Waste proposal hurts community
THE proposed Veolia development on Churchill Avenue at Invermay demonstrates how a large company can override valid community concern by taking the initial decision to the Appeals Commission and succeeding in its endeavour. Only an expensive Supreme Court hearing remains as an option.
The nearby residents will be woken at 4.30am when the day starts, six days a week. Traffic will be continuous throughout the day, placing more traffic on already congested roads. There will be beeping, thumping, smashing and noisy activity within metres of a residential area. Home valuations are likely to decrease. Mental well being is likely to be adversely affected due to the early start to each day and the noise created throughout the day. Veolia had a choice. They could have located this facility in a suitable built-for-purpose area such as the Kings Meadows industrial estate. Instead they have bullied their way into an inappropriate, built-up residential suburb.
Will Veolia be taken to task when they inevitably breach their terms of operation? Will there be teeth in any breach? It is not a case of if, but how often, they adversely affect their neighbours and there needs to be consequences.
Susan Rafferty, Mowbray.
Tamar problems raise ugly head
ONCE again the Tamar river problems raise their head and why? Because the City of Launceston council blankly refuse to listen to anyone but those whom they feel are the only experts on the subject.
Geoff Smedley (an accomplished engineer), myself (an ex-naval engineer) and other friends of the Tamar have many, many, doable ideas in what to do while turning Launceston into one of the most visited cities in Australia. And all they [the council] have to do is have the decency of listening to those ideas instead of relying upon the very same (so-called) experts who have cost this city millions in building levees which will in the future fail, along with raking, which has also failed.
The proposals that could have been discussed not only gives Launceston a permanent fresh water lake for regattas and the like, but also a mud-free boating facility which at present is an embarrassment.
For over 50 years I have tried to gain their attention as has Geoff and I assume others. I also tried to gain an appointment with Errol Stewart, who has been instrumental in beautifying this city, but with little interest showed, whilst some beautiful craft spend most of their time sitting in filthy mud.
The problem seems that we are figured as unknowns with little expertise, so let me say directly to Mr Stewart, surely you as someone who has done much for this city and obviously with more than a little persuasion with council than we, can spare an hour or so of your time with an open mind to at least listen to our proposal.
Don Davey, South Launceston.
No right turn trial
Rather than making more congestion, just build the bridge across the Tamar, you will find more people would be happy to use it.
Craig Currie, Mowbray.
Tamar street intersection
TRAFFIC has flowed really well since the blocking of the turning lanes and I'd like it to stay that way.