CONGRATULATIONS to the Tamar Valley Peace Festival organisers for a most extensive and interesting program.
I am sure many will find value in attending the wide range of issues addressed.
It is particularly noteworthy that four schools are involved as venues, West Launceston Primary extensively so, and that venues across the city are being utilised.
Community cohesion ranks strongly in the planned program.
Dick James, Launceston.
WHEN are people going to realise the sexes have always been equal. They also have always been different. For the sake of the human race let us keep it that way.
Raymond Smith, Newstead.
A LETTER in (The Examiner, July 21) wants Australia to have a Donald Trump as he is a very savvy business man.
If going bankrupt three times and coming out squeaky clean while those who put their faith and money in him and his businesses lost everything then I guess he is, as he says, a smart genius. Do we really want an uncouth mysogynist in charge of Australia?
The only place for Mr Donald Trump is in another series of Kath and Kim where he would be in his element and need only say “look at me, look at me”. I wonder if this time next year will he still be there or will all his hidden secrets have brought him down? Now that's a wonderful thought.
Glennis Sleurink, Launceston.
JIM Cox (The Examiner, July 25), argues the general case for roundabouts and perhaps he is correct, in the general case. But the Mowbray interconnector is probably not the general case and the solution chosen should be that which best suits this particular situation, based on a thorough analysis of current and projected traffic flows.
Does the solution to this problem have to be one or the other? Why not a roundabout controlled by traffic lights, something like the system at the southern end of the Brooker Highway in Hobart at the intersection with Liverpool Street.
Traffic lights controlled by an intelligent systems, constantly counting traffic, synchronised with the lights at Foster Street and able to adjust the change sequencing and timing to optimise the traffic flow is not beyond available technology. Such a system could change over to “roundabout” mode when traffic conditions suited.
A northbound lane, which bypassed whatever control system was ultimately installed, would allow unimpeded flow of northbound traffic, as is currently the case, should be included in any new system.
It should not be forgotten that the University Way interconnector at the Maritime College will have to be similarly addressed at some time soon.
John Stagg, George Town.
I HAVE been endeavouring for some three and a half months to get Telstra to fix my landline, of course, to no avail. I have been given assurances that a technician would contact me within 24 hours, but no. How can upper management of Telstra retrench 8000 personnel, when jobs cannot be fixed/repaired now, with the current workforce.
Brenda Blunt, St Helens.
IN REPLY to Peter Gutwein (The Sunday Examiner, July 29), why should the Tasmanian public and visitors to Tasmania be deprived of tourist and heritage railway experiences? This seems to be an agenda to erase history.
All other countries are developing their tourist and heritage railways as they have a proven market for it.
In Tasmania there is an opportunity to be able to transport tourists from one end of the island to the other and all this government wants to do is turn railways into bike trails. Where is the foresight?
What is the rush to rip up more than 100 years of history in the railway line beyond Lilydale Falls - permanently dividing our community and limiting the real marketing benefit and destination of a North-East Tourist Railway?
They have realised that we are serious and not just hobbyists.
We have a proposal to utilise an unused asset that is there to be capitalised on before any thought is given to ripping it up and using it for something else.
The article states that the Hodgman Liberal Government is a strong supporter of Tasmania’s booming tourism industry and that the cycle proposal and the railway proposal are of equal merit.
The bike path will spend $4.5 million of government and ratepayer money to rip up $40 million of railway infrastructure.
It is proposed to go through the Denison Gorge and the Tunnel. It is proposed that the railway will start in the middle of nowhere at Turners Marsh and go to Lilydale.
If this is successful we will be given a little bit more to Coldwater Creek. If we can really prove the railway is viable we might be allowed onto the main line to Launceston.
What are tourists going to do? Catch a bus to Turners Marsh, go on a train to Lilydale, ride a bike through the Tunnel and the Denison Gorge and then ride to the Lavender Farm. What a joke.
This railway project is being constructed by experienced personnel and from private funds, and this was considered a risk by the Department of Finance.
The lack of vision of this government is appalling.
Mr Gutwein states that it has been a highly emotive debate.
It is about the lack of community consultation and the Dorset Council not listening to the people. Polls indicate the majority of people want to retain the railway. It is time that those in power started to listen to the people.