Hervey Bay Independent : 3rd December 2015
MyView YOURSAY Journalist Lee Gailer Taking a swing at court Listen to people It’s been pleasant feeling the coolness of your northerlies. The hot winds, cooled down by bay water, are nothing like the steaming gusts I’ve experienced in other parts of Queensland. Hervey Bay’s northerly facing position has been a refreshingly new experience for me. As a surfer’s daughter, dragged as a child to all the east coast beaches with the best right handers, I feel lucky now to have had the pleasure of living here. The endless kilometres of open waterfront is a gift that needs to be treated carefully. Sure, people and places have to make way for progress, but common ground needs to be found between environmentalists and developers and councils. Councillors may underestimate people like Rodney Dudgeon of the Foreshore Protection Petition, who is passionate about saving the shoreline with vegetation instead of ugly, ineffi cient rock walls that cost ratepayers. I’ve heard councillors say it’s their job to dictate to the residents (in other words) on what should and shouldn’t be done for the benefi t of the whole community, now and into the future. Of course they promise to do proper research and conduct investigations. This is how the Queensland Labor Government came undone over their proposed dam for Traveston. Now a lot of people in the affected community supported the idea in the name of progress, but all things considered, after much tax payers’ money was spent, it was decided that building dams was defi nitely not the way to go – not there, and especially not a shallow one, as was reported to have been the case. Reported by people like Rodney. Scientists with a passion for the land. Councillors cannot afford to discount people whose scientifi c knowledge and environmental awareness should be respected. Rodney is not just some hell-bent hippy activist causing a big fuss over nothing. He, like the environmental scientists that stopped the dam from going ahead, has a valid argument. In saying all that, Rodney would be well aware of the science regarding global warming and rising sea levels and may just be fi ghting over nothing but commonsense. Join the conversation on Facebook /herveybayindy I enjoy reading the articles written in “Your say” section of the Indy. The article “Please explain, Council” (Indy November 26) made me wonder why Council seems to be always pandering to the tourists and not giving the locals as much consideration. I am one of the ageing population and keep my fi tness and pleasure by playing tennis at the Torquay foreshore tennis court twice a week. Though we are required to sweep leaves or water off before we play, the ensuing enjoyment we get compensates for the extra work entailed. Why then, does the Council seem to have in mind to destroy this icon which brings much joy to the players and also business to the area? The progress association has spent a lot to keep the court looking presentable and it is well patronised most days. Vi Went Kawungan Real representation If the function of our government system is to stop physical economic development and condemn, deplete and destroy networks necessary for a combined socially cohesive, forward thinking, inherently humane community that is involved in continuing the development of a peaceful, caring, harmonious, sovereign nation state, then it is certainly working. If, on the other hand, the function of our government is to maintain a system of progress to higher states of socially supportive energy fl ux densities of scientifi c discovery, of lessening fi nancial cost to our society, then it is failing, miserably. Human beings are the most studied species on the planet. We are, as far as is known, the only wilfully creative species that exists. So why is it that the ruling political parties, employ psychologists as ‘spin doctors’ if not for the purpose of altering messages, to mislead and deceive the public? Prime Minister Turnbull recently said that those who are elected into parliament are special people. Then it would appear that what we really need are intelligent but normal people, to be parliamentary representatives of society. Rather than paying for the support of people who are primarily loyal to a political party system, instead of being loyal to the welfare of the public they pretend to represent. Peter Pronczak Torquay Sad day in local retail I’m very sad that Flash Harry’s has closed. It is the Pialba one with which I am familiar. It was always somewhere I headed for on my visits, before moving here. I think I liked it best in the earlier days when it wasn’t as organized, but had lots of interesting things, some of which I took back to Sydney. Since moving here, I found all the staff so helpful and patient and I hope that they can all fi nd suitable employment, quickly. There is nothing in that particular area to replace it. Drivers may not have a problem but walkers and bus users will. Good luck to them all and thank you for being kind to an old lady, some days older than others. Jenny Jones Point Vernon Calling for compassion Four months ago my two children and I had to move out of a property earlier than our lease end date, due to the landlord moving back to Hervey Bay and needing his property because he’ll have nowhere to live. He helped out a little with fi nances but we had to use all our savings towards the property we are in now and moving costs. We have been in this property for four months and again the lady that owns the house has asked if we could vacate prior to January 10, because she needs her house back or else she will have to pay for other accommodation and store her belongings. Where is the compassion of these people? We are still trying to get back on our feet from moving four months ago. We have been dealt a rough two years. I lost my husband to melanoma last year in September so our Christmas was sad and fi nancially I couldn’t do much for the kids. Here we are yet again, no Christmas, no fi nances and we need to fi nd another property. My emails to the real estate haven’t been replied to. I’m totally disgusted, we are very, good clean tenants and always on time with the rent. We don’t deserve this. I’m no millionaire and I certainly don’t own a money tree. My son and I both work and are trying to make ends meet. Judy Haley Nikenbah Leave our trees alone Good on you Pam Swain, our council doesn’t like trees – they did the same at the caravan park at Torquay. Our mayor doesn’t worry about us ratepayers just as long as they keep the visitors happy. If the visitors don’t like the birds, go to another caravan park. My husband and I were in a caravan park on one of our travels and we had bats that kept us awake all night but there wasn’t a tree cut down to stop them. The lorikeets would only be there for a short time, so put up with it and leave the trees alone. Christine Golledge Eli Waters Love our lorikeets What a fantastic way to wake to the day; birds feeding, living right on our front door. Lorikeets are loved by overseas and Australian tourists. I would have thought our Fraser Coast Opportunities, with its highly experienced members, would have jumped on the presence of the birds to make an offi cial tourist attraction with daily feeding and photo sessions. Furthermore, isn’t the land owned by FCRC or the people who they work for? Do we fi nd it normal that Council spends $30,000 on koala habitat protection, only to cut gum trees (aka koala food trees) down elsewhere? Removal of cottonwoods on the Esplanade will come back to bite the decision makers when the next big storm crushes all the beautiful work done along the foreshore. 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