Minister lastly gears up as automobiles development electrical
NSW Minister for Transport Andrew Constance needs “a future where the only vehicles on NSW roads are electric” (“Electric dreams: minister’s plan for end of combustion”, June 10). That’s as a result of Constance is anxious in regards to the “long-term public health impacts for major projects”. Elimination of polluting car emissions is significantly better than expensive mitigation. The similar argument applies to the unhealthy air air pollution in cities near our coal-fired energy stations. Air air pollution discount is one other profit from renewables so as to add to their decrease price and world warming influence. Nothing comes free and renewables will want a solution to long-term design and recycling of batteries. Engineers are engaged on it. David Hind, Neutral Bay
Fantastic: Constance needs to affect the entire Transport for NSW fleet within the wake of the damning report into the well being results attributable to air pollution from such car-centric mega initiatives as WestConnex. I presume as soon as he has subsidised our purchases of electrical automobiles and vehicles, he’ll flip his consideration in direction of catching up with Queensland’s in depth regional rail electrification and rid us of the nauseous noise and exhaust air pollution from gigantic diesel-hauled freight trains which thunder their means with impunity by way of suburbs and regional cities. It’s good to see the minister lastly turning his consideration away from eradicating bushes which purify the air to eradicating air pollution from inside combustion engines and I stay up for seeing his plans for NSW to catch as much as Queensland’s in depth electrified regional rail community. Lance Dover, Pretty Beach
Constance has formidable plans for the state transport’s fleet of buses to be electrified in 9 years. Good information, however what about our ferries? We function the third-largest ferry fleet on the earth with 33 vessels at the moment in operation owned by the state and there are extra privately owned companies in Sydney Harbour. We have already got Australian producers of electrical ferries for the twin-hulled vessels and we may simply convert the massive Manly ferries which may give them a brand new thrilling lease of life. Just consider the advantages – jobs for the builders, much less air pollution, saving gasoline, safe companies, gratifying quiet journeys on iconic spacious ships, fewer automobiles on the street, even much less carbon in our ambiance, constructed to final. Evelyn Shervington, Manly
It appears that, as soon as once more, the state authorities is ready to behave for the planet and the folks, whereas the federal authorities dismisses electrical autos as luxurious automobiles. It is to be hoped that the NSW authorities may also come to an equally progressive resolution about street taxes on these autos. Philip Cooney, Wentworth Falls
Hotel quarantine unhealthy for well being
Hotels are for vacationers and enterprise travellers (“We don’t need purpose-built centre”, June 10). Returning Australians must be remoted in purpose-built services which may very well be a profit to Australia, not a price. Hotels present travellers with a spot to sleep and depart their baggage. It doesn’t matter if the rooms are small, there isn’t any balcony and home windows don’t open because the visitors will spend little waking time of their rooms. Try that confined for 14 days with three youngsters. A purpose-built quarantine facility with visitors accommodated in well-spaced cabins can be significantly better for his or her psychological and bodily well being. Between pandemics, these services, if appropriately positioned, can be supreme venues for “retreats” and college camps. Ian Falconer, Turramurra
I don’t perceive the reluctance to construct a purpose-built quarantine centre in NSW. It just isn’t about growing capability. Once it’s constructed, folks in resort quarantine might be transferred to the brand new facility. NSW has been fortunate with motels up to now, however there’s no assure such luck will proceed indefinitely. More important than that, although, it’s inevitable that COVID-19 gained’t be the final virus to descend on us. Let’s be ready for that in addition to enhancing services for the current. There may very well be potential websites for such a facility at Badgerys Creek, Newcastle, Queanbeyan — even Nowra at a pinch. In the long term, it might absolutely show to be the simplest, in addition to probably the most economical choice. Ron Pretty, Farmborough Heights
State of nice fortune
The inconvenient truth is that NSW has been very fortunate (“It’s absurd to ask ‘why Melbourne”‘, June 10). Getting away with the Ruby Princess debacle was certainly luck, not good management.
Sydney’s northern seashores is a simple place to lockdown. It is a peninsula and has three roads out and in. All roads have been closed through the Christmas lockdown. Easy.
