Firefighters and RSPCA in third pigeon rescue mission at 30m Croydon pumping station

Firefighters and RSPCA workers were called to free pigeons tangled in netting at the top of the pumping station in Exchange Square for a third time this week.

Crews from Croydon station along with an especially high ladder from Clapham freed three birds from the 30 metre tower in two incidents on Monday.

But yesterday afternoon they were called back again to help a fourth bird which had become caught by its neck in netting on the building’s turrets.

Plan for golf course net angers Pacific Grove residents

Residents in Pacific Grove are not happy about a new net planned for the golf course, saying it will block their view of the bay.

The city doesn’t have much of a choice — a court order is forcing them to install the netting.

The planned net would be more than 30 feet high and 320 feet long. But nearby neighbors hope the city will at least consider putting a smaller net in.

Memorial Centre’s white netting not so good for Peterborough Lakers fans

Memorial Centre staff and the Peterborough Century 21 Lakers are investigating potential changes to new netting after receiving complaints from fans.

Lakers chairman Bill Joiner acknowledged the team has received a number of complaints that fans are having difficulty seeing the game through white netting installed prior to the hockey season last fall. The previous netting was black. The new netting was also extended to cover the full length of the seven-foot glass which ends near the faceoff circles.

Fish netting controversy in Pumicestone Passage

SUNFISH Queensland is rallying to have gill netting thrown out of Pumicestone Passage and Moreton Bay, which is making waves with commercial fishermen who say banning the practice could decimate business.

At request of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF), Sunfish QLD have provided a proposal for a net-free zone in Moreton Bay. The proposal will now be used as the basis for further consultation with key stakeholder groups.

The plastic menace

The worldwide production of plastics has increased considerably since the middle of the 20th century.

When discarded in the marine environment, plastic garbage that enters the marine environment in a wide range of sizes, from a micrometre to a metre, can become an environmental and health hazard.

Modern Woodmen Park netting will be extended

Working toward an objective of keeping a greater number of fans seated behind dugouts safe from line drive foul balls and parts of broken bats, netting at Davenport’s Modern Woodmen Park will soon be extended.

The City of Davenport is currently soliciting bids for a project which would extend protective netting at the Midwest League stadium from the backstop area to the end of dugouts on the first and third baselines.

Days Out: Treetop Nets, Lightwater Valley, Ripon

With giant trampolines, walkways, slides and a ball pool, all suspended between trees up to 50ft off the ground, there’s no better place to unleash your inner child and burn off some excess energy. The brand new attraction – which is a first for Yorkshire – has just opened its doors and offers visitors the chance to run, bound, tumble and slide on 2,000 square metres of giant trampolines, walkways and slides. If that’s not enough, it’s also home to the world’s longest aerial net walkway, a tree house, and a 50ft high crow’s nest – the perfect place to take a breather and admire the scenery.

West Chester’s new Topgolf almost county’s tallest ‘building’

It looks a little like an enormous playpen towering along Interstate 75 in West Chester Twp., but officials say the new Topgolf facility will be a huge draw to the area, not just an eyesore as some have said.

Several weeks ago 27 tall poles, 170 feet high, began appearing in the sky, then came the netting. Now the only “building” taller in the county appears to be the 200-foot tall Government Services Center in Hamilton.

One Journal-News reader is not pleased and called it an “eyesore” in a letter to the editor questioning the approval of such a high structure by township zoning officials.

Over exposed in Turkey

After several weeks backpacking in Turkey we found ourselves on the southern Aegean in the magnificent coastal community known as Patara. It is an area full of history; at one time the largest seaport of ancient civilization, visited by St Luke and St Paul, and also a major centre in Roman times.

Damaged by severe earthquakes in AD 141 and AD 240, its harbour silted up. The remains of the amphitheatre, a spectacular arch and an acropolis affording magnificent hilltop views of the 18 km local beach are still to be seen today. There was little English spoken in this region. And barely another traveller given that the spectacular beach was a 3 km walk, through protected land, from the village.

Belongil rock wall ‘fails first test’

Belongil’s Interim Beach Access Stabilisation (IBAS) works are being examined by Byron Shire Council officers this morning but critics of the $1 million spent on the project say the money might as well have been thrown out to sea.

Byron Cr Paul Spooner took a tour of the beach himself this morning and saw sand covering the rocks completely washed away, netting hanging in tatters over rocks, some of which seem to have become dislodged.