WITH the influx of tourists anticipated by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, one wonders why the owners of our present 25-metre high hotels in Launceston aren't considering raising the roof by a further 15 metres.
The precedent has certainly been set.
What has long been seen and enforced as a restriction to conserve our historic streetscape is now, by a near unanimous council vote, dumped in favour of money.
Mike Adams, Swan Bay.
THE Property Council's written submission to the parliamentary inquiry into housing affordability states that it is based on its research report "Removing the regulatory handbrake: seven steps to fix Tasmania's housing supply".
While I don't agree with some of these proposals they seem to be honestly aimed at increasing housing supply and possibly housing affordability.
But the proposal put to the committee hearing by Brian Wightman and reported in (The Examiner, August 14) to remove planning approvals from elected councillors, is not referred to in the seven steps document or the property council's submission to the committee. It makes me wonder whether this undemocratic proposal, which Mr Wightman refers to as removing "political interference" is actually intended to help with affordable housing.
Or does the property council just want to make it easier to get approval for controversial developments? Most planning decisions are not voted on by councillors.
It is vital that councillors retain their important role in regard to discretionary developments, where they may refuse bad developments that are not in the community interest.
Peter McGlone, Director, Tasmanian Conservation Trust.
I JUST came back from a walk around the Gorge and feel so good to watch the information signs along the walking paths, the beautiful lawn and playground for the children, the standard rubbish collecting places as everywhere else in this city.
The same things I witnessed when walking along the Tamar river near the Royal park area. This city's beautification is very inspiring and will be impressive not only for a local boy like me but for all the tourists visiting this city of ours called Launceston.
I would like to applaud the Major Mr Albert van Zetten along with all aldermen (or whatever we have decided to call them) on a job so excellent.
Launceston is a beautiful place and I'm grateful to live there.
Peter Vandenberg, West Launceston.
Launceston Council Restructure
THE winners will be administration big time. Maybe they might even see the bad old days of carpark building as a viable growth model for the city.
Mark Kozakiewicz, South Yarra.
I FIND it incredible that there could be anyone living in 2019 who doesn't believe that severe climate changes are occurring and that human beings are responsible.
Inaction by governments over a long period of time has given rise to the necessity for the extreme measures being perpetrated by groups such as Extinction Rebellion.
It's the only way ordinary citizens can draw the attention of sceptics and those in power to the plight of our wonderful planet and its many endangered species.
I congratulate the Launceston council for agreeing to declare a climate emergency; it's a start. Yes, there are many other issues in our community, but this is very much a local issue since it affects all of us.
If it isn't addressed, there'll be no need to worry about bag dispensers for dog walkers or filling up empty shops. I urge the doubters to view Sir David Attenborough's excellent documentary on climate change.
Val Clarke, Kings Meadows.
Our Pacific Neighbours
AUSTRALIA needs to tread very carefully when it comes to climate change and our pacific neighbours, we don't want to antagonise them.
The attitude of the Prime Minister and the deputy prime minister has not won us many friends in the region. The attitude seems insensitive as many islands are being affected by sea-level rise.
Malcolm Scott, Newstead.
THERE is a climate emergency in Launceston or more precisely in the Tamar Estuary. It takes the form of the loss of fresh, clean water flow into the yacht basin and the loss of its amenity as a clean, green recreational and aesthetic asset.
As for the other alleged emergency, it seems to me to be more one of a fear campaign built on very dodgy temperature data affected by heat island effects.
The amount of concrete and bitumen added to the planet's surface in the last 50 or 100 years is many, many times the increase in atmospheric Co2 and the driver local temperature increase.
Besides Co2 acts as a net cooling effect by increasing plant metabolism and storing very large amounts of energy in plant material, increasing water evapotranspiration (sweating) and shunting more energy to the upper atmosphere via the water cycle and in doing so increasing cloud formation.
So what are you going to choose? Dodgy data, sliced, diced before the GFC or basic physics and chemistry?
Mike Seward, South Launceston.