Letters to the Port Stephens Examiner: October 17

Planting had 'approval'

I am writing in response to the article on the planting of koala food trees in Peace Park (Peace Park conflict is averted, Examiner, October 10).

I am a member of Tilligerry Landcare Group and was present at Peace Park during the planting of these trees.

I would like to point out that the planting of these much-needed trees was far from being "unauthorised".

Council staff were also present, digging the holes, providing the water supply via a water trailer and providing the trees. Tilligerry Landcare Group was not alone doing the tree planting.

SEA WALL: Residents of Soldiers Point Road whose properties back on to the foreshore.

SEA WALL: Residents of Soldiers Point Road whose properties back on to the foreshore.

We were supported by Port Stephens council at Peace Park on the day and our group understood the 'go-ahead' was given for the planting. T

he residents watching the activity would have noticed the council presence. The replacement of koala food trees is essential to maintain future food alone the existing wildlife corridors on our foreshores - this being the purpose of the activity.

I hope there will be better understanding after this event.

Leonie Auld, Tanilba Bay

What's the harm in 'hun'

In reference to David Gardiner's letter (Examiner, Letters, October 10) on walking out on a business because been called 'darl', 'hun' or 'sweetie' - I found to be hilarious.

Has Mr Gardiner been knighted to be called Sir?

These shop keepers go through a lot during a day of service and I find their friendliness and service towards the customers goes above and beyond.

And no, I don't work in retail here but I did in Sydney and owned my own business which I held for many years because of our friendly hospitality.

This world is coming to too many complaints with too many excuses to have a whinge about something.

Debbie Craven,  Nelson Bay

Erosion was 'dangerous'

I wish to comment on the article about the sea wall (Sea wall under investigation, Examiner, October 10).

Having owned a property in Salamander Bay for 17 years and being a resident for the past 10 years, I am extremely annoyed about some of the comments regarding this recently erected sea wall.

My husband and I walk the beach every morning and found recently how dangerous it was to walk past the three properties mentioned in the article before the walls were erected. After storms the erosion was terrible.

Had a person been walking there in the early morning in bad light one could step into a hole and perhaps break an ankle or leg. Since the erection of the walls this problem has been eradicated.

Carolynn MacPhee, Salamander Bay

Just follow the rules

The two main safety issues that irk me are firstly, cyclists not wearing helmets; I'm a road bike and [mountain bike rider] and the law tells me that I must wear a helmet.

Apart from this requirement, if you were to visit the brain injury centre in Newcastle and see the results of cycle, skateboard and scooter accidents, and the resulting proliferation of traumatic brain injuries, you wouldn't hesitate to wear a helmet.

Don't get me started on mobility vehicles either.

Secondly, when you are driving or riding a vehicle, apart from the legal requirements, it's good manners to let the vehicle driver behind you (and the one in front too) know what your intentions are; that's why vehicles have indicators. So use them!

And another thing, we are blessed in Port Stephens, with beautiful bushland, parks, reserves, conservation areas and trails winding through these areas.

Unfortunately, there are people (visitors AND locals) that seem to think that our bushland and trails are their personal rubbish dump. Please folks, take your rubbish with you; take only memories, leave only footprints.

And don't get me started on idiots starting fires in the bush. Rant done.

Dean Cox, Corlette