In recent news there are numerous reports attributed to the prime minister and treasurer regarding a stimulus package for the Australian economy to support business and workers as we work through the effects of the coronavirus, the bushfires and other natural disasters.
I also suggest that this package also needs to contain significant support and economic support particularly for workers who may be stood down and can't or don't have the capacity to earn an income from home.
My grave fear is many workers who may be told to stay home and self quarantine will be significantly economically disadvantaged by not being able to carry out their role from home and thereby not earn a wage or an income.
This will affect them tremendously and can have long lasting impacts on their ability to feed, house and clothe themselves and their family.
I won't name every profession as there are too many, but roles like cleaners, farm workers, berry pickers, truck drivers, hairdressers, nurses , teachers, frontline emergency services staff, factory workers, many members of logistic, warehouse and supply chains, shearers, any one who under takes any form of piece work, process and manufacturing workers etc.
All workers who have potential to suffer significant economic loss by being required not to attend work or are stood down need to be supported in this government package.
Rob Soward, Launceston.
Wind farm concerns
NORTH Sydney company Epuron's proposed St Patrick Plains wind farm will straddle the Lake Highway north and south of the Steppes homestead on Tasmania's Central Plateau.
The 67 turbines will dominate the plateau, each a 150-metre high tower holding 90-metre long blades with a combined height of 240 metres - more than three times that of Wrest Point Casino.
Tasmania is a net exporter of electricity so the equivalent of Epuron's output will go to the mainland via the proposed Marinus undersea cable dependent on huge public subsidies.
This superfluous wind farm for external investors to profit from mainland sales at Tasmania's loss deserves an independent public inquiry.
As for the 16 wedge tailed eagle nests already there, Epuron says it will keep its killer blades a kilometre away. One assumes the eagles will be instructed to fly less than that kilometre from home and to avoid soaring forgetfully.
Bob Brown, Cygnet.
ACCORDING to a lot of council staff the OAP recently implemented has been a total debacle.
They got rid of a lot of knowledgeable people and are now replacing them with people in higher paid positions, with little insight as to how a council works.
It is supposed to be about the ratepayers, not pie in the sky projects
Des Wilson, Longford.
Street art memories
IN (The Examiner, March 10) there was an article, "Myer building an ideal 'blank canvas' for art".
It talks about Mr Rick Marton having an interest in making use of the Myer building as a canvas for art and heritage.
I grew up in Launceston in the 1960s, and can remember a huge Santa erected on the outside of the Myer building every Christmas time.
It was placed on the diagonal facing the Brisbane and Saint John street intersection.
I can remember it, red and white and huge - several stories high. It was a fantastic thing for me as a child.
However, even more fantastically, on a hand that extended out, a motorised index finger beckoned onlookers into the store.
I can remember looking at it in awe and wonder, and being in anticipation every time Christmas approached.
I also recall the disappointment when, in decline, the finger lost its animation, and it eventually stopped being erected.
Even now, I look at that huge grey wall pity its absence. Surely, it is still around somewhere?
Gathering dust in some forlorn and forgotten warehouse or basement? Perhaps others remember it?
Perhaps somebody knows where it is? In terms of art and Launceston's heritage, wouldn't it be so amazing and wonderful for the beckoning Santa and the tradition to revived?
Karl Goiser, Canberra.
IF the University of Tasmania is short of money to fund its courses why on earth are they spending millions on shifting the campus to Inveresk from Newnham?
It makes no sense whatsoever.
Estelle Ross, Riverside.
Tamar's fair treatment
IT'S good that so many take an interest in the Tamar River.
There's widespread agreement the river has problems and needs both fixing and expert care.
We can't allow build-up of sediment and the unsightly mud flats to go on forever.
The "do not swim"' and "do not fish" signage really are depressing. There are many opinions on what would fix the river. That's why we need to sort them out.
We need an expert independent authority to do the investigation. No one would dream of building a new highway without expert surveys and engineer's reports.
So why not give our river similar fair treatment?
Andrew Lovitt, Launceston.