A 'Simple Solution'
The City of Launceston Council is no closer to fixing the problem that's existed for the past 90 years. Raking does not work, commonsense. What is nature telling you? The solution is very simple. Silt is from the rivers, streets and building development which is overflowing because stormwater and sewerage goes down the one pipe. The solution is simple, control the tide, control the rivers, control the silt removal.
The only solution is to build restrictors in the river system, dam Ti Tree Bend as holding facility, build a loch in Hunters Cut and let the water from the lake go through to the West Tamar wetlands, thus creating the biggest freshwater wetland in Australia. This plan would work and I have only given an outline of what's needed.
Bruce Cassidy, Norwood.
Mudbanks Part of System
THE Tamar estuarine river system is what it is. It is not a deep-river port, it is part of a wetlands system. Research of the history of the river since Colonial times reveals that there has always been siltation, flooding, pollution and unattractive mudbanks.
With present and future developments all beginning to crowd within a city block back to the river banks again perhaps a look into the history books might be appropriate. Modern technology aside, nature always wins.
Edna Broad, Invermay.
More Dollars Needed
I WAS a part of the dredging back in the early 1990s and the boffins who were there told us that they only way to clean the river was by dredging and removing the silt from the area. The top end of the Tamar is one huge silt trap with Invermay built on part of this. Transferring the silt into the riverbank ponds just forced mud and silt out from underneath back into the system. The silt needs to be transported away completely whether it be by pipeline pumped into areas not common with the river basin (the maze of old quarries near Rocherlea would be suitable) or by barge out to sea.
Neither is cheap and the toxic nature of the silt only adds to the cost. It could be mixed with green waste and sand (when dried its as fine as if not finer than talcum powder) and used for landfill but it's toxic nature means it can't be used for food production although it's highly fertile.
It's a problem that only mammoth amounts of cash is needed and with all levels of government penny pinching you can discuss the matter till the cows come home with no result.
Ken Terry, Bridport.
I WENT past UTAS Stadium and you could hardly tell there was a show on at the Inveresk Grounds on Thursday.
I can remember back in time when the show society had to sell off the showgrounds at Newstead saying that the upkeep was sending them broke. They say we are lucky that they put on a show this year because it is financially not profitable to run one.
If the show society can't put on a decent show, why not hire or use a professional events organiser to run the event and not rely on volunteers?
Anthony Galvin, Launceston.
Meadow Mews Parking
WE NEED to correct inaccuracies expressed in the feature letter (The Examiner, September 26). Meadow Mews have been under car park management for many years. Previously by another parking operator, then in October 2018, Care Park was appointed as the manager.
We stress that free parking at Meadow Mews is only for shoppers or its tenants, it is not a general parking car park. Historically shopper and tenant parking has been abused by workers in the busy Kings Meadows area filling the car park leaving no parking for genuine shoppers. Monitoring the site is the only system to ensure shoppers at Meadow Mews have convenient parking available to them.
Asking shoppers to provide proof of shopping at Meadow Mews is a reasonable effective resolution to a payment notice.
Meadow Mews provides 380 parking bays for its shoppers and tenants. It is the car park used being taken up by parkers conducting business outside this complex that creates lack of parking. Hence monitoring the car park is the solution to ensure it is used only by shoppers, not building more car parking.
Nearby businesses and companies need to provide their parking infrastructure, not use that provided by Meadow Mews for its shoppers.
Yolanda Torrisi, Care Park public relations.
INTRODUCE three-hour free parking to the Launceston CBD. We have enough parking inspectors and the technology to monitor the situation. I work at Meadow Mews and that is a thriving shopping centre.
Apply the same methodology to the CBD and most of the problems will be solved. Encourage people to start businesses as they will be assured of foot traffic. How about converting empty shops to short-stay accommodation? We can make this work, let's open our minds.
Rosie Welsh, South Launceston.
Development at the Gorge
I HAVE recently entertained visitors from New Zealand, a country famous for its beauty and amazing scenery. My friends spent 10 days here and travelled from Hobart, to the East Coast and through the North, visiting wineries and places of interest.
When I asked them what their highlight was they said unequivocally, the Gorge.
We are so blessed to have this amazing, natural phenomenon amid our CBD, why ruin its beauty with unnecessary developments? People love Launceston because it offers a glimpse into our treasured past and a simpler way of life. In a misguided attempt to please the tourism developers please, please don't kill the goose that laid the golden egg.