and Air Quality Strategy to protect Canberrans from poor air quality caused by wood heater smoke.
Commissioner Lewis said wood heater smoke was associated with adverse respiratory and cardiovascular outcomes, with Canberrans largely unable to protect themselves from the impacts.
The report also suggests a range of measures, including establishing a register of wood heaters, mandating the removal of wood heaters before a property can be sold and delivering clear health messages about the risks associated with wood heater usage.
The message didn’t go down well with some readers, who argued that the quality of the heater and wood makes a significant difference to the pollution impact.
“Will these bureaucratic microbes stop banning and taxing our behaviour? I have a wood heater which burns clean dry wood and I don’t let it smoulder over night. It warms our house, dries the washing and makes the energy bills less crippling. Neighbours don’t even notice it. Keep your damn hands off it,” wrote Philip.
But Amanda Day wrote: “Wood fire heaters are terrible for health and the environment. They are one of the least efficient and most polluting ways to heat your home. Most of Canberra was horrified and ran out and bought masks when the bushfire impacted air quality, yet some people need to put up with thick smoke all winter from their neighbours’ wood heater. I ended up selling my home and moving to get away from my neighbour’s smoke.”
A program to replace outdated wood heaters has been running for several years but has had little uptake – only 36 have been replaced.
Our question this week is: