Steel hor­ror

Mansfield Courier - - Your Say -

storm wa­ter drain and as­sist res­i­dents with non-com­pli­ant crossovers to cor­rect them.

Then Highton Lane’s flood­ing is­sues will be min­imised with min­i­mal ef­fort.

Coun­cil should also con­sider of­fer­ing in­ter­est-free loans for res­i­dents who re­quire as­sis­tance to com­ply.

Then put in place a reg­u­lar open stormwa­ter drain main­te­nance pro­gram to man­age and main­tain.

And next time coun­cil at­tempts to take this up­grade to the res­i­dents of Highton Lane, please take into con­sid­er­a­tion each prop­erty’s in­di­vid­ual frontage, their block square me­treage and the money they have al­ready spent on their crossovers with coun­cil per­mit ap­proval and don’t use your usual ex­cuse “that was be­fore our time” it’s your job now, re­gard­less.

5RE\Q &ROXPELQH 0DQV¿HOG he ap­pears to be us­ing (and not in a com­pli­men­tary sense) as short­hand for the pro­posed precinct de­vel­op­ment.

It seems that he, and per­haps oth­ers, are un­aware that ‘the swamp’ al­ready has a name - it is the 0DQV¿HOG 0XOOXP :HWODQGV

7KH :HWODQGV ZHUH SURIHVVLRQ­DOO\ de­signed and de­vel­oped from 1998 on­wards, be­cause of the fore­sight, commitment and hard work of com­mu­nity mem­bers, in­clud­ing 3URMHFW 0DQV¿HOG DQG WKH 0DQV¿HOG Mul­lum Friends group.

These peo­ple not only recog­nised that a wet­lands would be an en­vi­ron­men­tal and so­cial as­set, but con­tin­ued to vol­un­teer their time and en­ergy to plant, con­trol weeds and carry out other main­te­nance for many years.

:KLOH FRXQFLO QRZ KDV SULPDU\ re­spon­si­bil­ity for main­te­nance, and the Friends group was wound up a few years ago, com­mu­nity mem­bers con­tinue to have in­put into the :HWODQGV PDQDJHPHQW WKURXJK WKH Ford’s Creek Land­care group.

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For­tu­nately the much loved 0DQV¿HOG 0XOOXP :HWODQGV ZLOO not be re­de­vel­oped as part of the precinct master plan.

How­ever, parts of the sur­round­ing com­mu­nity plant­ings, nat­u­ral tree re­gen­er­a­tion and green open space, WKDW SUHVHQWO\ HQKDQFH WKH :HWODQGV between the Stock Route and the Vis­i­tor In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre, will be lost in favour of ve­hi­cle park­ing and large new build­ings.

Is this re­ally what we want?

6XH $EOLWW 0DQV¿HOG RE Gra­ham Leah’s let­ter

Jan­uary 23). A per­ti­nent fact, con­ve­niently omit­ted, is that Mr Leah is the res­i­dent who gave per­mis­sion for this lour­ing steel hor­ror to be placed on his prop­erty within the town and who is be­ing paid by the op­er­a­tor in rec­om­pense.

His neigh­bours’ re­ward for his de­ci­sion is to live in a place that now looks like an out­post of Pine Gap.

As for Mar­garet Mar­tyn’s ques­tion (ibid.), “Are we not en­ti­tled?”, this is one we should all ask our­selves when de­mand­ing ser­vices that have a significan­t neg­a­tive im­pact on our fel­low cit­i­zens.

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