Mobile phone detection
I TOTALLY agree with Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper that these new mobile phone detection cameras introduced by the state government should not have warning signs ahead of them. But Newcastle MP Tim Crackanthorp says they should, just as mobile and fixed speed cameras have signs alerting motorists to their presence.
Everyone knows it is illegal to use a mobile phone while driving. I'd suggest a sign saying 'You have just passed a mobile phone camera' would be more effective.
I acknowledge that speeding is illegal, too, but human nature being what it is, inadvertently exceeding the speed limit by a few kilometres is very easy to do without realising it. Warning signs ahead of speed cameras make us check our speed and drive safely - well, at least the responsible drivers, which most are.
In my opinion the score is Piper 1 - Crackanthorp nil.
- Ian King, Warners Bay
Could we have more?
COULD this be Morisset? Hundreds of people sitting in the sunshine and fresh air being spoiled for choice with 28 food and drink vans circled around the showground. One had to know when to stop with the enticing, deliciously prepared food on offer at the Foodies Night Markets on Sunday.
The Real Ale van, with wine and cider, had a steady flow of customers and not one incident of someone not being sensible. Thousands must have gone through the gate during the day, which was a great family day out. Thank you, Lake Macquarie City Council. Could we have the same again, please?
- Maree Murdziak, Bonnells Bay
INSTEAD of this pie-in-the-sky Cedar Mill idea ("Town won't cope with crowds", Lakes Mail, October 17) at the former Morisset Country Club and golf course site, what we desperately need is a hospital. Every time you need help, you are sent to Wyong Hospital.
A hospital and housing for the over-55s would be better suited to the site than the proposed Cedar Mill idea which would be a waste of good land. Also, bulldoze the ugly memorial hall.
- A Johnson, Balcolyn
Bath Street still an issue
THE protest sign, painted on a second-hand bed sheet and placed on the fence at the Victory Parade/Cary Street traffic lights in early October 2018, has finally disintegrated.
It was placed there just before the presentation to council of the 5200-signature petition which called for the Bath Street site to be included in the Toronto Foreshore Masterplan.
Community protests against the council's motion to build a tower on Bath Street began in late April, 2018. It took 17 months of organised protesting before the council passed a motion to defer any further work on their tower proposal, and to commence "the process of investigating the reclassification of all or part of the Bath Street and Victory Row site to community land."
Note that it is only a deferral, not a cessation, of work on the tower proposal. Note that it is an investigation of, and not the actual action of, reclassification. Note that it is "all or part of the Bath Street and Victory Row site" so they could still carve off pieces for council use instead of community use.
So a new sign has gone up at the Victory Parade lights, on a used blue bed sheet. It states: 'Let's have a masterplan for our whole waterfront'. Let's hope this community desire comes to fruition before the new sign disintegrates!
- Wendy Davidson, Toronto
Don't try to understand
PRESUMING that Mother Nature is a woman; in the words of the great Oscar Wilde "women are made to be loved, not understood".
- Matt Ophir, Charlestown