Hervey Bay Independent : 4th December 2014
OurView Journalist Lauren Smit Need for speed My recent ride in Graham Fraser’s Spirit of Mackay offshore superboat got me thinking about our seemingly unending need for speed. While big engines and top speeds aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, I have to admit that they certainly are mine. In fact, I’m far more prone to laughing on a rollercoaster than expressing any kind of genuine concern for personal safety. I know I’m not alone in this either. It’s tempting to write off risky behaviours as the result of an underdeveloped prefrontal cortex (the brain’s logic centre) or abnormally high dopamine levels (the brain’s “reward” chemical), but I feel like it might be something more than just our physiology at play here. At least, I’d like to think so. It seems as though we are compelled to push the limits of our existence. Speed is just one measurable means of doing exactly that. Australians are no exception here. The offi cial world water speed record is held by Aussie legend Ken Warby, who reached around 317km/h in the unlimitedclass jet-powered hydroplane Spirit of Australia on Blowering Dam Lake, New South Wales, in October 1978. Last weekend’s Offshore Superboat Championship saw some of the fastest vessels in the nation take to the open ocean in a battle for supreme speed. Larger boats like the 1000hp vessels can reach speeds of up to 250km/h. Thousands of wide-eyed residents and tourists lined the shores to watch the spectacle. From an evolutionary perspective, it seems incredibly illogical to risk life and limb for the simple reason of pushing physical limits to new heights. But I suppose it’s not about being logical. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter #needforspeed /herveybayindy @HB_Indy YOURSAY Climbing rents put people on street Rental housing in Hervey Bay is becoming economically impossible for many people. For a low socio economic region I do not know how it is possible for people to be able to secure accommodation for themselves (especially when real estates usually will not accept applications unless the rent is less than one third of the household income). Unfortunately my current rental is on the market for sale - luckily I still have six months left on my lease. After many years of fi ghting to stay at work , I had to accept that I must go onto a disability pension. It is always publicised about the landlords that have their properties damaged by bad tenants. But what about the tenants that have an impeccable rental history and just want an affordable, decent house to call home for a long time into the future. Due to my condition and fi nancial position I can not keep moving. Surely if a landlord has an excellent tenant caring for their home for many years, then in the long run it would still be viable to offer cheaper rent (not having excessive outlays of repairs, large numbers of occupants in the house to afford the rent, rent in arrears and vacancies between tenancies). I do not know what will happen when I have to leave my current home. Unfortunately the homeless rate in Hervey Bay will only increase if rents keep on this path. Leisa Williams Torquay Cyclists dodge path hoggers In the last week or so I have started going for a ride along the Esplanade’s amazing footpath, but there is only one thing that really annoys me. People walk their dogs along the path and will obstruct the path, making it hard for bikes and skateboards etc. to pass. I am writing this after being abused by a couple walking along the path - when they saw the pushbike they were reluctant to get out of my way. It also comes after an old lady told me to slow down because I almost ran over her little black dog. The lanes are marked on that footpath, so if everybody stayed on their own side of the path these situations would not be occurring. Us bike riders have as much right to use that footpath as you pedestrians do, so I suggest that you stay in your lane to prevent accidents happening between cyclists and pedestrians. It’s common courtesy and commonsense - please use it. Stephen Point Vernon A case for registering bicycles? I have noticed a new sign appearing on our roads lately; a yellow diamond shaped sign with the outline of a bicycle on it. It means be aware of cyclists on the road. The cost of these signs I would estimate at being at least $500 each once they are installed. Road infrastructure such as road signage is funded by state and federal governments. Road users pay a registration fee which contributes to this funding. Road cyclists and road cycling groups don’t pay any registration fees and these signs are being installed to protect them. I recently wrote to a prominent Queensland motoring organisation that has motorists as members to enquire if they were prepared to lobby governments state and federal to introduce a registration fees for road cyclists. The response I got was disappointing and certainly not in the motorists favour. They wrote: Most cyclists are motorists so they already pay rego, and how do you register school kids on bikes? Also, the “classic response” that cyclists are taking cars off the roads. Yes, that was the answer I got from a Queensland motoring organisation that I am and many other Queenslanders are members of. For next year’s fees they can whistle “DIXIE” as I am going somewhere else. Road cyclists consider their bikes to be vehicles on the roads. Road vehicles need to be registered. Robert Gibson Hervey Bay Call to text councillors, save park I have lived in Hervey Bay for nearly 29 years and slowly over the last few have been saddened by the arrogant attitude of Council towards issues of which I would like to feel a part or at least be aware. Did you know Council voted 7 – 4 to NOT let the public know of the removal of the “cottonwoods” at Organ Park? This park holds happy memories for many of us. If the “cottonwoods” go, a piece of the uniqueness of the Torquay Esplanade will disappear along with what precious little is left of our eroding foreshore! It seems as if in its progress no long term planning has been discussed or entered into. Main Street, for example, is dying, while traffi c congestion and chaos occurs around the corner in Boat Harbour Drive - hardly a relaxed shopping atmosphere. I’m sure some school children would have a better idea of planning a town in which they’d like to live. Is it that Council has a hidden agenda? Maybe a Council agenda column in the free papers to let ratepayers, and interested residents, know of up-coming issues? Don’t forget Councillors may only last four years but the damage they can do could last a lifetime! If the “cottonwoods” are removed could we have a plaque erected on the site and dedicated to the lost “cottonwoods” and the seven councillors who voted to NOT let the public know of the damage to be infl icted on our little bit of paradise? Perhaps instead Council could leave the “cottonwoods” and spend a fraction of the money it would cost to remove them on freshening up the park? Maybe some special effect lighting for Xmas and beyond, in the beautiful old trees? If the “cottonwoods” go these trees will probably be next – either through erosion (wind, wave and sand) or some secret council agenda. Say NO to the removal of the “cottonwoods”! Save Organ Park! Text your councillor. Susan Wegner Torquay Big guys keep feathering own nests Giant power companies are working on the price for power to be supplied to householders across Australia, following the closure of Ford and all the business that do contract work for Ford. Huge businesses spend millions for their power each quarter. So the money the power giants are going to lose will be made SUMMER JADE Treat yourself to our MICHELLE & JOHN PHONE 4194 5892 herveybayhynotherapy.com.au CONTACT SUMMER FOIL Inc SPECIAL! ludes half head of foils, toner, style cut & finish ONLY $ 109 * Limited spaces available. Must mention this advertisement to receive offer. Shop 3/10 Torquay Road, Pialba 32 / Hervey Bay Independent, December 4, 2014 GET YOUR FULL DIGITAL EDITION Download the App today! BOOK NOW FOR CHRISTMAS!
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