Letters to the editor: November 12, 2017

Geoff McLean, of Launceston, says many staff and students will most likely take the opportunity to walk to town from the new UTAS Inveresk campus.
Geoff McLean, of Launceston, says many staff and students will most likely take the opportunity to walk to town from the new UTAS Inveresk campus.

University Campus and walking to CBD

RICHARD Pickup (The Examiner, November 6) is free to doubt that one can walk to Canning Street from Inveresk, via the CBD, in 15 minutes, but the fact is that is what I did at my normal walking pace.

As I stated in my previous correspondence though, we all have different walking speeds.

However figures he provided do not add up.

If it takes his nominated 15 minutes to walk to Myer at the distance of 1.2 kilometres, then it must be one very tired person taking seven minutes more to walk 300 metres to make the nominated distance of 1.5 kilometres to Canning St.  

Mr Pickup also ignores that I stated it is up to businesses in the city to offer opportunities that will attract staff and students to frequent their outlets.  

That makes his questions irrelevant.  

I do know that, should I be either a student or staff at the university when the new campuses open, I will be taking the opportunity to visit the City Park and venture into the CBD on foot.  

And I’m sure I won’t be alone.

Geoff McLean, Launceston.

Tamar River mud

LAST WEEK I was fortunate to have lunch with interstate friends at the Stillwater Restaurant which is a top-class example of good food and excellent service for Tasmanian tourism.

A lovely setting with terrific views across the river to Seaport and the new Northbank development.

Going back to the car, we paused to stop at the guardrail and look at the river and what do we see? Mud, battened down ricegrass, a few cans with dirty brown water lapping against the wall.

I remember vividly the marine board in the early 1960s planting the first ricegrass down the river at Windermere and Rosevears, supposedly to keep the western side shipping channel clear for larger boats.

We built our first house on a waterside block at Windermere where we caught flounder ,mullet and rock cod.

Within three years the fish had a muddy taste and were inedible.

The river banks on either side will never recover but surely we can rejuvenate the area around Royal Park and assist these local businesses in attracting the tourists?

Somebody needs to bite the bullet but who is responsible?               

Barbara Wayne, Lilydale.

Christmas Carnivals prize money

I HAVE  just heard that the Launceston women's wheelrace prizemoney is a measly $2000.

Compared with Devonport $8000 and Burnie $7000.

Even Latrobe is providing $4000.

What is Launceston thinking of?

You should ask Launceston City Cycling Club what they are doing to promote women's cycling?

$2000 is almost an insult.

It reminds me of the bad old days when Latrobe had $12,000 for the men and $600 for the women.

Hope you can do something?

Catherine Jane Broun (Dr), Spreyton.

Cataract Gorge’s unique geology

CATARACT Gorge is the third most visited destination in Tasmania and possesses unique geology. Not only does it have the junction of three fault lines but these geological formations are readily visible, which happens nowhere else in the world.

The council should promote this fact; create geology trails, install numbered plaques at each site of interest, and provide an informative pamphlet, which the efficient Gorge Cottage volunteers could distribute to visitors.

Estelle Ross, Riverside.

Ageism and Politics

AS SOMEONE who, at 77, has found new ways of influencing society, through my books (fifth due out on November 24) and letters to newspapers, I was absolutely appalled when the “age card” was used in the Pembroke by-election by the Liberal Party.

It will certainly be remembered by me when voting at the upcoming state election and I am sure I am not alone.

The Liberal Party needs to find a new campaign director urgently. I am livid. No political affiliation, undecided voter.

Malcolm Scott, Newstead.

Politicians Flexibility

FOLLOWING THE decision of the Fair Work Commission the government advised the opposition they should accept the umpire’s call and move on.

Now the highest court in the land has ruled against mainly members of the Coalition, George Brandis is calling for a change to the Constitution and Eric Abetz wants an audit of all members of parliament. Perhaps they should follow the government’s previous advice and just get over it.

A. Carter, Mowbray.

Manus Island

IT IS incredible how the government has made the mistreatment of the refugees on Manus Island and Nauru normative.

It seems that in the end, stopping the boats is justified by a raft of abuses condemned by the United Nations and by most Australians who understand the principle of a “fair go”. 

Despite a strong border force, which is enthusiastically policing the “turn back the boats” policy, our prime minister refuses to even consider New Zealand’s offer of taking some of our refugees.

The fear is that refugees will somehow use New Zealand as a stepping stone to Australia and that this will re-activate the people-smuggling trade. 

Taking a tough stand on refugees may be politically correct in Pauline Hanson circles but it is the antithesis of what a just and compassionate nation is built on. Our government hopes that a callous disregard for the lives of our most vulnerable people  will convert to votes at the ballot box.

Ed Sianski, West Moonah.