April 15, 2018: Your say on a health, housing and cricket

Bicycle Network Tasmania's Alison Hetherington says walking, cycling or scooting to school would help get children more active. Picture: Shutterstock
Bicycle Network Tasmania's Alison Hetherington says walking, cycling or scooting to school would help get children more active. Picture: Shutterstock


WE COULDN’T believe our eyes (The Examiner, April 4) - front page news that the Environmental Protection Authority had given the green light to the storage of 1500 tonnes of end of life tyres, not to mention a purpose built shed for a tyre shedder and moulding plant to process up to 8640 tonnes of waste, tyres per annum, including storage for another 10 tonnes of tyres awaiting processing.

Environmental issues considered were noise, fencing and fire management.

That’s good, as far as it goes.

We, as Mowbray residents, however, are actually aware and concerned about the toxic fumes and minute toxic particles that could emanate from this plant both in the air and in our groundwater over time.

With prevailing winds from the North-West, this pollution will linger in our Launceston valley.

W absolutely owe it to our future generations to move this enterprise as far away as possible from our towns and suburbia.

Mr and Mrs Van Galen, Mowbray.

Children Exercising

Your editorial (The Examiner, April 11) was spot on - we need to do more to help children be active.

The last Australian Health Survey found only one-third of children got their recommended daily 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity.

One way of ensuring children, and adults, get the activity they need is to build it in to everyday routines.

Riding, walking or scooting to school is an easy way of doing this.

Bicycle Network’s Ride2School program helps parents and schools to make it happen, from identifying safe pathways to teaching bike riding skills.

Our parent portal provides a how-to guide to help parents get their children ready to ride to school: www.ride2school.com.au

Just 40 years ago, 80 per cent of children rode or walked to school. Today, it’s about 30 per cent. Programs like Ride2School can help reverse the trend and get children active again.

Alison Hetherington, Bicycle Network Tasmania.

Health System

TASMANIA has the highest average regional nicotine and alcohol consumption in the nation (The Examiner, April 6).  

Not surprising when people have to wait years for hospital treatment.

Many of whom are suffering unbearable pain.

Needless to say Tasmania has the highest capital city consumption levels of oxycodone (painkiller).

If authorities are declaring war on drugs, take aim at the sadistic public health system.

A.R. Trounson, Needles.

Housing alternative

A possible solution to the housing problems that currently exist could possibly be alleviated by the relocation of some of those affected to the West Coast town of Zeehan (for example).

Towns such as Zeehan have numerous three-bedroom homes that are vacant and I am sure the businesses and schools would appreciate more residents in the area.

Zeehan has all the services required for families and their children, however, I understand that this option might not be suitable for everyone affected.

Of course, there would need to be funds allocated for relocation and perhaps the provision of furniture, however I see that this could be a less financial burden to the government than having to construct new dwellings.

During the tourism season, I am told businesses in the nearby town of Strahan have difficulty finding staff, bringing a possibility of employment for those in need.  

It is also anticipated that the mine located at Queenstown could also open in the future, thus providing even more employment opportunities.

Robert Armstrong MLC , Member for Huon.

The Mall Redevelopment Il

I HOPE that with the redevelopment of the mall, the very comfortable green seats that give wonderful upper back support will not be replaced.

The new seats in the other redevelopments lack this vital quality. Please keep the seats outside Myer. 

Sitting there is the best free show in town as you watch the passing parade.

Malcolm Scott, Newstead.

Monash Group

TYPICAL hubris of the Liberals A team, Tony Abbott, Kevin Andrews and Eric Abetz, to appropriate the name of Sir John Monash for their own coal ideological mania.

They did not seek out descendants of Sir John who have made it quite clear they are very unhappy with the use of their family name and want nothing to do with Abbott’s coal team. 

The arrogance is just so typical.

Peter Taylor, Midway Point.

Plastic Bags

MOST YOUNG people have no idea of the use of paper bags from school lunches to paper shopping bags.

Good to see there is a turn away from using plastic bags and now to go back to using paper bags. 

Supermarkets must supply strong paper bags.

We also need to increase fines for discarding glass and not placing in recycle bins.

Walter Christy, Shearwater.


WHILE IT is understandable that Australians are outraged at the disgrace several of our test cricketers have brought upon our country through the premeditated plot to tamper with the cricket ball against South Africa, I believe the incident has wider ramifications than just for cricket and sport in general.

There is a lesson in this for all of us. 

Cheating, whether in politics, business, welfare, education, charity organisations, personal relationships, whatever, not only diminishes the cheaters, but our society overall.

Ian Macpherson, Newstead.