CITY of Launceston Council general manager Michael Stretton states the council is still exploring the possibility of setting 90-minute free parking in place in the CBD. How much more exploring has to be done before a positive outcome is reached?
David Parker, West Launceston.
REGARDING Peter O’Malley’s letter to the editor (The Examiner, January 21) “More focus on towns like Fingal required.” It’s disappointing to have to reply to false commentary regarding the operation of the council when so much public information is readily available, yet here we are again.
The council spends plenty of money in the Fingal Valley from St Marys to Mathinna. Without including road and bridge upkeep, which is substantial in the valley; over the last four financial years, we have spent more than $500,000 at Fingal just on public facilities, including upgrades to the Tasmania Hotel and stage one of the Fingal streetscape. There is $630,000 budgeted this year just at Fingal including funds for stage two of the streetscape.
At St Mary's we have spent more than $600,000 upgrading public facilities, including toilets and barbecue shelters as well as $1.3 million on the new streetscape. We have also replaced the shower and toilet facilities at Mathinna.
In terms of nature strips, they are maintained by the council as per our nature strip policy that can be viewed on our website. BODC does have a valley crew who operate out of St Marys and Fingal with these employees living in these towns.
But don’t take my word for it, you can fact check all this by looking at our budgets and annual reports, which are readily available online..
Mick Tucker, Mayor, Break O’Day Council.
HORSE and buggies are still with us today Mr Kenna (The Examiner, January 16).
Many cities of the world incorporate them for locals and tourists to enjoy the world incorporate them for locals and tourists to enjoy their city at a slower pace. Royalty still rides and parade along London’s city streets in their Sunday best horse-drawn buggies.
More than happy living in the 21st Century I embrace respectful progress and have no problem with choppers nor any aircraft, only with any weaponry they may carry, or inappropriate air space. My nearly 40 years of work experience includes on occasions being around choppers and a passenger seated beside brilliantly hare-brained chopper pilots, and I’m still standing.
The manicured lawns and gardens of the Silo Hotel are indeed tasteful, however, my favourite garden layout is nature. Wildlife, notably birds and helicopters, simply do not mix. My concerns, yes Mr Kenna, quite serious concerns, are in regard to low flying one chopper encounter over Kings Wharf. Hopefully the successful impressive manoeuvre buzz we encountered while socialising at Lone Shady tree was a one-off.
The sealed footpath along the flood levee, or Lone Shady tree, be they one, a few or many who visit this area. Benign lone chopper or squadron, it was certainly not appropriate to fly so low over a known public space, now nor in the future. Please take care next time. Think before you buzz a people space.
Deb Johnston-Andrews, Newnham.