Good strategy

Good strategy

I think it is a great move for Lismore Council to go ahead with a cycleway strategy. I ride frequently from Goonellabah to Lismores shopping areas including the CBD and user-friendly bike paths are long overdue.

The suggestion by Cr Hampton that almost nobody ever rides in the CBD isan unqualifiedand blinkered generalisation, which is a shame since he is supposed to be representative of the rate-paying public. Perhaps he should ask around and have a genuine look himself before making embarrassing comments about paying money toanyone seeing phantom riders. Id suggest too, that if bike access improved then more riders would be willing to make the effort to ride downtown and anywhere else that allowed safe passage.

I look forward to theimproved bicycle access around town and dont worry Cr Hampton, I wont be asking for a$100 spotters fee.

Mark Anderson

Goonellabah

Good driveways?

The design of the shared driveways for the rezoning proposal for Camerons Road, McLeans Ridges, shows these driveways are to be 6m wide.

These driveways then are wider than parts of Camerons Road, most of Boatharbour Road north of Camerons Road all the Eltham Road, Cowlong and Pearson Road north of Lavis Lane and most of the internal roads of previous subdivisions in the area, and the same width as many intersection connections in the area. These driveways are more like intersections than driveways. All this when the Rural Housing Strategy states that direct vehicular access to (this) road should be precluded and the number of new road connections be minimised.

This must be lateral thinking.

Noel Parker

McLeans Ridges

Hows that?

Geoff Lambertons column on the ethics of cricket (Echo, Feb 28) raises lots of questions not just about cricket but how we do ethics today.

There are some curious logical leaps he makes between dishonesty in cricket and a continuous supply of incorrect umpiring decisions that may come from a lack of knowledge of the game, but I will leave for others to challenge.

The more important issue raised is how do we know something is wrong, that its just not cricket? Where do we ground this judgement? All the ways Geoff hints at seem to be inadequate or simply begging the question.

The consequential approach doesnt help us because, in the end, we still have to decide if the consequence (or the means of getting there) is ethical. Similarly with Aristotles virtuous person. Whos to say what constitutes such a person?

The feeling approach (embarrassment, shame, cowardice) appears more popular these days. But how do we know if our feelings are a true reflection of reality? They seem to regularly let us down in other areas.

He finally appears to give up and settle on some kind of mutual acceptance of two opposing ways of playing sport/living in the world: winning is everything vs something more ethical. But how does this advance our ethical understanding?

In the end, I suspect that we all still just somehow know that a cheat is a cheat and its just not cricket. What we appear to have lost is knowing a good reason why.

John Hannaford

Ballina

Fruits, not herbs

In reply to Helen Coyles lament regarding Lismore Councils refusal to further fund the Herb Festival (Echo, Feb 28) it is one Council decision I must agree with.

The Herb Festival had degenerated into little more than another local market and a poor one at that. I think Helens claims of it drawing thousands of people to Heritage Park may be an exaggeration. The last one was very poorly attended; no surprise really as very little was on offer.

But when Lismore Council year after year virtually ignores and refuses to help fund, or grant concessions to a highly successful event that does repeatedly bring thousands to this town, books out every motelfor three days and does push a huge number of dollars through the tills of our taxis, service stations,food marts, takeaways and shops,surely that isa gross oversight?

I refer to the Tropical Fruits annual New Year Party.

You mention the Lantern Parade? All very admirable, even though it now ignores the timing of the actual solstice, and has been tweaked and shunted around to become little more than a childrens pre-bedtime event.

That of course in itself may be fine, however it must be asked, does the Lantern Festival manage to book out all the motels here in Lismore? No, of course it doesnt.

The shops are closed at the time, so no retail gains to be had either. And even if the weather manages to remain clement, the spectators are mainly locals and have certainly not travelled many miles to be here, as is very often the case at the Fruits party.

Ask the retailers which event swells the cash register.

Consider this fact. Last year it rained majestically during both events. The Lantern Parade was a dismal affair with very poor attendance. The Fruits Party had a record crowd despite the torrential rain, most of whom stayed inthe areafor at least two days and often longer, all the while spending up big.

And yet which event gets all Councils cream?

B Parker

Lismore

Thanks for the music

I wish to publicly thank all performers who volunteered their time on Sunday, Feb 24, for the charity concert in aid of the Lismore PCYC at the Lismore Workers Club.

From the Alstonville Concert Band and singer Dean Doyle to the Lismore City Pipe Band and Scottish Dancers, the Northern Rivers Big Band and Wendy Simpson Quartet, plus compere Richard Mackney and light and sound man Des Grace, the standing ovations said it all.

A magnificent performance by 70 people was greatly appreciated by the 560-strong audience at the best auditorium in the district.

More than $5000 was raised on the day.

Thanks everyone.

Jim Hawkins

Musical Co-ordinator

Goonellabah

Refund needed

Ian Kiernan is right. About one third of all the rubbish collected on Clean Up Australia Day last Sunday was recyclable beverage containers.

Glass and plastic bottles and aluminium cans made up most of thefour largebags of litter that my husband and I collected in Lismore.

How muchbetter it would be if NSWhad container deposit legislation? CDL in South Australia is an all-year-round incentive for people to return containers to the place of purchase.

Many readers will remember the joy years ago of that extra pocket money when we returned a few bottles to the local milk bar.

The SA refund has just been doubled from 5c to 10c. Im sure many kids today would love the job of collecting and returning those bottles and cans with such an incentive and imagine the scarcity of drink containers next Clean Up Australia Day if CDL was introduced here.

So come on NSW Government, just do it.

Cr Jenny Dowell

Goonellabah

Clean and green

Clean Up Australia Day last Sunday saw 14 volunteers shift tonnes of rubbish from an old dumping ground in the beautiful Central Avenue pine forest on East Ballinas reservoir hill.

Hearty congratulations and thanks to those who participated. Your terrific effort will make a big difference to the area, as well as helping East Ballina Landcare Group manage the reserve to become a fine bushland amenity for the enjoyment of local residents.

Thanks also to Ballina Council for later removing the mountains of rubbish that were collected, which included tyres, old appliances, furniture, bags of clothing and garden waste.

This site is Crown Land and local residents can help by never dumping garden cuttings or other vegetation on it, because these weeds will only escape and turn the site back into the ugly mess it was a few years ago.

Local residents who want to continue to help conserve this native forest or any other bushland near their homes in East Ballina should contact East Ballina Landcare group on 6681 3557.

Well put you on our information newsletter list so you can join future working bees. Everyone is welcome and everybody can play a part in keeping East Ballina beautiful.

Lee Andresen

Ballina

Missed opportunity

At the February Lismore City Council meeting the executive director of development and governance, Lindsay Walker, missed a golden opportunity to demonstrate to the community that LCC followed its own rules, acted fairly and openly, and was above reproach.

After admitting that the Social Impact Assessment (SIA) for McLeans Ridges was based on incorrect data and thus seriously flawed, he went on to say it represented only a small part of the decision-making process. In dismissing the SIA as almost irrelevant he and the six councillors who voted to put the flawed proposal on exhibition are guilty of treating the residents of McLeans Ridges withutter contempt.

Some of the developers involved have been telling us for the past 18 months that we are wasting time and that it is a done deal. Do they know more than we do?

In light of revelations in the media regarding the lack of openness and transparency in NSW local government, it is difficult to maintain any confidence in Lismore City Councils process.

TrishGibson

McLeans Ridges


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