HEARTBREAK: The Bragg Holt family plaque at the Palmdale cemetery. Roslyn Bragg, Adam Holt and their children Jasmine and Madison died during the storm. Thank you Dan Proudman for acknowledging the loss of lives in the storm of 2007 and the impact on those families left behind rather than focusing on “celebrating” 10 years after the Pasha Bulker (‘We can never forget’, Herald,6/6). It astounds me how disasters are remembered in the media with very little empathy and consideration for the families that have lost loved ones.
While radio stations are asking viewers to ring in and say where were they on that day I wonder if the families of those that lost their lives are listening and how they are coping.
Anniversaries are an opportunity to look at lessons learned and our own preparedness for these herculean events that are happening more frequently. People are still driving through flood waters, making poor choices about their personal safety and putting others at risk through ignorance.
Take time this weekend to sit with your family and have a conversation about preparedness, talk to your child’s school about their emergency plan, ask your boss at work what plans they have to ensure your safety in an emergency.
We must begin to take personal action and learn from these events and place preparedness and awareness of risks on everyone’s agenda.
Karen Maloney,DungogSteamrolling our cultureTHE East End surf season is ruined. After enduring one of the worst summers ever, surfers were looking forward to a good season of surfing, April to November.
The East End has been taken over for the construction of the unwanted V8 Supercars circuit. I call on the Environmental Protection Agency to monitor air pollution around Nobbys beach. Recently, with light winds, the air quality was disgusting as machines relentlessly tore into the foreshore and coastal parks throughout the day. People who attempted to access the beach were herded into inadequate parking space as most car parks are now closed-off, and in the confined spaces available the air was thick with black smog from heavy machinery.
The thumping and grinding and vibration of construction machinery continued all day. The smog drifts out over the ocean into the line-up where it pools on the surface of the water like poisonous ooze. It is suffocating, particularly for surfers with lungs working hard to supply oxygen. The beach is a beach. It is not a race car track. It is not an amusement park. It is not a motor cross track. It is not a construction site.
V8 Supercars talked of locals “putting up with a bit of noise”. There is no monitoring of pollution during this construction. It is disgusting to see the tree stumps where trees had stood for 40 years. Supposedly new trees will be planted but we will be dead long before they’ve grown. What a disgusting imposition the V8 project is. Zero respect for our heritage, for our community, for our trees and parklands and our lifestyles.
The East End was the best part of Newcastle, and now it is a place not worth living in. This project should be stopped. No one from the East End wants it. We all hate it. We hated it from the beginning and we hate what it represents, a rich corporation steamrolling everything we loved about our lifestyle and our traditional beach culture.
Get off our East End. Pack up and go away and don’t come back.
Jeremy Flanagan,Newcastle EastAn apology, sort ofFOLLOWING Mitchell Griffin’s request (Letters, 6/6) that NICRA apologise to Jeff McCloy for stating in its letter (Letters, 5/6) that Mr McCloy was a Liberal, NICRA would like to set the record straight.
Mr McCloy was, according to electoral records, an independent.
It was Liberal politicians in the state seats of Newcastle, Charlestown and Swansea to whom Mr McCloy admitted he had illegally donated funds, as heard in the ICAC inquiry.
NICRA does apologise wholeheartedly to Mr McCloy for confusing him with a Liberal.
Brian Ladd, spokesperson, Newcastle Inner City Residents Alliance,NewcastleBusiness already sufferingI HAVE been trying to fight my way through Supercars and Newcastle City Council spin for several months now.
Recently, in a bid to gain clarity on conflicting information about traffic disruption and accreditation, I tried again to email Supercars.To my surprise, I received an immediate response which contained an invitation to meet with the respondent. The first available date for this meeting could only be after July 10.
Meanwhile, businesses in Watt and Hunter streets are already beginning to struggle from the disruptions and closures on Watt Street.
It is not credible that the Newcastle 500 is good for businesses and I think Supercars are clearly not interested in real communication with residents and workers of the East End.
Not good enough, Supercars.
Cecily Grace,NewcastleLeading, not followingLIBERAL PM Turnbull and Queensland Premier Palaszczuk bump heads, not seeing eye to eye over wanting respect for each other; I’m surprised when they see eye to eye about the Adani coalmine while opposition leader Shorten skirts around the issue with two bob each way. The Premier’s excuse for the mine is jobs, when most will be automated. If it’s jobs she’s after she should think out ofthe square asthere would be plenty in the renewable energy industry.
I think coal is out of date and so are the politicians pushing it. Most politicians have onlytemporary minds and are out of touch with their natural instincts of survival; they don’t have their ear to the ground and are blind to the fact that half the Barrier Reef has been bleached and the permafrost is melting at afast rate, due to climate change.We need a new breed of politicians who will listen to the scientists for a holistic approach for the needs of people and the planet.
I think we are at a critical stage for theplanet, we need to act now. A good start would be for the federal government to take back control and ownership of all Australian rivers, natural resources, power stations, water, transport, hospitals, essential services, schools and investment in solar and wind energy, water tanks for every dwelling, a water meter for every home unit, all inlet tides to be tapped for power to surrounding communities and list goes on.
I have no confidence in world climate change summits as vested interest will always rule the day.I believe the people and scientist must come togetheras one, Australia must be a leader not a follower.
MaureenO’Sullivan Davidson, Swansea