Letters to the editor

THE SITE: The parcel of land earmarked by council, left, in Bath Street is on the foreshore opposite Royal Motor Yacht Club, Toronto. Picture: David Stewart
THE SITE: The parcel of land earmarked by council, left, in Bath Street is on the foreshore opposite Royal Motor Yacht Club, Toronto. Picture: David Stewart

We just want what’s ours

I WRITE regarding your front page story (“Council on camera”, Lakes Mail, February 14) and mayor Kay Fraser’s comment about the webcasting of council meetings: “It demonstrates council’s open and transparent approach and continued commitment to community engagement and input to council decisions.”

If only... The wishes of the people of Toronto, with regard to the Toronto waterfront and the council’s proposed development in Bath Street have, so far, fallen on very deaf council ears. These inspiring words from the mayor give us hope that finally the council will bow to the wishes of the Toronto community.

All we want is what is already ours, a little patch of waterfront to be enjoyed now and far into the future.

- John Sharples, Toronto

Should be a cooling phase

CALL it whatever you like Dane Tuxford (“Climate change a cycle”, Lakes Mail, February 14) but it is the world’s climate scientists who have been raising the concern that, when the natural cycle should be entering a cooling phase, we are experiencing a rapidly heating one. They are convinced the reason is the rise in atmospheric greenhouse gases created by the burning of carbon.

It is not the Greens, but the bodies who control the electricity industry, the generators, business at large, and financial institutions who are leading us down the renewable path, now it is clear renewables, even with firming backup to ensure continuity of supply, will produce far cheaper power than any new coal- or gas-fired plant.

Coal fired plants are certainly not being built for economic reasons. Sadly (for them) some Asian countries do not have the enormous cheaper renewable opportunities Australia has, so the bulk of proposed new coal plants are in Asia.

- Richard Mallaby, Wangi Wangi

Where is town centre?

HAVING just read your article (“New Mardi-Warnervale pipe”, Lakes Mail, February 7) could you please direct this question to Central Coast Council: Where is Warnervale Town Centre? We have lived here for eight years and were told a new shopping complex with cinemas, and so on, was to be built where there is now a residential area. No sign of anything else. So, please explain, where is Warnervale Town Centre?

-  Linda Barnes, Hamlyn Terrace

Renewables cheaper

I WRITE to comment on the letter ("Climate change a cycle",Lakes Mail, February 14). To those who think that renewable energy will ruin our economy, Germany (the biggest economy in Europe), California (the biggest economy in the US) and China (if not already, the soon-to-be biggest economy in the world) are all busy investing in renewables. Why? Apart from the fact that they don't damage the environment, they are much cheaper to build and run than dirty old coal (renewable technology prices continue to fall, and the fuel is free!).

- Richard Edmonds, Balcolyn

Time for fresh look

I WRITE regarding the council’s proposed development in Bath Street, Toronto. While I agree there can be a place for some commercialisation in council’s planning strategies, it should not be at the expense of the primary needs of the local communities which, in this case, is lake foreshore for recreation and parking for a growing population.

This Bath Street proposal is obviously based solely on a bureaucratically driven financial outcome. Toronto is not Newcastle. Wall-to-wall high-rise units, so close to the lake, shoved into an already tight mixed-use precinct does not create an improved lifestyle for anyone, but is inviting traffic chaos.

It is time the proponents of this flawed proposal stepped back and took another look with fresh eyes.

- Michael Conway, Coal Point

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