WHO DO PEOPLE SURVIVE?
IT IS disgusting how these poor people have to survive on the JobSeeker income.
It is impossible and unfair. Let the government live on it for six months and see how they like it. At least give them $200 extra a fortnight. It is tough out in the world when you have no money.
Anne Noy, Invermay.
LACK OF CITY SEATING
WHILE waiting for a friend at different locations in Launceston such as pathology and shopping centres, I have noticed the lack of seating for people. I witnessed elderly people waiting for a taxi at pathology with no seating outside for these people to wait.
Also, seating has been removed from outside Coles, some people need to sit for a few minutes before returning to their transport after shopping for several reasons but there is nowhere to do so. I witnessed a lady trying to put something in her handbag and juggle parcels, she was almost knocked over and became most upset. If she had been sitting on a bench seat this would not have happened.
Margaret Chenery, Launceston.
LAUNCESTON SHOW RELOCATION
WHAT a fantastic idea from Richard Dixon (The Examiner, March 2).
The Launceston Show should always be in Launceston and the utilisation of the Mowbray Racecourse makes so much sense.
Facilities are magnificent with horse stables for the equestrian, ample room to present sideshow alley and food stalls, toilets, adequate parking.
It has got it all, plus a wonderful outlook and environment.
In my younger years, I assisted with on-ground broadcasting and have beautiful memories of this much look forward Launceston event.
Show society chief executive Brian Bennett seems like seem an intelligent man, do not let this option escape you.
Peter Doddy, Trevallyn.
CONTAINER DEPOSIT SCHEME
BEC Reedman makes an interesting comment in her opinion piece "Tasmania's Container Deposit Scheme is a Missed Opportunity" (The Examiner, February 27).
However, the scheme has multiple objectives, not just one.
So jobs need to be part of the equation along with maximising recycling rates and litter reduction. Collection points that are convenient for consumers to get their refund can achieve all three objectives.
Of course, there will be a big role for non-profits under the scheme.
It's problematic that Bec repeats the misinformation about a network operator being a sub contacting profiteer.
In NSW they must provide an assured territory; equipment, its maintenance and insurance, transport of material and data tracking as part of their fee.
This makes the business model for charity depots more sustainable and profitable with a range of unskilled and skilled jobs.
Jeff Angel, Surry Hills.
UTAS INVERESK GREEN SPACE
MY first impression from the drawings of the proposed green space at the UTAS site is that it's not very green.
I would hope there would be more trees or shrubs to help the city's lungs.
Also, no-mow grasses could soften the effect.
Maria Lawson, Evandale.
OLD GROWTH LOGGING
MOST people would agree that Tasmania is one of the world's best places to live in.
One of our loveliest assets are our old growth forests, with trees 100 years old, and habitats of our dwindling birdlife.
I regard it as almost criminal stupidity to log and destroy these irreplaceable native forests and the habitat they provide.
In the 1990s I lived on a small farm in North Lilydale Road.
At the end of our road was a beautiful native forest owned by Jock Nicholls, home to many lovely birds, and I was permitted by Mr Nicholls to walk quietly in his forest and watch the birds.
He would harvest his forest by logging a very small area at a time and then letting it regrow so that it didn't disturb the habitat.
One day he fell and broke many ribs.
While he was in hospital in considerable pain, people from Forestry came to him and persuaded him to sell his forest.
As soon as they acquired it, they clear-felled the entire forest at once and replanted it, not with Tasmanian trees but with others, all for timber production.
All that habitat was destroyed and I never saw the very lovely but shy pink robin again, nor the showy flame robin.
Our remaining old growth forests are a precious commodity that needs to be preserved.
Destroying them is, I repeat, near-criminal stupidity.
Save our precious old growth forests.
Sara Strong, Kings Meadows.
SENSIBLE DECISION MAKING
WHAT a pleasant (and may I say sensible) decision by one of the big two supermarket chains to have as a promotion, a completely biodegradable and recyclable collection of growing your discovery garden.
Maybe at last the miniature plastic offerings (that we know a percentage would end up in our waterways etc.) could be a thing of the past.
We must reduce waste, and the 472-millimetre receipt I was handed for the purchase of a single small item at a chemist recently, does not cut the mustard.