Letters to the editor for Thursday February 8 2018

SLIGHT SPIKE: Northern NSW Football chief executive David Eland says the organisation has been open with members about why registration costs rose.
SLIGHT SPIKE: Northern NSW Football chief executive David Eland says the organisation has been open with members about why registration costs rose.

I WRITE in response to Tom Ireland’s annual Letter to the Editor (Letters 3/2) relating to football registration fees and Northern NSW Football’s apparent lack of transparency. NNSWF reluctantly increased the levy on entry, junior and youth players in 2018 respectively by $2, $3 and $4. The levy placed on entry level players increased for the first time since 2014 and the junior and youth levy has been the same since 2015.

Mr Ireland’s concerns about a lack of transparency are totally unfounded. NNSWF formally justified the slight increases to member zones last November citing the ever-increasing costs of doing business, including the costs associated with the provision of a multitude of insurances to players, coaches, match officials, volunteers, office bearers, clubs and member zones, which aim to effectively manage risk across our vast sport. I am currently conducting NNSWF’s annual state of the game forums throughout NNSW. The forums provide all member clubs with an objective assessment of the governing body’s performance and the opportunity to ask questions within an open and transparent setting. A comprehensive review of registration fees revealed that the average cost of registration for 5 to 11-year-olds throughout Northern NSW is $155 in 2018. The fee would reduce to $55 if parents elected to use their child’s Active Kids voucher. Players under the age of 18 participating at a community club throughout Northern NSW will on average pay $184 in 2018, which would reduce to $84 if a voucher was used.

NNSWF routinely responds to questions from parents and other stakeholders about registrations fees to address misinformation which unfortunately circulates at this time every year. The fact is that NNSWF operates a sustainable business which underpins the region’s largest sport and has never been less reliant on player registration fees. 

David Eland, Northern NSW Football CEO

Own it, then fix it

IN relation to erosion in Stockton, back in late ’70s/early ’80s there was a road running between the child care centre and the ocean. I’m no expert, but over the years with extension of the breakwater, natural sand flow has been stopped. Back in the ’80s, North Kirra in Queensland, with a similar set up, had the same issue. The government department up there was proactive in the building of rock groynes and the pumping of sand from south of Tweed break wall. This fixed the issue.

The port authority and state government need to take ownership and rectify.

Tony Morley, Waratah

SCIENCE NOT THE ONLY DEAL

LAST month it was announced that the World Bank, the multi-national organisation that funds much of the infrastructure in under-developed nations at around $60 billion per annum, set policy that excludes all fossil fuel infrastructure development.

Banks all around the globe have made similar policies, and recently the Adani coal mine project was rejected by the major financiers of China. Even the Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority has told our banks that they must factor global warming into their risk strategies, gently hinting that investment in coal places our planet at higher risk of damage due to climate change.

With the rise of electric vehicles it is also clear that the World Bank thinks that oil, that other major source of carbon emissions, will soon be anachronistic and therefore no longer a viable investment. 

It’s not "just" scientists advocating for renewable energy, but also all major financiers. With such a clear signal from the World Bank to governments everywhere, Australia and the United States are now outliers in terms of global finance as well as science. What will it take for governments to concede they are wrong to push for more coal mines and coal-fired power stations?

Scott Bell-Ellercamp, Clarence Town

EXPORT GUNS, IMPORT PAIN

RAY Goodlass (‘Nation to become a ‘merchant of death’,’ Herald, 6/2) is incontrovertible. Tim Costello from World Vision says that our government plans to “export death and profit from bloodshed.”  

Where did this inept idea originate? The Prime Minister’s ambition for Australia to become one of the world’s top 10 defence exporters under a $3.8 billion plan announced last week takes the breath away.

Late last year our national leaders were unable to congratulate the winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, who had their origins in a group begun in Australia. We now know why: they were cooking up this crazy idea to boost the manufacture of weapons of death here in our country and export them to the world, and were prepared to invest $3.8 billion to tempt local industries. This is a government that has slashed overseas aid since coming to office so much that it is now the lowest percentage ever of our gross national product. But this form of expenditure promotes peace, and we are not keen on that! Our political leaders refuse to support local vehicle production, which has employed far more people than any weapons manufacturing will in the future. 

In a century when more people have been displaced by violence than ever before, we are going to add to the world’s supply of armaments. Will we take those who are forced to flee from their homelands by the use of the weapons we sell?

Doug Hewitt, Hamilton

MAITLAND DESERVES MORE

THE NSW Parliament resumes this week and I reaffirm my commitment to holding the Berejiklian government to account to attain the best outcomes for Maitland. There is no greater demonstration of this government’s misguided priorities than its foolhardy commitment to spend $2 billion knocking down and rebuilding two Sydney stadiums. While we had a massive win on the new public hospital, we need it to be completed sooner, and to ensure excellent health facilities and services in the meantime. Our many dilapidated schools are bursting at the seams and we are in desperate need of new schools for our growing population. Our promised reverse vending machine hasn’t arrived, our local police are under resourced, and we still haven’t got a solution for Testers Hollow or the traffic chaos at the Maitland train station roundabout. The government continues to under-invest in the Maitland electorate and instead chooses to spend billions to knock down and rebuild Sydney stadiums. It’s time the Berejiklian government got their priorities right and stopped depriving regional communities.

Jenny Aitchison MP, Maitland

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