Univer­sity ‘hyp­o­crit­i­cal’ on en­vi­ron­ment

POST Newspapers - - Letters -

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

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