During the late 1970s, while the old Belconnen Bus Interchange opened, there was a one-kilometer-long “Bus Way” running from Benjamin Way to Coulter Drive. The bus way exceeded alongside the front of the brand new Belconnen Mall. A pedestrian land bridge becomes in place for customers and others to go into the mall from Lathlain Street and automobile park regions.
Along the period of the bus way, there has been an average strip in which many trees and shrubs were planted to split the bus way and different widespread visitors. A brief time after the bus manner turned into commissioned, teenaged boys decided to move the bus way in an attempt to climb the rock wall and get admission to Lathlain Street. Unfortunately, in part because of the trees and shrubs concealing them and lowering their vision and that of the bus motive force, one youngster changed into struck and tragically killed by way of the oncoming bus. The bus motive force becomes a shattered guy for the rest of his lifestyles.
As a result of this terrible coincidence, a 2.2-meter-high chain-link fence turned into erected along both sides of the whole length of the bus manner. No, similarly injuries have been recorded. Now that we’ve got experienced the first recorded accident related to a pedestrian and tram what physical measures will our fearless leaders put in the vicinity to prevent similarly pedestrian incidents such as this, or worse, that rationale on self-damage? It is one aspect for our government to induce the public to be aware of their environment; it’s another for our authorities to physically lessen the opportunity of similar incidents. Surely pedestrian barriers will want to be hooked up in, and round excessive-pedestrian precincts consisting of Civic, Dickson Interchange, Showground and Gungahlin Town Centre tram stop. What fee public and worker safety? Greg Zakharoff, Macgregor Golliwog decision right I would like to explicit my support for the decision to prohibit the “Golliwog” balloon from flying this 12 months. The golliwog is a racist meme from a past generation that by hook or by crook persists. Events ACT was pretty proper to name it out. What is greater disturbing is the behavior of the “volunteers” who took it upon themselves to contradict the selection via Events ACT. In doing so, they uncovered their very own lack of know-how and shortage of perception approximately this vital difficulty. Soft racism should be faced. I propose that Events ACT thinks cautiously approximately the usage of volunteers inside the destiny. Perhaps it might higher to pay professionals. Brian Stonebridge, Barton Too little too overdue David Pope’s caricature of March 5 neatly summarises and satirizes Scott Morrison’s new-determined enthusiasm for renewable electricity. Only now, as seven of his ministers have elected to jump deliver before the election, is the PM claiming that he’s all for renewable electricity – even Mr. Turnbull’s Snowy Hydro 2. Many Australians will, like me, see Mr. Morrison’s unexpected change of heart as simply any other determined attempt to shore up voter help before he delivers of country sinks below an electoral tsunami. Douglas Mackenzie, Deakin Exemptions no longer on John L. Smith (“Confessional defended”, Letters, March 4) appears to elevate Catholic doctrine above “any civil law” and suggests that the specified reporting of expertise of pedophilia may be a horrific law due to the fact, he says, it’s going to lead to exemptions. What may be “terrible” of a regulation requiring usual reporting of abhorrent criminal acts? Exemptions aren’t warranted. But he is correct that – in its put up-biblical, man-made codifying of the doctrine of secrecy of the confession – the church has claimed that it was “from the start”. But this sort of declare is without ancient or objective foundation and has as much credibility as, and much less biblical “authority” than, the ridiculous nonsecular notions of 7-day creation and the incestuous descent of the human race from Adam and his divinely re-engineered rib. The successors to folks that asserted that historical falsehood is similarly nicely able to proclaim now that “it is no longer so.” They must accomplish that. Mike Hutchinson, Reid Land tax gouging ACT Labor’s claim that its new vacant land tax law ended up with a few unintended effects is a crock. It has been caught with its hand within the jar and now desires to make amends. Here’s a thought Mr. Barr. Why now not make bigger the definition of “vacant” to consist of all properties/families in Canberra that have unoccupied bedrooms. I’m certain you can provide you with simple components to calculate the vacant part of the residence and practice land tax thus. That should raise a few more dollars. And, while you’re at it, why now not redefine the definition of “land” to encompass now not most effective the real footprint/block of land occupied via multi-story dwellings however also the overall vicinity of each level. You know, below a redefined definition a 10-story building if laid flat might be occupying ten times the original land length. Just think how a whole lot land tax this would carry