University ‘hypocritical’ on environment
I am glad not everyone thinks like Brian Downing Uni’s needs outweigh river view, Letters, December 1).
In cutting off our view of, and access to, our river with the Forrest House monstrosity, the University of WA has shown a disgraceful lack of public spirit and contempt for the preserva- tion of our environment.
Its environmental concern seems to be shelved when its own interests come into play.
That the public was not consulted makes the matter worse.
A unique amenity – a beautiful view – has been lost to the public.
Watching the sailing dinghies on the blue water was both refreshing to the spirit and an inspiration to get out there oneself.
A price cannot be put on such natural beauty.
I do not know whether this building was necessary, but I do know the university has plenty of other land that could have been used.
While despoiling our environment UWA hypocritically prevented a possibly “sceptical” environmental study centre from being set up, apparently because some students objected to the possibility that it might question the “global warming” hoax.
The university should be reminded that it is the servant and not the master of the public
I have taught at, and have five degrees from, UWA, including master’s and doctor’s degrees, but can no longer say I feel very proud of them.
Hal G. P. Colebatch Portland Street, Nedlands