Trying something new no reason for smears

28/04/2019 Posted by admin

DISHING IT OUT: The Vegemite toast on offer at Darby Street’s Core Espresso has become front-page news in Sydney. Reader Kerry Redman questions the outcry.

WELL,the good old Aussie toast and Vegemite from Newcastle (“When Vegemite goes viral”, Herald 19/4)has hit the front pages of Sydney newspapers.May I offer some advice to the almighty Sydney chefs criticising it, Mr Matt Moran (“That is going too far”) and Mr Colin Fassnidge (“so far off the mark”)?Why can’t you offer some encouragement to a couple of young people who are working hard trying to make a living in a very competitive area while keeping some young people employed instead of passing on your criticism?We all know they will never be as goodas you, all we need do is ask you. As for someone who has toast and vegemite for brekky at a restaurant, get off your lazy bum and make it yourself.PS. This little restaurant makes a beautiful coffee.

Kerry Redman,WaratahSPREADING THE BIG ISSUESTHE world and Australia are in very good shape.The economy is booming and poverty has been eliminated. War and terrorism are no longer with us. Famine and disease are just distant memories. Domestic violence, the sexual abuse of children, and all other crimes have been eradicated. Global warming has been brought under control.

It must be so. If it were not, we would have no time to be concerned about the proper method for serving Vegemite, the religious beliefs of rugby players, what days are appropriate for the first screening of a new movie, or how best to televise the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony.

Ian Roach,New LambtonARE WE REALLY JUST RUBBISHWHY is Australia unable to properly sustain the recycling of all our waste? It’s alarming that the efforts of the public to sensibly attempt to have increasingly scarce resources reused, go to waste. Do we have to have other countries take on our responsibility and wipe our bums? If governments aren’t mature enough and willing to be part of conservation,as they aren’t proactive in supporting renewable energy sources,then we need legislation to make the producers of all the unnecessary pollution responsible for the waste products they foist on us.

It’s a damning indictment of governments paying only lip-service to protection of our environment.I would also like to add my voice to those trying to put an end to the cruel and unnecessary live animals export trade. If the recipients of this monstrous business are not willing to pay for the humane transport conditions of livestock and don’t want us to provide meat killed from our abattoirs, it’s time they get what they want from elsewhere. The livestock industry is worth more than the financial rewards received, and the grief we have witnessed brings only shame.

Anne Phillips,WallarahMORE TO IT THAN MARKETINGMARK Creek (Short Takes19/4), your comment that it was a lack of marketing skills from business owners during Supercars to blame for their poor patronage is way off the mark. If it was only one or two businesses complaining, you may have a point. The fact was, depending on the type of business, if you were inside the precinct, you did well.If your business was outside the precinct, it was like a ghost town – before, during and after the event.

This was well documented in the pages of the Herald, and suggests problems far more structural than just a lack of marketing skills. I think Christine Everingham is spot on in her analysis. Large, disruptive events are increasingly being questioned and challenged in favour of low impact, sustainable tourism, the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast being the latest.

Supercars will eventually go the way of the dodo – it’s just a shame that Newcastle City Council and Destination NSW were looking in their rear vision mirror instead of the future when considering this event.

Andrew Myors,Newcastle EastFRIED OUT ON PARKING HUNTSTREWTH, I am in Marketown, and after four circuits of thelanding site I’ve only justmanaged to win a spot.

Having to wait for my good lady in Office Works, I chanced upon the comment by David Turner (Letters 18/4)regarding parking in the very place I landed.Methinks this bloke knows what he’s talking about.

My dear one had an appointment and, being the good hubby, I decided to wait and have a coffee at Macca’s in King Street. I noticed their car park was full, but luckily a vehicle was leaving for me to park in its place.Gee, I thought, Macca’s is really doing well with such a full carpark. To my dismay, when I enteredthere were only six people and two kids seated. Where were all the others? Maybe there is a secret dining room hidden away somewhere thatI don’t know about?When I left, all the same vehicles were still there. Please let me know where the other dining room isso I can park all dayif I need to.

Ray Cross,MorpethLOTS ON OFFER, OLD AND NEWPHILIP O’NEILL (“Time to stop our unique towns being ‘malled’, Opinion 19/3) I always read your columns in the Newcastle Herald with interest and recently came across this one.

Maitland has just welcomed Stockland’s $414 million shopping mall development at Greenhills, and we are also a major growth centre in terms of greenfield housing in the Hunter.I would like to think that we are also putting life back into the CBD, the old city, with all those heritage facades along the High Street where the gallery, a happy co-existence of the old and the new, stands proud.We have just completed an $18 million upgrade to the public domain which includes a great piece of contemporary architecture in the Riverlink Building, which will be officially opened this week. It see us embracing the river once again and stands as a signal of new life and optimism.

We have also embarked on laneway upgrades and a dynamic space activation program which is delivering people into public spaces and many arts and creative activities in our streets. This has led to an emerging arts community, which delivers to the CBD apoint of difference to the shopping malls.Whilst the precinct is called the Levee, High Street remains the high street.

Should you ever have the time to visit, I would be happy to show you around and discuss our plans to build on the history which already sits here in a way thatmaximises adaptive reuse of our buildings and invites people to gather, linger and talk on the corner.

I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

Loretta Baker, Maitland mayor

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