LITTLE wonder the City of Launceston council is cognisant of the tourist potential of Bridestowe Estate to lift visitation numbers from 16,000 to 85,000 per annum speaks volumes for Robert Raven’s vision, along with the accommodation value for Launceston hotels and motels (The Examiner, January 3).
Shadow Infrastructure Minister Craig Farrell has recommended a tourist rail to Wyena which is in Launceston’s boundary.
Launceston’s tourist attractions along with retail spending have an ongoing benefit to the Launceston economy.
Mr Raven is a strong supporter of tourist rail and would be mindful that the Byron Bay tourist train attracted 95,000 tourists in 2018, since its inception.
Scottsdale has its bike trails, however, should the Commonwealth along with state government consider upgrading the Nabowla Road it would open another tourist experience to the jewel in the North-East’s crown – Bridport – which has superior accommodation at its Barnbougle Dunes world recognised golf courses along with Airbnb which is in strong demand.
The Tamar Valley has the potential to be part of this experience, for example, a rail to Bridestowe, coach to Bridport, then the Tamar Valley returning to Launceston or vice versa.
Brian P. Khan, Bridport.
LITTLE wonder the City of Launceston council is cognisant of the tourist I note that the Liberal National Party born-to-rule dynamic is alive and well when Peter Doddy refers to Bill Shorten as a less-worthy person than Scott Morrison with regard to the prime ministership (The Examiner, January 7.)
As usual of course, no examples of Mr Shorten’s less-worthiness are cited, rather, it’s just assumed that the LNP are good and Labor are bad.
The particularly poor judgement here as Mr Shorten has not been tested on the treasury benches whereas, by popular and overwhelming opinion, Mr Morrison is making a real hash of the job unless, that is, one considers frying sausages while wearing a baseball cap backwards to be an example a worthy prime minister might set.
If Labor does win the forthcoming election then we should judge the new government by its policies, conduct and achievements, and not by preconceived, value-laden and dated prejudice.
Dave Robinson, Newstead.
CLIVE Palmer’s at it again with his advertisements of how to make Australia great.
Sounds familiar to someone else who pushes his own wagon.
A simple solution to not listening to them is as you watch and when the screen goes yellow in an ad break, just press the mute button. His ads now sometimes only have headlines with no sound, wonder if he has cottoned on to the fact that most are just muting his rants.
David Parker, West Launceston.
Sex offender registry
WITH child sex offences such an emotive issue that innocent men and women have been executed for the crime, which is considered acceptable collateral damage, just how much do we want a national register to feed vigilante justice?
Davis Seecamp, Trevallyn.
WELL, I think I have met my soulmate, Don Davey (The Examiner, December 31). You spoke my very thoughts.
The ABC and SBS are the only channels worth watching, but you are so right in saying they are heavily over-staffed and offer far too many channels where one or two would be sufficient.
It has long since been my unanswered question as to why, when SBS already offers a food-only channel, do we still get bombarded with cooking programs that no-one is interested in on the other SBS channels?
Or, if there are any foodies out there, go to the food channel – or one of the commercials that offer mind-numbing MKR or Masterchef.
And why do we need children’s programs on our 'grown-up TV', when kiddies have an entire channel dedicated to them?
Worse, I understand (having asked them when it was first introduced) that SBS have adverts to raise funds so they can keep the programs we love to see and offer more in the future.
Fine if it's working, but there are so many adverts in such long ad breaks that just get repeated, often in the same ad break, and most certainly three to four times every hour.
Are advertisers not that interested in showing off their wares with SBS, hence the shallowness of their advertising strategy?
Maybe a few less top-heavy chief executives might allow us a longer viewing time of the Dakar Rally or Tour de France (half-an-hour with two ad breaks – oh come on).
Or how about no more repeats of Midsomer Murders, George Gently or Kevin McCloud, ABC?
We are getting sick to death of the same old rubbish. When will that permeate into the grey matter the rest of us call brains?
I often feel tempted to send a truckload of antacids to both ABC and SBS, they must be suffering from dreadful reflux with so much repeating.
Perhaps a little truth in advertising could be shown if the date of each program is shown?
Or maybe that would be giving too much of the game away?
All I can say is, thank goodness we don't have to fork out for a TV licence.
Here's one sucker that wouldn't bother.