Spirit of Tasmania freeloaders
AS we are all aware it is imperative we rejuvenate tourism as is it is an essential revenue stream for Tasmania.
But we must have the right sort of tourist with money, who is willing to spend it and with time to spend it.
My concern is that the free Spirit of Tasmania passage would transport a boatload of freeloaders.
They get free travel, stay in free campsites and arrive with a boot load of Aldi food.
This will do very little if anything for the Tasmanian economy.
Presumably, the person who suggested free Spirit travel has never been involved or managed a successful business.
Somebody could make a shop extremely busy by giving everything away for free but would not be a sustainable business model.
Geraint Llywelyn-Roberts, Launceston.
Wake Up Tasmanians
MY fellow Tasmanians need to take a reality check.
I wear a mask when visiting the supermarket or crowded areas but seldom see another.
Wake up, we now see what has taken place in Victoria with a lessening of the rules, but still, most blindly go about their business without taking any protection.
Our state government is doing a great job so far but exactly what will it take to wake most people up to the dangers?
Don Davey, South Launceston.
JobKeeper survey results
The recent survey of folk on the JobKeeper subsidy found most aspects of their present quality of life would fall if it were removed.
"Well, they would say that, wouldn't they".
It is heartening to know that Australians still know how to answer loaded questions but disheartening to learn our very limited resources are used to answer such obvious questions.
As for quantifying this, I would confidently predict it was a very high percentage.
Gordon Thurlow, Launceston.
Foreign Food Import
THERE would appear to be more non-Australian grown or produced food products in our local supermarkets in these COVID-19 days, sometimes at cheaper prices than the homegrown or produced product. With reduced international and interstate flights, how is this so? Let's hope that they are not being dumped or the freight for these imports is not being subsidised in any way by our government.
Bob Taylor, Trevallyn.
Major building plans
ISSUES of connection back to local history, transitions, shadows, compatibility, parking and servicing are always at the forefront of major building plans.
This type of infill creates opportunities to renew and upgrade deteriorating city services, meet intensification targets, and contribute to more sustainable inner-city living that is safe, healthy, very liveable, in-turn attracting new business injection.
Investigating Launceston's planned new hotel development, I discovered detailed analyses by passionate architects and designers that have shown they are in-tune to issues of scale/height, important views, shadowing, microclimate, historical land development, with a strong sensitivity to the natural and social fabric of our pristine environment. The interiors will reflect our history old and new into the future.
A progressive Launceston must show a strong emphasis on our indigenous culture and sense of place, sourcing Tasmanian sustainable products in all new hotels. I and my colleagues agree this is a great development that will no doubt set a standard and the tone for continued mixed-used restoration of our much needed decaying derrick buildings in our historical prescient.
In the hallowed corridors of government, major plans are underway to up-sell Tasmania to the world. There is no doubt in the not too distant future we will see this new hotel and all others once again brimming with cashed-up Australian and overseas holidaymakers.
Bruce Webb, Launceston.
Sheep export practice
IT'S on again, the inhumane practice of live sheep export in the heat of a Northern summer. Laws were passed to prevent a repeat of this barbaric practice.
This was just to appease the public, as now an exemption to these laws has been granted by the Federal Court and 50,000 more sheep will suffer and die in appalling conditions.
Australia is considered to be a civilised country, but live export is an uncivilised practice as is the treatment these animals receive at their destination.
It must be stopped and the animals processed here in Australia.
Jill Clark, Riverside.
What happened to free speech?
SAM Newman is learning what some of us already know, there is no such thing as free speech in Australia.
Why do you think parliamentarians invented "parliamentary privilege"?
Jack Sonnemann, Lucaston.
Footballers' on-field behaviour
HAVE you seen footballers spitting and blowing their noses onto the ground I did and have, what about cuddling, I've seen that too. What outrageous examples for children, how can this disgusting behaviour be allowed on television, surely it's bordering on x-rated
I know you will say I can turn it off, I have.