I would like to comment on Cr Peter Hulin’s letter in The Standard on October 6 in which he wrote that in election mode “all types of claims and promises are made”.
Cr Hulin then goes on to make a number of claims/criticisms relating to Warrnambool and lays them at the feet of his fellow councillors.
I want to comment on two of those claims — disabled access to the beach and the Harbour Pavilion.
According to Cr Hulin “disabled access to the beach is an unmitigated disaster”.
These are strong words and need to be tested.
I went and viewed the area for myself.
The ramp is not steep, there is strong continuous railing and a cloth barrier against sand encroaching on the ramp.
There is some small build-up of sand at the beach end but this could be easily addressed by routine maintenance.
I am not an engineer or a quantity surveyor, but I did spend my childhood and teens with a disabled relative who would probably have thought this particular access facility was pretty good.
Regarding the Harbour Pavilion, Cr Hulin claims it is “disappointing”.
I disagree and I base my opinion on the following — an attractive building with a great view and well serviced by ample parking, a choice of either a lift or a walking ramp to access the upper level, meeting rooms available to the community and facilities for the coast guard and the sailing club.
Finally there is a well patronised cafe with friendly staff.
When you read Cr Hulin’s letter you get the feeling that everyone else is at fault — all the time. Oh to be so perfect.
Eris Keane, Conns Lane, Warrnambool