HOORAY, hooray, the Knights have got their man (‘Follow my lead’, Newcastle Herald 28/11). David Klemmer will most certainly give a somewhat stiffer spine on game day now. Along with coach Nathan Brown's other purchases, we are looking at a team that will go forward.
As a member and follower since 1988 I can feel the solidarity that I always felt with Western Suburbs leagues club. Phil Gardner has, along with coach Brown, swept the office clean. Best of all, they have considered the supporters. Welcome to Newcastle, David and all our new signings.
Go the Knights.
Wal Remington, Mount Hutton
QUICKLY BECOMING THE BEST
HAVING rubbed shoulders in corporate marquees and VIP boxes in most Supercars precincts all over Australia, I would say my recent experience in the Newcastle Coates Hire 500 Supercars was a favourite.
This time having general admission to the event, my eight-year-old son and I enjoyed it more than any other Supercars adventure. We spent three days in Newcastle specifically for the event that we will remember for a lifetime. We were able to move around and enjoy watching the cars from a variety of key points within the precinct. It was amazing to watch it all with the backdrop of stunning Newcastle beaches.
We enjoyed hopping around to local places to eat and soak in the community vibe. The United Services Club in Watt Street was so hospitable and welcomed us with fabulous happy smiles and trays of mini hot dogs. The effort the City of Newcastle put unto making this event a safe, happy and fun-filled occasion shows a love of the people and pride in the city. We had the best of all worlds: fast cars, beautiful surrounds, Lego, good vibes and a three-day weekend.
We could not fault it.
Odile Wilkins, Thornleigh
RACE DEBATE IS PREMATURE
REGARDING continued debate about Supercars, there can be no real discussion about the benefits until council tell us precisely how much it is costing the ratepayers, and until we know the exact attendance and TV viewing figures.
For council to accept Supercars’ unaudited figures is beyond belief. Freedom of information figures from last year’s race show these numbers were vastly inflated, and yet they are up in lights again.
They might fool the council, but not the rest of us who have done some research into how the Supercars juggernaut operates to squeeze money out of the public purse.
John Hudson, Newcastle East
NOT PAST MISSING OLD DAYS
GIVE me the good old days. They really were for me. The ’40s and ’50s were the happiest days of my life. My father was a coal miner and sometimes would be on strike for weeks even months at times, but we never went without.
Dad would swap his chooks and vegetables with our neighbours, and Mum made the best meals. Her gramma pies were to die for. No one knows what they are today.
My mum would take me into town every Christmas to see the beautiful displays in David Jones and The Store's windows. They were mesmerising. When at school I would go down to the local grocer shop at lunchtime and buy a shilling’s worth of broken biscuits. The grocer would fill a brown paper bag with all the broken biscuits from big tins behind the counter that I would share with my friends.
The characters of the past were amazing too. We had them all come to the house: the baker, butcher, milkman, ice man, fruito, and even men driving past selling rabbits or clothes props, a long pole with a V at the end to push up your clothesline. If the wind blew them down your clothes fell in the dirt because we had no Hills Hoist then.
A lady used to come around selling pot plants from a suitcase and a man selling clothes from a couple of suitcases. After the war, the tramps would call in for something to eat or to do odd jobs. Sometimes they would sharpen your knives or scissors for two bob. Let’s not forget the dunny-cart man. We played in the bush, making cubby houses and our own fun. No-one was trying to "keep up with the Joneses". As I think back I wouldn't change a thing. Everybody was friendly and happy. I have so many wonderful memories of my childhood.
Pamela Douglas, Teralba
BREAK DANGEROUS CYCLE
THERE has been much debate regarding the lack of dedicated bicycle lanes down Hunter Street (‘Off the rails’, Herald 16/11). The suggestion has been made that the shared route along the harbour foreshore is adequate for cyclists to access the eastern areas of Newcastle.
Considering the pressure on parking, viable bicycle access is vital. The shared pathway along the harbour on the western end of Honeysuckle Drive has been closed for in excess of six months for sea wall upgrades. It appears it will remain closed for an extended period during the construction of the harbourside apartment buildings. The detour is along the narrow footpath on Honeysuckle Drive less than two metres wide. It is obstructed by new traffic light installations, parking metre pay stations and buildings on the construction site that occupy part of current footpath. There is a narrow bicycle lane on the roadway often obstructed by parked cars or drivers opening their doors into the path of cyclists. The lane also requires cars to overtake cyclists at a very close distance.
The dedicated lane on the road presents unacceptable dangers as a recommended route especially to young cyclists. There have already been minor incidents on this temporary detour, and I believe the potential for a major incident is genuine and likely.
The inner city requires a dedicated safe cycling access route in the immediate future. The harbour foreshore route that has been suggested, as an alternative to Hunter Street, is currently not safe. The temporary detour needs to be made wider. As one of many regular cyclists who commute around the inner city, it is evident that the need for safety is becoming more urgent.
John Mayo, Islington
LOOK FOR THE GOOD IN IT
I TIRE of all this talk about global Sydney and peerless Newcastle. All the grumbling about cutting the rail line is making me think that this is the only subject worth reporting on. Perhaps the complainants should look beyond their noses and realise the light rail is now complete and due for commissioning in January 2019, and the old co-op is is currently being demolished to make way for a bus interchange and car-parking facility. I subscribe to two adages: first, never let a fool see a job half done. Second, good things come to those who wait. I will say no more.
Les Field, Wickham
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