Letters / Potholes from ‘poor’ road

IN the last three years I’ve driven from Belconnen to Fyshwick on Parkes Way almost every day. Recently the road has been extended to three lanes in both ways so traffic flows easier especially in morning and afternoon hours.

quillDespite the fact that Parkes Way is a relatively new road its quality is very poor. The number of potholes is growing daily and the combination of frost and rain makes them deeper and wider. In addition, potholes increase a risk of damaging cars and collisions.

In January, Chief Minister Andrew Barr announced a plan for the Parkes Way that should “create high-value sites for prestigious tourism and entertainment precincts”. No doubt, tourists from other countries will be very impressed by their journey on Parkes Way, if you understand what I mean.

I would like to invite Mr Barr and Minister for Roads and Parking, Mr Gentleman Mick, to inspect the road and save Canberrans expenses on car repairs as well as their lives.

Evgeniy Zagrebelny, via email

I’m with Michael

I AGREE with Michael Atwell (letters, CN, June 25) that there are more pressing issues in Australia than marriage equality. Legalise it or not, but stop discussing it ad nauseum with politicians, on TV and other media.

I am deeply concerned about every issue Michael mentioned, all of which have huge implications now and will have in the future for our dear country.

Therese Jourdan, Holt

Call for old smartphones

I WRITE on behalf of Able Australia – the not-for-profit organisation helping people who face the huge challenge of deafblindness in our community – to ask readers if they could kindly support a new campaign.

Right now there are 288,000 Australians who have sight and hearing impairments. They live in a highly complex silent world, which presents massive challenges to any person who is deafblind.

We are appealing for anyone who has an old smartphone (and charger) to donate that device to Able Australia, which we will pass on to the many deafblind people we support. By using the Bluetooth connectivity of the device and then connecting the device to a Braille reader, these people can independently connect to family, friends, colleagues and the wider community around them.

You can’t imagine how powerful that gift is. It’s so simple and so effective. All the details about how you can help are at ableaustralia.org.au

Kaye Collard, CEO, Able Australia

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