April 17 2017
In this edition of Deni Speaks, we posted four questions on our website for readers to answer and we can now discuss the outcome of the voting.
1. Should the river level be dropped before Easter?
2. Do we need more Police Officers in Deniliquin?
3. Should the ERC establish a recycling program ASAP?
4. Should the Gun Laws be loosened?
100% of voters believed that the water level should not be dropped before Easter.
65% of voters believed that Deniliquin does not need more Police Officers.
87% of voters believed that a recycling should be established ASAP.
Our fourth and the biggest question we’ve ever asked is whether or not Gun Laws should be loosened, voters for the first time had the option of multiple choice to pick an answer from the five ‘Yes’ answers and two ‘No’ answers.
33% of voters believed that the Guns Laws are fine as they are
24% of voters believed the laws should be loosened for Farmers and Hunters
17% want the Gun Laws tightened
14% want the Gun Laws loosened for home protection
7% want loosened laws for Farmers and Hunters as well as Home Protection and introduce Concealed Carry and allow Semi Automatics to be made legal.
5% want Semi Automatics to be made legal.
When tallying up the ‘Yes’ vote and the ‘No’ vote, it is a 50/50 split and this question may need to be revisited towards the end of the year to see if opinion has shifted towards one way or the other.
The general public appears to have confidence in local Police which must be very good for them to know.
The wide support for recycling would please environmentalists and those who are concerned about the amount of cans and other materials left laying about town that are either left there or a long time or eventually end up in landfill and wasted.
Farmers and Hunters may be heartened to know that they received almost a quarter of the votes in the Gun Laws poll, gun control advocates may be pleased they won the individual vote and tied in the overall vote.
Thank you for voting and/or reading our poll results and we’ll be back with new poll results on May 1.
We have three new poll questions on our website for readers to consider for the next two weeks and they are the following;
- Should the Gun Laws be loosened?
- Should the ERC establish a Recycling program ASAP?
- Do we need more Police Officers in Deniliquin?
The first question is one that has been debated within DNS for some time, there are different opinions on the subject but we feel the question being asked has plenty of possibilities to suit as many people as possible.
We ask that people do not make thoughts personal in written comments, all have a right to an opinion but everyone also has the right to not be belittled or insulted because of their opinion.
It should be noted that all yes votes would follow the current criteria concerning being allowed to own certain guns (criminal record checks, mental health checks etc.)
Multiple choice is available for this question in case a person agrees to two or three of the four ‘Yes’ proposals and doesn’t want to say yes to all four or answer ‘No’ to the question.
The second question is to ask if a recycling program should be established ASAP to take advantage of Deniliquin’s mass of recyclable material as well as the material scattered throughout the ERC.
The third question is asking if Deniliquin needs more Police Officers, there are concerns that crime is growing and we want to know if people believe that more Police are needed to ensure the safety of residents as well as enforcing the law (rubbish dumping, parking where you are not supposed to, other laws).
Poll questions are on the right hand side of this website and are scheduled to be changed on April 17.
There is no major recycling service in Deniliquin and that means that thousands of cans, bottles and other recyclables are now in the tip or laying in open fields and are unable to be used again, there is no doubt that opening a recycling centre of any kind is considered too much of a cost but there is no doubt that if people put their minds together a solution can be found.
Perhaps bottles and cans can be stored and then trucked to the nearest recycling centre and then receive money for the cans, Deniliquin Council could perhaps give the Lions Club some assistance in their can collecting efforts to encourage more townspeople to save their cans and earn a couple of dollars.
Perhaps a school could make it a long term project of theirs to participate on one of the can collection days, while there won’t be a ton of cash gained it could be useful for primary school kids whose class could use any money made for a end of term or year treat for their efforts.
Deniliquin is wanting to be the capital of events in the area but perhaps the town can also be at the forefront of caring for the environment as well which will be good for the people, the town and the future.