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A crash waiting to happen
Attached is a photo of one of the many infringements we see
all too often on Eaglehawk Neck. I’ve even seen the driver of
a small coach of another company stop on the road pavement in
the northbound lane, allowing passengers to disembark and amble
across the highway to the Dog Line statue. No matter that there
are several large and small ‘No Standing’ signs in both directions
tourists are aware there is something to see somewhere on The
Neck and are blind to any signage while they watch out for the
feature. It is not helpful that there is a wide gravel verge on the
southbound side, inviting standing or parking. When an event is
held at the nearby community hall, the local authorities erect a star
post and ref lective rope barrier along the centre of this verge so
guests will not be able to park. I think a more permanent solution
in the form of a row of normal plastic guideposts should be erected
there immediately. It will only take a vehicle to be standing in this
well-signed ‘No Standing’ zone, a large coach, a chicken food tanker
and some rubbernecking inattention for there to be an horrendous
event in our beauty spot.
Ruth Brozek, Eaglehawk Neck
A sacred site
Two items especially caught my eye in the February/March
issue of Journeys. It really does not matter which Tasmanian
company won the tender for the Brooker Highway upgrade – the
material point surely is that the current government is keeping
its pre-election promises on road improvement. Credit where it
Having overseas visitors, we followed the recommendation of YD
Bar-Ness (‘A motorist’s guide to the giant trees of Tasmania’) and
took them to the Evercreech Forest Reserve. What a wonderful
day out we all had. Not only were the tall trees absolutely amazing
but the myrtles, tree ferns and the walk alongside the creek to a tall
waterfall left us all feeling both grounded in a wonderful natural
spot and awed by unspoiled nature. It could well have been, for us,
a sacred site!
Dr John Barrett-Peacock, Rossarden
The article on Sydney Harbour entitled ‘James, just looked what
you missed ’ hit the nail right on the head. It brought back
memories of my first year in the Navy in 1967, walking past the
Opera House and watching the workmen putting tiles on the roof;
and being on the gangway on the 4am-8am watch, seeing Sydney
coming slowly to life and the harbour going from almost dead
quiet to the bustling waterway it becomes when the ferries start
the morning commuter runs.
Cockatoo Island was then still a Naval dockyard and when the
ship was in dock for maintenance, we had to be taken ashore in
a workboat. This was a trip from Cockatoo to Garden Island,
basically a mini harbour cruise – and the Nav y paid us for the
privilege of taking it!
Another strong memory was in 1971 when I returned home from
seven hectic months ‘on the gunline’ off Vietnam in HMAS Perth;
and the good old harbour bridge came into sight. That was when
we all realised that yes, we were really home.
A lot of things about Sydney have changed since then, but the
article was right – it is still the most beautiful harbour in the world.
Garry Gleadhill, Branxholm
The readers’ opinions in the last Journeys regarding clarity
of fuel-price signage were unanimous and will, I hope, be
conveyed to government and fuel retailers throughout our state.
Of far greater value to readers would be a pie chart showing the
percentage breakdown of the average price we are paying for fuel
in Tasmania. There is currently no pressure on our government
to make any attempt to pass on the benefits of low-cost petroleum
products to consumers. The more we are prepared to pay as
motorists, the more revenue the government stands to collect.
For some years now all our LPG has been imported from overseas
and delivered to Devonport and Hobart in foreign-f lag ships.
The same now applies to most of the petrol and diesel delivered
to Tasmania. Imported petrol and diesel is made to a generic
specification with brand-name additives added at the bulk storage
facilities in the north and south of the state, prior to distribution to
the retail outlets.
Keep the pie chart simple. The cost of the imported product
must be declared to the Federal Government – so we know the
landed cost per/litre in Australia. Sea freight and storage applies
if the product was transhipped within Australia; road freight and
distribution within Tasmania is a cost component and we are left
with the pump price on which the GST is collected.
The simple question is why are we paying upwards of twenty cents
a litre more than our fellow citizens on the mainland for the same
Robert Gratjios, Binalong Bay
Bass Strait freight
Slicing up the fuel-price pie
Based on a wholesale price of $1.20 per litre
10 Journeys APRIL / MAY 2016
IN OUR COMMUNITY
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