We recently went for breakfast and shopping for gifts at Milton near Ulludulla. There is a parking area behind the shops but the lines are faded and very unclear.
I waited until a lady left her parking spot and reversed our vehicle. When we left after spending around $ 200 at the local shops, another person immediately took our spot.
Imagine our surprise when we noticed down the road a bit, a traffic violation notice for $84. This is just revenue raising at the most ridiculous kind.
Not a good way to promote the area.
The Scoping Report for Nowra hospital's development states, locating Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital will be 'to activate Nowra City Centre'.
That is deplorable, putting the business community ahead of Shoalhaven's health requirements. Nowra hospital already has Nowra's share of beds.
The $434 million should be spent where it is needed - Bay and Basin, the largest NSW population without a hospital. Entitled to 90 public hospital beds. And Milton Ulladulla entitled to another 25 beds.
Viability of Nowra CBD has nothing to do with the hospital; the hospitals been there for 71 years, Nowra CBD has been in decline for 40. Nowra's decline is because of poor planning. Today, shopping centres are professionally managed, but Shoalhaven City Council, responsible for many retail districts, has no designated shopping centre managers.
When a few councilors occasionally wander around and make from-the-hip decisions is not good enough. For years Nowra CBD's business community, has been asking for more parking.
Other villages have angle parking, double the spaces, while Nowra uses the world's most inefficient system, parallel parking.
The council's trying to implement a very expensive 30-year-old planned multi-storied car park and introduce paid parking. If that dinosaur succeeds, it will sound Nowra CBD's death knell.
I write in reply to Dennis F. Johnson (Times April 27), who complains that Federal member for Gilmore Fiona Phillips, is "missing in no action". Significantly, he fails to take any responsibility at all for his letter by saying later that, "I base these comments on those put forward by neighbours and friends". Perhaps, rather than relying on the hearsay of his "neighbours and friends" and having no opinion of his own, Mr Johnson should familiarize himself with the Federal Hansard where the commentary of government and opposition is recorded and made available to the public. There, he would find speeches made by Fiona Phillips on behalf of the people of Gilmore. These speeches concern issues such as rebuilding after the fires, COVID-19 relief, lobbying for increased spending on local roads and health.
She is a very responsive, empathic, and active member. Mr Johnson complains that "we never hear of her or hear anything about her" referring to Mrs Phillips. In saying this, I think we must assume that he is referring by contrast to the high-profile campaign of Andrew Constance who aspires to replace Fiona Phillips.
Mr Johnson, I would rather have a member who is quiet, persistent, and competent. Yes, Ms Phillips does not drive around in a loudly emblazoned Liberal bus or bombard the electorate with social media rubbish. She just gets on with the job. Mr Constance has pledged $40 million for Gilmore infrastructure. But how could you trust a person who had direct oversight on a one-billion-dollar blowout on the Sydney light rail project? How could he possibly be trusted to competently work for the Gilmore electorate? These are questions Mr Johnson for you, your neighbours, and friends to wrestle with.
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