Newcastle Herald Letters to the Editor: Wednesday, October 19, 2016

FAST FUN: Speedboats and other motor activities have been slammed as bad for the environment, with residents calling for a ban on some sports in Lake Macquarie.

FAST FUN: Speedboats and other motor activities have been slammed as bad for the environment, with residents calling for a ban on some sports in Lake Macquarie.

WE are very appreciative of living near beautiful Lake Macquarie. We love the lake and would like to see it protected not only for our lifetime but for generations to come.

The lake is under enormous strain already with buildings crowding its shoreline along with the everyday fast and slow boat activity including jet skis.

We must understand that whatever happens on and around the lake has a bearing on its health.

The recent Superboat championships held on the lake saw boats hitting top speeds of 160 km/h. 

“It is really, really exciting,” organiser Conn Saloumidis said (‘Big boats set to carve up Lake Macquarie’, Herald, 15/10). "They just sound so sexy."

We doubt the marine and bird life would have found them sexy.

In fact the lake and foreshore would have been traumatised by the event.

We call for Lake Macquarie City Council to ban power boat racing on Lake Macquarie.

Colin and Julie Robinson, Cardiff

Revitalise for the people

I THINK our elected members of parliament and our local councillors are treating the people of Newcastle with contempt.

The closure of the railway line and the sale of Crown land was muted to be to open our beautiful city up to the foreshore and remove the barrier of having the railway line in place. I think the revitalisation of Newcastle is now about looking after the developers.

The notion of selling the car parks and vacant land along the foreshore from Stewart Avenue right through to the Newcastle railway station including the old rail corridor is about fattening up the back pockets of some and not a fair dinkum reason to make the foreshore more attractive.

People that now come to the foreshore from Honeysuckle through to Nobbys car park will have nowhere to park, and will not ride the light rail and buses to get there.

Newcastle city will be all high rise and the CBD will become a ghost town.

Stephen Wright, Newcastle

Where are their morals?

I THINK the Four Corners story on the refugees on Nauru exposed our present federal government as lacking any moral and humanitarian leadership.

In comparison, the young refugees and the teachers involved in the story demonstrated the true spirit of contribution that we should all aspire to. 

I believe Mr Dutton and Mr Morrison have shown no leadership. The young refugees demonstrated far greater moral qualities.

What a complete waste of the great potential these young people could contribute to Australia.

The moral bankruptcy of the federal government, does not reflect well on the the Australia populace. 

Robert Bowd, Redhead

Serving the community

AS an older person living here for 29 years I am trying to help the young so I have written to all councillors at Newcastle council hoping they take note. 

This is addressed to all the councillors who are attempting to hold Newcastle back including Mr Crakanthorp: Can I ask are you only trying to score points in voting against the revitalisation of Newcastle?

Please think of what the majority of people want not the Labor party.

I am interested to ask the question of all: Are you here to serve the community, your party or simply for your own self aggrandisement? This is an important question and I hope you can answer it with truth because if you do you won't hold back Newcastle anymore.

Marilyn Shoesmith, Warners Bay

Other side to lockouts

TONY Brown, for many years now I have been rather amused by your musings about the lockout laws in Newcastle, but your last letter (Letters, 13/10) has left me even more gobsmacked.

First you refer to "Newcastle's success story", but in your last paragraph you state "our rate of assaults is still higher than the NSW average". So, which is it? Has the "Newcastle solution" proved to be as fortuitous as you always boasted it would be? Or has it in fact become a failure? For a whole nine years before the lockout laws were introduced, I would frequent Newcastle pubs and clubs almost every single Friday and Saturday night, and the amount of assaults I witnessed were very few and far between.

Within six months of the lockout laws being introduced, however, the amount of assaults I witnessed were easily more than double that of the previous nine years. I would have thought it to be rather self-evident that forcing venues to put potentially violent patrons out onto the street at the exact same time is far from a sensible method of stopping street violence.

Also, if you ask any taxi driver who had worked before and after the lockout laws, they'll tell you how a steady flow of people all used to travel at different times throughout the night/morning, and how the same shifts soon turned nightmarish when they were put in a situation where everyone wanted to get home all at once.

Such scenarios can inevitably lead to more frustration among patrons, and thus have the potential to create more volatile situations.

You also mentioned the employment and commercial prosperity with an increase in smaller bars and licensed restaurants since March 2008, but you conveniently forgot to mention the venues that have been forced to close their doors due to the restrictions the lockout laws impose (not to mention the musicians who can no longer perform in these venues).

Or perhaps you are unaware of the people that these restrictions have put out of work. 

Adam Carter, Adamstown Heights 

Get tough on Kyrgios

SO the ATP gives Nick Kyrgios an eight-week ban but then immediately reduces it to three weeks if he agrees to counselling.

The eight-week ban should stay and he should still have to go to counselling.

As a long time golfer I’ve seen many young kids being taught the game of golf, if any of these youngsters show any sign of petulance, throwing clubs etc, they are immediately disciplined by their peers and the result is you rarely see any young players behave the way Kyrgios does.

While people make apologies for him and condone his behaviour he will not learn.

Jim Gardiner, New Lambton

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