Invermay traffic conundrum
THE nightmare of the continuing traffic bottleneck around the intersection at Goderich/Lindsay streets and the Charles Street bridge near the Bunnings site appears to be set to become far worse with the presumption that “Council experts back Good Guys plan” (The Examiner, August 17).
Do these experts live or work in the Northern Suburbs I wonder?
The Good Guys plan along with adjacent retail activity will eventually add a predicted extra 643 car movements. While there are planned roadworks underway, these may dilute some traffic in other directions but there is still only the Charles Street bridge access or the other difficult bottleneck across the Tamar Street bridge.
Unfortunately, there has been no sensible planning around the river edges and this has led to development led by developers rather than city planners. While it is too late now that so much development has already occurred centred around the river edge and flood plain areas, perhaps a more holistic approach could be taken by our council experts in future retail expansions.
Edna Broad, Invermay.
Development to add to congestion
IT seems that the City of Launceston council planners are giving the Good Guys development for Gleadow Street the tick of approval. Maybe the planners can resolve the Lindsay Street and bridge intersection with some planning thought before adding to the congestion in this area (The Examiner, August 17)?
Rob McCulloch, Launceston.
Being true to faith
THOSE of a religious persuasion who oppose the dying with dignity legislation are being true to their faith. There is no argument you can mount to disprove their clearly stated belief that no one has a right to take another’s life. It is an absolute that has very few caveats – self-defence being one of them. All of their arguments can be reduced back to this fundamental tenet. Similar religious belief based arguments were mounted against same-sex marriage.
Nonetheless, we are a secular democracy. If the majority of our elected representatives believe there are sufficient safeguards to ensure only those who freely choose to die with dignity and who fit the relevant legal criteria are given access to alleviate their suffering then we have nothing to fear.
Suicidal 20-year-olds and depressive 60-year-olds will not fit the criteria.
These are emotive furphies. Doctors will not be compelled to act and those who oppose on religious grounds likewise. We all suffer – that is the human condition.
Divine intervention cannot save us but this legislation can relieve us.
Tony Newport, Hillwood.
Bass Strait Ferries
IT would be sensible to defer any decision on the Bass Strait ferries until the course of the coronavirus becomes clearer.
Tasmania should steer clear of any commitment to the new RO-RO vessels.
We may find ourselves in dire straits with ships unfit for purpose and an unpayable debt that would sink us.
With the global climate emergency, the need to radically reduce emissions means curtailing private travel by car. The focus should be on integrating public transport.
Imagine disembarking from the ferry to waiting trains going to Launceston, Hobart and the West Coast. It’s also the wrong time to commit to a new RO-RO facility at Geelong, with no rail access.
Rather than thinking big, we should be thinking differently.
The government could test the waters by leasing a small liner to operate Sydney to Hobart, down the East Coast in daylight – a pilot project.
Peter Needham, Bothwell.
Circular economy initiative
I RECENTLY read about the circular economy in (The Examiner, August 8).
The promise is to reuse, repair, repurpose and recycle.
I have no problem with this as my generation was brought up to all this and more.
Repairing things was normal and we used everything until it died. What stopped all this was of course planned obsolescence so that 10 years was all you could expect from appliances big or small.
Most appliances were made to last and when they broke down we were surprised.
Well I mean to say, I only bought the washing machine and refrigerator 35 years ago, I expected them to last.
Ron Baines, Kings Meadows.
Borders decision understandable
HERE we are again with our borders closed until December. When one looks at New Zealand, where they were COVID free for months then suddenly back to lockdown I can understand why Premier Peter Gutwein has done what he’s done.
At this moment we should have been in Port Douglas and we also have relatives in Victoria but I’d rather be freezing here than have the chance that we could end up sick.
I just wonder, when we open our borders whether the new and empty Verge Hotel will have visitors and what’s the Fragrance Group going to do in Launceston?
I’ll be sticking to Tassie and a local coach firm which does trips around our lovely island. Just wish it was a bit warmer.
Glennis Sleurink, Launceston.
Trout fishing reputation
THE wholesale collapse of Arthurs Lake as a fishery in years past due to a drawdown of water level was a big loss of confidence to Tasmania’s trout reputation in my opinion.
When it was fishing well, according to many, Tasmania was fishing well. Time heals and it’s on the verge of once again being the amazing fishery it once was.
That said, it has taken many years to come back.
I hope lessons are learnt from past mistakes, may we never kick dust up in the air whilst walking across the area known as the cow paddock again.