IMPROVING CITY SPIRIT
THE pandemic has certainly not dampened Australia's enthusiasm for travel, as witnessed by the almost booked out new Adelaide to Launceston passenger flights.
That's approximately 3500 new cash spending visitors per month.
Is Launceston ready to open this summer?
After a walk through the city centre with business colleagues, one would think we are closed. Why hasn't the tagging been removed, where are the welcome flags and welcoming mall banners to entice tourists to visit our unique boutiques, experience local food offerings and encourage historical walks about our city?
Instead half the current street banners are torn and faded. We have a small promotion about fostering a child.
Don't get me wrong this is an extremely important cause, in fact very dear to my heart. But business is business and shouldn't our city heart be at its very best with a big welcoming smile?
Adelaide visitors received a terrific airport welcome. So why is this not extended into our city?
Here's hoping our new Culture Advisory Committee, Cityprom and the Chamber of Commerce can all work together and promptly address this lack of city spirit. If not, then we seriously need to start a new conversation.
Bruce Webb, Launceston.
OUR CHRISTIAN QUALITIES
I WOULD like to comment on the assertion in state parliament recently that Greens leader Cassy O'Connor's remarks about Scott Morrison are anti-Christian.
A Christian is someone who is giving and forgiving. They don't need to go to church on Sunday to declare their faith.
They care about their fellow man. A Christian is willing to share, who has nothing but gives everything.
A Christian is someone who helps people, from small acts like putting a plaster on a neighbourhood kid's grazed knee, sharing excess veggies and fruit with friends and neighbours right up to devoting their lives to the care of others. Above all a Christian is a person who believes that, no matter what the colour of their skin, all of mankind is created equal.
Scott Morrison is none of these.
Richard Hill, Newstead.
RIVER REPORT POINTS
I RECENTLY read Robin Frith's review of the TEMT report and noted many points challenging its accuracy and completeness.
We have owned an apartment at Old Seaport since 2014, our purchase being for retirement to Launceston from WA, based on the charming appearance of Seaport and the river, not to mention the beauty of Tasmania as an island state.
We are appalled by the build up of mud we've seen on several visits since then.
The attitude of "learn to love the mud" demonstrates amongst other things: no long-term interest in the activities in the area; an ulterior financial interest in the status quo; abrogation of maintenance responsibilities by elected authorities, akin to unilaterally deciding to abandon maintenance of roads and roadsides.
I am not an authority on environmental/river-flow matters.
Robin's review raises interesting points regarding the TEMT report apparently either ignoring or "getting wrong" certain key facts.
The TEMT report seems to require a "V2.0". Is this report being revised?
Has the current government failed to keep undertakings made earlier this year's pre-elections? My wife and I will move to Launceston early next year following retirement and do hope this issue will be heading to resolution.
Learning to love the mud is not an option and an injudicious statement. Surely there is sufficient voter support to mandate elected authorities to take note.
Richard Edge, Perth, WA.
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