Prevention better than support
MUCH has been written lately about domestic violence and how it should be addressed. Unfortunately, the majority concentrate on support for victims.
This is admirable, but it's too little too late.
And while education is part of the solution, surely studies have been done that identify other psychological, social and environmental factors that contribute to (mostly male) aggression.
Could these men actually be lashing out at themselves by attacking the one who loves them? Or could they be lashing out at their mother? The answers are so very important.
Our society can no longer accept this growing scourge.
Geoff Mooney, Westbury.
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Car hire rorts shameful
IF THE reports in the media are correct that hire cars are being hired at approximately $500 per day, not including excess, the car hire industry should be ashamed.
This time last year going into the peak season cars were at a premium but nowhere near the price being reported.
During COVID-19 lockdown and closure of the borders it was perfectly understandable that mainland-based hire car companies would decrease their fleets, no point in having cars sitting idly, it happens every year during the winter months.
Local Tasmanian companies would not have reduced their fleets.
However the government announced months ago that early December the border would reopen and the companies should have started building up their fleets.
No wonder potential visitors are cancelling their visit, hiring a car at those rates is unaffordable to most of our visitors.
It appears from these reports that the companies are attempting to heavily inflate hire rates to cover lost income during COVID-19. If that is the case, they are doing themselves a disservice and damaging an already damaged tourism industry.
Alan Leitch, Austins Ferry.
TT Line replacements
THE feature letter by Robert Clifford (The Examiner, December 11) is the most logical and economically sensible idea I have seen for a long time.
For tourists, cars and caravans and light freight there is absolutely no reason why TT Line could not use a large, fast Incat built catamaran service for the four-hour daylight trip from Devonport to the new terminal at Geelong.
Catamaran technology has come a long way since it was tried from George Town to Westernport Bay years ago.
Almost all ferry services over similar distances in other parts of the world, particularly Europe and South America, are fast daylight services by catamarans, many of them built by Incat.
Incat has recently delivered two 110 metre long ferries for European customers with seat and lounge accomodations for over 1000 passengers and 400 cars.
Dr Clifford's letter explains the economics of this better than I could but the savings in capital and running costs of fast catamaran services, instead of overnight services of large heavy single hull ships with cabin costs and services are obvious and would provide a much higher quality of service at lower prices. Cabins are just not needed for this crossing.
Robin Frith, Mosman.
Trevallyn Dam Tailrace Waters
I FULLY support the idea of returning the Trevallyn Power Station tailrace waters to the mouth of the Cataract Gorge via a new waterway as detailed by the Tamar Yacht Club. The environmental flow through the Gorge would increase to the equivalent of 35 Olympic swimming pools per hour.
This flow of clean water through the Yacht Basin would enhance the aesthetics of our city enormously, and enable the return of this waterway to recreational use.
The City of Launceston vision is to contribute to the growing visitor economy with enhanced visitor experiences and supporting infrastructure and good governance.
Their support would make good sense.
Tourism is an important part of our economy, and after the disaster of COVID-19, it is important to make every effort to return our local economy to these heady levels.
By making the river attractive again, there would be an increase in local and tourist-based activities in and around the waters of Launceston. On October 15 the Hydro announced an annual profit of $172 million, which was 54 per cent above budget.
As good corporate citizens, they could well afford to invest in an engineering feasibility study into the return of the South Esk waters to their original outfall utilising the proposed watercourse on the western bank.
With Tasmania now promoting its clean green image, with its clean power production, the current state of our river, as a direct consequence of historical decisions, is definitely not a good look.
John Joyce, Newstead.
Tamar fix suggestions rot
WHAT a lot of rot (The Examiner, November 27) is asking for suggestions on how to clean up the Tamar.
Many people, for many years, have written in with suggestions of how to fix this problem, along with my own, but none have been taken on board. So, how will the suggestions on how to fix the problem be accepted?
Will they be pushed into the too hard basket-like all the rest? Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been wasted on so-called professional surveys, and none have been implemented. Someone needs to take notice of this will be a waste of time. And as for the rice grass, it should not have been planted in the first place circa 1950. Someone, please correct me if I am wrong, so, finally, I have something to laugh about.