Short Takes December 22 2017

TIMCrakanthorp’s letter (Letters, 20/12) reads like a job application to be an internal auditor in the finance department. Newcastle needs a champion and advocate, not a frustrated bean counter.

Scot MacDonald MLC,Parliamentary Secretary for Planning, Central Coast and the HunterDISTRUST anyone who says they have spent $500 million renewing Newcastle. The light rail cost is now $290 million so that apparently means that $210 million was spent taking perfectly good infrastructure out of Newcastle.

Ross Whitelaw,NewcastleSO it seems Hunter Quarries director Hilton Grugeon isn’t happy about the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal ruling over the death of a young father at his quarry(‘Loss not end of battle over quarry death’, NewcastleHerald,21/12).Only one question for Mr Grugeon: When you say Mr Smith’s family has been“well compensated”,what price do you put on the life of a young father of two children?

Rick Johnson,Mount HuttonIN reply to John Hudson (Letters 20/12): I’m pretty sure that if you were to walk out your front door you would see the Supercars have gone and the foreshore looks great, with heaps more park and car parks.

Ken Stead,LambtonWE would like to wish all our essential service personnel a very Merry Christmas anda safe and happy new year. We thank you all for the exceptional job you all do.

Jan Wells,Cameron ParkWHILE you are enjoying your Christmas think of the refugees on Manus and Nauru. Four-and-a-half years in detention because they had the temerity to try to escape torture and death. Give them a chance at life and bring them to , at least until they can be settled elsewhere.

Jen Powers,DudleyTHE blistering heat we are experiencing now is not new. When my daughter was born in December 1959 around the same date we had a week of similar weather. Somehow we survived.

Daphne Hughes,KahibahREGARDINGScott Dorman’s (Short Take, 18/12),the traffic also backs up on the other side of the tracks along St James Road right back to the lights at Bridges Road. I just ride my bike now, or sometimes board the train atthe gates, and crack up at the drivers fuming to get through.Most will probably be back sooner or later to cross overthe dreaded, much-loathed, prematurely-flashing, swear-inducinggates.

Bryn Roberts,New LambtonTHE POLLSSHOULD Newcastle City Council drop ‘council’ from its name?

Yes 33%, No 39%, I don’t care 28%DO you agree with the state government’s 25-year grave site plan?

Yes 9%, No 91%WILL you travel to Sydney to ride the new wave pool?

Yes 45%, No 55%