Newcastle Herald Letters to the Editor: Tuesday, October 24, 2017

OPTIONS: People who become unwell in their later years should be given a choice about the timing and manner of their death, argues one contributor.
OPTIONS: People who become unwell in their later years should be given a choice about the timing and manner of their death, argues one contributor.

I AM going to die on July 29, 2030 – according to a recently-published Australian Bureau of Statistics calculator. What a fantastic journey, shared with an amazing lady, great kids, delightful grandkids, and a sprinkling of crazy but loyal friends. I was playing competitive basketball into my ’60s and still surf and play active sport in my ’70s.

Three years ago I contracted Ross River fever. For six weeks I endured excruciating pain, to the point where I was ready to put a gun to my head. However I knew there was hope, it would come to an end and it has. This experience sharpened my thoughts on my inevitable demise (in 2030).

I am a spiritual person – not a religious one. I only share my philosophy when invited, and then being extremely conscious of not treading on the sensibilities of my friend. However the religious establishment not only want to share their uninvited opinion on assisted dying with everybody, but firmly entrench it in law making it a criminal offence.

I am not a depressive person, but on July 29, 2030, I want a choice, even though I’m a practicing coward. I don’t want to leave a life-long image seared into the minds of a train driver or first responders and family of a violent self-inflicted death of a loved one.

I want hope. In 4981 days I want a choice in the unlikely situation if needed. It is choice even the God of the religious offer. Choose this day.

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Paul Sutcliffe, Fern Bay

Suburb’s sad storey

WE received a notice of proposed development plans for the demolition of six dwellings – one sold for over $1,000,000 – to be replaced with 84 units from Date Street through to Brunker Road, Adamstown. These plans are scant on detail, but we can clearly see the gross over development by eight massive blocks of concrete, six storeys high with the entire vehicular access from Date Street. 99 parking spaces on the development plans but no off-street parking available for visitors. Can they be serious?

Anyone who has driven along Date Street or Brunker Road recently knows first hand how dangerous this area has become and Newcastle City Council are very aware by the complaints they have received. Developers, with the help of council want to make it unbearable, bordering on unlivable. A six-storey block in an area zoned medium density housing coupled with non compliant height limits shows blatant disregard for the area and its neighbourhood. Look out Adamstown.We are being taken over. Unfortunately, we do not have the beautiful parks, the harbor and the beaches on the west side of Brunker Road but we do have the infamous Adamstown Gates.

If you are concerned, please write an objection to Newcastle City Council.

Wayne and Sue Morris, Adamstown

Time will tell truth

COUNCIL, in the early ’70s, tried to destroy our heritage precinct. It paid a consortium to design three options for "office-block" development that would replace East End terraces.

I remember in a letter, published in the Herald, an Alderman complaining that on looking over terrace fences, all he could see was dog shit. The Union Green Ban prevented what would have become a planning fiasco. The '89 earthquake shook the very fabric of our beloved East End; and though it took two years, and more, we were able, not only, to recover built form, but to breathe new life into its very history. It remained a Heritage Precinct, more intact than before.

The Supercars scourge has gorged deep wounds, created scars that may not heal. The damage to our heritage neighbourhood is gross, destructive, the work of mere vandals. Trees cannot grow in tar. Speedways are never walkways. Older people feel threatened.

Yet, ironically, this vile purge has made the community of the East End stronger, and ever more determined to address flaws in governance, and human rights, that have allowed such abuse to happen. And history will deal with Supercars.

Judith Galvin, Newcastle

Just show some respect

LIKE Wayne Enks (Letters, 21/10) I am dismayed at the selfish attitudes of some bicycle riders on shared paths. Walking from Honeysuckle along Newcastle Harbour foreshore either past the marina or in the opposite direction to Nobbys, I encounter numerous cyclists traveling too fast and ignorant in not warning of their approach by ringing a bell.

When one considers how a pedestrian, when not hearing any warning from behind, may change direction or position unintended collisions are on the cards.

So while I sympathise with cyclists on the road, exposed to inconsiderate drivers, pedestrians are now exposed to the same inconsideration, but by bikers themselves, so I conclude that it isn't the mode of transport that determines the lack of respect/manners, but the operator.

Andy Higley, Newcastle West

Residents can’t forget

IN response to an article in the Newcastle Herald regarding Nuatali Nelmes and her lack of memory around the help she gave to the Supercars event being held in Newcastle (‘Nua’s call helped win race’, Herald, 14/10): It is sad that the Lord Mayor has followed a well worn path of "I cannot recall or I'd forgotten" in politics.

If the Supercars decision to bring the race to Newcastle had turned out to be very popular with no negatives and no impact to the community, our Lord Mayor would very probably be making announcements about the part she played in all of this straight from the Town Hall steps. When the Lord Mayor phoned DNSW's chief executive Ms Sandra Chipchase, perhaps she did not fully comprehend the full impact of Supercars. 

I don't live in the East End but already I have been impacted as the chance of swimming in Newcastle Baths is fading. There have been stop and go traffic controllers and long wait times just to move around the city so  I would like someone to explain to me how ordinary citizens like me with no interest in motor racing will be rewarded after all the inconvenience.

I cannot imagine how the people who live in the East End are being impacted and they can only expect the situation to worsen. For those of us who have lived in Newcastle for many years and love our city, we wish the phone call from our Lord Mayor to Ms Chipchase could be forgotten by us as easily as it has been by her.

Denise Lindus Trummel, Mayfield