Heritage, traffic lights poles apart
Milton's new traffic lights installation is a disaster for our town's heritage streetscape. Most people think there will be one set of lights to replace the current zebra crossing. In fact there will be four controlled crossings with 11 traffic light poles around the that little Wason Street intersection, plus two control boxes.
This intersection with its oddly angled streets and wedge-shaped buildings is our town's best example of John Booth's unusual and unique 1860s town subdivision. The Miss Moss shop building features prominently in our old town photographs, of post World War I peace parades and when it was used by auctioneers Boag and Wallace.
Can you think of another small and quaint historic town with four ugly sets of lights in the middle of its main street? Tourists will think Milton has lost much of its appeal.
You won't be able to walk up the highway and cross over Wason Street on either side without a green 'Walk' sign. And you won't be able to free turn left out of Wason Street east side onto the highway without waiting for a green light.
Pedestrian lights for crossing the highway make it safer for those that use them. My observation is that locals cross the highway opposite IGA and the post office. This would be convenient for tourists too. If people don't walk down to the existing zebra crossing now, then they certainly won't if they have to wait for a light.
Cathy Stewart, Milton
Vaccine delay a state failure
I'm not one to naively believe anything the Australian Government has to say, especially this Teflon-coated Morrison Government who is never responsible for anything that goes wrong. However, I am leaning toward the vaccine rollout delay falling squarely on the shoulders of the states and territories. Get it right folks, this is not quantum physics, this is sticking a needle in someone's arm. Vaccinate our frontline workers and the vulnerable urgently.
John Panneman, Milton
Just wanted to say we would be very happy to have a roundabout at the Bannister Head Road and Tallwood Avenue intersection.
Mary McGlynn, Mollymook Beach
A lack of fortitude
With the council election getting closer, councillors seem to be missing fortitude. Wards 2 and 3 support a more centralised, environmentally friendly hospital in the fastest growing southern Shoalhaven. But some in the Labor movement have got into bed with the Member for Kiama, Gareth Ward, and support local residential and traffic noise pollution and the destruction of the environment, and the people's historic Nowra Park. With so much political fake news all it has done is split the community, while Shellharbour gets a greenfield hospital.
Wallace Bourke, Sanctuary Point
True character test
The Coalition has made no bones about its hardline policy of deporting non-citizens on "character grounds", which Peter Dutton recently summarised as being like "taking the trash out".
Surely Parliament deserves to be cleansed of non-deserving representatives too, and not have them just pushed aside, eventually, to the crossbench on full pay, for possibly many months at a time? If the Coalition wants to survive, it cannot afford to be seen to be tolerating and harbouring accused predators and other poorly behaved operators.
The excuses made by the senior Coalition executive about Andrew Laming hanging onto his position add up to yet another shovelful of party political-focused spin and cover-up. Six months ago the PM was very quick to suggest publicly that Christine Holgate should be pushed out the door of Australia Post over the purchase of $19,000 worth of performance-pay watches for staff.