in. Peter Toscano, Amaroo Self-fascinated view The pleas for leaders and governments to act on climate alternate so that our grandkids are conferred advanced potentialities of inheriting a habitable world ignores Mother Nature now not worrying one jot whether or not our progeny continue to exist or no longer, in consolation or suffering fiery climes. The pillage and savagery humanity has inflicted upon Earth is ameliorated using fewer people being brought into the sector. The only way to lessen ecological harm is to pick out to now not have (or fewer) kids, at the same time as we agitate for renewable electricity and eco-sustainable social coverage. I have yet to see a correspondent apologize that wounding the Earth and its different habitants is a morally reprehensible act with the aid of itself. The clarion call to act now ought to be divorced from the self-hobby inherent in leaving a higher international for our youngsters. Joseph Ting, Carina, Qld Charity unwarranted Can I ask, why are the federal authorities diverting $1.44billion of taxpayers’ monies to rehouse fifty-seven dangerous (destructive man or woman) asylum seekers once they must be sent lower back to their u. S. Of starting place? Why are we becoming a charity for the world’s problems? We don’t want these kinds anywhere close to our us of a. Let their very own authorities address them and at their cost. Lib/Labor/Greens – take be aware. If you need to preserve your jobs appearance after us in place of those charged with homicide, baby sexual assault, drug trafficking, and terror activity. Russ Morison, Theodore School investment a trouble Warwick Bradly (Letters, March 5) asks some pertinent questions Why will we permit the Catholic Church to hold to perform schools? The easy solution is that we allow all religions to function, without discrimination. Sadly, even Scientology become approved, after it declared itself a religion. However, his 2nd query about government funding of Catholic faculties, “Worse nevertheless why is it showered in ever greater stages of government investment? Is this a few kinds of unwell shaggy dog story?” is extraordinarily applicable in mild of the current revelations of sexual abuse of minors. As a secular society, where authorities investment of religions is expressly forbidden through the charter, there is no cause to subsidize nonsecular indoctrination of any kind, whether or not it be Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Catholic, Orthodox, Christian, or a few different version. Non-authorities colleges operated pretty effectively earlier than federal government money became delivered through the “lower back door” of tied presents inside the Sixties. Since then they appear to have come to be hooked on government cash, with the wealthier personal schools receiving the extra largesse. Some claim that government-funded kingdom schools might no longer cope if all independent colleges closed due to the withdrawal of illegal government funding. This is a crimson herring, as simplest surely “poor” schools would close. As the Catholic Church is one of the richest establishments within the global, this can not in all likelihood follow to its colleges. Anyone arguing for authorities funding for religious and unbiased faculties based totally on the furphy of “choice” must be pretty glad for his or her taxes to pay for my vehicle, on the premise that I “select” to apply it in preference to public shipping. Any shortfall in funding for authorities colleges would be greater than compensated through the reassignment of the finances from personal schools, like government subsidies to them now often exceed funding consistent with a student of state colleges. Robert McKenzie, Dunlop Water rate a rort Perhaps the High Court must reconsider its 2011 selection to permit the ACT government’s annual $30 million water abstraction charge, given the money is not devoted to the seizing and delivery of water. (“Water surcharge well worth $30million 12 months not spent on water initiatives” canberratimes.Com.Au). The Queanbeyan Council’s project to the rate within the High Court in 2011 become unsuccessful, basically because the courtroom standard the money raised was being spent on the seize and delivery of water. In October 2003, the ACT Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission warned the authorities the water abstraction rate have to be no longer used actually to raise revenue. Australia’s charter prohibits states or territories from charging excises. In its October 2003 document to the ACT government, the commission said recommendation to the fee turned into that the constitutional query did not exist wherein the price recovered definable charges associated with the capture and delivery of water. But it ought to no longer be levied for sales-raising purposes. Now, the government says it gathered nearly $60 million from the charge over the preceding two economic years but spent handiest $15.6 million in 2016-17 on water initiatives. Meanwhile, the ACT Environment Commissioner’s workplace points to most important threats to the Cotter catchment, from feral animals, invasive