Please tell me that this latest bit of disingenuous pap (M6 stage 1-Brighton Memorial Playing Fields Construction update) was not the idea of the TFNSW M6 Group. I suspect the author(s) of much of the nonsensical text on this leaflet-obviously prepared specifically for the Memorial Fields local residents-is Bayside Council alone.
Regardless, this leaflet is already redundant. On April 14, Bayside Council determined that the upgraded Memorial Field would be licensed to the Ilinden Soccer Club for 10 years for their exclusive use weekday evenings and weekend days.
Who else would want to make use of this most expensive soccer-centric facility at any other time? Is Council expecting the local school to make a booking for Friday afternoons? Sadly, the school can no longer "book" the tennis courts.
The whole concept of this latest leaflet is disingenuous nonsense.
"We understand how important this area is to you."
This area is no longer of importance to us. The residents now have little love for this playing field as it is effectively now a protected soccer-only facility. The small area of lawn replacing the two long-existing free-to-use community tennis courts will never compensate for the loss of the tennis courts. Nor will it for the even greater negative effects the residents will be subjected to when this second-division soccer club commences using this field in earnest-particularly when access thereto via Sybil Lane is finally provided.
Further, only Bayside Council could be so disingenuous/delusional as to suggest/think that, in the meantime, those using the upgraded Memorial Field will park at the West Botany Street Bicentennial Park parking site and walk across the RTA reservation to the field. Many don't do that now while using their existing RTA-reservation fields. Why would they then walk even further? Oh, wait, there's still O'Neill Street.
TFNSW should stop acting as Bayside Council's agent. It makes them look unprofessional when it puts its name to such disingenuous pap. TFNSW should be ashamed to be associated with such nonsense! Then that could be the reason why this particular leaflet can't be found on the M6 portal website?
TFNSW should let Bayside Council publish its disingenuous nonsense on its own letterhead.
Via Leader Letters, I reach out to anyone who planted a tree in memory of their mother on Mother's Day 2003 when Hurstville Council offered planting a tree in memory of a mother for those who had nowhere to remember her as part of grief recovery. I saw the article in The Leader for it and planted a tree for my mother in the gulley down to the creek from Riverwood Park. Georges River Council has announced a long term plan for the creek corridor but had a closing date of 23/4/21 for submissions, too late to contact the Leader regarding this in time for " Your Say" submissions. I urge anyone who planted a tree that day to contact GRC to submit that no tree will ever be removed from this area of remembrance if it ever gets on with this plan. The gulley is a lovely spot to sit, reflect and look at the trees planted in 2003. I have visited often, fertilised, pruned and taken water to the trees in dry spells to ensure their growth. Two saplings were trampled later in 2003 and my then young son re-planted them on the bank overlooking the others, where they now grow by the two boulders we have always sat upon for a picnic whilst there. If you planted a tree there in May 2003, please write to GRC that you wish no trees ever to be removed from this spot which Hurstville Council offered as a Wood for remembrance.
America is good at voter suppression and its full car park vaccination queues.
With the local Covid 19 vaccination rollout, and as Anzac Day is here, could we not try to beat the Americans at this game?
The AEC knows where you live, Medicare knows your age and your health status, so could they not combine their talents to invite Australians in, in a well-managed, queue free order, to use those School hall Election day polling stations over several weekends to call up in order of age and infirmity, all Australians for their one, two, vaccination injections?
We could even have Anthony Green on the TV each Sunday night, with Norman Swan, to do seat by seat and statewide updates on vaccination trends and totals. The schools could use this opportunity to run some End of Covid season, vaccination day style, fundraising Democracy Sausage Sizzles.
Garry P Dalrymple
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