..or am I just overreacting??
Yesterday evening I was pottering in the garden near the side boundary when suddenly I heard gunshots on the neighbouring property. “Sounds like a 22,” said a friend. I didn’t have a clue, but recognised it was occurring quite close to my house. It continued for around forty minutes and put a sudden stop to my blissful gardening.
Now there’s a few issues that have me concerned. This area is quite densely populated with small scale properties that back onto each other, it’s almost suburbia so close to town. The terrain here is steep, so there’s the possibility of affecting a lot of land owners on each side of the ridge and it’s not uncommon for kids, big and small, to walk around the bush here, enjoying it’s simplicity. A few phone calls later and it’s clear other, not so near, residents are also horrified. I know going over to ask them to stop is pointless, they certainly have a history of not caring what anyone thinks. For years we’ve have to deal with their free-ranging pets, which they refuse to contain. And recently their dog has been harassing wildlife on our property- Our patch of grass is the only safe zone for the local resident pademelons, which are all carrying young right now.
So my question remains… How do you make people care and consider how their actions may be affecting others? Why won’t they take responsibility for their pets & livestock? Why don't people understand their actions might have a flow on affect- Like the time my brother set all his neighbouring properties on fire from welding on a 42 degree day, he had no concept that his actions might affect others, until he had to compensate landowners for lost crops! Boy was that a learning curve from living in his own personal bubble!
Having said that, we have a fabulous local caring and supportive community around this stretch of the hill, but here's always one, isn't there!