Letters to the Port Stephens Examiner

Rules on reusing needed

I am very concerned about some of the cafes on the Peninsular that are not aware of the “war on waste” i.e saving on landfill by taking your own cup to a cafe to stop the disposal of paper cups.

Often in Nelson Bay and Salamander Bay they are more than happy to fill your own cup and give a discount with no mention of a health risk or contamination. Some of the cafe staff have told me that it is a health department order and one cafe was very rude when explaining why they were unable to use my own cup.

Checking on one big cafe chain in the area, they have informed me that they have been offering a discount on bringing reusable cups for a long time and were not aware of a health department policy that doesn’t allow the use of reusable cups. I am asking the authorities to clarify guidelines and regulations on taking your own cup to a cafe.

CONSISTENCY IS KEY: Some cafes have apparently refused to fill resuable cups, citing health reasons. It has prompted one reader to ask for clarity on regulations.

CONSISTENCY IS KEY: Some cafes have apparently refused to fill resuable cups, citing health reasons. It has prompted one reader to ask for clarity on regulations.

Lavinia Kempster

They forgot the stairs

Like most kids in Boat Harbour my preschooler was most excited about the new playground a few minutes walk from our house.

Man did he do his best to get some enjoyment out of it! 

First he walked beneath the 1.8 metre fort trying to figure out how he could climb to the top. He came up with three options: I) use the rope and foot holds to pull himself up the vertical wall II) scale the large rope web, at full stretch between rungs or III) Climb UP the north facing metal slide (won't that be fun in summer), greatly upsetting the older kids queuing for their turn at the top. As options I) and II) required help from his thankfully tall mum, he chose option III), four or five times in a row before an older kid got jack of this, and pulled him off the slide. 

With all other playground attractions requiring you to be at least 1.2 metres tall and possess the physical strength of a  very able-bodied six year old, my preschooler came sulking back to me and said " Mum let's drive to Dutchies. There's nothing for little kids to do here. They forgot the stairs to the slide." 

I am sure my son will love this playground, in a few years, when he too is five or six.

K Edwards

Boat Harbour

Concerns to keep in mind

The discussions instigated by the upcoming council election has brought two major concerns to the forefront. 

  1. Unoccupied shops in the town and the shopping centre.
  1.  Empty apartments.

This is a holiday and residential area, people have invested in holiday apartments so they are empty and available when required –  we need them empty for the tourists to occupy. If we continue to build and expand shopping centers and buy things online there obviously will be surplus shops, unless we dramatically expand the residential population.

Expansion  will require more tower blocks and more trees bulldozed for building new estates (Mambo wetlands for example) also more land required for car parks, consequently, the unique quality of this area will disappear. Slow, fully thought out, sustainable, redevelopment is attractive to many living on the peninsula.

George Allen

Nelson Bay

Take the land back

 In regards to [land adjacent to Mambo Wanda Wetlands], it is not up to the developer to give back the land sold in error.

  It is up to the government to use its power to resume land and say a mistake has been made, ‘here is your money back, the government is changing the title to your land back to the public at no expense to the developer’.  Job done.

  Jon Sherwin 

Nelson Bay.