Letters to the Editor: September 23

WHAT DO YOU SEA: Medowie resident Ernest To likened the roof of the Ascent Apartments development to that of a white bellied sea eagle.
WHAT DO YOU SEA: Medowie resident Ernest To likened the roof of the Ascent Apartments development to that of a white bellied sea eagle.

The eagle has landed

Looking at the graphics in the 'Crane site DA exceeds limit' [Examiner, September 16] article, I cannot but recall visions of the seaside Miami Condo in the USA.

The DA has some similarities and a 'wet edge pool' on the landscaped terraces level. It appears that a 'white bellied sea eagle' has landed on the roof of the proposed apartment building, which exceeds the height limit.

With reference to the Miami Condo and other similar high rise building failures in recent time, I believe that building heights should not be the only requirement to be examined by the approving and certifying authorities.

Other qualities (i.e strength, durability, concrete corrosion, fire resistance of claddings and adverse effects to the surrounding environment) should also be examined.

On the same premise, for the buyers it's 'caveat emptor'.

Ernest To, Medowie

Don't like it? Leave

Anybody who has recently moved to Port Stephens and wishes to change our lifestyle to suit themselves, to name a few the Fishermans Bay boat ramp or the manmade ocean pool proposal in Kiddies Corner or, a couple of years back, the ferry wharf at Tomaree Lodge, I say silly ideas should be slapped with a dead mullet, John Cleese-style and sent back to where they came from.

The place is being ruined by Sydney-centric, Botox-lipped elites. The poor old pelicans fear some of these big-lipped imposters might start competing for fish frames at the cleaning table by the looks of 'em. Leave if you don't like the place the way it is.

Steve Barnett, Fingal Bay

Dedication to aged

In Australia we have a dedicated group of men and women who have served and currently are serving in our armed services at home and abroad. Our history with our Anzacs has been to protect Australia and New Zealand and, where necessary, to support freedom throughout the world where people are subject to dictatorships and their dignity has been taken from them.

Since WWII Australia has had to deal with various issues - Asian Flu, SARS and now COVID, to which we have to beg and borrow injections from overseas countries.

So now why are we investing billions of dollars in submarines which won't eventuate for 25 years and an Air Force whose planes will be obsolete by the time we receive the final ones?

Australians more than ever now need more investment in our health system. Our aged care system is underfunded, our nurses and other health care employees deserve better remuneration and working conditions.

The government needs to address priorities for Aussies, not following the US into unpopular issues which will end up with further debt.

Gerry Mohan, Shoal Bay

Dementia Action Week

The number of Australians living with dementia is close to half a million - a number that is set to double in the next 25 years - with an estimated 1.6 million people involved in their care. In NSW there are an estimated 157,000 people living with dementia.

Many people living with dementia can continue to live well after their diagnosis, which is why the theme for Dementia Action Week 2021, September 20-26, is 'A little support makes a big difference'.

The national awareness raising campaign will continue to lead the discussion about discrimination, which we know has a big impact on people living with dementia, their families and carers.

The good news is that a lot can be done to improve the experience for people living with dementia and carers. To find out how you can make a difference please visit www.dementia.org.au.

Maree McCabe AM, CEO Dementia Australia

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