Why the sudden interest?
For years a bypass on the western side of Nowra has been called out for, which has fallen on deaf ears.
Now we have front page news ( SCR, March 17 ) with Mr Constance, State Minister for Transport, suddenly pushing for the bypass.
He says he was surprised more effort hadn't gone into pursuing a Nowra bypass. This is not so. The people did try.
Mr Constance has had the transport portfolio for many years, yet funnily enough, the bypass was not on his radar.
What's the sudden interest in this "infrastructure?".
Are we having "another parachutist dropping in on Gilmore?".
The Shoalhaven has been "bypassed" for years. With a Federal election looming, everyone comes out of the woodwork and jumps on the bandwagon of such massive and important infrastructure.
Nowra cannot wait another 12 months for politicians to ponder over a bypass. It is urgently needed now.
A. Hutchison, Nowra
Let the Shoalhaven move forward
Sadly Greg Watson hangs around the Shoalhaven. Nowra needs a bypass, the land was resumed about 38 years ago for the bypass. Nowra needs a Big W, why not in the former Masters building. It will never happen while Stockland is in Nowra Fair. Watson should retire and let the Shoalhaven move forward.
R. Ayton, Worrigee
Being prepared better solution
There is always an "easy solution" to every problem - neat, plausible, and wrong. And that unfortunately applies to Andrew Constance's call to clear a wide band on both sides of all our highways. Some of the caveats? Cost. Resources. Disposal. Appearance. Heat. Habitat. Weeds. Erosion. Rockfalls. Maintenance. Nah...
But there are things we can do to make us all safer. We saw this time that we can't depend on the RFS and Fire and Rescue to look after us in an event like that one. There are just too many streets and not a fraction of the number of trucks or crews needed.
I'd like Andrew to get behind my call to roll out Community Fire Units in all our urban/bushland interface streets. Help us protect ourselves and our neighbours. We know we are living in a runaway overheating climate. We know the next fires will be sooner and bigger. We know we lost a lot this time but will lose more next time unless we are better prepared. Now is the time to be making those preparations. Andrew?
Terry McGee, Malua Bay
Brave, resilient, innovative
This year, the Royal Australian Air Force marks 100 years of service to our nation.
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Today, the Air Force comprises almost 21,000 members, including nearly 5,000 reservists. Globally, on any day, the Air Force has between 500 and 700 people deployed on active duty helping those in need.
In the last 12 months alone, the men and women of the Air Force have provided crucial support to our COVID-19 response and in recovering from the devastating bushfires.
It's important to pause and acknowledge our Air Force veterans, today's members and all the families who have supported our personnel throughout the last century.