Letters to the editor

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Track won’t end burnouts

After reading an online article in the SCR this week I gained the impression the person featured in the article was looking to revamp the motorcycle racing facility.

He mentioned the burnouts at the intersection of Braidwood and Parma Roads and also Turpentine Road.

However, if he feels the development of the motorcycle complex will rid our roads of this illegal activity he is sadly mistaken. The people who are responsible for these acts do them because they know they will not be caught and penalised and if any person thinks they will pay to use the motorcycle track for their burnouts then they are sadly mistaken, as they get their kicks because it is illegal.

A. Stephenson, Nowra

High-rise looms

I would like to draw attention to the public exhibition of a DA for  proposed development on the corner of Kinghorne Street and Albatross Road. This land is currently a garage which has operated as a service station and various car dealerships for over 60 years and is situated on the corner of the roundabout.

News of the development first appeared on Friday, May 6, 2016 in the South Coast Register for a four-storey block of 55 residential units and three commercial shops. 

This proposed development is surrounded by residential properties and I would urge all residents in the immediate area and surrounds to be aware of of this development and how it might affect them.

Presently, the LEP is set by council at a height of 11 metres however the developer wants to have the height increased to 15 metres. This would be a four-storey building in the midst of our residential area.

I would urge any resident who lives in the CBD of Nowra, as I do, to take the time to look at the documentation on this development which is on public view at Shoalhaven City Council.

Written comments are invited on the planning proposal and should be addressed to the General Manager, Shoalhaven City Council, before 5pm on Friday, July 14.

D. Milne, Nowra   

The famine is real

East Africa is in the middle of a food crisis. More than six million South Sudanese people are suffering severe food shortages. Around 20 million people in Eastern Africa are going hungry right now.

In February, South Sudan was officially declared as in famine, which means four out of 10,000 children were dying every day. The  crisis is not over, as other areas in the region slip dangerously closer to famine every day.

Yet a new Plan International Australia report examining attitudes expressed on social media reveals a lot of Australians are cynical of this crisis. In some ways, it isn’t surprising because it’s difficult to fathom the horror of a famine until you actually see it, but as a major aid agency responding to thousands in need right now – we feel compelled to correct the record.

One of the most common things we hear is over-population is driving the hunger crisis. We know this simply isn’t true. Conflict is driving farmers from their land, leaving no one to produce food for the rest of the region. The conflict is so intense, South Sudan now has the fastest growing number of refugees in the world, more than Syria.

Some people feel famine is a perpetual reality in Africa – that’s just how it is. It isn’t. Many African countries are thriving. It’s worth remembering until this year, the entire world was famine-free for six years.

Many feel donating to agencies responding to the hunger crisis is ineffective because the money doesn’t make it to those who need it most. Let me assure you it absolutely does. Without donations, we simply cannot feed, clothe, protect and educate thousands of children who’ve done nothing to deserve this fate. To help the people of South Sudan, visit www.plan.org.au/give/appeals/south-sudan-famine or call 13 75 26.

I. Wishart, Plan International Australia