I REFER to the letters written by Bill Dabner and Ron Baines (The Examiner, September 27), which I agree with.
I, like quite many ratepayers, wish to add my voice to the fact that the UTAS Newnham campus should be revamped and left where it is.
Students have quite a good array of shopping in the Mowbray area and can access a reliable bus service should they wish to go into the CBD.
Moving the campus closer to the city will not, in any way, revitalise the CBD - empty shops will still stay empty as landlords owning buildings are charging excessively high rent.
It is very disturbing looking at tourists in our city who are looking for places to shop, other than Myer, Harris Scarfe, Target or Best and Less.
I understand the Old Umbrella Shop carries souvenirs, but as this is run by volunteers, is not open after lunch on Saturdays or Sundays. What needs to happen to revitalise the CBD is for someone, either council or whoever is responsible for promoting our city to mainland retailers, to convince them to open a store in our city.
We seem to be overserviced with eateries outnumbering retail experiences.
Yes, some locals shop online, but this is not the reason for retail businesses closing.
Where will people park once the Willis Street Car Park is no longer available for patrons attending events in the City Park or Albert Hall? Will these events simply disappear from Launceston?
Sometimes during weekdays, it is impossible to park within the City Park area should you wish to either visit or take young children there.
L. Scales, Punchbowl.
WHETHER or not the university move to Inveresk was a good idea, parking was always going to be a major consideration.
I was at the City of Launceston Council meeting some two years back when the matter was discussed and the then general manager and the University of Tasmania Provost said parking would not be an issue and could be sorted out later as the project developed.
Those decision-makers have moved on. The parking problem has not.
Media reports have made it abundantly clear the solution is nowhere in sight.
It could almost be insurmountable with the best scenario requiring students to park then take a long walk. Not good by a long chalk.
Jim Dickenson, Launceston.
Winter Relief Appeal
THE members of the board of management of the Launceston Benevolent Society join me in expressing our sincere thanks for your generous donation of $18,179.84 being our proportion of the monies raised through The Examiner Winter Relief Appeal.
Such a significant donation enables us to continue to provide support by way of food and clothing and many other items of necessity for those members of the greater Launceston who are suffering hardship.
As you and your staff would be aware there has been a significant increase in homelessness in our community and many of our fellow citizens are suffering hardship through loss of employment, family violence and a myriad of other reasons, and your donation enables us to assist them in their time of need.
Although we are a small organisation compared to others, we are unique in that we do not operate shops or businesses and we do not sell. Everything donated to the Benevolent Society is passed onto those in need without charge.
We are truly indebted to The Examiner and its staff and the many members of the community who have made donations to the cause. You have our assurance that the money will be used to assist with those suffering hardship.
Donald Jones, Benevolent Society chairman.
AUSTRALIA'S Prime Minister Scott Morrison is making me very anxious.
Anxiety is, by definition, a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome. If people do not feel anxious about climate change, then I'm afraid they are either stupid or they are brainwashed. How can Scott Morrison expect children to stop being anxious about climate change when there is so much uncertainty about the future and what it will look like. And when he is doing so little to shape a better future for our children to live in. I'm disgusted.
Felicity Holmes, Blackmans Bay.
IT is good news that the old homestead and surrounding buildings on Glencoe Farm at Falmouth are to be preserved, upgraded and made available for tourists to enjoy.
Glencoe was one of many such farming estates scattered across Tasmania.
Unfortunately, most have now disappeared, replaced by more modern buildings.
Such estates were built, often by those given an initial land grant, during the 1800s. Buildings often formed a rectangle with a central courtyard.
Initially, this arrangement was for defensive purposes with raids by bushrangers a distinct possibility.
These estates were largely self-sufficient with homestead, stables and grooms' quarters, barn and grain store, dairy, blacksmiths shop, shearing shed, and shearers quarters, slaughterhouse and poultry sheds. It was not unusual to also have a pigeon loft.
It is hoped that Glencoe could also have some working exhibits.