HOPE CHANGES WILL REMAIN
BANNING right turns should have been done when I raised it with the Launceston City Council several years ago. The traffic lights have not been switched off for traffic at Charles and the Esplanade intersection, as should have happened. Traffic should only stop for pedestrians to cross the road. I hope it stays no right turn at both intersections.
Paul Bullock, Launceston.
GODERICH & LINDSAY STREETS
IT would work better if a two-lane roundabout was developed instead. Busy roads need traffic flow, not more complications.
Louise Reid, Launceston.
BAD CITY TRAFFIC SYSTEM
FOR those that only visit this area of the Charles Street bridge occasionally, it is very annoying when you have to drive further on and do a turn onto other streets and come back the other way.
Once the university is up and running this area of Launceston will be a real mess as far as the roads are concerned with traffic jam most daylight hours.
Most of Launceston traffic system is a mess compared to other cities in Australia of comparable size.
I avoid Launceston as much as possible and certainly the city centre for this reason.
Brain Parry, Lanena.
IT'S TIME MR MORRISON
SCOTT Morrison just does not get it.
The sense that 'we too' have suffered - an inference that the convicts on the first fleet are emblematic of white suffering - sounds both defensive and dismissive.
There is a certain psychology at play here that needs to be exorcised.
Our first people want acknowledgement. Acknowledgement that they were here first and for sixty thousand years or more.
That their land was appropriated and their people were overwhelmed by aggression, bribery, massacres, discrimination, disease and the sheer numbers of those arriving on our shores from Britain.
Why is this so hard? We do not need to defend what occurred in 1788.
We do need to acknowledge what followed. First Fleet day will never go away. It can and should be commemorated, mourned and celebrated according one's historical connections. Australia Day should be January 1st when we became one nation in 1901. Mabo Day should replace the Queen's Birthday so we can all celebrate indigenous heritage.
Tony Newport, Hillwood.
TAMAR RIVER DISTRESS
I WRITE to register my distress at how our river is being (not) treated.
Most of the activities appear to be funded by the Launceston Better Cities Agreement.
When that program expires, where are the funds to continue the remedial work?
Do we run the risk of most of the money being spent elsewhere and little on the river itself?
The TEMT focus on sedimentation and water quality is too narrow.
To quote from the current exhibition "Estuary Below the Surface" at QVMAG, "Today kanamaluka/Tamar Estuary faces big challenges from climate change, population growth pollution, and invasive plant and animal species".
Invasion of rice grass into Muddy Creek at Legana and at Gravelly Beach is, in particular, an environmental disgrace.
Efforts to control or eradicate the voracious fish pest, Gambusia sp., appear to have lapsed.
This approach is in sharp contrast to the state's response to eradicating carp.
Rod Oliver, Riverside.
JUST BUILD THE HOTEL
A NEW hotel proposed for Launceston, great news for the construction and hospitality industries.
Now, wait for the anti-everything mob to crawl out and start protesting because they hate to see workers working.
If these people lodge an official complaint they should be charged an enormous fee, and when they lose, no refunds.
That might just slow them down from continuously trying to stop development in the Northern capital.
Mick Leppard, Invermay.
SYSTEM'S VITAL ROLE
IN RESPONSE to the letter from Peta Frost (The Sunday Examiner, January 17)concerning the decision of the Resource Management and Planning Tribunal to adhere to the planning scheme is confusing.
My understanding is that Veolia consulted with the council planning department at The City of Launceston and worked through the requirements so that they would abide by the planning scheme. The Planning Department submitted that the site on Churchill Drive was fit for purpose, remembering that the site was previously utilised as a concrete pipe manufacturing plant. When it came before council some of our elected Councillors rejected the proposal even though their planning department recommended the proposal and it complied with the planning scheme. Veolia then appealed to the RMPAT for a final decision. If I am wrong on any of these points I will be happy to be corrected.
The Resource Management and Planning Tribunal is an independent body tasked with facilitating economic development in accordance with the Act 1993. One of the objectives is to provide for the fair, orderly and sustainable use and development of air, land and water. If you would like to discuss any of this please feel free to contact me at email@example.com.