Bring back the views
Councillors Anderson, Cassidy and Hulin are to be commended on their belated pledge to improve views to the beach. At present our once pleasant scenic beach is an absolute disgrace, residents should go for a walk and inspect the tremendous build up of sand with dangerous cliffs of sand up to a dangerous height of some five metres, propped up by seaweed which is smelly, full of flies and generally unpleasant to beach users.
Councillors should inspect and compare nearby fore shores at Port Fairy, Ocean Grove, Geelong and compare to our beach. The continual degradation of our beach over the last 50 years should be re-evaluated and urgent action taken. I would suggest consideration be given to developing an appropriate promenade with seating with beach views and wind protection, facilities for all year enjoyment of our beach area from at least the Surf Club to Worm Bay. A Community Beach Development group should be formed to develop such a plan to completely reclaim our beach.
Bruce Owen, Warrnambool
No to Great Ocean Road extension
I am a land holder who would be both heavily disadvantaged and strongly opposed to the proposal to alter the Great Ocean Road as reported in the article by Kyra Gillespie (The Standard, 11 January). The article informs us that the tourist route is, "turning its back on what south west councils dub the region's "most spectacular coast line".
What south west councils? The local businesses between Peterborough and Warrnambool, particularly Cheese World at Allansford and the businesses in the town of Nullawarre would be severely disadvantaged if any new road cut them off from the tourist trade.Some believe it could relieve tourism congestion. Who believes this, other than Simon Illingworth. Where is the current congestion if not at scenic viewing points? How would congestion be relieved? Providing more access to the coastline may increase demand and hence congestion surely? There is currently no congestion beyond Peterborough.
The very significant opposition from the landowners on the route will not have changed as very few of the landowners have changed. There is presently direct access to the coast at Childer's Cove from the Great Ocean Road.
The photograph in the article on page 6 is taken from the seaward side of the coast at an altitude of some thousands of feet and in no way represents the view from the land. The land along the proposed extension is not topographically suited to land based viewing of the ocean.
Christine Miller, Nirranda
Fuel levels 'deadly'
The two letters published in The Standard (11 January) were disturbing. Accusing others of the blame game and then doing it yourself is unbecoming. During 2018 and 2019 the Gippsland Environment Group protested and lobbied against fuel reduction burns. Many have complained that Green Council bylaws make it impossible to fuel reduce around their homes.
In May 2019 Andrew Clarke lost his Winery in the Bunyip Fire, he said, "I've been begging [Forest Fire Management Victoria] for 20 years to burn off the state forest at the back of our place and still to this day it hasn't happened." Victoria's former Chief Fire Officer Ewan Waller, warned that state forest fuel loads were reaching deadly, Black Saturday levels.
No one paid any attention. In depth studies have proven if you quadruple the ground fuel it generates a 13-fold increased heat. Blaming the Climate Change myth is wicked. Next letter was informing parents how to help their children cope with the fear of the current media bushfires, didn't mention the continual unsubstantiated fear forced on them everywhere from Climate Alarmists. What a world?
Anthony Cane, Warrnambool
Push for renewables
In letters to this newspaper Michael Cane consistently blamed renewable sources of energy for expensive heating and poverty resulting in hypothermia deaths amongst our elderly . The Alfred Hospital study he refers to makes no such links. He asserts these in a context of denying climate change. No climate change therefore no need for renewables is his mantra.
However more recently (The
Standard, 4 January) he attempts to downplay these extraordinary
claims with renewables or climate change not mentioned at all. He's
entitled to his opinions as I am in exposing them as alarmist
nonsense. Finally it's widely understood that renewables overtime will
deliver both clean and cheaper energy. Bring it on.
Tony Delaney, Warrnambool
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