Letters to the Port Stephens Examiner

Beauty or destruction?

In the August 3 edition of the Examiner a featured story detailed how the Suicide Prevention Network wanted to build a permanent labyrinth in the Iluka reserve at Boat Harbour.

Over the past decade groups have, in my opinion, been hell bent on destroying the headland's natural beauty. 

Coastal Banksias have been felled to enable park views which coincidentally also enhances views from some resident homes. Ugly cement seats have desecrated a granite slab which until now has stood the test of time. They stand out like boils on a baby's bum and should be removed. The once self draining tracks now become a quagmire after rain due to the mulch that has covered natural drainage.

Walking through the western end of the park is akin to walking through the memorial gardens found at crematoriums. It seems around each bend there is a plaque depicting  someone's ill fortune. Whether or not they had anything to do with the establishment of Boat Harbour appears irrelevant.

Port Stephens Council appears to be aiding the destruction,  whilst the National Park & Wildlife Services and the Worimi seemingly do nothing to stop the damage continuing. If the suicide prevention mob want to build a permanent labyrinth then they can build it in their own back yard.  If you want solace, walk to the headland, sit on a seat that nature provided, enjoy the salt and air in your lungs and the spray on your face - that's real solace.

Peter Munro, Boat Harbour

A showcase of talent

A-MAZING?: Peter Munro has concerns that attempts to beautify areas of Boat Harbour have caused more harm than good to the natural landscape.

A-MAZING?: Peter Munro has concerns that attempts to beautify areas of Boat Harbour have caused more harm than good to the natural landscape.

I was privileged to attend the Showcase event at Irrawang High School on Wednesday, August 2.

To say I was blown away by the range of talent on display from the participating schools would be an understatement. Kids from kindergarten through to year 12 put on a display of dance, song and a drum band that was spectacular. My congratulations to all the kids and their teachers for conceiving, organizing and delivering such a display of talent.

Alan Stewart, Anna Bay

Kindness appreciated

I am writing to give my thanks and gratitude to the wonderful people who helped with my sudden health episode that occurred on Tuesday about 1pm on July 25 in Tanilba Bay.

To the staff in the doctor’s surgery nearby, I am so appreciative for your quick response. The nurse on duty at the surgery was very experienced and caring.  Many thanks. To the ambulance guys who attended, I cannot speak highly enough of your professional expertise and your very reassuring manner.  Your genuine kindness and compassion toward me was sincerely appreciated.  Thank you so much. To the John Hunter Hospital stroke response team and emergency staff on duty, thank you. I could not have been in better hands. It was a sudden mini stroke and I truly believe I was being watched over in so many ways as it happened. Blessed.

Linda Chapman, Williamtown

Simplistic theory

In principle, I agree with the call of Clr Yvonne Keane ‘Stand up for your LGA’ (Letters, Examiner, July 27).

In practice, it maybe a call too late and simplistic at this stage for the election on September 9 in Port Stephens. Many would expect that anyone of mature age standing for the council election should have a basic knowledge and experience similar to running of a multi-million dollar business. In addition, a good general knowledge of the 399 pages of the NSW Local Government Act, should help. 

Above all, a clear vision where Port Stephens should be among the rapidly developing Newcastle and the Hunter region, will be essential for working with the NSW government for the betterment of the community.

Ernest To, Medowie.