Letters to the Editor

A plan for the future for miners restI am very pleased to see the newly elected Nth Ward councillors Grant Tillett and Dan Moloney highlighting the lack of strategic planning for Miners Rest area. This deficiency in proper planning has now left the council with much to do to catch up with in the fast-growing residential area. The last real plan for the area was put together in the mid 90s, when the school had less than 20 students. The school and kinder have over 400 students enrolled for 2017. There has been very little allowance made for traffic management, parking or student safety in what has become a very busy area of the township. We have seen two traffic studies carried out resulting in very little change to a problem that is of great concern to parents. The ongoing flood situation also needs focus and action from council planners.
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As mentioned in yesterday’s article in The Courier, councillors recently voted against subdivisions in Howe St and Cummins Rd. Both developments presented additional flood risk to Miners Rest residents downstream as they significantly altered floodwater flows. Council officers supported the developments on the basis that they did not make the flooding situation any worse. Surely future developments are an opportunity to improve the flood situation. Engineering solutions are available to “not make it worse”. Surely they can be extended to provide an improvement and reduce the flooding potential. It has been many years since the 2010 flood and there has been little action on the ground to mitigate flooding in the township by either the council or the catchment management authority.

Surely council planners should seek to have future developments contribute to reducing flood risk rather than just “not making it worse”. Miners Rest is a rapidly growing residential area that has suffered from poor council decisions and very little council attention. We now seem to have two councillors listening to the community and focused on its planned strategic development. Thank you CouncillorsTillett and Moloney.

CONCERN: Repeated flooding in the headwaters of the Burrumbeet Creek at Miners Rest is one issue residents feel makes a development plan long overdue.

Werner Oellering, Miners Rest

Hoping to keep workingI would like to thank sincerely the Pyrenees Shire for naming me their Young Citizen of the Year. What an honour it is. I do feel that my volunteering is probably nowhere near the good so many other people do, so l accept this award with the knowledge that l will continue to work hard and help as much as I can, and as many people who need me. I hope the Pyrenees Shire will be pleased with me and my continued volunteering throughout the coming year.

William Gallagher, Ercildoune

Cowardice when leadership is requiredMalcolm Turnbull has said it is not his job as PM to “run a commentary on the domestic policy of another country”. He must realise the Trump domestic policy he will not comment on is affecting residents in countries all around the world including Australia. Turnbull is displaying a lack of spine.

Robyn Lewis, Raglan

One way to save taxpayer fundsPutting aside investment and negative geared properties owned by politicians in Canberra, which cost taxpayers $1.25 million annually, lets look at some real savings which will not only create thousands of jobs but will save taxpayers over 10 years, after costs, $28 million. These savings will multiply each year as MPs current accommodation entitlements are terminated.

The answer is to build flats and units that fit the politician’s positions or status. They will be maintained under contract with strict rise and fall cost clauses. Wilful damage to property will be reimbursed by the offender. At year 10 savings to taxpayers would be $5.25 million annually.

Wally Reynolds, Perth

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