It was sheer unhealthy luck that the newest outbreak in Victoria got here from South Australia, and as unhealthy luck would have it, that particular person travelled again to Victoria. He may simply as simply have come to NSW. I wager Gladys Berejiklian can’t imagine her luck. Judy Hungerford, North Curl Curl
You’re fallacious. NSW associates who visited Melbourne when there was a niche in lockdowns informed me they have been appalled by the shortage of a unified state QR code and non-compliance at each venue. Good luck with contract tracing. Cate Wikner, Summer Hill
Cleaning hours lower to 460 colleges with assurances from the Department of Education that “there won’t be any drop in the standard of cleaning” (“Cleaning hours to be cut back in hundreds of NSW schools”, June 10). Are the midnight elves coming in or is that this extra Orwellian doublespeak?
It is our youngsters and long-suffering lecturers who will undergo, many who might clear of their “spare” time. It is, once more, schooling which can undergo. Janice Creenaune, Austinmer
Neutral Papuan coverage
I want PNG’s international coverage (“Japan in pledge to stand up to China”, June 10). They abide by the ethos of “friends to all, enemy to none”. Japan, the US and Australia have a lesson to study from our northern neighbour. Steve Johnson, Elizabeth Beach
Where’s the water?
The federal Water Minister says “if we want reliability of water supply, that requires storage and water infrastructure” (“Dam projects push ahead as costs soar”, June 10). It additionally requires water. The Minister must examine how typically water in Wyangala Dam has fallen to under 15 per cent of capability in recent times. Ian Bowie, Bowral
The state authorities nonetheless has work to do to show that elevating of the Warragamba Dam wall is one of the best resolution (Letters, June 10). The choice of widening Sackville Gorges and/or offering bypass tunnels to alleviate the “plugs in the bathtub” and permit sooner escape of Hawkesbury-Nepean floodwaters have to be correctly reconsidered. Thorough enterprise circumstances, social and environmental assessments should be performed for all choices to find out probably the most sustainable resolution. Embrace the foresight of Bradfield and check out extra artistic engineering. Peter Allen, Castle Cove
Law and fraud-er
At faculty, college students are taught to obey and be each respectful and honorable on the similar time. Why is it that when political leaders and politicians, taking a look at loosing an election, declare the actual final result has been stolen, rigged with allegations of fraud — Trump within the USA, Fujimori in Peru, Netanyahu in Israel, to listing however a couple of — slightly than recognise the collective resolution of the frequent folks (“Fraud claims as socialist holds tight lead”, June 10)? Stephen Wilson, Kangaroo Valley
Save the translators
Mateship is a superb purpose for not leaving those that have helped us battle the oppressive Taliban to the mercy of that cruel lot (“For mateship’s sake, get Afghan interpreters out”, June 9). A much less virtuous however no much less necessary purpose is to guard, by way of our demonstrated loyalty and trustworthiness, our entry to the needed assist of collaborators in future conflicts through which we will inevitably discover ourselves. Ross Drynan, Lindfield
Dementia info and figures
I’m not positive the place your correspondent obtained his data that Australia’s dementia fee is greater than 3 times increased than the remainder of the planet (Letters, June 10). To allay readers’ fears that we seem like at better threat than the remainder of the world, it must be famous that the Australian authorities’s Australian Institute of Health and Welfare worldwide comparisons of well being information state that “the estimated prevalence of dementia in Australia was 14.6 per 1000 population, close to the OECD average of 15.3 per 1000 population and ranking 17th lowest of 36 OECD countries”. Lies, damned lies and statistics involves thoughts. Natalie Mabbitt, Randwick
That was $8 million nicely spent by Annastacia Palaszczuk (“NSW conquers Queensland”, June 10). Stephen Manns, Woollahra
Open and uncovered
Has the NSW authorities, fanatically obsessive about the best of “Open NSW”, failed to stop the unlawful motion of Victorians into and thru this state and thus uncovered the residents of NSW, Queensland and New Zealand to the potential for additional outbreaks (“Husband of woman who left Melbourne lockdown also tests COVID-positive”, smh.com.au, June 10). Do we have now a brand new state emblem: “NSW – Victoria’s Transmit Lounge”? Neil Reckord, Broken Hill
A husband and spouse left Melbourne in the course of a lawfully mandated lockdown, drove to Queensland by way of NSW and roamed the Sunshine Coast for numerous days. Clearly they have to be assume they don’t seem to be topic to the identical guidelines as the remainder of us. After each testing constructive to COVID-19, they’re now in quarantine. Given their deliberate breach of a authorized well being order, they need to be topic to a heavy wonderful. Otherwise, self-entitled folks like this may proceed to disregard public well being orders and the remainder of us shall be made to bear the brunt of the results. Tim Overland, Castle Hill