Letters / Stop the flats, stop West Basin development

Stop building the flats, stop the West Basin development, says retired architect JACK KERSHAW.

Letters / Government ignores Canberra’s green losses

"What is the Green Wing of the government doing to change the bad old ways of the Barr government?" ask letter writers GLENYS and PHIL BYRNE, of Florey.

Letters / Rubbish dumped at Chisholm clothing bins

Letter writer BJORN MOORE bemoans the mess around the donation clothing bins at Chisholm shops. 

Letters / Cries from voiceless to prevent further suicide

“Our family's experience of the interaction between the mental health and the justice systems for our family member was as traumatic as the incident that led to them being held in custody,” says our lead letter this week.

Letters / Where the developer rules and democracy loses

GEOFF MURRAY-PRIOR, of Watson, shares his nightmare of dealing with the  Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate...

Letters / Northbourne’s ‘unsightly’ entrance to the capital

Letter writer PETER SHERMAN is unhappy at the state of the Northbourne Avenue median strip. "Unkempt, dishevelled and neglected," is how he describes it.

Few sitting days to keep government to account

Letter writer COLIN LYONS, of Weetangera, thinks our Legislative Assembly doesn't sit nearly enough, especially compared to other parliaments. 

Symmetry must star in a new vision for City Hill

Architect and letter writer JACK KERSHAW lobbies for a design competition not a call to developers for a key site in Civic. 

Footpaths: concrete is cheap… healthcare is not

"In the 16 years that I have lived in North Canberra, the abysmal condition of the suburban footpaths never ceases to amaze me." So says reader GREG SWINDEN in this letters extra on footpaths, falls and failures.

Woden tram looms as an ‘expensive millstone’

"There is a danger Light Rail Stage 2 will become an expensive millstone round ratepayers’ necks," says letter writer DAVID DENHAM, of Griffith.

Letters / A welcome step in fixing failed drug laws

"I find it difficult to understand why people who have suffered under illicit drug policy want that same policy to continue," says letter writer MARION McCONNELL, of Giralang.

Letters / Too fast, no helmets and two to an e-scooter

Letter writer STEVE ELLIS, of Hackett reckons the police have enough to do without having to spend lots of time apprehending illegal scooter users...

Letters / Why can’t they just cut the ‘forest of weeds’?

Reader DAPHNE HARDING, of Farrer, lives near a thick, tall forest of weeds that could prove to be a fire hazard in the summer and also a haven for snakes, but no one in authority wants to cut it. 

Letters / Mystery of the Audi car-window smashing 

JINGWEI JAI's car passenger window was smashed in Braddon. There were other passenger windows smashed in Belconnen. The mystery that binds them together is they are all Audis.

Letters / Call for inquiry into Army chopper bushfire

Letter writer PAUL VARSANYI, of Kambah, wants to see an independent investigation into the Army's role in starting the devastating bushfire in Namadgi National Park earlier this year.

Letters / Pokies ‘inefficient’ in helping the community

"It is incorrect to claim that 'problem gamblers bet on anything'. Poker machine addicts’ compulsive gambling relates to the psychological manipulation of poker machines," says letter writer KARINA MORRIS, of Weetangera.

Letters / Let’s genuinely do something about planning 

"We need a circuit breaker before everyone climbs back into their bunkers," says letter writer PETER TAIT, bemoaning that "planning for the city we want to live in continues to be a hot issue". 

Letters / ‘Urban vandalism’ threatens Woden town square 

The Woden Valley Community Council is pushing back on a 24-storey building that's going to create wind and overshadow public space, says president FIONA CARRICK. 

Letters / The hydrogen fuel era has arrived

Letter writer Dr DOUGLAS MACKENZIE, of Deakin, has "a strong feeling" that the era of hydrogen fuel has arrived.

Letters / No more of the same, please 

Letter writer SUE DYER, of Downer, is pining for better planning outcomes, citing the pre-election promises of the main parties. 





CIMF / Opening gala gets festival off to a good start

"The opening gala was a most enjoyable musical evening, the 2021 CIMF has kicked off well," writes music reviewer IAN McLEAN.


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