Recycling Plant for Invermay
REGARDING resident concerns for proposed Veolia waste processing plant at Invermay (The Examiner, September 9).
Do not believe them when they say there will be no odour and or noise.
I live at Mowbray and I can hear the ‘beep beep beep’ of forklifts from Sadler Street and the nearby bottle shop; smell the acrid odour from the bitumen works on Remount Road, truck noise starts early about 6am along Vermont Road, not to mention the newspaper delivery vehicle at 4am -industry in residential areas is not a good mix.
And I feel for those residents living in the area of Forster and Churchill streets and surrounds. And what about the traffic? Isn’t there going to be increased traffic in the area due to the proposed UTAS car park? One wonders why our city planners can’t do better and work towards moving all heavy and light industries out of the city/inner suburbs, thereby enabling the denizens of Launceston to enjoy and fully utilise nearby recreational facilities, as well as the peace and quiet of their own backyards.
Vicki Jordan, Mowbray.
In other news:
Trans Inclusion in Sport
TWO letter writers are concerned about free speech as a result of a discrimination complaint against Senator Claire Chandler (The Examiner, September 9).
It is important to understand what prompted the complaint. Senator Chandler implied allowing trans women to use women’s toilets and change rooms is a threat to women’s safety. This flies in the face of evidence and is humiliating for trans women. A 2016 US study showed there is no evidence that letting transgender people use public facilities aligned with their gender increases safety risks. Separate studies show it is trans people who are harassed or assaulted while trying to use public restrooms. Tasmanian sporting clubs have successfully included trans and gender diverse people for years (as have a range of women’s services throughout Tasmania).
After the release of last year’s Sports Australia Guidelines on inclusion for trans and gender diverse players, developed after long consultation, Tasmanian clubs said they’d like to know how they can become more inclusive, not less. Senator Chandler and others have the right to voice their concerns about women’s safety, but our anti-discrimination laws balance this right with the need to protect vulnerable people from conduct that causes harm. I encourage them to become more informed by listening to the experiences of trans and gender diverse people.
Charlie Burton, Sandy Bay.
WHAT’S all the fuss about, 18 seagulls out of the flock of thousands that infest the city were culled. The yacht basin alone has hundreds of them. Call them seagulls, most of them in the Launceston area would not have even been near a beach in their short lives. Just look at the buildings around the town and all the yachts in the river are just covered in bird droppings, the side of the Bunnings Invermay building is covered in it as they come in to roost on their roof. Why they are protected is beyond me, they are more like a pest. Make sure your lunch is covered and protected when at the park eating or who else will come along and want it – you guessed it a seagull. Please don’t feed them, it just brings more of them.