ON Monday in a supermarket car park there was a vehicle with roof racks on which a camera was mounted either side of the vehicle. The vehicle was clearly labelled to notify that the vehicle was using number plate recognition technology.
The vehicle was adorned with Care Park logos. The sole occupant, that is the driver had a laptop computer open on the front passenger seat with the screen facing the driver. The driver drove through parts of the private car park against the arrows painted onto the pavement surface.
If this were a council operated car park or a public car park the operator would have committed an offence. If my car travelling in the direction of the road arrows had collided, through no fault on my part, with the Care Park vehicle what redress could I extract? Traffic laws and council by-laws don't apply to private land. Care Park is a major global parking management group and appear to be highly aggressive in the Launceston community. The community needs to be aware of how they are patrolling the car parks they manage.
Barry Weldon, Grindelwald.
LUKE Martin (CEO of TICT) wants more Pumphouse Point projects and it looks like the current government agrees with yet another popular location handed over to private operators, the Bruny Island Lighthouse. It seems like Tasmania is being groomed for the "top end" of town at the expense of locals.
I am a frequent visitor to most of Tasmania's iconic natural locations, taking people to enjoy what was basically a low cost experience. Now we are not allowed to access Pump House Point, unless you are a guest, is this what will happen at Bruny Island Lighthouse?
I have no problem with encouraging private investment to help maintain and develop infrastructure but not if it means exclusivity to "high rollers". Any such developments should clearly state that access by the general public must be maintained. It's bad enough that the average Tasmanian can no longer afford to eat crayfish because they fetch a much higher price in China, but to stop Tasmanians having free access to our own iconic sites is a step too far.
Jeff Jennings, Bridport.
CORRECTIONS Minister Elise Archer (The Examiner, November 26) is going to visit Westbury residents to have a one-on-ones. There has been 1900 invitations sent out and over three days she will spend nine hours having a one-on-one with the residents. If they all accept her invitations she will spend around about 20 seconds with each one. I have heard politicians are fast talkers but this one takes the cake.
Allan Slater, Ravenswood.
THE banks apparently haven't learned to operate legally, even after the royal commission. It is pleasing to note the regulators are finally starting to do their jobs, but we're still waiting for some board members and senior executives to be brought to justice. If current legislation is inadequate, it should be amended to allow criminal charges to proceed retrospectively. Fines are useless as a deterrent, they are minimal in relation to overall profit. To add insult to injury, those responsible seem able to resign and collect big payouts.
John Snooks, West Launceston.