I WOULD like to commend lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes for her comments regarding expanding the Newcastle-Stockton ferry service with stops further up the Stockton peninsular and at Wickham (‘Push for ferry stops,’ Newcastle Herald, 31/10).
Cr Nelmes made many sound comments on the issue, but I would like to caution Newcastle council on introducing paid parking at Stockton Ferry Terminal, mentioned in the same article.
From Cr Nelmes’ comments, it is clear she understands that Newcastle needs a transport network that gets people from where they are, to where they want to be, conveniently and quickly – an obvious fact that I’m not always sure transport planners keep in mind. It needs to put residents of the wider Newcastle area in contact with the business and services of the city centre, and residents of the inner suburbs in touch with the attractions of the region at large.
An improved ferry service is undoubtedly necessary to help link Port Stephens and the airport with Newcastle.
However, introducing paid parking at Stockton will confront commuters with the choice of paying for parking at Stockton and changing their mode of transport, or driving into Newcastle and paying for parking there. In order to make an improved ferry service the most attractive option, thereby ensuring it is patronised by enough commuters to make it financially viable, the council should not introduce paid parking at Stockton Ferry Terminal.
James Garlick, Merewether
No breeze, no sail
REGARDING high rise buildings on the eastern side of Lake Macquarie ($39m apartment plan’, Herald, 1/11): Lake Macquarie City Council’s continued approvals of multi-storey buildings in the natural wind hollows on the eastern shore of Lake Macquarie eg Warners Bay, Valentine, Belmont, Swansea will interfere with the natural sea breezes that predominate on the lake in summer.
High rise should be built on the lee side of existing bluffs so as to not interfere with breezes flowing onto the lake, both for aesthetic reasons and common sense. If the council continues in this practice over a long period of time I suggest they change their logo of a set of sails, as this pastime may become null and void as in places such as Balmain, Sydney.
Ben Piefke, Fennel Bay
AS president of the Australian Paramedics Association it is again with deep regret and concern that we read in your news item titled 'Man spat in paramedics face: Police' (Herald, 30/10). A member of the community whilst being transported to hospital with paramedics allegedly assaulted one of the paramedics by spitting in their face and physically grabbed them in the rear of an ambulance whilst the paramedic was trying to assist.
The association will not tolerate any workplace violence towards paramedics in the performance of their jobs.
The association believes that paramedics should be able to perform the role they serve within the community free from the actual or perceived fear of occupational violence being directed at them.
We will always support the police in enforcing to the full extent of the law, any action taken against a perpetrator of violence towards a paramedic fulfilling their duty to serve the community.
I can only implore the community to provide a healthy level of respect towards paramedics when they are out assisting someone in a clinical emergency.
Paramedics are members of your community and have family and friends to go home to at the end of their shift. My heartfelt feelings go out to the paramedics involved and I wish them the best.
Chris Kastelan, president, Australian Paramedics Association NSW
A dream for the future
I HAD a wonderful dream the other night. The NSW Premier announced the government had sold Newcastle port for $1.7 billion and was prepared to spend $650 million to revitalise Newcastle. Gladys Berejeklian then launched a campaign in which she invited Newcastle people to submit their ideas as to how best do this.
A panel including some local people would be established to evaluate all submissions and recommend to the government the most appropriate proposals. The excitement and enthusiasm was like nothing I had ever seen before.
Then I woke up.
But it set me thinking. Why don’t we, just for fun, have our own contest to see what we would really like?
Does anybody really think that what we are getting now would make the top 50 proposals?
Allan Morris, Cooks Hill
Park plan welcome
THE latest park and ride plan from McDonald Jones Stadium to the city and return is a good start (‘Park plan’, Herald, 1/11). But why restrict it to the morning and afternoon rush hours? Sure, that caters for commuters, but what about attracting others into the city from the lake and outer suburbs of Newcastle?
Perhaps the service could run half hourly or even hourly during the remainder of the day. One hopes that this park and ride scheme also lasts longer than the one to John Hunter Hospital.
Who knows, one day it may even be replaced by light rail.
John Pritchard, Blackalls Park
Service running late
THE council should be berated, not congratulated on this park and ride service (‘Park plan’, Herald, 1/11). It should have been put in place before the light rail works started.
There’s a big difference between reacting and planning. Oh and it’s not free, let’s be clear about that – our taxes and rates are paying for it.
The self congratulation by both Bath and Nelmes should be replaced by an apology for their tardiness.
Also, now we just need Hunter New England Health to follow their lead and reintroduce the shuttle to John Hunter Hospital.
Mark Bowen, Broadmeadow
In Wednesday's Herald reference was made to Garreth Robbs opening a pop-up bakery. That was incorrect. Gareth Williams is the chef behind Covered in Crumbs.