GOING, GOING: The eroding shoreline at Stockton beach. The current management of the issue has been slammed as a Band Aid approach. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers MORE than 150 residents of Stockton turned out for the public meeting on the Stockton beach erosion issue, which is now very serious after years of inaction.
The meeting was attended by some of the Ward 1 councillors and Newcastle MP Tim Crakanthorp with presentations by council. While the breakwaters are essential for a viable Newcastle Port, they prevent the natural flow of sand along the coast, trapping it on the Nobbys side of the breakwater.
This results in a failure to replenish the sand on Stockton and the beach has been eroding several metres a year and is now at a critical point. The port generates many millions of dollars for the state government and there is a need to use some of this money to address the damage the port breakwaters do to Stockton beach.
The lack of funding and action to support Newcastle City Council in addressing this critical issue was brilliantly portrayed in a Lewis cartoon acouple of weeks ago in the Newcastle Herald,showing an eroding beach with a tip truck dropping a couple of cents onto the beach.
That’s about it for NSW government support. The community has contacted Scot MacDonald, the parliamentary secretary for the Hunter, requesting a meeting on this issue and funding from the state government and we are waiting to hear back.
Temporary works undertaken by council,scraping sand from one part of the beach to cover the eroded area near the surf club is a Band Aid approach and has limited effect. A rock wall would basically protect assets but destroy the beach and is not a solution.
With more than 300 little Nippers each Sunday morning and many local, interstate and international visitors staying at Stockton Holiday Park each year and enjoying the beach, it’s time to protect this important asset from ongoing erosion. The problem is solvable and the NSW government needs to step up urgently and fund the important work needed to address this vital issue.
Keith Craig,Stockton Community Action GroupRace weekend ‘facts’The NSW government- and Newcastle City Council-sponsored Supercars race weekend ran to the familiar major events script. While 10 major hotels in Newcastle had rooms vacant on the Saturday and Sunday nights, the NSW coastal towns for hundreds of kilometres north and south were either full or near capacity.
Newcastle interim CEO Jeremy Bath, using “major events mathematics”,promised a crowd of 160,000 and a TV audience of “hundreds of millions”. This reminded me of the claims about the Formula 1 grand prix in Albert Park. In my view, Mr Bath’s claims were unsubstantiated and easy to refute. The temporary circuit of 2.6km had only 3760 grandstand seats and limited vantage points for general admission. A reasonable estimate would put the maximum capacity at fewer than 15,000, so the three-day total could not have exceed 50,000 – mostly locals.
As for the television audience, there is no evidence from reputable ratings agencies to support even a million overseas viewers. To me, this resembles the Formula 1 copy book of claims.
Melbourne’s grand prix has a global viewing audience of less than 10 per cent of that claimed by organisers.
With bi-partisan political support for both events it appears these claims are necessary to justify the government subsidies and free access to valuable parkland.
The NSW taxpayers and the Auditor-General need to know all therealfacts about the Newcastle event so that it can be assessed honestly.
Motor racing can be successful if it is run on cost-effective circuits. Newcastle could have one of these just out of town and maybe the hotels and businesses in Newy would be better off. Taxpayers would certainly be happy with that.
Peter Logan,former deputy mayor, City of Port Phillip, now vice president of Save Albert ParkScrap it and start againIT is incumbent upon anyone wishing to stand for election to the Australian government, to do their due diligencebefore accepting nomination. It is a prerequisite that they have read and understood our constitution generally, and Section 44 in particular, which is the section that explicitly prohibits a person holding dual citizenship from serving in our federal government.
The High Court has recently upheld Section 44 of the Constitution and ruled that those members with dual citizenship serving in the Australian parliament are there illegally.I believe those guilty of this offence have been fraudulently serving in parliament, and fraudulently voting on bills and obtaining money and services by fraud. I think this effectively renders all bills passed or defeated no longer legal.
The most efficient and effective solution to the current situation would be to dissolve parliament and hold a general election forthwith.A simple way to expose those who hold dual citizenship would be to check if they hold or have held a passport issued by a country other than Australia. Check their profiles on the computer to see where they say they were born.
Allan Wallington,MayfieldTime limit sex chargesI THINK this appalling witch-hunt against men for assumed sexual assault must stop.
Every man’s reputation is at risk and the higher you are on the social, entertainment or commercial scale the more prone to accusations you are.
We have a law which states everyone is assumed innocent until proven guilty, but that does not apply to these cases. As soon as a man is accused he is automatically assumed to be guilty and his life is ruined.
In my view, there shouldbe a law that limits the time in which such an accusation can be made. We are all aware of the vagaries of the mind. That incident in our youth when a student flicked an ink-soaked piece of scrunched-up paper at a friend turns into a very different story as it ages, where it becomes the entire class flicking pellets at the teacher, driving him from the room.
Also, some of these complaints seem to me to be infinitesimally unimportant when compared to the women of Myanmar. These unfortunate women have been gang-raped, they have had their children plucked from their arms, tossed to the floor and bayonetted. There are millions of women all over the world who are raped and abused – it makes a pinch on the bum or a proposition to have sex seem relatively unimportant, doesn’t it?
I suggest a law that prohibits charging anyone with sexual assault after 10 years.
Tom Edwards,Wangi Wangi