Keep foreshore open space clutter free

Port Lincoln Times, September 26

Port Lincoln Times, September 26

Years ago the Tasman Terrace beachfront strip was home to a fire station, a rotunda, a wishing well, a war-time ship mine and fenced off area that had a bowls and croquet club et cetera.

Then later on, a lifesavers clubrooms and a water-slide, some metal playground equipment and a rose garden.

Fortunately previous town councils had the wisdom to remove all that to enable the development of open space lawn area for public recreation.

Now this council has plans to add concrete and metal structures that will invade the lawns.

For over 50 years there would not have been a child or adult in Port Lincoln that has not had fun times on those lawns.

Does the city really need more clutter (just to be trendy) or should the current councilors also be as wise and retain the valuable open green zone?

DENNIS LIGHTFOOT

Lock

Welfare card and welfare of workers

Ceduna has apparently now become a nicer place to live now that some of the bad elements have left for greener pastures, meaning places like Lincoln where they aren't forced to use their 'pay' to buy food.

It has gotten me thinking about whether or not it would be good to start the card in Lincoln.

I am a worker, have been always and will remain so till I no longer can.

Why then do I have to pay for the lifestyle of those who break into my house when I'm working, or those who would rather protest instead of making any meaningful difference or the people who feel if they start drinking early enough it counts as a job.

A nice dream would be not paying any welfare. People who are cared about will be looked after, people who have no one should maybe look at what they do for others.

Lucky for us our police say crime is going down, despite the fact everyone is saying it's getting worse.

We have been told to protect our valuables and lock doors, while they pursue the new biggest threat of fishing rod holders.

Great job! I'm sure we all feel safer now.

DENNIS MILLER

Port Lincoln

Waste of court time

The time in which it takes for a serious crime to be committed, prosecuted, judged and then sentenced is inordinate, and places incredible stress on the victim, family and friends.

It is often said that our legal system is clogged and inevitably it is inferred that we don't have enough courts or presiding judges to expedite cases that are before them.

Quite often people today are quick to resort to legal action and redress for a range of acts, which common sense clearly shows that are vexatious and totally frivolous.

The absurdity of complaints and issues presented to our courts for judgement was highlighted by the 'Screeching cocky in court' which was reported on November 2 in Adelaide.

It is almost beyond belief, that the litany of neighbour concerns, which included: a screeching cocky, barking dogs, noisy children and the man whistling whilst he mowed the lawn, could result in a District Court hearing.

One must question the process of pursuing legal action, where such nebulous claims can occupy police, legal representatives, valuable court time and a judge, on a matter where common sense clearly showed that it to be unjustified, trivial and a waste of taxpayers' money.

Our legal system should include an initial review process, where claims are quickly deemed to be unwarranted of court action, referred to mediation or passed on for prosecution.

Cases of this ilk and many like them should never be presented to our esteemed judges for consideration.

I am sure they and the police have far more pressing and important issues to contemplate.

IAN MACGOWAN

Ceduna

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