Letters to the Port Stephens Examiner: June 11

Botanical gardens for Gan Gan

OPEN TO ALL: Kevin Gattenhof of Nelson Bay thinks the Gan Gan army base site could be turned into a botanical gardens with boardwalks (like the one pictured) for all to use.

OPEN TO ALL: Kevin Gattenhof of Nelson Bay thinks the Gan Gan army base site could be turned into a botanical gardens with boardwalks (like the one pictured) for all to use.

After reading Darrell Dawson's letter (Examiner, March 28) regarding the Gan Gan Army Camp I was wondering who is responsible for its upkeep?

At the moment the beautiful vegetation is in danger of being overrun by dumped mattresses, at least one dumped car and assorted other urban waste.

I would be most interested in knowing what could be done to clean up the rubbish.

If this was done and members of the public were encouraged to walk or cycle through the camp to enjoy the serenity of nature it would seem to be more beneficial to our local environment than the $60 million development proposed (Examiner, March 5).

I am not opposed to progress. I just think the army camp could be turned into our own botanical gardens which could be enjoyed by families, both local and visiting.

Kevin Gattenhof, Nelson Bay

Road becoming 'dangerous'

Driving along Franklin Street, Karuah recently, I was glad I had a 4WD vehicle as the potholes and general road surface have deteriorated to the point of being dangerous, in my opinion.

A normal car would struggle to cope with the conditions.

I fear someone could be badly hurt, or worse, if they hit these obstacles - especially in the dark.

Can we get this fixed as soon as possible?

Anthony Blanchard, Karuah

Deli move inconvenient

We now drive past our local supermarket in Tanilba Bay to Medowie to buy our delicatessen items.

Our local supermarket has removed a very popular and useful delicatessen and installed a wall of plastic packaged goods.

It's a great pity their customers are not asked what they want in a supermarket, rather than having to accept the cost-cutting exercise labelled as 'for customers convenience'.

Mike Berriman, Tanilba Bay

Time for council climate action

When COVID-19 reached our shores, we saw swift and decisive action by Federal and state/territory governments to close our borders with commerce coming to a virtual standstill; and the population compelled into self-isolation.

With the 'flattening of the curve', the governments are now easing restrictions.

It is now opportune for your local government authority to start thinking of 'how your LGA can better manage the COVID-19 recovery period AND improve our environment at the same time'.

The time is right to develop and adopt a Climate 'Resilience' Policy - similar in scope and substance to the Climate Emergency Declaration. Currently, 85 LGAs throughout Australia have signed off on a Climate Emergency Declaration. Householders' Options to Protect the Environment (HOPE) Inc. believes it is imperative that Local Government Authorities (LGAs) adopt a host of mitigation measures to help slow down/reverse the manifold negative impacts of climate change.

As Mark Wakeham , CEO of Environment Victoria said: "It's a climate emergency. The climate emergency we've been talking about for 30 years is upon us. Our actions now determine the world our children and grandchildren will live in. We'll need to be strong to hold our state and federal governments to account and ensure they rise to the crisis."

The first duty of the local government is to protect the people, their well-being and livelihoods. As our elected representatives, we encourage your council to consider human-induced climate change as an overriding threat to national and human security in your locality.

Frank Ondrus, President - HOPE Inc. Andrew Nicholson, Snr Researcher - HOPE Inc.