DECISIONS: A mixed bag of political decisions have been made in recent years but, love them or hate them, Newcastle remains one of Australia’s best kept secrets.THANK you, Helen Cummings, for your thoughtful and personal response to the changes that are happening in our city (‘Government made the right decision on ‘my place’’,Herald,5/4).
This is a different city for my granddaughter than it was for me in the 1950s. I loved it then and, for different reasons, I love it now.
A mixed bag of political decisions have been made by different forces, for varying reasons during those 60 or so years. Yet, according to our many visiting family and friends, Newcastle is one of Australia’s best kept secrets.
For me, issues about figs, rail lines and Supercars are part of the rich pageant of life in this city. Not everything turns out as we each might hope.
But the clearly unintended consequences of protracted, anguished resistance is that the message is lost, or becomes so fraught, that people stop hearing it.
My hope is that our differences can be represented and debated and that many of them can be accommodated and celebrated. It’s the layers of our differences and our personal stories that have given this city its meaning.
Judy Wells,CarringtonRule isn’t newBACK in 1976 at the International Sports Centre, Hexham, the minor premiers,met University for the reserve grade title in the Newcastle 2nd Division competition.
With five minutes on the clock, Uni led 16-10 and Hexhamscored under the posts, tied 16-all.
The announcer shouted out extra time will be played if drawn.
Uni kicked off to the left side of the stadium, it travelled less than the required distance, a Hexham player came off the 10 and picked up the ball.
The referee (me) was left with nochoice but to award a penalty to University mid-halfway. Fifty kick needed to win the grand final.
Vic Cook (Number 11) took the shot. The touch judges disagreed.What was I thinking?
The Hexham fullback said to himself “Oh no” from underneath the goalposts I heard him.
I raised my arm to signal goal. University won 18-16.
The rule has been around long enough for Jordan Kahu to have got it right, Robert Dillon, (‘Seven Days in League’, Herald,6/4). I don’t feel sorry for him or Broncos.
David Crich,TenambitEveryone’s a criticTO Paul Buckman (Letters, 5/4): Unfortunately the world is always going to be full of criticism, as you have proven.
The general public are showing that they have had enough of all this left wing, right wing, centre wing, whatever you wish to call it, baloney that exists in our society today.
Let’s face it, mining is always going to happen. The small minority groups such as the Greens are always going to find something to whine about whether it be mining or what Australia Day stands for, that’s how they justify their existence, this is why there is so much disenchantment in everyday society. Take a leaf out of Cliff Rabbit’s book (Short Takes, 1/4) and go back 50 years when none of this rubbish existed, no mobile phones, no political correctness, the dictionary was relevant, kids played cricket in the park, the left or right wing was a sporting position, this is why people are fed up with the antics of today.
Cliff Rabbit wishes to be blasted into cyberspace, well unfortunately Cliff we are now living in cyberspace.
Brad Hill,SingletonTrains were usedI HAVE issues with the editorial by Helen Cummings (‘Government made the right decision on ‘my place’’,Herald,5/4).
One issue is the suggestion that very few people used the railway into Newcastle. I caught the train too. I did this because parking became too difficult and expensive for my liking and the buses were too slow.
When I caught the train to Newcastle from Adamstown or Broadmeadow, I noticed that at least half of the people got off the train at Broadmeadow, a few would get off at Hamilton, even fewer would get off at Wickham, a lot would get off at Civic (this makes me wonder why they closed the line at Wickham) and the rest would get off at Newcastle.
The loadings during the day, outside peak hours, were inconsistent but I noticed the trains were heavily patronised during peak hours.
The trains into Newcastle were also used heavily during weekends. During the summer, a lot of kids used the trains to go to the beach. That was what I saw. I do not believe the trains were under used.
I don’t go along with the notion that because the railway is ugly that is sufficient justification for closing and removing the railway; particularly considering the important job it did in moving people into and out of the city. The trains provided direct services from the city to the suburbs and cities outside of Newcastle.
If ugly things have to be removed, then those abominations in Honeysuckle need to come down and be replaced with parklands.
As for trams in Melbourne on narrow streets; I’ve been to Melbourne too. I like the trams. They are a good way to get around, but they don’t go everywhere and sometimes I have been forced to drive. Trams in narrow streets with heavy traffic do not mix.
This why I and many like me say, if the train is not to come back, then the light rail must run in the rail corridor. The best light rail I have seen is in Adelaide where the tram runs on its own alignment and along streets that are wide enough to cope with trams and heavy traffic. This is why I say that if Newcastle is to have light rail, then it must run on its own alignment and not on busy roads or streets.
Peter Sansom,KahibahIs the water ok or notI CAN’T be the only ratepayer struggling to reconcile some of Cr Nelmes’ recent decisions. On the one hand, Cr Nelmes lauds the appointment of a new chief executive –from Hunter Water.
On the other, she bills ratepayers for bottled “probiotic” water.
This simultaneous endorsement and condemnation of the product that Hunter Water sends down the pipes does my head in.
Scott Hillard,New LambtonLetter of the WeekTheHeraldpen goes to Emma McFayden for her letter about the women’s sport.