HOW many bike tourists are coming to Tasmania? The bike trail proposed for the existing rail line is a disaster.
Few will use it. The trail will not generate revenue for the North-East. The only people who benefit from this proposal will be the contractors paid to tear up the line.
A tourist rail line would draw people as similar lines such as Puffing Billy and Strahan do. An increase in tourism would benefit the northeast economy.
As a bike rider myself I know what bike travel entails. This bike trail proposal is a waste of ratepayers money.
Guilbert Baxter, Beaconsfield.
IN response to a recent letter from M. Chugg (The Examiner, August 12) I am saddened to report that the fires in the Arctic are no beat up.
Articles from Forbes, Smithsonian, The Guardian, The Independent and Bloomberg all agree that the Arctic fires, which can be seen from space, are unprecedented and caused by climate disruption and accelerated by human activity.
M. Chugg's incredulity in considering the possibility fires in the Arctic, in a way, highlights the sense in City Of Launceston unanimously supporting the Climate Emergency Motion.
None of us are anything but stunned at the speed climate change is having an effect and we all wish it wasn't so.
Andrea Dawkins, City of Launceston councillor.
SCORES of two points for Carlton and North Melbourne at quarter-time last weekend makes a mockery of the linked arm circle, bonding perhaps undoing all the pre-game instructions. This ritual is carried out by all teams before the start. I can't find any scientific evidence that shows players will play out of their skin following circular open viewing bonding, so-called.
I would think that six coaches should have the team prepared to do battle that's what today's game is all about. A cuddle before the game may have adverse effects on some players.
Could I say "continuous relaxed desperation, my skills will be perfect today"?
Hugh Boyd, Prospect Vale.
HOW could a person be so offended by a beautiful picture of a mother and a four-week heartbeat in a tiny human being, and yet be so moved by the death of an unborn baby weeks further into the pregnancy (The Examiner, August 7). Why is the truth, and the facts so difficult to accept?
It all comes down to one so loved and wanted and on the other hand, not wanted.
The average person lives 27,000 days.
This 28 days when the heartbeat can be heard is just the beginning of that life.
Nothing is added after conception, to that tiny life, except for what the mother provides. I was once a four-week developing baby with a beating heart.
If you have lost a child at any time, for any reason at all, that is stillborn, miscarriage, abortion, and still grieve that loss, there is a beautiful place set aside at Carr Villa children's area in Launceston, for you to have a plaque printed and placed on a rocky mound.
You may not even remember the date, year or have known the sex, but it does not matter. The one that you may not have got to hold in your hands, you will forever hold them in your hearts. Be reassured that that life has not gone unnoticed by God, who knows when even a sparrow falls.
And we are worth so much more to him.
Maureen Shadbolt, Longford.
AS a subscriber I have read with interest many fine letters of late expressing concern with the proposed gondola development in the first basin. Personally, I'm quietly confident this idea will never receive the required permit to go ahead.
I feel sure that our elected councillors understand how much the Gorge and the basin means to us, the people of Launceston.
Natural beauty is all about what the eye beholds, with its heavy cable up around the hills and a string of gondolas constantly moving this proposal would change forever this special place.
The potential harm is too great a risk to take.
David James, Trevallyn.
Conflict of Interest
PURSUANT to an upheld code of conduct panel decision regarding a conflict of interest by councillors Keith Breheny and Kim Churchill of Glamorgan Spring Bay Council, relating to the proposed development of Cambria Green, Swansea.
Whilst the aforementioned councillors are new councillors, a reasonable person may be expected to assess that as councillors and thereby part of council's planning authority, any association of an advocacy group or representation pertinent to a planning decision, innately renders councillors to responsibly remove themselves from the decision-making process due to a conflict of interest.
This ostensible example of a break down in public administration highlights the difficulty small councils in particular, who lack the planning resources and expertise required for a contemporary planning authority, with its ever-increasing responsibilities and complexities.
A possible solution may be the creation of an independent state authority, which assesses development applications on behalf of small councils, but of course retains the representation process, Tasmanian Planning Commission and the Resource Management and Planning Appeal Tribunal?