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FULL HOUSE: The Morisset Station car park on Macquarie Street. One reader says the proposed multi-level car park is much needed. Picture: David Stewart
FULL HOUSE: The Morisset Station car park on Macquarie Street. One reader says the proposed multi-level car park is much needed. Picture: David Stewart

Bring on new car park

I REFER to comments (Backchat, Lakes Mail, February 28) that a new car park was not needed at Morisset Station.

I wonder if people making those comments have endeavored to find a parking spot in the present railway car park after 9.30am on weekdays? Yes, there are parking spots available for those travelling to Sydney on the 6.02am and 7.02am trains, but for those wishing to travel later, there are no parking spots available.

I know because I have visited all parking areas around the station to find a spot for the 9.02am train south, and have not been able to find a parking space. 

For this reason, I take the 6.02am or 7.02am trains south for my appointments. My brother-in-law likewise finds it almost impossible to find parking. There are those who commute by road and park in these commuter parking areas to either take on additional passengers or change to their designated vehicle for the day, and they leave Morisset around 7am. 

Yes, an extended commuter parking space is desperately required. The current parking areas were built about 10 years ago. Since that time housing growth in the district has added to the parking problems. I also liked Rosmairi Dawson’s positive comments (Backchat, February 28) regarding the suggested new main road and parking area.

- (Miss) D. J. Pascoe, Cooranbong

Expectations peaking

BEING a person who can remember before Liddell, Bayswater and Eraring power stations, when searching for a candle or kerosene lamp was often needed, l reckon we are now more complacent and expect everything to work whenever we flick a switch. With a growing population, we often have hundreds all living together in the same buildings and using private and public transport all depending on a continual supply of baseload power. This has to be a concern. Even off-peak power supply won't be as available as we learn to exist on a 24-hour cycle, so what's the answer?

I don't know, but l know we shouldn't place all our eggs in the same basket and must keep what is working until something as good becomes something as reliable.

Maybe a few blackouts are needed as a friendly reminder as what to expect when the sun has stopped shining, the wind has abated and battery packs were unable to be recharged. l probably won't see this happen, but l would hope that my years of experience to predict my forecast will cause some concern for action before it becomes a reaction.

- Carl Stevenson, Dora Creek

Warming continues apace

IT is sad to see that there are still a few climate-change deniers around who have been brainwashed by big business, vested interests, politicians, miners, journalists and others who don’t want anything to disturb their comfortable way of life. The scientific fact is that global warming continues apace. In fact, world temperatures have probably risen faster in the last 15 years than at any time since the dinosaurs were wiped out. 

Global warming causes increased variability of weather with extremes of heat as well as extremes of cold, and also extremes of wind, hail, storms, cyclones, bushfires, droughts, and floods. The great variability of weather means that some areas will suffer less than others, some areas will get more cyclones, others less, some will get more droughts while others will get more rainfall. Climatology is not an exact science but with the ever-increasing power of the computers used in meteorology the current status of climate change is rapidly approaching critical for agriculture and almost every other aspect of our lives. The Paris Agreement is only a minor (and inadequate) step in the right direction. Recent heatwave conditions are certainly no part of any normal weather cycle and if anyone is still not convinced they should read the latest 2018 Summary Report of the IPCC.

- Terry Annable, Cooranbong

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