Tamar River fix not simple
Ken Terry from Bridport seems to miss the point regarding the siltation in the Tamar.
The flocculated silt caused by the interaction of fine particles from upstream with sea water coming in with the tide is a natural feature of the Tamar occurring mainly upstream from Freshwater Point (leaving aside the effect of the rice grass).
IN OTHER NEWS:
Human action has extended its distribution into areas that were hitherto free from it settling out or had less deposits due to local higher tidal flow speeds or, in the case of the Yacht Basin - Seaport area, the 'virtual lake' formed by the natural South Esk flow via the Gorge.
The issue has little substantial to do with reduced river flows. Agricultural use of water is a small fraction of the total flow as a CSIRO report evidences. In fact the Tamar enjoys more than 50 per cent greater flows now than historically due to the additional water from Great Lake via Poatina and the South Esk which would hitherto have naturally drained into the Derwent.
The issue is not a simple one but the Tamar Yacht Club proposal is one standalone action that will make a fundamentally positive difference. So will action on sewage treatment, stormwater discharge, removal of rice grass and upstream agricultural practices which are otherwise under way or potential tasks for the community to get stuck into.
M. Seward, Port Fairy.
Quarantine at your cost?
I am sure that all heard the breaking report from our own Peter Gutwein regarding the new rules regarding NSW in light of the continued community transmission and the quarantine that is mandatory, kudos re the decision, but what got my boat rocking was the remark about " You will need to quarantine at your own cost"??
My husband just arrived back from a visit to his son after almost two years not seeing him and as he is a pensioner with no savings (he used this to visit his son) so if he had arrived a day later, he would have been forced into quarantine for 14 days and pay for it. With what money I ask? Does he need to pay in advance for said accommodation or get arrested for not paying said bill?
Felicity O'Neill, Westbury
Graffiti spreading like wildfire
THE current spate of graffiti in Launceston is spreading like a pandemic.
Nothing is sacred to the perpetrators.
It is very sad to drive into the city and see the wanton vandalism and destruction that is caused to both public and private buildings, street furniture, street signs and anything that can be scrawled upon.
It does not enhance any areas, it makes people feel uneasy having to walk there, ultimately driving them away as it encourages anti-social behavior and ultimately devalues property.
An area was set aside on the eastern side of the flood levee wall at Royal Park for the purpose of scrawling their works.
That was not enough as now the western side is being defaced.
Most of it is just a scrawl, certainly not art. Suburbs are also falling victim.
Not a pretty sight at the moment just when we are starting to get tourists back.
The City of Launceston council acknowledges they have had complaints but who is prepared to do anything about it?
Robert Smith, Launceston.
$7 million development
I AM completely opposed to the expenditure proposed for the new developments in George Town. Nor do I believe the township has been given enough opportunity to discuss the proposals.
Bridges over oceans are notoriously expensive and often environmentally damaging. This proposed footbridge offers no benefit to anyone and will increase even more rubbish in the ocean. The bridge would be hazardous for children and those with mobility problems, especially in strong winds, and really, who's going to visit a glorified footpath? The proposed lookout is nothing more than a couple of shipping containers stacked on top of each other.
If it was worth anything, private developers would build it and charge admission.
Instead, the proposal is so useless, the only way to achieve it is through spending ratepayers money.
Street Art is barely above graffiti. This is George Town, not Melbourne. We don't want it; it will make us look cheap and tacky. Pop up cafes? This proposal is cruel.
Our children deserve the dignity of employment, real employment in trades and manufacturing where they can be proud of producing something of value. Instead, they seek to enslave them in a service industry that produces nothing but a false economy of people making each other coffee.
Rebecca Maguire, George Town.
Macquarie Street development
I agree that George Town needs renovation, but I do not believe that this renovation will save the town. Temporary construction employment and an increase in hospitality are not going to achieve anything positive.
The percentage of people that work in Launceston will still have to drive to Launceston every day to earn a decent wage in order to keep the existing hospitality businesses functioning, let alone any others.
Plans to upgrade our hospital; lifeguards, drones to watch for sharks, Aboriginal health services, manufacturing and government services are plans I can support.
Street Art? Why? How distasteful. We have the beautiful tree carvings, and they are going to mock them with what's currently trendy on the mainland?
What an absolute waste of money.
They can't keep the teenagers off the existing empty buildings as it is, yet they're going to go ahead and build more empty shops and street art to climb on. They just plan on building an ugly tower in front of one of our only presentable buildings and filling our town with hospitality venues nobody can afford to continuously eat at.