Gareth out of touch
We are appalled Gareth Ward has once again used inflammatory language to demean what is now becoming a unified approach to make him and his government understand how important a rail upgrade is to our community. It was so pleasing to see councillors take a non-partisan approach to this issue. Once again he has laughed off a genuine commitment made by informed councillors and the community. Mr Ward, this is no stunt. You embarrass yourself and you label 15,000-plus commuters and residents as being irrelevant to your government's plan.
Without electrification, explain how you can double capacity on the line for passenger services. Explain how these new hybrid trains will run on the South Coast line, when the segments of the Sydney electrified interurban network over which the new regional trains will run extend 163km north from Sydney to Newcastle (Broadmeadow), 43km south to MacArthur, and 153km to Lithgow. It is council's business. It needs to know when the government will commit and fund this project in the short term and not leave it as an initiative for investigation in 10-20 years.
P. David, Unions Shoalhaven
Tribute for Corey
I knew Corey Bain as a student at our school and then later as a young man. He was the most positive person I have ever met, always had a cheeky grin on his face and look out on the soccer field, he was a force to be reckoned with. Never once did he complain about having cystic fibrosis. He just looked for the best things out of every day and he made the world a better place for all of those who were touched by his infectious personality. He will be greatly missed.
J. Hickman, Sussex Inlet
Council on right track
Gareth should avoid his dummy spit over Council's decision to lobby his government for improvements to the rail service. Council has every right to lobby state or federal governments for improvements to its infrastructure and services. Not that Gareth avoids criticising council when he thinks it isn't doing the right thing.
As for our non-resident Councillor Guile, on its own, electrification may not cut travel times, but it can double the regularity of the service and save on use of diesel fossil fuels.
T. Barratt, Bomaderry
Councillors called out
Thank you, J. Crabb, for enlightening the public on the behaviour of two councillors at a council meeting following the climate change rally by school students.
Mayor Findley responded to a request by the students to read their statement at the council meeting. She opened the meeting and read their statement and congratulated them for their efforts.
I say congratulations to Mayor Findley for listening to our teenage students. They have more concern and compassion for the future of our planet than those who just stick their head in the sand.
Cr Pakes berated the Mayor by saying she was encouraging students to miss school. What a load of codswallop.
He also said "Illness or death" was the only two reasons for students not being at school. What a callous statement. Is this councillor for real?
Cr Guile rudely talked over the Mayor while she read the statement and asserted she had not asked his permission to do so.
Come on, is there no democracy in this council?
The behaviour from these two councillors was appalling. Such behaviour from any councillors should always be called out. They most certainly would not get my vote.
Is this the type of calibre that is elected to represent and work for the ratepayers of the Shoalhaven?.
If so, it's high time they were voted out and a new brigade voted in.