Harbour cash warranted
We have spent over half a million dollars to carry out a study into a porous boat ramp, and to assess the cost of repairs to the damaged breakwater wall. The state and federal governments are giving out stimulus to keep the Australian economy going, this is an opportunity Warrnambool should be grabbing with both hands.
The state government has given out $12 million for Tower Hill and $8 million for the 12 Apostles, so why isn't Warrnambool going for the $21 million to create a fully enclosed harbour? With the harbour a state-owned asset and stimulus packages currently being rolled out it seems like the perfect storm to ultimately secure the enclosed harbour facility that Warrnambool deserves.
This funding could see solutions to the boat launching, dredging and safety issues and make Warrnambool a national fishing destination like Portland has become. Warrnambool is an hour closer to Melbourne and with a better facility, we could receive a boost to the local economy in excess of $10 million annually, this is during the winter when our accommodation and hospitality providers move into the off-season.
I'm not the only one who watches all the offshore boats driving through Warrnambool on their way to Port Fairy or Portland thinking wouldn't it be great if they stayed here in Warrnambool. We have everything and more that these other destinations have to offer except a safe boat launching facility. A tremendous opportunity exists to make this one of the best fishing destinations in the country if we push to secure the facility, Warrnambool deserves this.
Ben Blain, Vice President, Warrnambool Ratepayers Association
Small towns need protection
Under the cover of the coronavirus a Spanish wind farm proponent has renewed their efforts to obtain revenue certainty for the Hawkesdale-Ryans corner wind farm (permit granted 2007).
Global Power Generation is ignoring the overwhelming opposition of the Hawkesdale community. The Moyne Shire is also concerned about the cumulative impact, proximity to townships, and social impacts that the spread of so many wind farms is having on residents. There would be a total of 801 turbines if all were to be constructed. People who live within three kilometres of the Macarthur wind farm, suffer sleep disruption, headaches, ear and head pressure, dizziness and depression. Hawkesdale (population 322) is an impacted town. With turbines just over one km from its boundary, Hawkesdale will no longer attract low income families.
Unlike nearby larger towns, where there is a shortage of housing and rental properties, Hawkesdale has affordable housing and low cost rentals. Hawkesdale meets the needs of families with a P12 school recently refurbished at a cost of $200,000, a childcare centre, kindergarten, swimming pool, post office and sports clubs. With affordable housing and low cost rentals in such short supply, how will Hawkesdale residents who are affected by the turbines survive the trauma of trying to relocate, if they are unable to sell their house? Country people expect the government to protect their health and well being, this is not happening when wind farms are sited next to populated areas.
Margaret McCosh, Warrnambool
Government grants OK
I refer to your editorial of 6 June which seems to
miss the point about the $25,000 government grants to boost the construction
As I read it, the package is designed to help fill the building industry pipeline over the next few months when existing projects have been completed. A $150,000 renovation will keep builders in work for several months which is the intent of the scheme. I would argue these grants will be better suited to regional areas and are certainly not city centric.
I am sure homeowners are capable of making the call on whether or not they are overcapitalising their home. The matter of social housing is a different issue and should not be part of this discussion. Social housing is generally owned by state governments and the lead time between announcements and delivery is notoriously slow with all state government expenditure. As for your throw away line about the rich getting richer - I don't know anyone who has increased their wealth during this pandemic!
Lew Officer, Warrnambool
New toilet idea
It would be great to put the toilet block on carnival site number two, beach side of the footpath. This would be for a toilet with a view similar to Mooloolaba and taking advantage of the magnificent view of the bay. It would be convenient for beachgoers and walkers alike, incorporating a look out and barbecue area.
Darryl Porter, Warrnambool
Say street name right
Embarrassment over the misspelling of Kepler Street has been highlighted. It matches my embarrassment over the local mispronunciation of Liebig Street.
When surveyor Pickering named our central streets he chose Kepler and Liebig being the surnames of two prominent scientists of the day. Johannes Kepler was a brilliant astronomer and mathematician, and Justus von Liebig a chemist who developed an understanding of plant nutrition.
The fact that the correct pronunciation of Liebig is Leebig was drawn to my attention by a consulting chemist from Melbourne, and confirmed by the Macquarie dictionary. Currently there is a piece of common laboratory equipment named after Liebig, and a university carries his name. My attempt many years ago to correct our local mispronunciation was met with contempt.
Graham Keith, Warrnambool
Not happy about sign story
There was a time when a misspelt street sign might have, at most, resulted in perhaps a picture and a cheeky caption within the pages of a local newspaper.
But this week it evidently warranted 330 words, prominent placement in the print and digital versions of The Standard and, incongruously, served as the springboard for an attack on council's general direction and approach to car park management.
We respect the right of the Warrnambool Ratepayers Association to scrutinise council activities, but this was an editorial decision that was, in our view, misjudged.
The swapping of an "L" and a "P" on a street sign received more coverage than the announcement of council's grants program to help Warrnambool businesses.
The way in which The Standard chose to treat this story caused an unjustified level of hurt and embarrassment to Council team members. These are people who every year do thousands of things right as they go about their jobs.
We stand by our colleagues who work tirelessly every day and often go over and above to support the entire community of Warrnambool in making this the best city it can be - "the most livable city in Australia." These are the people who mow our lawns, empty our bins, fix the potholes in our roads, deliver vaccinations, look after our preschoolers, provide services for the elderly and the vulnerable, deliver events and so much more.
They take pride in their work and we are proud of them.
Warrnambool City Council chief Peter Schneider, director city growth Andrew Paton, director city infrastructure Scott Cavanagh, director community development Vikki King and director corporate strategies Peter Utri
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