CAN the Launceston council and AFL Tasmania please tell us why the elimination final between Scottsdale and Longford on September 2, was played at Invermay Park?
The game was of a very high standard, but the ground is very small and it lacks spectator facilities. While next door UTAS stadium was empty.
Please don’t give us cost or rival sponsors as an excuse or reason. It is paid for by the Launceston ratepayers.
Even the Tasmanian women’s statewide football can use the UTAS facilities on September 15 - but it cannot be used for NTFA finals.
Many more spectators attend the NTFA football than what go to the Tasmanian Statewide League. What a complete shambles Tasmanian football is in - bring back regional football.
Bruce Scott, Scottsdale.
Child Protection Week
NATIONAL Child Protection Week runs in Australia from September 2 to September 8 and encourages us to promote safety for children in our communities.
The sad reality I have come to realise is that many young people who are abused believe that this behaviour is normal.
Adults in our community are letting our young people down.
Reports of child abuse are overwhelming and give witness to the lack of accountability for adults who abuse young people.
Courts are far too lenient on people who abuse our children; communities are looking the other way, ignoring the abuse of children because this is the easiest option.
People don’t want to get involved in notifying assaults on our young people because of the fear of the consequences from the perpetrators. We have lost the ability for adults to serve as collective parents for all the young people in our neighbourhood.
Nothing is more important than protecting our vulnerable children from abuse and neglect.
Child abuse goes beyond the tears and pain experienced in childhood. Victims endure a lifetime of psychological and emotional distress, they often become drug users to kill the pain of abuse, attempt suicide, self-mutilate and have major trust issues.
We, as a society, must ensure that we provide our children with a safe and supportive environment, so that they have the opportunity to reach their full potential.
I support National Child Protection week and the movement to protect some of Australia’s most vulnerable young people, but I would like to see this action become an everyday part of Australian lives.
Father Chris Riley, CEO and founder at Youth Off The Streets.
Brazil Museum Fire
IT’S a loss that will be felt right around the world. Brazil's National Museum going up in flames has taken with it some 20 million items with many items unique and irreplaceable such as, Egyptian artefacts, ancient fossil remains, one 5260 kilograms, meteorite (huge by any standard) and countless other items.
The most ironic thing that possibly sums up the disappointment of losing such items, more than any other, is that of a Roman fresco from Pompeii, spared by Vesuvius's fire in AD 79, yet now destroyed by the blaze in Museu Nacional Rio de Janeiro in September 2018.
Robert Lee, Summerhill.
I READ Ian Macpherson’s letter concerning Christian faith with interest. His advice, rather than being useful, actually reveals the hypocrisy of the church.
If Jesus doesn’t expect perfection in the church why ever would you join for you can be imperfect anywhere.
If those in the church really knew Jesus they would be like Him for the power of His love would lift them and enable them to keep from stumbling in the same manner that He lifted Peter from his doubting and had him walk on water with Him.
As it is the church talks pious platitudes and there is no truth in them.
Greg Mansell, West Ulverstone.
Save Our Churches
I SINCERELY hope the Tasmanian Anglican Diocese is taking community concern about the planned sell-off of churches seriously, after a huge turnout for the Save Our Community Soul (SOCS) protest at Campbell Town on August 26.
The way the Tasmanian Anglican Diocese has handled the sell-off to date reminded me of averse from the Book of Proverbs: “To answer before listening – that is folly and shame”.
The Tasmanian Anglican Diocese still has time for another approach and it must take on board the five motions passed at the meeting that, in effect, mean any proposed sale of property must be agreed to by the local parish and its community.
The Tasmanian Anglican Diocese must listen to the voice of the people.
The people I met at the meeting were, like myself, deeply concerned about how the sale of churches will affect their communities, the graves of loved ones, the historic connection of the buildings to the regions, and future use of the sites.
That’s why I wrote to the Anglican Diocese of Tasmania, but the response I got from the Right Reverend Dr Richard Condie was too businesslike.
Despite the feedback period being extended to October 1, the Tasmanian Anglican Diocese must keep the churches, which belong to the communities, at all costs.
There is no doubt the Tasmanian Anglican Diocese must fund its part of the National Redress Scheme following the Child Abuse Royal Commission, but the faithful parishioners and the generations who came before them should not be paying the price.
I fully back the SOCS group and have also started a Save Our Churches webpage requesting people pledge their support to stop the Tasmanian Anglican Diocese from the mass sell-off of churches.
To assist the SOCS group visit saveourchurches.com.au