HAVING Morisset Showground managed by Lake Macquarie City Council is a fabulous outcome for the region. Credit to Crown Lands for recommending the management change, and credit to council for accepting.
The site is a huge asset to the region and the future of community-based sporting, social and cultural activities and events.
Equestrian clubs will be pleased to hear this news which secures a regional venue large enough to support this growing sport and able to host state and regional events.
The music and cultural sector stands to benefit, too, and there will be more diverse activities in agricultural shows, jamborees, car displays, expos and more.
As long as all user groups get a fair and safe run, everyone wins.
The grounds themselves will benefit from some well-considered landscaping and shade tree plantings, as well as community facilities such as barbecues, picnic shelters and the like.
Landcare groups working together with the Men's Shed, pony club, child playgroups and dog groups, to name a few, can achieve great and innovative things together.
Bring on the Lake Macquarie City Council plan of management and a comprehensive shared use of this incredible community asset. Hooray for Morisset!
- Margrete Erling, Morisset
Power station fallout
THANKS for the article 'Don't eat lake mud crabs: report warns' (Lakes Mail, March 14). This warns of high levels of cadmium in crabs, and is one of a series of warnings on toxic metals found in edible species in the lake.
The report identifies ash from coal-fired power stations as the source of this pollution. Ash is a problem wherever coal is burned for power and Australia's annual production is 12 million tonnes.
Added to this, all coal-burners produce toxic gases and fine particles in their exhaust gases, all of which cause damage to human health. Of course, the main problem of Australian coal- fired power is that it produces approximately 185 million tonnes per year of carbon emissions.
Meanwhile the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC) has recently called on all nations to drastically reduce coal burning and stop it completely by 2050 to maintain a safe limit of 1.5 degrees of warming.
Given all of the above, it beggars belief that some of our elected representatives (who are supposed to be acting in our interests) are actually calling for investment in new coal-fired power stations.
- Richard Edmonds, Balcolyn
Service and integrity
HAVING just watched a documentary about Maurice Blackburn, a man with a commitment to public service and integrity expressed through a political life, I am struck by the contrast in the recent excuse for a lack of integrity, decency and honesty being excused by a person's apparent "passion for politics". No wonder the electorate has little trust or regard for the current state of politics in this country.
- Myra Murray, Boolaroo
New power station
WHY can't they build a new power house on the land around Liddell? Everything is already there: coal, water, lines, poles and land - lots of it.
- D Dowton, Toronto
News in Toronto
GOOD news: the RTA (now Roads and Maritime Services) will be returned to Toronto.
Bad news: it will be on The Boulevard with little car parking.
Sad news: the original RTA depot at Toronto which had plenty of parking is unoccupied and up for rent.
Unfortunate news: no politician is going to say why this is so.
- Carl Stevenson, Dora Creek