IT'S wearisome that every time a new tall building is proposed for Launceston, out come the tired old comments that high-rise development is not wanted.
But back in 2018, the City of Launceston council initiated a CBD Building Height and Massing Study report and after substantial community consultation, stakeholder workshops, reviews and considerations, led by consultant Sydney heritage specialist Paul Davies, its recommendations were handed to council and adopted in May 2019.
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The study recommended that council approve building developments, both in the city generally and more importantly in the low-rise historic heart, that can be more than 24-metres high.
So the concrete has been long poured and now well and truly set.
At the time I was strongly arguing against any proposal for high-rise development in the CBD, urging that its fundamental existing four-storey heritage character must be retained and respected. Unfortunately, the building height report argued otherwise so we now have allowable high-rises everywhere.
As matters now stand, we must let the entrepreneurs, developers and builders get on with their work without being needlessly frustrated and hindered. Individuals and groups have to accept what is.
IT is a common thought that government departments are there to make access to the public as difficult as possible. My case in point, trying to contact a particular department is impossible between the hours of 1pm and 2pm, as that was when all staff took their lunch break, no staggering of hours as may be found in private enterprise.
Unless the specific questions were asked, there was no voluntary information given.
This resulted in more phone calls to try and narrow down the answer required. Voluntary service to the public is long gone.
WHAT does it matter what China does to global emissions? COP26 will soon demonstrate nations are interested only in their own error-ridden emissions rankings.
Try explaining they only need to stop buying Chinese-made goods to fix this problem.
Their eyes will glaze over should they try to get their heads around the concept that exchanging cleaner for dirtier always works, even when it's Australia's coal for China's.
LYNDALL Ryan is right that I selected just a segment from her seminal and ground-breaking book The Aboriginal Tasmanians 1981 (The Examiner, October 3).
That is because I was only commenting on the way literature has glossed over the shocking treatment sealers meted out to young Aboriginal females, and I was merely correcting the record.
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Lyndall is wrong to compare me with Keith Windshuttle, a comparison intended to polarise debate around the political outlook of writers rather than what they write.
The search for the truth is bound to cause some casualties on the way, but Ms Ryan need not worry that her reputation as a great friend of Aborigines is in any way tarnished.
PREMIER Peter Gutwein has failed to say why he can't introduce harsher penalties for people deliberately entering the state without a G2G pass. Aiding a person to escape from quarantine with the potential to spread a deadly disease is equally as serious.
The cost and disruption to the law-abiding Tasmanians deserves a long custodial sentence. Time to get serious Premier.
I SUPPORT Dr Karl Gadd (The Examiner, September 24).
Everyone has a right to full informed consent regarding any medical procedure.
COVID vaccines only have provisional approval by the TGA for two years pending further safety and efficacy data.
They are not without risks of TTS, Guillain barre syndrome, anaphylaxis, pericarditis, myocarditis and even death in some cases.
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We need to support all our health workers whatever their choice regarding vaccination.
Especially given that vaccinated individuals can still be infected and transmit the virus. The other day there were five fully vaccinated staff at Liverpool Hospital in NSW who tested positive for COVID.
For those that are not comfortable with the current potential risks and unknown long term safety of vaccination rapid antigen tests could be an alternative option before shifts. These cost $5.20 and can detect when a person is carrying the virus up to two days before them becoming infected.
In the case of the Liverpool hospital using rapid antigen testing on unvaccinated health workers could potentially make them less of a risk than the vaccinated.
REGARDING whether members of his government have been vaccinated, Premier Peter Gutwein states: "I haven't bothered to ask them, they are all responsible people to make those decisions".
I find it hypocritical that Premier Gutwein trusts the responsibility of his government, but not Tasmania's healthcare professionals to make those decisions for themselves based on their medical expertise and workplace risk assessments.
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