Letters to the Port Stephens Examiner: June 21, 2018

Uni close but still so far

The university is coming to the city near you, some may say.

The University of Newcastle (UoN) recently lodged a DA for building a major campus of seven buildings in Honeysuckle on the foreshore of Newcastle Harbour (Newcastle Herald, Michael Parris, 15 June 2018).

The Newcastle City Council has welcomed this new development.

However, this is a bitter-sweet story for many in Port Stephens. 

It is sweet because the UoN will be virtually a ferry ride across the harbour from Port Stephens.

It is bitter because the new campus will diminish the opportunity for a satellite campus in Nelson Bay. 

The City of Newcastle is steaming ahead in her revitalising program since cutting the heavy rail at Wickam in favour of a new light rail now under construction in the CBD.

A cruise ship terminal has been proposed and more funding is being sought from the state government (Newcastle Herald, Ian Kirkwood, June 7, 2018).

The Newcastle City Council is also busy building a range of community infrastructure e.g. a first class skate park, cycle paths and the like.

As a long time resident of Port Stephens I wish our council well in advancing a community infrastructure development program.

Ernest To, Medowie

IDLE: this picture taken in 2017 show the Tilligerry Plaza covered in graffiti.

IDLE: this picture taken in 2017 show the Tilligerry Plaza covered in graffiti.

Time for Tilli Plaza action

I am writing to ask what  our local community on the Tilligerry Peninsula can do to alleviate what I feel is an eyesore and potential hazard from the middle of our town.  

The Tilligerry Plaza situated on President Wilson Walk , Tanilba Bay, just behind the new beaut Coles Supermarket, has lain empty and neglected for many years now.

I believe that some moves have been made in the past to get Port Stephens Council to place demolition orders on this site, and/or purchase it, but apparently to no avail.

It is time that the council to stepped up to the mark and put an order on it.

The residents, our potential youth, and local business would, I believe, all prefer to see this building demolished.

It is falling down, kids get inside it, fires have been lit in there and the potential is there for someone to die or be injured inside.

I see no problem with the many shareholders of this property  (information freely available on the ASSIC web site) retaining the property footprint for investment purposes, but let's get rid of the eyesore. Please. 

Demolish the ramshackle bits of corrugated iron before it hurts someone and improve the aspect of the area for the rest of the property/business owners and the residents who see this daily.

Perhaps some savvy investor could buy it and give us something worthwhile for the community.

Jan Freeman, Lemon Tree Passage 

Warmth in good service

I think that many of us have come to the belief that old-fashioned customer service is long dead and buried.

I have been very happy to have that opinion overturned in a recent transaction.

My partner and I have a wood-burning heater which we enjoy for its warmth as well as its aesthetics. 

I have recently suffered an injury which prevents me from wood-chopping.

Recently we ordered a delivery from Wood Galore, and as usual, it was delivered on time and was of high quality. We were a little disappointed to find the timber delivered was a little larger than anticipated.

We spoke to Wood Galore and they offered to send a man out to cut it to our requirements however we had already contracted someone to perform the work.

They then offered a discount on next season’s timber.

Is it not great that a company can offer customer service that secures loyalty in this day and age?

William Doherty, Salamander Bay