AROUND the Inveresk sports precinct recently, I notice things happening.
Daily truck convoy from York Park resurfacing the arena of UTAS Stadium home to the Hawthorn Football Club.
Millions of dollars of work presumably from the City of Launceston council, some funds from the state government? A good outcome for Launceston with Hawthorn winning grand finals bringing the cup and players to display at the stadium. Next door is Invermay Park, recently the beneficiary of funds for upgrades to the oval for local sport.
A good outcome for the community.
Bordering the oval the Mowbray Cricket Club, home to Ricky Ponting, outstanding cricketer and captain of the Australian cricket team.
Once more the recipient of funding for upgrades to clubrooms. Good outcomes for grassroots level of cricket. Then in front of the oval is the Invermay Bowls Club.
Home to Australian lawn bowlers most recent Commonwealth Games and Australian Open Bowls Championships winner Rebecca Van Asch.
This club needs a remake, however, no funds (several attempts made to do so) seem to be coming from any level of government for improvements. The club is an inclusive part of the sports precinct yet appears to be the poor relation.
All sports in this area give grounding to all levels of participants inclusive of age, gender and ability but there does not seem to be a level playing field of funding in all areas.
Maybe private investment is the answer to lifting the profile comparable to sports in the area.
Mike Blair, Invermay.
I FULLY support the comments by Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews regarding the comparing priests refusing to report child sexual abuse confessions to journalists protecting their sources (The Examiner, August 16). Melbourne Archbishop Peter Comensoli is merely clutching at straws to have made such a statement.
As for saying confession is a religious encounter of a deeply personal nature.
Martin Luther described confessions as being about power, not a means of stopping the behaviour and that only God can forgive.
Hence, the secrecy of the confessional is not about the rights of an innocent sexually abused child or their wellbeing.
The secrecy of the confessional is about allowing paedophile priests the freedom and power to continue offending.
How could Archbishop Comensoli or any law-abiding citizen even attempt to justify that a paedophile priest warrants protection, rather than an abused child?
Enid Denman, Beauty Point.
Wind and Solar
WHEN plastics came along we couldn't believe our luck. They almost seemed too good to be true. Now we're sleepwalking into another catastrophe.
Whatever could go wrong with electricity generators using free fuel like wind and solar? Their output is electricity and that trivial caution of not being reliable can surely be overcome with a few batteries - after all film stars manage to do it.
On the bright side, we can look forward to the world thanking us for demonstrating too much unreliable input renders electricity networks next to useless.
Gordon Thurlow, Launceston.
St George's Square Fence
I WRITE concerning the recent demolition of the historic St George's square brick wall. I wrote to the council in opposition to the proposed removal.
This application claimed that the old wall was beyond restoration and therefore, should be removed.
Having grown up next door in Number 18, I spoke of how my father had corrected a more serious lean, in our part of the fence, in the 1970s.
He had simply framed it and then, over some time, jacked it slowly upright and then underpinned the foundations.
My father was a modernist architect and was not naturally enamoured with older structures but he recognised the value of the historic fence to Launceston's built environment and worked with it.
I find it amazing that now some 40 years later, an owner now seeks to develop the adjoining property with just greed as their guide.
It is interesting to hear that the application was withdrawn and almost immediately, they knocked it over with a claim to restore.
People of Launceston, you live in the most intact Victorian city in Australia.
Be proud enough, to require these developers to act and build, with care to that.
Ensure that the wall is rebuilt using the very bricks that they carted away dumped in the back of a truck.
Timothy Rogers, South Australia.
Hayne Royal Commission
In response to comments regarding the Federal Government's implementation of the Hayne Royal Commission findings (The Examiner August 22), the government has committed to taking action on all 76 Royal Commission recommendations.
This represents the largest and most comprehensive corporate and financial services law reform package in 30 years.
Since the final report was received, the government has implemented 15 of the commitments it outlined, comprising eight out of the 54 recommendations that were directed to the government and seven of the 18 additional commitments the government made. Significant progress has also been made on a further five recommendations with draft legislation either introduced to the Parliament, released for comment or detailed consultation papers issued.
Furthermore, it's important to emphasise that implementing the recommendations of the Royal Commission is critical to restoring trust and confidence in Australia's financial system and is part of the Morrison Government's plan for a stronger economy.