Letters to the editor August 31 2018

IT MUST GO ON: Newcastle Show president Peter Evans and vice-president Graham Poole are concerned for the future of Newcastle showground. Picture: Simone De Peak

IT MUST GO ON: Newcastle Show president Peter Evans and vice-president Graham Poole are concerned for the future of Newcastle showground. Picture: Simone De Peak

ON READING Thursday’s front page news item (‘Showdown: Battle for Broadmeadow as show society fights to stay at home’, Newcastle Herald, 30/8) I am yet again concerned that the developer mates of the Premier are going to again make a killing at the expense of Newcastle’s long-held assets.

I believe we have a destroyed rail system to the city centre, a destroyed bus system and a destroyed city centre all for the benefit of the developers, where about $1 billion was spent to sure up the former mine workings and to clear other buildings so the developers could have a free hand.

This was all for the improvement of Newcastle – but improved for whom? Cars will hardly be welcomed in the city any more, and a congestion tax must be under consideration for our city. Now we have a showground the event’s board fears is to be taken away from the people because some foolish plan is more important than any historical or pleasure location for the people of Newcastle.

Premier, enough is enough! Let the people of Newcastle decide for ourselves what we want, not by giving us some unacceptable plans to choose between. My submission on the rail line was not acceptable because it was to have the rail corridor as the location for a tram service, which also would permit the train service continuing to the Newcastle station after modification to the trains so they would operate as trams. I estimated that the actual cost was less than one tenth of the government’s plan. Leave our showgrounds alone.

Milton Caine, Birmingham Gardens

SOMEONE MUST BE LAUGHING

IF AUSTRALIA set out to make itself the laughing stock of the world, the antics of our federal government last week provided a very good starting point.

How can ordinary Australians have confidence in such thuggish behaviour? Betrayal, treachery, spite and revenge and, absolutely, enlarged egos were all there, and I cannot see how any of those problems will disappear. The same factional groups remain there, the pot has just been stirred and the powerful trouble makers will rise again I am sure.

I cannot believe Mr Morrison when he says that peace and harmony will now reign - well, perhaps for a week or two. And before long we will have more coal mines, and the barrier reef will be further endangered.

Jan Garnsey, Morpeth

CROPS MAKE BREADWINNERS

MY FATHER Colin, who recently passed away, continually stated that we Aussies should look after our regional areas and farmers, and also promote them to people to live and work in these areas. The way we can do it is pipe all our wasted rain water from the coastal areas, especially the tropical areas, to inland regions. Stop laying down pipelines for gas and oil so people overseas rip off our economy and build water pipelines and pumping stations to green up our wonderful inland areas.

This will boost our economy and population and give skills and employment to our youth. It may even resolve our immigration issues; get them out there to work rather than over populating our cities, train our unemployed in construction and farming. We used to live off the sheep’s back, now it’s time to restore our beautiful country back to a greener Australia.

We whinge every year about our droughts and El Nino, the money we send overseas to prop up other countries could be well utilised to build these pipelines to rescue our own country, even desalination plants around the coastline. We are all struggling; let’s do something positive instead of whining about it. Come on pollies, forget your own egos and get your voters back on side, do something that will improve our beautiful country. If our farmers grow, so will our economy. My dad fought for his country, he was sad when he left seeing what we haven’t done to bring it back to its past glory.

Graeme Kime, Cameron Park

MORRISON A STEP UP AS PM

IF YOU ask me, the numerous contributors who claim they had not heard of Scott Morrison (‘I don’t know who that is’, Herald, 25/8) are not qualified to comment about him, as they obviously don't watch the news or read newspapers.

Given the choices available, I believe Mr Morrison has exactly what it takes to rescue the Liberal Party and be a notable Prime Minister. I never understood how Mr Turnbull was elected, as he waffled and fumbled his way through his "leadership" when the Liberals were in opposition, and I predicted he would be a disaster as Prime Minister.

It took a little longer than I expected, maybe due to the time he spent taking "selfies," but he eventually got what he deserved, yet he will continue to blame all but himself as long as he is given an opportunity to verbalise. To quote Galatians, whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

Lyall Rissler, Raymond Terrace.

CHOOSE WORDS CAREFULLY

BILL Shorten has done a great job of portraying the Coalition government as supporters of big business that he calls the big end of town. This has also portrayed him as the number one enemy of big business. This may come back to bite him and his party.

Sandy Buchanan, Largs

WORK HARDER ON THE PITCH

I’m a swinger – the voting type.

What a deplorable way this country is being run. When the next federal election takes place (or maybe earlier, at the first opportunity) I have already made my mind up as to which way the swing is going. This was decided when it was announced by this lot that they’ve created 450,000 jobs (The Australian, 17/5). With unemployment still hovering around the 5 per cent margin, who filled these jobs? I’m not referring to any racialism. So I won’t be voting for this present mob until we’ve been convinced where these jobs are; and they cease to gloat over the figure. It doesn’t take much to push the swing to go much further. Still waiting.

Arnie Meaker, Forster

BLAME LIES IN PARTY ROOM

IN REPLY to Don Fraser (Short Takes, 29/8): Shorten wouldn't be eyeing off the keys to the Lodge if the Liberals hadn't dropped them in the first place.

Colin Fordham, Lambton

VOIDS ARE THE REAL BLIGHT

GEE John Mildwater (Letters, 30/8), you mustn't get out much if wind turbines concern you so much.

If you really want to see our countryside and its rare beauty, try our own valley.

Start on the other side of Broke village and follow the open wounds of mining all the way to Muswellbrook, if you can see anything through the dust. You can then appreciate the blights forced on our unique landscape.

Chris Peters, Newcastle

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