Newcastle Herald Letters to the Editor: Tuesday, October 10, 2017

ICONIC EVENT: The Bathurst race has long fed the Holden vs Ford debate. But as manufacturing jobs go, the competition will lose its appeal for some punters.

ICONIC EVENT: The Bathurst race has long fed the Holden vs Ford debate. But as manufacturing jobs go, the competition will lose its appeal for some punters.

BATHURST 2017. FOR more than 50 years this iconic race has represented a unique Aussie culture. Holden vs Ford. Australian made by Australian workers and driven in an Australian rural town.

Cheered on by Aussies who exerted genuine support and loyalty for their brand that they drove themselves as a daily ride.

Thanks to a federal government with little business nous, big end of town faceless men to answer to, as well as a lacking foresight for our manufacturing future, this is the final, genuine Bathurst Australian race.

Dead after today, the Aussie icon culture will be visible only in the pages of history from here on.

RIP Bathurst, RIP Aussie manufacturing jobs and pride, RIP the future of our economy in manufacturing. Self-centred political ambition has claimed a few more victims.

Cr John Gilbert, Swansea Heads

Paws, and think of us

WE’D like to add our voice to the discussion about the Supercars race, which our humans say is happening soon.

Our owners, who are generally pretty placid people, seem a bit worked up about this race, and have taken particular exception to some of the “information” and “advice” that has been provided by the organisers. Our male human (the older one) seems to think that most of it is “patronising drivel”, and thinks suggestions such as wearing earmuffs (for several days), or moving to the back of the house, or going on holiday, to avoid the inevitable noise are just outrageously stupid, smug and condescending. We don’t know what these words meant, but we were fairly sure that they were not compliments.

We are worried about the noise too, and wonder whether the organisers will provide earmuffs for us as well as for our humans. We also wonder whether the organisers are going to provide soundproofing. We won’t be able to play in our backyard, and Henry in particular really doesn’t like loud noises (except when he shouts at the postman). We are not looking forward to being prisoners in our own homes, and we know lots of others near us that feel the same way.

Please paws and consider our situation in this matter (woof, meow, meow)

Henry (sausage man), Mr Barista and Cha Cha Chuckles

John Mowatt, Newcastle

People need help here

WE have in Australia over a million children living in poverty and yet every year we continue to pour millions into overseas aid. My question is why?

The federal government wasted $122 million on a plebiscite simply because it didn't want to risk an electoral backlash if put to a government vote. Imagine the beneficial effects that capital could have had on Australia's impoverished children.

It’s about time the Australian federal government started to consider those under financial stress within its own borders. Such as pensioners living on the bread line and the unemployed that manage to survive on a pittance.

There is a question that must be posed: "What is happening to our magnificent country?" I watched the TV in dismay the other day as our illustrious Prime Minister pleaded with the corporations to leave some gas in Australia and not to grab it all for themselves. Can the reader really grasp this appalling situation? Australia has now sold so much gas to overseas corporations that there could be gas shortages for Australian citizens and industries.

It worries me that Australia is rapidly becoming a corpocracy.

With the cost of living going through the roof and no end in sight I yearn for the good old days when washing your knickers or frying an egg never sent you broke.

I personally believe that both major parties stink. The gravy train needs some new passengers consisting of free thinking intelligent visionaries that are not just slaves to politically outdated ideologies.

Nick Ryder, Booragul

TIME FOR TRANSPARENCY

IN your editorial titled ‘Transparency the key to Supercars success’ (Herald, 12/9) you supported the release to Newcastle residents of the noise report commissioned by Supercars. In relation to a prior Homebush Supercars race the independent body then in charge of the race had no difficulty releasing the sound modelling report (the "Heggies report") which they commissioned.  

The Noise Management Plan which Supercars and Newcastle City Council released with much fanfare is nothing more than a ploy, window dressing, an attempt to placate the unwary. Citizens of Newcastle have every right to be very wary. In correspondence received recently Supercars wrote: “The Noise Management Plan has already been provided on our website. The Noise Assessment Report will not be made available".

Why won't Supercars release the report? If they have so much faith in their report why won't they allow Newcastle residents to not only view it, but also view the report wherein it was peer-reviewed. That’s correct, they have not one but two reports. They are suppressing them because they can. We will never know why.  Parliament in its wisdom left out the safeguards of an independent oversighting body for this event.  

There is no one, not our council, not DestinationNSW, not our parliament and certainly not Supercars who want us to be informed of the contents of reports which may forewarn Newcastle residents about the possibility of injury to their health. What other event organiser has advised residents that it is safer that they leave the protection of their home rather than stay whilst an event takes place? As your editorial stated:  "the least they (the residents) can expect is transparency, which equates to public honesty by decision makers".

The health of all our citizens is paramount. So how about it Supercars, Newcastle City Council, DestinationNSW, the NSW Parliament? How about releasing the reports so that we can have some transparency. Is it too late to see some public honesty?      

Les Brennan, Newcastle East

Vote on this instead 

THE federal government was very vocal in its call for people to have their say on the same-sex marriage issue where a ‘yes’ win will cause minimal drama, regardless of all the rubbish being throw up.

Let the people have their say on an issue where a ‘yes’ vote win has the potential to cause massive environmental damage to this country. The question is: Should the Adani coalmine go ahead. I will lay odds the result will be a resounding ‘no’.

Darryl Tuckwell, Eleebana