MISSED: These ‘beautiful’ and ‘welcoming’ lights and poles on Carrington’s Cowper Street bridge have been removed and replaced with “unattractive, unappealing” bulbs.
BEAUTIFUL one day, ruined the next.
Without any consultation or discussion with the local residents of Carrington, the beautiful ornate lights and light poles on the Cowper Street bridge have been removed and replaced with unattractive, unappealing and cheap light poles and LED light bulbs.
Who authorised this replacement of the unique light poles? Why were they removed?
The original lights welcomed Carrington residents home as they drove over the Cowper Street bridge.
The new LED lights are not as bright as the old lights and in my opinion they give an eerie glow, like an underground car park.
I know that the former premier for NSW sold the poles and wires, but this is going a bit far to remove Carrington’s exquisite light poles. Please can we have them back, along with the railway?
Susan Mitchell, CarringtonProtection justifies costAFTER reading Matthew Kelly’s article about shark nets (‘Killer catch’,Herald,21/1) I am confused. Like much of the debate around shark nets there seems to be a lack of acknowledgement of their effectiveness.
In the article, both David Powter and Justin Field question the effectiveness of shark nets in protecting ocean users. A detailed look at the global shark attack files, I think, suggests otherwise.The documented dramatic reduction in attacks, particularly fatalities in areas after nets have been installed compared to pre-nets is obvious to me. Not only in Australia but worldwide. It is also worth noting the by-catch in shark nets while unfortunate is a fraction of the by-catch in the commercial fishing industries.
Perhaps focusing our efforts in relation to protecting marine life would be much more effective in this area. I would say that regular beach users, predominantly surfers, are well aware that shark nets do not provide absolute protection hence they do not provide us a “false sense of security”.
However it is clear that they do provide us some protection. The crux of the argument is: do they provide enough protection to justify the cost, both economically and to marine life.
With two young sons constantly in the surf, shark nets are a must for me. I would consider it negligent if they were removed.
Geoff Nicholson,MerewetherPremier for the peopleAS I listened to our new premier Gladys Berejiklian at her first press conference I started to get excited as our Glad pronounced she was going to ensure that all regions of the state would all get their share of resources and, by implication, not only around the Liberal held seats of the city.
Our “Glad” then proclaimed she was a champion of public education as she had been a beneficiary of the Whitlam reforms that made university available to her as the daughter of migrants and that she was a fan of the Gonski funding for disadvantaged schools.However on further listening to our new Premier I decided that it would be too early to plan a party for the kids from Medowie who are forced to be bused every day to get to a high school whilst their fellow Catholic and Christian kids only have to walk down the street to their high schools that have been mainly funded by government funds. If we look at the list areas that received the most of Gonski funds surprise, surprise, it is Barnaby Joyce’s National area so I will hold off the planned party with my Medowie friends when we see if the change is more than a change at the top, but not Liberal policies as usual.
It will be the actions of the new Premier that will determine if she becomes “our Glad’” or remains their Glad, as expected.
Frank Ward, Shoal BayTough time on trainI USED to catch the train from Maitland to Newcastle regularly, 10 years ago when I lived in the Hunter, and never had too many problems. I recently decided I’d catch the train from Maitland to Sydney and I was astonished by how badly the quality of service on the Hunter line has deteriorated.
Due to the difference between the platform and the train at Maitland station, I injured my shoulder lifting my heavy suitcase to chest height just to get it onto the train. I’m a fairly young woman in good health, so if it’s hard for me, it must be impossible for senior citizens, people with mobility issues, or parents with children to carry luggage with them on this line or even get on the train easily. I’d imagine that anyone fitting these descriptions who wanted to lodge an anti-discrimination claim would probably have a good chance of success.
I was actually pretty lucky that day – the Opal machine was broken so that part of the trip was free of charge (despite the moralising of transit officers to the carriage about the importance of buying unavailable tickets from a broken machine), and my train wasn’t one of the services to Paterson that was cancelled without warning, so at least I wasn’t left stranded.
Bring back the old rattlers and ticket machines – at least they were reliable.
Lauren Murray, LynehamHelp for those in needRECENT suggestions of a lack of help to welfare recipients tells us more about our country than we think. On one level, the poor workers are being placed under immense pressure.
More seriously, this news speaks to the many Australians who believe the major political parties are not in touch. So apparently bent on reducing the bottom line, there’s no place for people who really need welfare help.Being so out of touch, the government thought needy people won’t matter. The electorate has voted. We don’t want workers under duress and we do want recognition for people with genuine welfare needs.
Dylan Tibbits,Raymond TerraceThink big, then build itCONGRATULATIONS to Will Creedon for bringing the big picture to the table (‘How Newcastle could be a big bash base’, Herald,24/1). It’s time for us to focus on how these things can be achieved, thinking outside the square (state government). Perhaps a joint venture between Cricket Australia, the AFL, Newcastle City Council and a developer to build a stadium/hotel or residential development all in one at No.1 Sportsground.
The facility could host the BBL team and AFL as primary attractions. The AFL and Cricket Australia both own stadiums. Let’s stop waiting for others to drive the city forward. There is always an answer. Just need the idea. We deserve two quality stadiums, one for rectangular field events and one for round/oval events.
Joel Gribble, Maryville