Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

WHAT a good thing it would be to crack down on the mis­use of Acrod park­ing bays.

Maybe the only peo­ple who care are those with loved ones, like my mother, with a gen­uine need for pri­or­ity park­ing.

I sup­pose there could be good rea­sons to see a tradies’ ute in such a bay out­side Bun­nings, or a car in a blue bay at the golf course for sev­eral hours.

My imag­i­na­tion can­not stretch far enough to fig­ure how a tradie could get an Acrod per­mit.

As for the golf course, I hate to think that able-bod­ied golfers are us­ing some­body else’s per­mit when they should know bet­ter.

Worse still is the thought they might do the same thing else­where.

Could all this be a man­i­fes­ta­tion of a self­ish so­ci­ety that has stopped car­ing about any­body else?

Sadly, I fear so. PETER MOXHAM, Water­ford.

The voice sug­gested the caller was an Asian male who spoke good English. To­wards the end of the mes­sage, we were told to phone an 02 area code num­ber.

Shortly af­ter lis­ten­ing to the mes­sage, I phoned the ATO (there are two num­bers 1800 060 062 and 1800 199 010) and gave de­tails of the mes­sage and the phone num­ber.

The ATO staff mem­ber said that the in­for­ma­tion would be passed to the ATO’s in­ves­ti­ga­tors for fol­lowup.

Later that af­ter­noon, we re­ceived an­other call from the same Asian male rant­ing on as to why we had not re­sponded. It ap­peared that the call was be­ing mon­i­tored be­cause an­other voice in­ter­rupted him and cut off the call.

I sug­gest that re­port­ing th­ese calls di­rectly to the ATO is more ef­fec­tive as it avoids go­ing through a third party who then has to in­form the ATO. Name and ad­dress sup­plied. and with all the new de­vel­op­ments why have we not im­ple­mented such laws here?

Even take it one step fur­ther and make them all have so­lar pan­els as well?

Not only would it boost lo­cal com­pa­nies in sup­ply­ing th­ese prod­ucts but may also drive the prices down, which in turn make them more af­ford­able for ex­ist­ing prop­er­ties, mak­ing us all that lit­tle bit more en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly. It is food for thought. Why does WA al­ways have to be so far be­hind the east­ern states in so many ways? TREVOR ED­NIE, Mer­riwa.

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