Letters to the Editor - July 9, 2016

Thinking through rent policy

I READ with interest the article “Rent laws to protect DV victims” and applaud the steps the government is taking to release victims from a tenancy lease.

However, what about the landlord?

If a tenant (or violent partner) can leave a property damaged and owing rent, who pays for this.

It does not take a lot of rent arrears and damage to run into thousands of dollars.

A large number of landlords have an investment property to help them in their retirement either by getting rent or selling the asset to pay their way when retired.

Once again the government is turning us into a nanny state.

Landlords and property managers may become less willing to give a tenant a go due to her (or his) family situation.

Not being able to list a default tenant on a database just carries the problem forward.

We all know that to some people a apprehended domestic violence order (or AVO) is just a piece of paper.

If the government will pay rent arrears and damage to landlords they would look favourably on this, otherwise landlords will find better places to put their hard earned money into something other than property.

Sue Collingridge,

Coffs Harbour

Message to pollies

WHERE’S the transparency? The Australian people have sent an unmistakable message to federal politicians. Lift your game or get out.

That same message needs to be delivered to our current group of Coffs Harbour City councillors at the next local government elections.

The fact that we cannot find out the real financial dealings of council in relation to Coastal Works and the World Rally Championship is disgusting and quite frankly not acceptable.

This is not democracy, this is the power play of certain individuals in council and the weakness of others to address it, and it has to end.

Wayne Evans,

Sandy Beach

Pioneer Park woes

IT IS noted that in the council’s page in Wednesdays paper (6/7/16) that the director of sustainable infrastructure is now calling on residents inconvenienced by the works at the Harbour Dr/Gordon St intersection to help alleviate the problem presumably his department has caused.

In previous reports in the Advocate it was belatedly admitted that it was a mistake to undertake these works prior to the Duke St extension being available.

How the planning for these works could be handled so badly is beyond comprehension. While the council is of course the ultimate decider of works, it appears the council was not fully informed of all the detail associated with the projects, or their likely impact on traffic movements.

Having said that, it is noted that a councillor recently stated that the works were programmed at this time to cause minimum disruption – this time happens to coincide with three weeks of school holidays, when it can be stated that there will be a large number of holidaymakers who are not familiar with the alternate routes.

There appears to be a problem within council that results in poorly planned operations.

It is obvious that decisions are made without asking a single “but what if” question.

This can only occur if (a) council no longer has any staff competent in these matters or (b) competent staff are ignored.

The additional cost of demobilisation of the Duke St works at the “temporary access” point, and then mobilising and starting from scratch, will be significantly higher than if the works had been done in advance of the major intersection.

On a final point, it is also noted in the council’s page that lights will provide a better balance between pedestrians, cyclists and traffic.

I would agree it will be better for pedestrians, would argue with the cyclists (are there separate bike lanes?), and would definitely disagree with the traffic. By and large the roundabout functioned reasonable well (nothing works in Coffs Harbour at peak times) and did not cause large stacks in the critical legs.

As little as a 10-second red on Gordon St southbound will clog the Vernon St roundabout and therefore the much-vaunted Duke St alternate route. I wonder if anyone has looked at this?

One thing they have got right is the stormwater problem. This was identified in the mid ’80s but shelved for lack of finance.

Peter Kitching,

Coffs Harbour

Community loss

WHATEVER does the Coffs Harbour City Council have against trees?

They love cutting them down or chopping bits out of them.

Where do you think our fresh air comes from?

Stand in a forest and sample the beautiful air created. Even a small of trees on a busy road is like a heaven from fumes.

My husband and I walked past Pioneer Park and were a little happy that at least three trees were left, but alas the next time we walked past they were gone.

Shame Coffs council, it will soon be an ugly, treeless city with a stinky highway right through the middle of it.

Annette Martin,


Have your say

HEADS up to all who have an interest in the development of a performance space library and gallery on the mid-north coast.

CHCC is conducting a community forum and discussion at 6pm this coming Tuesday (July 12) at the Jetty Theatre.

We have been the rounds so many times in the past 20–40 years, it really must be time. Make yourself available if you can.

Ann Leonard,


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