Support for live music seems lost in the mix

27/04/2020 Posted by admin

HARMONISE: Laura Robertson argues the city sends mixed messages on live music after the council enforced Queens Wharf Hotel’s consent conditions after complaints. NEWCASTLE CityCouncil,I have a question for you: are you serious about making Newcastle great? The state government is investing stupid amounts of money into the light rail in order to make our city more connected and accessible, and that’s cool. But what’s the point if there’s nowhere for anyone to go once it’s all finished?

I can imagine the conversations you might be having: “Well, there areno businesses left in the CBD but at least all our elderly residents who bought their apartments in the 1960s are happy. That’s what’s really important here”.The messages you are sending are mixed. Do you want Newcastle to be a legitimate city or not? Becauseright now, to me,it doesn’t feel like it.

We are sick of seeing great bars close early and live music be silenced. We want to dance to Beyonce and Michael Jackson on the harbour, and with gusto, damn it.

I hope you helpQueens Wharf Hotel to continue their Harbour Lounge live music event on Thursday evenings (“Quieter days on waterfront”, Herald 20/4). Some of the most gifted musicians in our region contribute their time, money and talent to these nights, offering a free event for Newcastle music appreciators. This is one of the best events to happen in Newcastle.Our city needs this.So,are you serious about making Newcastle great? Because we are.

LauraRobertson, MerewetherSQUEEZE EASED ON THE PRESSA QUICK note of thanks to Newcastle City Council and Hunter Development Corporation.Following the complete fencing off of the section of Hunter Street outside my business, the Press Book House, I had some real concerns that I would have to shut down for good and even took the unfortunate step of having to let go some staff.

The council and HDC were quick to respond and have now opened a walkway across Hunter Street, from out the front of New Space to the other side of the street near my business.Accessibility has been restored and my trade has steadied. Importantly, I’ve been able to ensure the ongoing employment of some of my staff, for now.It’s been tough for my business and many others working so very hard to survive.But I believe that businesses like The Press can make it through, but we need your help.

I ask Novocastrians toconsider doing all they can to support businesses in the CBD during the construction of the light rail.We’re well and truly open for business, soplease come in andsay hi.Once again, thanks to Council and HDC.

Murrie Harris,The Press Book HouseBAGGING A BETTER OPTIONFIRST of all, why do we have plastic green bags, why not cotton? I fear the plastics industry has dominated the scene for too long. With tons of paper products being recycled, why not more paper bags? We need to jump off the train of environmental and self-destruction and take a look back to before World War II.

My father owned a country general store before and during the war. Brown paper bags were used extensively in a number of sizes and weights, there was a large roll of brown paper, white paper, rolls of greaseproof paper for wrapping objects. There werealways plenty of empty cartons for customers to place their goods in to take away. Carrying a shopping basket on the arm was a common sight in those days.

We need to plant more trees to put the brakes on rising temperatures and save our sea creatures from plastics by using more recycled paper products.

Leonard Buckland, Booragul RED LIGHT TO RED FACEDMALCOLM Turnbull made it clear that a royal commission into bankingwas completely unnecessary. His government actively resisted the many calls for an inquiry. The powerful banks are being forced to air their dirty laundry now, and we’re lucky Mr Turnbull’s stubborn assertions have been overturned. Scott Morrison did a Tony Abbott-style backflip and admitted the commission was doing a good job after toeing the party line.

By carefully avoiding the terrible reality that Australia has needed this royal commission for over a decade, the Coalition’s red face must be glowing from coast to coast. The banks are in the firing line but let’s remember who resisted the commission. To me, it looks like our government was happy to see regular Aussies seriously ripped off to protect our powerful and privileged banking institutions. For the Coalition, this approach sounds all too familiar.

John Butler,Windella DownsDON’T BANK ON ANSWERSTHE royal commission into banking …the one the federal governmentdeemed not necessary and fought tooth and nail to prevent it. Well, the poo has definitely hit the fan, and the longer it goes thegreater the stench will be.It appears the big banks and other financial institutions have been ripping the public off for years. As a former banker, our PM, you might assume, had prior knowledge of this, but let’s give him the benefit of doubt.

We allknow what their answers will be if they are questioned in parliament over their prior knowledge of these practices, the same as former prime ministerJohn Howard and his cohorts gave at the royal commission into the Australian Wheat Board scandal years ago:”we know nothing”.

Thepublic can only hope that when this inquiry is closed and recommendations are made, they are fully implemented and high-ranking executives find themselves facing consequences. The buck may stopat the topbut it seems it isalways someone at the bottom who gets their backsidekicked.

Darryl Tuckwell,EleebanaHANG UP TO SKIP CLOSE CALLSTHIS is to thefemale P-plate driver in Adamstown on Wednesday night that, by luck only, closely avoidedwipingout my partner and another lady while on the pedestrian crossing. The opposite side driver, who was stopped for both ladies, had a look of shock and disbelief as this person drove straight through with speed in a 40km/h zone.

I believe this P-plate driver was on her phone at the time.She hasn’t seen the two ladies yet. It happened so fast they didn’t get her number plate. She missed them, so close that she nearly ran over their toes.Where are theCCTV cameras when you need them?

Michael Cotts,New LambtonLETTER OF THE WEEKTHE pen goes to Karen Johnstone, of Stanthorpe, for her letter thanking a Hunter driver for their compassion.

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