Opinion

Fears we'll lose our coastal 'charm'

Woolgoolga Main Beach.
Woolgoolga Main Beach. Rachel Vercoe

This week's Letters to the Editor.

You can't compare cars with people

NEVILLE Williams (Letters to the Editor, September 20) uses an absurd analogy to give his justification for voting no in the SSM postal vote.

A mechanic not being qualified to service a car in their own shop is utterly and gob-smackingly different to adding a group of people to a current legislation.

That theoretical and bogus mechanic would, more accurately to Mr Williams' analogy, instead be refusing to allow any cars other than VW to be serviced in any workshop anywhere in Australia.

I'd laugh if it wasn't so sad.

Natalie Thacker

Consider the hidden value of charm

I WOULD like to respond to Leonie Kennedy's article from the Chamber of Commerce.

I fully appreciate all the hard work and effort the chamber puts into our town.

I note her comments on how powerful the chamber's lobby is on affecting government on decisions of "regional development, economic development and growth and community sustainability”.

It appears the chamber's view on community sustainability is based on development and growth. There is a certain logic in this.

What I would love to see is the "charm factor” being given a little more consideration. Most of us locals moved here because of the "charm” of this piece of Australian coast.

We chose not to live on the Gold Coast, because there the "charm factor” had been obliterated by development and growth.

Concrete and steel and tarmac does facilitate development and growth but at what expense? More housing estates, more green spaces lost forever, more hustle and bustle, more traffic queues, more stress and mental health issues, less time to smell the roses, etc.

That's the thing about charm - it makes a place desirable to live by increasing the quality of life, yet it has little commercial value. A great paradox all countries face.

Of course we need a chamber of commerce but how about introducing a charm factor in there?

Roger Sharpe

Locals don't want that in the backyard

THIS is in reply to a thumbs down in the Advocate on September 20 regarding dog droppings at Moonee Beach.

As far as I see, being a local of Moonee Beach for 27years and being a dog owner (and always having bags), why would we s**t in our own backyards?

Oh that's right, there is a dog-friendly caravan park and tourists galore that visit our vista, who I might add have dogs visiting as well.

Don't blame locals.

Dino and Jo Grebert

Focus on public service after rorts

THE Matthews Report into serious allegations of water theft by some irrigators is a shameful document.

Even if you have no interest in how our water resources are managed, this report is still essential reading. A strong, independent and unbiased public service administrating fairly and without bias is a cornerstone of our system of democratic government.

But Mr Matthews reports that when he looked into the New South Wales public service he saw failures to confront unethical behaviour, public servants deficient in their understanding of Westminster conventions and a culture that has nothing to do with the best traditions of Australian public administration.

The water rorts scandal has exposed the extent to which our public institutions have been debauched.

I welcome the work done so far by Mr Matthews and look forward to seeing his recommendations adopted.

Luke Foley,

Opposition Leader



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