weeds and burned out cars. This catchment is rightly the envy of maximum Australian jurisdictions and needs to be well controlled. But, as with different infrastructure, including taking walks and cycle paths, is being allowed to degrade through a smug government, more reason on raising money for needless projects consisting of the light rail. The water abstraction charge must be used for the purpose for which it’s miles gathered, or reduced to reflect the authorities’ lack of challenge for Canberra’s vital water catchment. Graham Downie, O’Connor Show some compassion As Shakespeare put it: “The greatness of mercy is not strained, it droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven.” News just in reviews that the little one son of British-born Islamic State captive Shamima Begum, has died in a Kurdish-run refugee camp in Syria. Begum ran away to join IS with different Muslim schoolgirls on the age of 15. The record says she had previously given delivery to 2 other kids who are also dead. The 19-year-vintage has been stripped of her citizenship via the British authorities in spite of her desire to return. Her case is similar to that of Melbourne-born terrorist Neil Prakash, presently in jail in Turkey. Prakash changed into stripped of his Australian citizenship closing 12 months by way of Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton who claimed that he turned into virtually a Fijian. This falsehood angered the Fijian authorities to such an extent that a hasty conciliatory go to by Scott Morrison turned into organized to easy the ruffled feathers. Both cases spotlight an ongoing dilemma for governments confronted with the problem of what to do with those undesirable prisoners. While there may be understandably little sympathy for them back in their domestic, international locations, it’s miles manifestly unfair to the Kurds to be lumbered with them. After all, it becomes they who shouldered the maximum of the weight in bringing about the military defeat of the IS. I could favor returning them right away to their international locations of origin. Ms. Begum, especially, whose youthful foolishness has brought extra pain and heartbreak upon herself than any 19-year-old must endure, need to be shown the form of mercy that the Islamic State might by no means dream of extending to its enemies. Such an act of compassion might function a clean example of the fundamental distinction among a civilized reaction, as guided using the values of the Enlightenment, and those of a regression to the darkish a while of nonsecular barbarism. Peter Ellett, Scullin ‘Quieter’ now not quiet I could pay attention to the noise of Project Wing’s “quieter” drones being examined for the public from inside my domestic five kilometers away. Robyn McIntyre, Bonython TO THE POINT PM, MAKE IT RAIN Our enthusiastic, gee whiz prime minister, ScoMo, is now providing instant answers to boom the wide variety of Liberal female representatives in Federal Parliament and has given Snowy Hydro 2 the thumbs up. Perhaps he may want to flick the rain switch to provide a remedy to our primary river structures, together with the Murray-Darling, and the parched herbal surroundings. Judy Kelly, Aranda PM, BUILD A WALL Perhaps ScoMo should build a wall inside the Indian Ocean? Rod Matthews, Fairfield, Vic TURNBULL’S DEMISE If Malcolm Turnbull’s hilarious interview with Andrew Neil become now not so sad one ought to have concluded that he become auditioning for Live at The Apollo. If Bill Shorten remains questioning why Malcolm became sacked, I suggest he view the YouTube pictures of the communique. Mark Sproat, Lyons PROMISES, PROMISES Never earlier than within the history of Australian politics has a lot been promised via such a lot of for thus few probably results. C. Williams, Forrest NON-STOP DRONES A short method to asses the suitability of the usage of drones for deliveries within the ACT is to set up for more than one drone deliveries to be made to the neighbors of all contributors of the ACT Assembly day and night consisting of weekends for a month. Robert Knight, Bungendore, NSW NUMBERS GAME An economic system structured upon a great boom in the populace to keep it going, will eventually have huge trouble. Steve Thomas, Yarralumla MAKE AN EFFORT Could someone, all and sundry, in particular, Andrew Barr, explain for to me why there’s a drone shipping trial happening within the ACT? Is it so hard for human beings to get off their backsides and in reality visit the stores for his or her espresso/muffin/wrap or, heaven forbid, make their own? Graeme Rankin, Holder ABBOTT’S ANTICS So Abbott says circumstances have changed and we must not pull out of the Paris weather treaty. This isn’t a non-core circumstance alternate. Thos Puckett, Ashgrove PARIS BACKFLIP Yes Tony, “occasions have modified.” You are underneath danger of dropping your seat to an unbiased, hence the backflip on Paris. Phyllis Vespucci, Reservoir, Vic IT’S ALL ABOUT ME Forget “Me Too” — with an election looming, it’s painfully clear that our so-referred to as “Honourable” Coalition politicians are handiest inquisitive about “Me First.”