Newcastle Herald Letters to the Editor: Saturday, November 26, 2016

IT’S disturbing enough that the state government refuses to see sense and insists on running the light rail along Hunter Street and not the rail corridor.

But, a couple of days ago, I was driving past the site for the Wickham terminus and I saw what I thought would be the canopy for the station. I got talking to someone who was working at the site. He told me that what we saw was what we would get. 

Although there were more panels of the framework to go up, there would be no roof. I stood there in disbelief.

When I got home I went looking for information and found a drawing   in a magazine that suggested part of the framework would have a roof.

So what's going on? Will there or will there not be a roof? If there is no roof then the framework, which looks to me like something out of the film A Space Odyssey, will serve no useful purpose in my view.

If this is the case, why even build the framework? Like the light rail in Hunter Street, it is a waste of money in my opinion and is typical of the planning (if you could call it that) that has gone into this affair. Maybe they could hang pot plants from it. 

I hope a roof is built or there will be no shelter from the weather. However, I would like to think that a fair dinkum review of the whole project would also be in order.

Peter Sansom, Kahibah

Let supercars be super

COME on Newcastle, give the supercars and the council a go.

Yes, there will be disruption and inconvenience – and for a longer period in the first year –with road resurfacing, barricades, walk-over bridges and all other infrastructure to be put in place.

The people of Melbourne, Adelaide, Townsville and the Gold Coast had the same concerns, but have accepted the event now.

After planning has been completed, information will be available to all residents and businesses that have concerns.

Oh, the noise, buildings and accidents!

The RAAF jets have been flying over and around our city for years and we accept  the noise. Supercars are muffled.

The houses in Parnell Place survived bombs during the war, and an earthquake, so they should be OK.

And a one-and-a-half tonne supercar is not going to fly over any front fences.

Supercars are a huge business, and they know how to do it successfully, so let’s show our city to the world while enjoying what will be a spectacular and well-run event.

Rob Studdert, Fern Bay

LIFTING THE LID: Peter Sansom wonders if the Wickham interchange will offer enough shelter from the weather. Picture: Simone De Peak.

LIFTING THE LID: Peter Sansom wonders if the Wickham interchange will offer enough shelter from the weather. Picture: Simone De Peak.

Sold on the mall

I WAS delighted to attend the announcement of the sale of Newcastle mall to the Iris Capital group on Friday morning.

It was easy to see these people are  professional and know what they are about.

Their people were delighted to introduce themselves and now, having read their website, I am even more impressed by the decision-makers’ choice of a purchaser.

I do so hope we as a community get behind Iris Capital and we do not have negative people complaining about things all the time. 

The writer has spent a lot of time overseas, working as a banker and residing full time in Papua New Guinea, Mexico, France and Italy.

Newcastle is my home, I am so proud of it. I live on Wharf Road and there are so many exciting things happening here.

John Woods, Newcastle

Ugly facts of violence 

CLINT Newton's ambition to completely eradicate domestic violence (Violence has no home when respect moves in, Herald, 25/11) while entirely laudable, is not going to happen.

As a child victim of domestic violence and having acted to end that violence, I would love to see an end to all domestic violence. 

However, I believe that the best outcome we can look for is a large reduction to the number of acts of violence against women and children.

It is an ugly fact that men have been violent toward women since we climbed out of the tree in Africa. It is also an ugly fact that domestic violence is, in all probability, less prevalent today than it was 50 years ago.

Fifty years ago women had nowhere and no one to turn to when subjected to violence.  Fifty years ago there were also far fewer media outlets reporting cases of domestic violence and far fewer enlightened people in places of authority.

I believe that a pro-active program to recruit more male primary school teachers to act as role models would be of value. The number of male primary school teachers is far too low.

We should continue with education aimed at eradicating domestic violence.  However, we should be realistic and spend more money on providing refuges and financial assistance to women and children confronting domestic violence.

Mike Sargent, Raymond Terrace


ISN’T it wonderful that we are using less water and that we are conscious of our water use? So wonderful that we have reduced our consumption to quarter of what we used to … and Hunter Water has increased its revenue to $39.1 million of which they have kindly donated $37.3 million to the NSW government.

No doubt, IPART will grant any increase requested in the future as it is in the state government's interests.

For years now, all water utilities have been directing their charges away from consumption to the fixed charges, such such as sewer access. The rate per kilolitre is immaterial, the utilities receive the bulk of their revenue from the reliable fixed charges.

In regard to the "water wise rules", Hunter Water is of the opinion that this also has contributed to reduced consumption. I believe that the consumer has nothing else left to give.

Back in the 1980s, it was certainly much more pleasurable to drive through a neighbourhood that displayed green lawns and nice flower beds. Furthermore,I subscribe to the theory that the more evaporation that occurs, the greater the precipitation.

The idea that it is better to have this confined to a dam where there is less evaporation, I believe, results in less evaporation, leading to less precipitation.

John Alterator, Lorn


THIS week’s Herald pen goes to John Buckley, of Floraville, for his letter “Engagement is essential”. 


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