NORTHERN prison community consultations are costing upwards of $100,000.
The budget for the prison itself is $270 million. How much will it blow out to in the long run?
The community consultation is a joke.
It's a fact-finding exercise for the state government's application for rezoning to allow the prison to be built in Westbury.
Is this political suicide?
The state government doesn't care about the people of Westbury, they only want to find a convenient place for the prison. They think that they won't lose many votes.
What is the real cost in terms of dollars and social impact?
Is Westbury collateral damage?
Liz Howard, Westbury.
Razor Wire Promotion
HAVING driven along the highway past the proposed Northern Regional Prison site, I am strongly opposed to a prison being built in full view on any major road/highway anywhere in the state.
We are a state that heavily promotes tourism and agriculture, not razor wire.
The whole region should be strongly opposed to having a prison built in what is effectively our tourism front yard.
Sandra Stening, Bracknell.
Is there a plan B?
IS there a plan B for the Northern prison?
If the Liberal Party's preferred site of Westbury falls over, is there actually another site at all? Is it possible to have a preferred site with no other sites?
Heather Donaldson, Westbury.
Hearts vs State Coffers
MOST big developers would give up on proceeding with a project in a community so vocally opposed such as the Westbury folk with the new prison.
While they plea with heart in hand to withdraw the edge of the town as the chosen site, the state government stand strong with fists full of taxpayer funds to back them through a long campaign with copious studies and fact-finding tours.
Sounds fair, doesn't it?
Christie Mcleod, Hagley.
Another Name on Map
I HAVE lived here for more years than I care to remember.
My grandfather was born here, my great grandparents and extended family lived here. They are buried in the local cemetery.
To me a prison would rip out the heart, soul and history of this town, it would become just another name on a map.
Derris Tucker, Westbury.
Aged Care Failures
WHILE the cracks in the Qantas Boeing 737s are a cause of great concern they are dwarfed by the deep fissures in the wings of Australia's aged care system.
Ed Sianski, West Moonah.
PRIME Minister Scott Morrison's attack on climate emergency activists.
I ask the question, why is Morrison attaching climate activists the day after the interim findings of the aged care inquiry?
Deflecting attention that's why.
Kevin Bell, Lebrina.
PETER Doddy`s letter is so true (The Examiner, November 1).
This state is being taken to the cleaners by the leeches who are living off our state.
This state could be run by three councils and a government that is derived from the councils to represent the people.
Enough is enough. If you are happy with the rip off then keep paying their wages.
I have had enough and I demand change.
Bruce Cassidy, Norwood.
AS A white Canadian older woman, even I have been told to go home.
I have lived in Australia some 40-odd years, and I've had three years in Tasmania and find it very difficult to meet and greet people.
That is why I always greet any foreigners I see, white or otherwise.
Sue Manning, Trevallyn.
IN (The Examiner, October 19) Launceston Airport Authority responded to Regional Express deputy chairman's comments regarding airport monopolies by saying Launceston Airport has had $65 million spent on development and maintenance in the last decade. What has really happened is that an easy going rural airport that was a pleasure to come home to has had its guts, heart and soul ripped out and tossed away.
It was once a fun place for kids an adults to enjoy an afternoon's free entertainment (free parking) with the planes so close you could nearly spit on them.
It's now a place of transition from point A to B, no fun, but lots of money, and the ramps have gone as well leaving a lot of stairs to climb or a small lift for hundreds of passengers. I'm sure the authority can justify their decisions, but then so can an axe murderer, doesn't make them right.
Ron Baines, Kings Meadows.
LGH Cardiac Unit
FOLLOWING a recent heart attack I wish to thank the many dedicated, caring staff and doctors at the LGH that helped me through this.
My rapid recovery is a result of your friendly, efficient and effective response.
We are indeed fortunate to have access to such skills and care in Launceston.
A big thank you to everyone.