Re­spect, not per­cep­tion

Mercury (Hobart) - - YOUR TASMANIA - Kyle Hay Rosetta Jan Smith Black­mans Bay

THERE seems to be no limit to the imag­i­na­tion of highly paid ad­vis­ers in their quest to make po­lit­i­cal mas­ters look good. Con­sider the stu­pid­ity over the Ar­mistice cen­te­nary. Af­ter the ef­fort to have vet­er­ans ac­knowl­edged on plane flights, as they do in the US, was dis­missed as un­nec­es­sary by vet­er­ans, a plan has been hatched to award a medal to moth­ers of the fallen. Ho­bar­tians have our bridge at the Do­main that serves no prac­ti­cal pur­pose, de­stroys vis­tas of the river at the Ceno­taph and is ridicu­lously ex­pen­sive. But it makes our politi­cians look good. Con­sider the cost: a third-world na­tional power grid, crum­bling in­fra­struc­ture and the rise of China in the Pa­cific, which seems to have sur­prised Can­berra. We should com­mem­o­rate the ser­vice of our vet­er­ans with re­spect and sen­si­tiv­ity and not dis­re­spect them by po­lit­i­cal pointscor­ing.

Stir­ring up trou­ble

HERE we go again, the greens stir­ring up trou­ble against an­other in­dus­try. They won on our forestry in­dus­tries and put peo­ple out of work and fi­nan­cially ru­ined oth­ers. Now they are aim­ing at the fish farm in­dus­try. How many lives will they ruin if they man­age to de­stroy this in­dus­try? How petty are the greens to cam­paign to have sta­tus of sus­tain­abil­ity re­moved. Next they will aim at tourism and cruise ships. They are never happy un­less they are stop­ping what is cre­at­ing jobs and a fu­ture for this state.

Good faith pay talks

AS a for­mer prac­ti­tioner of the some­times ar­cane art of in­dus­trial re­la­tions, I have been as­ton­ished at the am­a­teur­ish ap­proach of the State Gov­ern­ment to the

Watch out for her­itage

THE pro­posed re­de­vel­op­ment of the Wel­come Stranger site shows us a very un­wel­come stranger. That stretch of Davey St is one of the most im­por­tant streetscapes we have. The devel­op­ment is over­whelm­ing and looks like huge boxes on end. We wel­come devel­op­ment but it must re­spect the streetscape and scale of our her­itage areas. Peo­ple are drawn here by our won­der­ful her­itage, yet much of the devel­op­ment threat­ens to de­stroy this and make Ho­bart much less of a draw­card. In­creas­ing res­i­den­tial den­sity in the in­ner city is vi­tal to the city’s re­vival. Bad plan­ning in the past has seen so much of the in­ner north given over to the mo­tor in­dus­try which should be in in­dus­trial zones. Well-de­signed, dense, rea­son­ably scaled hous­ing would help Ho­bart’s prob­lems and econ­omy. Nat­u­rally de­vel­op­ers want to take ad­van­tage of the boom. This is good, but the coun­cil needs a strate­gic plan for the city as a whole that pro­tects its spe­cial as­set.

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