Newcastle Herald Letters to the Editor: Friday, October 27, 2017

AHH NEWY: A long time Newcastle resident has had enough of the nicknames the city has been given, arguing it deserves the respect of its fine name. Picture: Jonathan Carroll
AHH NEWY: A long time Newcastle resident has had enough of the nicknames the city has been given, arguing it deserves the respect of its fine name. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

BEING an avid reader of your newspaper for nearly seven decades I find I must admonish some of the descriptions of our fine city.

Born and bred in Kings Road New Lambton (of Gully Line fame) I find it happening more and more – the reference to Newcastle as Newy or Newie.

As far as I can remember back when I was growing up, surfing at Merewether or Nobbys or on the punt on a good day to Stockton, after a night at the Palais we never called Newcastle anything but, Newcastle.

Newcastle born and bred till the day I die.

If you listen to Bob Hudson’s song about Newcastle, he only refers to our town as Newcastle.

If you've been to the Knights games, they don't sing go Newy, go Newie they chant New-castle, New-castle.

I feel that our younger generations who have come to call us by our shortened name have missed the point of how synonymous and important the name of Newcastle is and how degrading to people of my generation calling Newcastle, Newy/Newie is.

It's the same as calling Australia ‘home’, let it always be let's call Newcastle ‘home’.

Bob Walker, Belmont South

Nothing stops progress

THE loss of 18 heritage trees in Carrington is a clear sign that this lovely part of Newcastle is having its heart ripped out. Eighteen sturdy trees with thick foliage that stood the test of time. These were trees loved by the local community. They added charm and ambiance. The trees took us back to a time of innocence and beauty that was torn out of Carrington.

Newcastle's heritage and history is making way for better drainage and roads. Apparently nothing stands in the way of progress. New blocks of very expensive apartments will look out where a lovely slice of leafy history once flourished. A refuge for birds and people wishing a respite from summer heat has gone forever. In place of these glorious shady beauties we will see new trees. This is a miserable consolation for an once innocent suburb that is having its heart ripped out one tree at a time.

John Butler, Windella Downs

We can do it better

LIKE Mike Eggleston (Letters, 23/10), I grew up in the CBD in the 1950s (and ‘60s), not in Bolton Street, but in adjacent Watt Street and I well remember the unpleasant (and exciting for a child) aspects of living there in that time.

Revitalisation is not new. An international urban design competition in 1981-82 gave us Foreshore Park and Queens Wharf. It also recommended a narrowed, two line, landscaped rail corridor for (then) heavy rail between Wickham and Newcastle stations – something that could be equally appropriate for light rail now. What are his views about that?

Does he really believe that Supercars is about improvements in East End residents’ living conditions and health and is fundamentally fair? If so, he appears to know very little about that issue.

Not everyone goes weak at the knees and unquestioningly genuflects and supports everything offered as “revitalisation”. Many ask whether Newcastle could do revitalisation better, differently, more cheaply or with more value to the community.

And schoolyard insults like naysayers and whingers are not helpful to the debate. I’m a naysayer regarding his disastrous idea (for everyone except property developers and totally unsupported by genuine transport experts) about the Hunter/Scott Street tram; but I’m a strong supporter for running it on the rail corridor-something that would happen anywhere else but Newcastle.

Our city is” looking great”? It could be be much better. Take off your rose-coloured glasses and strive for genuine excellence, not property developers’ spin, Mike Eggleston.

Keith Parsons, Newcastle

Area needs a car park

WE have been trying to get Newcastle City Council to put a car park in Smith Park, Hamilton North for about 15 years, in an area behind the amenity block in the park.

We have met with Tim Crakanthorp who is trying his best to help us. Tim and us had a telephone conference with a council representative who indicated the council was looking at putting in a carpark in the suggested area which is great news but the carpark will only fit about 10 cars and will have a gate on it which will be locked and user of the park who want to use the carpark will have to come and get the key off the council.

We believe this is an insult to the residents of Hamilton North who must put up with the gridlock that happens when sporting groups use Smith Park. After the meeting with Tim Crakanthrop, we went past Smith Park. The area around the park was in gridlock with people in cars looking for car parking.

Parkside Avenue was full from the top to the bottom with little room to drive a car down the avenue. What will it take for the council to see that off-street parking is needed around Smith Park – someone to be run over or one of the many older people who use the bowling club as social outlet to have a fall and injure themselves walking two or three blocks to get to the club with their friends?

We have been in contact with an engineer who assures us that we could easily fit 45 car, car park in that area so why would the council only be interested in putting all the time and effort to build a 10 space car park and then lock it so no one can use it. 

John Dart, Mayfield

Replace trucks with rail

TWO million container trucks moved in and out of Port Botany in 2014. By 2040, there will be six million, but if the Moorebank Intermodal Terminal proceeds, it will be 4.9 million, increasing the economic disbenefits of trucking by 250 per cent.

Surely it is better to remove 100 per cent of container trucks by developing container terminals at Newcastle and Port Kembla and railing containers to intermodal terminals in outer western Sydney?

A rail freight bypass line of Sydney, linking Newcastle and Port Kembla, would be paid for by railing containers and railing all freight in and out of Sydney to replace trucks.

Sydney's rail freight capacity is inadequate. It is economically superior to use this capacity for more passenger services.

What is the point of the Moorebank Intermodal Terminal, especially when traffic using the local road network already exceeds capacity?

Greg Cameron, Florey, ACT


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