Letters to the Port Stephens Examiner: November 11

Roads are a basic service

You do not have to be an engineer to figure out that road maintenance in Port Stephens can be tricky (Examiner, letters, November 4).

It is an expectation of residents and ratepayers that the council will provide this basic service even when it runs to the millions of dollars because of neglect.

I supported a modest rate rise on the understanding that roads would receive priority. The list the councillors came up with back then included limited road funding compared to other infrastructure.

State and Federal governments have provided huge levels of grant funding to all local government areas to get us out of the COVID crisis. Port Stephens has been a beneficiary thanks to the diligence of council staff.

Margaret Wilkinson, Corlette

kindness the fabric of community

My wife and I would like to place on record our sincere thanks to the very kind people who serve the older citizens of this area.

In younger days we were very independent, but now we have aged and the patient and understanding help of many, including medical services, taxis and others is especially appreciated.

In countless contacts we have only been bullied once.

Undoubtedly this usual good service goes without public thanks.

We'd like to remedy that.

Alan Ford, Salamander Bay

No winging it with street name

I've been puzzling about the strange name given to the new road just off Soldiers Point Road - Ninox Street.

But on watching Hard Quiz on ABC TV a contestant had chosen the Powerful Owl as his topic - and he gave it's name as Ninox Strenua!

If you drive up that new little road you'll find a notice at the end all about that owl who resides up in the bush behind.

BASICS: Roads and maintenance should be a priority of any council, according to Margaret Wilkinson.

BASICS: Roads and maintenance should be a priority of any council, according to Margaret Wilkinson.

We often hear it calling in early spring, probably for a mate.

So now we all know why the road has that unusual name.

Isn't that fascinating?

Pauline McCarthy, Salamander Bay

Use your vote wisely

Port Stephens does not need councillors to play politics with the rate payers.

[Elected representatives within local government] should all be independent and work as a team to make decisions together

To be a councillor is to be a servant of the people and rate payers of Port Stephens.

They should have good knowledge of the area, its roads and maintenance and buildings.

Most of all they should be able to communicate with the public and not hide [from accountability].

Port Stephens LGA is, in my opinion, about 10 to 15 years behind with its roads.

Nelson Bay Road should have been widened on the existing road.

Medowie, Karuah and Swan Bay would have some of the worst roads in NSW, I believe.

The area's sporting fields, swimming pools,( which I understand are contracted to a Melbourne business) and amenities are second rate compared to other councils in NSW.

Raymond Terrace, Heatherbrae and Tomago, are the business and industrial areas of Port Stephens but the area is standing still.

So when the local government election comes around, I encourage residents to vote with their heads and hearts - not for politics but the person that will do the right thing by the people.

As far as I'm concerned we do not need another six million dollar white elephant club house, like at Medowie, that the council built with rates and government tax payers' money.

Peter Cooper, Raymond Terrace

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