WHEN is roadwork not roadwork?
The West Tamar Highway and the Batman Highway had roadworks which commenced last year and stopped four months ago.
No workers, no machinery and the original roads intact. The verges are wider, the guide posts are in yet the 80-km signs were left in place.
Is this because the contractors wanted to save money by not removing them or is it a new way to raise revenue to pay for the roads. The Batman Highway has a large electronic sign warning motorists that there are gravel verges. What was in place for the previous 50 years of the highway's life?
The neglect to remove inappropriate signage builds a contempt for such signage in general thereby placing workers where such signage is appropriate in danger.
Denis Brown, Sidmouth.
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TELL NATIONALS TO 'PULL PIN'
Thanks to Barry Prismall for great Sunday reading ("Morrison must get off the climate fence and face the Nationals down", The Examiner, September 12).
The takeaway for me was, PM Scott Morrison has to "show us what he stands for on climate change, he's got to take on the National Party" followed by "if they [the Nationals] don't like it, they can pull the pin on the coalition". I haven't seen it put better.
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However, whether or not Morrison and Taylor have the courage to wind back the environmentally harmful "gas-fired" recovery debacle or the capacity to replace "technology not taxes" with an effective plan to decarbonise the economy remains to be seen.
All will become evident at the UN climate conference in Glasgow in November.
Ray Peck, Hawthorn, Vic
Sillyness must be a symptom of governments' getting COVID.
The further into the so-called pandemic we go, the sillier the governments get. Here in Tasmania we haven't had an infection since May 2020 - that's 15 months.
Why the heck is Gutwein still talking about masks and limiting numbers at functions? There are still live cases in Queensland, but their rugby finals venues are full to capacity. What world is he living in? Then he wants to go into debt that Tasmania has never seen before and waste billions on advertising for health workers.
Why waste more money advertising for extra health workers when they can't even fill the existing vacant positions?
Russell Langfield, Kimberley
DAVID Peach, Executive Officer, Launceston Chamber of Commerce hit the nail on the head with a letter re-greening city corridors and encouraging all residents to take part in the consultation process (The Examiner, September 9).
Time is running out people.
His insights echoed great passion for our city moving forward, extremely slow as it appears to all business operators, but none-the-less we are assured the scheduled commencement of works is happening.
Maybe before the next year's council election we may observe some serious infrastructure works beginning, this definitely wouldn't be a ploy to win more votes now would it?