Letters to the Port Stephens Examiner: October 14

RETIREMENT: Kerry Schiemer, with wife Marie-Therese, outside their Salamander Haven home on the eve of retirement after 60-plus years in pharmacy.
RETIREMENT: Kerry Schiemer, with wife Marie-Therese, outside their Salamander Haven home on the eve of retirement after 60-plus years in pharmacy.

Speeding on Sandy point Road

I am writing with the hope that someone from Port Stephens Council can explain why the residents that live on Sandy Point Road, Corlette are seemingly treated differently to all other residents within the Bay area that reside on roads with high traffic volumes.

Sandy Point Road is approximately 3.6 kilometres long from the roundabout at the southern end of Bagnalls Beach Road through to the roundabout at the northern end of Bagnalls Beach Road and has three speed advisory signs along its entire length.

There are approximately 233 residences that all have driveway access to Sandy Point Road and many with restricted vision due to the numerous bends and parked vehicles on the verge, 10 intersections, with a couple with high traffic flow such as the Peninsular intersection, two motels, and the iconic Corlette shop with an adjacent restaurant and physiotherapist situated on a bend that has seen many an accident over the years.

In contrast we have Mambo Creek Road (Foreshore Drive) to late comers to the area, has approximately 26 residences and is roughly 1.8 kilometres long has eight speed humps and 11 advisory signs?

Please explain.

The speeders are from all walks of life from P-platers through to pensioners, truckers, tradies and weekend worriers with their toys.

Come on council and police, how about some unmarked speed cameras - it will have council's budget in the black in no time.

Steve Carruthers, Corlette

Job well done, council

A big tick of approval to the leadership and staff of Port Stephens Council for the work done to the Shoal Bay foreshore.

As a local I have enjoyed having a coffee on the seating arrangements and also watching the many jogger and walkers enjoying the enlarged cycleways. A job well done. I look forward to future development to our open spaces. We are in good hands with this sort of development.

Gerry Mohan, Shoal Bay

Sincere thanks to community

I write this letter to offer my deep and sincere thanks to my beloved Tomaree Peninsular community for the most gratifying, uplifting, and loving way I was supported on my retirement on July 31.

Circumstances since then made it not possible for me to take other intended actions, as we have been seriously distracted healthwise since.

I have always felt privileged to live in and serve this very loving Community,- In my 30s, before we arrived here, I was very involved with Australian Jaycees, a community service organisation similar to Rotary, which has a very special creed; the first tenet states "We believe that faith in God gives meaning and purpose to human life" and the last; "Service to humanity is the best work of life".

I can well confirm the value of these statements, and living on Tomaree Peninsular these last 30 years has been the best time of our lives in every way. We are most grateful to be loved as we have been all that time, and we love our community back unconditionally. The most amazing aspect of humanity is our immortality. If you are not aware of it, you do not know yourself. It's the psyche we have in us. Knowing this usually allows much better self control, which eliminates anger and since "anger begets violence, and violence begets violence", one is usually happier overall from then on?

This Community seems very full of unconditional loving.

Our deep and grateful thanks again, to you all. Keep well, and God bless all, always.

Kerry Schiemer, Salamander Bay

Bridge design questioned

In regard to the story 'Bridge fix for Corlette culvert' (Examiner, News, October 7), may we assume that the new bridge of Foreshore Drive will be a 'bog standard' design?

John Winslow, Salamander Bay

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